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 customs
and age-old traditions, as revealed in
this comprehensive tour which travels
through western and central Bhutan
visiting the forts, monasteries and
markets of the ‘Dragon Kingdom’.
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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 7808 6780 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
Surrounded by 10 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, Hotel Himalaya is located within easy reach of both Kathmandu city centre and the international airport. Guests can enjoy a 180-degree panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range from the hotel's garden. The hotel's dining options include an international cuisine at Cafe Horizon with in-room dining also available.
Features: 125 rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, tennis court, swimming pool and health club including sauna and hammam.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, flat-screen TV, seating area, desk, en suite...
Conveniently located with easy access to interesting sights, shops and markets, Hotel Kisa blends traditional Bhutanese architecture with contemporary style. All 35 rooms and suites are spacious, tastefully furnished, feature wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant and a lounge...
Accommodation in Bhutan is simple and clean, but cannot be compared to the standard of hotels in Europe. The Meri Puensum is situated high on a hillside with panoramic views of the fields, terraces and river below, approximately 5 kilometres outside Punakha, and offers simple accommodation, each room with an attached bathroom. Hotel facilities include a laundry, money exchange, a bar and a...
Inspired by the typical lifestyle and rich Bhutanese culture, The Village Lodge presents true Bhutanese essence. Located only a few minutes' drive from Paro airport and set on the fertile farmland in the middle of vibrant Paro valley and encircled by richly forested hills, the lodge offers traditional experience and good accommodation in a peaceful Himalayan environment. The lodge has 9 suite rooms elegantly decorated in Bhutanese architecture, equipped with an underground heating system and comfortable bathrooms. The restaurant serves local, continental and Asian delicacies. NUTS Bar offers the selection of international and Bhutanese beverages. Guests are welcome to venture into the kitchen to learn the art of Bhutanese cooking or simply watch the chef prepare Chili Cheese Ema datshi, the fiery Bhutanese...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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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....