Bhutan in Style

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Overview

Located between the mountainous landscapes of northern India and Tibet, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is a land lost in time. Filled with ancient fortified dzongs and mountaintop monasteries, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is without doubt one of the most extraordinary destinations anywhere on earth. Against a backdrop of towering snow-covered mountains, take time to enjoy this unique country in true style, staying at some of the finest hotels that Bhutan can offer. On this remarkable trip, you will ...
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Example Itinerary

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

Day 1 Paro – Thimphu: Arrival

After arriving in Paro on one of the world’s most scenic flights, you will be met and driven an hour along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, at 2320m above sea level. After some time to relax and freshen up visit the statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha who sits 51m high on Kuensel Phodrang Hill on the outskirts of the city. From here you can enjoy the city views as well as seeing this remarkable bronze statue. After enjoy your first opportunity to explore a little of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and 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.

Pemako Thimpu Dinner

Day 2 Thimphu: Explore Bhutan’s Arts & Crafts

Today offers a chance to fully appreciate the cultural charms of the Bhutanese capital, beginning with a visit to the Zorig Chusum, an arts school specialising in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, where you will be able to see the students diligently practising their art. Continue on to the National Library and its extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts.  Next head to the Textile Museum to see the traditional cloth of Bhutan and witness the weaving process. This will be followed by a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve to see Bhutan’s national animal, before returning to your hotel by way of a local craft bazaar or the Jungshi Paper Factory, where you can observe the fascinating process of Dehsho paper making. Dehsho paper played a crucial part in Bhutanese culture as monks used it for woodblock printing, writing prayer books and mantras.

Pemako Thimpu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Thimphu – Gangtey: Black Necked Cranes

This morning you will drive into the stunning Phobjika Valley. The journey will take you by way of the spectacular Dochu La Pass where, weather permitting, the drive should herald some quite spectacular 180 degree views of some of the highest mountains in the country. The highest point of the pass is adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the wind and you may stop to hoist some yourself. The coloured flags represent the five elements and the prayers and mantras on them are thought to be taken by the wind and the blessings activated. Your journey will then take you to Wangduephodrang town where you will stop for lunch before winding through bamboo and oak forests, over more passes and visiting the Radak Shang Temple before you finally arrive at the Phobjika Valley. The valley is known for its population of black necked cranes that migrate here for the winter each year. Stop at the visitor's centre to learn more about these birds and if in the right season see them in their natural habitat.

Gangtey Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Gangtey: Monastery & Valley Walk

Visit the Gangtey Monastery overlooking the valley this morning, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan, the first temple was built in 1613. The fascinating complex includes 18 great pillars in the prayer hall and a large three storey inner atrium. From here take the Gangtey Nature Trail, one of the most beautiful of the shorter walks in the region and showing you some of the stunning landscapes as well as winding through pine forests, this 1.5 hour walk will also get you up close to the cranes in the winter. For those wishing to delve deeper in to the countryside there are plenty of longer routes. This evening enjoy a private candlelit dinner experience in the grounds of your lodge.

Gangtey Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Gangtey – Punakha: Punakha Dzong

You will head to Punakha, strategically positioned at the confluence of two thundering rivers, Punakha lies in the heart of some of Bhutan's most famous rice growing areas as well as producing oranges and bananas. On arrival hike to the Chimi Lakhang, a temple dedicated to the Divine Madman, an eccentric 16th century monk. Later visit the Punakha Dzong, often considered one of the most beautiful in the country, especially when the trees are in blossom; frequently devastated by fire, flood and earthquakes, it has been restored to its full splendour.

Pemako Punakha Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Punakha: River Rafting

Today you will see Punakha from the water as you take a rafting trip along the Mo Chhu River, the gentle 6km stretch will take you by fields and royal palaces giving you another perspective. You can also look out for the various river fish found here in the fresh waters. Head above the water afterwards and take a walk along Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge, adorned with prayer flags. This evening visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, whose complex houses a 14 foot bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara, the largest of its kind in the country. Alongside the temple is a higher centre for learning where, alongside their more orthodox religious teachings, the nuns learn about Thangka paintings, pottery and tailoring. 

Pemako Punakha Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Punakha – Paro: National Museum

This morning you will make the return journey to Paro. On arrival into the town you will have time to freshen up before heading out to explore. Nestling amongst some of the most picturesque landscapes in Bhutan, the Paro Valley is a wide and verdant region of west Bhutan, recognized as one of the most beautiful in the whole country, it is also home to an impressive dzong, and is the setting for the famous spring Tecshu Festival. The Ta Dzong, the watchtower originally built to defend Rinpung Dzong has, since 1968, housed the country's National Museum in which you will see the large collection of Bhutanese art and artefacts. Later visit the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, one of the 108 temples miraculously constructed by King Songten Gampo in a single night.

Uma Paro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Paro: Tiger’s Nest Hike

This morning you will visit the spectacular Taktsang Goemba, the sacred 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, built in the 8th century by Guru Rinpoche who allegedly flew here from the east of Bhutan on the back of a tigress. It is without doubt one of Bhutan's most breath-taking 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. Inside the complex you can explore the small temples, caves and shrines to the sound of the monks chanting. This afternoon is then free to perhaps enjoy a traditional hot stone bath in which the stones heat the water which is filled with traditional medicinal herbs.

Uma Paro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Paro: Chele La Pass

On your final day you will take in some more of the spectacular landscapes and views with a journey this time to the south of Paro. Wind your way up the Chele La Pass, the highest paved road in Bhutan at a height of 3988m, here you can take in the views which on a clear day extend to Jomolhari peak as well as the Haa valley, set off on a walk taking you in and out of forests and rhododendron meadows to the Kila Gompa Nunery. The nunnery is perched on the cliffside and offers the nuns complete isolation where they can live at one with nature. Relish in the peaceful surroundings before you head back to Paro for a final stroll around the delightful town. This evening a candlelit barbeque will be a fitting finale to your trip.

Uma Paro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Paro: Depart

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

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

10 days from £7,790

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.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 9496 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, 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.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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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.

OTHER ITINERARIES IN BHUTAN

Check out our group tours in Bhutan

As well as private tailor-made trips, we also offer small group tours (max size 12) to Bhutan. Led by an experienced tour leader, travel with a group of like-minded people on one of our award-winning group tours.

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