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Grand tour of Bhutan

DURATION
16 days
FROM
£2950.00

Journey across east and west of Bhutan

DURATION 16 days
FROM £2950.00
STYLECulture
LOCATIONS Delhi  Paro  Thimphu  Punakha  Gangtey  Trongsa  Bumthang 

AT A GLANCE

Ancient Dzongs (Buddhist monasteries)

Local arts and architecture

Learning about the rich history, culture and Buddhism

Visit the local markets, farmhouses and an opportunity to meet and interact with local people

Hike to Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage site, the Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Temple)

Haa Valley excursion

 

AVAILABLE FROM:

Throughout the year. Best travel months March to May & September to November.

ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1: In transit

Fly to Delhi.

DAY 2: Delhi - Oberoi Maidens

Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay. Half day sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

DAY 3: Paro - Zhiwa Ling

Early morning flight to Paro. The flight to Paro is breathtaking with views of major Himalayan peaks and on final approach Bhutan’s own snowy peaks. Arrive Paro and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, visits to Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight stay in Paro.

DAY 4: Thimphu - Jumolhari Hotel

Drive to Thimphu enroute stopover at Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the Paro valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. Visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the kingdom, shortly before reaching Thimphu. Afternoon sightseeing of the town of Thimphu. Overnight stay Thimphu.

DAY 5: Punakha - Zangdo Pelri

Morning sightseeing of Thimphu. Afternoon drive to Punakha, enroute stopover at Dochu-la pass. Evening visit Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress. Overnight stay Punakha.

DAY 6: Gangtey - Dewachen Hotel

Drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang to visit Dzong and local village. Then drive up a winding mountain road into the Phobjikha valley. First of two nights in Gangtey.

DAY 7: Gangtey - Dewachen Hotel

Visit Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa.

DAY 8: Trongsa - Yangkill Resort

In the morning, explore Phobjikha valley, chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan Plateau. Drive to Trongsa, crossing Pele-la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market. Overnight stay Trongsa.

DAY 9: Bumthang - Swiss Lodge

Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. First of two nights in Bumthang.

DAY 10: Bumthang - Swiss Lodge

Day to explore ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries of Bumthang.

DAY 11: Thimphu - Jumolhari Hotel

Visit Bumthang market. A long drive to Thimphu. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay Thimphu.

DAY 12: Paro - Zhiwa Ling

Morning at leisure in Thimphu before driving to Paro. First of three nights in Paro.

DAY 13: Paro - Zhiwa Ling

Day excursion to Haa Valley – one of the best places in Bhutan to experience the traditional Bhutanese way of living.

DAY 14: Paro - Zhiwa Ling

Your journey in the kingdom culminates with a hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger’s Nest Temple (9,300 ft). Visible from afar, this stunning monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley floor. This evening, celebrate your Bhutanese adventure at a festive farewell dinner.

DAY 15: Delhi - Oberoi Maidens

Fly to Delhi and transfer to your hotel for a leisurely evening.

DAY 16: Depart Delhi

Fly back home.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Delhi
  • Accommodation on full board basis in Bhutan (excluding beverages)
  • All Transfers in private chauffer driven car
  • Sightseeing with your private guide
  • All entrance fees to places of interest
  • International economy flights from London. Regional departures possible
  • Delhi to Paro economy flights
  • Bhutan visa, government royalties and taxes

WHATS EXCLUDED

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • India visa
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Gratuities and tips

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