Mountains and Monasteries of Bhutan

Enigmatic, unspoilt and deeply spiritual

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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!

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Why we like it

Spectacular landscapes
Gala dinners
Bhutan’s Literary Festival
Spend time with the happiest people on our planet
Play ‘dress ups’ in Paro
Fully hosted journey of likeminded women

At a Glance

Day 1 | Tues 21 Aug: Depart Australia, overnight in Bangkok
Day 2 | Wed 22 Aug: Arrive in Thimpu, Bhutan | Hotel Taj Tashi ‐ 3 nights
Day 5 | Sat 25 Aug: Drive to  Punakha  | Dhensa Boutique Resort - 2 nights
Day 7 | Mon 27 Aug: Drive to Paro | Hotel Zhiwa Ling - 3 nights
Day 10 | Thu 30 Aug: Depart Bhutan - inflight overnight
Day 11 | Fri 31 Aug: Arrive Australia

Key facts

Escorted by Sarah Hoyland and Andrea Powis
Start: Thimpu | Finish: Thimpu
21 - 31 August 2018
US $5,900 per person twin share
Single supplement US$ 1990
Note: This itinerary has now travelled and every one of our journeys is a bespoke, one-off departure. If you would be interested in similar future journeys please contact us to register your interest or to have your perfect itinerary tailor made.

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