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. Whilst home to one of the world’s most challenging walks, 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.
Le Meridien Thimphu
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Luxury
Designed to reflect Bhutanese architectural heritage, Le Meridien Thimphu makes a chic, hospitable and comfortable base for exploring Bhutan’s capital city, offering high quality accommodation and modern facilities.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Thimphu, Bhutan’s timeless capital is an interesting mix of both ancient and modern culture, located in the dramatic Eastern Himalayas, 55-kilometres from Paro International Airport. Situated in the bustling streets of the city’s commercial centre, Le Meridien is conveniently placed for Thimphu’s many attractions, markets, shops and museums, making it a great base for those wishing to explore the city.
The hotel’s exterior has been designed to showcase traditional Bhutanese architecture, while the interiors are bright, stylish and modern, reflecting the international standards that Le Meridien brand is famed for. The hotel has 78 spacious and well-appointed rooms and suites. Classic Rooms include a large comfortable bed, workspace, armchair, en-suite bathroom and Wi-Fi, while Deluxe Rooms include a small seating area. The Junior and Royal Suites both sleep up to four adults, with separate bedroom, dining and lounge areas. The overall style is cool and contemporary with a Bhutanese twist, evident in the soft furnishings and accessories. There are two restaurants, Latest Recipe and Sese Shamu, serving delicious Pan-Asian cuisine and a stunning contemporary bar, Latitude 27, the perfect spot for relaxing with a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap.
There is an indoor heated pool with a waterfall feature and huge picture windows with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Guests also have access to the well-equipped Explore Fitness Centre, while the Explore Spa offers holistic beauty treatments and massage in its four treatment rooms. Le Meridien Thimphu is well positioned for those wishing to discover the city’s markets, shops, museums and attractions, particularly the magnificent Tashichho Dzong, which serves as the government’s administrative headquarters. We think this large comfortable hotel would suit both couples and families looking for a quality hotel with a good range of facilities including a swimming pool.
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Tango Monastery - Half Day Hike
Explore the pristine landscapes and spectacular scenery of Bhutan as you leave the city behind to trek to the historic Tango Goenpa.
National Memorial Chorten
Explore the National Memorial Chorten, a towering Stupa artfully decorated with statues and religious icons, that serves as an important place of worship for people from across Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma to Changangkha Nature Trail
Escape the city to discover the mighty oaks, rhododendrons and pine trees of the forests around Thimphu, leading between the towering golden Buddha Dordenma and Changangkha Lhakhang.
Golden Statue of Buddha Dordenma
Set on top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the Buddha Dordenma is a Buddhist site of extraordinary artistic achievement, its 125,000 gilded statues of the Buddha rivalled only by the views over the Thimphu Valley.
Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve
Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve home to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan.
Visit the Jungshi Papermaking Factory
Offering a glimpse into the ancient tradition of making handmade paper, a tour of the Jungshi paper factory is a surprisingly interesting introduction to a craft that has been passed down through many generations.
Textiles of Bhutan
As you travel around Bhutan, the country’s rich tradition of weaving will become clear in the colourful Rachu and Kira worn by the women and the Gho of the men. A visit to the Royal Textile Academy introduces this cultural heritage.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum
With a rich heritage of arts and crafts, exploring Bhutan’s artisan traditions offers a glimpse into the cultural life of its people, and a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum Thimphu is a fascinating introduction.
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.
Cheri Monastery – Half day hike
Discover the beauty of Bhutan’s countryside as you hike towards the 17th century Cheri Monastery, an important site for meditation and a serene and tranquil destination.
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.
Break the drive up between Paro and Thimpu with a stop at Tachogang Lhakhang, a privately run temple reached by an iron bridge, known as one of the finest examples of the skill of 15th century iron bridge builder Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.
Explore Bhutan’s political heart and discover its governmental and royal traditions as you visit the Tashichho Dzong, first built in 1641 and the seat of government since 1952.
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