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Along the lofty ridges of the Himalayas lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, a remarkable land where the well-preserved countryside, architecture, and rich culture appear lost in time. It’s a hidden gem that is often compared to Tibet before the Chinese invasion and Nepal without the budget backpackers.
Boundless Journeys’ custom tours in Bhutan can combine immersion into a fascinating culture with exploring important villages of Bhutan on foot, meeting welcoming local people, and even attending a traditional Bhutanese festival.
You’ll marvel at Bhutan’s dramatic scenery with spectacular river valleys, snow-capped sacred mountains, terraced rice fields, and striking architecture. Visit the capital city of Thimphu—said to be the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Hike to temples and monasteries accessible only on foot (including the iconic Tiger’s Nest), explore remote villages in the picturesque countryside, and engage with friendly Bhutanese people and a devout Buddhist culture. Let Boundless Journeys introduce you to Bhutan, a true mountain kingdom.
Based on our years of designing custom tours to Bhutan we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize these options to match the interests of your group, and can mix and match the experiences below. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.
One of the loveliest valleys in all of Bhutan, Gangtey is home to pine and bamboo forests, spectacular views of the remote Phobjkha valley, and the Gangtey Goemba (monastery). Must-do activities include a hike on the Gangtey Nature Trail — renowned as one of the most beautiful nature trails in the entire country. Along the way, you may also catch a glimpse of the black-necked cranes that make their journey from Tibet.
Samdrup Jongkhar is not only the gateway between Assam, India, and Bhutan, but it also holds the distinct honor of being the oldest town in Bhutan. It is a bustling little settlement with a mix of Bhutanese and Indian shops, market stalls, cuisine, and culture. It is a convenient exit town for visitors who are extending their travels in India.
The Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys: Choskhor, Tang, Ura, and Chhume. The dzongs and the most important temples can be found in the large Choskhor Valley, commonly referred to as the Bumthang Valley. Different from most other valleys in Bhutan, Bumthang is broad and ideal for walkers and hikers.
There are numerous Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites to explore, making it the cultural and historic center of the country. It would be difficult to find as many important temples and monasteries in such a small area anywhere else in Bhutan — and almost every little valley or hill has its own background of interesting myths and legends about kings, Buddhist masters, and serpents.
Surrounded by flowers, fertile fields, and lush vegetation, Mongar is perched high in the hills of Eastern Bhutan and is the second largest town in this sub-tropical region. Places of interest in and around Mongar include Mongar Dzong, the Yakang Lhakang monastery, and Dramese Lhakang, founded in the 16th century and regarded as one of the largest and most important monasteries in Eastern Bhutan.
Paro is the home of the national airport and where all of our custom tours in Bhutan begin. The Valley itself is a green bowl surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers, and dotted with medieval fortresses.
One of the most scenic valleys in Bhutan, Paro has kept its bucolic nature and has a feeling of peacefulness rare in most other Asian cities. The houses are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country, and Paro is believed to be one of the first valleys to have received the imprint of Buddhism.
The road to Punakha offers great views of the eastern Himalayan Mountains, and as you cross the 10,230′ Dochu La pass, you’re soon surrounded by some of Bhutan’s most picturesque countryside. Punakha is an idyllic place, filled with magnificent pine and rhododendron forests, terraced rice fields, small villages, and spectacular views.
It’s also home to the Punakha Dzong. Constructed in 1637, this was the second of Bhutan’s dzongs, and for many years it served as the seat of the government. Today, Bhutan’s spiritual leader, Chief Abbot Je Khempo, lives here with 1,000 monks during the winter months, due to Punakha’s relatively low altitude by Himalayan standards (4,000′).
Before becoming Bhutan’s official national capital in 1961, and home of the royal family, Thimphu was a simple rural farming valley. However, nowadays, Thimphu is becoming increasingly popular with world travelers.
It is a city ideally explored on foot, and filled with many interesting sights including the newly built National Textile Museum, the Thimphu Dzong (seat of the government and main monk body), the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts, the Heritage Museum, and the Handicrafts Emporium, which displays the rich traditional crafts of the kingdom. Small and secluded, it is unlike any other capital in the world.
Trashigang is the principal township of the biggest and most populated district in Bhutan, and is used as market place for the semi-nomadic people of the region. At 3,610′, Trashigang appears to cling to a steep hillside, high above the Gamri River.
Standing at the extreme end of a rocky outcrop far above the river gorge is Trashigang Dzong, which was built in 1659. It serves as the administrative seat for the district, and the local monastic community occupies part of the dzong.
This private tour of the Kingdom of Bhutan is the ultimate immersion experience, traversing from Western Bhutan to the seldom visited far Eastern region of the country. The walks and hikes on this trip are easy to moderate day hikes, generally from 2-5 hours in length, with minimal vehicle support. These excursions can be modifed to suit the interests and abilities of your group.
Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Gangtey | Bumthang | Mongar | Trashigang | Samdrup Jognkhar
Day 1: Arrival in Paro; visits to Bhutan's National Museum, Paro Dzong & Drukgyel DzongDay 2: Hike from Cheli La Pass to Kila Gompa Day 3: Tiger's Nest Monastery hike Day 4: Transfer to Thimphu and city exploration by footDay 5: Hike to Cheri Goemba; Choki School of ArtsDay 6: Transfer to Punakha; walk to Temple of the Divine MadmanDay 7: Khamsung Yuley Namgyel Temple to Punakha Dzong hikeDay 8: Limbukha Village Day HikeDay 9: Transfer to GangteyDay 10: Longtey Hike in the Phobjikha ValleyDay 11: Transfer to Jakar via Trongsa; visit to the Yathra Weaving StudiosDay 12: Pasaling Gompa hike; Kurje to Tamshing hikeDay 13: Excursion to Tang Valley; Ugyen Choling and Burning LakeDay 14: Bumthang to MongarDay 15: Mongar to TrashigangDay 16: Trashigang; Excursion to TrashiyangtseDay 17: Trashigang to Samdrup JongkharDay 18: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati, India; departure flight
Trekking in Bhutan among the lofty ridges of the Himalayas, breathtaking views abound as we witness a rich Buddhist culture, friendly people, and few other visitors.
Paro | Punakha | Thimphu | Druk Path Trek
Day 1: Arrival in Paro; Paro Valley and Zuri Dzong hikeDay 2: Transfer to Punakha; walk to Temple of the Divine MadmanDay 3: Khamsung Yuley Namgyel Temple to Punakha DzongDay 4: Transfer to Thimphu; Cheri Goempa hike and Thimpu sites Day 5: Sangaygang to Phajoding hike (hiking is moderate to challenging, approximately 4 to 5 hours/3,000' elevation gain)Day 6: Druk Path Trek: Tsaluna to Jemilangthso (approximately 7 to 8 hours/10 miles/2,625' elevation gain)Day 7: Druk Path Trek: Jemilangthso to Labana (approximately 7 to 8 hours/8.7 miles/1,333' elevation gain and loss)Day 8: Druk Path Trek: Labana to Paro (approximately 5 to 6 hours/7.5 miles/1,313' elevation gain and 3,000' elevation loss)Day 9: Tiger's Nest Monastery hikeDay 10: Departure from Paro
This cultural tour through Bhutan is highlighted by two days at a colorful festival, mingling with locals and soaking up the ancient traditions of this rich Himalayan Kingdom.
Paro | Punakha | Thimpu
Day 1: Arrival in Paro; transfer to Thimpu and city explorationDay 2: Hike to Cheri Goemba; Choki School of ArtsDay 3: Transfer to Punakha; walk to Temple of the Divine MadmanDay 4: Punakha Festival Day 5: Punakha Festival Day 6: Transfer to Paro; visit Kyichu Lhakang, the Paro Dzong, and Bhutan's National MuseumDay 7: Tiger's Nest Monastery hike Day 8: Hike from Cheli La Pass to Kila GompaDay 9: Departure from Paro
This private tour of the Kingdom of Bhutan combines explorating important villages of western Bhutan on foot, meeting welcoming local people, and immersion into a fascinating culture. The walks and hikes on this trip are easy to moderate day hikes, generally from 2-5 hours in length, with minimal vehicle support. These excursions can be modified to best suit the interests and abilities of your group.
Paro | Thimphu | Punakha
Day 1: Arrival in Paro; transfer to Thimphu and city exploration by footDay 2: Hike to Cheri Goemba; Choki School of ArtsDay 3: Transfer to Punakha; walk to Temple of the Divine MadmanDay 4: Khamsung Yuley Namgyel Temple to Punakha Dzong hikeDay 5: Transfer to Paro; visits to Bhutan's National Museum, Paro Dzong & Kyichu LhakangDay 6: Tiger's Nest Monastery hike Day 7: Hike from Cheli La Pass to Kila GompaDay 8: Departure from Paro
The Sanskrit name "Annapurna" can be translated as "Goddess of the Harvests" or "The Provider" — which is particularly apt, as trekking in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountain Range will provide you with an array of unforgettable moments. The views are spectacular, combining a variety of landscapes such as rhododendron forests, sub-tropical valleys, and charming villages, all set against a backdrop of some of the highest mountains on Earth.
Stunningly situated in a bowl-shaped valley and encircled by some of the highest peaks in the world, Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal, as well the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites of medieval temple complexes and royal palace squares, plus Buddhist monasteries and religious statues, although some of these incredible sites were damaged in a 2015 earthquake. However, the resilience and strength of the Nepalese are helping restore this incredible capital back to its former glory.
The rural capital of western Nepal and the second largest city in the country, Pokhara is considered the starting point for most treks in the Annapurna Mountain Range. It’s a bucolic place, situated on Phewa Lake, with stunning views of the snow-capped Annapurna Mountains. Pokhara is also an adrenalin lover’s paradise, with a variety of active adventures to do including boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, paragliding, and naturally, trekking and hiking.
A private version of our epic Himalayan Kingdoms trip, this journey into the kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal is for just you and your friends or family, on the dates of your choice. The walks and hikes for the first part of this trip are easy to moderate day hikes, generally from 2-5 hours in length with minimal vehicle support. During the Nepal trekking portion of the trip (days 8-12), hikes are from 3-6 hours in length with no vehicle support. Elevation gains and losses vary from approximately 500'-3,000' in one day. A few days involve long drives on narrow, winding roads.
Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Annapurna Himalayas | Pokhara | Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Paro; transfer to Thimphu and city exploration by footDay 2: Hike to Cheri Goemba; Choki School of ArtsDay 3: Transfer to Punakha; walk to Temple of the Divine Madman Day 4: Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple to Punakha Dzong hikeDay 5: Transfer to Paro; visits to Bhutan's National Museum, Paro Dzong & Kyichu LhakangDay 6: Tiger's Nest Monastery hike Day 7: Fly from Paro, Bhutan to Pokhara, Nepal (via Kathmandu)Day 8: Trek Pokhara to Lamkhet Day 9: Trek Lamkhet to Ghandruk Day 10: Trek Ghandruk to Landruk Day 11: Trek Landruk to Dhampus Day 12: Trek Dhampus to Pokhara; fly to Kathmandu Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu; Mount Everest flight (optional)
This hotel is located above the Paro Valley in a renovated 1800s palace featured in a 1914 National Geographic. Steeped in history, it has hosted Bhutan’s first prime minister, Bhutan’s third king, and India’s first prime minister, Mr. Nehru. The interior retains most of the palace’s original features and is generously decorated with antiques, rare photographs, and traditional paintings. An altar room, hot stone bath, panoramic views, comfortable ensuite rooms, and gardens provide a restorative retreat.
Boasting contemporary design with a distinct Bhutanese twist, the Kuenden Boutique Hotel offers large, bright rooms, with traditional wooden features and ensuite bathrooms. Amenities include Wifi, laundry, an altar room for meditation, sauna, steam bath, and yoga room.
There are numerous Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites to explore, making it the cultural and historic center of the country. It would be difficult to find as many important temples and monasteries in such a small area anywhere else in Bhutan -- and almost every little valley or hill has its own background of interesting myths and legends about kings, Buddhist masters, and serpents.
With views of the pine wood forest and historic Wangduechoeling palace, Bhutan Mountain Resort is one of the oldest hotels in Bumthang. The family-owned property offers simple, comfortable accommodations and warm service. All 27 rooms are appointed with wood paneling, heated by firewood stoves (or Bukhari), with ensuite baths. Featuring an attentive professional staff and in-house restaurant, the lodge is within walking distance of the Wangduechoeling palace, Jakar Dzong and Chamkhar Town.
Jakar Village Lodge is a popular four-star lodge located below the Jakar Dzong, commanding majestic views of the Bumthang Valley. The property features 14 rooms, beautifully painted in traditional style, comfortably and tastefully furnished with the latest fittings and efficiently heated, each with its own balcony. The ensuite bathrooms are fixed with stylish jet showers and bathtubs. The lodge serves a range of widely renowned delicious cuisine ranging from local delicacies to continental dishes.
Eastern Bhutan is practically off the map. Here, the mountains are steeper, the valleys are deeper, the trails are wilder, and the villages are more secluded. We wander the most mysterious part of the kingdom seldom experienced by visitors but perfect for the adventuresome few who choose to journey here.
Khoma Village, Bhutan
This remote village is known for its homestay program, and Chimi Yuden was not only the first to be established, but is also one of the best in area. Owner Tshering Yangki ensures a comfortable stay with basic amenities and warm hospitality.
Located in picturesque suroundings, this is one of the nicest hotels in the area. Ensuite rooms are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style and have private balconies with panoramic vistas.
Situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Mongar and terraced farmland, Hotel Wangchuk offers comfortable ensuite rooms, each with views of the mountains and valleys below.
One of the loveliest valleys in all of Bhutan, Gangtey is home to pine and bamboo forests, spectacular views of the remote Phobjkha valley, and the Gangtey Goemba (monastery). Must-do activities include a hike on the Gangtey Nature Trail -- renowned as one of the most beautiful nature trails in the entire country. Along the way, you may also catch a glimpse of the black-necked cranes that make their journey from Tibet.
With its spectacular setting and sweeping views over the whole valley, Gangtey Goenpa Lodge acts as a luxurious base for exploring one of Bhutans most secluded valleys. Plush leather sofas of an informal lounge invite guests to share the day’s adventures around two impressive fireplaces encased in local stone. The 12 beautifully-appointed guestrooms, each with their own cozy fireplace, reflect the rich cultural heritage with warm fabrics and earthen tones.
Nestled in the thick pine forests of Phobjikha—home to rare, black-necked cranes—the Dewachen offers a relaxed setting, in-house restaurant, and breathtaking views of the valley below. Sixteen comfortable, double rooms each contain ensuite bathrooms, colorful bedding, and balconies. Rooms are heated by iron stoves, with hot water bags for the bed on the valley’s coldest nights.
Amankora, Paro is situated in a secluded part of the valley in a tranquil setting surrounded by pine forests and mountains. This property offers 24 suites which consist of a lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat, and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove. A stay at Amankora is a true retreat embodying the monastic tradition of blending meditation in a physical space with harmony of its natural surroundings.
This exquisitely located hotel blends the heritage of traditional Bhutanese architecture with the comfort of modern amenities. Naksel is an eco-friendly, community-based propertyits traditional windows, mud-bricks, framework and furniture were locally crafted in Ngoba Village. All rooms feature in-floor heating in room and ensuite bathrooms, as well as a restaurant, bar and cozy coffee house. The beautifully crafted interior of this elegant hotel matches the breathtaking surroundings.
Raven’s Nest Resort is situated in the upper Paro Valley, set amidst farmhouses and rice fields, and very near to the trailhead for Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Featuring 21 spacious rooms with ensuite baths and balconies, the hotel also has a library, meditation room, spa with a sauna, steam bath and massage services, and a restaurant serving Bhutanese, Indian and western style dishes. Your stay here is the perfect place to unwind and will be a welcome respite in a tranquil, rural setting.
Uma Resort, Paro, combines local artisanship with contemporary style in an intimate, 29-room resort. With an enviable location in the Paro Valley, the property is within striking distance of the country?s great cultural landmarks. The interior combines the colorful accents of traditional Bhutanese craftsmanship with clean-lined contemporary design. Other luxury amenities include a spa and award-winning cuisine; the Bukhari restaurant is a royal favorite.
Set on a beautiful 10 acre property, Zhiwa Ling offers many guest amenitiesspa, fitness center, sauna, steam room, traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath, tea house, meditation house, greenhouse and even a temple, honoring the spiritual heritage of this ancient Buddhist kingdom made with 450-year-old timbers from the famous Gangtey Monastery. The two hotel restaurants specialize in contemporary international cuisine and classic Bhutanese dishes. Each of the 45 suites affords splendid views.
The road to Punakha offers great views of the eastern Himalayan Mountains, and as you cross the 10,230' Dochu La pass, you're soon surrounded by some of Bhutan's most picturesque countryside. Punakha is an idyllic place, filled with magnificent pine and rhododendron forests, terraced rice fields, small villages, and spectacular views.
It's also home to the Punakha Dzong. Constructed in 1637, this was the second of Bhutan's dzongs, and for many years it served as the seat of the government. Today, Bhutan's spiritual leader, Chief Abbot Je Khempo, lives here with 1,000 monks during the winter months, due to Punakha's relatively low altitude by Himalayan standards (4,000').
Amankora Punakha resembles the design of a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan). The property is accessible via a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River, and features 8 suites that consist of a lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove. Views from each suite are of an orange orchard and rice terraces, capturing the countryside of Bhutan. A stay at Amankora is a true retreat embodying the monastic tradition of blending meditation in a physical space with harmony of its natural surroundings.
Overlooking rice paddy fields and farmhouses, Drubchhu was constructed on the ruins of a former, 100-year-old granary. Today, the family-owned property boasts modest and comfortable accommodations, a fine restaurant, roadside café, and cozy bar plus its own natural spring, believed to be a Drubchhu (healing, miraculous water). Modern amenities such as goose down bedding and walk-in showers add comfort to your journey.
This elegant, contemporary hotel in the Punakha valley features traditional architecture, with intricately chiseled stone and views of the mountains, paddy fields, and the Punatshang Chhu River. Tucked away from the commotion of the new Punakha town in Walakha, Punakha, Kunzang Zhing offers 17 well-appointed guestrooms with sitting areas and private balconies. Bhutanese culture resonates throughout the property, which offers a touch of modernity in serene surroundingsmaking for a luxurious ambience.
Uma Resort, Punakha, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the western end of the lush Punakha Valley, offering guests exceptional access to some of Bhutan’s most celebrated landscapes and historic sites. With 9 hillside Valley View rooms, and two free-standing luxury private villas (one and two bedroom), Uma Punakha provides luxury in the wilderness. The Bukhari restaurant serves both local and international cuisine, while the stand-alone COMO Shambhala Retreat offers traditional holistic therapies.
Before becoming Bhutan's official national capital in 1961, and home of the royal family, Thimphu was a simple rural farming valley. However, nowadays, Thimphu is becoming increasingly popular with world travelers.
Set away from the hustle and bustle of Bhutan’s capital city, Amankora Thimpu offers a peaceful setting, yet accessible to the main sights of Thimpu. This property features 16 suites with a bedroom and lounge, a banquet window seat and a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove, each with nice views either across a landscaped courtyard or of a stream and pine forest. A stay at Amankora is a true retreat embodying the monastic tradition of blending meditation in a physical space with harmony of its natural surroundings.
Hotel Druk is located in the center of the city’s landmarks, near the famous Thimphu clock tower and within walking distance of the main markets. Constructed in traditional Bhutanese style, this distinctive, four-star deluxe hotel is relaxed yet elegant, with all the necessary comforts and amenities. Hotel Druk offers newly refurbished, modern guestrooms with spacious accommodations; a soothing spa; and a stylish bar and restaurant.
The Taj Tashi hotel is a blend of Bhutans Dzong architecture and modern design. Adorned with classical hand-drawn Buddhist murals, its 66 luxuriously-appointed rooms pamper guests with the finest amenities. Guests may sample Bhutans fiery cuisine at one of the hotel’s four restaurants, or simply relax with a special Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath at the Jiva Spa. Taj Tashis location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the Kingdom of Bhutan.
From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-tour travels, to assisting you with booking regional air, to meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Bhutan.
Bhutan is generally delightful for hiking in the spring and fall. The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in late September, October and November. In the months of March, April and May, beautiful flowers are in bloom, and you will encounter fewer travelers.
The mountainous areas of Bhutan have pronounced rainy and dry seasons. The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in October and November and it is the harvest season. During March through May, beautiful flowers are in bloom and it is the panting and ploughing time of year. The months of December through February are clear and cool (can be below freezing at night) and it is the shoulder season, so you will encounter fewer visitors. June through August is the monsoon season and it is generally not recommended to travel to Bhutan at this time of year. You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
Our custom tours in Bhutan begin in Paro, which is situated at 7,300 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas. Generally, our walks and hikes will take place at elevations from 4,300 feet to 9,000 feet. There is time to move at a comfortable pace, allowing ourselves to adjust to the mountain air. Keeping hydrated, avoiding excessive alcohol, eating frequent, light meals, and getting plenty of rest will help with any effects of altitude that you may feel.
Although visiting Bhutan in many ways is like stepping back in time and has been a longtime favorite of Boundless Journeys' travelers for this reason, it is important to understand that this evolving society is also eager to keep pace in the modern world. While the government is approaching the development of their country with sensitivity towards preserving the environment and culture, you can still expect to encounter some of the less positive signs of modernization. Some examples include: road construction projects that may hinder driving or cause noise and dust; litter in developed areas; and begging. We ask you to visit Bhutan with an open mind and leave any rigid expectations about the pristine nature of the country behind. It is important to embrace what you see and experience without judgment and recognize that Bhutan, just as any country, is struggling to be a part of this complex and rapidly changing world. We are confident that with this attitude, the Bhutan you experience will be a fascinating and memorable place.
In Bhutan there are a variety of accommodations you may select from: Classic, Deluxe and Luxury. The classic accommodations in Bhutan are simple and quite basic and cannot be compared to international standards, however they are clean, comfortable and offer all of the necessary facilities. We believe that any inconveniences due to these modest accommodations are far outweighed by the unforgettable experience of visiting Bhutan.
Deluxe and luxury hotels are at an additional cost, however they are also quite a notch above the classic properties in terms of quality and standard, and often can be a great treat at the end of your tour.
All tour packages to Bhutan include the classic accommodations. If you wish to stay at deluxe or luxury properties, this is at an additional expense (please inquire for pricing). If you choose to stay at the classic (or standard) accommodations in Bhutan, you should be aware that these properties cannot be compared to international standards, however they are comfortable and offer all necessary facilities. We believe that any inconveniences due to these modest accommodations are far outweighed by the unforgettable experience of visiting Bhutan.
Due to the unique tourism policy in Bhutan, we are unable to confirm which standard hotels we will be using until four weeks prior to departure. The accommodations listed will most likely be what we can expect, but may alter due to availability.
It is important to reserve your trip early, as the Bhutanese national airline will only accept reservations with the full payment of the ticket. Therefore we are unable to hold group seats in advance of reservations. Space can only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, as well as the payment for these flights. Please contact our office with any questions regarding these important policies.
hutanese dishes borrow elements of Indian and Chinese cuisine, however it is also unique in its style and tastes. One of the most distinguishing features of Bhutanese cuisine is the ubiquitous chili. The Bhutanese are passionate about chili; you will see them spread all over to dry - on the roadsides, on rooftops and in courtyards. Ema datse, a dish made with chilis and cheese, is a spicy favorite. Some excellent non-spicy options include kewa datse (potatoes and cheese sauce), and shamu datse (mushrooms with cheese sauce). Bhutanese also love momos. Though a Tibetan specialty, these dumplings now occupy a permanent place in Bhutanese cuisine. Chicken or pork momos are favored, but cheese momos are most common. Another important feature of this exotic cuisine is the use of rice, found in various forms in dishes ranging from breakfast to dinner.We do our best to offer a la carte meals at unique local establishments, however, options are quite limited in the smaller towns, so many of the meals will be served buffet-style at our hotels. There are usually continental, Bhutanese, Chinese, and Indian dishes served.
While we do our best to offer our guests the best possible meals and food available in Bhutan, it is important to know that the food there is basic and does not offer the variety and quality that we may be accustomed to at home. Please travel to Bhutan with an open mind and do not have high expectations in this regard and you will not be disappointed. Vegetarians can easily be accommodated with advance notice.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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