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 to Kathmandu, via
Delhi, with Jet Airways. (N)
Afternoon arrival in Kathmandu and transfer
to the Soaltee Crowne Plaza (or similar) for 2
Morning tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon visit to
the temple at Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, a
religious centre for Nepal’s Tibetan population. (B)
Morning flight from Kathmandu to Paro.
Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, now the National
Museum. On the way back, stroll through Paro
market and along the Paro river. Stay overnight
at Tashi Phuntshok (or similar)*. (B, L, D)
Drive to the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu.
Afternoon city tour includes the National
Library. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Kisa (or
similar)†. (B, L, D)
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu, including
the National Memorial Chorten. Afternoon at
leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive past dense oak and rhododendron
forests, colourful prayer flags and picturesque
Himalayan scenery via Dochula Pass (3,100
metres). Stay overnight at Hotel Dewachen (or
similar). (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Ta dzong and Trongsa dzong,
a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture built
in 1647. Proceed to Bumthang, one of the
most spectacular valleys in Bhutan. Stay at the
Mountain Lodge (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Kurje lhakhang, regarded as
one of the most sacred places in the kingdom.
Continue to Jambay lhakhang temple, erected
by Tibetan kings in the seventh century. In
the afternoon, see the ancient Buddhist wall
paintings at Tamshing lhakhang and visit Jakar
dzong, a former monastery now used as the
monk’s regional headquarters. (B, L, D)
Early morning visit to Bumthang market before
driving to Punakha. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel
Pema Karpo (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Punakha, including the Punakha
Dzong, a 17th-century fortress. (B, L, D)
Drive to Paro and stay 2 nights at the Tashi
Namgay Resort (or similar)*. (B, L, D)
Morning trek to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest). The
monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a
sheer drop of more than 800 metres. The return
walk takes about 5 hours. Afternoon visit to
Rinpung dzong. (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at
the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel (or similar). (B)
Fly from Kathmandu to London, via Delhi, with
Jet Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Hotel standards in Bhutan
range from first class in Paro (available at a
supplement) to reasonably comfortable in
western Bhutan and more basic in central areas.
The tour involves some long drives.
The de luxe Uma Paro may be
booked at a supplement from £595pppn
(twin share) or £895pppn (single) on a
The magnificent Taj Tashi may be
booked at a supplement from £525pppn
(twin share) or £875pppn (single) on a
Bhutan’s monastic tsechus
are colourful events accompanied by Buddhist
chants and masked dances. The 8 February
departure is timed to coincide with the Punakha
tsechu; the 11 March departure is timed to
coincide with the Paro tsechu (this departure
has a slightly different itinerary to allow more
time in Paro – please ask your tour consultant
for details); the 8 October departure is timed
to coincide with the Thimphu tsechu; and the 5
November departure takes in the Black-Necked
This itinerary can be
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Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
The Dewachen Hotel is a secluded property set on 3 acres of land in Gangtey Valley. It is located just 3km south from the main Gangtey Gompa monastery and just a few minutes walking distance from the beautiful meadows where the endangered black-necked cranes reside during the winter months, having flown from Siberia and China. The hotel consists of 16 twin rooms built in Bhutanese style. Each room has two beds, iron stove (Bukhari) heating and en suite bathroom with shower. Additional facilities include a restaurant with a view and a well-stocked...
Set among terraced paddy fields, Drubchhu Resort stands on the site of an old granary that was built by one of the great lamas of Bhutan. This family-run hotel features 27 rooms that are simple yet comfortably furnished and offer spectacular views of the Punakha valley. Facilities at this hotel include a restaurant that serves select continental and Bhutanese cuisine, a bar serving an assortment of local and imported drinks and a spa that offers the opportunity to experience a 'hot stone bath'. The resort has a natural spring, which is believed to have healing...
A new and contemporary hotel, the Hotel Ariya offers a blend of local heritage with modern comfort. It is located on the southern outskirts of Thimphu and is noted for its friendly service and the wealth of facilities on offer.
Features: 46 rooms, free internet access, terrace, Ariya Touch spa, multi-cuisine restaurant, lounge, banqueting hall, business centre, cafe, bar.
Room amenities: En suite bathroom, satellite...
Located in the centre of Thimphu, adjacent to the iconic clock tower, the Hotel Gakyil offers modern rooms and a multi-cuisine restaurant.
Features: 40 rooms, 24-hour reception, restaurant.
Room amenities: Cable television, tea & coffee facilities, telephone, heating, complimentary internet access, en suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer on...
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...
Translated as the 'white lotus', the Hotel Pema Karpo is located on the bank of Punatsangchu river and within easy reach of famous Bhutanese landmarks such as Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang dzong and Chime Lhakhang. The hotel offers 35 rooms with views of the Punatsangchu river or the terraced paddy fields, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a...
Located close to the airport, the Hotel Tashi Phuntshok offers comfortable and spacious accommodation with traditional wooden flooring. It is noted for its picturesque views of the surrounding mountain landscapes.
Features: 34 rooms, multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, beauty salon.
Room amenities: Free internet access, satellite television, ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running...
Along the banks of the Paro Chu river, Kichu Resort is set among two hectares of manicured lawns and features 50 comfortably furnished rooms and suites decorated in the indigenous style. Other facilities at this hotel include a dining hall serving local Bhutanese, continental and Chinese cuisine, a conference hall and a wellness centre with a traditional hot stone...
The Mountain Lodge is a 23-roomed family run guest house, which opened in 1998. It has 16 double-bedded guest rooms with attached bath, and a restaurant serving Indian and Bhutanese...
Scenically located overlooking the Punatshangchhu River, Punatshangchhu Cottage is situated between the twin towns of Wangdue and Punakha. Set among 7.5 hectares of lush green garden, the property features 28 rooms and suites that combine traditional Bhutanese character with modern décor. The rooms, which overlook either the river or the garden, are comfortably furnished with essential modern conveniences. Facilities include a restaurant that serves Bhutanese as well as international cuisine and a...
Soaltee Crowne Plaza is considered a landmark within the Kathmandu cityscape and is spread over 11 acres of manicured gardens with views of the mountain ranges. It is situated in the suburbs of Tahachal just a short drive from the city centre. The hotel has 283 rooms, all equipped with central air conditioning, and attached bathrooms, satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities and a mini bar. The Soaltee boasts five world-class restaurants offering continental, French, Oriental, Italian & Indian style meals (including the excellent tandoor meals, using recipes and methods preserved since medieval ages). The hotel offers a wide selection of facilities including a swimming pool, health club, eight-lane bowling alley and Nepal's oldest and largest casino.
The hotel is building a new coffee shop and a water purification plant and is refurbishing the Garden Terrace restaurant....
Surrounded by paddy fields and orchards, Tenzinling Resort is a small, cosy, family-run hotel. Each of the 32 rooms is comfortably furnished, individually decorated and either offer spectacular views of the Paro Dzong or the lush green fields. Facilities at this hotel include a restaurant and a...
Situated in the beautiful Chokhor Valley the Yu Gharling has 44 rooms divided between the main building and several cottages. All the rooms are ensuite and comfortably furnished and many have spectacular views over the valley. The hotel has a multi cuisine restaurant and a...
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.
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The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieva...
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