Bhutan



Literally meaning “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, Bhutan may just be the final frontier. Completely closed to foreigners until the 1970s, the tiny Himalayan kingdom now provides travelers with a rare glimpse inside their treasure trove of ancient temples, monasteries and Dzong fortresses, though the isolation has delicately preserved almost all of the original heritage and culture. Nestling in the Himalayas, the country has thrilling mountain views, agricultural terraces where fruit, rice, tea and tobacco are grown, as well lowlands with lush green forests and copper mines. The stunning national parks are surrounded by cities steeped in culture, and filled with famously friendly locals. The Bhutanese, who are predominantly Buddhist, regularly vote themselves as the happiest people in Asia on international polls.

Paro Taktsang Monastery

  • Difficulty: 3 (due to the steep uphill walk to the monastery)
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Seasons Available: All year around

Punakha Dzong

  • Difficulty: 1
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Seasons Available: All year around

Ta Dzong

  • Difficulty: 1
  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours
  • Seasons Available: All year around

Thimphu City Cultural Tour

  • Difficulty: 1
  • Duration: 1 – 2 days (depending on which activities you’d li
  • Seasons Available: All year around