What We Love
- Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. It is a mysterious land of soaring peaks, 60-foot rhododendrons and magnolias, colorful costumes, terraced farmland, mani (prayer) walls, chortens (shrines), and temples.
- While their king has the title Druk Gyalo, meaning“Thunder Dragon King,” the Bhutanese are about the nicest people you will ever meet. In fact, in 1972 the fourth Dragon King coined the term "Gross National Happiness," a metric he deemed more important than the Gross National Prodcuct (GNP).
- While tourism has increased over the last decade, Bhutan is still one of more intact, unique, and traditional cultures in the world. What is also fascinating is the way in which the Bhutanese have absorbed the modern world on their own terms—guarding what they feel is sacred, while tucking a cell phone under their traditional belted robe.
- Color! It seems that every aspect of Bhutanese life is colorful and decorative. It is abundantly apparent while trekking through villages of brightly painted houses, encountering artisans making wooden masks, gold and silver ornaments, textiles, and thangkas (religious paintings).
Things To See & Do
- Travel to Thimphu, Bhutan’s temple-dotted capital, and meet monks in impressive monasteries.
- Continue to the stunning countryside to climb the twisting steps of the legendary Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched off the side of a mountain 3,000 feet above the valley floor.
- Visit local farms to understand their daily way of life.
We recommend a combination trip to Nepal and / or India.