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Classic Bhutan

Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days From C$7,569

Overview

Sandwiched between the mountainous landscapes of northern India and Tibet, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is a land lost in time. Filled with myths and legends, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is without doubt one of the most extraordinary destinations anywhere on earth. Against a backdrop of unimaginable natural grandeur, you will be transported back in time, to explore a land that for centuries was cut off from the outside world. Experiencing a truly unique journey into the heart one of the most fascinating ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Paro Dzong and trek up to the spectacular ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery
  • Explore the cultural highlights of the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu
  • See the wonderful Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, at the Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Drive through the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes of rural Bhutan
  • Hike in the stunning countryside of Punakha to see a 17th century Chorten
  • Visit a local farmhouse in Gangtey for some traditional butter tea

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU

After arriving in Paro you will be met and driven an hour along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, at 2320 metres. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's iron bridge builder. After some time to relax and freshen up before enjoying your first opportunity to explore a little of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Given the high altitude we recommend that you take things fairly easy today, until you have had a chance to acclimatise properly.

Zhiwa Ling Ascent
Dinner

DAY 2: THIMPHU

DAY 2: THIMPHU

Today offers a chance to fully appreciate the cultural charms of the Bhutanese capital. You may choose to visit the National Library, the Textile Museum or the Zorig Chusum (famed for its Thangkha paintings), before moving on to the city's Folk Heritage Museum and the impressive Memorial Chorten. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town where devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. There is also Trashichhoedzong, Buddha Point and the Motithang Takin Preserve.

Zhiwa Ling Ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

DAY 3: THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

This morning you will drive out of the valley and up to the scenic Dochu La Pass, where you can stop for a drink and enjoy the panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. You will notice the change of climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 metres. Take a pleasant walk across the terraced fields of Sopsokha village to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the 'Divine Madman' (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Then we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”, built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.

Meri Phuensum Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: PUNAKHA - GANGTEY

DAY 4: PUNAKHA - GANGTEY

After breakfast hike to the 17th century Chorten Ningpo, with its magnificent statue of Maitreya (the future Buddha) and images of the great lamas of the Drukpa lineage. The great oak tree outside the monastery is said to have grown out of the blazing log that the 'Divine Madman' threw. In 2005 the monastery began to house orphans from the nearby village, founding a small Buddhist educational institution. Then drive to Gangtey at 2900 metres. A visit to a local farmhouse then offers a chance to try some Tibetan style butter tea and homemade chhang beer.

Dewachen Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: GANGTEY - PARO

DAY 5: GANGTEY - PARO

This morning you can do a nature walk and cultural tour of the valley, visiting Semchubara and Khewang villages along the way. Then you will make the return journey to Paro via Wangdi. Wangdi was originally considered Bhutan's secondary capital and it commands an important central position. Sadly, Wangdi Dzong was gutted by fire in June 2012, destroying in a few hours a magnificent building that had stood proudly for hundreds of years.

Zhiwa Ling Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: PARO

DAY 6: PARO

Head out today to explore the town. Nestling amongst some of the most picturesque landscapes in Bhutan, Paro is home to an impressive Dzong, the setting for the famous spring Tecshu Festival, as well as the Ta Dzong, the watchtower originally built to defend Rinpung Dzong which, since 1968, has housed the country's National Museum. From the National Museum, you may like to take a leisurely hike along the forested hillside to Zuri Dzong. You will be driven back to Paro where you may wish to visit the weekly market or visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder.

Zhiwa Ling Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: PARO

DAY 7: PARO

This morning you will visit the spectacular Taktsang Goemba, the sacred 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery built in the 8th century by Guru Rinpoche; without doubt one of Bhutan's most breathtaking settings and its most revered Buddhist temple. Clinging precariously to the rock ledge, it is situated over a thousand metres above the Paro Valley floor and the walk up to it will take up most of the morning. This afternoon is then free to perhaps visit the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, one of the 108 temples miraculously constructed by King Songten Gampo in a single night.

Zhiwa Ling Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: PARO - DEPART

DAY 8: PARO - DEPART

This morning you will be transferred back to the airport to catch your international flight back home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Superior

Superior

Superior

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC BHUTAN (8 DAYS) C$7,569

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Shalmali is our Indian Subcontinent expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Hike to Taktsang and make a traditional prayer offering, enjoy archery at the local range, Thimphu farmers market, hike in the forests of Phobjikha valley, visit Punakha monastery festival, cycle to Haa valley or make a sand mandala with a Buddhist monk.

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