Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon Tailor-made

Bhutan

Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon Tailor-made

The Land of the Thunder Dragon, cradled in the heart of the massive Himalayan ranges, is steeped in rich tradition, spirituality and culture. A magical, mysterious land with an almost Medieval feel in the towns festooned with elaborate and gaily painted house facades. Monasteries cling precariously on sides of impossibly steep rocky outcrops, glacial valleys bisect the land and the alpine meadows are ablaze with colour in the spring. Prayer flags flutter in the breeze whilst prayer wheels whirl and echo to the sound of the devout chanting. Monasteries and Stupas bejewel the landscape - here religion is a Living faith.

15 days from £4,125.00 per person
Delhi - Thinphu - Gangtey - Bumthang - Punakha - Paro - Delhi

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Day 1: To Delhi

Fly from Heathrow to Delhi on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight.

Day 2: Delhi

Arrive Delhi in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, once the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Shangri-La Eros.

Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Eros

Day 3: To Thimphu via Paro

Morning fly to Paro. Met by a local representative and drive to Thimphu. Two nights at Hotel Phuntsho Pelri or similar.

Day 4: Thimphu

Full day sightseeing of the capitol city includes the Trashichhodzong- the beautiful medieval fortress/Monastery, the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, Institute for Zorig Chusum, the National Memorial Chorten, the governmentrun Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums.

Day 5: Gangtey

After an early breakfast drive to Gangtey en route visiting Wangduephodrang Dzong and the local market. Afternoon visit the Gangtey Monasterythe biggest Nyingmapa Monastery in Bhutan. Two nights at Dewachen Resort or similar.

Accommodation: Dewachen Resort

Day 6: Gangtey

Full day explore beautiful Phobjikha valley- the winter home of black necked cranes. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu.

Day 7: To Bumthang

Morning drive to Bumthang en route visit the Chendbji Chorten- patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted facing the four cardinal directions and Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. Three nights at Wangdichholing Lodge or similar.

Day 8: Bumthang

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist Temples and Monasteries. Full day to explore the Monasteries & local area.

Day 9: Bumthang

Enjoy an excursion to Ura Valley.

Day 10: Drive to Punakha

After breakfast drive to Punakha through the delightful countryside. Two nights at Zangtho Pelri or similar.

Day 11: Punakha

Morning visit the Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. Also visit the Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley.

Day 12: To Paro

Morning drive to Paro. Afternoon visit the Ta Dzong, originally as a Watch Tower, houses the National Museum. Then follow the trail down to Rinpung Dzong. Two nights at Olathang or similar.

Day 13: Paro

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Along the way, see the 7th C. Kyichu Lhakhangone of the most sacred shrines in the country. Visit also includes the Taktsang Monastery (approx 4 hours steep walk) famously known as the Tiger’s Nest.

Day 14: To Delhi

Morning fly to Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of dynamic New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. Overnight at Shangri-La Eros Hotel.

Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Eros

Day 15: To Heathrow

Fly to Heathrow on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight.

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Prices

Price per person (Double/Twin share)
£4,125.00
Cost includes:
  • International & internal flights in economy class.
  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Full Board (Kolkata on bed & breakfast).
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Bhutan Visa & Royalty Fees.
  • Full ATOL Bonding.
Cost does not include:
  • Visa Fee for India.
  • Any optional Excursions.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.

What our clients say

We have travelled through lush countryside, past bustling colourful villages and their brightly sari clad ladies, visited the amazing monuments, forts, museums etc. etc. in the cities that date back nearly before history began and learnt so much about India our brains can take no more. We all want to thank you for planning this incredible journey and no doubt will be in touch on…

Rosemary Mansfield - India Holiday