The Kingdom of Bhutan


12 Days / 9 Nights

THIMPHU

The Bhutanese capital city, Thimphu, maintains a strong national character and a medieval feel in its architectural style. Its narrow streets are lined with small shops packed with produce and there is a busy weekend market. Visit the Tashichho dzong, the seat of the government and the central monastic body; it is the location for the Thimphu Tsechu festival which takes place from 7 to 9 October 2019. Other intriguing Thimphu sites include the School of Arts and Crafts, where children learn painting and woodcarving, the Institute of Traditional Medicine, a papermaking factory, the National Textile Museum and the Folk Heritage Museum.

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’.

THIMPHU

The Bhutanese capital city, Thimphu, maintains a strong national character and a medieval feel in its architectural style. Its narrow streets are lined with small shops packed with produce and there is a busy weekend market. Visit the Tashichho dzong, the seat of the government and the central monastic body; it is the location for the Thimphu Tsechu festival which takes place from 7 to 9 October 2019. Other intriguing Thimphu sites include the School of Arts and Crafts, where children learn painting and woodcarving, the Institute of Traditional Medicine, a papermaking factory, the National Textile Museum and the Folk Heritage Museum.

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’.

ITINERARIES

Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu via Dubai Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Kathmandu, via Dubai, with Emirates. (N)
Day 2 Kathmandu : Afternoon arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel Himalaya (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
Day 3 Kathmandu : Morning tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon visit to the temple at Pashupatinath and Bodhnath. (B)
Day 4 Fly to Paro • Thimphu : Morning flight to Paro. Drive to Thimphu. Afternoon tour including the Tashichho Dzong. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Kisa (or similar). (B, L, D)
Day 5 Thimphu : Morning sightseeing in Thimphu, including the National Memorial Chorten, Simply Bhutan, Buddha Point and the Textile Museum. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening with a local family. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Punakha : Travel to Punakha via the stunning Dochula Pass. Visit a traditional farmhouse for an authentic village experience. Stay 2 nights at the Meri Puensum (or similar). (B, L, D)
Day 7 Punakha : Morning tour of Punakha, including the Punakha dzong, a 17th-century fortress. This afternoon visit the Nalanda Buddhist Institute to meet with the Buddhist monks. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Paro : Drive to Paro and stay 2 nights at the Village Lodge (or similar). Afternoon visit to Ta dzong, now the national museum. Later, enjoy a cooking class in spicy Bhutanese cuisine. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Paro : Morning trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a monastery perched on a rocky ledge. The return walk takes about 5 hours. Afternoon visit to Rinpung dzong. Later try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport – archery. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu : Morning flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the Hotel Himalaya (or similar). Farewell dinner at Brick Café. (B, D)
Day 11 : Fly to London via Dubai Day at leisure. This evening fly from Kathmandu to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
Day 12 London : Early morning arrival in London. (N)