Travel to Bhutan and experience this remote Himalayan country

Travel to Bhutan and visit this distinctive and remote pocket between India and China. Bhutan offers beauty, history and adventure by the bucketload. Travel to Bhutan's delightful Thimphu - the world’s only capital city without traffic lights. Head out into Bhutan's countryside and marvel at the spectacular Himalayan scenery, visit imposing dzongs and learn the Buddhist traditions of the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'. Meet the relaxed local people, see the extraordinary 'Tiger's Nest' monastery and soak up this unique travel experience.

Start
Thimphu, Bhutan
Finish
Paro, Bhutan
Countries
Bhutan
Themes
Explorer
Code
HNKB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
260kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque Gangte region
  • Shop for Bhutanese handicrafts
  • Join a pilgrim trek to Taktsang Monastery
  • Feast on red rice in charming Paro
  • Experience peaceful Thimphu - the world's only capital city without traffic lights
  • Visit Bhutan's quirky 'Temple of the Divine Madman'

Itinerary

Kick off the adventure in Thimpu, the only capital in the world without traffic lights, and get an immediate sense of just how special Bhutan is. Be dwarfed by the imposing Tashichho Dzong fortress, see the National Library's priceless collection of Buddhist manuscripts, visit the Folk Heritage Museum and stop in at the National Memorial Chorten. In keeping with the country's goal of Gross National Happiness, the stores here take it in turns to be closed; stores on the upper lane are closed on Tuesdays and stores on the lower lane are closed on Wednesdays.
Cross the Dochu La Pass to take in spectacular views of the Bhutan Himalaya and stop in at the quirky Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the 'Temple of the Divine Madman'. Visit the Punakha Dzong and the hillside Khamsum Yueling Temple. Browse local handicrafts in a traditional homemade paper factory and discover the ancient art of thangkas at a Bhutanese painting school.
Journey across the Pele La Pass to Gangte and visit the 450-year-old Gangte Goemba. Explore Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan's wonderfully remote area without telephones or regular power.
The adventure comes full circle on the return to Paro. Home to Bhutan's unusual red rice, Paro is the base for exploring the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and the dramatic Rinpung Dzong. Tour the National Museum, housed in an original watchtower, and drive out to the beautiful Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most important of Bhutan's temples. A trek to Taktshang Goemba, the famed 'Tiger's Nest' monastery miraculously clinging to a cliff face, is a definite must-do.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Bumthang Valley - Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Chimmi Lhakhang
  • Dzong tour
  • Explore Phobjikha Valley region
  • Folk and Heritage Museum
  • Gangte - Gangtey Goemba Monastery
  • Paro - Tadzong Museum & Trongsa Dzong
  • Paro - Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Punakha - Punakha Dzong
  • Thimpu - National Library

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
4. Please be aware that Bhutan's national carrier Druk Air is renowned for last minute changes to its flights timetable in and out of Bhutan. Druk Air is the only airline allowed to fly into Bhutan (Paro) so it is important to book your flights in / out of Bhutan as soon as possible as we cannot refund this trip if you are unable to obtain flights. Intrepid hold no responsibility for delay, cancellation or unavailability of flight or missed connections. Timetables are available on the Druk Airlines website: drukair.com.bt
5. Any additional accommodation must be booked with Intrepid to ensure the validity of your Bhutan group visa issued by Intrepid. Please note that the pre/post accommodation is also subject to the daily Bhutan tourist visa tariff.
6. Please note the 27 April 2014 departure will run on the 2013 itinerary (8 days).

Trip notes

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