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Complete Bhutan

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From £5,524

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 towering snow-covered mountains, you will experience a truly unique journey deep into the heart one of the most fascinating cultures on the planet. This unforgettable 14-day odyssey will take you across the entire ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Paro Dzong and trek up to the spectacular ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery
  • Walk to Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu
  • Drive through the breathtaking forests and mountain landscapes of rural Bhutan
  • Visit the spectacular dzongs and temples at Bumthang and Trashigang
  • Enjoy the hospitality of local farms and guesthouses
  • Try your archery skills using a traditional bow and arrow, as well as a game of khuru, Bhutanese darts!

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

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO

After arriving in Paro, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel, you will then have some time to relax and freshen up before enjoying your first opportunity to explore a little of this fascinating town. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Paro Dzong, setting for the famous spring Tsechu Festival, before following a hillside trail up to the Ta Dzong, the watchtower originally built to defend Rinpung Dzong but which, since 1968, has housed the country's National Museum. From the National Museum, take a leisurely scenic hike along the forested hillside to Zuri Dzong, home to the valley's local protector gods. You will be met and driven back to Paro.

Tashi Namgay Resort
Dinner

DAY 2: PARO

DAY 2: PARO

This morning you will have the opportunity to either walk or travel by pony to the spectacular Taktsang Goemba, the sacred 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, without doubt one of Bhutan's most breathtaking settings. Clinging precariously to the rock ledge, over a thousand metres above the Paro Valley floor, the walk up to the viewpoint and back will take around 5 hours. When you arrive at the monastery, the guide will organise your offerings of votive lamps, prayer flags, incense and prayer offerings. At the main temple you can choose to make these prayer offerings along with the locals on their pilgrimage and pujas, giving thanks to the local deities for your time in Bhutan. This afternoon is then free to perhaps visit the ancient ruins of Drukgyel Dzong or explore a little of the town or the surrounding countryside before dinner.

Tashi Namgay Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: PARO - THIMPHU

DAY 3: PARO - THIMPHU

After a relaxing morning you set off through the beautiful landscapes of the Paro Valley towards Thimphu, Bhutan's sleepy capital. You can stop to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's iron bridge builder, and Chuzom, at the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu Rivers. Situated in the western part of the country, Thimphu became the Bhutanese capital in 1961 and it still remains a charming and captivating city. On arrival you will have time to explore a little at your own leisure or visit the weekly market.

Galingkha Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: THIMPHU

DAY 4: 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. 

Galingkha Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

DAY 5: 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.

Drubchhu Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: PUNAKHA - TRONGSA

DAY 6: PUNAKHA - TRONGSA

Drive approximately 4.5 hours to Trongsa, the gateway to central Bhutan at 2180 metres, crossing the Black Mountains via the Pele La Pass. Just before reaching Trongsa you may like to visit Tsangkha Tashicholing monastery where there is an arts and crafts training institute with around 45 young monks learning traditional skills of woodcarving, sculpture, painting and embroidery. On arrival, you can visit Trongsa's impressive dzong and the towering 17th century Ta Dzong, which now houses a museum dedicated to the Kings of Bhutan.

Yangkhil Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

DAY 7: TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

After an early breakfast you will depart Trongsa and continue into the beautiful Bumthang Valley and on to your charming family run guesthouse. Later you may like to take a walk to visit Tharpaling Gompa, which is located on the hillside above Bumthang. Climb on foot up a narrow path above the monastery to the ridge of Tharpaling at 3800 metres where you will get a wonderful view over the Gyatsa, Domkha and Chumey valleys and you can also see a big statue of Longchen Rabjampa - the founder of Tharpaling Monastery.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: BUMTHANG

DAY 8: BUMTHANG

A full day in Bumthang provides the opportunity to visit the local markets and explore a little something of the spiritual heartland of this captivating country. Encompassing four major valleys, Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan's most ancient and precious Buddhist sites including the 16th century Jakar Dzong, the largest in the country. Further along the Choskhor Valley are the temples of Kurje Lhakhang and Jampa Lakhang, the latter of which hosts one of the kingdom's most spectacular festivals, the Jampa Lakhang Drup.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: BUMTHANG - MONGAR

DAY 9: BUMTHANG - MONGAR

Today you will drive over the spectacular Thrumshing La Pass (4,000m). Fingers crossed you may be lucky enough to spot rare red pandas on the journey today. Crossing the pass, you then plunge down towards the village of Sengor, where you stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. There is a marked change in the vegetation here as it changes from alpine to subtropical, growing warm enough now for the villagers at Limithang to extract oil from the wild lemon grass that thrives here. Crossing over the Kirichu River, you then ascend towards Mongar.

Wangchuk Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: MONGAR

DAY 10: MONGAR

Today has been left free for you to relax and enjoy the ambience of this rarely visited Bhutanese backwater. Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan and is home to a rich diversity of languages and dialects. It is also site of one of the country's newest dzongs, built in the 1930s. Your guide will be happy to take you on local walks, introduce you to local families and give a fascinating insight into the rich tradition and culture of the region.

Wangchuk Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: MONGAR - TRASHIGANG

DAY 11: MONGAR - TRASHIGANG

This morning you drive to the eastern town of Trashigang, located on the eastern side of the valley above the flowing waters of the Dangme Chhu River. If time allows you'll break the journey at a local village, before completing the drive to your accommodation. Perched on the hillside above the monastery at Rangjung, you'll have time on arrival to relax and enjoy the serene majesty of this stunning setting before settling down to a home-cooked dinner.

Lingkhar Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: MONGAR

DAY 12: MONGAR

Skirting the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, Trashigang once lay at the centre of the busy trade routes between Bhutan and Tibet. The imposing Trashigang Dzong was built to defend the region from Tibetan invasion and has remained the political stronghold of Eastern Bhutan for over 300 years. You'll visit the dzong this morning, as well as the Samtenchholing Nunnery, before taking lunch at a local farm. This afternoon then presents a chance to watch local weavers and silk dyers at work and perhaps meet some of the nomadic hill people on their way to market.

Lingkhar Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: TRASHIGANG - SAMDRUP JONGKHAR

DAY 13: TRASHIGANG - SAMDRUP JONGKHAR

A long drive today necessitates an early departure this morning, as you head out of the mountains and down onto the plains of Assam. You'll stop at small local villages along the way, before spending your final night in Bhutan in a simple hotel in the border town of Samdrup Jjongkhar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: SAMDRUP JONGKHAR - GUWAHATI - DEPART

DAY 14: SAMDRUP JONGKHAR - GUWAHATI - DEPART

Crossing the border into India this morning you will drive on to Guwahati, where you will take a domestic flight on to the Indian capital to connect with your international flight back home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

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.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

COMPLETE BHUTAN (14 DAYS) £5,524

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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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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