Wonders Of Bhutan

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: ADWNG

From: £2699.00

Find out what lights up the faces of the residents of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH — Gross National Happiness. On a 10-day adventure€ross this bastion of Buddhist culture, explore remote mountain villages and shrines and climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900 metres (2,953 feet) above the valley floor. Amid the soaring peaks and cultural delights of this ancient place, discover your own capacity for happiness.

Day 1 Paro/Thimphu (1D)

Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu. In Thimphu, time permitting, take an orientation walk in town and get settled in.

Day 2 Thimphu/Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, meet a Buddhist Monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs, ways of life, and values in Bhutan. Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags. In the afternoon, drive to Lobeysa and hike 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman", built in 1499. Today, it is mostly visited by women, as it is known as a temple of fertility.

Day 3 Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, and Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten.

Day 4 Punākha/Gangtey Gonpa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to Gangtey and visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan.

Day 5 Gangtey Gonpa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. After, walk€ross Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, where we’ll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of Khewa and visit a local family’s farm for a cooking demonstration and a home cooked dinner.

Day 6 Gangtey Gonpa/Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to the capital to visit the Big Buddha and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Hear a lecture on the Gross National Happiness, an index used by Bhutan to measure the nation’s progress.

Day 7 Thimphu/Haa Dzongkhag (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, visit Memorial Chorten. Drive to the valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple). In the afternoon, spend time exploring Haa town.

Day 8 Haa Dzongkhag/Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan via the Cheela Mountain Pass, at 3,810m (12,500 ft). Hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.

Day 9 Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. The view is absolutely stunning, with the monastery clinging to a cliff face towering 2,953m (9,688 ft) above the valley. Return to Paro and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong fortress.

Day 10 Paro (1B)

Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
13/10/2018 22/10/2018 0 £2699.00
20/10/2018 29/10/2018 0 £2699.00
27/10/2018 05/11/2018 0 £2699.00
03/11/2018 12/11/2018 0 £2699.00
10/11/2018 19/11/2018 2 £2699.00
02/03/2019 11/03/2019 11 £2749.00
16/03/2019 25/03/2019 15 £2899.00
30/03/2019 08/04/2019 13 £2899.00
06/04/2019 15/04/2019 15 £2899.00
13/04/2019 22/04/2019 15 £2899.00
20/04/2019 29/04/2019 15 £2899.00
25/04/2019 04/05/2019 15 £2899.00
27/04/2019 06/05/2019 13 £2899.00
04/05/2019 13/05/2019 15 £2749.00
18/05/2019 27/05/2019 15 £2749.00
01/06/2019 10/06/2019 15 £2749.00
15/06/2019 24/06/2019 15 £2749.00
06/07/2019 15/07/2019 14 £2749.00
20/07/2019 29/07/2019 15 £2749.00
10/08/2019 19/08/2019 15 £2749.00
24/08/2019 02/09/2019 15 £2749.00
07/09/2019 16/09/2019 14 £2899.00
21/09/2019 30/09/2019 13 £2899.00
12/10/2019 21/10/2019 15 £2899.00
19/10/2019 28/10/2019 14 £2899.00
26/10/2019 04/11/2019 13 £2749.00
02/11/2019 11/11/2019 15 £2749.00
09/11/2019 18/11/2019 15 £2749.00
07/03/2020 16/03/2020 15 £2749.00
21/03/2020 30/03/2020 15 £2899.00
28/03/2020 06/04/2020 15 £2899.00
04/04/2020 13/04/2020 15 £2899.00
18/04/2020 27/04/2020 15 £2899.00
02/05/2020 11/05/2020 15 £2749.00
16/05/2020 25/05/2020 15 £2749.00
06/06/2020 15/06/2020 15 £2749.00
20/06/2020 29/06/2020 15 £2749.00
18/07/2020 27/07/2020 15 £2749.00
08/08/2020 17/08/2020 15 £2749.00
22/08/2020 31/08/2020 15 £2749.00
05/09/2020 14/09/2020 15 £2899.00
19/09/2020 28/09/2020 15 £2899.00
26/09/2020 05/10/2020 15 £2899.00
03/10/2020 12/10/2020 15 £2899.00
17/10/2020 26/10/2020 15 £2899.00

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