Bhutan Tours

Bhutan Tours

Once a land cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, Bhutan is a country set amongst the mighty Himalaya with incredible vistas and an interesting culture still present in everyday life. While cliches and comparisons of this Shangri-La often dominate the descriptions of Bhutan, this is indeed a country with stunning countryside, peaceful farms, and monasteries that are perched thousands of feet above the valleys below.

For centuries the towering Himalaya Mountains made Bhutan nearly impossible to reach, effectively closing it off from outside influence. What became known as the Dragon Kingdom had centuries to create its own unique traditions in a serene environment, like nowhere else on...   Read More
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Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
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Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

 

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Our Bhutan Tour Leaders


Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Once a land cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, Bhutan is a country set amongst the mighty Himalaya with incredible vistas and an interesting culture still present in everyday life. While cliches and comparisons of this Shangri-La often dominate the descriptions of Bhutan, this is indeed a country with stunning countryside, peaceful farms, and monasteries that are perched thousands of feet above the valleys below.

For centuries the towering Himalaya Mountains made Bhutan nearly impossible to reach, effectively closing it off from outside influence. What became known as the Dragon Kingdom had centuries to create its own unique traditions in a serene environment, like nowhere else on Earth.

The Kingdom has decidedly different ways of looking at life, from the 'National Happiness' index that measures the success of its people by their joy to the limited number of visitors it allows in order to maintain its authenticity, a journey on our Bhutan tours is surely one never to be forgotten.

Thimphu, the capital, is a small developing city that remains easy to walk around and explore. A stronghold of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture and culture, the friendly folk that call Bhutan home are found throughout the little cafes, bookshops and handicraft shops that are lined along Thimphu streets.

The weekend market is the place to be starting Friday night, with locals buying or selling everything ranging from dried chilies and yak butter to textiles and bamboo products. Traditional crafts and textiles on display in the Folk Museum are remarkably similar to the styles still produced for the markets today.

Like most areas visited on our Bhutan tours, some of the best vistas are from the ancient monasteries such as the 12th century Changangkha Monastery which offers a bird's eye view of the valley. Out of the capital, the most impressive views and monastery is found at the legendary Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Tiger's Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Takstang, is one of Bhutan's most recognized spots with a small collection of buildings precariously perched on a cliff, 900 meters off of the ground. It is stunning in its beauty and location.

Far from the only places of Buddhist worship, monasteries are found across the country as are dzongs, a fortified and monastic building with an architectural style similar to that found in Tibet. Buddhism was introduced into Bhutan by the Guru Padmasambhava, who was invited into Bhutan by a local king of Bumthang.

For this reason, Bumthang is considered the cultural heart of the country and is dotted with monasteries, historic sites and a religious festival known as Nalakhar Festival, which is celebrated to bring happiness and prosperity to the village and the country as a whole. It is also a symbolic prayer for good harvest and for the well being of everyone.

With mountains that soar high into the sky, appearing almost limitless in their grandeur, to the valleys that are lined with a verdant green of rice paddies, Bhutan tours offer a place where time moves slowly and thoughtfully. No traffic jams, no hustle and bustle, just incredible beauty within a magnificent country.