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A Classic Cultural Tour of Bhutan

12 days from £3,420 per person

Thimphu, home to Bhutan's young King, is the starting point of this journey and one can see modern influence merge with traditional culture in this small capital city. Striking eastwards the modern world quickly gives way to progressively more rural and traditional scenes where village life has remained largely unchanged. Crossing into the marshy Phobjikha Valley, where electricity is still considered a novelty, we have the chance of spotting the seasonal (October - March) population of Black Neck Cranes that over-winter from neighbouring Tibet. The settlement of Punakha, cradled in a low lying steamy valley, is one of the nation's rice bowls and home to the incredible Punakha Dzong, idyllically located at the confluence of two rivers.

Finish off in the Paro and Haa valleys, taking in local culture and magnificent scenery including the fabled Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery. If you have a taste for hot food don't miss Bhutan’s national dish of ema datse, which simply consists of fiery whole chillies with cheese sauce; a guaranteed 'warmer-upper'!

This holiday is purely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is, or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect tailor-made trip to BhutanIf you'd like to see similar itineraries, take a look at our active holiday collection.

Itinerary details

12 days from £3,420 per person

  • Day 1 - In Transit
    Fly to Delhi.
  • Day 2 - Amankora Thimphu - Thimphu
    Connect onto Paro and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city.
  • Day 3 - Amankora Thimphu - Thimphu
    Full day sightseeing in Thimpu.
  • Day 4 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
    Drive to Gangtey, stopping at high mountain passes and sites along the way.
  • Day 5 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
    Nature walk and visit to the Black Neck Crane Centre.
  • Day 6 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Drive to Punakha visiting the Wangdue prodang Dzong en-route.
  • Day 7 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Full day sightseeing in Punakha visiting the famed Punakha Dzong.
  • Day 8 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Drive to Paro. Remainder of the day at leisure.
  • Day 9 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Full day sightseeing of Paro and the Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery.
  • Day 10 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Full day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley.
  • Day 11 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Fly to Delhi and transfer to your luxury colonial hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 12 - In Transit
    Fly back to the UK.
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