Destination Overview

Bhutan

Welcome to the Land of Happiness! Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley, is incredibly sacred to Buddhists and is one of the country’s main attractions.

Capital

Thimpu

Language

Dzongkha

Time

GMT +6

Religion

Buddhism

Currency

Ngultrum

Population

771,612

International Airports

Paro

Weather

January and February are cold, but the weather stays dry until April. May and June see the heat and humidity increase as the monsoon rains arrive. Fresh, clear air and sunny skies from October to December make these months a great time to visit Bhutan.

Top Highlights

Ancient Temples

The iconic Tiger’s Nest temple hangs from the side of a mountain like a scene from an adventure movie, challenging would-be pilgrims and trekkers to scale its heights and be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime view over the majestic Paro Valley.

Blooming Valleys

In the spring, an explosion of colour spreads across the valleys as wildfl owers bloom. In particular the red, pink, and white rhododendrons around Dochula on the way to Punakha create a postcard-worthy picture you won’t forget.

Divine Dances

The many celebrations that take place in dzongs (temples) and goembas (monasteries) throughout the nation often include colourful dances with costumes and painted masks, acting out the local legends of heroes and villains, both human and divine.

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Mysterious Bhutan

Learn more about Bhutan‘s "gross national happiness" from a local professor. Get an interactive introduction into the local culture during a lesson in traditional Bhutanese painting, a fortune telling session at the astrology school and a an archery-competition. Explore Bhutan's…

Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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