Ask the staff to regale you with tales of regal visits - you may even be in the same room chosen by the king!
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
A rustic-styled property with gorgeous views across the Gangtey Valley, RKPO is good value for no-frill guests. A good point from which to hike and take in local sights, this humble hotel has served as the King’s accommodations whilst visiting the valley.
Apple plucking season starts from July to August in the region of Paro and Thimphu.
During the festival, the local communities organize various cultural programs in Phobjikha, including crane dance performance and stalls selling colourful local items and Bhutanese handicrafts.
This day tour will bring you to visit Jakar Dzong, one of the largest in the country, hike through, Kurjey Lhakhang's beautiful landscape to Tamshing Monastery, experience first-hand the unique local cottage, brewery and cheese industries.
Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.
At an altitude of 3,100 metres, The Dochula Pass is a high mountain pass known for its 108 distinctive memorial stupas and breathtaking panoramic views over the Himalayas.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Today you will be driven to Lewa La Pass and have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.
The Gangtey Goenpa monastery, or Gangteng Monastery is the main seat of the Pema Linpa tradition of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Dating from the 17th century, it has superb views and guests usually visit before taking the Gangtey Nature Trail.
Bhutan is a full of excellent hiking trails waiting to be discovered, all with equally mesmerising landscapes. On this six to seven hour jungle trek, you will head to Bhutan’s largest lake, Hokatsho where you can expect sensational views.
This evening visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery which is home to a higher learning and meditation centre for nuns, as well as being home to some of the most impressive statues in Bhutan.
Bumthang Dzong is perched above the town is also known as the Fortress of the White Bird, or Jakar Dzong. Constructed in the 16th century, it has superb views.
The Kurje Lhakhang Monastery is worth visiting as it was where Guru Rinpoche meditated before his tiger flew him to Tigers Nest Monastery. Continue through villages and then along the river back to Bumthang.
From around mid-July to the second week of August, we can arrange a matsutake mushroom-picking activities in the forest of Ura village near to Bumthang.
Take a day walk around the Phobjikha valley, an ideal hike to see the black-neck cranes from November to late March, or simply to experience the villages and farms along the way. See the Crane Information centre at the end.
Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dinner amidst flickering candles and bhukhari in the middle of shed on a local potato farm.
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Visit a Bhutanese farmer in his traditional shed and enjoy a Bhutanese bath heated from fire-roasted stones, all while you indulge with a bowl of chips harvested from potatoes in the same field of Tokha village.
Today you will have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.
The scenic journey between Gangtey and Bumthang breaks at Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family, as well as the the Yathra Weaving Center at Chumey Valley.
Enjoy the thrilling white water rafting down Mo Chhu.
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