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Highlights of Bhutan with Jambay Lakhang Festival

Small group tour
13 days - From AU$6165*PP

Shadowed by snow-capped Himalayan peaks, the Land of the Thunder Dragon elicits visions of a Shangri-la perched on the top of the world. Visit ancient fortresses, temples, monasteries and traditional villages amidst the spectacular Himalayas. Experience the colour and excitement of one of Bhutan's famous festivals, Jambhay Lakang. Trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery and explore the ancient capitals of Paro and Punakha.

Inclusions

  • 12 nights hotel/lodge accommodation
  • breakfast
  • lunch and dinner daily
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • Bhutan visa
  • return transfers.

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Start

OCTOBER 28th
(Saturday)

End

NOVEMBER 9th
(Thursday)

Per person from:

AU$6165*

Single supplement:
AU$1173*
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAYS 1-2: THIMPU
This morning arrive in Paro, your gateway to Bhutan. Meet your local guide and Western tour leader and transfer to the capital of Thimpu. Here, see the Memorial Chorten on a fascinating walking tour and wander the weekend markets. Visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums before a visit to the spectacular Tashi Cho Dzong, the town's imposing fortress and seat of the king. Visit a sanctuary for Bhutan's bizarre national animal, the Takin, and a large Buddha statue above town.

Hotel: Jomolhari Hotel

DAYS 3-6: PUNAKHA & TRONGSA
The stunning drive to Punakha crosses the spectacular Dochu La pass, and allows time to stop for a walk in a traditional village to the Divine Mad Man's Temple. In Punakha, enjoy a riverside walk to the magnificent Punakha Dzong, widely considered to be Bhutan's most beautiful fort. Crossing into Eastern Bhutan by road, traverse the picturesque Pele La, on your way to Trongsa. Visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong, former home of the Bhutanese royals, and the watchtower that houses a royal museum. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the market area or wander back to the hotel for some relaxation.


Hotel: Drupchu Hotel (or similar)
Hotel: Tashi Ninjay Hotel (or similar)

DAYS 7-8: BUMTHANG
The Jambay Lakhang festival is one of Bhutan's most important, enlivening the region with its vibrant colours and atmosphere. Take in the festivities and interact with the many locals that gather to celebrate. Visit the delightful hillside village of Prakar and if dates coincide, its more intimate festival. Touring will be tailored to ensure you get the most out of the festival events on these days.

Hotel: Yu-Gharling Resort

DAYS 9-13: PUNAKHA & PARO
Enjoy the leisurely drive back to Punakha and rest for the night, before continuing to Paro, stopping for a delicious lunch in Thimpu. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong and National Museum. The next day, those able to climb can trek to the celebrated Tiger's Nest goemba or Takhtsang, one of Bhutan's best known attractions. The trek is around two hours uphill, but fantastic views of the monastery can be seen from halfway, and for those not wishing to undertake the trek, monastery touring can be arranged. A visit to Chele La, Bhutan's highest pass affords incredible scenery of the Haa and Paro Valleys below. Enjoy an early breakfast before your departure transfer for your onward flight.

Hotel: Drupchu Hotel
Hotel: Khanghku Resort

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Highlights of Bhutan with Jambay Lakhang reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Accommodation
8.0
Content of holiday
9.5
Tour leader, if applicable
10.0
Local guide(s)
10.0
Value for money
8.0
Overall rating
9.0
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

Andrew

Sydney Couple
+
It was all great - probably the highlight was the hike to The Eagles Nest. Also an unscheduled visit to a local home and the festivals.
The food was a bit Samish after two weeks of very similar food for lunch and dinner!!
Confirmed traveller: 02 November 2015
Published on: 30 December 2015
9 out of 10

William

Adelaide Couple
+
As a Buddhist practitioner i found the tour guide excellent. Our English tour guide ,Ian Richards was excellent as well.
they made a great team.
The sacred Buddhist sites of Guru Rinpoche and the Dzongs made the tour of Bhutan even more special than i expected. The final day's walk/climb to the Tiger's Nest monastery was unforgettable .
I think it is important to try to fit in more 'free' time . possibly two half days(one after 5-6 days and one the day before the Tiger's Nest day.
Apart from that the tour was a wonderful experience.
Confirmed traveller: 02 November 2015
Published on: 21 December 2015

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