Bhutan

Bhutan is an enchanting Buddhist kingdom situated in the Himalayas, nestled between India and China. In the 1800s, various European maps conflated it with Tibet, and it has remained remote and relatively untouched down to the present day; TV and Internet, for example, were only introduced in 1999. It’s no surprise, then, that Bhutan retains an aura of mysterious allure, and visiting can still feel like stepping back in time. The land is rugged and largely virgin; the people, who always wear the national gho and kira dress, are regal yet friendly. It is a beguiling place where tobacco is illegal but marijuana grows wildly; where archery remains the national sport, and where progress is measured not in GDP but “Gross National Happiness.”

Remote Lands’ deep knowledge of Bhutan and its culture goes beyond the five valleys (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang) to far-flung eastern locales like Mongar, Lhuntse, Trashigang and more. 

Bhutan is an enchanting Buddhist kingdom situated in the Himalayas, nestled between India and China. In the 1800s, various European maps conflated it with Tibet, and it has remained remote and relatively untouched down to the present day; TV and Internet, for example, were only introduced in 1999. It’s no surprise, then, that Bhutan retains an aura of mysterious allure, and visiting can still feel like stepping back in time. The land is rugged and largely virgin; the people, who always wear the national gho and kira dress, are regal yet friendly. It is a beguiling place where tobacco is illegal but marijuana grows wildly; where archery remains the national sport, and where progress is measured not in GDP but “Gross National Happiness.”

Remote Lands’ deep knowledge of Bhutan and its culture goes beyond the five valleys (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang) to far-flung eastern locales like Mongar, Lhuntse, Trashigang and more. 

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Cycling Chelela Pass in Bhutan

Author
John McMahon

On a cross country highway that averages 17 curves per kilometer, bicycles are the perfect mode to explore Chelela Pass and Bhutan's almost infinite hill trails.

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Royal Highlander Festival: Trek to the Home of the Layap

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Jay Tindall

Jay Tindall treks 20 kilometers to the Royal Highlander Festival to meet the Bhutan tribes of one of the most under traveled regions in Asia.

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The Three Must-See Dzongs of Bhutan

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Elisha Donkin

Many dzongs were originally Buddhist places of worship; today they are the administrative offices, museums, and cultural stages that make up some of Bhutan's best tourist attractions.

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Bhutan as Few Others Know It

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Nazima and Earl Kowall

Yaks, golf, cham dances, and traditional garb – veteran writers and photographers Nazima and Earl Kowall share their unique Bhutan experiences.

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Luxury at Both Ends of the Druk Path

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With Aman destinations at Paro and Thimphu, this trek through Bhutan's Druk path has luxury at the start and the finish.

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Aman’s Upcoming Global Private Jet Expedition will Span Asia and Europe

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Tyler Roney

“This extraordinary voyage will incorporate nine unique destinations,” Roland Fasel says of 2018's exclusive Aman Global Private Jet Expedition – a journey that stretches from Tokyo to Venice.

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