Experience the mysterious mountain kingdom of Bhutan
Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world. It is a country that puts its people and environment first – a place where progress is measured in gross national happiness not GDP, and that’s not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative. It’s a place of lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, and art and architecture unique to the region. This journey begins in Paro and heads straight to Thimphu, where there are two days to discover the history and heritage of this charming and serene capital. Walk in the countryside and back in time with visits to the beautiful Punakha and Haa Valleys. Here the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan is explored before returning to Paro. Finish with a true highlight – the spectacular Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest), a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor. A journey through the astonishing beauty of the people, landscape and culture of Bhutan will have your happiness levels off the scale.
Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world.
It is a land of contrast - with lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, art and architecture unique to the region.
The captial Thimphu is charming and serene, a delight to explore.
The opportunity to explore the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan via the beautiful Punakha and Haa Valleys
Visiting Taktsang (the Tiger's Nest) - a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor in Paro is truly a highlight.
Your 2 night 'feature stay' in Paro was envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, combining traditional elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices, masterful stonework, and modern amenities.
Please be aware of altitude when you arrive in Bhutan. Paro is at 2,250 metres. As a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
The hike to Tiger’s nest can be strenuous. The altitude is up to 3,120 metres and can take around 5 hours return.
In Bhutan short distances can take much longer due to small, narrow roads and mountain passes.
Motion sickness can be an issue on longer driving days on windy roads.
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1. An airport arrival and departure transfer is included in Bhutan
2. Please provide Peregrine or your booking agent with a scanned colour copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking. Failure to do this delays group visa.
3. Please advise all international flight details at least 60 days prior to departure.
4. Please be aware that Bhutan's airlines are renowned for last minute changes to flight timetables into and out of Bhutan. Please allow a min of 24 hours transit time between your international flight and flight into Bhutan. Timetables are available on the Druk Airlines and Air Bhutan websites.
5. All travellers must arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 9 to be eligible for a group visa. See Essential Trip Information for more details.
6. A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for all nights of your tour. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.