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Closed to the world until the 1970s, Bhutan is the last Himalayan kingdom, wedged between China and India right in the lap of the world’s highest mountains. Called Drak Yul, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan is an utterly unique destination, often called magical, alluring or enigmatic and it’s easy to see why. The protection of the mountains and its isolation have left Bhutan’s Buddhist culture perfectly intact – even today the government tightly controls tourism, to help preserve it. As well as pride in their culture, the Bhutanese also take huge pride in the beauty of their surroundings – this is a land of towering mountain peaks, lush valleys and remote fortress monasteries after all. The preservation of environment and culture are two of the fundamental pillars of the concept of ‘gross national happiness’, which governs Bhutanese society as it slowly continues the process of modernisation and opening up to the world – go now before some of the magic is lost!

Amazing places to see in Bhutan

Top Tours to Bhutan

Bhutan offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

  • Himalayan Kingdoms Tour Tour

    Himalayan Kingdoms Tour

    24 days from £5,490ppFully Inclusive of Tour & Flights

    • Sikkim and Bhutan
    • Darjeeling Toy Train
    • Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Tiger's Nest Monastery
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  • Nepal & Bhutan Adventure Tour

    Nepal & Bhutan Adventure

    14 days from £3,790ppFully Inclusive of Tour & Flights

    • Nagarkot
    • Kathmandu
    • Thimphu
    • Punakha
    • Paro
    • Kathmandu
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Bhutan at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Bhutan:

GMT+6
time difference
13 Hours
flight time
Yes
visa
Thimpu
capital city
790,000
population
Ngultrum
currency