Bhutan

Sacred Dzongs Photography Tour
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Bhutan

Asia's Final Frontier
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Bhutan

Sacred Dzongs and Mountains
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Bhutan

Unique Photography with Mark Tuschman
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Bhutan

Explore the Hidden Land of Happiness
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Bhutan

The Land of the Thunder Dragon
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Bhutan

Fall Festival Trips
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Bhutan

Festival Photography with Mark Tuschman
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Land of Thunder Dragon


Elder Monk, Bhutan, by Mark TuschmanThe last Buddhist kingdom in world that only recently peacefully transitioned from a young monarchy to a parliamentary democracy is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Author John Wehrheim, in his Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness, notes "Bhutan's sparsely-populated unspoiled landscapes, its national commitment to valuing happiness in a holistic sense over mere economic development; and its reactions as it confronts modern cultures and ideals – all keep the Land of the Thunder Dragon in the forefront of the world's imagination."

We couldn't agree more and travel to the world's most exceptional and unique tourist destination should likewise include exemplary planning. Indochina Travel has organized private travel to the reclusive "Dragon Kingdom" for over a decade, with trips cultural explorations, photography, family travel, religious studies and meditation, and of course enchanting festivals featuring whirling dancers in masks and colorful costumes. We have also organized leisurely to rigorous cycling in Bhutan for over ten years through our adventure wing, VeloAsia. Cycling days are often blended with hiking days for an active trip.

In country, few people are more qualified to help visitors reveal the closely-guarded secrets of Bhutan than Sonam Dorjee. Columbia graduate Sonam has been hosting travelers the stunning and enigmatic Himalayan kingdom since 1992, soon after the government first opened its doors to travelers. Today, he is an adviser to the Department of Tourism and is widely regarded as one of the country's most experienced and knowledgeable tourism professionals. He is also one of the few guides in Bhutan trained in Europe for Alpine climbing. An avid student of Bhutanese sociology and a passionate photographer, Sonam has contributed to books and films documenting the diverse customs and traditions of Bhutan. Sonam also sits on the boards of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators and the Bhutan Thunder Motorcycle Club, which organizes spectacular charity rides to raise money for disabled people and disadvantaged communities within Bhutan.

Bhutan Tours

Bhutan festival dancer

Fewer countries are more compelling visually, from the high-mountain vistas across the Himalayas, massive dzongs (temples), and colorful tsechus—Bhutan's famous annual festivals.

Join us for our one of our unique Bhutan tours designed by award-winning photographer Mark Tuschman our one of our festival trips that attend up to three major festivals during the pleasant weather of late September and early October. Our eastern trip explores Bhutan's most remote, picturesque and traditional cultures, and our Winter trip captures the Himalayas during the clearest skies of the year.

If you are interested in a custom itinerary, we do recommend planning your visit around the fascinating festivals taking place each Spring and Fall season.

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When to visit Bhutan?

Like almost any other destination in Asia featuring monsoon-climate, weather is of paramount consideration when planning your dates. We do recommend planning your visit around the excitement of the festival season, but almost all year around outside the monsoon season provides favorable weather for travel in Bhutan. Temperatures can cool during the winter, for example, but clear skies reveal crisp views of the Himalayans. Spring brings pastures of green with wild flowers and in Autumn the country's fascinating festivals occur as well as arrival of the rare Black-necked cranes into the Phobjikha Valley.

The most popular months of the year for visiting Bhutan are during March, April and May and September, October and November. During autumn most of the large festivals occur and the weather is milder, with most days having sunny and clear blue skies, a perfect time for trekking or simply enjoying views of the Himalayan range. During summer, although there is more rainfall (about every other day) with cloudy skies obscuring the mountain views, wildlife and flora are abundant while other travelers are scarce. Although winter can be very cold, Bhutan's skies are at their clearest and mountain views at their most stunning. Summer June, July, and August is the monsoon season, but can be a paradise for the viewing the country's botanical wonders.

Note: During important festivals, such as the Thimpu Tshechu, hotels can fill up to year in advance.

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Cold, but there are crisp blue skies and travelers are scarce and hotels empty. Spring offers pleasant weather, with fields of rhododendrons blooming in March and April. Monsoon rains arrive, with rain falling about every other day. Wildlife and flora are in abundance. Fall brings pleasant weather again, annual festivals (tshechus), and arrival of the blacked-necked cranes. Cool, but stunning vistas.
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Why choose Indochina Travel? We take you to places, organize experiences, and introduce you to local people that no one else does. Whether celebrating an anniversary or planning a family trip, our journeys offer unforgettable experiences.

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