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Bhutan Unfurling: western to central Bhutan from Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha to Trongsa, Jakar and Tang valleys in Central Bhutan.

As the premier world class expert of this iconic Buddhist nation. Far Fung Places continues to hold the keys to The Kingdom of Bhutan. We were among the first boutique travel companies to market Bhutan to the outside world more than 27 years ago. Far Fung Places' presents Bhutan to you in a way that makes it possible to understand from an experienced perspective why this is quite possibly the most intriguing destination on earth. We are the marketing agents for Bhutan Tourism Corporation Ltd in the USA and an independent guide-owned company, Bhutan by Karchung. Read about us on our Trip Advisor® page.


Our most popular 11 night program showcases Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha in western Bhutan, and the Black Mountains to Trongsa (or Gantey) and Tang valley in central Bhutan. The program unfurls to reveal the country's artistic, spiritual, and ancient traditions, but it also highlights both contemporary and rural society. Renowned lecturers provide provocative talks on Mahayana Buddhism for the western mind, how life has changed in Bhutan over the last two decades, and some of the social issues facing the nation. A renowned musicologist presents Bhutanese music with a private performance on traditional instruments. You will get a sense of the past with visits to 17th century monasteries and temples, but also discover the rhythms of everyday life through personal encounters with villagers in their homes or farmhouses.

See how life unfolds for Karma, our friend and farmer in Trongsa, in central Bhutan. Karma will host you for a delicious lunch from vegetables grown in her organic garden, cheese made from her milking cows, and rice harvested from her terraced fields. Learn the secrets of making ara, the national drink of Bhutan, taste suja tea (butter), and gesasip, roasted and flattened corn. Afterward stroll through her spectacular property overlooking the Mangde valley with rice terraces her father built by hand in his late 70's.

 

We stay two nights in Ogyen Choling, a 400 year old manor in Tang, Bhutan, that gives you a glimpse of rural life as it existed centuries ago. The main house is now a museum showcasing food production and storage, weaponry, textiles and weaving, food and implements used for cooking and for rituals. The owner descends from a noble family that once looked after all the villages in the region before the social reforms in the 1950's abolished serfdom and the family then gave or sold the land at nominal rates to the villagers. A two night stay gives you a deeper understanding of Bhutan's past as reflected in its traditional architecture and customs, and how life unfurls today in one of the original villages in the valley, at one time under their care.

 

A Bhutanese guide of distinction, Tshering or Phub Wangdi will be looking after you in Bhutan. Each has been leading trips for Far Fung Places for more than 25 years. Their depth of knowledge not only of the country but the flora and fauna make them two of the most popular guides in Bhutan.

 

This departure showcases a renowned festival with elaborate masked dances invoking the deities of Tantric Buddhism. Through the elaborate sacred dances, the deities of Tantric Buddhism are invoked, and all misfortunes and even physical ills can be dispelled.

 

Climate

Evening and early morning temperatures can be in the 50s in the morning, climbing to 60s during
the day. There could be shower or two, but generally but there are excellent chances to see the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas.

 

Five rooms maximum per departure. Request a day to day itinerary which goes into more details on the program of your choice.

 

Land/Air Cost

Land price: $5725 per person sharing on a twin basis with two beds in each room. 11 nights. Single supplement $1905. includes domestic flight Paro to Bumthang or return; accommodations, meals (some upgraded with wine), lectures, bottled water, special activities, visa and processing, royal tariff, comprehensive sightseeing, a Bhutanese guide of distinction, and gratuities to the restaurants, hotels and porters, excluding the driver and guide. A travel prep letter to help you prepare for the trip is included for bookings held by a deposit.

 

Approximate fares on Druk Airlines: from $750 per person roundtrip in economy, Bangkok. Other gateway cities: Singapore, Kathmandu, or Delhi. Please inquire.

 


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