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ADWNG - Wonders of Bhutan

Find out what lights up the faces of the residents of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH Gross National Happiness. On a 10-day adventure across this bastion of Buddhist culture, explore remote mountain villages and shrines and climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900 metres (2,953 feet) above the valley floor. Amid the soaring peaks and cultural delights of this ancient place, discover your own capacity for happiness.

Inclusions

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lecture on Gross National Happiness, Thimphu
Arrival and departure transfer
Visit the Rimpung Dzong
Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine
Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine
Visit the village of Khewa
Black-Necked Crane Centre visit
Hike to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa
Walk across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys
Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten
Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery
Explore shrines and temples of the Haa Valley
Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $4,599
Start Location
Paro, Bhutan
End Location
Paro, Bhutan
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Discovery, Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 Oct 201822 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
20 Oct 201829 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
27 Oct 201805 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
03 Nov 201812 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
10 Nov 201819 Nov 20181AUD $4,599
02 Mar 201911 Mar 201911AUD $4,799
16 Mar 201925 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
30 Mar 201908 Apr 201913AUD $5,059
06 Apr 201915 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
13 Apr 201922 Apr 201915AUD $5,059
20 Apr 201929 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
25 Apr 201904 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
27 Apr 201906 May 201913AUD $5,059
04 May 201913 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
18 May 201927 May 201915AUD $4,799
01 Jun 201910 Jun 201915AUD $4,799
15 Jun 201924 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
06 Jul 201915 Jul 201914AUD $4,799
20 Jul 201929 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
10 Aug 201919 Aug 201915AUD $4,799
24 Aug 201902 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
07 Sep 201916 Sep 201914AUD $5,059
21 Sep 201930 Sep 201913AUD $5,059
12 Oct 201921 Oct 201915AUD $5,059
19 Oct 201928 Oct 201914AUD $5,059
26 Oct 201904 Nov 201913AUD $4,799
02 Nov 201911 Nov 201915AUD $4,799
09 Nov 201918 Nov 201915AUD $4,799
07 Mar 202016 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
21 Mar 202030 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
28 Mar 202006 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
04 Apr 202013 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
18 Apr 202027 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
02 May 202011 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
16 May 202025 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
06 Jun 202015 Jun 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
20 Jun 202029 Jun 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
18 Jul 202027 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
08 Aug 202017 Aug 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
22 Aug 202031 Aug 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
05 Sep 202014 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
19 Sep 202028 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
26 Sep 202005 Oct 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
03 Oct 202012 Oct 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
17 Oct 202026 Oct 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,599 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Paro/Thimphu
Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu. In Thimphu, time permitting, take an orientation walk in town and get settled in.
Day 2 - Thimphu/Punakha
In the morning, meet a Buddhist Monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs, ways of life, and values in Bhutan. Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags. In the afternoon, drive to Lobeysa and hike 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman", built in 1499. Today, it is mostly visited by women, as it is known as a temple of fertility.
Day 3 - Punakha
Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, and Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten.
Day 4 - Punakha/Gangtey Gonpa
Travel to Gangtey and visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan.
Day 5 - Gangtey Gonpa
Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Gmpa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. After, walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, where we'll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of Khewa and visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and a home cooked dinner.
Day 6 - Gangtey Gonpa/Thimphu
Drive to the capital to visit the Big Buddha and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Hear a lecture on the Gross National Happiness, an index used by Bhutan to measure the nation's progress.
Day 7 - Thimphu/Haa Dzongkhag
In the morning, visit Memorial Chorten. Drive to the valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple). In the afternoon, spend time exploring Haa town.
Day 8 - Haa Dzongkhag/Paro
Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan via the Cheela Mountain Pass, at 3,810m (12,500 ft). Hike to Kila Gmpa Nunnery which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.
Day 9 - Paro
Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. The view is absolutely stunning, with the monastery clinging to a cliff face towering 2,953m (9,688 ft) above the valley. Return to Paro and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong fortress.
Day 10 - Paro
Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.