Bhutan will both humble and amaze. About the size of Switzerland, it combines the green alpine meadows, chalet-style homes and snowy peaks of a wintry playground with the truly exotic: the ancient mystical culture of Himalayan Buddhism practiced daily by monks, nuns and the populace in beautifully preserved ancient temples and monasteries. Incense, butter lamps, chanting and drums heighten the experience as the myth, magic and legend of the great teachers and saints of yore are repeated in song, text and vivid iconography on the walls of temples and homes. This spirit manifests itself in the people – one can sense their quiet confidence and pride inherent in their wonderful sense of humour and innocence, disarming and endearing in equal measure. The myth of Shangri-La is easy to believe as you explore this unforgettable land.
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Enjoy a relaxing night at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi in bustling Bangkok before catching an early morning flight the next day for stunning Paro.
Walk up to a little-visited temple set on the cliffs above the Paro Valley before relaxing at the hotel spa or strolling through the surrounding pine forest.
Depart from Thimpu towards Punakha, hike to Tashigang Goenpa and explore the monastery and grounds before meeting with the Lama and his students.
Drive to Yabesa village and hike through emerald green rice fields and up to a famous temple. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the picturesque countryside before experiencing a traditional cooking and farming demonstration
Today we drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. Built in 1627, this Dzong is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies.
Hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery above Paro valley. After the two hour trail walk you will find yourself roughly 1 km above the Paro valley, offering incredible views. A teahouse along the way, offers refuge and refreshment for thirsty hikers.
After breakfast at the hotel you will fly to Bangkok to connect with your international departure. Farewell!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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