When to go

The best time for a safari in Kenya is one of the dry seasons, between June and October as well as January and February.  The famous wildebeest herds are in the Maasai Mara in September and October.

African Masai in Traditional Dress

Travel to

Bhutan

In a land where the Buddhist tradition ensures a respect and reverence for nature, you will find soaring Himalayan peaks rising above deep ravines cloaked in untouched forest. Throughout the land you can visit fortress-like dzongs and monasteries, witness traditional dance festivals and meet the engaging people. Bhutan may not be 'Shangri La', but it's as close as it gets.

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Best time to go to

Bhutan

Places

Best places to go in

Bhutan

Experiences

Key experiences in

Bhutan

Itineraries

Best tours in

Bhutan

Best time to Travel to 

Bhutan

In a land where the Buddhist tradition ensures a respect and reverence for nature, you will find soaring Himalayan peaks rising above deep ravines cloaked in untouched forest. Throughout the land you can visit fortress-like dzongs and monasteries, witness traditional dance festivals and meet the engaging people. Bhutan may not be 'Shangri La', but it's as close as it gets.

Must-See Places in 

Bhutan

Signature Experiences in

Bhutan

Thimphu

While Bhutan's capital is no longer the quiet backwater it once was, it is still an intriguing place where monks and government officials go around in traditional dress and where cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional dzongs and chorten. Day trips can be made into the Thimpu Valley with its many cultural attractions, pleasant walks and nature reserves.


Paro

The wooden shop-lined main street of Paro makes for an interesting few hours of discovery after a day of sightseeing. But most people come here to visit the impressive Paro Dzong, one of the most impressive fortresses in Bhutan as well as Kyichu Lhakhang one of the country's oldest and most beautiful temples. The excellent national museum is another popular destination.


Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest Monastery)

The archetypal image of Bhutan is that of the Tiger's Nest Monastery clinging to the side of a cliff. Here the only sounds are those of wind and water and the prayer wheels creaking. The hike up to the monastery is a highlight for many visitors to Bhutan.


Kila nunnery

En-route from Paro to the Haa valley, an hour's hike brings you to a viewpoint with magnificent views over the staggering Kila nunnery, a collection of 7 small temples.


Dochula Pass

Following the road from Paro to Punakha, you will climb steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with bearded lichen, until you reach the heights of the Dochula pass. Sip some butter tea while enjoying the panoramic views of the Himalaya.


Punakha

Vying with Paro Dzong for the crown of the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong is certainly considered one of the most beautiful, especially when the jacaranda trees bloom in spring.


Bumthang (Chokhor) Valley

Often referred to as the spiritual heart of Bhutan, the Chokhor Valley in Bumthang is a little-visited area of small villages, beautiful temples, dense blue-pine forests, meadows and bamboo groves.


Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley

A large flock of rare black-necked cranes winter in this valley making the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park one of the most important wildlife preserves in Bhutan.


Trongsa

The sleepy town of Trongsa sits perched above a gorge right in the centre of the country. The dzong by the same name is one of the most spectacularly sited in Bhutan, sitting as it does on a cliff high above the river.

Culture galore...

Due to its philosophy of low-volume-high-value tourism, Bhutan's culture, while by no means unchanged, is one of the least Western-influenced cultures in the world. Witness it in the architecture, the festivals, the monasteries and temples, the handicrafts and the food and most of all, in the educated, fun-loving people.


...and Nature Untouched

By law 60% of the country must remain forested forever.  As a result you will find beautiful forests, rhododendrons blooming in spring,  splendid mountain vistas and passes and unique flora and fauna.


Trekking in Bhutan

Most multi-day treks in Bhutan reach high altitudes. But the rewards are great, as you trek through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, while getting a true cultural immersion. Some of the more famous treks are the Laya to Gasa and Jhomolhari treks (rated challenging), Chomolhari Base Camp Trek (rated moderate) and the Snowman Trek (Entry Level Mountaineering). One trek within the abilities of most people is the Druk Path trek, leading from Paro to Thimpu.


Hiking in Bhutan

For those wanting lighter activity there are plenty of day hikes to be done. Walks in the Haa Valley or to Zuri Dzong are rewarding, as are hikes in the remote Bumthang or Phobjikha Valleys. Walks through valleys and past temples are truly rewarding cultural immersions.


Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

The hike to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Takshang Lakhang) is for many the highlights of their trip to Bhutan.


Cuisine

It is said that you have not been to Bhutan unless you have tried its national dish Ema Datsi (literally chilies and cheese). Sour cheese (datshi), mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, (suja) butter tea, arra (a smoky tasting alcoholic drink) and yak meat are specialties.


Drive the roads

Travelling Bhutan's roads can be a harrowing experience. But the experience of travelling through a country where time has almost stood still, with its beautiful forests and views of the Himalaya is an experience not easily forgotten.


Markets

Markets in Bhutan are a sensory experience, with different foods competing with prayer flags, handicrafts and textiles. Thimpu's weekend market is an experience not to be missed.


Festivals

Festivals in Bhutan are colourful affairs attracting throngs of locals. They are great opportunities for photography and to immerse yourself in local culture while seeing monks dance and witness performers with fabulous masks and costumes. Some of the most famous festivals are the Paro Tshechu (held in spring) and Thimphu Tshechu, Thangbi Mani, and the Wangdue Tshechu (all in fall)

Suggested Tours

East African Wildlife Safari

 

Tour code: FEAW

 

Why we love this trip: Our best-selling safari visiting all major game parks in Kenya and Tanzania

 

Places visited: Nairobi, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Lake Victoria, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara,  Amboseli.

 

Signature Experiences: Lots of game drives, Great Migration, village visit, canoe trip, optional balloon safari

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: Safari lodges & luxury tented camps

 

Included meals: breakfast in Nairobi, all meals while on safari

 

Transport: Minivan & 4x4 Landcruiser

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3995(low season) - $5280(high season)

Kenya Wildlife Safari

 

Tour code: FKWS

 

Why we love this trip: This popular safari visits all major game parks in Kenya

 

Places visited: Nairobi, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara

 

Signature Experiences: Lots of game drives, Great Migration, village visit, optional balloon safari

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: Safari lodges & luxury tented camps

 

Included meals: breakfast in Nairobi, all meals while on safari

 

Transport: Minivan

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1995 (low season) - $2781(high season)

Gorillas & Maasai Mara

 

Tour code: EWYU

 

Why we love this trip: This popular safari visits major game parks in Kenya and offers gorilla tracking

 

Places visited: Nairobi, Lakes Naivasha & Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Jinja, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes NP, Kigali

 

Signature Experiences: game drives, Great Migration, village visit, optional balloon safari, rafting, gorilla trek

 

Length: 16 days

 

Accommodation: full service camping in campsites, permanent tented camps, hotels

 

Included meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners

 

Transport: overland vehicle

 

Departures: set small-group dates

 

Customizable? Yes, we can tailor this in lodges and hotels - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3910

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