Our private custom tours delve into the heart of the Land of the Thunder Dragon, focusing on the rich natural and cultural highlights of the sublime final frontier of Asia. If you have a longer amount of time, Bhutan also combines well with Southeast Asia's long slumbering Myanmar which has only just begun to awaken.
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."
Travel to Bhutan should be when the weather is comfortable and ideally when the skies clear to witness the stunning panorama of the Himalayas. We always encourage planning travel dates around the fascinating annual tsechus (festivals) that take place across the country, primarily during September and October.
Don't be dissuaded by the popularity of travel during the festival "high-season"as Bhutan only receives but a handful of travelers each day and we'll ensure you'll never be lost in a crowd. Witness the black-necked cranes arrive into the Phobjikha Valley, photograph novice monks in Thimpu, to cycle the Haa Valley, we can plan and organize a distinctly unique trip organized to your preferences.
Bhutan & Myanmar
With Bangkok as a convenient hub, we often combine these two destinations into trips of about two weeks in total. Contact us for more information about our unique itineraries visiting both countries.
Bhutan Photography Tours
Fewer countries are more compelling for photography, from the high-mountain vistas of the Himalayas, colorful dzongs (temples), and vibrant tsechus—Bhutan's famous annual festivals. Join us for our unique selection of photography tours escorted by award-winning photographer Mark Tuschman. The three differing itineraries offer a variety of experiences—including a classic Bhutan itinerary, the remote eastern fringes of the country, and the other canvasing three major festivals during the pleasant weather of late September and early October.
Read more about our Bhutan Photography Trips
Of course, most of travelers are interested in touring privately, and we can arrange any of the activities and sightseeing from these itineraries along with your preferences.
When to Go?
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. Compared to most other destinations in Asia, the climate in Bhutan and when to visit is realtively straightforward—Winter is cold, but features crisp clear skies, spring and autumn are pleasant, with flowers in full bloom in March and April while in October features fine views of the Himalayans. For the peak travel season, especially for the festivals, rooms may fill up to almost a year in advance at prime properties.
December and January are cold, but there are crisp blue skies and travelers are scarce.
Mar, Apr, May
Spring is pleasant, with fields of rhododendrons blooming in March and April.
Jun, Jul, Aug
Monsoon rains arrive.
Sep, Oct, Nov
Fall brings pleasant weather and the annual festivals.
December is the coldest month, but offers stunning vistas.
Nothing could be more striking than the pristine, haunting beauty of the landscape of Bhutan, or the atmosphere of peace and sacredness, which pervades the land from end to end. Bhutan is a place blessed with an almost magical power to transform the mind, as if being transported into a pure realm.
Anyone who has traveled to Bhutan can tell how untouched and remarkable the place is. Bhutan remains a mysterious magical place to visit, unique and timeless. The high mountain splendor and thin air completes the other world effect.
Our private-only cycling and trekking tour of the Kingdom of Bhutan encompasses popular highlights and lesser known ones, along with unique activities, including emphasis on customs, arts, cuisine, and personal encounters and other off-the-bike activities. Travel dates may correspond with a traditional Bhutanese festival, always a highlight of travel in the country, that can be attended during the trip (Fall is high festival season).
The Kingdom of Druk Yul, known in the west as Bhutan is a tiny nation located in the Himalayan Mountains and one that remains the least-touched by western civilization. The country was only opened up to tourism a little over 30 years ago and its previous isolation and low amount of tourists has meant that its culture and traditions have thrived without external influences.
Our route travels by bike and van through the cultural, historical and scenic highlights of the country, with a strong emphasis on personal encounters.
When to go? April and May are pleasant, as well as September through early November. September and October also offer the colorful religious festivals or Tshechus.
Have more time? Pre-tour consider adding our Myanmar bicycle tour. Post-tour options include continued high-mountain exploration of Kathmandu in the heart of the Himalayas. From Kathmandu, Delhi is not far off and one can re-immerse into city life by exploring the treasures of the magnificent, beguiling capital.