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If you and your partner are looking for an “out-of-the-ordinary” holiday – then Bhutan should be at the top of your list! Druk Experience is one of the first travel specialists in Bhutan to welcome the LBGTQ community. Are you fascinated with the Buddhist way of religion and way of life? Then we can help design the perfect LGBTQ tour for you. All itineraries are personalized based on your preferences. We can offer 3-star to 5-star accommodations, cooking classes, yoga, and meditation. If you are looking for adventure, we have horseback riding, trekking, white water rafting, and mountain biking. If you can dream it, we can make it happen. We can design tours for individuals. Talk with our LGBTQ-friendly specialists to ensure that you have the guide of your choice, we have excellent women and men guides – who are knowledgeable, experienced, and will help make your tour a trip of a lifetime! Contact us for more details! At Druk Experience, we empower gender equality and celebrate individuality. Below is a sample tour that one can take up or you can customize your trip as per your time and resources.
Bhutan welcomes everyone to the Dragon Kingdom. You can travel to Bhutan without any discrimination or harassment no matter your sexual orientation. Itineraries
Arrival Approx. Altitude: 2300m. Distance: 1 hours 55 KmWhen you arrive in Paro, you will be met by your guide and driver. We will then drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, the only city in the world where there are no traffic lights. If you had an early morning flight, you will have the opportunity to rest before we begin our tour. Later in the day, we will visit the Memorial Stupa, built for world peace, and Tashichodzong, the throne room of Bhutan, and the living room for the religious administrative body.
Thimphu Tour Approx. Altitude: 2300m. Distance: N/AToday we will spend the day touring the capital city and all it has to offer. We will visit the largest seating Buddha statue in the world, which sits on a hilltop overlooking Thimphu. From here we will take a short hike to the Changangkha Temple. Great views of Thimphu from here (don’t forget your camera). Later we will visit the Changangkha temple, built-in 12 centuries, and the Zelukha nunnery. Other options today are to meet members of the local LGBTQ community or to visit a night club in the evening.
Thimphu to Punakha. Approx. Altitude: 1200m. Distance: 2 hours to and from 70 KmAfter breakfast, we will drive to Punakha passing over the Dochula pass. Upon reaching the Dochula pass, we will stop for tea or coffee before embarking on a 3-hour hike to the Lungchutsi temple to see a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. It’s a good hike through some absolutely stunning landscapes. After a visit to the temple, we will return to Dochula and drive on to Punakha
Punakha. Approx. Altitude: 1200m. Distance: NAToday we will visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455 - 1529), popularly known as ‘the divine madman,’ a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless stories blending fact and fiction have been spun. This temple is famous for fertility blessing for couples hoping to conceive. You will notice an abundance of phallus symbols on display and for sale, as you walk to the temple. Later in the day we will visit the Ranchengang settlement in Wangdue and visit the Punakha Dzong, easily the most beautiful Dzong in the country, which was built at the junction of two rivers, Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female). If time permits, we will walk to and over the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. An optional activity is white water rafting (there is an additional charge for this).
Punakha to Paro Approx. Altitude: 2200m. Distance: 3 hours 125 KmToday we will drive back to Paro through Thimphu on the winding Punakha highway. On the way, we will make a short stop at the Tamchogang temple and walk over the oldest man forged iron bridge. Once we arrive in Paro, we will visit the Bhutan National Museum and the Paro Renpong Dzong, where the “Little Buddha” movie was filmed.
Paro-Taktsang Hike. Approx. Altitude: 2200m. Distance: N/AToday we will hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery), the highlight of everyone’s tour of Bhutan. The hike takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to the main complex. Initially, Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in the 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. A hot lunch will be served at the cafeteria located at the ½ waypoint. If time permits we will also visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, the place of historic war between Tibet and Bhutan in the 17th century; and Kyichu Lhakhang, built-in 7th century during the reign of the first Buddhist Tibetan king. For a real treat, we can arrange for a hot stone bath to ease any sore muscles you may have (additional cost – but Oh-So-Worth-It!).
DepartureYour guide and driver will escort you to the Paro Airport for your departure for your next destination
- Accommodation in 3 star hotel (Deluxe)
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- All land transfers and transportation
- Choice of English speaking Bhutanese boy or lady Tour Guide
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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Yes. Bhutan welcomes everyone to the Dragon Kingdom. You can travel to Bhutan without any discrimination or harassment. Nobody cares which sexual orientation you are.
Regardless of your sexual orientation, it is not advisable to show overly affectionate displays of affection. Public displays of affection are cultural frowned upon in public places in Bhutan. What you do behind closed doors is up to you.
There exists an LGBTQ community in Bhutan and in recent years they have become more public. They have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtbhutan to raise awareness of the general public in Bhutan of LGTB existence.