Bhutan Discovered

Bhutan Discovered
Bhutan Discovered
Bhutan Discovered
Bhutan Discovered
Bhutan Discovered
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Intrepid Travel

Bhutan is Asia’s best-kept secret. Overshadowed and nestled between China and India, it is a relatively new travel spot, with many undiscovered secrets in its natural scenery and quiet townships. The land is dotted with red-clothed monks, ancient Buddhist temples, and friendly smiles. It is one calm country, where gross national happiness is more important than money, where chilies are used as a vegetable rather than for spice, and the thunder dragon, Druk, is emblazoned on the national flag, symbolising the people of Bhutan: loyal, patriotic and living with a total sense of belonging within the kingdom.

Highlights
  • While it’s legal to consume imported meat, the slaughtering animals for consumption within Bhutan are outright banned therefore delicious veggie dishes are varied and bountiful at every meal.
  • Hike to the top of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a monastery built to bring peace to the world, and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding rice terraces.
  • Journey to Taktsang, commonly known as the Tiger's Nest, the small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor, and soak in its magnificence.
  • A magical kingdom in the Himalayas nestled between two spiritual hubs, Tibet and India, it would be hard not to feel closer to enlightenment in this hidden paradise.
  • Bhutan is quite possibly the most environmentally friendly country in the world; by law, 60% of the country must remain protected national forest and the country actually absorbs more carbon than it uses.
  • According to Lonely Planet, Bhutan is the top country to visit in 2020: here’s why we agree: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/lonely-planet-2020-bhutan/
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Included Activities
  • Thimphu - Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre
  • Thimphu - Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Thimphu - National Memorial Chorten
  • Thimphu - Village walk & picnic lunch
  • Thimphu - Choki Traditional Art School
  • Thimphu - Drubthob Nunnery
  • Thimphu - National Textile Museum
  • Punakha Valley - Chimi Lhakhang
  • Punakha - Punakha Dzong
  • Paro - Home cooked dinner & family visit
  • Paro - Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery hike
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
Accommodation
  • Hotel (6 nights)
Destinations
  • Bhutan
  • Indian Subcontinent
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Explorer
  • Active
  • Singles

Location: Paro - Thimphu

After arrival at Paro Airport and making your way through immigration and customs formalities, you will be greeted by your guide and driver and warmly welcomed to the enchanting Land of the Thunder Dragon. Drive for approximately 2 hours alongside mountains, rivers, and fields of red rice to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city. After lunch, you may visit Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory, Bhutan’s famous traditional incense maker, as well as the colourful Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre. Once everyone has arrived, you’ll have a joining meeting and dinner before wandering and exploring the fascinating streets of Thimphu, the world’s only capital city without a traffic light! <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Thimphu - Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre</description><br/>-<description>Thimphu - Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory</description><br/>-<description>Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: lunch,dinner,

Location: Thimphu

Today begins with a pleasant walk that meanders gently up the valley through paddy fields, pristine woodlands, and a Tibetan village, a trail that continues uphill (1 hour) to the Cheri Dorji Dhen monastery – built in 1620 by Shabdrung, the first ruler of Bhutan. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Thimpu for an afternoon of sightseeing. Begin by visiting the National Memorial Chorten – many Thimphu residents consider this to be the heart and soul of Thimphu and gather here every day to pray and walk clockwise around the chorten. Afterward, visit Drubthob Nunnery, the Choki Traditional Art School, and the incredible National Textile Museum. If you’re in the mood for a spot of shopping, the National Handicrafts Emporium offers high-quality traditional goods and a small family-run enterprise that manufactures paper and paper products using traditional methods.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Thimphu - National Memorial Chorten</description><br/>-<description>Thimphu - Village walk &amp; picnic lunch</description><br/>-<description>Thimphu - Choki Traditional Art School</description><br/>-<description>Thimphu - Drubthob Nunnery</description><br/>-<description>Thimphu - National Textile Museum</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Punakha

This morning, drive to Punakha – the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. Stop at Dochu-La pass for a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, the majestic Gangkhar Puensum. Continue the journey before taking another break. Enjoy a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple built in 1499 by lama Drukpa Kunley. With its three towers, and wonderful location at the confluence of two rivers, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Bhutan’s 21 Dzongs. Arrive in Punakha for a good night’s rest before another day of exploration tomorrow. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Punakha Valley - Chimi Lhakhang</description><br/>-<description>Punakha - Punakha Dzong</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Punakha

Head down to the convergence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers, two of the main rivers of Bhutan, and admire breathtaking views of the majestic Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and second-largest Dzong in the country, as well as the cantilever bridge that spans across the river. Afterward, you might like to join your leader for an optional hike to Khamsum Yulley Monastery – an elaborately decorated chorten, built to ward off evil spirits and bring peace and harmony to all living things. As with many monasteries in Bhutan, your leader will need to hunt around for the caretaker with the keys to have a look inside!

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Thimpu - Paro

This morning head back over the Dochu-La and continue to Thimphu (approximately 4 hours) The roads in Bhutan are narrow, and while the distances don’t appear to be very far, due to the nature of the roads and the many valleys they pass through, travelling can take some time – so this is a good chance to relax and refresh. After lunch in Thimpu, continue by vehicle into the Paro Valley. This evening, experience Bhutanese hospitality and a taste of tradition with a home-cooked meal at the rustic Tshering Farm House. Soak up the friendly atmosphere and try your hand at Bhutan's national sport, archery, with an introductory lesson.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Paro - Home cooked dinner &amp; family visit</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Tiger's Nest Monastery

After an early breakfast followed by a short drive, prepare for your hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) – a magnificent monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. After approximately 1 hour ascending the mountainside, reach a small teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple and the ideal place to enjoy lunch. For those interested, it’s possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to 1 hour (each direction) to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple. Anyone not interested in hiking any further can relax at the teahouse and enjoy the view.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Paro - Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery hike</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Paro

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before a departure transfer to Paro airport for your flight out of Bhutan.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer</description>

Meals: breaksfast,

Included
  • Thimphu - Choki Traditional Art School
  • Thimphu - Village walk & picnic lunch
  • Meals
    -6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Thimphu - Drubthob Nunnery
  • Thimphu - Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory
  • Paro - Home cooked dinner & family visit
  • Thimphu - National Memorial Chorten
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
  • Paro - Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery hike
  • Punakha Valley - Chimi Lhakhang
  • Thimphu - Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre
  • Accommodation
    -Hotel (6 nights)
  • Thimphu - National Textile Museum
  • Punakha - Punakha Dzong
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

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Touring with Intrepid Travel

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After three decades, founders Darrell and Manch, feel they know what travellers want. They get that it’s a big decision to fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. They understand that you’re looking for a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience. Their leaders are born and raised in-country and they know their destination better than anyone. So you’ll do more than just see a place, you’ll live it. Small groups, big adventures and responsible travel – that’s Intrepid’s thing. With 1,000 trips in a variety of styles across 100 countries, you’re sure to find something you like.

Intrepid believe the real magic happens well away from the beaten path. It’s the little noodle bars, hidden galleries and backstreet bodegas and real life experiences you won’t find in a search engine. Real life experiences are those moments you know you’re really alive and experiencing something special. While it could be the instant you see one of the world’s great icons for the first time, it is more likely to be the moment you find yourself in the middle of a village square soccer game, being treated to a home-cooked meal by your new local friends or sharing a laugh with your fellow travellers as you try a new mode of transport … camel anyone? These unexpected moments are what travelling with Intrepid is all about, giving you a trip like no other.

Intrepid realises the world is a really big place. And there’s a plethora of different languages to learn, borders to cross and cultures to negotiate. Small group adventure travel makes these things easy and allows you to maximise your precious time off. Instead of worrying about logistics, you can focus all your energy on having the experience of a lifetime. Their tour groups are small enough to feel like you’re exploring a destination independently, but big enough to create a good social vibe. Group size will vary depending on where and how you’re travelling, but the average group size is about 10.

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This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel

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Start:Thimphu
Finish:Paro
Group size:1 - 12
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Hotel (6 nights)
Physical rating:Medium
Meals:6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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