Tucked away from the world, lying between the dominant countries of China and India, lies a mountain kingdom of such cultural contrast and diversity, travellers who have ventured into its mountainous depths come back spell-bound. Boasting lush valleys of rhododendron blossoms, unique art & architecture, pristine forests and misty snow-capped peaks which secret ancient fortified monasteries and their guardians, devout traditional buddhists and monks.We begin our journey in the capital of Paro, exploring its sights and sounds on a guided city tour before visiting Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, one of the most important and rarest of Buddhist Temples in the land.
We continue to the cultural capital of Thimphu, which, through its local textiles, museums, memorials and National Library provides us great insight into the intricacies of Bhutanese way of life. Venturing further into the mountain passes via the Dochula, we set out to explore the holy temples of Changangkha and Chimi Lhakhang before marvelling at the Gangtey Gompa Buddhist complex and Jakar Dzong, castle of the white bird in Bumtang. In Wangdue, we find ourselves taking time out at leisure to relax and unwind before hiking to to the fabled Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest) perched on a cliff edge 800m above the valley floor. We returning to the bustling capital of Paro for our final night.
Trip Duration: 12 days
Grade Adventure touring: light adventure
Summary: 11 nights in tourist class hotels
Buddhist Temple in Western Bhutan
Intricate and colourful, Bhutan’s mask dances play an integral part in the countries fascinating cultural customs and religious traditions.
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