This 8-night itinerary lets you take in one of the world’s most inspiring countries in comfort and style combining the must-see highlights with some of the country’s finest hotels and lodges.
This itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world and includes all the key highlights of Nepal and Bhutan, making it a true gem of an itinerary!
Bhutan’s festival calendar is brimming with countless vibrant festivals. Integral to Bhutanese culture, festivals provide an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together, dance, socialise and receive blessings. Up and down the country, annual tshechus are held in the courtyards of monasteries, temples and dzongs, a colourful celebration of community spirit, played out to the tune of traditional dance and theatrical performance.
If you are a trekking and mountain lover, it's highly likely that small, mysterious and untouched Bhutan has been on your radar for some time. Asia Specialist Holly is a beach and jungle fan, so this Himalayan beauty had so far escaped her gaze, but the quest for unique travel opportunities and trying something completely different led her here… Read on as she tells us how it turned into one of the best travel decisions she has ever made!
Backed by the mighty Himalayas and the hiking heavyweights of Nepal and India, it is no surprise that Bhutan is fast establishing itself as a world class trekking destination. It is home to one of the world’s most challenging walks but its beautiful scenery appeals to the less intrepid hiker too, with many a route passing through rolling meadows, bamboo forests and rhododendron clad hillsides. The highlight of a trip to Bhutan is often the walk up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, yet simply taking a wander on the path less travelled will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas, stretching for miles around.
Thimpu, Punakha, Paro
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Discover one of Asia’s most beguiling destinations. Taking in the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the thriving capital city of Thimpu and some of Asia’s most stunning scenery, this 8 night itinerary offers the perfect introduction to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
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Explore the best of western Bhutan on this 8 night classic itinerary. Taking in Bhutan’s capital city of Thimpu, the popular valley towns of Paro and Punakha, and the serene hills of the Gangtey Valley, this itinerary combines the rich culture and the spectacular scenery Bhutan is famed for. Throughout, we have included some of our favourite properties to enhance your experience, including intimate retreats, traditionally-styled boutiques and classical Bhutanese guesthouses.
Day 1 - 2 : Thimphu, Bhutan
Stay at Zhiwa Ling Ascent for 1 night
After landing in Paro’s international airport, you will be met by your guide and driver and driven to Bhutan’s capital city of Thimpu. Enjoy one night in an intimate modern retreat a short distance from the bustle of the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the highlights of the city and surrounds with your guide or to relax at your hotel. Some popular sights to see include the National Textile Museum and the Tashichho Dzong. There may also be time to enjoy some short hikes into the surrounding valley or to visit Bhutan’s national animal at the Motithang Takin Preserve.
Days 2 - 4 : Punakha, Bhutan
Stay at Dhensa Punakha for 2 nights
Today you depart for Punakha. Approximately three hours, the drive is an experience in itself that takes you through beautiful Himalayan valleys and peaks. The next two nights will be spent in a serenely positioned boutique property surrounded by pine forest in the Punakha Valley. That afternoon and the following day explore this beautiful area by foot, road or raft. Visit the iconic Punakha Dzong, the ‘fertility enhancing’ Chimi Lhakhang monastery, stroll along scenic hiking trails or go white water-rafting down the Po Chhu River.
Days 4 - 6 : Gangtey, Bhutan
Stay at Hotel Dewachen for 2 nights
The next stop is the Gangtey Valley, otherwise known as Phobjikha Valley, famed for its beautiful scenery as well as site for migrating black-necked crane. Home to scenic hiking trails, the Crane Information Centre, and the Gangtey Goempa, there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay. Accommodation will be at a traditional-style guesthouse full of Bhutanese charm and with an extensive spa, offering the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring the valley.
Days 6 - 9 : Paro, Bhutan
Stay at Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa for 3 nights
Your final stop will be Paro, reached by a scenic six-hour drive from Gangtey. The following morning, its an early start as you arise early to hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a colourful temple perched on a sheer cliff face over the Paro Valley widely recognised as one of the most famous images of Bhutan. The rest of your time in Paro is at your leisure to explore the town and valley as you wish your private guide and driver. Highlights include the National Museum (Ta Dzong), hiking to the Kila Nunnery, and the Kyichu Lhakhang, a beautiful temple home to ancient spinning prayer wheels. On your final day, you will be collected from your hotel and driven back to the airport in time for your flight home or on to your next destination.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
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Things to do
Farmer's Weekend Market
A visit to Thimphu’s bustling weekend market is a chance to observe locals as they chat and haggle for the fresh produce and mingle in this vibrant, colourful bazaar.
The Chele La Pass and Hike to Kila Nunnery
Enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive to the Chele La Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan a short distance from Paro. Take a leisurely walk to its highest point to soak up further mountain views before continuing to the cliffside Kila Nunnery.
Full Day Tour of Thimphu
Today you will have the whole day to explore the beautiful area of Thimphu with highlight visits to Tango Goemba and Tashichho Dzong.
Half Day in Gangtey
Today you will have a relaxing half day with your guide to explore Gangtey visiting some of the highlight sites including Gangtey Goemba and the Crane Centre.
Visit to a Local Farmhouse in Paro Valley
Offering a glimpse into the life of a traditional farmer, a visit to a local village farmhouse is not to be missed. Found dotted throughout the Paro valley, these buildings exude the character and charm of authentic Bhutanese architecture.
From $4082 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Private transport and guiding
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.