The remote Kingdom of Bhutan, with its
fascinating cultural heritage and beautiful
mountain scenery, was off limits to tourists
until 1974. Today, the country continues
to preserve its age-old traditions, as
revealed in this tour, which travels through
western and central Bhutan visiting the
forts, monasteries and markets of the
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Kathmandu, via Delhi,
with Jet Airways. (N)
Afternoon arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to
the Hotel Himalaya (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
Morning tour of Kathmandu, including Durbar Square and the Golden Swayambhunath stupa. In the afternoon visit Pashupatinath, an important Hindu temple and Bodhnath, the largest stupa in Nepal and the religious centre for Nepal's considerable population of Tibetans. (B)
Morning flight to Paro and drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city. Afternoon tour including the National Library, a fundamental source for Buddhist scripts. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Kisa (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu, including the National Memorial Chorten. Here, the finely executed wall paintings and delicately fashioned statues within the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening with a local family.
(B, L, D)
Drive across the stunning Dochu La Pass to Punakha. Later visit a traditional farmhouse for an authentic village experience. Farmhouses in Bhutan are very colourful, decorative and traditionally built with mud and stones. Stay 2 nights at the Meri Puensum (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Punakha, including the Punakha dzong, a 17th-century fortress and the largest in the country. This afternoon visit the Nalanda Buddhist Institute to meet with the Buddhist monks and to enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. (B, L, D)
Drive to Paro and stay 2 nights at the Village Lodge (or similar). Afternoon visit to Ta dzong which was originally the watchtower of Paro Dzong and was renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum of Bhutan. Later, enjoy a cooking class in spicy Bhutanese cuisine. (B, L, D)
Enjoy the spectacular walk to the iconic 300-year-old Tiger's Nest Monastery, where it is believed Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tiger in the 8th century. The return walk takes about 5 hours. Afternoon visit to Rinpung dzong and later try your hand at Bhutan's national sport - archery. (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the Hotel Himalaya (or similar). Farewell dinner at Brick Café. (B, D)
Fly from Kathmandu to London, via Delhi, with
Jet Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The 17 Feb 2018 departure coincides with the
Punakha tsechu; the 22 Mar 2018 departure
coincides with the Paro tsechu (slightly different
itinerary to allow more time in Paro – please ask
your tour consultant for details); and the
16 Sep 2018 departure coincides with the
Thimphu tsechu. The 16 Oct 2018 departure
and extension coincides with Jambhay
Lhakhang and the 3 Nov 2018 departure and
extension visits the Black-Necked Crane Festival.
Hotel standards in Bhutan range
from first class in Paro (available at a supplement
on private travel only) to reasonably comfortable
in western Bhutan and more basic in central areas.
The tour involves some long drives. The road from
Trongsa to Bumthang is currently under repair.
Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain festival departure
dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
BHU2018: 9 Nights
The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieva...
The beautiful Paro valley encompasses a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myth...
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter seat of the J...
Thimphu is the Bhutanese capital, and the centre of government, religion and commerce....