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A Grand Tour of Bhutan

12 days from £4,500 per person

For many, the Himalayan Kingdom of 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 today. It is a land of pristine alpine valleys, dotted with ancient monasteries and woven together with fluttering prayer flags, and this comprehensive itinerary covers the highlights of this breathtaking country. 

Begin your journey in the relaxed town of Punakha, which is home to arguably the most beautiful Dzong in the country. Located at 1,300 metres, Punakha is lower than the other valleys so is a great starting point to acclimatise to the altitude and it also enjoys a temperate climate. Continue on to the wetland valley of Gangtey, winter home of the rare black-necked crane, and where the scenery becomes ever more sparsely populated. Onward winding through ancient cloud forest and rural villages to reach the dramatic hillside town of Trongsa, home to the cliff hanging Dzong, en-route to the small settlement of Bumthang. This is the most eastern point of the trip and which lies in an idyllic U-shaped valley with streams running through it and pine forested slopes on both sides. The final leg, catch a flight 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. 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 India. If you'd like to see similar itineraries, take a look at our Active Holiday collection. 


Itinerary details

12 days from £4,500 per person

  • Day 1 - In transit.
    Fly to Calcutta via Dubai.
  • Day 2 - The Oberoi Grand - Calcutta
    Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional sightseeing tour.
  • Day 3 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
    Connect on to Paro and transfer to Punakha via Thimpu and the Dochu La pass. Spend the rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 4 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
    Full day sightseeing in Punakha including the Punakha Dzong and other local sites.
  • Day 5 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
    Drive to Gangtey, stopping at interesting points along the beautiful mountain roads and high passes.
  • Day 6 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
    Full day nature walk and visit to the Black Neck Crane centre.
  • Day 7 - Swiss Guest House - Bumthang
    Drive to Bumthang. The roads are lined with pristine forests and dotted with quaint rural settlements.
  • Day 8 - Swiss Guest House - Bumthang
    Day at leisure for exploring the valley with your guide.
  • Day 9 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
    Fly back to Paro in the morning and spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the serene alpine town.
  • Day 10 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
    Full sightseeing of Paro including a hike to the Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery.
  • Day 11 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
    Full day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley.
  • Day 12 - In transit.
    Fly back to London Heathrow via Dubai.
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The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
Rudyard Kipling

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.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
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
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
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!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India

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