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Wonders of Bhutan

10 days from £2,749pp

Offer highlights

Find out what lights up the faces of the residents of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH – Gross National Happiness. Take a 10-day adventure across the bastion of Buddhist culture, explore remote mountain villages and shrines and climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900 metres above the valley floor. Take in the soaring peeks and cultural delights, all while you discover your own capacity for happiness. 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 PARO/THIMPHU

Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu. In Thimphu, time permitting, take an orientation walk in town and get settled in.

Meals included:

Dinner

DAY 2 THIMPHU/PUNĀKHA

In the morning, meet a Buddhist Monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs, ways of life, and values in Bhutan. Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags. In the afternoon, drive to Lobeysa and hike 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman", built-in 1499. Today, it is mostly visited by women, as it is known as a temple of fertility.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Meet a Buddhist Monk

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 3 PUNĀKHA

Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, and Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4 PUNĀKHA/GANGTEY GONPA

Travel to Gangtey and visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 5 GANGTEY GONPA

Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. After, walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, where we'll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of Khewa and visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and a home-cooked dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Family Farm Meal

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 6 GANGTEY GONPA/THIMPHU

Drive to the capital to visit the Big Buddha and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practising traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Hear a lecture on the Gross National Happiness, an index used by Bhutan to measure the nation's progress.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Lecture on Gross National Happiness

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 7 THIMPHU/HAA DZONGKHAG

In the morning, visit Memorial Chorten. Drive to the valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple). In the afternoon, spend time exploring Haa town.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8 HAA DZONGKHAG/PARO

Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan via the Cheela Mountain Pass, at 3,810m (12,500 ft). Hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 9 PARO

Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. The view is absolutely stunning, with the monastery clinging to a cliff face towering 2,953m (9,688 ft) above the valley. Return to Paro and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong fortress.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 10 PARO

Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What's included

·        Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu

·        Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa

·        Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lecture on Gross National Happiness, Thimphu

·        Arrival and departure transfer

·        Visit the Rimpung Dzong

·        Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine

·        Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine

·        Visit the village of Khewa

·        Black-Necked Crane Centre visit

·        Hike to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa

·        Walk across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys

·        Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten

·        Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery

·        Explore shrines and temples of the Haa Valley

·        Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

·        Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple

·        All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Is this tour for me?

TRAVEL STYLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

SERVICE LEVEL: UPGRADED

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING: 3 - AVERAGE

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

When can I go?

This offer is based on departing on 2nd May 2020. For alternative dates, please speak to your Personal Travel Consultant.

 

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