This 9-day itinerary in Bhutan offers a broad approach to a remote and quite unknown country that knew how to enter the 20th century while preserving its traditions and way of life, a country with a spectacular nature at the foot of the Himalayas. Although it is a somewhat exclusive destination, Bhutan leaves no one indifferent in the so-called last Shangri-la.
11 days / 10 nights full trip (8 days in Bhutan + 3 days in Nepal)
Local guide English-speaking
Accommodation in hotel (~3*)
Transfers in private vehicle and flight to Bhutan
Highest altitude Yatong-la 3425m
Any season bearing in mind that winter is cold and it can snow
Lower season on January, February, June, July, August and December
Druk-Yul is what the Druk-pa, the inhabitants of the “land of the thunder dragon,” call Bhutan, the emblem on their flag.
It was one of the most isolated countries in the world until tourism was allowed in the 1970s, but there are still restricted areas of the country. This fact has preserved its traditions and culture from Western influence, while it has become the main attraction for tourists. And Bhutan has been able to take advantage of it with a good tourism organization and rates that are not suitable for all budgets, making it a relatively expensive and exclusive destination, allowing its battered trade balance to recover in a country where 80% of the population lives off agriculture. Their traditions and culture have survived quite unchanged for centuries, and in fact, many of them are regulated by law, from clothing in certain situations to the way houses are built.
With a population of about 700,000 inhabitants, they have managed to take their own path between their powerful neighbours, India and China. Bhutan became famous for its GNH, the Gross National Happiness Index, as opposed to GDP (Gross Domestic Product), a concept they developed in the 1970s and included in the constitution. For the rulers of Bhutan, it does not make much sense to live and work just to produce more (GDP) but to live to be happier (GNH). It has been a democracy since 2008, curiously because of the determination of its monarch and not for the will of the people who did not consider it necessary. A king, or we could say better, a royal couple, revered and loved by the population.
Lush forests and high peaks of the Himalayas in the north define a majestic landscape, almost undisturbed by the few existing roads, friendly and calm people will welcome the traveller who sets out on the road through the so-called last Shangri-la on earth.
The tour we present here has an average duration, avoiding a bit of the quick four-day visits, and allows you to see a large part of the reality of the country and its most outstanding spots, buildings, monasteries and traditional and modern life, as natural spaces, landscapes and the Himalayas as a backdrop. Of course, it can always be extended or modified on request, perhaps adding some hiking and trekking route if you like to walk.
Kuzuzangpo! is how to say Hello! in Dzongka, the language spoken in Bhutan, to welcome you to this itinerary (or Kuzuzangpola if you want to be more formal). So, let’s start with the tour, Kuzuzangpo!
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