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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’.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Kathmandu, via
Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)
Afternoon arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to
the Hotel Himalaya (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
Morning tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon visit to
the temple at Pashupatinath and Bodhnath. (B)
Morning flight to Paro. Drive to Thimphu.
Afternoon tour including the Tashichho
Dzong. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Kisa (or
similar). (B, L, D)
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu, including the
National Memorial Chorten, Simply Bhutan,
Buddha Point and the Textile Museum.
Afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening with a
local family. (B, L, D)
Travel to Punakha via the stunning Dochula
Pass. Visit a traditional farmhouse for an
authentic village experience. Stay 2 nights at
the Meri Puensum (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Punakha, including the
Punakha dzong, a 17th-century fortress. This
afternoon visit the Nalanda Buddhist Institute
to meet with the Buddhist monks. (B, L, D)
Drive to Paro and stay 2 nights at the Village
Lodge (or similar). Afternoon visit to Ta dzong,
now the national museum. Later, enjoy a
cooking class in spicy Bhutanese cuisine. (B, L, D)
Morning trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a
monastery perched on a rocky ledge. The
return walk takes about 5 hours. Afternoon
visit to Rinpung dzong. 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)
Day at lesiure with late check-out of hotel. This
evening fly from Kathmandu to London, via
Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
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.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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