The dramatic landscapes of the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, from its snow-capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, making it a jewel of nature. Our special customized holiday takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and happy children. We discover the secrets of Paro, Punakha, and Thimphu, with activities including day walks, visits to Dochu La, the Punakha Dzong, and Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, among other things. During the Bhutan holiday you will walk through apple orchards and rice paddies, past quaint homes to your beautiful resort in the mountains, relax with a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath or perhaps indulge in activities like the Bhutanese national sport of archery.
Highlights of the travel to Paro valley includes a visit to the Taktsang Goemba (or Tiger’s Nest). Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. You also have the option to go for a day excursion to Haa Valley, which was only recently opened to the public. The drive on to Punakha is truly awe-inspiring as it zigzags up to the 3,140m-high mountain pass of Dochu La with its forests of fluttering prayer flags, the maze of Memorial shortens and, on a clear day, sweeping views of the main Himalayan range. We take you to the verdant terraced hills past the 17th century Punakha Dzong that once served as the seat of the Kingdom's government and is now the winter home of Je Khenpo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. At Thimpu, go for a sightseeing tour that would include the National Memorial Chorten, the weekend market of Trashi Chhoe Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum