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A Grand Tour of Bhutan

15 days from £5,500 per person

For many Bhutan has a pull like few other nations on earth. Tucked away between India and Tibet, this little kingdom remained, until only recently, off limits to visitors, creating a shroud of mystery that has remained to the present day. It is a land of pristine alpine valleys, dotted with ancient monasteries and fluttering prayer flags. This comprehensive itinerary covers the highlights of this breathtaking country.

Start your journey with the bustling capital of Thimphu where locals wander the streets in traditional dress juxtaposed against modern building and shops. Continue on winding through ancient cloud forest and rural villages to the dramatic hillside town of Trongsa where we stop for a look at the cliff hanging Dzong. The wetland valley of Gangtey, winter home of the rare black-necked crane, follows as the scenery becomes ever more sparsely populated. The most Eastern point of the trip is the small settlement of Bumthang, which lies in an idyllic U-shaped valley with streams running through it and pine forested slopes on both sides. Punakha, which arguably has the most beautiful Dzong is visited as we retrace our steps westwards and end in the pristine alpine valley of Paro, famed for the Tiger’s Nest monastery.

Throughout your stay experience gracious hospitality and rural living, and gain an unforgettable insight into this magical kingdom. The final night is spent in a little luxury at the lovely Imperial hotel, Delhi. For those who enjoy light trekking this can easily be included in the itinerary. As ever, 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 ideal tailor made trip to Bhutan and IndiaIf you'd like to see similar itineraries, take a look at our Active Holiday collection. 


Itinerary details

15 days from £5,500 per person

Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 1 Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 1
Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 3 Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 3
Punatsangchu Resort Punakha Bhutan Punatsangchu Resort Punakha Bhutan
Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary
Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 2 Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 2
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Swiss Lodge Bumthang Bhutan Swiss Lodge Bumthang Bhutan
Paro Bhutan 2 Paro Bhutan 2
BHUTAN - Bumthang from Trongsa view BHUTAN - Bumthang from Trongsa view
BHUTAN Punakha Valley BHUTAN Punakha Valley
Gangtey Bhutan 3 Gangtey Bhutan 3
Thimpu Bhutan 1 Thimpu Bhutan 1
Calcutta North India 2 Calcutta North India 2
The Oberoi Grand Calcutta North India The Oberoi Grand Calcutta North India

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Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
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I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
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We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
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