The name ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ sums up the magic and mystery of Bhutan; its remote mountain location ensuring it remains an untouched Himalayan Shangri-La.

"Unique is too small a word for a country known as the ‘last Shangri-La’: this is a country that measures prosperity by Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product "

There are places where you really can get away from it all. There are those where you feel you’ve gone back a few decades. And then there’s the Kingdom of Bhutan. No ordinary place, this devoutly-Buddhist, tiny, remote Himalayan Kingdom has remained largely unaffected by outside influences, and intends to stay that way. Although economically important, tourist numbers are strictly controlled and monitored to maintain the country’s culture, traditions and environment. And Bhutan straddles the ancient and modern perfectly.

It’s the ancient you’ve come to see, though: the centuries-old monasteries, temples, and fortresses or ‘dzongs’ clinging to mountainsides in Bumthang; the traditional arts and colourful religious festivals.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Thimphu

  • Time Difference

    GMT +6

  • Best Time to Visit

    Mar-May & Oct-Nov

  • Currency

    Bhutan Ngultrum

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Tiger's Nest

    Tiger's Nest

    The name ‘Taktsang Goemba’ might not sound familiar, but you’ll recognise this most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched 900m above the Paro Valley floor on a sheer cliff face.

  2. Craft Collecting

    Craft Collecting

    The Bhutanese are renowned for their arts and crafts, with skilled artisans producing high-quality textiles, jewellery and wood carvings, as well as Buddhist paintings and statues.

  3. Capital Culture

    Capital Culture

    The capital Thimphu is a blend of old and new. A city whose sights include the Trashi Chhoe Dzong (seat of government), 16th-century Pangri Zampa buildings, and the Kingdom’s first monastery.