Your journey at a glance
Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Bhutan on a 12-day itinerary that spans five spectacular regions, each one abundant with natural beauty, exquisite dzongs, and fascinating heritage.
Journey through Thimphu and adorn yourself in Bhutanese traditional dress whilst appreciating their colourful masked dances. Discover Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple paying homage to the ‘Divine Madman’, and the beautiful Punakha Dzong, for many years the seat of government. Hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon for the protection of the country. Engage with monks at the Nalanda Buddhist College, interact with nuns at the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and attend powerful prayers in Phobjikha where 300 monks chant every evening. Meander on the Longteng Hike through bush bamboo and ancient rhododendron forests. Your adventure culminates with a hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) through groves of fluttering prayer flags and lush pine forests.
This is an extraordinary cultural journey through a spectacular country.
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
This unforgettable journey showcases just a few of our favourite experience combinations in this iconic destination. It is merely an example from which you can use to start dreaming and creating your own adventure with one of our dedicated Travel Specialists.
A taste of what to expect…
Day 1-3: Thimphu
- Fly into Paro and marvel at the scenery of the Himalayas, Paro River, and the icy glacier below.
- Visit a famous iron bridge and Tamchog Lhakhang, the temple dedicated to a 13th-century saint.
- Explore Thimphu and visit the National Memorial Chorten, one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu.
- Marvel at the huge Buddha Dordenma, filled with over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues
- Visit the Takin Preserve in Motithang and observe the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan
- Visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum (Arts and Crafts school) and the Weaving Centre and Textile Museum.
- Make your own paper at the Jungshi paper making factory using ancient traditional methods.
- Dress up in Bhutan’s traditional attire and witness beautiful masked dances
Day 3-5: Punakha
- Stop on Dochula Pass to visit the 108 stupas built in honour of the fallen Bhutanese soldiers.
- Enjoy a hike to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the ‘Divine Madman’, adorned with phallic symbols and where women struggling to conceive are said to be blessed with fertility.
- Meander through the butterfly trail and observe farmlands and forests.
- Relish a picnic breakfast at the top of Khamsum Yuelley and explore the temple.
- Drive to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and engage with the nuns who provide life skill training
- Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Nalanda Buddhist College and the Punakha Nunnery for a blessing (Tshewang ceremony)
Day 5-7: Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley
- Head to Phobjikha and the enjoy the views of Jhomolhari Mountain and Jichu Drake as the road climbs to Lawa La Pass.
- Phobjikha is the winter home of endangered Black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north.
- Explore the Gangtey Goemba Monastery, which boasts spectacular views of the entire Phobjikha Valley.
- Meander along the Gangtey Nature Trail, crossing streams, rhododendron gardens and villages.
- Head to the monastic school Shedra and attend the devout prayers where 300 monks chant every evening.
- Embark on a hike to Longteng, weaving your way through bush bamboo passing colourful clusters of village houses, and glimpse yaks grazing in the area in the winter months. En-route stop at the meditation huts with this beautiful view, to do a meditation session with a monk, who will be waiting for you here.
- Visit the Crane Information Centre, and if in season, watch the cranes using binoculars from the deck.
Day 7-10: Bumthang
- Arrive in Bumthang, a stunning valley comprising of four major valleys with the most sacred of all monasteries.
- Discover Chendebji Chorten, and Trongsa Dzong, with its labyrinth of temples, corridors and offices.
- Visit the Yathra weaving centre, the main outlet for about 240 households of the 13 villages in Bumthang who depend on the sale of traditional yathra for their livelihood.
- Explore the religious heartland of Bhutan and home to many of the oldest and most sacred monasteries. The valley has plenty of opportunities for day hikes, many involving visit to remote Goembas.
- In Tang Valley, visit a 16th century Naktshang, a fascinating place for religious studies, research and solitude, it is also a museum displaying exhibits that offer insight into the lifestyle of a Bhutanese noble family.
- Visit the Jakar Dzong. The Jakar Dzong or the “Castle of the White Bird” dominates the Chamkhar valley and overlooks the town.
- On your way back, stop to visit Mebar Tsho (The Burning Lake), a picturesque pool in the Tang River.
Day 10 - 12: Paro
- Visit Ta Dzong or the national museum, where a spectacular collection of religious Thangka paintings, art, relics and postage stamps are on display.
- Gain insight into the lifestyle of a local farmer and visit a colourful, traditional farmhouse.
- Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest and marvel at the beauty of the surroundings including the gorge and waterfall.
- Enter the Tiger’s Nest, one of the most hallowed of all Buddhist sights around the world.
- After breakfast on the final morning, you will be chauffeured to Paro Airport to board your onward flight, as your journey comes to an end.
What's included• Accommodation on ONE TWIN / DOUBLE OCCUPANCY in hotels as mentioned in the QUOTE. • All transfers as mentioned in a private vehicle, and sightseeing. • Sightseeing tour will be provided as per the itinerary with the English-speaking Bhutanese Guide and in a private Vehicle. • All entrance and monuments fees. • Visa fees for Bhutan only. • All current taxes as on date – subject to change as per hotel/airline/Government policy. • Special inclusions: o Tshewang ceremony at Punakha o Prayer service in Gangtey/ Phobjikha o Meditation with a monk in Phobjikha • COVID-19 Kit on arrival
What's not included• Any Airfare • Tipping to guides and drivers. • Any Insurance and rescue of any form. • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control. www.andBeyond.com Himalayan Mountains Tour -Bhutan • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost. • Any international air fare/airport taxes not mentioned above • Hotel surcharges during festival period/ Christmas & New Years Eve • Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in published tariff. • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc. • Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit • Any other item not explicitly mentioned under price includes. • Any airfare for domestic flights other than the quoted details. • Any cost of the meals other than the one indicated in room meal plan. • Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified.
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