Dragon Kingdom Overview

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,750
      CAD $3,795
      AUD $3,950
      EUR €2,750
      GBP £2,365
      NZD $4,685
      ZAR R35,955
      CHF FR3,390
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Get lost in the charm of Bhutan's magical Dragon Kingdom

Bhutan is the little secret of Asia. Overshadowed and nestled between China and India, it is a relatively new travel spot, with many undiscovered secrets in its natural scenery and quiet townships. The land is dotted with red-clothed monks, ancient Buddhist temples and friendly smiles. It is one calm country, where gross national happiness is more important than money, where chillies are used as a vegetable rather than for spice, and the thunder dragon, Druk, is emblazoned on the national flag, symbolising the people of Bhutan: loyal, patriotic and living with a total sense of belonging within the kingdom.

  • View ancient Buddhist texts in Thimphu
  • Explore the picturesque Punakha Valley
  • Visit one of Bhutan’s oldest private monasteries, Gangte Goemba
  • Journey to the sacred Jambay Temple
  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Finish:

    Paro, Bhutan
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (8 nts)
  • Transport:

    Minibus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    Bumthang Valley - Kyichu Lhakhang, Gangte - Gangtey Goemba Monastery, Paro - Tadzong Museum & Trongsa Dzong, Paro - Tiger's Nest Monastery, Punakha - Punakha Dzong, Thimpu - National Library

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    260kg pp per trip
  • 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. 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. All travellers must arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 9 to be eligible for a group visa. See Trip Notes for more details.

  • Total price from

    USD $3,750
    CAD $3,795
    AUD $3,950
    EUR €2,750
    GBP £2,365
    NZD $4,685
    ZAR R35,955
    CHF FR3,390
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $416
    CAD $421
    AUD $438
    EUR €305
    GBP £262
    NZD $520
    ZAR R3,995
    CHF FR376
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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.

Day 3 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 4 Gangtey

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 5-6 Bumthang Valley

Head across Himalayan passes before taking a tea break at Chendebji Chorten. Stop at Trongsa for lunch and to explore the Trongsa Dzong. Drive through the Chumney Valley and the village of Zugney, where yak wool weaving is the local trade. The following day, take a walking tour though the Bumthang Valley; Padmasambhava frequented here when delivering the Buddha’s messages to Bhutan. Explore the Jambay Temple, one of the 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. This is one of Bhutan’s most holy religious sites; the guide will apply for special permission to gain access to this sacred place.

Days 7-9 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.
    • 9
    • HNKB
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,750
      CAD $3,795
      AUD $3,950
      EUR €2,750
      GBP £2,365
      NZD $4,685
      ZAR R35,955
      CHF FR3,390
      *
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