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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon


Squashed into a high pocket of land between Sikkim, Assam, Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast of India, Bhutan is an extraordinary country, home to a fascinating and unique culture, stupendous scenery and a truly charming people. This trip explores a land that has been cut off from the rest of the world - both through geographical positioning and its own political desires - so much so that in many places things have barely changed at all over the last 500 years.

On the trip we visit some of the many spectacular dzongs and monasteries of this stunning country. The dzongs are the imposing fortresses which are now the civil and religious centres of the districts, often strategically located on hillsides overlooking valleys or beside gushing rivers. We will also take to the trails of central Bhutan to view the rich agricultural landscapes of the countryside, walking through villages of traditional houses with rows of ethereal prayer flags blowing in the breeze, and experience the cultures and customs of these gentle people.

This is a land of demons and spirits, steeped in mysticism, and rituals and will have you gasping in wonder at its unspoilt natural beauty.

Please note that our departures are scheduled to coincide with local festivals where possible, so please check the individual itineraries for more details.


  • Walk through breathtaking scenery to sacred monasteries, traditional villages and temples
  • Enjoy a cup of tea with the monks at Dechen Phodrung Monastery in Thimphu, who we sponsor
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, the most spectacular in Bhutan
  • Experience Bhutanese hospitality and locally brewed ara in a homestay
  • Explore Punakha Dzong, the riverside former capital of Bhutan
  • Witness festivals unique to Bhutan (certain departures only)

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (minibuses/coaster buses).
  • 12 nights' accommodation (8 in hotels, 2 in mountain lodges & 2 in homestays )
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • Bhutanese visa
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 7

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 4

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 7

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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If you are travelling in the winter you can pick up a hot water bottle in pharmacies - they are known as "Duck Bags".

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