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The Thunder Kingdom Of Bhutan

Asia
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRALBHU

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​Long hidden from the world, the remote nation of Bhutan is an intriguing destination perched high in the Himalayas. This fascinating adventure begins in Nepal, where there's time to explore Kathmandu, before continuing on to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Then, on a journey through this country's scenic landscape, catch a glimpse of local life and traditions as you discover many of its incredible highlights. You'll visit fortresses and Buddhist temples, including the sacred Taktshang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest.

Long hidden from the world, the remote nation of Bhutan is an intriguing destination perched high in the Himalayas.

PRICE FROM ? £3419 per person
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What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Etihad Airways
  • 10 nights half board in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Evening rickshaw ride through Thamel
  • Kathmandu tour, including Durbar Square
  • Evening walk through Thimphu
  • A day of exploration in Thimphu
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, an impressive fortress
  • Monastery of Chimi Lhakhang, plus picnic lunch
  • Spectacular views at the Dochula pass
  • Visit the Ta Dzong watchtower and its museum
  • Hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery
  • Visit a traditional farmhouse
  • Bhutanese cultural show

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK/Kathmandu
  • Today you'll fly via Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu in Nepal, an incredible country nestled in the Himalayas.
  • DAY 2 Kathmandu
  • On arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in we're going to start our explorations in the bustling tourist district of Thamel this evening. Here we'll experience a fun rickshaw ride as you explore its narrow streets, where shops sell everything from pastries to handicrafts.​
  • DAY 3 Kathmandu
  • You'll get to know Kathmandu on a tour today. Its highlights include the Temple of the Living Goddess, Kasthamandap, a three-storey temple said to be made from a single tree, and UNESCO-listed Durbar Square. This is surrounded by spectacular palaces and temples, which are sure to leave a lasting impression.
  • DAY 4 Thimphu
  • We're leaving Nepal today and flying to Paro in the mystical Kingdom of Bhutan. Bordered by India and China, this landlocked country was isolated for centuries from the rest of the world but today welcomes intrepid travellers like you! Our hotel is in the capital, Thimphu, and we'll go out for a stroll this evening for a fascinating glimpse of local life.
  • DAY 5 Thimphu
  • If last night's walk left you keen to discover more of Thimphu, today's the day to do just that on a full day of exploration. Our Local Guide will point out all the sights, including the National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts, and the National Memorial Chorten. This literally means 'seat of faith', and is a monument to world peace and prosperity. Another highlight is Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress which houses the offices of the king and the central monastic body.​
  • DAY 6 Punakha
  • Your next base is Punakha, where your sightseeing starts with a visit to Punakha Dzong. Built as a war fortress in the 1600s, this huge structure is best visited later in the day when the sun brings out its rich colours.
  • DAY 7 Punakha
  • Stretch your legs on a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a sacred Buddhist monastery set on a hillock in the picturesque Losesa Valley. Known as the Temple of Fertility, it is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, a cultural icon remembered for the outrageous nature of his teachings. Your guide will tell you more! The route we follow today takes us through villages and rice fields, and a riverside picnic lunch is included.​
  • DAY 8 Paro
  • We're hitting the road today, and driving to Paro. En route we'll stop at the Dochula pass, which sits at a height of 3,088 metres. If it's a clear day prepare for views of peaks including the table mountain Zongphugang and Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Puensum. On arrival in Paro, we've time to freshen up and enjoy lunch before our explorations continue. Our first stop this afternoon is Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now a museum. We'll also see Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • DAY 9 Paro
  • Our special destination today is a sacred site visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their life, the Taktshang Monastery. Perched on a cliff, and famously known as the Tiger's Nest, it stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. We'll hike to this iconic spot, enjoying plenty of rest stops and a vegetarian lunch along the way.
  • DAY 10 Paro
  • You've got the chance to get to grips with Bhutanese traditions today, starting with a morning visit to an authentic farmhouse. Before dinner this evening, you can enjoy the art, dance, music and drama of the country during a cultural show. You can even get involved and join the dancing if you wish!​
  • DAY 11 Kathmandu
  • We fly back to Kathmandu today. Do your own thing or opt to visit the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the huge Boudhanath stupa.​
  • DAY 12 Kathmandu/UK
  • After a leisurely morning, we'll transfer you to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
  • DAY 13 UK
  • You will arrive back in the UK today.
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Accommodation

    • Himalaya Hotel
    • The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Kisa Hotel
    • Kisa Hotel is situated in the heart of Thimphu overlooking the Himalayas. From the exterior Hotel Kisa is a blend of traditional Bhutanese architecture and contemporary styles. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar/café, spa, Wi-Fi and private bedroom facilities.
    • Khuru Resort
    • Khuru Resort is located just a few minutes’ drive away from the town of Punakha. Rooms are coming en-suite and further benefit from cable TV, tea/coffee making facilities and mini fridges, which can be restored at the nearby Khurutang Market. However, guests can enjoy both a la carte and buffet menus in hotel restaurant serving Bhutanese, Chinese, Indian and Continental meals. Hotel amenities also include currency exchange services, laundry services, safety boxes, located at reception and spa services, such as massage.
    • Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa
    • Naksel is an eco-friendly resort with traditional windows, mud-bricks and locally crafted furniture – a beautiful philosophy and property! Hotel facilities include; a restaurant, bar and coffee house. The coffee house has a warm a cosy feel, with a fireplace, the smell of coffee in the air and homemade pastries!
    • Himalaya Hotel
    • The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.
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Optional Excursions

​Pashupatinath Hindu temple and stupa of Boudhanath

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Further Information

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