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Long sheltered from foreign influences, the mountain kingdom of Bhutan has a mystical beauty and wonderful unspoilt landscapes. Bhutan's unique way of life and timeless traditions are remarkably untouched from the influences of the 21st century. Sacred mountains soar above rural villages and fortified monasteries cling to cliff tops in this extraordinary country. Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is at an altitude of 2,350m and lies in a beautiful wooded valley surrounded by mountains, on the bank of the Thimphu Chhu River. The only world capital without traffic lights, despite recent development, Thimphu retains its charming, medieval feel thanks to its brightly painted and elaborately decorated facades. One of the most beautiful regions in Bhutan, the Paro Valley area was once an important part of the trade routes into Tibet. Here you can explore one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhang, dating back to the 7th century. The area is best explored on foot with many walking trails through this fertile valley. Bhutan has some of the best trekking opportunities in the world. There are many day treks through the Paro Valley, and you can also visit the Black and White Temples in the Haa Valley. While the trekking is at altitude, you will be rewarded with beautiful remote temples and incredible views of the Himalaya.

Bhutan with A&K
Visit Bhutan and you'll find a country unlike anywhere else on earth. It has the only capital city without traffic lights, measures gross national happiness to help policy making - returning clients tell us it's very high - and boasts archery as a national sport, with traditional matches lasting several days, and ridiculing your opponents a legal tactic.
While embracing tourism over the last decade or so, notably for trekking along magnificent valleys offering memorable Himalayan views, it remains an exclusive non-budget destination - and now has Aman and Como Hotels. But to get the most from this unique country, with its monasteries and incredibly hospitable people, you still need an experienced, well-connected operator.

A&K's large team of highly qualified staff have provided premium travel across the region for over quarter of a century. With longstanding partners in Bhutan, the best senior guides including cultural and conservation experts, and personal tour consultant who know the country inside out, we offer seamless travel connections and remarkable experiences off the mainstream travel radar.

Enjoy an Abercrombie & Kent luxury Bhutan holiday in 2015, 2016 and you'll take the road - or mountain track - less travelled. Bumthang, birthplace of the country's Buddhism, is its spiritual heartland and home to Jambey Lhakhan, one of 108 monasteries built in the 7th century. You'll walk through apple orchards and rice fields and taste locally made cheese, honey and beer.

To the west in the Haa Valley, which only recently opened to visitors, you'll find dramatic scenery enhanced by the Black and White Temples; just as you'll find Paro Valley's forests of blue pine made even more beautiful by the precariously perched Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's most photographed landmark.

Equally spectacular is the glorious widescreen sweep of glacial Phobjika Valley, a hotspot for hikers, mountain bikers and rare black necked cranes who migrate from the Tibetan Plateau, and are said to circle Gangtey Monastery three times on arrival and departure.

If outdoor adventure is a passion, you'll also love the Punakha Valley with rafting on the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. With glorious views of the Himalayas, its 17th century Palace of Great Happiness really couldn't be in a better location.

Bhutan's an extraordinary landscape and culture, one that, as A&K will reveal, remains untarnished by the 21st century.


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Best time to be there

Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights all year round. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear for mountain photography. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.

Fly to

Paro - Flights available on Druk Air from Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Bangkok and Kathmandu

flying time

3 hours from Delhi

time difference

GMT +6 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Quintessential Bhutan

Nights: 12 | from £4,550

Bhutan is full of surprises: take in the stunning Himalayan landscape, visit magnificent monuments and explore fortress-like dzongs during your 12 night... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Bhutan

Nights: 10 | from £3,190

Explore the captivating capital and scenic valleys of this mystical Himalayan kingdom during your 10 night stay in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

Nights: 13 | from £5,845

Uncover Bhutan’s cultural and spiritual heritage on a 13 night discovery as you explore cliff top monasteries, visit old town Kathmandu and witness age-old... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Adventure & Culture

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Himalayan Explorer

Nights: 7 | from £5,155

A 7 night adventure exploring the beautiful mountain kingdom of Bhutan combining visits to photogenic monasteries, bazaars and temples by foot and bicycle. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Amankora, Gangtey

Gangtey

Amankora incorporates a series of lodges, all unique and sympathetically balanced with their environment. Together, the lodges create a circular pilgrimage...Find out more

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Taj Tashi, Thimpu

Thimpu

Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. The mountain kingdom of Bhutan remains one...Find out more

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Uma by COMO

Punakha

Uma Punakha is a wonderful creation of contemporary design that has been sculpted into the landscape. The Punakha Valley is breath-taking and Uma Punakha...Find out more

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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