Magnificent mountains, spectacular scenery and colourful festivals
Protected by the mighty Himalaya, the isolated kingdom of Bhutan is an unforgettable place to visit.
The landscape is stunning, with steep forested hills and misty mountains rising from fast flowing rivers. However it's the fascinating culture that makes this country unique, boasting several colourful annual festivals. At these festivals hundreds gather to see the monks, dressed in brightly coloured robes, perform ritual dances.
For several days there are masked dances and prayer meetings, and a general carnival atmosphere prevails. On the spring departure we will visit the Paro Festival, which culminates with the unfurling of a giant Thangka (silk painting) whilst in the autumn we visit the grand Wangdue and Thimpu festivals.
We also see all the main sights in and around Paro and Thimpu, the picturesque Gangtey Valley, as well as the superb dzongs (fortresses) that dot the valleys and hilltops.
What makes this trip responsible?
When visiting Dzongs or monasteries, please dress respectfully with arms and legs covered. Hats should also be removed before entering. Please walk round any religious place in a clockwise direction. It is usual to leave a small donation (Nu10/20) when visiting a temple and you will need to remove your shoes when entering as well. By law, $70 of the daily cost of any trip in Bhutan goes towards education and health.
Monk dancing at Thimpu festival, Bhutan