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A journey across Bhutan

17 days from £5,605pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Travel through little visited parts of Bhutan.

  • Visit impressive monasteries.

  • Enjoy great landscapes.

  • Visit the famous Tiger's Nest.

  • Marvel at the Bhutanese traditional life.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Samdrup Jongkhar
  • Trashigang
  • Mongar
  • Jakar, Bumthang Valley
  • Phobjikha
  • Punakha
  • Thimphu
  • Paro
  • Delhi

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi

Day 2 Delhi

Delhi

On arrival spend the rest of the day at leisure to recover from your international flight. If you have time you might like to take a taxi into central Delhi to explore the markets or visit Delhi's Red Fort.

Day 3 Samdrup Jongkhar

Day 3 Samdrup Jongkhar

Delhi , Guwahati , Samdrup Jongkhar

Fly to Guwahati in northeast India and travel to the Bhutanese border with a guide and driver. You have the night in the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar, an important trading post.

Accommodation

Day 4 Trashigang

Day 4 Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar , Trashigang

Continue by road to Trashigang. The drive will take most of the day but you will have the opportunity to stop and take in the scenery along the way. You will check in to your hotel in Trashigang which sits above the Drangme Chhu River.

Accommodation

Day 5 Trashigang

Day 5 Trashigang

Trashigang

Visit Gom Kora a temple filled with colourful Buddhist carvings as well as Chorten Kora. In the afternoon, explore Trashigang which is filled with traditional wooden buildings and original architecture.

Accommodation

Day 6 Mongar

Day 6 Mongar

Trashigang , Mongar

Continue west to Mongar by road via the biggest and most important monetary in eastern Bhutan: Drametse Goempa. You will also have the chance to visit Mongar Dzong, a more modern monastery.

Accommodation

Day 7 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Day 7 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Mongar , Jakar, Bumthang Valley

A full day drive to the Bumthang Valley in the heart of Bhutan. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop and explore.

Day 8 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Day 8 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Take a walking tour of Thangbi Temple and visit Jakar Dzong. One of the largest dzongs in the country, it is set on a ridge above Jakar town with views right across the valley.

Day 9 Phobjikha

Day 9 Phobjikha

Jakar, Bumthang Valley , Phobjikha

Travel by road to Gangtey, stopping at Trongsa Dzong en route. Trongsa is a huge monastery complex which prints most of Bhutan's Buddhist texts.

Day 10 Phobjikha

Day 10 Phobjikha

Phobjikha

Walk the Tenkhor Yuetshe Sum Trail which links together many local villages and hamlets today. You will also visit the black-necked crane research centre with the chance of spotting some of the black-necked cranes themselves.

Day 11 Punakha

Day 11 Punakha

Phobjikha , Punakha

Continue by road to Punakha. On arrival you will check in to your hotel and have time to relax. You might like to take a walk around the grounds of your hotel which has views across the valley.

Day 12 Punakha

Day 12 Punakha

Punakha

Take a half day walk from Nobgang to Punakha, a particularly picturesque valley route. In the afternoon, visit the Punakha Dzong which is located at the confluence of two rivers.

Day 13 Thimphu

Day 13 Thimphu

Punakha , Thimphu

Head to the capital and take an afternoon tour of Thimphu. Key points of interest include the King's Memorial Chorten, which is a Tibetan-style chorten or stupa built to honour the memory of the third king. Inside, there are numerous religious paintings and statues of different Buddhist deities, and each day many Bhutanese come here to pray, spin the colourful prayer wheels and walk around the grounds. Inside, the walls are decorated with bright paintings depicting famous Buddhist deities and religious legends.

Day 14 Paro

Day 14 Paro

Thimphu , Paro

Drive to Paro and visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong. Paro Dzong is located right up on the hillside and was used to defend Paro from Tibetan invasions. Spend this evening in Paro. You might like to eat in the hotel's pretty courtyard.

Day 15 Paro

Day 15 Paro

Paro

Full day excursion to Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Drukgyel Dzong. A highlight of the trip, it's possible to climb up halfway to simply view Tiger's Nest Monastery if you are not able to climb the entire route.

Day 16 Delhi

Day 16 Delhi

Paro , Delhi

Fly from Paro to Delhi. After checking in to your Delhi hotel, you might like to simply relax or explore Delhi a little. The markets are an excellent place to shop before heading home tomorrow.

Day 17 International return flight

Day 17 International return flight

Delhi , International return flight

Transfer to the airport in time for your onwards flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Alison, an Audley Travel specialist

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