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Bhutan

One of the last remaining great Himalayan kingdoms, Bhutan is filled with magnificent mountain scenery, incredible architecture and colourful culture. Set within one of the world’s most breathtaking mountain chains, Bhutan is famed for its high mountain peaks and range of trekking opportunities.

Enigmatic and shrouded in myth, Bhutan is filled with tangible examples of its extraordinary culture, from the striking architecture of its mountain forts and monasteries to the images of Buddhist religious figures painted or carved onto the craggy cliffs. Frayed prayer flags flutter in spectacular mountain passes and prayer wheels turn slowly with the current of clear mountain streams. Grand examples of traditional design and architecture, Bhutan’s famous monasteries and temples cling to sheer cliff tops or majestically stand guard in its picturesque towns.

Blessed with an extraordinary range of natural habitats, from subtropical valleys to alpine peaks, Bhutan is also home to some exceptional wildlife, including the magnificent Bengal tiger and the elusive snow leopard, as well as the Asian elephant and the one-horned rhino.

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10 Days
Bhutan
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Epic Bhutan 14 DAYS / PRICING FROM $6,000 / START: PARO / END: PARO
DAY 1
Paro / Thimphu

Upon arriving at Paro airport, you will be met by your guide and chauffeured to your hotel in Thimphu/ En-route stop to visit the Tamchogg Lhakhang and National Memorial Chorten. Check into your hotel, Taj Tashi Thimphu, for a short rest before visiting Tashichho Dzong, Bhutan’s administrative and religious center.

DAY 2
Thimphu

This morning you drive to northern end of Thimphu valley and embark on a walk of about 1 ½ hours leads to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). After lunch, drive onwards to visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper factory. Followed by that, drive to visit the Institute of Zorig Chusum, which is also commonly known as Arts and crafts school or painting school. Drive back to the hotel for a relaxed evening.

DAY 3
Thimphu / Gangtey

Early this morning you will be chauffeured to Gangtey (6 hours drive). The road climbs steeply through a scenic forest to Dochu La pass (10,000 feet). The pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, and then descends into the fertile valley of Wangdue. Upon reaching Gangtey check in to the hotel, Gangtey Goemba Lodge. Later in the afternoon, experience a personal lesson from the Gangtey Lodge’s in-house archery expert.

DAY 4
Gantey

Early this morning after breakfast, you can participate in a mountain bike tour to explore the Phobjikha valley. The valley is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in Bhutan, and is the only glaciated valley in central Bhutan. Later in the afternoon, visit Gangtey Goemba (monastery) and participate in a prayer ceremony. Return back to the hotel, enjoy the evening at your leisure.

DAY 5
Gangtey

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest farmhouses in the valley, where you will be able to explore experience and assist with the daily chores of the household. You will be able to partake in daily activities such as farming, milking, butter churning and cheese making. A member of the household will also provide a lesson on basic local cuisine, where you will be able to participate and assist the household on local cooking at the farmhouse.

DAY 6
Gangtey / Punakha

After an early breakfast you will be chauffeured to Punakha (4 hours’ drive). Stop en route and hike about 30 minutes to the Chimi Lhakhang on a small hilltop. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. En route to Punakha, you visit Punakha Dzong (the Dzong closes at 3 PM – 5 PM for visitors). Late afternoon you arrive at your hotel, Amankora, Punakha.

DAY 7
Punakha

After breakfast, you are transferred to the suspension bridge from where you will begin a hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. This three storey lhakhang was built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon for the protection of the country. From here there is an impressive view of Punakha Valley. Later after the hike, walk back to the hotel following the trail which leads back from Khamsum Yuelley to the hotel.

DAY 8
Punakha / Paro

After an early breakfast, you will drive straight to Paro (4.5 hours’ drive). Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. After lunch, visit the National Museum. If time permits visit Kyichu Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century. Late afternoon you arrive at your hotel, Uma Paro.

DAY 9
Paro / Bumdra

After breakfast, you will drive up to the Sang Choekor to meet the ponies and while they are being loaded. The initial 1-2 hour ascent of a ridge brings you to a clearing with prayer flags and view down into both the Paro and Dochhu Valleys. Your home for the night is Bumdra Camp, tucked in under Bumdra monastery making the most of the awesome views of the Himalayan range.

DAY 10
Paro

This morning, take a short drive to the north of Paro Valley to Ramthankha, from where you start your hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world. Check in to your hotel Uma Paro.

DAY 11
Depart Bhutan

This afternoon, you will be transferred to the Paro airport to board your onward flight.

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