Bhutan

THE LAST REMAINING GREAT HIMALAYAN KINGDOM

South + South East Asia

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.

Best visited: October to early Decemeber. February to May.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange ten days in Bhutan (not including flights) from £2900 per person.

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
“Louise was extremely, extremely helpful – I would like everyone to know how great she was. I really developed a trust in her to understand my needs”

Crown Jewels

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.

Tigers nest

900 meters above the Paro Valley sits 'Tigers Nest'. More properly called ‘Taktshang Goemba’, this is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is a strenuous walk to reach the monastery, but the views are very rewarding.

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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

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 the 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.

discover bhutan

trekking holiday Bhutan

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Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

Bhutan, The kingdom of happiness

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

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50th Birthday celebration in bhutan

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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the proof of a great guide

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

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Meeting the King of Bhutan

When Alex first mentioned Bhutan to me I must admit I had no idea where it was.  However, upon arrival it definitely didn’t disappoint the expectations that were then set by c+l!

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Guides

Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

Ugyen Dhendup

guide

guided tour Bhutan

With a father from Bumthang and a mother from Trongsa and 10 years experience as a licensed guide, now living in Paro, there are not many places in Bhutan that Ugyen does not know first-hand. The Laya Gasa Trek holds a special place in his heart for its amazing views and the hot springs.
He has always been fond of the outdoors and has been on many treks with c+l clients, keeping a gentle pace and narrating various stories of the kingdom's history and imparting his in-depth knowledge of the various myths and legends which are very much part of Bhutanese culture, past and present. 

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Reviews

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 details 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.

UMA PUNAKHA

luxury modern hotel Bhutan

COMO’s latest boutique hotel in Bhutan provides a relaxing haven high above the snake winding Mo Chu River. Each morning, rise to the sweeping views of lush green paddy fields and orchards and what better location for a picturesque sundowner to end your day.

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UMA PARO

With jaw dropping views down the Paro Valley, we think this unique boutique hotel is saved until last on a visit to the magical kingdom of Bhutan. With one of the only heated pools in the country, it is the perfect spot for relaxing after a day trekking with a private guide.

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taj tashi

luxury hotel Bhutan

The Taj Tashi is located in the heart of Bhutan's captial, Thimpu. A great first stop on a visit to Bhutan, it is not as high as the other hotels we recommend and gives you a chance to acclimatise. The Taj Tashi is a new build but has been decorted in a traditional bhutanese style.

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