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Bhutan: The Dragon Kingdom

Group Tour | General interest 11 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £3295 Current prices from: £3295

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 Bhutan visiting the forts, monasteries and markets of the ‘Dragon Kingdom’.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Witness Bhutan’s colourful festival
  • Bhutanese cooking class
  • Explore Kathmandu’s medieval centre
  • Meet with local monks
  • Dinner with a local family
  • Small group size - average 12 people (maximum 18)

Bharatpur (Nepal)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2475 2984 3391 3493 3391 3290 3290 3188 3086 2781 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 745 846 1355 1864 2170 2373 2475 2373 2272 1966 1254 846
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 7 6 4 4 4 6 6 6
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 211 231 351 833 1887 43417 71328 53321 38615 1054 100 181
Rainy Days 2 1 1 2 4 9 13 12 8 2 0 1
Humidity N N M VH VH VH VH VH VH H L N
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Chitwan

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2475 3086 3595 3595 3391 3290 3290 3188 3086 2781 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1457 2068 2373 2475 2577 2475 2373 2068 1457 948
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 7 6 5 4 5 6 6 6
Daylight hours 11 1 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 211 131 161 301 873 32913 46718 46718 28711 853 70 30
Rainy Days 2 11 1 2 4 9 12 13 9 2 1 1
Humidity M H VH E E E E E VH VH H M
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Dhulikhel

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 2475 2882 3595 2984 2882 2882 2882 2679 2373 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 236 439 745 1254 2373 1966 2068 2068 1864 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 7 5 3 3 4 6 6 5
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 110 211 341 673 1385 31813 51720 45118 27711 743 80 161
Rainy Days 2 2 2 3 4 11 16 14 10 3 1 1
Humidity M H VH E E E E E E VH H M
UV 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kathmandu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 2475 2781 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2679 2272 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 134 337 745 1152 1559 1966 1966 1966 1864 1355 745 236
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 6 5 3 3 4 6 5 5
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 161 241 392 753 1586 34113 54722 47419 32313 783 100 181
Rainy Days 2 2 2 3 6 11 16 14 10 3 1 1
Humidity N N N L M M M M L L N N
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kurintar

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1966 2272 2781 3188 3290 3188 2984 2984 2984 2882 2475 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 846 948 1457 1864 2068 2272 2272 2170 2170 1763 1254 846
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 7 6 4 4 4 6 6 6
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 221 231 392 823 1857 37515 53321 47219 29512 813 100 151
Rainy Days 2 1 1 2 5 9 13 12 8 2 1 1
Humidity M H VH E E E E E E VH H M
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lumbini

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2679 3290 3799 38100 3799 3391 3391 3391 3290 2984 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 948 1152 1661 2170 2475 2679 2577 2577 2475 2170 1457 1050
Sunshine hours 6 7 8 9 8 6 4 4 5 7 7 6
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 211 120 161 211 452 26410 47219 38315 2409 843 40 70
Rainy Days 1 1 1 1 3 9 13 14 8 2 0 0
Humidity N N M VH VH VH VH VH VH H M N
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 4/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mende

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 541 846 1254 1457 1559 1559 1559 1457 1254 846 643
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -523 -228 134 541 643 541 439 32 -523 -818
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 8 7 6 4 3 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 131 171 251 291 412 1406 24210 2299 1375 552 50 60
Rainy Days 3 3 4 5 12 16 23 24 17 5 3 2
Humidity H VH E E E E E E E VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Pokhara

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1763 1966 2577 2882 2984 2984 2882 2882 2781 2577 2272 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 337 439 948 1355 1661 1966 2068 2068 1864 1457 846 439
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 7 6 4 4 5 6 6 6
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 221 311 532 914 1948 34213 47919 40516 27511 894 120 191
Rainy Days 2 2 2 3 5 11 16 15 10 3 1 1
Humidity N N N M M M M M M L N N
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Bumthang

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 745 846 1152 1457 1661 1864 1864 1864 1763 1559 1152 846
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -621 -327 134 541 846 948 948 745 236 -425 -818
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 7 6 5 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 70 291 673 1576 33313 38315 28611 1787 632 110 40
Rainy Days 1 1 3 6 11 16 20 19 13 5 1 1
Humidity H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 11/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 7/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Gangtey

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 846 948 1254 1559 1763 1966 1966 1966 1864 1559 1254 948
Min temp (C)(F) -818 -621 -228 236 541 948 1050 1050 846 236 -425 -719
Sunshine hours 8 7 8 8 7 6 5 5 5 7 8 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 120 311 552 994 1797 2158 1777 1255 492 90 30
Rainy Days 1 1 3 6 12 16 18 17 12 4 1 1
Humidity H H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH H M
UV 6/H 7/H 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Paro

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 745 948 1254 1559 1763 1864 1864 1864 1763 1661 1254 1050
Min temp (C)(F) -621 -425 32 439 745 1050 1152 1050 948 439 -130 -523
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 8 7 6 4 4 5 7 8 7
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 100 341 813 1807 41616 54922 40616 25910 843 110 50
Rainy Days 1 1 3 5 11 17 20 19 13 4 1 0
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Phuentsholing

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 2068 2475 2679 2679 2781 2679 2781 2679 2679 2373 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 643 846 1254 1559 1864 2068 2068 2068 1966 1661 1254 846
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 8 7 5 4 4 5 7 7 7
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 131 181 582 1516 41616 85534 106742 74129 53121 1596 201 80
Rainy Days 1 1 3 7 12 17 19 16 13 4 1 0
Humidity M H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH H M
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2679 2882 2984 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2781 2577

Punakha

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1254 1457 1864 2068 2170 2373 2373 2373 2272 2170 1763 1457
Min temp (C)(F) 32 236 643 948 1254 1559 1559 1559 1457 1050 541 134
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 8 7 6 5 5 5 7 8 7
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 100 120 422 1064 26811 57122 71328 51820 34514 1024 141 70
Rainy Days 1 1 3 5 11 17 22 22 15 5 2 1
Humidity H VH VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2679 2882 2984 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2781 2577

Thimphu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 745 846 1254 1457 1661 1864 1864 1864 1763 1559 1254 948
Min temp (C)(F) -719 -523 32 337 643 948 1050 1050 846 337 -228 -523
Sunshine hours 8 7 8 8 7 6 4 5 5 7 8 7
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 80 90 341 793 1807 41116 52921 39115 24710 813 110 50
Rainy Days 1 1 3 5 11 17 20 20 14 4 1 0
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Discovery Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu via Istanbul

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Kathmandu, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)

Day 2: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu in the early afternoon and transfer to the Hotel Himalaya (or similar) for 2 nights. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and offers 180-degree panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range. (N)

Day 3: Kathmandu

Take a full morning tour of Kathmandu, a characterful and historic city renowned for its master craftsmen and Newari architecture. Explore the heart of the old town, Durbar Square, a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. In the afternoon, discover Kathmandu’s cultural diversity with visits to Pashupatinath Stupa, one of the holiest Hindu stupas in Nepal and Boudhnath, one of the largest Buddhist centres for Nepal’s considerable Tibetan population. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Paro • Thimphu

Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Paro Valley as you land in Bhutan on the morning flight from Kathmandu. Drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s enigmatic capital city, which maintains a strong medieval feel in its architectural style. This afternoon take a short orientation tour to familiarise yourself with the city. Your tour includes a visit to the imposing Tashichho Dzong. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Kisa (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 5: Thimphu

This morning explore Thimphu in greater depth with visits to the National Memorial Chorten, Simply Bhutan, Buddha Point and the Textile Museum. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before meeting a local family for an authentic Bhutanese dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Punakha

Your scenic drive to Punakha today passes through mountain forests and the stunning Dochula Pass, which offers 360 degree sweeping views of the Himalayas and of the verdant valley’s below. This afternoon get a first-hand experience of typical village life in Bhutan with a visit to a traditional farmhouse. In Punakha, stay 2 nights at the Meri Puensum (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 7: Punakha

This morning explore Punakha, a charming town set against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and pine-clad hills. Perhaps the highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress and arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country. This afternoon visit the Nalanda Buddhist Institute to meet with the Buddhist monks. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Paro

Return to Paro and stay 2 nights at the Village Lodge (or similar). Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, now the national museum, for further insight into Bhutanese culture. Later, get to grips with Bhutanese cuisine with an interactive cooking class. Bhutanese cuisine is largely inspired by Chinese, Indian and Tibetan influences and dishes are usually lavishly spiced with chillies. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Paro

Today visit one of the Himalaya’s most incredible sites, the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a monastery miraculously perched on a rocky ledge. The return walk takes about 5 hours but the effort is well rewarded. This afternoon visit the Rinpung Dzong before trying your hand at Bhutan’s national sport – archery. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu

Morning flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the Hotel Himalaya (or similar). Farewell dinner at Brick Café. (B, D)

Day 11: Fly to London via Istanbul

Day at lesiure with late check-out of hotel. This evening fly from Kathmandu to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)

Day 12: London

Early morning arrival in London. (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Tour variations

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 travel consultant for details.

Discovery tour

Hotel standards in Bhutan range from first class in Paro (available at a supplement on private travel only) to reasonably comfortable in western Bhutan. The tour involves some long drives.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online

Discovery group tour accommodation

  • The Village Lodge
    The Village Lodge

    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 delicacy.

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  • Meri Puensum
    Meri Puensum

    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 5km outside Punakha, and offers simple accommodation, each room with an attached bathroom. Features: 34 rooms, Wi-Fi, laundry, money exchange, bar, restaurant. Room amenities: Balcony, television, torch, phone, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, en suite bathroom.

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  • Hotel Kisa
    Hotel Kisa

    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 bar.

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  • Hotel Himalaya
    Hotel Himalaya

    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. <br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, flat-screen TV, seating area, desk, en suite facilities.

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Dates & prices

BHU2021

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
14 Sep 2021 - 25 Sep 2021 £3,395 £0 £395 Reserve
3 Nov 2021 - 14 Nov 2021 £3,395 £100 £395 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size - 12 people (max 18)
    • International flights with Turkish Airlines
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
    • Farewell dinner
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports & stations
    • Bhutanese visa included
    • Festival departures: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Black-Necked Crane

Destinations on this tour

  • Kathmandu

    The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieva...

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  • Punakha

    Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter seat of the J...

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  • Paro

    The beautiful Paro valley encompasses a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myth...

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  • Kathmandu

    The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieva...

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  • Thimphu

    Thimphu is the Bhutanese capital, and the centre of government, religion and commerce....

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