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  • 2013-01-01 - 2014-04-27

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.

  • 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'

Bhutan Summary

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Days 1-2 Thimphu

Thimphu is like no other capital city in the world - it's a town without traffic lights (no cars existed there until 1962), dominated by the majestic fortress of Tashichhodzong.

Days 3-4 Punakha

As a former capital and religious centre, Punakha has played a central role in Bhutan's history and today its ancient dzong (fortress) is still the winter home for the central clergy.

Day 5 Gangte

Set in the remote Phobjikha Valley, the 450-year-old Gangte Goemba has been beautifully restored. Rare black-necked cranes are said to circle the monastery as they migrate to the valley each winter.

Days 6-8 Paro

Home to Bhutan's unusual red rice, the Paro Valley is also famous for its fruit - strawberries, apples, pears, plums and peaches - and a wealth of historic sights.