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CLASSIC BHUTAN

This classic holiday will help you unlock the mysteries of the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, from its enchanting landscapes to its exquisite monasteries, sacred valleys and preserved traditions.
BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA

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From Nepal, you’ll board a panoramic flight across the Himalaya into Bhutan. You’ll continue to the capital city of Thimphu to discover its traditional arts, National Library and imposing Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Next comes the exceptionally scenic Gangtey Valley which is visited each winter by the rare black-necked crane.

Your journey then takes you to the fertile Punakha Valley where you’ll visit what is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, standing proud at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Returning west, you’ll reach Paro, from where you can hike to the staggering Tiger’s Nest Monastery – a fantastic way to end this remarkable journey through Bhutan.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

Dwarikas Hotel | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 1

KATHMANDU

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your charming heritage hotel whose traditional design is reminiscent of a bygone era.

Stay: One night in a Heritage Deluxe Room at Dwarika’s Hotel – including breakfast

Thimphu | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 2-3

THIMPHU

Today you’ll board a short but magnificent flight over the Himalaya into Paro. The journey affords remarkable views of icons like Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and – across the border – the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. Upon arrival, you’ll continue to Bhutan’s capital of Thimphu, where you’ll be welcomed by an array of interesting attractions. These include the buzzing Changlimithang Market, the Changangkha Monastery and the Radio Tower which offers a superb view of the Thimphu Dzong and surrounding valley.

Other highlights include the National Library with its ancient manuscripts, the School of Arts and Crafts and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. For an insight into Bhutan’s living traditions, pay a visit to the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. The afternoon will be spent exploring the north end of the valley and the striking Trashi Chhoe Dzong – the seat of Bhutan’s government.

Stay: Two nights in a Luxury Room at The Postcard Dewa – including all meals

Phobjikha Valley | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 4-5

GANGTEY (PHOBJIKHA) VALLEY

From Thimphu, you’ll drive through lush forest to the wild and remote Phobjikha Valley – the winter home of the endangered black-necked crane who migrate here from the Central Asian Plateau. Whether on foot or by mountain bike, exploring this pristine valley is an extremely rewarding experience. We recommend the Tongphu Shing Trail, a leisurely two-hour walk that will take you through pleasant pine forest, farmland and villages.

Stay: Two nights in a Suite at Gangtey Lodge – including all meals

Punakha Dzong | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 6-7

PUNAKHA

Today you drive to the old capital of Bhutan. Once in Punakha, you will visit the 17th century Punakha Dzong which overlooks the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers and ranks amongst the most beautiful fortresses in the country. The winter residence of the monastic body, the dzong has survived multiple fires, floods and earthquakes over the years. It houses 21 temples, the holy book of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage and the sacred Rangjung Kharsapani – a treasure considered as ‘vast as the sky’ itself.

The valley itself is incredibly picturesque with its banana and orange plantations, traditional farmhouses and rice paddies. During your stay, don’t miss out on a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, an elaborate shrine recently established by the royal family, and the famous Chimmi Lhakhang fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, the ‘Divine Madman’.

Stay: Two nights in a Suite at Dhensa Boutique Resort – including all meals

COMO Uma Paro | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 8-9

PARO

Your Bhutanese adventure culminates in Paro, a region celebrated for its natural beauty, rich culture and incredible monasteries. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll discover the national museum (housed inside a watchtower), the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang temple and great Rinpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in the valley. Plus, a traditional cantilevered bridge, ancient archery grounds and colourful shopping district.

You’ll also have the opportunity to trek up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This iconic building perches perilously above a dizzying precipice about 900 metres above the valley floor; its white walls and red-tiled roofs reminiscent of Bhutan’s medieval Buddhist retreats. According to legend, this is the site where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress and brought Buddhism to Bhutan. On the way down, you can visit one of the country’s oldest temples and its magic orange tree that bears fruit all year round. A day trip to the Haa Valley, known for its ancient cultures and traditions, can also be arranged.

Stay: Two nights in a Valley View Room at COMO Uma Paro – including all meals

Dwarika's Hotel | Luxury Hotel | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 10

KATHMANDU

From Paro, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu for one final night before boarding your flight home the following day.

Stay: One night in a Heritage Deluxe Room at Dwarika’s Hotel – including breakfast

Kathmandu | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 11

FLY HOME

Today you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
11 days from £6,970 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Flights from Kathmandu to Paro and Paro to Kathmandu
  • Private airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Private car, driver and English-speaking guide throughout your time in Bhutan (including entrance fees)
  • Full board at The Postcard Dewa, Gangtey Lodge, Dhensa Boutique Resort and COMO Uma Paro, and bed and breakfast at Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu
  • Based on two people travelling

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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