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From Bhutan to India's Andaman Islands... A Romantic Adventure from Mountain to Beach

17 days from £4,895 per person

Dovetailing the best of two very different worlds, this stunning itinerary transports you from the remote Bhutanese Himalayas to the cerulean warm waters of the Andaman Islands. Spend a week in Bhutan exploring this remote kingdom’s highlights such as the Punakha Dzong, Thimphu's markets and museums, and the tranquil Paro valley - the site of the remarkable cliff hanging Tiger's Nest monastery - before heading down via Kolkata to the heavenly island of Havelock in the Indian Andaman Islands for four nights.

Choose to relax on the beach or for the more adventurous superb diving and snorkelling is on offer. These destinations are at their best between September - November or MarchMay, with clear mountain views in Bhutan and a guaranteed burst of sunshine on the beach. 

This is purely a suggested itinerary so can be booked as it is, or used as a starting point for creating your own luxury tailor-made tour of Bhutan and India. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Epic Journey and Honeymoon collections; as well as our favourite Multi-Country, Beach, Scuba Diving and Mountains & Trekking holidays.


Itinerary details

17 days from £4,895 per person

  • Day 1 - In transit
    Overnight flight to Kolkata via Dubai.
  • Day 2 - The Oberoi Grand - Calcutta
    Met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon optional sightseeing or relax at the hotel.
  • Day 3 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
    Transfer to the airport and fly to Paro. Met and drive on to Punakha. Afternoon leisure.
  • Day 4 - Dhensa Boutique Resort - Punakha
    Full day's sightseeing including a hike to a secluded hillside spot offering superb views of the Punakha Dzong. In the afternoon visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong.
  • Day 5 - Taj Tashi - Thimphu
    Drive to Thimphu through the mountains and check into your hotel.
  • Day 6 - Taj Tashi - Thimphu
    Mornings sightseeing of Bhutan's capital followed by a short hike to a remote and frequently visited monastery in the afternoon.
  • Day 7 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
    Drive to Paro this morning. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Paro town.
  • Day 8 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
    Early morning visit the famous Tiger's Nest (Takstang Monastery). Afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 9 - Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro
    Full day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley.
  • Day 10 - The Oberoi Grand - Calcutta
    Transfer to the airport and fly to Kolkata. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon free to explore.
  • Day 11 - Barefoot at Havelock - Havelock Island
    Morning transfer and fly to Port Blair. Transfer by road and ferry to Havelock Island and your eco beach resort.
  • Day 12 - Barefoot at Havelock - Havelock Island
    Day at leisure. Great snorkelling and diving is possible.
  • Day 13 - Barefoot at Havelock - Havelock Island
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 14 - Barefoot at Havelock - Havelock Island
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 15 - Bayview Hotel - Port Blair
    Morning transfer by ferry to Port Blair and check into your hotel. Afternoon optional sightseeing of the town.
  • Day 16 - The Oberoi Grand - Calcutta
    Morning transfer and fly to Kolkata. Transfer to your day room at the hotel, before taking the evening flight to the UK via Dubai.
  • Day 17 - In transit
    Early morning arrive back in the UK.
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