Small group tour to Bhutan

Scenic drives and gentle walks (additional hikes also an option) allow this small group tour to introduce travellers to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Paro Thimphu Punakha Dochu-La pass (3,048m) Chimi Lhakhang Punakha Dzong Tiger's Nest Monastery
Price
£2010To£2215excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
More info
Single supplement £260.
Make enquiry

Description of Small group tour to Bhutan

If youíre thinking Bhutan then this small group tour is certain to take you on an unforgettable journey into the realm of one of Asiaís best kept secret kingdoms.

Having only recently opened its doors to travellers, Bhutan provides a fascinating example of life in between India and Tibet thatís still, as yet, undiscovered by backpackers and coach loads of trekkers.

From picturesque and dramatic mountain scenery to precariously placed monasteries and peaceful Buddhist communities, this is a land where smiles and symbolism are as prevalent as incense, temples and red robed monks.

Happiness in Bhutan is measured much higher than materialism and money. From the paddy fields of Paro Valley to Punakha Dzong and the Tiger's Nest Monastery, this is a gentle introduction to the Land of the Thunder Dragon with optional hikes taking travellers to new heights, in every sense.

Map

Price information

£2010To£2215excluding flights
Single supplement £260.
Make enquiry

Check dates, prices & availability

Travel guides

Bhutan budget
With overtourism a growing concern, itís nice to see a country determined to make tourism work for its benefit, rather than the other way around. Whet...
Bhutan
A trip to Bhutan is like travelling back in time. Since opening its doors to tourists in 1974, this formerly isolated country has had a clear strategy...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species, as well as their habitats, and itís become increasingly more important due to the negative effects of human activity on the environment. The national animal of Bhutan is the takin, which is associated with religious history and mythology. Itís an incredibly rare animal with a thick neck and short muscular legs. They live in groups and are found at altitudes of over 4,000 metres in north-western and far north-eastern parts of the country. They also feed on bamboo and can weigh more than 200kg when fully grown.

The Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife reserve created to protect these unique animals. Originally a tiny zoo in Thimphu, it contained a small number of takin, but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for a Buddhist nation to keep animals in captivity. So, they were later set free and the zoo was shut down, but for some reason the takin refused to leave the area. When visit the reserve, we remind our guests that feeding or getting too close to the animals is not allowed.

Due to rapid socio-economic development, increasing population and urbanisation, Bhutan is seeing a significant rise in the amount of solid waste produced Ė a large proportion of which is non-biodegradable. To do our bit to help, we opt for biodegradable bags rather than non-biodegradable ones. We keep rubbish bins in our transportation vehicles to allow our travellers to dispose of their waste properly and during shopping trips, we also advise passengers to use paper or reusable bags, instead of plastic ones.

People

We always encourage our travellers to shop from traditional artisans and for locally made products, which helps to keep customs alive. Whilst in Bhutan, passengers will have the opportunity to buy local wares such as hand-woven cloths, furniture and locally-grown produce. Bhutanese arts and crafts are usually handmade, and we visit several places selling them including a craft centre where profits support the crafters.

An important part of exploring somewhere new is about interacting with the local people, in order to gain an understanding of their culture, heritage and customs. On day five of this trip, we spend the evening at a Bhutanese homestay where travellers will enjoy a home-cooked meal and have the chance to experience a real taste of local life.

On several occasions the group will visit important Buddhist temples, and when doing so itís essential for our travellers to behave respectfully. For instance, when visiting the world-famous Tigerís Nest Monastery, a very sacred and holy place, our leaders will remind passengers to remove their shoes and backpacks before entering as well as advising them against taking photos of the inside of the temple.

Popular similar holidays

Bhutan holiday, culture and festivals

Bhutan holiday, culture and festivals

From £3205 13 days excluding flights

Festival Tour in Bhutan

Bhutan small group tours

Bhutan small group tours

From £4795 12 days including UK flights

A festival and cultural extravaganza in Bhutan

Jambay Lakhang festival holiday in Bhutan

Jambay Lakhang festival holiday in Bhutan

From £2790 - £2890 12 days excluding flights

Experience the colourful Jambay Lakhang festival