Bhutan

Secretive and seductive, a visit to Bhutan is like stepping back in time, a hidden and exclusive gem that few others can claim to have visited. Tourists were only allowed to visit from 1974, and even then it was restricted to those travellers wanting to visit Bhutan on luxury high-end tours and treks, so it has retained all of its magic and authenticity. Bhutan is a Himalayan Kingdom sandwiched between India and Tibet, retaining its own distinct Buddhist way of life. Traverse rolling Himalayan foothills under snow-capped peaks, past fast-flowing glacial rivers and meandering through alpine meadows; Bhutan is staggeringly beautiful. But it gets better than that. The local culture and customs revolving around time-old Buddhist beliefs have left countless fortified monasteries (or Dzongs), colourful festivals with masked-dancers and a distinct architecture that luckily haven’t embraced modern western monstrosities. There is one road that leads from Paro in the west, through the capital Thimphu, the lush valley of Punakha, the glacial valley of Gangtey towards ‘mini Switzerland’ of Bumthang in the east and beyond. For those wanting a wonderful luxury holiday to Bhutan, the hotels that are opening are superb from the wonderful Amankora lodges or Uma or Six Senses hotels to more boutique and characterful hotels in remote locations. Bhutan makes for an amazing honeymoon (maybe combining the beaches of Thailand), and families will enjoy getting off-the-beaten track on a family adventure to Bhutan. There are countless trekking and walking holidays to Bhutan that are possible, from short day treks, or longer hikes in the mountains. Many come for a cultural tour of Bhutan, just taking in the views and the remoteness of it all. At Millis Potter, we will tailor an itinerary to suit your particular interests allowing you to immerse yourself in the destination, providing exclusive experiences from the best guides in Bhutan and using our extensive first-hand knowledge to give you honest and practical travel advice to Bhutan.

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Bhutan Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.

Mountains & Monasteries: Classic Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

This two-week suggested itinerary gives you the perfect blend of everything that makes Bhutan such a magical destination; amazing views, local culture and walks.

12 days from £3475 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Snow-capped mountains, Buddhist Monasteries, trekking and historic cities await you on a luxury private tour of Nepal and Bhutan, a perfect combination that makes the most of your time in the mountains.

14 days from £3750 p. p.

Walking in Bhutan

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Dust off your trekking boots and travel to one the most untouched and beautiful corners of the Himalayas in Bhutan, trekking through remote villages, off-the-beaten-track.

18 days from £5320 p. p.

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Complete Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu- Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

For many guests who travel to Bhutan, they leave the country wanting a little bit more, and it’s not a place you will likely have the opportunity to return to anytime soon. Guests always ask what further gems lie down the road before they have to turn back to Paro. Bumthang is worth the drive out …

15 days from £4195 p. p.

A Luxury Honeymoon to Bhutan & Thailand

Dhulikhel - Punakha - Paro - Bangkok - Koh Yao Noi  

Bhutan and Thailand offers the perfect mix of amazing culture with an indulgent beach to end, perfect for a luxury honeymoon.

14 days from £6150 p. p.

Family Adventure to Bhutan & Oman

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel - Muscat  

There are so many varied experiences in Bhutan that children will absolutely adore.  It is an adventure playground, where you can trek through remote villages, raft down Himalayan rivers, visit monasteries meeting Buddhist monks who are the same age of them, make prayer flags and even create their own stamps. If you children are under …

15 days from £3995 p. p.

Druk Path Trek and Bumdra High Camp

Kathmandu - Druk Path Trek - Thimphu - Bumdra High Camp - Paro  

The Druk Path Trek is the old historic trail linking Thimphu and Paro in Bhutan giving you the chance to escape the main road and into what the Himalayas is all about: the amazing mountains!

11 days from £4220 p. p.

Hidden Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Haa - Bumdra High Camp - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Get off-the-beaten track in Bhutan and delve into its hidden interior on a private tour, perfect for a second-time trip or those with an adventurous spirit.

14 days from £3780 p. p.

Bhutan Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge | Luxury Hotels in Bhutan | Millis Potter Travel

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

$ $ $ $ $ Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley  

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge is a truly exceptional 12-bedroom luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan.

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Uma Paro

$ $ $ $ $ Paro  

Uma Paro is a luxury boutique hotel reflecting traditional Bhutanese architecture, located in a pine-forest overlooking the Paro Valley in Bhutan.

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Amankora Punakha

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

Amankora Punakha is the most unique of the luxury Aman lodges in Bhutan as it is built around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse.

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Bumdra High Camp

$ $ $ $ $ Paro  

Bumdra High Camp is a tented-camp located high above the Paro Valley, perfect for a one-night trek into the hills of Bhutan.

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Uma Punakha

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

Offering stunning views, Uma Punakha by COMO is a superb boutique lodge located in the Punakha Valley in Bhutan offering just 11 bedrooms and suites.

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Village Lodge Bumthang

$ $ $ $ $ Bumthang  

The Village Lodge in Bumthang is a simple, yet stylish and comfortable guesthouse located in the east of Bhutan offering just nine rooms.

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Amankora Gangtey Exterior, Bhutan | Luxury Hotels | Millis Potter

Amankora Gangtey

$ $ $ $ $ Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley  

Amankora Gangtey is a luxury lodge providing dramatic views over the Phojikha Valley in Bhutan, offering just eight suites.

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Dhensa

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

Dhensa is a luxury all-suite boutique hotel located on the ridge above the Punakha Valley in Bhutan, and have superb views and lovely rooms.

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Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa

$ $ $ $ $ Paro  

Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa is a small and comfortable hotel with some of the best views of any property in the Paro Valley.

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Taj Tashi

$ $ $ $ $ Thimphu  

The Taj Tashi is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Thimphu in Bhutan, being one of the capitals most striking and opulent buildings.

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Dewachen

$ $ $ $ $ Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley  

Dewachen is a simple, yet charming traditional Bhutanese guesthouse located overlooking the Phojikha Valley in Gangtey, Bhutan.

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Amankora Thimphu

$ $ $ $ $ Thimphu  

Amankora Thimphu is a luxury boutique lodge located in a pine-forest on a hillside overlooking the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.

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Terma Linca

$ $ $ $ $ Thimphu  

Terma Linca is a boutique hotel located on beside the Wangchhu River, about 10 minutes from the centre of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.

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Amankora Bumthang

$ $ $ $ $ Bumthang  

Amankora Bumthang is a luxury boutique lodge located in the Choekhor Valley in the east of Bhutan and has 16 exceptional suites.

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Druk Hotel

$ $ $ $ $ Thimphu  

The Druk Hotel is a traditional Bhutanese hotel located right in the heart of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu and features 51 well-appointed rooms and suites.

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Amankora Paro

$ $ $ $ $ Paro  

The luxury Amankora Paro is a boutique lodge that offers unparalleled levels of comfort in Bhutan, the perfect location to trek up to Tigers Nest Monastery.

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Zhiwa Ling, Paro, Bhutan | Bhutanese Hotels | Millis Potter

Zhiwa Ling

$ $ $ $ $ Paro  

Zhiwa Ling is a traditional Bhutanese hotel located close to the Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan offering 45 suites.

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Bhutan Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.

Gangtey Goennpa Monastery, Bhutan

Gangtey Goenpa Monastery

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Black Neck Cranes, Gangtey, Bhutan

Gangtey Nature Trail

Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley   View Experience

Bumthang

Bumthang is located to the east of Gangtey, and is generally the furthest you get along the road in Bhutan before turning back or flying to Paro (although you can continue to Tashigang and Mongor and finish in Assam in India).

Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley

Gangtey is a small village located overlooking the stunning Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan and is between the towns of Trongsa and Punakha. Gangtey is one or the more rural places you will stay at on a tour of Bhutan

Punakha

Punakha is located between Thimphu and Gangtey in Bhutan, and is located at a lower altitude of 1,250m on the intersection of the Mo Chhu River (meaning Female) and Po Chhu (meaning Male). The proximity to the river and low altitude has made the valley exceptionally fertile, with sweeping paddy-fields rising up from the river, terraced into the side of the valley.

Thimphu

Thimphu is Bhutan’s capital city, but only has a population of about 100,000 meaning that it is more like a town and still retains the unique Bhutanese architecture rather than allowing modern western styles to take over. It is located just a short drive away from Paro where you find Bhutan’s International Airport.

Paro

Paro is where Bhutan’s International Airport is located, and as such acts as either a starting point or end for a tour of Bhutan. It has a hugely impressive Dzong, as well as having the National Museum located in its watchtower, Ta Dzong.

Bhutan Info

Flying Time: Only Bhutanese Airlines fly into Bhutan, and they fly from Kathmandu, Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangkok and Singapore. It usually means having a night or two either side to ensure you make the connection.

 

Punakha, Bhutan Giligang Trail

January

Visiting Bhutan in January

January is a good month to visit Bhutan, although it can get chilly in the evenings and at higher altitudes. The views of the mountains are clear, and by day, they are perfect for taking day walks.

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Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

February

Visiting Bhutan in February

February is one of the most popular months as the temperatures are starting to get a little warmer, but it is still fairly cold at night.

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Festival, Bhutan

March

Visiting Bhutan in March

March is the most popular month to visit Bhutan, partly due to the Paro Festival that takes places this month, or in early April. Temperatures are lovely, and the views are good, although it starts to get a little cloudy in the afternoons. The flowers start to bloom.

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Religious prayer wheels in Bhutan

April

Visiting Bhutan in April

April is another great month to visit Bhutan, with lovely day and night-time temperatures. The rhododendrons are still in full bloom.

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Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey, Bhutan | Tailor-made Holidays to Bhutan | Millis Potter Travel

May

Visiting Bhutan in May

May starts to get a little warmer, and with it come cloudier mountains and short afternoon showers. It is still very much possible to visit Bhutan, and many of the hotels lower their prices.

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Como Hotels and Resorts - Uma Punakha - Bhutan

June

Visiting Bhutan in June

The monsoon generally arrives towards to middle and end of June in Bhutan, and in this part of the Himalayas, it really rains hard!

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Como Hotels and Resorts - Uma Punakha - Bhutan

July

Visiting Bhutan in July

July is another month for the monsoon, leaving the country green and lush.

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Como Hotels and Resorts - Uma Punakha - Bhutan

August

Visiting Bhutan in August

August is still a monsoon month, but historically the rains ease off a little meaning you might have two or three days when it pours (usually at night anyway) with a chance to explore by day (but remember the rain coat). Some of the treks won't be possible, but seeing the culture and monasteries certainly will be fine.

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September

Visiting Bhutan in September

The monsoon starts to ease off, but only really towards the end of the month so if you are rain-shy then try and move your travelling plans into October if possible, or the end of September. Needless to say, the country is wonderfully green and lush, and many festivals take place.

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Beautiful view of rice fields and farm traditional houses, Bhutan

October

Visiting Bhutan in October

October is a perfect time to visit Bhutan, with lovely day-time temperatures in the mid-20s. However, it is incredibly popular, so aim to book your Bhutan holiday at least six months in advance to ensure you get the first-choice of your hotels. The trekking is great, given how green it still is post the monsoon. The views are clear of the high mountains.

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Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

November

Visiting Bhutan in November

November is another wonderful month to visit Bhutan, and the black-neck cranes arrive into the Phobjikha Valley near Gangtey, they even conduct a festival to welcome them each year.

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The bridge across the river with traditional bhutan palace, Paro Rinpung Dzong, Bhutan

December

Visiting Bhutan in December

It starts to get chillier in December, but it is still a great month to visit, especially in the lower valleys like Punakha when temperatures still reach the low 20s in the daytime. As its not too hot, the walk up Tiger's Nest Monastery isn't too challenging due to the heat.

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