Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom, is an often-overlooked destination that we are now excited to offer as a luxury destination to our travelers at Asia Bespoke Tours. This quaint, landlocked country nestled among the mountains offers an unparalleled experience of natural beauty, rich culture, and traditional heritage.
Known for their commitment to preserving tradition, our new itineraries promote cultural immersion and sustainable tourism tied into the country’s best practices. To visit Bhutan, travelers must pay a minimum of $250 per day, making it seem as though they’re one of the world’s more expensive destinations. However, the fee is all-inclusive offering accommodation, food, and transport in addition to any taxes and royalties. By embracing a low volume high value approach to tourism, Bhutan offers both an authentic and luxurious experience to each visitor unlike anywhere in the world.
As the last great Himalayan Kingdom, this approach is a must to carry on the magic. This focus on preserving its natural environment and traditional way of life has resulted in a luxurious destination that is both untouched and unspoiled. However these are only a few reasons as to why Bhutan is an incredible travel destination.
Here are a few more reasons why we are excited to share Bhutan with our travelers at Asia Bespoke Tours:
Unique Luxury Accommodations:
Bhutan has some of the most luxurious lodges in the world. Built in traditional Bhutanese style, accommodations seamlessly blend custom architecture with modern amenities and sleek designs. From luxurious tented camps nestled in the heart of the Himalayas to elegant boutique hotels in the bustling capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan’s luxury accommodations offer a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers. Properties are built using locally-sourced materials, such as rammed earth and natural stone, and feature intricate Bhutanese artwork and design elements. Guests can indulge in spa treatments, delicious Bhutanese cuisine, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas right from their rooms.
World Class Spas & Wellness Centers:
Bhutan is a destination that is renowned for its focus on wellness and spiritual rejuvenation. The luxury hotels and resorts in Bhutan reflect this, with many offering world-class spa and wellness centers that provide a wide range of treatments and services to help guests relax and revitalize. From traditional Bhutanese hot stone baths to Ayurvedic massages and yoga classes, there are countless offerings unlike anything found in other parts of the world. Perhaps the best part of these experiences are the stunning surroundings they are held in, right in the heart of the Himalayas often with breathtaking views. The natural component of these treatments add an element of serenity like no other.
A true nature lover’s paradise, Bhutan offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures for travelers to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a first-time hiker, the country’s rugged terrain and stunning landscapes are sure to take your breath away. From trekking through lush forests and over high mountain passes to rafting on glistening rivers and rock climbing on towering cliffs, there’s something for every adventure seeker in Bhutan. Or experience it all in the air! Hot air balloons and helicopter tours take you over the Himalayas, past snow-capped peaks, and through deep gorges. The spectacular landscapes make Bhutan one of the best countries for aerial experiences.
Bhutan is home to a diverse range of wildlife, from majestic tigers and leopards to the more elusive snow leopard and red panda. The country is also home to a variety of bird species, including the national bird, the raven, and endangered black-necked crane. The Jigme Dorji National Park is a particularly good spot for wildlife viewing, as it is home to a variety of animals including the Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and blue sheep. Visitors can take guided treks to spot rare animals such as the takin and serow. Additionally, Bhutan’s rich biodiverse rivers are great for fly fishing.
The country has managed to preserve its traditional way of life and has a strong emphasis on preserving its rich cultural heritage allowing for meaningful cultural immersion while traveling. Visitors can explore ancient temples and monasteries, attend traditional ceremonies, and learn about Bhutanese customs and beliefs from the friendly and welcoming locals. The country is also home to a wide variety of traditional arts and crafts, including textiles, woodcarving, and painting that travelers can choose to partake in or simply shop for souvenirs from. Travelers lucky enough to visit during a Bhutanese festival are fortunate to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Bhutanese culture and way of life.
One of the most famous is the annual Tshechu festival, held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Bhutan. The festival features colorful mask dances and sacred rituals performed by local monks and laypeople. The Paro Tshechu festival, held in the Paro Valley, is considered one of the most spectacular and is attended by thousands of Bhutanese from across the country. Other popular festivals include the Punakha Dromchoe, Jambay Lhakhang Drup, and the Bumthang Tsechu. These festivals are not only a celebration of Bhutanese culture and spirituality but also an opportunity to witness the vibrant customs and traditions of the Bhutanese people.
An Underrated Foodie Gem:
Bhutan’s royal cuisine is a must try as it is considered to be one of the most luxurious cuisines in the world. Blending Indian, Tibetan and Bhutanese flavors, dishes such as Ema Datshi, made with chili peppers and cheese, and Jasha Maru, a spicy chicken dish are always a favorite. They are often paired with a variety of dumplings, including momos, similar to Tibetan dumplings, and khabze, a type of rice dumpling. The cuisine also features many different types of rice dishes, such as red rice and black rice, which are grown in the country’s high-altitude terraced fields. The food culture here is heavily influenced by its Buddhist heritage, where meals are often accompanied by traditional rituals and blessings offering a unique component to every dining experience.
Our destination management experts at Asia Bespoke Tours provide unparalleled expertise and service when crafting luxury itineraries throughout Bhutan. To learn more about the custom luxury experiences offered by our experienced destination management team, contact us or reach out directly today.