The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small, remote country tucked away in the Himalayas and surrounded by India in the south and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the North. For a country of its size, Bhutan is blessed with diverse terrains, flora, fauna, and even climates. In fact, if you were to drive across the country, you would experience three very different climates — alpine, tropical and sub-tropical! If you’ve never visited Bhutan, you’ll be in for a treat, for the country plays home to gushing rivers, mountains, Buddhist temples of historic importance and a host of colourful festivals. Bhutan has a small population and the country remains unspoiled even to this day. Its people, a hospitable and honest lot, give the country its longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s happiest countries. In fact, even first-timers to Bhutan know this one fact about the country: Bhutan’s unique idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH) measures the country’s progress and economic output together with the spiritual and cultural growth of its citizens. As remote as the beautiful Himalayan kingdom sounds, it really is quite accessible and that’s the reason for Bhutan’s popularity as a wedding destination, especially among those who want to exchange vows in the midst of nature and with a spectacular landscape for a backdrop.
Bhutan’s pristine beauty has much to do with the fact that the country only opened up to tourism as recently as 1974. Yet, today you’ll find luxury hotels in Bhutan that cater to every whim and fancy of the well-heeled traveller. Accommodation ranges from the luxurious Taj Tashi to a good number of luxury lodges, all of which preserve the natural beauty and rustic feel of the surroundings. They also offer the best in both local and international cuisines. Well equipped to handle weddings in tandem with your destination wedding planner, these top-notch forms of accommodation making planning a destination wedding in Bhutan that much easier. It also helps to know that connectivity to Bhutan, although limited, is still a breeze thanks to the national airline Druk Air. You can also be rest assured that your guests will always have something to do — whether it’s sightseeing, trekking or simply just kicking back and relaxing — for the duration of your destination wedding. Now that you’ve read a fair bit about this stunning destination, you can sit back and dream up your fairy-tale wedding in Bhutan.
Paro houses the country’s international airport, but it is also home to the Dungtse Lhakhang, a 15-the century temple, as well as the majestic Ugyen Perli Palace. Bhutan’s most famous attraction perched on a cliff, the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, or better known as Tiger’s Nest, is accessible via a trek from Paro that’s well worth your time and energy.
Once at Thimphu, the largest city and capital of Bhutan, you won’t want to leave. There’s the Clock Tower Square surrounded by quaint shops and restaurants, and the Motithang Takin Preserve, home to Bhutan’s national animal — the takin. Nature doesn’t take a backseat here too. Now that’s good enough reason to host your destination wedding in Thimphu!