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Soaring Above Bhutan: A Helicopter Tour Experience

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Imagine soaring above the majestic mountains of Bhutan, taking in the breathtaking views of its valleys, monasteries, and traditional architecture. This is now possible thanks to services operated by DrukAir Heliocotpor Services. These helicopter tours offer a unique and accessible way to experience the beauty of Bhutan, especially for those who may not have the time or ability for trekking and hiking.

Accessibility and Convenience

The helicopter tours in Bhutan are a great option for those who want to experience the country’s stunning landscapes without the physical demands of trekking. They are also perfect for those with limited time, as they allow you to cover large distances and see many sights in a short period.

What You Will See

The helicopter tours offer an unparalleled view of Bhutan’s diverse landscapes. From the comfort of your seat, you can witness the astonishing beauty of Bhutan flying through beautiful valleys, small towns, green fields, lush forests, monasteries and temples.

Taktsang Monastery

One of the highlights of the tour is the aerial view of the Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Perched on a cliff above a forest of blue pines and rhododendrons, this iconic site is even more impressive from above. The monastery is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress. The monastery was formally built around the meditation cave in 1692.

Drugyel Dzong

Another must-see is the Drugyel Dzong, a beautiful fortress located at the base of Mount Jumolhari. From the helicopter, you can appreciate its grandeur and strategic location. The dzong was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1950s Drukgyel Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire.

Paro Valley

The tour also takes you over the Paro Valley, known for its fertile rice fields and traditional Bhutanese architecture. Paro Valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries as well as Bhutan’s only international airport.

Thimphu

Don’t miss out on the aerial view of Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. The cityscape nestled among mountains is a sight to behold. Thimphu is known for its several landmarks such as Tashichho Dzong (a fortress), Memorial Chorten (a stupa dedicated to world peace), Buddha Dordenma Statue (one of the largest Buddha statues in the world), among others.

Mt. Jumolhari

For those opting for longer tours, you can even make a pit stop at Gangothang near the Jumolhari Base camp. The view of Mt. Jumolhari from this vantage point is truly awe-inspiring.

Best Time for Helicopter Tours

The best time for helicopter tours in Bhutan is during the dry season which runs from October to May. During these months, skies are generally clear providing excellent visibility for your aerial tour. However, it’s always best to check with your tour operator for specific recommendations based on your travel dates.

Helicopter tours in Bhutan offer an exciting and accessible way to experience this beautiful country. Whether you’re short on time or looking for a unique perspective on Bhutan’s landscapes and landmarks, these tours are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

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