Bhutan holiday, culture and festivals

“Small group (max 12) two week tour of Bhutan designed to coincide with a cultural festival in Nov or Dec. Travel to remote regions of the Bumthang Valley in search of ancient monasteries and traditional communities.”

Highlights

Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Trongsa Dzong | Bumthang | Tang Valley | Ura Valley | Gangtey | Wangdi | Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) |

Description of Bhutan holiday, culture and festivals

This two week experience is essential for anyone wishing to encounter a side to Asia that's rarely witnessed by gap year students and backpackers.

As part of a small group (max 12 people) you'll be invited into the Kingdom of Bhutan on a holiday that coincides with either the Black-necked crane festival in November or the Druk Wangyel festival in December.

Both of these festivals allow travellers to delve deeper into the culture of Bhutan where the threads of religious heritage are as firmly woven into the fabric of society as the kingdom's quest to rank ever higher on the gross national happiness scale.

This small group holiday starts and completes in Paro with a full day to visit the precariously placed Tiger's Nest Monastery allowing for further insight into Bhutan's untouched ancient world where fascinating cultural traditions are just as plentiful as the far reaching views towards the Himalayas.

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03 Nov 2018
£ 2695
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11 Dec 2018
£ 2495
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bhutan holiday, culture and festivals

Environment

When travelling in a country such as Bhutan that has few if any tourists, there is an additional responsibility on us as a company and on our clients visiting the country to do everything possible to minimise our impact on the fragile environment, particularly when trekking in the Himalayas.

We do everything possible to reduce our waste while travelling; clients are advised to bring their own water bottles rather than purchase plastic for example. We use only locally run cafes and restaurants and we work extremely closely with our locally owned suppliers to inform and educate their staff about a range of issues, including litter and waste disposal, and the recycling of material.

Wherever possible we use environmentally friendly local accommodation. If this is not possible we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. Many of the hotels and lodges we use are in extremely remote areas and are therefore almost entirely self-sufficient, using local sources of food, labour and construction materials.

Community

Our very small groups and limited departures in Bhutan means that our impact – both cultural and environmental – on the areas that we visit is small and truly sustainable. We are investing in the future, in the belief that along with our local colleagues we can create sustainable social benefits. All of the guides we use are local, and most have been working with our local team in a full time role for a number of years, rather than just as seasonal jobs.

All of our trips include visits to local markets, craft shops and fairs. As well as being good for the local economy this gives travellers to the country a real feel for the life and culture of Bhutan. When visiting a festival such as at Tamshingphala, the Bhutanese are generally tolerant of Westerners and don’t expect that they will necessarily follow, or understand, local customs, so they are not quick to take offence, but we aim to have as little impact as possible and inform all our clients of the correct dress code.

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