Discover a Long-Closed Land
Draped along the mighty Himalaya lies tiny Bhutan, cut off from the “outside” for thousands of years. Now Bhutan is opening its gorgeous vistas, peaceful farms and unique traditions to a few lucky visitors. With us, gain special access to some of the most remote people and places in the world.
On an Opulent Indiasia journey to Bhutan, you can experience every facet of this incredible country. Travel to Thimphu, Bhutan’s temple-dotted capital, meeting monks in impressive monasteries. Continue into the stunning countryside to climb the twisting steps of the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery, impossibly perched 3,000 feet above the valley floor.
However you decide to explore Bhutan, rest assured that Opulent Indiasia’s expertise – built on years of developing local connections – will reveal the country from an insider’s perspective.
Discover the wonders of Shangri-La when you travel to the Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan with us. Enjoy insider experiences, unique cultural interactions and a host of extraordinary moments on one of our Bhutan luxury tours.
Spend a day visiting the highlights of Thimphu, including the Memorial Chorten, erected as a sign of hope for world prosperity; the traditional school of arts and crafts; and the Folk Heritage Museum and National Library. Visit an animal sanctuary to see the country’s national animal, the takin (also called the gnu goat), in its native habitat. Immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture as you explore the village of Nobgang and visit a local farmhouse.
On the banks of the Paro River, marvel at the grandeur of the Rinpung Dzong, which is also one of the oldest and most venerated Buddhist monasteries in the country. Delve deeper into Bhutanese history as you admire the collection of religious artifacts and intricately painted scrolls in the National Museum. Outside Paro, ascend to one of Bhutan’s holiest monasteries, the Tiger’s Nest, perched dramatically on the side of a cliff.
Mountains are blanketed with evergreen forests and dotted with Buddhist temples, valleys are sliced by glacial rivers and the piney air is delicious and clean. Bhutan’s luxury hotels and lodges are divine, but it is the Bhutanese people that make trips to Bhutan so special – they are extremely quick to laugh, and they’ve even been ranked number one in the world for Gross National Happiness!
Bhutan is perhaps the most fascinating of the Himalayan kingdoms as travel entry was forbidden to visitors until 1974, and even after that numbers were still minimal. Landlocked by the mighty Himalayan peaks, Bhutan has been doubly protected from external influences, and as a result, the traditional way of life has survived largely intact. Deep rooted Bhutanese culture means that archery is still the national sport, and the gracious, gentle people continue to wear traditional dress: elegant wraparound skirts or “kira” for the women and checked, floor-length belted robes or “Gho” for the men.
Wherever you travel in Bhutan, we’ll be right there with you, making sure your journey is authentic, innovative and utterly unforgettable.