Perfect for first-timers to Bhutan.
Paro, Taktsang, Haa, Thimphu, Punakha
£719 per person
Discover the fabulous attractions of Bhutan that should not be missed. Essential Bhutan is perfect for first-timers to Bhutan, the only country to measure Gross National Happiness, a kingdom between India and Tibet, unspoilt and isolated for centuries. Bhutan delights with unique traditions and takes away breath with the scenery.
"Bhutan was absolutely brilliant. Guides were friendly, knowledgeable, informative and generally a pleasure to be with. It was easy to arrange and very easy to change the itinerary to suit us." - Inger Needham, UK
Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner, a chance to taste Nepalese cuisine, or taste one of a range of other dishes if you prefer.
Kathmandu | Paro
Morning & Afternoon: Fly to Paro in Bhutan, on arrival meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel.
Evening: Enjoy a visit to Paro market and town.
Paro | Taktsang Monastery
Morning & Afternoon: A short drive and a walk up to Taktsang Monastery, famously known as the tiger’s nest. The rest of the day is free.
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Paro | Ha | Thimphu
Morning & Afternoon: An early start, drive to Ha, 1 hour via the Chele-la pass. See superb views of the Himalayas.
Afternoon: Enjoy a picnic lunch by the river, visit Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (black temple). Drive to Thimphu.
Morning: Enjoy a visit the National Memorial Chorten then see Tashichho Dzong Thimphu’s most impressive building. Later in the afternoon pay a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium.
Afternoon: Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum and the National Textile Museum.
Thimphu | Punakha
Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s former capital, stopping en route to enjoy breathtaking mountain views. Visit Punakha Dzong.
Punakha | Paro
Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Paro, 5 hrs, en route visit Bhutan’s oldest fortress, Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627, which has a series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard. The rest of the day is free.
Paro | Kathmandu
Morning & Afternoon: Take an early breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Meet our representative waiting for you at Kathmandu airport, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Evening: Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner.
Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport
Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.
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Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.
We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with us again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras, fewer services or the quality may not be as good.
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Time Zone: GMT +6hr
Language: Dzongkha also known as Bhutanese
Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.
The best time to go is September to May.