Central Bhutan Tours
Central Bhutan’s evergreen mountains and neatly cultivated valleys comprise the country’s cultural heartland, accented by several of Bhutan’s oldest and most significant temples and monasteries. Spectacular festivals celebrate tradition and there are dozens of great day hikes throughout the region.
Across the 3420m-high Pele La and the Black Mountains is the magnificent and historically important Trongsa Dzong, commanding the junction of three major roads. From Trongsa, a short, steep drive over the Yotong La (3425m) leads to the four valleys of Bumthang, a magical region of saints and treasure-seekers, great demon-subduing struggles and fabulous miracles, rich with relics, hermitages and sacred sites from the visits of Guru Rinpoche and Pema Lingpa.
Central Bhutan sees fewer tourists than western Bhutan, though Bumthang’s airport makes travelling here easier than ever. To really get off the beaten track, head south to visit remote village lhakhangs and the wildlife-filled jungles of Royal Manas National Park.
While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.
Bhutan’s numerous festivals are a joyful expression of its culture – and largely inspired by Buddhism.
The Tshechu – or the masked dance festivals – is a rare occasion and a living testimony to the country’s ancient past. These festivals are a dedication to Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 7th century. They are held in every district (often in the Dzongs) annually. As it has happened for centuries, people continue to converge at festivals both to pursue their spiritual practice, and to participate in the community event. The Tshechu is a place to see and be seen.
Tshechus are also an important social event for the Bhutanese. People come dressed in their finest. Women wear their most beautiful jewelry, families pack their best food for lunch, men and women joke and exchange tales, and children crane their necks to catch a sight of the day-long dances.
Bhutan’s pristine environment, with high rugged mountains and deep valleys, offers ecosystems that are both rich and diverse. Recognizing the importance of the environment, conservation of its rich biodiversity is one of the government’s development paradigms.
Whether you are looking for a day hike or a gruelling 31 day adventure, Bhutan has it all. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheatre of the Himalayas. Let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks.