Discover the iconic wonders of the Kingdom of Bhutan, including its colourful Buddhist festivals
This is the ultimate cultural journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan, crafted from KE's 30 years’ experience travelling in The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The itinerary is designed to make sure you see all of the most iconic sights, from Paro as far east as Jakar and the Bumthang Valley and each departure is timed to coincide with one of Bhutan's colourful festivals or 'tshechu'.
Travelling via Kathmandu, the adventure begins with a flight across the Himalaya to Paro. We'll stretch our legs with a walk up to the incredible cliff-hanging Tigers’ Nest monastery, and enjoy an archery display (Bhutan's national sport), before taking a second equally spectacular flight to Bumthang. Located at the heart of the quieter Eastern region of this isolated realm, the valleys of Bumthang are famous for their unspoilt beauty and the area contains several important monasteries. Here we will also enjoy an excursion to the remote Tang Valley, where we can witness an elaborate drum ceremony at the Pemachiling Nunnery. Leaving Bumthang we make our way west on one of the world’s most scenic roads. Crossing high passes bedecked with multicoloured prayer flags and in the company of grazing yaks, we can enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalaya. En route to the capital Thimphu we will stop overnight at Gantey in the Phobjika Valley, the overwinter home of the rare black-necked cranes, and in Punakha where the impressive Dzong was once served as the winter capital. We end with sightseeing in the capital of Thimphu before flying back to Kathmandu.
**Please note that each departure follows a slightly altered itinerary in order to accommodate a festival visit.**
BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.