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The remote Kingdom of Bhutan, with its fascinating cultural heritage and beautiful mountain scenery, was off limits to tourists until 1974. Today, the country continues to preserve its age-old traditions, as revealed in this tour, which travels through western Bhutan visiting the forts, monasteries and markets of the ‘Dragon Kingdom’.
- Witness Bhutan’s colourful festivals
- Bhutanese cooking class
- Explore Kathmandu’s medieval centre
- Meet with local monks
- Small group size - average 12 people
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - 12 people (max 18)
- International flights with Emirates
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Farewell dinner
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees • Porterage at airports & stations
- Bhutanese visa
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu via Dubai
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Kathmandu, via Dubai, with Emirates.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu in the early afternoon and transfer to the Hotel Himalaya (or similar) for 2 nights. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and offers 180-degree panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range.
Day 3: Kathmandu
Take a full morning tour of Kathmandu, a characterful and historic city renowned for its master craftsmen and Newari architecture. Explore the heart of the old town, Durbar Square, a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. In the afternoon, discover Kathmandu's cultural diversity with visits to Pashupatinath Stupa, one of the holiest Hindu stupas in Nepal and Boudhnath, one of the largest Buddhist centres for Nepal's considerable Tibetan population.
Day 4: Fly to Paro • Thimphu
Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Paro Valley as you land in Bhutan on the morning flight from Kathmandu. Drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's enigmatic capital city, which maintains a strong medieval feel in its architectural style. This afternoon take a short orientation tour to familiarise yourself with the city. Your tour includes a visit to the imposing Tashichho Dzong.
Day 5: Thimphu
This morning explore Thimphu in greater depth with visits to the National Memorial Chorten, Simply Bhutan, Buddha Point and the Textile Museum. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before meeting a local family for an authentic Bhutanese dinner.
Day 6: Punakha
Your scenic drive to Punakha today passes through mountain forests and the stunning Dochula Pass, which offers 360 degree sweeping views of the Himalayas and of the verdant valley's below. This afternoon get a first-hand experience of typical village life in Bhutan with a visit to a traditional farmhouse.
Day 7: Punakha
This morning explore Punakha, a charming town set against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and pine-clad hills. Perhaps the highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress and arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country. This afternoon visit the Nalanda Buddhist Institute to meet with the Buddhist monks.
Day 8: Paro
Return to Paro and stay 2 nights at the Village Lodge (or similar). Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, now the national museum, for further insight into Bhutanese culture. Later, get to grips with Bhutanese cuisine with an interactive cooking class. Bhutanese cuisine is largely inspired by Chinese, Indian and Tibetan influences and dishes are usually lavishly spiced with chillies.
Day 9: Paro
Today visit one of the Himalaya's most incredible sites, the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), a monastery miraculously perched on a rocky ledge. The return walk takes about 5 hours but the effort is well rewarded. This afternoon visit the Rinpung Dzong before trying your hand at Bhutan's national sport - archery.
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the Hotel Himalaya (or similar). Farewell dinner with your group at the Brick Café.
Day 11: Fly to London via Duba
Day at leisure with late-check out of your hotel. Take the evening flight from Kathmandu to London, via Dubai, with Emirates.
Day 12: London
Early morning arrival in London.
Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu
Surrounded by 10 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, Hotel Himalaya is located within easy reach of both Kathmandu city centre and the international airport. Guests can enjoy a 180-degree panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range from the hotel's garden. The hotel's dining options include an international cuisine at Cafe Horizon with in-room dining also available.
Hotel Kisa, Thimphu
Conveniently located with easy access to interesting sights, shops and markets, Hotel Kisa blends traditional Bhutanese architecture with contemporary style. All 35 rooms and suites are spacious, tastefully furnished, feature wooden floors and marble bathrooms.
Meri Puensum, Punakha
Accommodation in Bhutan is simple and clean, but cannot be compared to the standard of hotels in Europe. The Meri Puensum is situated high on a hillside with panoramic views of the fields, terraces and river below, approximately 5 kilometres outside Punakha, and offers simple accommodation, each room with an attached bathroom.
The Village Lodge, Paro
Inspired by the typical lifestyle and rich Bhutanese culture, The Village Lodge presents true Bhutanese essence. Located only a few minutes' drive from Paro airport and set on the fertile farmland in the middle of vibrant Paro valley and encircled by richly forested hills, the lodge offers traditional experience and good accommodation in a peaceful Himalayan environment. The lodge has 9 suite rooms elegantly decorated in Bhutanese architecture, equipped with an underground heating system and comfortable bathrooms.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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