Bhutan

CULTURE, RELIGION and ESCAPISM... BHUTAN IS YOUR DESTINATION FOR CLEARING THE MIND

Enigmatic and unspoilt, exotic and timeless, this Buddhist mountain kingdom is extraordinary – both geographically and culturally – and it delivers a unique and extremely rewarding experience to all who go. We feel passionately that there’s much more to Bhutan than its iconic dzongs and their spectacular mountain backdrop, and the five-star luxury of Bhutan’s newer hotels.

There are now some really comfortable, small luxury lodges and hotels and you can use these as comfortable bases from which to explore the main valleys.

We have also worked over the years very closely with our Bhutanese partner – a member of the Royal family – to develop something different, exclusive and very special for those who want to do more than scratch the surface.

Trekking here is also becoming more sophisticated, allowing you to experience Bhutan’s pristine mountain wilderness in more comfort.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day holiday in Bhutan (not including flights) from £3300 per person.

Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

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Bhutan, The Kingdom of Happiness

Bhutan is a country that is full of unexpected surprises, from unadvertised festivals to impromptu archery competitions. Two of our clients experienced just that when out walking with their guide.

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A 50th BIRTHDAY ADVENTURE

James Warren wanted to celebrate his 50th Birthday somewhere special. He wanted to experience something unique and totally different to trips he had been on before... we knew the exact place for him...Bhutan.

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ENJOYING THE PEACE AND QUIET

When Suzanne Mehmet landed in Bhutan, after an incredible flight over the spectacular Himalayas, she was overwhelmed by this wonderful country's peace and serenity.

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Unspoilt Nature of Bhutan

When Laura Jeffrey ventured to Bhutan she was amazed by the unspoiled nature of this fascinating country. She fell in love with the friendly, calm and easy-going people and found a new favourite country to crown as her number one.

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Proof of a Great Guide

A great local guide can make a trip to Bhutan, they have the inside knowledge of all the local happenings that no-one else could possibly know, unless you live there. Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell explains...

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A Royal Welcome

When Alex Townsend, Head of Asia team at c+l, first mentioned Bhutan to Kat, she admitted she had no idea where it was. However, as soon as we arrived I knew I was about to have an experience to remember. The kingdom of Bhutan was truly mesmerising.

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So much to say about our Bhutan Holiday

Viv Semmens travelled to Bhutan on an unforgettable holiday that she will cherish forever. She fell in love with the country, its blissfully happy people, the stunning scenery and beautiful architecture.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

best luxury hotels in Bhutan

GANGTEY GOENPA LODGE

Gangtey Lodge is by far the best place to stay in Gangtey if you are looking for a combination of character and comfort. It is up there with our favourite luxury lodges in all of Bhutan.

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Six Senses Paro

Six Senses Paro

Anyone who has trekked to Tiger’s Nest from the Paro Valley would be lying if they told you it was an easy walk. So part of the reason for Six Senses’s location is to provide a small lodge on the edge of the Paro Valley as a retreat from the hiking and trekking which makes…

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Six Senses Bumthang

Six Senses Bumthang

The further East you travel from the busier Paro and Thimpu valleys, the more tranquil the location and the more ‘other worldly’ the local people. Even with the arrival of Bumthang Airport the sequence of four major valleys- Ura, Thang, Chhume and Choskhor- means that it will always be an area where you can explore…

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Six Senses Gangtey

Six Senses Gangtey

One of our favourite Goembas in Bhutan sits at the heart of the Phobjikha Valley at the little village of Gangtey. Famous for the Black Necked Crane which make the valley their home and host to an important festival in November which celebrates them, the addition of a small lodge from Six Senses is welcome.…

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Six Senses Punakha

Six Senses Punakha

Punakha with its dzong where two rivers meet – The Mo (Mother) Chhu and Pho (Father) Chhu – is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in a country famed for is tranquillity and beauty. Six Senses have chosen a great location in Punakha, Bhutan with beautiful views but most importantly are designing a…

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Six Senses Thimpu

Six Senses Thimpu

A small lodge on the outskirts of the capital is planned both to access the main sight which is Trashi Chhoe Dzong but also to take in the craft/shopping which is an attraction in itself. Six Senses has become well known both for its spa treatments and for its cuisine and these two assets make…

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Uma Punakha

Uma Punakha

With breathtaking almost fairytale views of the Punakha Valley, COMO’s latest hotel retreat in Bhutan provides a relaxing haven high above the snake winding Mo Chu River.

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Uma Paro

Uma Paro

We think this unique boutique hotel is best saved until last on a visit to Bhutan. We strongly recommend the one-bedroom villas with ultimate privacy and jaw dropping views down the Paro Valley.

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Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi

Located in the heart of Bhutan’s capital, Thimhpu, sits the prominent Taj Tashi. It is a slightly more affordable luxury option than the Amankora Thimpu hotel but attracts a totally different crowd.

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Highlights

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

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Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Why do you love Tiger’s Nest monastery? It is a surprisingly strenuous walk up to the monastery but the views from the top and the ingenuity of its builders make it well worth the effort. What is it? More properly called ‘Taktshang Goemba’, Bhutan’s most famous monastery clings to a cliff edge above the Paro…

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Punakha

Punakha is one of our favourite valleys in Bhutan. At a mere 1200 metres above sea level the climate is sub-tropical, and when you arrive from Thimphu (or Gangtey if coming from the other direction) you will sense a noticeable rise in temperature and see a distinct change in vegetation.

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Gangtey

The National Highway from Punakha to Gangtey may be a little empty but as you wind up through the mountains the air gets fresher, the views more immense and the land far less populated than its lower neighbouring district of Punakha.

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Paro

Paro is a beautiful valley in Western Bhutan, and although it is home to the country's only international airport, it is still unspoilt and extremely peaceful. We usually like to leave it until the end of an itinerary, as logistically it works well with the early morning flights and with some of the real highlights of the country here it means all trips end on a high.

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Thimphu

Thimphu is a short drive from Paro airport and the perfect way to start off an itinerary to put everything into perspective. Being the only capital city in the world to have no traffic lights (they were installed a few years back but had to be removed after complaints from the locals)

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BUMTHANG

Bumthang is thought of as the centre of the country's Buddhist faith and also known to some as "little Switzerland". The district is made up of 4 valleys-Choekhor (known more commonly by the name of its main town, Jakar), Chumey,Tang and Ura.

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Lesser known festivals

The smaller festivals in Bhutan are often not even advertised locally, and if we can tie in your dates with a local tsechu (festival) it is a real joy to experience. The unpredictability of local village tsechus and their inaccessibility means that we can give you an experience all to yourselves.

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Traditional Archery Contest

Archery is as much a ritual and means of social expression as a sport in Bhutan. Join in if you want but with the interpretation of our guides there is a code of behaviour which is almost scripted and the insults traded in order to put off the or mock the opposing team usually needs to be censored in translation.

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Stay with a local family

You're not going to rave about the comfort or the food but waking up in a local house in a remote village devoid of Western comforts and joining in morning prayer or meditation with the family with local monks is likely to stay with you for a long time. So if you are yearning for a spiritual and authentic experience this is for you.

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Itineraries

The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Cultural Bhutan

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Who would not want to visit a country which measures its success in terms of National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? For years this ancient kingdom was off limits to all but a few Westerners. When the country opened up cazenove+loyd were among the first to develop itineraries there. As you cut through steep…

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Location

We know Bhutan better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit
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Best time to go

Like most of the Himalayan kingdoms, Bhutan is best visited in February to May after the coldest months but before the rains, preferably when the rhododendrons and camellias are in bloom. Or after the rains in October, November, early December when the views of the higher peaks are clearest and before the coldest season.

Accessed by air via India, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand many visitors break their journey on the way in or out with a stay in one of these countries.

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