A Grand Tour of Bhutan
10 days from £6,500 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.
10 days from £6,500 per person
- Day 1 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
Arrive in Paro and transfer to Punakha via Thimpu and the Dochu La pass. Spend the rest of day at leisure.
- Day 2 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
Full day sightseeing in Punakha including the Punakha Dzong and other local sites.
- Day 3 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
Drive to Gangtey, stopping at interesting points along the beautiful mountain roads and high passes.
- Day 4 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
Full day nature walk and visit to the Black Neck Crane centre.
- Day 5 - Swiss Guest House - Bumthang
Drive to Bumthang. The roads are lined with pristine forests and dotted with quaint rural settlements.
- Day 6 - Swiss Guest House - Bumthang
Day at leisure for exploring the valley with your guide.
- Day 7 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
Fly back to Paro in the morning and spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the serene alpine town.
- Day 8 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
Full sightseeing of Paro including a hike to the Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery.
- Day 9 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
Full day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley.
- Day 10 - In transit.
Transfer to Paro airport for your onward flight home.
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