Bhutan has long been overlooked due to its popular neighbours, but PTG highlights the Himalayan Kingdom.

Bhutan did not allow tourists until the 1970’s and continues to cap the number of annual tourists, making a visit to this Himalayan paradise a truly special experience. The lucky people that get to visit are welcomed with friendly locals and magical monasteries, the most popular being Tiger’s Nest nestled in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. In this predominantly Buddhist nation, visitors will be taken back in time and overwhelmed with ultimate peace.

On the way to Bhutan, stops in Kolkata and Darjeeling are essential. In Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal State, tourists will be filled with gratitude at The Mother House, where Mother Teresa lived and served and is now buried. Beyond that, you can tour a railway museum featuring 150-year-old steam locomotives, carriages and saloon cars. In Darjeeling, the highlight is a 19th century steam train on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway set against the backdrop of Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Bhutan