The Ultimate Bhutan Tour
Bhutan, Discovery, 15 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,245 (land only) - from $4,540 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services start with dinner and the overnight stay at the group hotel.
Day 2: We take the spectacular flight eastwards along the chain of the Himalaya to Bhutan's only airport at Paro. Arriving in the late afternoon, we check in at our hotel.
Day 3: Today, we explore the Paro Valley with visits to the dzong and the national museum and an optional hike to visit to the stunning Taktsang Monastery. In the late afternoon, we drive along the Wang Chu (river) to the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu where we check into our hotel and have dinner.
Day 4: In the morning we will take a walking tour of Thimpu. The afternoon is free to browse the several craft shops in the capital's main street or for further independent exploration.
Day 5: Crossing the Dochu La, with its panoramas of Bhutan's biggest peaks, we descend to the very photogenic Punakha Dzong. We then continue to Wangdi which boasts another impressive dzong. Overnight in a hotel in Wangdi.
Day 6: Our journey continues across the Black Mountains to our hotel at Gantey in the lovely Phobjikha Valley. The afternoon we visit the monastery and there is an option to walk the Gantay Nature Trail.
Day 7: This morning we have the option to make an easy walk visiting local villages. In the afternoon we continue our journey east, crossing the Chele La to reach Tongsa where we check into our hotel.
Day 8: In the morning we visit the imposing Tongsa Dzong. We then continue on Bhutan's only road. Climbing to cross the Yutong La, we then descend to the district of Bumthang and our lodge in the town of Jakar.
Day 9: A day for exploration. We drive to one of Bumthang's picturesque valleys where we have the option to make an easy walk. In Jakar itself we can visit the commanding dzong.
Day 10: Back on the road we cross the Thumsing La (3800m) and make a long descent Mongar where we check into our lodge.
Day 11: We Drive to Trashigang, a charming laid-back town with a central cobbled square. We stay overnight in Trashigang.
Day 12: We have a rest day from driving and explore the town and its impressive Dzong. Sitting in one of the cafes around the central square is a great way of seeing small town life in this lesser visited part of Bhutan.
Day 13: Driving south now, we stop off at Wamrong where we hope to find a festival in progress. Onwards to the Indian border, we overnight in a hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar. Our last night in Bhutan.
Day 14: We cross the border to the aiport at Gauhati, fly to Delhi and transfer to our hotel for dinner.
Day 15: KE group package services end after breakfast. Complimentary transfers to the airport are provided.
The above is an example itinerary for the Ultimate Bhutan Tour. Each tour will vary slightly to visit a different festival.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.