Mountains and Monasteries of Bhutan
Enigmatic, unspoilt and deeply spiritual
The tiny kingdom of Bhutan remains enigmatic, unspoilt and deeply spiritual. Oﬀ limits to travellers until 1974, today the country continues to preserve its customs and age‐old traditions and is regarded as one of the last ‘Shangri‐La's’.
Our journey through the Kingdom of Happiness begins in the bustling capital, Thimphu, where we will not only visit the Memorial Chorten & Pangri Zampa, we will be honoured guests at the Opening Ceremony of ’Mountain Echoes’ ‐ Bhutan’s annual Festival of Literature, Art & Culture. From Thimpu we journey to Punakha over the stunning Dochu‐la Pass, through emerald valleys set against a backdrop of Himalayan peaks. Around Punakha we explore ancient spiritual, cultural & historical sites including the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’ and Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten. We will experience Bhutanese rural life, spending time with families in traditional homes in Nobgang & Taro villages before travelling west through stunning valleys dotted with ancient chortens and monasteries to reach Paro. As we wander the street markets we will immerse ourselves in local life including participating in a traditional Bhutanese cooking class. An optional hike to the awe‐inspiring ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, perched on a rocky ledge 900m above the Paro Valley ﬂoor, is on oﬀer before we celebrate our ﬁnal evening in Bhutan with a Gala Dinner in traditional ‘Kira’ (Bhutanese attire).
Join us on this exceptional journey to experience Bhutan ‐ where the religion is uplifting,the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the mountains magniﬁcent and the people are absolutely delightful!