The Ultimate Bhutan Tour

The complete traverse of Bhutan from Paro to Samdrup Jongkhar




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Holiday Overview


  • Journey through rarely visited South-eastern Bhutan into Assam
  • The colourful and friendly Bhutanese people and their festivals
  • The dzongs of Takstang, Punakha, Gantay, Trongsa and Bumtang
  • Bhutan - the last Himalayan Kingdom

We call this 2 week discovery holiday the 'Ultimate Tour of Bhutan' because it really is! Travelling right across the country from west to east it reaches the parts of this magical kingdom that other tours can't reach. After flying to Paro and visiting the incredible 'Tigers Nest' monastery and Bhutan's capital Thimpu, we begin our Ultimate Bhutan Tour with a drive across the Dolchu La to Punakha and the quiet Phobjikha valley - home to the Black Necked Cranes. We journey in a leisurely fashion eastwards across high passes and through beautiful valleys, stopping frequently as we come to the next awe inspiring view or magnificent fortress monastery (known as dzongs). Arriving in Bumthang we spend some time exploring its picturesque valleys before turning south-east to travel through Mongar and the charming Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan's most easterly district. This unique tour ends with a border crossing into Assam and from here we fly back to Delhi. If you want to discover the real Bhutan, this is the holiday for you.

Bhutan Festivals. Several departures of the Ultimate Bhutan Tour visit one of the colourful Bhutan Tsechus (festivals) which are held annually.  The basic itinerary for all departures is the same but will vary slightly to spend an extra day in a particular festival location. For an itinerary specific to a particular departure please contact the KE office.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday is one of our range of Discovery Tours. As such there are no elements of difficult or sustained trekking although in order to visit some of the sights on this holiday, you will need to be in good shape physically. The holiday is conducted at a reasonably leisurely pace with plenty of time to visit the key places of interest along the way. Naturally on a tour of this nature there are some long spells of road travel and you should be prepared for this.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
  • Visit the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Drive to Thimpu.
  • Cross the Dochu La (3050m) to Punakha and Wangdi.
  • Drive to the Phobjikha Valley.
  • Morning village walk. Drive to Trongsa.
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong and drive to Jakar.
  • A day at the Jambay Lhakhang Festival.
  • Morning at festival. Exploration in Bumthang.
  • Across the Thumsing La (3800m) to Mongar.
  • Drive to Trashigang.
  • A day of exploration in Trashigang.
  • Drive to the Indian border.
  • Drive to Gauhati Airport, fly to Delhi.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Delhi. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Delhi airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.

    Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving into Delhi Airport on this day. You will be met at the airport by a professional driver who take you to the group hotel which is located no more than 15 minutes away. The driver will give you a voucher for your overnight stay and your dinner at the hotel and will also inform you of the time of your return transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Paro.

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  • Fly to Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

    After breakfast you will meet your driver at the pre-arranged time for transfer back to Delhi International Airport to check in for the Druk Air flight to Paro. This flight is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. From the left side of the plane, Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga, three of the world’s highest mountains, are clearly visible. As you descend into the Paro Valley, there are splendid views of alpine forests, small monasteries, temples and flat-roofed farmhouses. The first gifts from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane, together with the warm welcome from our Bhutanese hosts. Depending on flight times, after checking in at our hotel we will have some time for sightseeing before our first experience of Bhutanese cuisine with dinner taken in the hotel restaurant. Here our Bhutanese guide will brief us on the fortnight ahead.

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  • Visit the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Drive to Thimpu.

    This morning after breakfast we have the option to visit the famous 'Tigers' Nest' monastery at Takstang just outside the town. The monastery occupies a unique position built on ledges of a sheer cliff overlooking the Paro River and is one of Bhutan's iconic sights. To get to the monastery itself involves a strenuous walk of around 3 hours but an easier option is to walk as far as the classic viewpoint from where you can look across the deep cleft of the gorge right across to the monastery which clings inprobably to the cliff face opposite. It takes just an hour to reach this viewpoint and there is a cafe here making it a good place to take a break while waiting for any more energetic members of the group who opt to make the tough climb up to the monastery. Afterwards we return to our tour vehicle and drive for approximately 1 hour eastwards along the Wang Chu (river) to reach Bhutan's capital of Thimpu, which is sited in a broad, green valley and surrounded by terraced rice fields. This town of less than 20,000 people is the administrative centre of Bhutan. It was established as the capital of the kingdom as recently as the early 1950’s and has been built strictly along traditionally Bhutanese lines. There is a single main street, which is lined by numerous shops, selling a great variety of goods, local and imported. Arriving in Thimpu we check into our hotel and have some free time to look around this friendliest of world capitals before dinner.

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  • Cross the Dochu La (3050m) to Punakha and Wangdi.

    Beyond Thimpu, the road climbs steadily through the densely wooded valley to reach the summit of the Dochu La (3050m). We pass through Hongsto, a village founded in 1525 by the 14th Drukpa hierarchy of Tibet and through some magnificent temperate forest, with an abundance of rhododendron and magnolia. We may see several species of deer and monkeys. Many prayer flags and an impressive collection of large chortens mark the top of the pass. If we are lucky enough to have clear weather, a viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and the peaks of - Masangang, Tsendagang, Terigang and Gangkar Puensum (7497m). Dropping down into the Punakha Valley, we turn north to reach another most impressive dzong at the junction of the Mo and Po (mother and father) rivers. This is Punakha, the traditional winter capital of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is the winter home for over 1000 monks. Every year the Punakha festival celebrates the famous victory over the Tibetans, who were repulsed whilst trying to recapture the sacred statue of Avalokiteshvara, brought to Bhutan by Shabdrung in 1637. After the visit we rejoin the main road and continue our eastward journey to the pleasant town of Wangdi, which has another commanding dzong on a spur above the river. Sadly all the main wooden structures of this over 300 year-old dzong were destroyed by a fire in June 2012 and only the walls now remain. Fortunately most of the sacred relics of the temple were saved and the King has pledged the complete resoration of the dzong. Wangdi town has a quaint and typically Bhutanese market square, surrounded by small shops with carved wooded frontages. Arriving in Wangdi we check into our hotel.

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  • Drive to the Phobjikha Valley.

    Setting off once more, the road then climbs towards the Pele La but shortly before this road pass we turn off the main road and travel south into the broad Phobjikha Valley. We descend into this valley, with its well-tended fields and have our first view of the pretty settlement of Gantey and its yellow-roofed monastery. This is one of a Setting off once more, the road then climbs towards handful of monasteries in Bhutan of the Nyingmapa Buddhist sect. The Phobjikha Valley is also the chosen winter home of the rare Black Neck Crane. Each year around November the birds arrive in their hundreds following an epic flight from Tibet over the Himalayas. The afternoon is free to look around the monastery and there is also the option to walk the Gantey Nature Trail, a 2.5 mile circuit of the the valley which takes around 90 minutes. We stay overnight in guesthouse accommodation.

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  • Morning village walk. Drive to Trongsa.

    This morning there is the option to take a walk through local villages. After lunch we returning to the main highway and turn east once again, climbing up to the Pele La (3300m). This pass is traditionally known as the boundary between Western and Central Bhutan and the landscape which spreads out on the far side of the pass is different to that of the western side. After crossing a bridge at Nikkarchu, we enter Trongsa district and follow a dramatic section of the road, carved into the side of a cliff, high above the Mangde Chu. Stopping at the picturesque Chenjebi Stupas we have a magnificent view of Trongsa Dzong, the largest monastery in Bhutan with a spectacular location on a spur above the river. Trongsa literally means means 'New Village' as the town was only founded a little more than 300 years ago! - relatively recent for Bhutan.

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  • Visit Trongsa Dzong and drive to Jakar.

    The morning is free to explore the town and to visit the fascinating Trongsa Dzong. In the afternoon we continue our eastward journey, climbing once more to cross the Yutong La (3400m). Beyond the village of Chumey, the scenery is once again totally different, as we enter the wide open Bumthang valleys. After a short climb to Kiki La, we turn a corner to begin the descent to Jakar. From some distance away, we can see Jakar Dzong, perched high above the village. We arrive in Jakar after approximately 2 hours drive and after check in to our charming lodge we have time in the late afternoon to visit the dzong and also to stroll around the town of Jakar, a sleepy outpost, with a few shops and a post office.

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  • A day at the Jambay Lhakhang Festival.

    An early start for our visit to the Jambay Lhakhang festival. As much a spectacle as the whirling masked dancers, are the throngs of local people who dress in their finest robes and come to the festival both for spiritual enlightenment and also to have fun socialising with friends and neighbours. We spend a second night in the lodge at Jakar.

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  • Morning at festival. Exploration in Bumthang.

    The district of Bumthang is made up of four valleys running down from the Himalayas to the north, namely Chokhor, Tang, Chhume and Ura. Until the 1970s these valleys were only accessible on foot and the villges here are still very traditional, almost medieval in outlook. From Jakar we will drive and take a short walk to visit some of these villages. The area is well known for its brightly coloured woollen fabric, known as yethra, which makes a good souvenir of the region. After the visit we return to our lodge in Jakar for a second night.

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  • Across the Thumsing La (3800m) to Mongar.

    Driving up to cross the Ura La, we enter the Ura Valley, which is the highest of the Bumthang Valleys. Extensive sheep pastures line the road and just before the pass there is a panorama of the mountains of Lunana to the north. We descend from the pass, then climb again more gradually through dense forest of conifer and rhododendron to the Thumsing La (3800m) which marks the boundary between central and eastern Bhutan. Now, the road descends almost endlessly, dropping 3200 metres and passing through dark conifers, then deciduous woodland, then bamboo and other exotic species as we enter a semi-tropical zone. Hewn out of the side of a cliff, and above a vertiginous drop for most of the way, the road here is particularly exciting. We hope to reach Mongar not long after mid-day and after taking lunch and checking in to our accommodation we have some time to look around the town and to visit Mongar Dzong.

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  • Drive to Trashigang.

    After a lesurely morning, we will drive approximately 4 hours to Trashigang, crossing a couple of relatively 'minor' passes and descending through cornfields and banana groves to reach the hot tropical climes of the valley of the Gamri River. The town of Trashigang is the administrative headquarters for the district of Trashigang which is the largest district of Bhutan located close to the confluence of the Gamri Chu and Drangme Chu. Few tourists ever make it as far as Trashigang and the town has limited facilities for foreign travellers. We will stay in the 'best place in town’, which is in reality a very basic but quite comfortable lodge.

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  • A day of exploration in Trashigang.

    This morning we will visit Tashigang dzong, one of the most picturesque of Bhutan dzongs. It has an imposing location on a spur overlooking the Dangme Chu with a sheer drop of 400 metres on its southern side and affords a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Built in the 17th century by Bhutan's third Desi the dzong contains a number of interesting statues, carvings and paintings. After lunch we have some free time to enjoy the town. Tashigang has a very friendly and laid back ambience with a small central square surrounded by shops and cafes. This is also the main market place for the people of the outlying villages such as Merak and Sakteng who have their own unique culture and dress. The altitude at Tashigang is around 1100 metres and evenings are now quite warm in comparison to our previous days in Bhutan. We spend a second night in Tashigang.

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  • Drive to the Indian border.

    The road now heads south for 200 kilometres (124 miles) to Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan's eastern road border with Assam. After around 3 hours driving we pass Wamrong Dzong where the road begins a descent through a dense tropical forest with an abundance of teak and bamboo,down towards the Indian plains. We reach the Bhutanese frontier check-post and a few miles beyond that, at the precise point where the mountains and the plains meet, is the small frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar where we check in to our hotel. On this final night in Bhutan, we will have a small celebration on completion of a memorable journey.

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  • Drive to Gauhati Airport, fly to Delhi.

    This morning, we drive for 3 hours to Gauhati, the capital of Assam, where we go straight to the airport to check in for the flight to Delhi. It is quite a culture shock as we drive from Delhi airport through the traffic-laden streets of the busy city. checking into our hotel there is time for a shower and perhaps some final souvenir shopping before dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.

    KE group package services end after breakfast. Complimentary transfers to the airport are provided. If you wish to extend your stay and visit more of India, there are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday. Why not pre-book a 1-day excursion to the fabulous Taj Mahal, or a multi-day Rajathan experience, or a beach hotel break in Goa or Kerala. Contact the KE office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • The services of an English-speaking local leader and a driver
  • Flights between Delhi and Paro and Gauhati and Delhi
  • All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as indicated in the Meal Plan

  • Travel Insurance
  • India and Bhutanese visa costs
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

While transitting through Delhi, we stay at a comfortable airport hotel. We use a good standard of hotel accommodation during our time in Bhutan. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis in double or twin ensuite rooms. (In South-Eastern Bhutan where the infrastructure for tourism is less well developed we may have to use some rooms with shared bathrooms). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it is possible to arrange single rooms for the hotel nights in Delhi and in Bhutan on payment of a single supplement. However, please note it will not be possible to book single rooms in festival towns during festival time and this is reflected in the single supplement price for these departures. It is also possible to book extra nights at the group hotel in Delhi or for a hotel in the city if you are planning to extend your stay. Details of hotel prices and single supplements are available on the website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day. Meals will be taken at our hotel or at a restaurant chosen by the tour leader.

Typically the food in Bhutan is not very spicy, though the Bhutanese do themselves eat a lot of chillies both raw and cooked. Hotels throughout Bhutan generally offer a range of dishes including those designed for the western palette. All meals are included in the trip price.

All clients arriving in Delhi on day 1 will be met by a KE represenative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel near the airport. The following morning you will be transferred back to the airport for the onward flight to Bhutan. At the end of the holiday on day 15, you will be collected from the group hotel and transferred to the airport in time for the check in of your homeward / onward flight. 'Land Only' clients must let us know their flight details and should contact the KE office if they do not intend to arrive in Delhi on day 1 or depart on day 15 of the Land Only itinerary for this holiday.

The group will be led by an expreienced English-speaking Bhutanese tour leader

Approximately £150 - £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including drinks and the £40 - £50 you can expect top pay in tips to local staff. There are some quite interesting souvenirs to be bought in Delhi and in Bhutan. India’s unit of currency is the Rupee and Bhutan’s is the ngultrum which is tied to the value of the Indian rupee. Indian rupees are accepted as legal tender in Bhutan, but you cannot spend ngultrums in India. It is not necessary to purchase Indian or Bhutanese currency before you travel. You will need very little, if any, Indian currency during your outward transit through Delhi. You will be able to obtain your Bhutanese currency on arrival at the airport in Paro. We recommend that you take your travel money as cash, rather than travellers’ cheques. Sterling and US dollars and are readily exchanged in Delhi and in Bhutan. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Delhi and are particularly useful for expensive souvenirs. It is possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in certain banks in Delhi using credit and debit cards.

Tipping is an accepted and expected part of the culture in both India and Bhutan, although you should only tip for services which are well done. The total amount that you can expect to pay in tips for your local guide, trek crew and drivers is approximately £40 - £50 (in rupee or ngultrum equivalent). It is usually best to give tips as a group rather than individually and the group should decide upon a level of tipping within the aforementioned guideline amount.

You can check in a single piece of hold baggage on the flights. The maximum weight limit for this bag is normally 20 kgs. In addition you should bring a small daypack which you can take on the flights as cabin baggage. In general you will have the best travel experience when you keep your baggage to a minimum.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Comfortable walking shoes / boots or lightweight hiking boots*
    • Trainers/ sneakers or similar
    • A smart pair of shoes (for attending festivals)
    • Socks
    • Trousers / pants
    • Underwear
    • Casual shirts
    • Smart clothes (for attending festival)
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses
    • Torch/flashlight
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottle
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
    • Small daypack 15 - 20 litres
    • Basic First Aid Kit including; A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

    The following items are optional:

    • Trekking poles
    • Spare laces
    • Shorts
    • Scarf or buff
    • Nailbrush
    • Wet wipes
    • Swimwear
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera, film/memory cards, batteries
    • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


    Although this is not a trekking trip, there is the opportunity to do a reasonable amount of walking whilst sightseeing. There is also the option to include 3 half-day hikes. If you intend to make the most of these opportunities, you should make sure that you take suitable footwear.

    Bhutan Festivals

    • If your holiday involves visiting any of the ‘tsechu’ or festivals in Bhutan, we would like to advise you that there is a dress code that you need to be aware of when attending any festival. The Bhutanese always come dressed in their finest for a festival and it is important that you to bring a smart set of clothes if you plan to attend. You will need to wear long sleeves, long trousers (no jeans) and no trainers, boots or open toed sandals. Hats should not be worn and umbrellas are not acceptable.
    • Festivals are religious events. The ground where they are held is purified and consecrated by lamas, so when you are watching a festival you are, in essence, on the perimeter of an outdoor religious ground. The conduct of the onlooker should be governed with this in mind. The dancers, whether monks or laymen, are in a state of meditation. They transform themselves into the deities which they represent on the dance ground. They generate a spiritual power, which cleanses, purifies, enlightens and blesses the spectators.
    • Any behaviour which may be deemed obtrusive, disrespectful or discourteous is out of place at such an event. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink, smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times. You should not use flash photography or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s action when photographing dances or onlookers.
    • Festivals are not pageants or entertainment events. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of religious traditions thousands of years old which outsiders are given the privilege of witnessing. We would like to see that privilege retained. In the past, the actions of a few unthinking visitors have caused shock and dismay to the local people. Any recurrence of such unfortunate events may lead to future restrictions on attendance at festivals. We hope that KE groups will always display courtesy, sensitivity and respect to the people of Bhutan who have welcomed them to attend these beautiful and sacred events, and will visibly demonstrate their respect by dressing as well as their circumstances permit on such occasions.

    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Bhutan

    All nationalities require a visa. KE will apply for the visa for you. The visa fee is $40 and this will appear on your final invoice. We require copy of the information page of your passport. A colour scan can be emailed or posted to us no later than 6 weeks prior to departure. You should bring 4 passport photos with you.

    Visa India

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $60 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    The unit of currency in Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum.

    The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    This is principally a touring holiday with no sustained elements of trekking. However there are a number of optional walks on the trip and some of the key sights in Bhutan can only be reached on foot. It therefore makes sense to get in shape before coming. The fitter you are after all, the more you will enjoy the experience. We would suggest you adopt some form of exercise program and gradually increase this at a comfortable rate as you get nearer to departure. It is also a good idea to do some reading on Bhutan, its people and culture.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The best time to visit Bhutan is in the period before and after the Indian Monsoon which brings heavy rain to the foothills of Bhutan. The pre-monsoon months of March and April are the best for seeing the colourful blooms at lower altitudes, particularly the rhododendron. The post-monsoon months of October and November usually offer the clearest skies for views of the Himalaya. During both pre- and post- monsoon, the weather in Bhutan is normally bright and clear in the mornings with possible cloud building through the day. Day-time highs of around 20°C can be expected at altitudes around 2000 metres, whilst at the high points of the trip the maximum daytime temperature will be around 15°C and as we descend to the Indian plains we can expect to encounter daytime temperatures in the thirties. At night in most places before Mongar the temperature will drop to a few degrees above freezing.

    Bhutan. (Odyssey Illustrated Guide). Pommaret. Bhutan. (Lonely Planet Guide). Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon. Edmunds.

    Bhutan Himalaya. 1:390,000. Nepa Maps (Himalayan Maphouse)

    This map gives a general overview of Bhutan. Relief is indicated by shading and selected altitudes of peaks and passes. Highways, main roads , minor roads, and trekking routes are marked. Symbols denote post offices, dzongs, monuments, places of interest etc. The map is indexed for place names, dzongs, passes and peaks. Inside the map cover are printed some geographical notes on the country and driving or walking times between selected locations.

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