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Central Bhutan

15 days from £5,635pp

Includes flights
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Itinerary highlights

  • Climb up to Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro.

  • Experience rural life in Bhutan in the remote Bumthang Valley.

  • See the endangered black necked cranes at Phobjikha Valley.

  • Visit Punakha's Dzong.

  • Experience Bhutan's unique culture.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Kathmandu
  • Paro
  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Phobjikha
  • Trongsa
  • Jakar, Bumthang Valley
  • Paro
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of 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 Kathmandu.

Day 2 Kathmandu

Day 2 Kathmandu

Kathmandu

On arrival into Kathmandu you'll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing in Nepal's diverse and vibrant capital city. Kathmandu has a rich cultural and artistic heritage making it a fantastic place to explore. Highlights include the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and the Buddhist site of Boudhanath, Nepal's largest stupa.

Day 3 Thimphu

Day 3 Thimphu

Kathmandu , Paro , Thimphu

This morning you'll continue your journey onto the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan with a flight to Paro. On arrival you'll be driven to Thimpu via Simtokha Dzong, an atmospheric Buddhist monastery.

Day 4 Thimphu

Day 4 Thimphu

Thimphu

Today is your first full day in the capital of Bhutan, enjoy exploring the sights of this charming city. It is a great place to walk around and there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. In the evening you may like to visit a local nunnery to experience evening prayer, a truly fascinating experience.

Day 5 Punakha

Day 5 Punakha

Thimphu , Punakha

This morning you will drive to the beautiful Punaka valley. The Dochu La (pass) at 3140m offers great views of the mountains on clear days. This afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, one of the Bhutan's most stunning dzong's, as well as Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the divine mad monk.

Day 6 Punakha

Day 6 Punakha

Punakha

Enjoy a day walk that includes the scenic Khamsum Yul-le Namgyel Chorten. The Chorten lies at the other end of the valley to Punakha Dzong and the walk along the river to this point is lovely. You can take the walk at your own pace, stopping to admire the scenery as often as you like.

Day 7 Phobjikha

Day 7 Phobjikha

Punakha , Phobjikha

At your leisure you will be driven to Gangtey Valley. If visiting over the winter months you will witness the fascinating Black-necked crane migration.

Day 8 Phobjikha

Day 8 Phobjikha

Phobjikha

Today you will explore the Gangtey Valley with your guide. Highlights include walking the Tenkhor Yuetshe Sum Trail and visiting the blacknecked crane research centre.

Day 9 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Day 9 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Phobjikha , Trongsa , Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Today you will start the journey to Bumthang. To break up the drive, Trongsa is a nice stop off point for some lunch and to visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong fortress in Bhutan.

Day 10 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Day 10 Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Today you will have a walking tour of some of the temples in the Jakar area including the picturesque Thangbi Mani Lhkahang which is located in a quiet corner of the valley framed by beautiful mountains. There will also be the chance to visit Jakar Dzong, which is the perfect vantage point for views across Jakar.

Day 11 Paro

Day 11 Paro

Jakar, Bumthang Valley , Paro

Today you will be taken to the local airport in time for your short flight back to Paro. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 12 Paro

Day 12 Paro

Paro

Today the highlight of many trips to Bhutan, you will make the climb up to Tiger`s Nest Monastery, perched on the edge of the mountain. It is a relatively steep climb, but it can be taken at your own pace and enjoy the stunning views as you climb. This evening you may like to have a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, the best way to relieve aching muscles after your hike up to Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Day 13 Paro

Day 13 Paro

Paro

Spend the day exploring the Paro Valley and the town today, visiting Drukgyel Dzong and the National Museum.

Day 14 Kathmandu

Day 14 Kathmandu

Paro , Kathmandu

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival , you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 15 International return flight

Day 15 International return flight

Kathmandu , International return flight

Return international flight to the UK. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Alison, an Audley Travel specialist
Carol in Shimla, India

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