Bhutan's Festivals & Cliffside Temples - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Bhutan's Festivals & Cliffside Temples

from $5,135 USD per person for 11 days, 10 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Overland Adventure
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Trip Overview
Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan is said to be one of the happiest countries in the world—and it's no coincidence. Dedicated to maintaining a healthy Gross National Happiness, the kingdom has carefully preserved its lush forests; majestic, snow-capped mountains; elaborate monasteries; and ancient Buddhist traditions—while making space for the next generation of art, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Join us as we explore this delicate balance of old and new—of GDP and GNH, technological progress and historic preservation—as we zig-zag across the country. We’ll visit start-up centers and ancient dzongs, meet hip-hop dancers as well as spiritual leaders, and glimpse urban life springing up in the shadow of a giant, golden Buddha statue, serenely contemplating the capital city below.

Highlights
  • Centuries-old temples and monasteries
  • Conversations with artists, entrepreneurs, and spiritual leaders
  • Experience a traditional tsechu (festival)
  • Dramatic mountaintop views and natural wonders

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $5,135. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $340. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on their feet. For those interested in trekking, there will be opportunities for longer and more challenging hikes on certain days of the trip. Some of the places visited on this trip are extremely remote. It can take days to reach the nearest modern medical facility. If you're uncertain about whether this trip is a good fit, please contact us and we'd be happy to discuss with you further. 

Elevation, Health, and Safety

The elevations reached on this trip range from approximately 4,000 feet in Punakha to approximately 11,000 feet when crossing the journey's highest pass by road. Travelers should speak with their doctors about appropriate precautions to take, and consider spending an extra night en route to rest and recover from jet lag before continuing on to Bhutan. It's important to bear in mind that high-quality emergency medical care may be a day or more away due to the remoteness of some of the areas we'll visit. 

Arrival & Departure

Once you've signed up for the trip, we'll get in touch to help you book your Druk Air flights in and out of Bhutan. While our group itinerary begins in Paro, Bhutan, on Day 1, you should plan to arrive and overnight in Bangkok the prior night in order to connect with your onward flight to Bhutan the following morning. Flights in and out of Bhutan are prone to schedule changes and tend to sell out, so we don't recommend a tight connection in Bangkok. 

The trip ends in Paro, Bhutan on Day 11. Again, we will be in touch to assist in booking your flight out of Bhutan. You should plan to depart Bangkok any time after 9 p.m. that evening, leaving plenty of time for schedule changes or delays on the flight out of Bhutan. 

Included
  • 10 nights of accommodations as listed in the itinerary. 
  • All meals during the trip as listed in the itinerary. 
  • All entrance fees and group activities.
  • Private transfers and excursions with your local guides.
  • Airport transfers in Bhutan. 
  • Your Bhutan visa.
  • The company of an expert bilingual trip leader. 
Excluded
  • International airfare to and from Bhutan. We'll assist with booking your Druk Air flights in and out of Paro (to be paid separately).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Tips and gratuities. 
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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Trip FAQ

Yes, a visa is required for travel to Bhutan, but we will secure it on your behalf. 

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  • Apr 5–Apr 15, 2020
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