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Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Cultural Tour of Bhutan Overview

A wonderful in-depth tour giving you a fascinating cultural experience of Bhutan at a comfortable pace.

Highlights of the Cultural Tour of Bhutan

  • * Visit all the key cultural sights, including iconic Taktsang Monastery
  • * Spend time in rural villages and see artisans at work
  • * Stay in good quality accommodation throughout Bhutan
  • * April, September and November departures are led by Michael Rutland - the Honorary Consul to Bhutan

    This tour visits the main valleys of western Bhutan, travelling over mountain passes that offer stupendous views. There is no trekking, but we explore the towns on foot and also enjoy some gentle village walks. We meet villagers and weavers in their own homes, and travel right into Bhutan’s interior, visiting the remote and isolated Phobjika valley. Centuries of isolation have left the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon a unique place. The architecture is unlike anything else found in the Himalaya – houses are painted with magic symbols to keep out evil spirits, national dress is commonly worn and the “Dragon” sect of Buddhism thrives. We explore all aspects of Bhutanese culture on this captivating 13-day tour, during which you will stay in comfortable hotels as well as a 5-star hotel for your 3 nights in Kathmandu.

    We explore all aspects of Bhutanese culture on this captivating tour including the unforgettable experience of attending a Bhutanese festival on our April, September and December departures. For the itineraries of each of these celebrations, please see our website.

    Our 8 April, 4 November and 16 December 2017 departures will be led by Michael Rutland OBE. Michael was once Tutor to the previous King and has an encyclopaedic knowledge about Bhutan's fascinating history and culture. He founded the UK-based Bhutan Society, which is dedicated to increasing knowledge about the kingdom and raising funds for worthwhile projects, including schools and village schemes. He was awarded an OBE for services to British-Bhutan relations. With Michael as your leader you will enjoy a privileged insider's view of Bhutan.

    Our 28 September departure will be led by a local, English-speaking Bhutanese guide.
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