View from the Air
Bhutan Helicopter Services does more than provide our country with much-needed transit support. Now, we can also offer an experience of Bhutan unlike any other. When you travel by air, you will see sights the Bhutanese builders could not have imagined at the time they crafted the many monasteries, villages and ruins that dot the landscape. Be sure to bring your camera!
The scenic tour begins with a low flight over the Paro Valley. The area, with its fertilize rice fields and the meandering Paro Chhu River that divides the valley in half, is an unparalleled sight. The river is wide and blue, with flat green banks extending on either side, and sandbars often visible along the winding turquoise length.
We then pass over ancient rural villages, followed by followed by some of Bhutan’s most famous and prominent sights, such as Paro Rinpung Dzong. This Buddhist monastery and fortress was built in the 15th century, later renovated in the 17th century, and is surrounded by greenery and an impressive cantilevered bridge. It currently houses the administrative and monastic body of Paro.
Slightly above the ridge is the Taa Dzong (currently the National Museum), and just minutes later, we will swoop low over the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery for a close-up. With golden roofs, white walls and red accents, it is a true marvel. Seeing the monastery from the sky is a breathtaking experience, the only way to make a visit to such hallowed ground even more awesome.
We then head further north towards Mount Jomolhari, still flying along the Paro Chhu River, and will soon pass over the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, built in 1649 and now a ruin. Mouth Jomolhari, which stands at 7,320 metres above sea level, is straddled between the autonomous region of Tibet and Bhutan. It is also one of the highest virgin peaks in the world. Climbing is banned, as Bhutanese believe that deities live on top of the mountain. The helicopter will then land at the Jomolhari basecamp, Jangothang, for a quick snack and selfie time.
If you are lucky, you will get a chance to see the herds of blue sheep along the way. Properly called Pseudois nayaur or bharal, these sheep are only found in the Himalayas, in the countries of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Pakistan. Blue sheep cling to the cliff sides of steep mountains, males living separately from females, feeding on grass. They are a rare sight to behold, but we often catch them in the air.
From there, we will return to Paro, experiencing more of Bhutan’s unspoiled wilderness along the way.
A Customized Experience
At Druk Asia, we specialize in introducing travelers to Bhutan, the colorful realm of the Thunder Dragon King. As the official representative of the Bhutanese Royal Government's National Carrier and a licensed tour operator in Bhutan, Singapore and Thailand, we provide all the services you need for a safe and memorable Bhutanese adventure.
Druk Asia will handle your ticketing and visa paperwork, and help you plan a customized private journey, group tour or business trip to Bhutan. The charge for each helicopter tour is per trip, with a maximum of 5 passengers. Please book your party in advance.