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A tailored private tour of Bhutan with personal driver and expert private guide throughout
All experiences are included and adapted to your interests, whether it is cultural, active or simply soaking up the scenery
Visit all the major highlights, from Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro
Ask Scott Dunn whether your want to incorporate visiting a local festival whilst on your journey
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.
Bhutan is the perfect destination for teenagers as the one of the last truly unspoiled destinations in the world, with Himalayan views that will simply make your jaw drop. Moving every two to three days there is always something new and exciting around the corner and a fantastic mix of culture, history, colorful markets and brilliant trekking trails to keep the whole family entertained.
Bhutan is one of the most remarkable destinations you can visit - it is a landlocked Himalayan kingdom that has carefully managed the numbers of tourists who can visit, thereby preserving its unique culture and traditions. On arrival in Paro you will be met by your private guide and drive who will be with you throughout your journey in Bhutan. First on the destination list will be Thimphu, which is just an hour from Paro. Thimphu has plenty to offer and we have included a full day to explore with some highlights stops at the National Memorial Chorten and the Buddha Dordenma. Also depending on when your dates fall, if over a weekend we will include a trip to the weekend market in Thimphu, a great opportunity for people watching and also stop in at the Changlingmithang stadium in case there is a game of archery that you can enjoy watching.
From Thimphu you’ll then move on to Punakha for your next three nights and is a great place to get out and be active in Bhutan. During your two full days in Punakha we have included a wonderful day trek followed by a rafting experience back into town as well as a cycling trip along the Pho Chu Valley and stop for a picnic lunch with dramatic views. Culturally, Punakha is also extremely rich and we have also included stops for you at the beautiful Punakha Dzong and the Chimi Lhakhang Monastery (otherwise known as the Temple of Fertility).
Next it is on to Gangtey located in the glacial Phojikha Valley, famous for the migrating Black-Neck Crane which can be seen from early November to the end March. Over your two nights here we have included some wonderful day walks through the local villages and if possible a stop in at a yak herders family for tea in their home. Also during your stay, we will arrange a stop at the Gangtrey Goenpa Monastery for evening prayers.
Your final stop in Bhutan will be Paro for two nights. Over your time here we have included a light walk to the main Dzong, the National Museum and the interesting Drukgyel Dzong. Top it all off with a visit to the unforgettable Tiger's Nest Monastery, an 800-meter ascent to one of the most picturesque buildings in the world. As you will have two full days in Paro, we can even include a cycle trip between Haa Valley and Paro, on the Chele La Pass.
The Chimmi Lhakhang Temple is a temple of fertility dedicated to the Buddhist saint known as the Divine Madman. A short walk through paddy fields takes you to the temple and is popular with Bhutanese families wanting to start a family.
Take a morning cycling up the beautiful Pho Chhu River, famous for the White-Bellied Heron and dramatic scenery. Take a walk into the local village for a spot of tea before having a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the river before returning to Punakha.
You can easily fill an afternoon or day exploring Thimphu. It is worth visiting the Tashiccho Dzong, where essentially Bhutan is governed from. Also of interest is the Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Changagkka Temple & Folk Museum.
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
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.
Giligang has a 300-year old temple and a wonderful way to escape other tourists and see an authentic side to Bhutan, and can be added on to a visit to the Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Butterfly Trail.
Take the short hike up to the Khansam Yulley Temple where you can sit back in awe at the wonderful views down the Mo Chhu Valley before heading off on the one-hour Butterfly Trail, stopping off for tea in the local home.
The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
This fantastic experience combines the Sangchen Nunnery, the Nalanda Buddhist College and the Nobgang Village walk which takes you from the high hills above Punakha and winds gently down to the Punakha Dzong - you approach it almost vertically!
The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.
If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.
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 center at the end.
Punakha Dzong, otherwise known as the Pungtang Dechen Photrang literally means the palace of great happiness or bliss, and is the finest of its kind in Bhutan, dating from the 17th century and located on the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers.
Khuruthang Saturday Vegetable Market is located in the small town next to the Punakha Dzong. On Sundays, you can visit the Wangdue Market, about a 30-minute drive away. Wander around the stalls, selling local fruit and vegetables.
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
Take the Butterfly Trail which is a one hour trek through local villages and paddy fields, stopping for tea in a local home before hiking to the Khamsum Yulley Chorten and then rafting back to the main Dzong of Punakha.
The unspoiled Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.
You shouldn’t miss the weekend market in Thimphu. People from nearby valleys arrive on Thursday afternoon and stay to sell their goods – vegetables, other foodstuffs and handicrafts – until Sunday evening.
The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
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