Introduction
In all of Bhutan, there is not a single stoplight. Gross National Happiness is an official measure of the country’s well-being. And the number of foreign visitors is strictly limited to protect the culture and environment. In Bhutan, travel is on a higher plane in so many ways! Of course, there’s the Himalayan factor, tucked as it is into a niche in the soaring chain. Bhutan is also one of the world’s most Buddhist countries, and its historic dzongs (monasteries) perch serenely over sweeping expanses of terrain. Lush valleys are carpeted with rice and mustard fields and criss-crossed by footpaths. Our local guide will be sure you meet the Bhutanese farmers, wood carvers, yak-herders and mask dancers for an insider’s look at this heavenly land. To make your Asian adventure even more remarkable, join us for a 5-day/4-night extension to India’s dramatic Darjeeling region.
Picture yourself...
  • Exploring dramatic Himalayan monasteries
  • Meeting rice-farmers and yak-herders at work
  • Witnessing a butter-lamp blessing and native dancers
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - PARO / THIMPHU
From your Asian arrival point of Bangkok or Delhi, we fly you to Paro. The route to the capital of Thimphu (2 nights) encapsulates Bhutan: terraced rice fields, lush river valleys, and the country’s oldest dzong (fortress monastery). On a forest path, we pass pilgrims and pack ponies en route to 12th century Tango Goemba. At an arts and crafts school, we’ll learn how skills in everything from embroidery to woodcarving are taught to preserve the country’s heritage.

DAY 3 - PUNAKHA
On a valley walk through rice paddies, we’ll meet the rural villagers of Pana and visit the scenic Temple of the Divine Madman. Layap yak-herders descend from the mountains to the winter capital of Punakha (1 night). We’ll see them and the impressive monastery that sits at the juncture of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.

DAYS 4-7 - PARO
In season, vast pink and white forests of rhododendron fill the views near Paro (3 nights) as we take the trail to the spectacular (and spectacularly-sited) Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched on a cliff at the valley’s edge. To experience true Bhutanese culture, we’ll visit a traditional farmhouse…enjoy a mask dance performance…and cheer at an archery match, the country’s passionate national sport. You’ll also have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness the lighting of 108 butter lamps in an ancient blessing ceremony.
Bhutan
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Paro, Bhutan with a flight from Bangkok, Thailand (Note: We can also make air arrangements from Delhi, India; see notes below on internal air)

Ending Point: Paro, Bhutan with a flight to Bangkok, Thailand (Note: We can also make air arrangements to Delhi, India; see notes below on internal air)

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Logistics made easy
When you travel Bhutan with us, we eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Bhutan escorted walking tour. Here and everywhere we travel, we offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
November 6-12, 2016$5595.00$1295.00
April 18-24, 2017$5595.00$1295.00
November 7-13, 2017$5595.00$1295.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Airport transfers in Paro on Day 1 and Day 7
This trip includes internal flights from Bangkok, Thailand to Paro, Bhutan roundtrip, which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $955 per person. If you prefer to fly through Delhi, India, we can make these flight arrangements for you as well.
Bhutan
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Geographically, Bhutan is a land of dramatic contrast. From the near tropical southern border with India, steep slopes climb to snow-capped heights of over 24,750 feet / 7,500m at the northern border with Tibet. Consequently, temperatures vary greatly between day and night and at different altitudes. In the central valleys, the summer rains are not as heavy as in the south and occur mostly in late afternoon and at night. From mid-May to the end of September, the weather is warm at night (60-64F/17-18C) and in the day (72-78F/22-26C). In winter, the sky is bright and it is sunny but cold, especially when the sun hides behind the mountains in the mornings and evenings. At night, the temperature falls below zero. Autumn (November) the climate is cool and temperate. Maximum temperatues are 54 degrees Fahrenheit and lows are 21-23 degrees. Spring (April) falls in the spring season and considered as one of the best months of travel in Bhutan. During this time, valleys are green with fresh vegetation and fruit trees are blossoming. Maximum temperatures are 64 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 25-34 degrees.

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Hotels
Taj Tashi

Set in Thimphu, this hotel is a blend of gold-hued dzong architecture with a serene, contemporary interior. It offers striking views of the mountains and great proximity to the bustling local markets.

Dhensa Boutique Resort

Perched above the Punakha Valley, this hotel is gorgeous modern interpretation of traditional Himalayan design. Suites are set in six cottages, each with a private balcony. The views of the Punakha river and stairstep paddies are truly spectacular.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel

Set on 10 beautiful acres, this 5-star property blends the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st Century technology. Amenities include an outdoor hot-stone bath, Tea House, and a temple built of 450-year-old timbers.

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Logistics made easy
When you travel Bhutan with us, we eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
Our small groups offer more options
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