Glimpses of Bhutan

Bhutan

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Close Dochula pass with 108 chortens overlooks the majestic Himalayan views.

Glimpses of Bhutan

Taktsang Palphug (or Tiger’s Nest) monastery is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark. It is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist site that clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave in the 7th century A.D.  The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen Taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which he meditated.

On this tour, you arrive in Paro and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan's charming capital. After a brief stay, journey into central Bhutan over Himalayan passes offering great vistas into Punakha. Visit the stunning Punakha Dzong and hike up the surrounding valleys and visit rural villages. Drive to the scenic Gangtey (in Phobjikha Valley), known for the endangered black-cranes. Return to Paro and trek up to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), one of the most important icons of Bhutan. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY GLIMPSES OF BHUTAN TOUR...
And, experience medieval monasteries that dot the landscape.
 

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  • This 7-day tour can be customised for any travellers – adrenaline junkies, families, or honeymooners
  • Rates quoted for the tour include 20% government taxes plus government royalties, sustainable tourism fund and visa fee (value approx £410 per person)
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, government royalty and taxes, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday
Need to Know
  • Your international flights are not included. 
  • While staying at the hotels on bed & breakfast, we will provide lunch & dinner at local restaurants
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • Itinerary changes if any, are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan


 

Glimpses of Bhutan For first time travellers and romantic couples
Paro, Thimphu, Phobjikha, Punakha
(7 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive Paro, Bhutan
Thimphu The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will fly over a wall of green hills known as ‘dwars’, or doors to the Himalaya. You will see Mt Everest, Mt Kangchenjunga, Mt Makalu and some of the most beautiful Himalayan peaks - a never-to-be-forgotten vista of a lifetime.

On arrival, you will be received by our representative, who will escort you to your hotel in Thimphu. The transfer to Thimphu takes approximately 1 ½ hours.
Taj Tashi Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 2 – Tour
Thimphu Take a comprehensive tour of Thimphu with your private guide and driver to see the highlights, including the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government, the Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings, and a short hike to Cheri Gompa, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom.
Taj Tashi Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 3 – Transfer & Explore
Punakha Continue to Punakha, the ancient winter capital, situated in a sub-tropical valley with warm summers and pleasant winters. Visit the beautifully located Punakha Dzong, built on the confluence of Pho chhu (male river) and Mo chhu (female river). Drive to the nearby Wangdue Phodrang, a small township with clusters of shops tightly packed together. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farm villages, receive a blessing from a monk or opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley. Alternatively, relax at your luxurious hotel, set among rice terraces and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses.
Uma Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 4 – Explore
Gangtey/ Phobjikha The journey to Gangtey (in Phobjikha Valley) is very scenic, as the road passes through bamboo, rhododendron and conifer forests, meadows and river valleys. The Phobjikha Valley itself is very wide and bowl-shaped and one of the most beautiful open valleys in the country.

Explore its secluded monasteries and temples, which present a literary treasure trove, largely untouched and still not fully explored. Meet the local villagers, known as the Bjopkha (nomadic people), who speak a different dialect from Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan.  

Gangtey, situated at 2,400m, is home to the endangered, graceful black-necked cranes that fly in from northern China, Mongolia and Siberia in the winter. It is a birdwatchers’ paradise and you will see Hill Partridges, Dark-breasted Rose finches and many other bird varieties here. We can organise a 3-day birdwatchers’ Gangtey trek.
Uma Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 5 & 6 – Transfer & Explore
Paro The drive back to Paro is through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and over the high mountain pass (3140 m) from where, on a clear day, you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas. In Paro you will take a comprehensive tour with your private guide visiting ancient temple and Dzongs and exploring the beautiful valley.

Next day take a hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (‘Tiger's Nest’), an hour and a half uphill. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the saint who converted Bhutan to Buddhism, alighted here on the back of a tigress. Here we enjoy snacks and tea at the cafeteria with magnificent views across the valley.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 7 – Airport Transfer
Depart Paro Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Meals: B
 

 
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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There International flight to Bangkok or New Delhi are available from major UK cities on a variety of carriers. From there flights to Bhutan are with Druk Air. We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance and forward them to the Druk office at the airport from which the flight originates. Transfers within Bhutan will be arranged by AwimAway. On your arrival, our representative will meet and greet with your private car and driver, that will be available to you for sightseeing excursions or shopping trips at your convenience.


When to go Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. During the spring months of March, April and May, Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan.

By the middle of June, clouds begin to build up for the monsoon that arrives in July. By mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can get cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking in the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.