The Last Shangri La: Bhutan

8 –14 March, 2020 | 7 Days/6 Nights

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Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, sandwiched between Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is a bewitching country full of quirky surprises.

This is a country where the absolute monarch voluntarily and peacefully ceded power to the people, where wellbeing & happiness trump income & wealth, where forests can never cover less than 60 % of the country by law, where buying cigarettes is illegal, where national dress is proudly compulsory at work and in school and where the ultimate ambition is not to be the world’s top exporter in this or that but to be the first nation to become 100 % organic.

This deeply Buddhist land opened its doors to limited tourism only in 1974 and continues to keep everybody (except happily; Indians) at arm’s length or more which is why it is still commonly referred to, by jealous Westerners, as the Last Shangri La.

Bhutan with its tree-covered hills and snow bedecked mountains, its verdant valleys dotted with whitewashed wood & stone cottages, its cliff-hugging monasteries manned by lamas of all ages & sizes, and its charming towns filled with friendly mirchi-eating people is a bucket list topper and will remain so for years to come.

So if you are a woman who loves the mountains as much as we do, come and experience Bhutan with us in March 2020 and take back a little bit of its Happiness with you.

We have been to Bhutan a few times now and it’s one of our most successful destinations.

Wonderful World helps like-minded women see the world in ways they can never dream of with husbands, kids, and parents in tow.

We keep our group sizes small so that you can make new friends and yet find your own space. And so that when you get to our serene destinations, the dictates, dynamics and timetables of a large group don’t dent your enjoyment.

You should come with us and here is why:
March is a great time to go – It’s springtime and the weather is great. Himalayan peaks are most visible with clear skies and the valley comes alive with flowers in bloom.

The standard of the three-star hotels in Bhutan is a mixed bag.
We have personally picked some of the better hotels available and can assure you the standard is superior to those being used by some of the other travel outfits.

Our itinerary includes a trip to Gangtey – Phobjika valley – a beautiful, quiet valley, a must-do as per us and not included in most itineraries to Bhutan.

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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis.
  • Meals as given in the itinerary
  • Transportation within the country in a Mini Bus / Van
  • English speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle (only in the vehicle)
  • All entrances to sites as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Air fare
  • Health insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Any beverages – Tea / coffee / alcoholic beverages / or bottled water at meals.
  • Any other personal expenses.
  • GST at 5%

ITINERARY

Day1
Sunday–8th March; Thimpu (includes dinner)
  • Land in Paro and drive to Thimphu (1 hour) The flight provides opportunities to see spectacular views of the great Himalayan Peaks, the highest being Mount Everest.
  • Check into the hotel Relax, stroll around Thimphu and there are some sightseeing options.
  • Visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Thimphu Dzong Visit the Post Office and get a personalized stamp etc.
  • Dinner & Overnight at Hotel Pedling or similar
Day2
Monday–9th March; Drive to Gangtey (7-8 hours) (includes breakfast and dinner)
  • Leave for Gangtey, post breakfast at the hotel. We drive past Dochula Pass, which offers magnificent vistas of the Himalayan range on a clear day
  • Lunch enroute
  • Overnight at Hotel Dewachen or similar
Click here for detailed itinerary