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This magical country has been carefully researched to illustrate the stunning natural beauties, mystical heritage and picturesque village life of Bhutan, a once inaccessible kingdom of the Himalayas.
Discover the fascinating kingdom of Bhutan.
Enjoy a magical holiday in Bhutan! Experience the unique sights of the extraordinary kingdom of Bhutan, with its impressive fortresses-cum-monasteries perched on craggy outcrops, colourful farmhouses and medieval national dress worn by the smiling Bhutanese. Take gentle scenic walks and visit a school and a family in their home, perhaps spot endangered black-necked cranes in a remote valley.
Paro is set in a wide, fertile valley dotted with picturesque farms and willow trees, a sleepy town overlookedby a picture-book dzong – a fortress-cum-monastery. The impressive National Museum is here as well as the splendid Tiger’s nest Monastery that clings to a sheer rock-face hundreds of feet above the valley floor.
The quaint town of Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan, and lies in the Thimpu Valley in the western central part of the country. Thimpu is a modern, lively town, but retains a strong sense of identity and culture, with a strong architectural style, and is the centre of the government. Highlights here include the Post Office to admire its world-renowned stamps, the Textile Museum, the Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong and the Takin sanctuary.
The Bumthang valley is a rich agricultural region and the spiritual centre of the country. Many crops and fruit trees can be seen here set amongst the undulating landscapes, and temples are dotted around the countryside. The nearby Chume valley is also known for its wool production. This area is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan.
One of the most fertile valleys in Bhutan, Punakha served as the capital until 1955. Rice is grown here along the river valleys of the two main rivers, the Po Chu and Mo Chu. Visit the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’, a fairy-tale riverside dzong that illustrates perfectly the traditional ornate building style of Bhutan. Explore Nobang and its environs, where all four Queens of Bhutan hail from –it is a lush, gently undulating landscape of fields, woods and scattered hamlets.
|Time Zone:||GMT + 6 hours|
|Flying time:||Approx 12 hours|
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KEY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2015
1 Jan – New Year’s Day, 21 Jan – Traditional Day of Offering, 19 Feb – Losar, 21 Feb – The King’s Birthday, 28 Apr Zhabdrung Kuchoe, 2 May – Birthday of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo, 2 Jun – Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, 10 Jul – Birthday of Guru Rinpoche, 20 Jul – Drukpa Tshezhi, 19 Sep – Thimphu Drubchen, 23 Sep – Thimphu Tshechu, 13 Oct – Dashain, 1 Nov – Coronation of the 5th Druk Gyalpo, 11 Nov – Birthday of the 4th Druk Gyalpo, 17 Dec – National Day.
The most visited part of Bhutan on our tours is the central valleys. These consist of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, and enjoy a semi-tropical climate with cool winters. The valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa and Bumthang have a harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into the central valleys for days at a time.
Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c in the daytime and falling below zero at night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking until November. However, bear in mind that the higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and that with a brisk wind blowing down off the mountains, even a low-lying valley can become quite chilly.