Discover the fascinating traditional culture and majestic mountain scenery of Bhutan on this unforgettable cultural journey. This little-visited country in the heart of the Himalayas offers those few visitors fortunate enough to explore its timeless villages and picturesque valleys a travel experience like no other. This departure is specially timed to coincide with the Jambay Lhakhang Festival, one of Bhutan’s most colorful Buddhist celebrations. Held to commemorate the birthday of Guru Rimpoche – acknowledged as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism – this joyous festival showcases the brilliance of the teschu mask and sword dances. Other highlights of this journey include drives across high mountain passes, visits to museums and monasteries, and Bhutan’s awe-inspiring dzongs, citadels featuring beautifully painted wooden architecture.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Paro

Welcome to Paro!

Day 2 | Paro – Thimpu

Visit the 17th century fortress, Paro Dzong before driving to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital city.

Day 3 | Thimpu

Visit Chorten Memorial, as well as the School of Arts and Crafts, the National Library, and other sights, time permitting.

Day 4 | Thimpu – Punakha

Continue your cultural journey through Bhutan with a hike into the fertile Punakha Valley

Day 5 | Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Phobjikha

Drive toward Gangtey, making a visit to the local village of Wangdiphodrang.

Day 6 | Phobjikha

Explore this region, designated as a conservation area by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature.

Day 7 | Trongsa – Bumthang

Observe the traditional weaving of woolen fabrics in Tsugney before arriving in Choekor Valley.

Day 8 | Bumthang

Enjoy this region, considered the holiest valley in Bhutan.

Day 9 | Bumthang

Spend the day enjoying the revelry of the Jambay Lhakgang Festival.

Day 10 | Bumthang – Paro

Return to Paro by air.

Day 11 | Paro

Hike to Tiger’s Nest before this cultural journey through Bhutan comes to an end.

Day 12 | Departure

 

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

Apr 28, 2020 - May 9, 2020
Oct 24, 2020 - Nov 4, 2020


Land Price 2020

Per person
4 participants $6,475.00
6 – 10 participants $4,130.00
Single Supplement $1,075.00; Internal Airfare $215

Activity Level

This trip features light hiking and is suitable for most travelers. It is intended for those wishing to experience Bhutan’s dramatic natural beauty and culture of a traditional Buddhist kingdom, with the opportunity to enjoy one of the country’s most exciting festivals. Cultural Journey, Small Group Journey.