Bhutan is wonderfully unspoilt by the outside world, and the
Bhutanese set great store by their traditions and beliefs.
Inevitably, however, the modern world is beginning to filter in to
this Himalayan kingdom - a ban on TV was lifted in 1999, for
example - but it remains a wonderfully unspoilt corner of the world
to explore on a tailor made holiday. While Bhutan is slowly
changing, the nation's government - recently transformed from an
absolute to a constitutional monarchy - does its best to manage the
transition. Hefty daily tariffs to visit the country keep tourist
numbers low and help safeguard the nation's culture, identity and
the pristine natural environment.
Travel to Bhutan generally begins and ends at Paro, where the
country's only international airport is located. Paro is also the
base from which to see probably the highest of Bhutan's many
highlights, the fabulous Tiger's Nest monastery. Beyond Paro, and
depending on how long you have, we can create an incredible tailor
made Bhutan holiday itinerary to take in such wonders as the Wangdi
Valley, famous for its extremely rare black cranes; the wonderful
Dzongs (fortresses), temples and palaces in Bumthang; and Punakha,
the one-time capital of Bhutan, built at the confluence of the
mighty Phochu and Mochu Rivers.
Aside from simple immersion in a thoroughly alien but
fascinating culture, trekking is one of the main activities, and
keen walkers will be in their element here. Other activities
include white-water rafting (from September to May), instruction in
archery using traditional bamboo bows, and trout fishing in the
many mountain streams and rivers, thanks to a British army officer
who introduced trout as he missed the fishing of his homeland.
Most of Bhutan's population still wears the traditional national
dress of knee or ankle-length robes and is occupied in agriculture
of making traditional handicrafts which can be bought at the
markets of the current capital, Thimphu.
Original Travel consultants know Bhutan well and can arrange for
participation in archery tournaments, dancing at religious tsechus
(festivals), trekking to fantastic monasteries, mountain-biking
along 12,000 ft mountain passes or, between March and May, walks on
hillsides ablaze with wildflowers.