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.
When to go to Bhutan
In most parts of Bhutan you will experience cold European-like weather.
Spring - March to May
The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora. Towards the end of the season, flowers would be in full bloom.
It can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
Spring has longer days, great flowers of the Rhododendrons but visibility is less because of the rain.
Summer - June to September
If the monsoon is late, the whole of June will be great for traveling.
Monsoon will be in its strongest in July, and will bring afternoon light showers once every 2 to 3 days.
Gangtey should be avoided as the country road can be swollen with mud. Flowers and rice fields are of a vibrant green and you will still get clear blue skies after the rain.
Autumn - October to November
October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear and the fall colours very beautiful.
Also many festivals are taking place during these months. This is the high season, and it might be difficult to get seats on the flights. Thimphu Festival usually takes places at the end of September or early October.
Winter - December to February
In December, the Himalayan sky is blue and temperatures will not be too cold yet as lowest temperature usually takes places near the end of January.
In January or February, Paro and Thimphu may experience a one-day snow. Extreme weather and heavy snowfall may make the roads to central & eastern Bhutan inaccessible.