Travel to Bhutan–
The Most popular destination beckons.
Located in the Eastern Himalayas, on the roof of the world, is Bhutan. You can think of it like a sacred Monastery nestled high up on a cliff. And like the Monastery surrounded by looming hills on both sides, Bhutan is sandwiched in-between two of the most populated countries on the planet – India and China. Yet, in complete harmony, the tiny Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon fits in perfectly like the final piece in a jigsaw puzzle.
Over the years, Bhutan has generated a lot of interest on varying subjects of which perhaps our institution of monarchy, our spiritual values, our democracy that was thrust upon us, our development philosophy of Gross National Happiness and, our environmental policy top the list.
Still, you may ask, are those reasons appealing enough to visit Bhutan?
The answer is a definite yes! For, here – in Bhutan, centuries old ways of life blend harmoniously with modern times to create a fairytale realm like no other. The answer is yes, because Bhutan is a country like no other. It is unique, it is different and it is truly inspiring and fascinating.
Some of our stories, small as they may be, are unprecedented, and have all the ingredients to inspire others in a big, big way.
Most of you have likely seen photographs of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro or heard about it. Perched on a 3,120 meter-tall cliff face, the monastery is one of the most photographed and visited landmarks in Bhutan. The story goes that Guru Rimpoche (a spiritual master who brought Buddhism to Bhutan) arrived there on the back of a tigress to subdue a local demon.
Yes, you heard that right. We usually take our demons head-on in Bhutan and most times even manage to subdue them. Call it the hardy Bhutanese spirit, if you will.
For the Bhutanese, though, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is sacred because the site it stands on is where Buddhism took its roots. Yet it’s not just the monastery that we revere in Bhutan, we hold many other things sacred as well; our sovereignty (we have never been colonized), our unique culture that’s thriving, our prominence as the only carbon neutral country in the world, our distinction as a global hotspot for biodiversity, but, what we hold most sacred, before everything, is our leadership – the leadership of our kings.
Who are we?
Yak Holidays International is an independently owned travel company based in Thimphu, Bhutan. Our philosophy is based on a love of travel and exploration and a desire to retain the spirit that we established when we were founded in the August of 2003. We’ve always been known for innovative and inspiring trips, and we understand that everyone’s travel needs is different. But, in all our diversity, we all share the same thing – a curiosity to go out into the world and share experiences.
We at Yak Holidays are different to most other travel companies in Bhutan. We started as a small but dedicated group of enthusiastic guides and staff who are still the core members of the company. Over the years, our experience in the Bhutanese tourism sector has indeed grown. And, as such, we have been conscious to take all the positives forward to build onto our reputation and serve
our clients better.
Our sales consultants are real travellers – ex tour leaders, social workers, photographers, artists and musicians. Individuals obsessed with travel and adventure – they are some of the most well informed people you can ask for as companions on your trips.
We at Yak Holidays International believe that travel should be stimulating, and give you an authentic experience of a destination. We want our travellers to relish the amazing diversity of cultures through our incredible and varied repertoire of adventures. Our small, intimate groups are an international mix of like-minded travellers who share our commitment to sustainable tourism. With our eclectic mix, we promise to deliver the best – always.
Meet the Yak Team
Motto: To harmoniously unite communities through conservation & sustainable and responsible travel
Awards & Nominations : Yak Holidays International is the only Tour Company in Bhutan to be nominated for the Ashoka Change Makers’ Award. The award, given by the National Geographic Society, was bestowed to us in 2008 for our work in creating awareness amongst travelers on the unique nomadic lifestyle prevalent in the mountains, and for upholding local laws governing culture and environmental preservation practices.
4 Simple Steps to book a trip to Bhutan
Most travelers find it complicated to book a trip to Bhutan. Below are 4 simple steps to plan and book your Bhutan tour. Please note that you should book a pre-paid Bhutan tour package as per our Government’s policy.
Step 1: Decide your date of travel to Bhutan (Duration of stay). You need to mention the port of entry and exit out of Bhutan (Port means city). Drukair and Bhutan Airlines fly to and from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka (Bangladesh), New Delhi (India), Kolkotta (India), Bagdogra (India), Gaya (India) and Guwahati (India). You have to send us the scanned copies of your passports to book the flight and process visa.
Step 2: Customize your itinerary. You can coincide your visit with one of the spectacular festivals (festivals in Bhutan are a year-round events which are held in various places) or you can add visit to a Bhutanese farm house, cycling, hiking to the mountain tops, white water rafting, kayaking, flora and fauna, archery match and other activities of your interest.
Step 3: You have to wire transfer the tour payment and cost of the flights to our account. A copy of the wire transfer receipt should be send to us. We will mail you our bank details once your trip is finalized.
Step 4: After we receive the payment:
- We will process the Bhutan visa for your tour/trekking. The Bhutan visa approval letter issued by the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs, Thimphu Bhutan will be sent to you. You have to carry this document when you board the flight into Bhutan. The actual visa will be stamped in your passport upon arrival at the port of entry, Paro Airport or other ports of entry like Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar if you are travelling to Bhutan by overland.
- We will book and issue the Airline tickets (E-tickets) which will be emailed to you.
The Most recommended Bhutan Tour Packages.
Recommended Bhutan trekking tour packages.
You can also join one of our fixed departure Bhutan trekking and hiking trips. All these trekking itineraries are combined to witness one of the spectacular festivals in Bhutan.
Recommended upcoming festival tour packages.
You can also join one of our fixed departure Bhutan festival tours.