Soothe your weary soul amid misty mountains, green valleys, dignified monasteries and welcoming people with a tour of Bhutan. Invested in sustainable development, this small land-locked mountain kingdom is sure to offer an adventure off the beaten track. Bhutan is well known for using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index to measure development, instead of the traditional GDP. It is not an abstract concept, however. There are clearly defined goals and parameters related to the people’s quality of life, focusing on equitable socio-economic development, preserving the environment, promoting culture and creating a system of sound administration. As a result, Bhutan is one of the most hospitable countries in the region, with an abundance of natural beauty and the riches of its cultural heritage.
The last surviving Buddhist kingdom in the world, Bhutan, is the place to be if you need a break from the busy city life. Our exclusive 8- day luxury camp and hike in Bhutan is a tour best suited for families in pursuit of a peaceful vacation without wanting to compromise on health and fitness. With this package, we embark on an adventure in the most peaceful Asian country where one wouldn't think such wilderness exists. The tour starts by taking you on a city tour of Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city, followed by a visit to a number of enchanting fortresses known as Dzong in Bhutan. ProVacation also gives you an opportunity to experience a luxury camp in the city in the background of the majestic mountains. Apart from the adventure, you will also learn from the experts the national sport of Bhutan, Archery, and get a chance to know more about a long-preserved and lesser known culture. Along the way you will also get acquainted with the national animal of Bhutan, the takin, at the Takin Zoo. Conclude the tour by learning a thing or two about the Bhutanese way of life at the National Folk Heritage Museum before taking on a beautiful trek to Dochula Pass to witness the many grand peaks of the Eastern Himalayas.
If you are reading the tour overview already, there seems absolutely no reason for you to skip visiting the happiest place on earth. Perched up in the Himalayas between the large neighbouring countries of India and China, Bhutan remains to be the last Buddhist kingdom on earth. Bhutan takes pride in pioneering a philosophy of happiness, which in time must be adopted by all nations in order to restore world peace. Bhutan’s development is not measured in terms of its economic growth but on the growth of individuals’ well being, commonly referred to as Gross National Happiness (GNH). If you are tired of the bustling city life and need a little getaway into a world of marvels, forest greens and carbon-free air, there is no better place to be than in Bhutan. What awaits is an exciting 8-day tour in the stunning scenic view of the Himalayas together with a visit to a number of enchanting dzongs (fortresses) to experience a long-preserved and lesser known culture. If literature combined with a bit of history excites you then this tour also provides you with an opportunity to explore the vast collections of Buddhist manuscripts. Along the way also get acquainted with the national animal of Bhutan, the takin at the Takin zoo. Learn about the Bhutanese way of life at the National Folk Heritage Museum before taking on a beautiful trek to Dochula Pass to witness the many grand peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. Take a day off to go on a pilgrimage to Jambay Lhakhang and Chakhar Lhakhang among others. Conclude the tour by marveling at the beauty of the temple built by the Queen of Bhutan followed by an idyllic countryside-themed dinner in Paro.
Perched up in the Himalayas between the large neighbouring countries of India and China, Bhutan remains to be the last Buddhist kingdom on earth. Bhutan’s development is not measured in terms of its economic growth but on the growth of individuals’ well being, commonly referred to as Gross National Happiness (GNH). If you are tired of the bustling city life and need a little getaway into a world of marvels, forest greens and carbon-free air, there is no better place to be than in Bhutan. Our 9-day soft adventure tour of Bhutan is a perfect blend of adventure and culture to keep you and your family active even on a vacation, and spoil you with traditional buddhist values and heritage. The tour apart from the adventure includes breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a visit to a number of enchanting dzongs (fortresses) to experience a long-preserved and lesser known culture. If literature combined with a bit of history excites you then this tour also provides you with an opportunity to explore the vast collections of Buddhist manuscripts. Along the way also get acquainted with the national animal of Bhutan, the takin at the Takin Zoo. Learn about the Bhutanese way of life at the National Folk Heritage Museum before taking on a beautiful trek to Dochula Pass to witness the many grand peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, all of this while rafting in the crystal clear white waters of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers in Punakha.
Experience the best of Bhutan while keeping yourself fit and active throughout the tour with our exclusive 10 days hiking and soft adventure package. Bhutan is best known for its beautiful panoramic and picturesque landscapes of the Himalayas as well as for being the last surviving Buddhist Kingdom in the world. Bhutan also takes great pride in associating itself with being the world’s happiest country amidst the least polluted natural environment. The trip, combining a cultural tour and a short trek, will open your eyes to a world lesser-known. From the sacred valley of Paro, the area first converted to Buddhism, through Punakha, seat of the Shabdrung, the unifier of the nation, to Thimphu, the modernizing capital. You will undertake a charming winter trek from Trongsa, the birthplace of the Monarchy, to the scenic Gangtey valley.
Bhutan, popularly known as the last great Himalayan Kingdom is not only an epitome of a quintessential cultural abode but also a haven for adventure diggers. And that's exactly what ProVacation through this tour package aspires to offer. It's an opportunity to indulge in an off-beat experience in the beauty of the lesser travelled parts of the Himalayas. Bhutan is full of surprises for adventure lovers as one may never know when the smooth roads suddenly change to rocky dirt trails. Cycling past Bhutan is extremely exhilarating as with every new lap you discover a new Bhutan. This 10-day tour package is designed methodically so as to offer an amalgamation of both, culture and adventure. Moreover, the average cycling duration in a day wouldn't surpass a total of five hours making this an ideal choice for ardent thrill-seekers and amateurs. A transport vehicle is also kept handy at all times by the representative in case if travellers feel tired of cycling.
The Land of the Thunder Dragon is the last of the great Himalayan kingdoms and continues to be a Buddhist stronghold. The druk or ‘the thunder dragon’ of Tibetan and Bhutanese mythology is a national symbol of Bhutan and adopted in particular by the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzong architecture is a style of fortified administrative and monastic community centre commonly seen in Bhutan and is important for understanding the Bhutanese ways of life. Visit the spectacular Trongsa Dzong set high above the banks of the mighty Mangde Chhu river. This is the largest dzong in Bhutan. The hermitage here was first built in 1543 and is crowned by a sheer drop off the south side, usually blanketed in clouds and mist. Marvel at the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong in the Paro District. Admire the grandeur of Punakha Dzong, the second largest and second oldest dzong in Bhutan and an erstwhile administrative seat. Spend half a day at the Ta Dzong, which currently houses the National Museum of Bhutan and visit the monasteries of Bumthang. It has over 3000 specimens of Bhutanese art and artefacts, from over 1500 years of Bhutanese history. Make a pilgrimage to Taktshang Goemba or ‘tiger’s nest monastery,’ perched high on a clifftop above the Paro valley. It is one of the most revered sites in Bhutan and throngs of visitors brave the steep climb up to this monastery every year.
If you seek adventure in a rough terrain, travel to Bhutan! Cradled in the magnificent Himalayan mountains, Bhutan offers you your choice of trekking holidays of varying difficulties, luxury camping trips, white water rafting, bicycling tours and other adventure sports like rock climbing and abseiling. Make your way to the Dochula Pass near Thimphu which has a cluster of over 100 memorial stupas dedicated to Bhutanese soldiers who died in a military operation in 2003. This gorgeous pass is often covered in snow on account of its elevation (3100m) and offers views of nearby peaks like Masang Gang ((7165m), Teri Gang (7300m) and Gangkhar Puensum (the highest peak in Bhutan at 7541m). Trek up to Chelela Pass at almost 4000m. Engage in an afternoon of river rafting over several kilometres of courses on the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers. Bicycle in and around Paro and Thimphu and hike through Phobjikha Valley before visiting Gogona Lhakhang for a closer look at traditional village life in Bhutan. If you have the nerve, ProVacation can organise archery lessons with local experts in Thimphu too!
The National Institute for Zorig Chusum or the traditional painting school of arts and crafts provides instruction in Bhutan’s traditional arts. Students may train in the intricate art of painting thangkas (religious images on canvas), painting furniture, woodcarving, embroidery and statue-making or clay-work. There are impressive demonstrations of the crafting processes for visitors, by the talented students and some of their expert work is up for sale too. As a tourist, you will rarely find more authentic souvenirs. Check out the National Folk Heritage and Textile Museums. The Textile Museum is part of the Royal Textile Academy and offers an opportunity to learn about thagzo, the Bhutanese weaving tradition as well as styles of local dressing and textiles used by residents. The Folk Heritage Museum is situated in a traditional mud and wooden house dating back to the 19th century and displays many objects of everyday use in Bhutanese life. Don’t forget to save some time to visit the Weekend Market in Thimphu. This colourful bazaar sells local aromatics like incense, camphor and saffron, alongside the nearby handicrafts market that has a wide array of products including wooden knick-knacks, amulets and jewellery.
Feast your eyes on the natural beauty of Bhutan. Snow-capped peaks, misty mountains, meadows of wildflowers, verdant valleys, crystalline rivers and picturesque driving routes and trekking paths afford a new scene to delight your senses at every turn. Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve to get better acquainted with the national animal of Bhutan, the takin. Hike through Phobjikha Valley, a glacial bowl in the Black Mountains, that is one of Bhutan’s most important nature reserves. A large flock of black-necked cranes settle here in winter, alongside barking deer, Himalayan black bears, wild boars, snow leopards and sambars. Bhutan is also a critical participant in WWF’s Global Tiger Recovery Program. There is great diversity in Bhutan’s wildlife, also evident in other national parks and sanctuaries in the country including Jigme Dorji National Park, Royal Manas National Park, Thrumshingla National Park and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. In fact, a majority of Bhutan’s land is under some form of environmental protection and Bhutan is truly a photographer’s haven.