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Bhutan: Himalayan Villages & Monasteries

7 DaysStarting at $6,295

Overview

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. This is a destination 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. For an insider’s look at this heavenly land, you’ll meet the Bhutanese farmers, wood carvers, yak-herders and mask dancers. To make your Asian adventure even more remarkable, join us for a 5-day/4 night extension to India’s dramatic Darjeeling region.

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Highlights

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 and lush river valleys. On a forest path, you pass pilgrims and pack ponies en route to 12th century Tango Goemba. At an arts and crafts school, you'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, you’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). You’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 you 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, you’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.
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Paro – – Paro Airport (PBH)
  • Ending Point:

    Paro – – Paro Airport (PBH)

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Family Departure

Select our “Family Departure” to travel with other families.

Internal Airfare

This trip includes internal flights from Bangkok, Thailand to Paro, Bhutan round-trip, 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. Please note: Classic Journeys will issue your Bhutan Visa (issued 3-5 days prior to trip departure).

Accommodations

Le Meridien Paro Riverfront

With a compelling location close to Paro International Airport and the riverfront, Le Meridien Paro is the ideal place to stay and explore Bhutan. Unlock this holistic destination with attractions including sacred fortresses and monasteries.

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.

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.

What’s Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers in Paro on Day 1 and Day 7
  • Bhutan Visa (issued 3-5 days prior to trip departure)
  •  Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  •  Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

Extend Your Trip

Trip extension

India: Darjeeling

The quiet remoteness of the Himalayas is so addictive that it's hard to leave. So we say don't.

Add our Darjeeling extension to your Bhutan trip, and take full advantage of the rare chance to explore this part of the world. Located in India’s West Bengal state, Darjeeling is world- famous...

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