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INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT Trongsa Dzong,


BHUTAN THE DRAGON KINGDOM


15 DAYS from £3345 (per person twin share with flights)


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Journey deep into the authentic heart of the Himalayas


Uma Paro


DAYS 1 to 3 – Fly to Kathmandu Jet Airways flight from Heathrow via Delhi to Kathmandu. 2 nights at the Radisson Hotel with optional excursions.


DAYS 4/5 – Thimphu Fly to Bhutan and travel to the capital, Thimphu. 2 nights at the Riverview Hotel. Sightseeing includes the magnificent Taschicho Dzong, the largest monastery in Bhutan.


DAY 6 – Punakha Drive through the rhododendron forests and over Dochu- La Pass to Punakha. Overnight at Punatsangchhu Resort.


DAYS 7 to 9 – Bumthang Scenic passes and local villages on the way to the Bumthang Valley. Explore the old palace of Wangduecholing and see 300 year old wall paintings at Tamshing Temple.


Young monks


DAY 10 – Punakha Return to Punkaha over the passes with a visit to the monastery fortress of Wangdiphodrang.


BUMTHANG VALLEY Rich in agricultural land, sacred sites and temples, the Bumthang Valley is made up of 4 mountain valleys in northern central Bhutan. This spiritual heartland of Buddhism is blessed with a fascinating collection of traditional villages and markets.


WALKING & TREKKING IN BHUTAN Bhutan’s dramatic mountains and remote valleys provide walkers with the perfect opportunity to experience the heart of the country and interact with villagers along the way. Day walks to longer hikes including nights under canvas are all available. The Bumthang Cultural Trek is a 3-day moderate hike with 2 nights spent under canvas. The Druk Path trek is a 5-day hike that runs between Paro and Thimphu, crossing the mountains that straddle the 2 valleys.


DAYS 11/12 – Paro Drive to Paro. Visit the national museum and walk up to the 300 year old Tiger’s Nest Monastery with spectacular views of the Paro Valley. 2 nights at Tenzinling Resort or upgrade to the Uma Paro.


DAYS 13 to 15 – Kathmandu and fly to the UK Return to Kathmandu for 2 nights at the Radisson Hotel. There is the option to upgrade to Dwarika’s Hotel for the last 2 nights. Fly with Jet Airways via Delhi to Heathrow


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12 DAYS from £4795 (per person twin share with flights)


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DAYS 1 to 3 – Fly to Kathmandu Fly Jet Airways via Delhi to Kathmandu. 2 nights at the Hyatt Regency and a city tour of Kathmandu. Optional excursions including an Everest flight.


DAYS 4 to 6 – Thimphu Fly to Paro, Bhutan for 3 nights at the Taj Tashi Hotel. Experience the sumptuous hotel, visit Thimphu and take a full day excursion to Punakha.


FESTIVALS OF BHUTAN Bhutan’s colourful festivals or ‘Tsechus’ are a real highlight with the locals seeming to enjoy the activities as much as the visitors. Many of the Dragon Kingdom Escorted journey departures take in these celebrations including Thimphu, Paro, Bumthang ‘Tsechus’ and the Black Neck Crane Festival.


DAYS 7 to 10 – Paro Transfer to Paro for 4 nights at the Uma Paro. Climb up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Enjoy a holistic and cultural experience at the Uma Paro.


DAYS 11/12 – Kathmandu and fly to the UK Return to the Nepalese capital for 1 night. Fly Jet Airways via Delhi to Heathrow.


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