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 29 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 13 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. To give you more time in Central Bhutan, we include the Druk flight from Paro to Bumthang. 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 unfurls for Karma, our friend and farmer in Trongsa, in central Bhutan. Eat Bhutanese style at her farmhouse, learn the secrets of making arra, the national drink of Bhutan, taste suja tea (butter), and gesasip, roasted and flattened corn. Stroll through her spectacular organic farm overlooking the Mangde valley with rice terraces her father built by hand in his late 70’s.
Experience rural life as it existed centuries ago at the historical Ogden Choling, a 400 year old manor in Tang valley. 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 a villages 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.
Our compelling program showcases the Jambay Lhakhang festival in Bumthang, the oldest festival in the country. The opening Naked Dance and Fire Offering with the people running through a fire arch can release the devout of all obstacles within their lives. The powerful sacred dances like the Black Hat Dance invoking the deities of Tantric Buddhism to triumph over evil, bless and cleanse the ground on which the dances will be performed.
Evening and early morning temperatures can be in the 40s to 50s climbing to 60s during the day. This is generally a dry period with no rain, with excellent chances to see the snow-covered 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.
Jambey Lhakhang Festival November 3 to 16, 2022 $5899 sharing a room. $1790 Single supplement.