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 India. If you'd like to see similar itineraries, take a look at our Active Holiday collection.
15 days from £5,500 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 - Druk Hotel - Thimphu
Connect on to Paro and transfer to Thimphu.
- Day 4 - Druk Hotel - Thimphu
Full day sightseeing of Thimphu.
- Day 5 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
Drive to Gangtey, stopping at interesting points along the beautiful mountain roads.
- Day 6 - Dewachen Hotel - Gangtey
Full day nature walk and visit to the Black Neck Crane Centre.
- Day 7 - Swiss Lodge - Bumthang
Drive to Bumthang. The roads are lined with pristine forests and dotted with quaint rural settlements.
- Day 8 - Swiss Lodge - Bumthang
Day at leisure for exploring the valley with your guide.
- Day 9 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
Drive to Punakha.
- Day 10 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
Full day sightseeing including the Punakha Dzong.
- Day 11 - Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa - Paro
Drive to Paro.
- Day 12 - Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa - Paro
Full sightseeing of Paro including a hike to the Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery.
- Day 13 - Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa - Paro
Full day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley.
- Day 14 - The Oberoi Grand - Calcutta
Fly to Calcutta and transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
- Day 15 - In Transit
Fly back to the UK via Dubai.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
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