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 have a morning visit to the stunning Taktsang Monastery. In the afternoon, we drive along the Wang Chu (river) to the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu. We check into our hotel and have some time for sighseeing before dinner. Overnight in Thimpu
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Back on the road we cross the Thumsing La (3800m) and make a long descent Mongar where we check into our lodge. There may time to make a short visit to the Mongar Festival - cameras at the ready.
Day 10: We spend the day at the festival watching ritual dances, which are performed on a paved courtyard within the monastery complex. As much a spectacle as the dancers are the throngs of Bhutanese who come here dressed in their finest to take part in the ceremonies but also to socialise and have a good time. Overnight in Mongar
Day 11: We drive (4 hours) to Trashigang where we visit the Dzong to see more colourful dances and festival-goers wthin a paved courtyard at the heart of the monastery. We stay overnight in Trashigang.
Day 12: This morning we return to the festival ground. This is the final day of the Tsechu and after the last section of dances we can watch the closing ceremony before returning to our hotel.
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.