BHUTAN- Familiarization Tour (11 days)

On this Familiarization tour, take a step back in time for a glimpse of traditions and customs disappearing from the rest of the Himalayan world.

Bhutan, a country of deep religious background will impress you through its magic everywhere. Gigantic mountains covered with thick primeval forests, the generous and welcoming attitude of its unassuming people, who have not rejected their spiritual heritage for modern ways, are all but that make up a for a unique cultural experience. As you visit the country’s impressive whitewashed dzongs (fortress-monasteries that are thriving centers of worship and culture) and meet the people on hikes through the countryside, you’ll see how the past remains an integral part of the very vibrant present.

Witness a cultural performance of masked dances combined with traditional songs, dance and music by the Royal Dance Troupe.

Explore the serene Bumthang Valley, the cultural heartland of Bhutan and the unique capital city including the colorful weekend market.

Meet and mingle with the local people on hikes in the countryside

Itinerary: Bhutan- Familiarization Tour

Day 1 – Fly to Paro, Bhutan, scenically situated in a pretty terraced valley. Transfer to Thimphu.

Day 2 – Explore Bhutan’s capital. Optional – day hikes in the forested countryside near Thimphu.

Day 3 – Scenic drive over the Dochu La (10,000′) to the Punakha Valley. Tour the Punakha Dzong, one of the most scenically situated dzongs in the country, and take a short hike over the rice paddies to the small but charming Chimi Lhakhang (temple).

Day 4 – Drive to Bumthang, enjoying views of snowy peaks and visiting weavers of the Chumey Valley.

Days 5-6 – Explore the monasteries and pilgrimage sites of the Bumthang Valley, the spiritual and cultural center of the country.

Days 7 – Retrace much of our route across the country to Gangtey valley, the winter home to the rare and endangered black necked cranes. Visit the imposing 17th-century monastery.

Day 8 – Drive to Thimphu. More sightseeing in the afternoon.

Day 9 – Drive to Paro. Explore Paro Valley visiting the several sacred sites dotting the beautiful landscape.

Day 10 – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”) on a steep trail through the forest.

Day 11 – Departure by flight.