The Kingdom of Bhutan, which has preserved its singular culture and lifestyle to an amazing degree, from its textiles and diverse folk arts to its distinctive architecture and religious masked dances.  It is located in the Eastern Himalayas. The independence of Bhutan has endured for centuries and it has never been colonized in its history. Situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism.  In Ladakh, enjoy a colorful and exciting festival and visit well-preserved sites that date back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 10th and 11th centuries.


Upcoming Departures

Next date
September 3 2020
with Dr Gregg Hillis
Price from
$9,965 $9,765
Duration
18 days
Activity Level

Country Information - Bhutan

  • Currency - The currency of Bhutan is the Bhutan ngultrum
  • How to Dress - The Bhutanese dress very moderately and dressing respectfully is welcomed but not mandated. The climate ranges from cool to warm so seasonally appropriate sensible clothing for trekking is recommended.
  • Cultural Differences - The predominant religion in Bhutan is Buddhism, followed by Hinduism. Bhutanese culture is very much influenced by sacred Buddhist values. Bhutanese live by their religious values and respect their gods and deities. If a child is born Bhutan is one of the very few countries in the world which does not discriminate between a boy and girl. No outsider is permitted to enter the house for 3 days following the birth. Following a purification ritual that the guests can enter. Name of the baby is kept by a local lama instead of a family name. It is a combination of two traditional names, and with the gender indicated by the second name. In Bhutan, marriage is informal and the wedding ceremony is kept simple. Marriage between cousins is very common. A long term practice which is now being discouraged it
  • Language - The languages of Bhutan is Dzongkha
  • Tipping - Tipping in Bhutan is not compulsory. Hotels and restaurant bills include service charges of 20%; there is no need to add anything further onto these bills. Archaeological Tours will take care of gratuities to restaurant staff, local guides and drivers, if necessary