Known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is one of the most mysterious and unknown of all Himalayan Kingdoms, comfortably hidden in isolation behind the high peaks of the Himalayas. A trip to Bhutan is like having a magic wand transporting one back to the 15th century. Forbidden to foreigners for centuries, this timeless Buddhist Kingdom has succeeded in preserving its enchanting traditions and ancestral way of life. This is further epitomized by the state's mandate of Gross National Happiness, whereby economic development, a goal for much of its humanity, is only a means to the real goal of happiness.
This trip combines the best of what Bhutan offers with a good mix of both cultural and active pursuits! We begin our tour in Thimphu, the only capital in the world without any traffic light! We shall catch the weekend market, visit the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, National Institute of Arts and Crafts and more, before taking a winding scenic mountain route to Punakha. After touring the impressive Punakha Dzong, we can enjoy either day hikes in the cultivated valley of Punakha, or take an excursion to the nearby Phobjikha Valley. We then re-cross Dochu La Pass to Paro and explore the beautiful valley of Paro, ending with a visit to the dramatic Taktshang Monastery, built on a sheer cliff face at a height of 2950m above sea level.
The trip is now full. We are grateful to members for their enthusiastic participation which gives our committee a greater incentive to plan for more exciting trips in the future. Thank you!