Discover Paro

Discover the wonderfully and untouched Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Lose yourself in a world of quiet spirituality and dramatic snow-capped landscapes. Trek high above emerald valleys to a mountain-top monastery, clinging to sheer granite cliffs. Step inside ancient temples for a window into a culture unchanged for centuries. And drink in the luxury of your resort in a serene forest setting, the only way to experience “the last Shangri-La”..

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Tashi Delek and welcome to Paro, situated at an altitude of nearly 2200 metres. Receive VIP assistance on arrival and meet your A&K representative and drop your bags at your luxury accommodation.  Begin your adventure with the impressive Paro Dzong. Cross a wooden bridge over the river and discover why it’s known as the ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. Continue to an ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong which now houses the National Museum. Marvel at the architecture of this unusual round building and discover treasure filled rooms of art, bronze statues and painting. Later, enjoy Bhutanese hospitality when you are welcomed into a colourful farm house. Sip tea with the locals and enjoy a glimpse into their ancient culture. Take part in the cherished ritual of hanging prayer flags to send Buddhist blessing through the winds at Kyichu Lhakhang.  Step inside and experience the wonders of Bhutan’s spirituality lighting 108 butter lamps, a ceremony believed to awaken your spirit and focus your mind.

Hotel: COMO Uma Resort, 3 nights

Day 2: Paro

Rise early for an unforgettable hike to Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest). Clinging to sheer granite cliffs high above the valley floor, this seemingly impregnable fortress is truly magnificent. Spend the day among the monks at this sacred pilgrimage site, where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche is believed to have flown on the back of the tiger to bring the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan. This evening try your skills at Bhutan’s national sport on the resort’s archery field.

Day 3: Paro

Rise early for a morning hike to Zurig Dzong. Wind through the pine forests high above Uma Resort to the pretty grounds of this fortress-like monastery. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in your luxury resort and take a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath or choose to explore with a range of active adventures, such as cycling or rafting (additional charges).

Day 4: Depart Paro

Bid farewell to this enchanting kingdom and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesAdult Twin
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Departs daily from Paro:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:3 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Last Shangri-La

Journey over several of Bhutan‘s scenic passes, and witness spectacular Himalayan views. Drive out of Paro to the highest road pass in the country at nearly 4,000 meters above sea level, enjoying superb scenery,villages and monasteries. Take short rural walks into villages and scenic areas of mountain valleys.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Paro to Thimphu

On arrival in Paro be transferred to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu. Stay the next two nights at Hotel Namgay Heritage.

Day 2: Thimphu

Embark on a scenic walk to Tango monastery which is situated north of Thimphu. Continue on to Folk Heritage Museum, the Museum is dedicated to connect people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage through exhibits, and educational programs.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

Travel on the scenic east-west National Highway crossing Dochula, the first of several Himalayan passes on your journey through Bhutan. The scenery on these winding roads is superb with rhododendron forests and terraced fields. Stay the next two nights at Meri Puensum Resort.

Day 4: Punakha

Embark on a walking tour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, built to remove negative forces and promote peace. Later, visit Chimi Lhakhang. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and pray at this temple will be blessed with a child.

Day 5: Punakha to Paro

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Paro.The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. Upon arrival, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong before visiting a traditional farm house. Stay the next two nights at Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 6: Paro

Venture to Paro Taktsang, also known as the Tiger Nest, which is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on a cliffs edge.

Day 7: Paro

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Paro:From $2,519.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:6 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Venture high in the eastern Himalayas to one of the last untouched bastions of ancient civilisation, Bhutan. A place where mountain legends, quiet spirituality and dramatic snow-capped vistas await at every turn. Step inside mountaintop monasteries and experience the wonders of Buddhist spirituality. Trek through emerald valleys surrounded by soaring peaks and glacial rivers. And explore the rich culture of the local community, unchanged for centuries. Welcome to the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu

Tashi Delek and welcome to the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan. Receive a warm A&K welcome on arrival in Paro and continue overland to Thimphu via Simtokha Dzong, an atmospheric Buddhist fort and the gateway to Thimphu Valley. Transfer to your luxury hotel and enjoy the beautiful sights of Bhutan’s petite and pretty capital, the third highest in the world at a base altitude of 2248 metres. Later visit the Memorial Chorten, a large Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery designed to be the most visible religious structure in Thimphu.

Hotel: Taj Tashi, 2 nights

Day 2: Thimph

Step inside an exquisite monastery to watch monks as they chant their daily prayers. Receive blessings from a monk and experience the wonders of Bhutan’s spirituality lighting 108 butter lamps, a ceremony believed to awaken your spirit and focus your mind.

Delve into the country’s past at the National Library with its small collection of precious texts, the Folk Heritage Museum which provides a glimpse into Bhutanese lifestyle and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine showcasing traditional systems of healing. Continue to the National Textile Museums and the Handicrafts Emporium to admire the art of weaving that has been carefully preserved for centuries in Bhutan. Finally, visit the Tashichho Dzong, an impressive monastery built without a single drawing or a single nail.

This evening is at leisure, and you may choose to attend a talk by a well-respected local person about Bhutan’s history, politics and society to get an orientation on Bhutan or take your seat for a Bhutanese dinner with traditional dancing (additional charges).

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

Bid farewell to the capital and journey east over the spectacular Dochu La Pass. Breathe in enchanting views of Bhutan and the Himalaya mountains before continuing into the green vales of Punakha, an ancient capital. Stretch your legs on a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Divine Madman, Bhutan’s most unorthodox saint. See the stunning 17th century Punakha Dzong, also known as ‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’ and the second largest dzong in Bhutan.

Hotel: Amankora, 2 nights
Day 4: Punakha

Take a hike through pine forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, set on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha Valley, providing commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond from the structures rooftop. This fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions was built by Bhutan’s Queen Mother to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world dominates the upper Punakha Valley. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a rafting trip at Pho Chhu (additional charge).

Day 5: Punakha – Paro

Depart the green valley of Punakha for the overland trip to Paro. Begin with the impressive Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest in Bhutan. Cross a wooden bridge over the river and discover why it’s known as the ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. Continue to an ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong and explore the National Museum. Marvel at the architecture of this unusual round building, shaped like a conch shell and discover treasure-filled rooms of art, bronze statues and paintings from different regions.

Later, enjoy Bhutanese hospitality on a visit to a local family’s colourful farmhouse, sipping tea with the locals as you get a glimpse into their lives. Take part in the cherished ritual of hanging prayer flags to send Buddhist blessing through the winds at Kyichu Lhakhang. Built in the seventh century to subdue a demoness who prevented the spread of Buddhism it is one of Bhutan’s oldest religious sites.

Hotel: COMO Uma Paro, 3 nights

Day 6: Paro

Rise early for an unforgettable hike to Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest). Clinging to sheer granite cliffs high above the valley floor, this seemingly impregnable fortress is truly magnificent. Spend the day among the monks at this sacred pilgrimage site, where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche is believed to have flown on the back of the tiger to bring the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan.

This evening, try your skills at Bhutan’s national sport on the resort’s archery field. Alternatively, you may choose to take a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath for the perfect end to your day’s adventures (additional cost).

Day 7: Paro – Haa Valley – Paro

Head along the inspiring route to Chele La Pass and take in spectacular views of the sacred Jhomolhari and Jitchu Drake mountains. Continue over the pass into the Haa Valley, also known as “Hidden-Land Rice Valley”. Perhaps the most picturesque area in Bhutan, this valley is home to minority villages with traditional animist beliefs.

Returning to your luxury accommodation in Paro, learn to cook traditional Bhutanese food from the hotel’s executive chef. Using traditional utensils like the sume, designed to churn butter, and a tshome, similar to a mortar and pestle uncover the secrets to the fermented yak cheese and chili dish known as ema datshi, a yak milk yogurt called dau, Bhutanese buckwheat noodles and momo yak dumplings.

Day 8: Depart Paro

Farewell this enchanting kingdom and transfer privately to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Paro:From $12,150.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:7 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bhutan: Dragon Kingdom

Experience the mysterious mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world. It is a country that puts its people and environment first – a place where progress is measured in gross national happiness not GDP, and that’s not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative. It’s a place of lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, and art and architecture unique to the region. This journey begins in Paro and heads straight to Thimphu, where there are two days to discover the history and heritage of this charming and serene capital. Walk in the countryside and back in time with visits to the beautiful Punakha and Haa Valleys. Here the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan is explored before returning to Paro. Finish with a true highlight – the spectacular Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest), a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor. A journey through the astonishing beauty of the people, landscape and culture of Bhutan will have your happiness levels off the scale.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Paro – Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the last Shangri-La. Depending on the clarity of the weather and your flight path into Paro (2,280m), you may be met with an awe-inspiring view of the massive eastern Himalayan peaks on your way in, including Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest peak) and Chomolhari (Bhutan’s holy mountain). On arrival, you will be met at Paro airport and transferred to Thimphu (2736 m), the capital of Bhutan (65 km, approximately 75 minutes). The snaking road follows the Pa Chu as it winds downstream to its confluence with the Wang Chu, then up the valley to Thimphu. After settling in, there will be a briefing given by the tour leader in the late afternoon and any last-minute arrangements will be coordinated. Thimphu is a compact town that occupies both sides of the Thimphu Valley, bisected in the middle by the Thimphu Chu River. Time permitting, you will visit the King Jigme Dorji Memorial Chorten (built in 1974 in memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk), and take an orientation walk along the main street. If there is not enough time today, you will do this on Day 2.

Hotel: Ramada Valley, 2 nights

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast you will venture out to explore Thimphu, first driving to Buddha point (where a 51-metre-high gilded statue watches over the city) to enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the city. On your way back you will take a short hike around the small enclosure in the pine trees to spot Takin, the national animal of Bhutan – a unique goat-antelope creature. The next stop is the Zilukha Nunnery in Drubthob Goemba. You will then pass the vast white, red and gold Tashicho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), located on the right bank of Thimphu Chhu. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (Bhutan’s supreme leader in the first half of the 17th century) built the current structure in 1641, however the original building dates back to 1216. To this day the Dzong (which means fortress-monastery) serves as the seat of the government and home to about 300 monks during summer. You can then enjoy some free time in town for your own exploration. Sites to uncover in the capital include the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and the Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu, an institution where children receive formal education in the art of traditional painting, sculpture, and woodcarving. Thimphu has an excellent range of handicrafts, most notably woven cloth, wooden masks, thangkas, silverware, jewellery, and bamboo crafts that come from all over Bhutan.

Day 3: Punakha

This morning, travel out the castle-monastery of Simtokha Dzong, the first built by Zhabdrung (in AD1629) and said to guard against a demon that escaped into the nearby rock. Next, climb the winding Dochula pass (3100 m) through beautiful tropical forest and sparse villages. The pass is marked by 108 chortens or stupas – built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed fighting Indian insurgents in 2003 – and gardens of colourful prayer flags. On the clear day you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Eastern Himalaya, including Gangkhar Puensum, perhaps the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. The scenic Punakha Valley is drained by the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (meaning ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ Rivers) which enjoys a temperate climate which is ideal for farming. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1966. Here you’ll visit the white-walled, red-roofed Punakha Dzong, the administrative and religious centre and winter retreat of His Holiness, Je Khenpo – the chief abbot of Bhutan. This six-storey high monastery is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan. Construction began in 1637, although sections of it have been restored after floods in 1994. The Dzong boasts intricately carved woodwork, prayer halls and beautiful religious paintings on walls and doorways.

Hotel: Punakha Zhingkham Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Punakha

Begin the day with a short 30-minute drive from the Punkha Dzong to the base of a hill where a ridge-top monastery sits. In this almost sub-tropical valley, begin a hike at a suspension bridge that crosses the Mo Chu river and cross through paddy fields before starting to climb a moderately inclined trail to the Kahmsum Yulley temple. This temple was built by the Queen Mother, Ashi Tsherin Yangdon Wangchuck, and is dedicated to the well being of Bhutan. It’s a classic example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions, and is the only one its kind in the world. It takes approximately 1 hour from the car park to hike up to the temple, and 30 minutes to descend. From the top you can take in sweeping views across the valley. Today there’s also the option to take a short walk to the Chimi Lhakhang – The Temple of Fertility. People from all corners of the country visit the Lhakhang to seek a blessing from Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the ‘Divine Madman’. A revered womaniser and drinker, this wandering preacher taught that sexual freedom was at the centre of Truth. On a 15-minute walk through the village of Sopsokha to the temple you will notice the phallic symbols painted on walls, a symbol of fertility and protection from evil. You can end the day at the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Temple and nunnery, where you’ll arrive in time for evening prayers at 6 pm. The magnificent gleaming structure sits perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooks the valleys of Toebesa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang.

Day 5: Haa Valley

Today you will travel to one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan – the Haa Valley. This area only opened to tourism in 2002 and has one of the strongest auras of stepping into the past, in a country that already feels lost in time. The surroundings mountains push up against the northern Indian state of Sikkim and the south of Tibet, and they are as wild, uninhabited, and unexplored as anywhere in the world. You will take a 170 km, 5–7 hour drive from Punakha to Haa, travelling down the spectacular Cheli La Pass (3990 m). This pass through dense spruce and larch forests has incredible mountain views as it zigzags down into the valley. Look out for the surrounding peaks and views of the Haa and Paro valleys. Continue down into the attractive little town of Haa, with traditional two storey wooden shops and a sprawling collection of buildings around a central dzong used by the Indian army. When you arrive, relax and take a walk around the town to meet the friendly local people. Tonight there’s the option to taste local dishes with dinner at a nearby farmhouse.

Hotel: Risum Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Haa Valley

Enjoy a full day of exploration in this culturally rich valley, which is also known for being the ancestral home of the Royal grandmother. The two most important temples here are the seventh century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple), which sit at the foothills of a group of hills known as Meri Puensum. Legend has it that King Songtsen Gampo released a black and a white pigeon to select sites to build the temples, which act as guardian sentinels keeping watch over the southern entrance to the valley. Travel back towards the Cheli La Pass, which is decorated with thousands of prayer flags, and have a picnic lunch in the surrounding pine tress. As you climb the hill towards the north of the pass – out of blue pine and rhododendron forest into windswept highlands – the mountain tops will appear one by one, revealing Himalayan peaks such as the Jhomolhari (7314 m), Jichu Drake (6794 m) and world’s third highest mountain Kangchenjunga (8586 m) located in Sikkim. A variety of birds can be also be seen and heard in the mountain landscape. You will then take a 45-minute hike through primeval forest from the road to Kila Goemba, one of the oldest Nunneries in Bhutan. The building almost to seems to suspend in mid air from the rock face, and it’s home to around 60 hardy nuns. If there’s time, perhaps practice some meditation in this place that’s been a spiritual retreat since the ninth century. Return down into the valley and back to Haa for the night.

Day 7: Paro

Retrace the drive up the spectacular Cheli La Pass and return to Paro (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival in Paro, visit the impressive Ta Dzong, a 17th century watchtower above the Paro Dzong that now houses the National Museum. It features an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities and treasures (including the King’s famous ‘dragon hat), an interesting assortment of costumes from the different regions of Bhutan, and a wonderful collection of painted and embroidered Thangkas (religious pictures). To discover more of the local history then the ruined Drukgyal Dzong, located 18 kilometres from the city, is a great place to explore. Built in the 17th century by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was burnt down by an accidental fire in 1950s. It was never rebuilt, left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past. This afternoon we will enjoy a traditional meal at Tshering Farm House. Try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport with an archery lesson.

Hotel: Tashi Namgay Resort, 2 nights

Day 8: Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Paro

After an early breakfast, prepare to hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a magnificent monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. The legend, dating back to AD747, says that the Great Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhawa) flew here from northeast Bhutan on the back of a tigress to subdue the demons of Paro Valley. The guru then meditated in the holy cave that is the site of the Pelphug Lhakhang today. According to Tantric Buddhist mythology, the vanquished local deities became the protectors of the dharma and one of them, Singey Samdrup, is recognised today as the guardian deity of Taktsang. Guru Rinpoche is also believed to have concealed among the rocks of Taktsang various forms of Dharma treasures known as Ters, which were destined to be discovered later by Tertons (treasure discoverers) for the propagation of Dharma. Taktsang was severely damaged by fire in 1998 but the King commanded its immediate restoration. The royal command dictated that the original aura, authenticity and architectural splendour must be preserved at all costs. This project has been widely seen as an act of devotion involving all sections of Bhutanese society and as homage to the nation’s cultural heritage. It also proved to be an opportunity for Bhutan’s traditional artists and craftsmen to hone the skills inherited from their forefathers down the ages. You’ll hike through lush pine forest beneath thousands of brightly coloured prayer flags up into the mountains for a closer view of the temple. After approximately an hour’s walking, you’ll reach a small teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple. You’ll take a refreshments and lunch break here. For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to an hour (each direction) to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple. Anyone not interested in hiking any further can relax at the teahouse and enjoy the view. Back in Paro, celebrate this Bhutan discovery with one final meal together.

Day 9: Depart Paro

After breakfast your driver and tour leader will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Please note that your departure flight is not included as part of the trip and must be booked separately.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 16$4,770.00$5,405.00
October: 07$4,770.00$5,405.00
October: 21$4,910.00$5,545.00
October: 28$4,770.00$5,405.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 17, 31$5,000.00$5,635.00
April: 28$5,000.00$5,635.00
May: 19$5,000.00$5,635.00
September: 22$5,000.00$5,635.00
October: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,000.00$5,635.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned private vehicle
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Bhutan

This 9 Day Handpicked Bhutan is the ideal trip if you want to experience the natural beauty, history and mystique of Bhutan in style. The exploration comprises guided walks around the Paro Valley, visiting the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong and the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang and Thimphu. To further experience Bhutan’s culture and landscape we visit the Phubjikha and Bumthang Valley’s.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu

Arrive at the Paro airport and transfer to Thimphu. Once a scattering of hillside hamlets, Thimphu became Bhutan’s capital in 1961 and it remains the only capital city in the world with no traffic lights!

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast, you have the option to take a short drive north of town to Buddha Point for meditation, admiring the grand birds eye view of Thimphu Valley and beyond. Afterwards, visti Choki Art and Craft School where you will learn the art of Thanka painting (sacred scroll) under the supervision of an expert master. The art of Thanka painting is passed down from gereration to generation. You will be using natural pigmented soils to paint. After lunch, take a short city tour visiting the Textile Museum. Continue on to the Simplu Bhutan Muesum which depicts ancient Bhutanese architecture.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha Valley

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bumthang, a beautiful valley in the east of the kingdom.

Day 4: Bumthang

Spend the date visitn various temples and monasteries which date back to the 16th centrue and lean about Bhutanese Buddhism .

Day 5: Bumthang – Phobjikay Valley

Continue to the Phobjikay Valley. This afternoon visit Gangtey Monastery located on a small hill that rises from the valley floor. Visit a local village to discover the lifestyle of the villagers as well as the beautiful architecture and decor of the Bhutanese farm houses.

Day 6: Phobjika Valley – Punakha

Enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha and visit the superb Punakha Dzong – probably Bhutan’s finest architectural creation. Later in the day take a memorable hike through the paddy fields to Chimi Lhakhang. This evening explore Punakha village located right on the banks of the river.

Day 7: Punakha – Paro

Situated on the banks of the Paro Chhu River in the Paro Valley, this small,charming town is scattered with elegant temples. Visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Take a walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong and then visit an archery ground to take part in a short archery session under the guidance of a professional archer.

Day 8: Paro

Visit one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba, or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of wind and water and the chanting of monks. On the way back to Paro stop at Drukgyal Dzong – a monastery and fortress, now in ruins.

Day 9: Depart Paro

Transfer to the Paro airport where your journey ends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Monday, Wednesday & Friday from Paro:From $4,663.00On Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts
Transport:Airport transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:8 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Taste of Bhutan

Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro with a private guide, taking in the ancient monasteries and majestic mountains of this Himalayan kingdom. Visit the National Library which houses an extensive selection of Buddhist literature dating back hundreds of years; see the beautiful medieval monastery, Trashichhodzong; drive up up Dochula Pass and visit the 17th Century Punakha Dzong; view the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong and journey by foot to Taktsang Monastery.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu

On arrival into Paro, you will be met and transferred by road two hours to Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

Start with a morning visit to the National Library, housing an extensive selection of Buddhist literature, some dating back several hundred years. Continue to a painting school, the National Memorial Chorten and the folk Heritage and National Textile Museum. This evening see the beautiful medieval Trashichhodzong monastery

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

Drive up to Dochula Pass, stopping briefly to take in the views. Afterwards visit the 17th century fortress Punakha Dzong before continuing on to Wangdue Phodrang local market.

Day 4. Punakha – Paro

En route to Paro stop by Simtokha Dzong, built in 1627. In Paro visit Ta Dzong.

Day 5: Paro

Drive up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and then proceed for the five hour roundtrip journey by foot to Taktsang Monastery.

Day 6: Depart Paro

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Paro:From $2,833.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel in a air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bhutan

Bhutan still retains the charm of the old world, and travellers experience the full glory of this ancient land as embodied in the monastic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries dotting the countryside. A tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbours, India and China. Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s.

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Discover the wonderfully and untouched Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Lose yourself in a world of quiet spirituality and dramatic snow-capped landscapes.  

From $2,519.00 per person

Journey over several of Bhutan‘s scenic passes, and witness spectacular Himalayan views. Drive out of Paro to the highest road pass in the country at nearly 4,000 meters above sea level, enjoying superb scenery,villages and monasteries.

From $2,833.00 per person

Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro with a private guide, taking in the ancient monasteries and majestic mountains of this Himalayan kingdom. Visit the National Library which houses an extensive selection of Buddhist literature .



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From $4,663.00 per person

This 9 Day Handpicked Bhutan is the ideal trip if you want to experience the natural beauty, history and mystique of Bhutan in style. The exploration comprises guided walks around the Paro Valley, visiting the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery.

From $4,770.00 per person

Experience the mysterious mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world.  

From $12,150.00 per person

The Land of the Thunder Dragon is shrouded in legend, framed by majestic mountains, steeped in tradition and spirituality – a land of monasteries, mandalas. A place where mountain legends, quiet spirituality and dramatic snow-capped vistas await at every turn

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