Founder and CEO
Mr. Yeshey Norbu
Yeshey Norbu, founder and CEO has been working in the tourism industry since the early nineties. He has contributed immensely to the development and growth of tourism in Bhutan ever since the Royal Government of Bhutan started privatization of the tourism sector under its “High Value Low Volume” policy. He guided the process of privatization and established the Tourism Authority of Bhutan, the regulatory body in the Royal Government where he served as its chief executive.
Yeshey Norbu next joined the Bhutan Tourism Corporation Ltd. (BTCL) as the Managing Director where he proceeded to grow the company into a leading Destination Management Company (DMC). He established various tourism infrastructure projects and initiated the first luxury Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) hotel project in Bhutan – specifically targeting premium clients to support Bhutan’s tourism policy.
With thirteen years of successful leadership of BTCL behind him, Yeshey Norbu ventured out on his own and started Norbu Bhutan Travel Pvt. Ltd in 2007. Norbu Bhutan Travel is now the largest DMC in Bhutan.
Norbu Bhutan Travel Pvt. Ltd. (NBT) offers travel services promoting the principle of “value, responsible and sustainable tourism” . In a world vying to conceive reform and implement eco-friendly tourism, Bhutan has established itself as a distinct island in the Himalaya region where the society, the culture, the economy, polity and the environment are truly maintaining a most harmonious relationship. NBT is guided by the country’s premise that the progress of a nation is measured by Gross National Happiness and not by Gross domestic product.
The company provides a special and customized experience for every guest coming to Bhutan in the hands of a well trained and highly motivated group of experienced employees from across the country. They can offer unique insights into
the country, their valleys and sub-cultures.
We believe that it takes good people to make a great company. That’s why at Norbu Bhutan, we pride ourselves with finding, training and developing the best team of tour guides, travel agents, hotel staff, drivers and managers. Our people come from all parts of Bhutan and offer unique insights into the country, their valley’s and sub-cultures. We are always learning and implementing fresh ideas and experiences so that there is always more to offer for our guests coming to Bhutan.
Norbu Bhutan owns and operates cozy, boutique hotels through it’s division Himalayan Lodges & Retreats (http://www.hlrbhutan.com). These small and intimate hotels take you away from the large hotel chains and put you in touch with Bhutanese culture and traditions. Learn how to cook Bhutanese dishes, walk in the neighboring paddy fields, pick fresh chillies with local farmers, but still have the comfort and amenities of a high end hotel.
Wide Range of Vehicles
We have travellers who come alone to Bhutan to connect individually with natural and Buddhism, others come with families to experience our strong undiluted culture, and some come in large groups with friends or cultural or religious trips. Norbu Bhutan, with its breath and strength of vehicles can cater to an individual or a visiting group of a hundred people. We offer luxury cars for the discerning travelers, minivans for larger families and buses for larger groups. However you like to travel, we have the right fit for you.
Himalayan lodges and retreats
Want to make reservations ahead of time? Consider our line-up.
The Village lodge Bumthang
Bumthang is a religious central hub, and one of the most desired tourist destinations in Bhutan.
The Valley Camp Phobjikha
The valley camp is a one of a kind retreat that offers cozy rooms and amenities.
The Village Lodge Paro
Paro is home to many fascinating things. Experience the relaxing lifestyle in the village.
Taktsang Village Resort
Paro has many highlights for tourists. One of the most beautiful of Bhutan’s valleys.
Things you should know
The Daily USD 200 Sustainable Development (SDF) Fee.
Foreign visitors to Bhutan must pay a daily sustainable fee of USD 200. The new fees went into effect on June 20, 2022.
The Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) has been removed.
Tourists will be able to engage service providers directly and pay for their services accordingly.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.