Wonders of Bhutan G Adventures

Wonders of Bhutan

National Geographic Journeys

Explore this mystical Himalayan country on a Wonders of Bhutan, escorted tour. This unique and wondrous adventure includes visits to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Haa. Visit monasteries, learn about national happiness, enjoy delicious food, hike through forests and see the national sport in practice.

Delve right into this South Asian gem and let happiness rub off on you. On a clear day, take in the views of the world’s highest peaks, the Himalayas as you fly in. Highlights are many and include a hike to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman." Built in 1499, it is known as the temple of fertility. View the stunning Punakha Dzong, a fortress and continue on to a serene meditation and training center for Buddhist nuns. An exhilarating suspension bridge crossing awaits en route to a beautiful stupa. During migration season for black-necked cranes, stop at the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature’s Black-Necked Crane Centre. Join a family for dinner in their farmhouse complete with a cooking lesson. Marvel at the ancient artifacts in Gangtey Goempa Monastery. Visit Buddha Point and see the breathtaking golden Buddha Dordenma, overlooking Thimphu. Learn about the Gross National Happiness index used measure the nation’s progress. See locals practicing the national sport, archery. Take an exhilarating hike up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.


10 Daysfr. $3,799

  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu
  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa
  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Lecture on Gross National Happiness, Thimphu
  • VISIT the Rimpung Dzong
  • HIKE to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine
  • EXPLORE the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine
  • TOUR the village of Khewa
  • LEARN at Black-Necked Crane Center
  • HIKE to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa
  • WALK across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys
  • VISIT National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten
  • HIKE to Kila Goempa nunnery
  • EXPLORE shrines and temples of the Haa Valley
  • TOUR fortress of Drukgyal Dzong
  • HIKE to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • SPEND TIME at Kyichu Lhakhang Temple
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Internal flights
  • Private vehicle, walking, hiking
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
  • Age requirement: 12+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • Namgay Heritage Hotel in Thimphu (2 nights)
  • Hotel Lobesa in Punakha (2 nights)
  • Hotel Dewachen in Gangtey (2 nights)
  • Rigsum Resort in Haa (1 night)
  • Hotel Olathang in Paro (2 nights)

PARO/THIMPHU Location Information Description

Thimphu, Bhutan

Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. After clearing customs and visa control, an arrival transfer will take you to Thimphu, where you'll be met by your local CEO who will conduct a welcome meeting and orientation.

Time permitting, take a guided walk around town. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Dinner

Namgay Heritage Hotel

THIMPHU/PUNAKHA Location Information Description

Thimphu, Bhutan

This morning, meet a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and ways of life in Bhutan. Then drive to scenic Punakha, crossing the lofty Dochu La pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. Settle into your hotel and drive to Lobesa after lunch.

Location Information Description

Punakha, Bhutan

From here, hike up to Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th-century monastery dedicated to the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley, known as the “Divine Madman.” Learn about his colorful, eccentric life, and witness women devotees who visit the monastery to receive blessings of fertility.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Lobesa

PUNAKHA Location Information Description

Punakha, Bhutan

Enjoy a full day of exploration in Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, or fortress, situated at the confluence of two important rivers. Hike to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, a meditation and training center for Buddhist nuns.

Then drive to Wangdue Phodrang to discover the town’s dzong. In the afternoon, weave your way through rice terraces and pine forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a cheerful temple perched on a picturesque mountain ridge overlooking the Punakha Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Lobesa

PUNAKHA/GANGTEY Location Information Description

Gangtey, Bhutan

Travel to the Gangtey Valley—also called Phobjikha Valley—the winter habitat of rare black-necked cranes. If your trip falls between October and February, you’ll have a chance to visit the information center of the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature (RSPN) to learn about these graceful, vulnerable birds, which migrate from Tibet to Bhutan every year.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Dewachen

GANGTEY Location Information Description

Gangtey, Bhutan

Set out to discover the stunning Gangtey Goempa, one of the oldest Nyingma monasteries in Bhutan. This 17th-century temple recently underwent an elaborate renovation. Afterward, we’ll walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, stopping at an old temple on the way to make an offering.

This evening, explore Khewa village and enjoy a cooking demonstration and delicious home-cooked dinner at a family farmhouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Dewachen

GANGTEY/THIMPHU Location Information Description

Thimphu, Bhutan

Return to Thimpu and take in the golden splendor of the Buddha Dordenma, a massive Buddha statue that graces a hill overlooking the city.

Visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where you can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Later, enjoy a talk on Gross National Happiness, an index used by the Bhutanese to measure the nation’s progress.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Namgay Heritage Hotel

THIMPHU/HAA Location Information Description

Thimphu, Bhutan

This morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten, one of Thimphu’s most recognizable landmarks and a focal point of daily spiritual life. Then venture off the beaten path towards the remote Haa Valley, stopping for a night in charming Haa town.

Location Information Description

Haa, Bhutan

Explore Lhakhang Nagpo, the “black temple,” and Lhakhang Karpo, the “white temple”—two ancient Buddhist shrines which are said to be among the 108 temples built in one day by the seventh century Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rigsum Resort

HAA/PARO Location Information Description

Haa, Bhutan

Drive into picturesque Haa Valley by way of the dramatic Chele La pass, one of the highest mountain roads in Bhutan. Hike through thick pine forests to the Kila nunnery, which clings to a rocky cliff.

Location Information Description

Paro, Bhutan

Later, return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful temples. Then head to a local archery ground to watch locals practice Bhutan’s national sport.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Olathang

PARO Location Information Description

Paro, Bhutan

Today, you'll embark on a vigorous hike to Bhutan’s most iconic and revered site: the Taktsang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high above the Paro Valley. Visible from afar, this architectural masterpiece straddles a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley floor. Later, drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress that once defended Paro Valley from Tibetan invasions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Olathang

PARO Location Information Description

Paro, Bhutan

Depart at any time. Airport transfer is included.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
$3,799.00
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
$3,999.00
Sat, Oct 02, 2021
$3,999.00
Sat, Oct 30, 2021
$3,799.00
Wed, Nov 03, 2021
$3,799.00
Sat, Mar 19, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, May 14, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Jul 09, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Aug 06, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Sep 03, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Oct 01, 2022
$3,799.00
Sat, Nov 05, 2022
$3,799.00

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