Mountain top towns, monasteries, temples and stunning scenery make Bhutan a treat for the privileged few

Very few people have ever visited the last remaining Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. For centuries the impenetrable wall of the Himalayan mountains with their forbidding cliffs, plunging chasms and terrifying heights made this tiny country all but impossible to reach.

But it is this very isolation that has preserved Bhutan’s rich culture and traditional way of life. It remains a wonderfully unspoilt corner of the world full of undiscovered treasures.

There’s Bumthang, Bhutan’s spiritual heart, with its timeless temples and beautiful Wangdicholing Palace. There’s Punakha with its sweeping valleys and thrilling adventure activities; and Gangtey, the winter home of the majestic black-necked crane. There’s centuries-old monasteries, peaceful villages and some of the world’s best hiking opportunities. Not to mention an incredibly warm, welcoming people.

Talk to one of our Bhutan experts, and they’ll tell you that your tailor-made vacation simply has to include the Tiger’s Nest Monastery – a seemingly impregnable fortress clinging to sheer granite cliffs high above the valley floor of Paro.

They’ll also tell you that Bhutan is a trekking enthusiasts dream, and one of the best ways to admire the landscape and immerse yourself in the culture. Take in the fresh Himalayan air and soak in sensational views as you hike across mountain trails and along ancient trading routes.

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