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Highlights
  • See the national animal of Bhutan, the takin, in its wild native habitat
  • Visit a traditional school of arts and crafts in Thimphu
  • Make an offering at Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility
  • Get a taste for the local culture in the remote villages of Nobgang
  • Search for black-necked cranesin the Phobjikha valley
  • Visit the National Museum's collection of traditional Bhutanese art
  • Marvel at the majesticRinpung Dzong on the banksof the Paro River
  • Ascend to the Tiger's Nest monastery, one of Bhutan's holiest places

The remote kingdom of Bhutan - with its fascinating cultural heritage and beautiful mountain scenery - was off limits to tourists until 1974. Today, the doors are open to this mystical land between Tibet and India, which calculates growth by "Gross National Happiness" and measures time by a spinning prayer wheel. On this fascinating journey, visit the capital of Thimphu and see the sights in Paro before venturing into the unspoiled countryside, a land of ancient monasteries, meandering rivers and wild mountain valleys.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Thimphu

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Taj Tashi

Upon arrival in Paro, take a scenic drive through the river valleys and hills of the Bhutanese countryside to the nation's capital of Thimphu. After checking in to your home for the next two nights, the rest of the day is yours at leisure to begin your explorations of the town, enjoy the amenities of your luxury hotel or just relax and rest up from your travels.

Day 2: Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Taj Tashi

Spend the day visiting the highlights of Thimphu, including the Memorial Chorten, erected in 1974 as a sign of hope for world prosperity; the traditional school of arts and crafts; the Folk Heritage Museum and National Library, the takin (a goat-antelope) sanctuary; and a viewpoint for a superb panorama of the Thimphu valley.

Day 3: To Punakha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Uma by COMO, Punakha

After your drive to Punakha, visit Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility, a small structure with a golden roof and spire. Local women often come to the temple to receive blessings for their future children. Prospective parents can also name their children here by picking one of the bamboo slips placed in the altar that are inscribed with the names of boys and girls. Later, drive to Nobgang and walk around the villages and visit a farmhouse. If time permits, see the impressive Punakha Dzong, built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century. For many years when Punakha was the capital of the country, the dzong served as the seat of the government.

Day 4: Punakha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Uma by COMO, Punakha

The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, an extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valleys are tightly enclosed. Your first stop today is the Gangtey Gompa. Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 gomchens who are trained in Buddhism and take care of the monastery. Later, explore the fascinating Phobjikha valley. This place is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in a milder climate. The valley also boasts two beautiful meandering rivers: Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu.

Day 5: To Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Uma by COMO, Paro

Depart for the scenic drive back to Paro. Upon arrival, explore the National Museum, which houses a collection of relics, religious thankga (scroll) paintings and natural history exhibits. Afterward, head to the 17th-century Rinpung Dzong for an exploration of this historically important religious center and fortress.

Day 6: Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Uma by COMO, Paro

Hike (or ride on horseback) to the picturesque Taktsang ("Tiger's Nest") Monastery, which clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Legend has it that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location on the back of a tiger in the 8th century. Once arrived, he is said to have meditated in one of the caves that dot the mountain for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. The Bhutanese people credit Guru Rinpoche with introducing Buddhism to their country, and the Taktsang Monastery is one of the principal pilgrimage destinations in Bhutan. Spend the day among the monks as they pray, chant and pursue their sacred duties. Late this afternoon, drive through the Paro Valley to visit the ruins of some of Bhutan's most ancient Buddhist shrines

Day 7: Depart Paro

Meals: Breakfast

Today, your journey through the mountain kingdom of Bhutan comes to an end. Bid farewell to the soaring peaks, pristine lakes, swaths of virgin forest and high-altitude valleys that constitute this modern-day Shangri-La. After a tasty breakfast, you will be escorted to the Paro Airport to board your onward flight.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,310

Price Per Day:

$ 759 per person
 

Price per person in US dollars based on two people traveling together, double occupancy and subject to availability.

Price per person in US dollars based on four people traveling together, double occupancy and subject to availability.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • All planning, handling and operational charges
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Privately guided sightseeing in air conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Baggage handling, 2 pieces per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)
Trip Excludes
  • International and internal region airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
  • Travel Protection Insurance
Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Private - your group only
Start City
Thimphu
End City
Paro
Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days before Departure is 90 days or longer, then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days before Departure is 89 to 61, then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 60 to 31, then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure, then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

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