Known as the land of the Thunder Dragon, the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is a land of enchanting monasteries, snow-capped majestic mountains and delightfully friendly people. Culturally rich and determined to sustain its unique character, it existed in self-imposed isolation until the 1950s with the first tourists not arriving until the 1970’s. Today, tradition is honored by the population and respect for the national religion – Tibetan Buddhism – runs deep.Wedged in by the Himalaya, the pristine valleys are home to hard working farmers cultivating their terraced rice fields while the extraordinary hills – most would consider them mountains – are dotted with amazing Buddhist monasteries.Although technology has found its way into the country and cell phones are everywhere, western influence remains minimal. Bhutan is the only country to have officially adopted gross national happiness instead of the gross domestic product as the economic measure of the country’s well being. And, the festivals are just plain glorious.Click links for detailed itinerary and pricing information.

11 DAY SMALL GROUP CULTURAL JOURNEY THROUGH FASCINATING BHUTAN

September 18 – 28, 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Absorb the tranquility and beauty of the Buddhist Temples and open your heart to their pervasive spirituality
  • Enjoy walking tours through small historic towns unspoiled by western influences
  • Climb up to the iconic “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, an engineering marvel perched on the side of a steep cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley
  • Marvel at the soaring snow-capped mountains and dazzling rice terraces
  • Savor the impressive Punakha Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture
  • Become transfixed by the colorful masked dancing at the Thimphu Tshechu Festival

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 Tuesday, Sept. 18                                          Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Day 2 Wednesday, Sept. 19                                    Paro

Day 3 Thursday, Sept. 20                                       Drive to Thimpu

Day 4 Friday, Sept. 21                                             Thimpu Tshechu Festival

Day 5 Saturday, Sept. 22                                        Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley

Day 6 Sunday, Sept. 23                                           Phobjikha Valley & Gangtey

Day 7 Monday, Sept. 24                                          Phobjikha to Punakha

Day 8 Tuesday, Sept. 25                                          Punakha

Day 9 Wednesday, Sept. 26                                    Punkha to Paro

Day 10 Thursday, Sept. 27                                      Paro – Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 11 Friday, Sept. 28                                            Departures

 

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