Bhutan is one of the world’s last remaining “Shangri-La’s” a place of untouched beauty and happiness. On this journey, you will visit the ancient fortresses and temples of Bhutan while enjoying the unparalleled natural beauty of its countryside. Speak to a Bhutanese philosopher about the country’s “Happiness Index” and slow down to experience life in local villages. Observe the monastic way of life with our local guides leading you to the spiritual centres of Bhutan. And stay at the most breath-taking properties in the remoteness of Bhutan’s picturesque valleys.
Browse through this page for a selection of some of the finest experiences we offer on this journey. Book a private consultation with us to customize your trip.
Highlights of Thimphu
A curated excursion into the valley visiting historic monasteries, Buddhist institutes, the largest Buddha statue in the country, King's Memorial Chorten and Trashichhoedzong.
Visit a Monastic School
Pangri Zampa is one of the oldest monasteries of Bhutan and a monastic school where student monks learn Lamaism and astrology. Here, you also get the chance to interact with the monks.
Prayers from Bhutan
The air reverberates with sacred mantras during this traditional prayer ceremony led by a senior priest followed by hoisting of the sacred prayer flags.
Off the Beaten Track
In Punakha, we organise a walk through the local village and paddy fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility.
Hot Stone Bath
Relax and detox with the traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, which is believed to help cure joint pains, and other medical problems.
White Water Rafting
In the Mo Chu river, with just enough calm rapids and currents to make this an ideal pick even if you have never gone rafting before.
Sacred Treasures of Paro Valley
Including the deserted ruins of Drukgyel Dzong; Bhutan’s oldest temple Kyichu Lhakhang; Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum; and Rinpung Dzong, known for its delicate murals.
Hike to Tigers Nest
Through dirt roads and sprawling fields, this hike takes about 5 hours both way and offers a quick incline of over 900m to 3120m at the top.
Helicopter Ride to Tiger Nest
With breath-taking views of the valley below, this is another great way to visit Bhutan’s most popular attraction.
- Museums and More: Visit the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum where students train in Bhutan’s traditional arts and crafts; Textile Museum, which provides insight into one of Bhutan’s most distinct art form; and Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.
- Traditional Mask Dance & Cultural Show: Enjoy a performance of varied Bhutanese music and dance forms including the popular Mask dance, Layap & Merak sangtemg based on local folklore and the farewell dance of Tashi ley bay.
- Archery Game: Bhutan’s national game is a high-spirited event and one of the most colourful aspects of the countryside. And it’s a great way to meet and interact with locals as they get together at the local archery range.
Orange Line’s team is experienced in curating activities and experiences for children. If you are travelling with family, ask us how we can customize your trip for various age groups.
- Welcome Dinner with local family
- Lessons in Bhutanese cooking with a local chef
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