Bhutan is often called the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” “Druk Yul,” and “The Last Shangri-La.” Druk Yul translates to “The Country of Drukpa Lineage reference to the dominant Buddhist religion practiced in the country). Enchanting Bhutan is the perfect destination for nature lovers who come to the magical gateway to rediscover themselves in heaven like nature.
Bhutan is a country in south-central Asia located on the Himalayan’s eastern slopes. Bhutan, which had previously been a distant kingdom, became less isolated in the second part of the 20th century, and the pace of change began to intensify. Bhutan is commonly known as the land of thunder dragon or peaceful dragon.
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Druk Heritage Tours is the ultimate travel specialist if you are looking for an authentic Bhutanese experience where your entire holiday in Bhutan is planned & prepared for you as per your choice and interests.
Only 3 groups a month are accepted here – be it An adventurous Solo Traveller, Honeymoon couple getting to know each other, A Family coming together to celebrate or a Group of friends & colleagues looking for a good time.
Immerse yourself in our divine experiences, immersive paths and quiet contemplation in the most exquisite locations we have selected for you here.
All our clients so far have been like family to us, easy to plan with and take care of and they have experienced incredible results. All your travel arrangements are made by our unique professional team according to your personal wishes.
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The peaceful atmosphere, fresh unpolluted air, clean roads, and rivers are some of the first things that tourists feel and see when they are here in Bhutan. The small scale country offers more than just its untouched environment and beauty.
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To Bhutan During Pandemic
The small Himalayan Kingdom nestled between mighty China in the north and gigantic India in the south offers a heavenly destination, blended with the features of these countries. You will find different types of accommodation, and
I bet most of them will pleasantly surprise you. Most hotels in Bhutan are designed with alpine wood making you feel cozy. They include locally-made Bukhari’ – a traditional wood burner that keeps the whole room warm. Hotels in Bhutan
are located on mountainsides offering charming vistas so you can see a different world through the tiny window.
Druk Heritage Residence
Druk Heritage Residence is a luxury home stay located in Paro Valley, Bhutan. It’s a perfect destination for travelers who are looking for a unique experience and want to immerse themselves in Bhutanese culture. It is a traditional Bhutanese house that has been restored into a luxurious home stay.
Aman hotels lie in the western and central parts of the country. Aman is a reputed hotel in the world. Aman Bhutan has a total of 5 luxury hotels scattered across Bhutan, all located in exotic locations. It is also known by the name Aman Kora. Each hotel is built with a unique design based on traditional styles.
Six Senses Bhutan are 5 smaller lodges across the country that operate as one hotel. It offers an exciting journey through the world’s Last Shangri La. Most of these lodges are situated in stunning places allowing guests to experience different vegetation and landscapes.
Uma resort in Paro and Punakha offers an exceptional style of Bhutanese cultural heritage. Uma is one of the exclusive hotels in Bhutan. It offers the most luxurious villas with scenic landscapes and vistas.
The magnificent Taj hotel in Thimphu is a 5star hotel nestled in the middle of Thimphu City. One can easily see hotel Taj for its marvelous design and popularity among the guests. The 5star hotel offers delightful Bhutanese Cuisine along with exotic Indian and European dishes.
Zhiwa Ling Resort is set among the majestic mountain ranges outside Paro. The architectural design resembles the combination of ancient Bhutanese tradition and the 21st century modern world. The main lodges and cottages are carefully hand decorated with religious carvings.
Why You Should Travel To Bhutan
With Druk Heritage
A Reliable Travel Company
Druk Heritage is one the well known travel specialists in Bhutan. With over a decade of experience handling solo trips, private tours, and one-of-a-kind corporate meetings, you can be assured that we make the best recommendations based on your needs and interests.
Priority No. 1 For Us Is Your Well-Being And Safety
While global tourism was halted during the pandemic, we trained our tour guides to implement safety protocols for all of our tour groups. Our guides are trained in safe travel management and will assist you in safely navigating all of Bhutan’s restrictions.
Itinerary Created Specifically For You
We understand that each traveler has special needs and interests, so we offer itinerary customization based on your preferences. Whether you’re a foodie, an adrenaline junkie, an adventurous soul, or simply looking for an adventure, let our Travel Specialists know and they’ll do their best to accommodate you.
Tour Guides and Chauffeurs With Years Of Experience
The Druk Heritage Team is extremely knowledgeable about Bhutan. You may rely on our experts to handle anything from Bhutan’s vibrant heritage to pretty much anything.
Tourism in Bhutan
Bhutan Tourism began in 1974, when the government of Bhutan opened the isolated country to the outside world in an effort to raise revenue and showcase Bhutan’s distinct culture and traditions to the outside world. When the country opened to the world, The Kingdom of Bhutan received a total of 287 tourists in 1974. The number of tourists visiting Bhutan increased gradually from 2,850 in 1992 to 7,158 in 1999. Tourism generated almost $2 million in annual earnings by the late 1980s.
The Bhutanese government is well aware of the environmental impact tourists have on Bhutan’s distinctive and practically untouched terrain and culture, despite the fact that the country is open to foreign visitors, The country has put in place a policy of “high value, low volume” to prevent an influx of tourists. The policy was renamed as “High value, little impact” in 2008. During the peak season, a daily fee of USD$ 250 per person per day all inclusive is implemented and USD $200 for the lean season all inclusive trip..
Royal Bhutan Airlines – Druk Air used to be Bhutan’s only airline to fly into Bhutan, but since then, Tashi Air – A Private Airline has begun to operate in the country.
Made In Bhutan
- Before visiting Bhutan, make sure you have medical or travel insurance. The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan makes it simple to obtain travel insurance.
- The US dollar and Indian Rupee are widely used in BHutan. Local banks offer exchange service on the following foreign currency: US Dollar, Pound, Euro, Indian Rupee, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Singapore Dollar etc.
- Before you go out, make sure you have just enough cash to get around and enjoy yourself. Carrying too much cash may make you uncomfortable.
- You can travel at night but with the right companions and guides.
- Always travel in a group while visiting secluded trails or sites.
- You will hardly be misled by anyone but be conscious and aware.
- Avoid all types of drugs and narcotics. You can enjoy your drinks and smoke at designated areas.
- Bhutan is slightly cooler than the rest of the world. So make sure you pack your backs with warm clothes.
- If you’re hiking, make sure you have comfortable shoes because the trails are steep and slippery.
- We have a first-aid kit with us at all times for any medical emergencies.
- Trekkers must bring only their personal trekking apparels etc.
- If you’re going to a religious site, dress appropriately.
- Do not take photos in areas where photography is not allowed.
- Only film or capture videos if you have permission.
Alcohol is not prohibited in Bhutan. It is a tradition to consume alcohol on holidays and weekends.
Air travel is the best and quickest way to get to Bhutan. The country’s only international airport is located in Paro, at a height of 7,300 feet above sea level. If flying out of Kathmandu, passengers will be treated to some fascinating mountain views (Mt Everest) between Nepal and Bhutan.
- By Air
Bhutan is accessible by air, with Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operating regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and other locations. Major airports operating direct flights to Paro Airport include Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International, Singapore Changi, IGIA (Delhi), Bagdogra International Airport (Darjeeling, West Bengal), and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (Kolkata). From Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Chennai, there are no direct flights.
All tourists traveling into Bhutan need a visa except for Indian, Bangladesh, and Maldives nationality. These nationalities need two valid documents: a passport and a voter card. They can obtain a permit entry producing those documents.
Other than these nationalities, they need to obtain visa clearance before traveling to Bhutan from Druk Heritage. Visas are processed online by licensed Bhutan travel operators like Druk Heritage directly or through your foreign travel partner.
Bhutan’s currency is the Bhutanese Ngultrum, and Indian currency is accepted in Bhutan. International visitors can exchange money at Paro Airport’s foreign exchange desk or any of the banks in Bhutan or with Druk Heritage. ATMs are plentiful, so you won’t have to worry about carrying large amounts of cash. All hotels and most shops offer money exchange services.
What’s Guests Say
Some of the wonderful and best feedbacks provided by Druk Heritage Customers.
Dr Loretta Chen from Singapore lives in Hawaii
Mediator at The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Founding Member at snopes.com and Board of Directors at the Manoa Valley Theatre.
Bhutan was simply fascinating and Druk Heritage was an excellent choice. My travel specialist and his team knew exactly what was needed out of this very special trip. Budget wasn’t an issue because I got more than what I deserved. Worth every dollar. The Itinerary was well planned well in advance with my personal guide Pelden always there with surprises. My guide took great care of me from start to finish along with my driver Kinga who was very helpful and friendly. The hotels I chose were great and just the right kind of place to stay when you’re in Bhutan. I highly recommend this experience to anyone wishing to visit the Last Shangrila because this is not the first time I’m here in this beautiful Kingdom, but my third time. I’m definitely coming back to a country where I understand what simplicity means. Thank-you Druk Heritage and Karma for always being there for me and my family.
Bryan Koh from Singapore
Entrepreneur/ Food Writer/ Founder of Chalk Farm
I am extraordinarily grateful to Karma and his team for putting together an itinerary that not just met my needs but exceeded all expectations. I was hand held from the off, from the visas, documents to check ins and the amount of currency I would require each day. The pace was great, giving the traveller the time to absorb and dream. Being a food writer, the team took matters beautifully and took me to places patronised by locals. – I ate terribly well. And sampled lots of local cuisines one might not find in a restaurant geared towards tourists. I have to also thank my personal guide and driver – Sonam and Kinley for taking care of me as we travelled on the winding mountain roads of Bhutan. I’ll be back for sure.
Amy Mmahat Closs from New Orleans
Modular Homes USA
My family of four had the most amazing tour of Bhutan made so memorable not just by the amazing country but also by Druk Heritage Tours! From our initial contact with them until they delivered us back to the airport they took such good care of us. Our guide Sonam and Kalden made sure everything was perfect. They worked with us to make sure the tour was good for us and our two young children aged 7 and 10. We were nervous about how our kids would handle the trip but with the help of the travel team, they had an amazing time and are still asking when Sonam – our guide is coming to visit them so they can give him a tour of New Olreans. Sonam was so knowledgeable that we even noticed tour guides from other companies and other locals listening to him as he taught and entertained us about Bhutanese and Buddhist culture and history.
Ankit Agarwal From Kolkata, India
Businessman and President at Marwari Yuva Manch. President at Lions Clubs International
Perfect from the word GO. Druk Heritage specialists designed for us the perfect getaway, got us ideal hotels to stay in, an experienced guide, and a very good and comfortable vehicle for our group within a short time as we had not planned our tour beforehand. However, we had to pay a premium since Druk Heritage does not entertain last minute tour bookings. It was heavy rush tourist season, yet they arranged everything for us in a short time with the best of services and personal care. Karma and his team incorporated all our demands and much more and over delivered – It was great. They are more than a travel company, rather I would like to add they were the perfect host and we were like one big family. Everything from the permits, to bookings were taken well care of and we didn’t waste our time waiting for anything. Our Guide Sonam was more than helpful with his cheerful, very helpful nature. Would surely recommend Druk Heritage Experience for anyone planning a visit to Bhutan. Remember to plan at least 3 months in advance because Druk Heritage does not take in many clients.
All the best Karma and Team.
Anuradah Marwah Lives in New Delhi, India. From Ajmer City, Rajasthan, India
Associate professor at Zakir Husain College. Works at Pandies Theater Group
I’ve been telling my friends that I have just returned from an ‘exhilarating’ holiday in Bhutan. And here I am going to say how this wonderful experience came about. My partner and I travel a lot – as much as our jobs and other commitments allow. So, when we were trying to decide where to go in May 2016 it wasn’t an easy call. I had ‘seen’ Bhutan eighteen years ago and I wasn’t going to be so easily convinced to revisit a place while so many corners of the world remain unexplored. It was my partner’s insistence and the personalized itinerary drawn up by the Druk Heritage CEO that did it. From the moment of time Karma chalked it out for us over email I started to feel special and the feeling only grew by leaps and bounds over the eight days we were in Bhutan. We got to do everything we love – sightseeing; nature-walks; feasting on Bhutanese cuisine; and shopping for local handicrafts. Our trip had been worked out to the minutest details; there were no ugly shocks, no delays. The unexpected was only in the form of treats and pleasant surprises. However, the crowning glory was reserved for the last day and it was the hike to Tiger’s Nest. Made possible – especially for me who is no great trekker – by our amazing guide Deepesh Chhetri, this hike definitely scores as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both of us. We went far beyond ourselves and our limitations that day. We have returned to our everyday lives with the joy of victory and Buddhist gratitude. Thank you ever so much for this, Bhutan, Karma, Deepesh, Druk Heritage Tours!
Florence and Pierre From Paris, France
Founder Lieu de villégiature ou de retraite méditative
Les Gîtes du Sentier
Since my first visit to Bhutan in the year 2014, I was drawn to the Kingdom of Bhutan not once, not twice but three times now. This was the country that made meditation a little easier for my students and practicing the art of spirituality every moment. You could say it was timing or the country was not yet much influenced by the outside world. Add to that Druk Heritage selected for us locations away from touristy places where we could practice our meditation without any disturbance, not that there were crowds of tourists at other sites but it made us feel special and privileged to be with the right team. Hotels and food weren’t our priority but Karma personally made sure everyday that our group was happy with the food and the hospitality was splendid’.
Thank you to all the team that guided, pampered, spoiled us…Throughout our time in this wonderful country!
Tashi Albertini From Switzerland
Staub Kaiser Stiftung Foundation CH
My first trip to Bhutan was good but my second trip to Bhutan was great. I have missed the place ever since my first visit in 2017 and have been planning for another one for 2019 as soon as I got back home to Switzerland. Requesting
for an entirely different itinerary with locations we had not been to and the specialists at Druk Heritage delivered a trip that exceeded my expectations just like my first trip. From quaint little villages away from the capital
and authorized visits to community schools that we helped in our own ways. Every moment was authentic and genuine and it gave us a sense of fulfillment and gratitude for being here helping who we could and being among such lovely
and caring human beings.
It was not easy for the team to cater the food we needed everyday but most of the time, our trip leader made sure we were provided our diet – I still don’t know how he (Sonam Dorji) managed to provide us our requirements in the remote areas. Bhutan is truly an amazing place to be if you want to be away from the usual tourist destinations. Take a trip with your loved ones and I assure you it will be worth everyones while.
Ross Jennings & Travis Bluemling from Scotland
https://www.thefirstpiper.com & https://www.instagram.com/travisbluemling/?hl=en
Bhutan has always been on the top of my list of places to visit, so finding the right travel advisor was very important! Druk Heritage was easily the best choice and turned out to be perfect (I recommend asking for Pelden as your
guide – he’s AMAZING)! The entire Druk Heritage team was phenomenal. They designed a trip that was tailored to my interests and allowed enough flexibility to add stops along the way! I highly recommend using this tour company
and plan on using them again when I return to Bhutan in the future!
The Bespoke Travel Company in Bhutan truly focusing on less number of guests and truly providing high value.
Osvald Trtilek from Slovakia.
A travel agent in Thimphu, Bhutan you must use for your travel experience. Myself in the tourism industry for 37 years now operating out of Thailand and Slovakia, it was a fascinating experience with Karma and his team how they focus entirely on this one group of visitors and over deliver on their services and always one step ahead of us. You couldn’t do this with a large number of groups. It was truly special and our group felt and found it too. What else can I say, we have been working together for 7 years now and I don’t have to worry about my groups when in care with them.
A US-BASED MENTAL HEALTH STARTUP
We relished every moment, from hikes to local interactions and home dinners. Our understanding of Buddhism deepened. Stays in luxurious hotels added a touch of comfort, though unnecessary. but thoroughly enjoyed., our favorite moments were the Tiger’s Nest hike, hot stone bath, and cultural experiences like lighting butter lamps. Visiting the Big Buddha, Paper Factory, and Stamp Museum were enlightening. Dining with monks and local families added a personal touch. Bhutan revealed its essence, thanks to Karma’s team. An educational and enriching journey we won’t forget!