The end of an era – Michael Rutland retires from tour leading in Bhutan
After 16 years of leading cultural tours in Bhutan for Mountain Kingdoms, we are sad to say that Michael Rutland is finally taking a well-earned rest and retiring from the role.
Recently granted the National Order of Merit of Bhutan for his distinguished service to the country, Michael is also the UK’s Honorary Consul to Bhutan and was the former tutor of the fourth King of Bhutan. The immense knowledge and insight he was able to bring to the Definitive Cultural Tours of Bhutan he led for us meant that Michael’s groups always left the country feeling an extra special connection with the Thunder Dragon Kingdom.
We’ll undoubtedly stay in touch with our old friend and you never know, if you’re travelling with us to Bhutan, you may find yourself sharing tea and tales with Michael one afternoon at his home in Thimphu.
In the meantime everyone at Mountain Kingdoms would like to say a huge thank you to Michael and to send him best wishes for a very happy and fulfilling retirement. Tashidelek!
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At Mountain Kingdoms we are committed to Responsible Tourism and ensuring that all our holidays are undertaken in a way which is socially, environmentally and culturally sound. As part of this commitment we have now joined the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency initiative.
Michael Rutland has over 16 years’ experience leading cultural tours in Bhutan for Mountain Kingdoms. Having retired in 2018, he’s happily decided that he’s not yet ready to give up sharing the magic of Bhutan – his adopted home country - and will once again be leading a departure of our Definitive Cultural Tour of Bhutan this November.