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The Best of Bhutan: Hidden Treasures of a Himalayan Kingdom

Program No. 19634RJ
Explore Bhutan, one of the world’s most isolated countries, with experts and locals who share their enduring culture, history and natural wonders.

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At a Glance

Shrouded in mystique, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan sits wedged amongst the mighty Himalayas in a mountainous landscape cut by deep river valleys and terraced rice fields. Known to its people as Druk Yul, or “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” it is the last bastion of authentic Himalayan Buddhism.

Extend Your Adventure

This program includes an optional program extension.

Extension: Nepal: The Best of the Kathmandu Valley

Delve deeper into the ancient spaces and sacred places of Kathmandu! Explore sites of Hindu and Buddhist importance and hike to the town of Changu in search of views of the Himalaya.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain; some stairs without railings. Elevations of 7,000-10,000 feet. Some bus rides up to 6 hours with rest stops and sightseeing along the way
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Encounter the warmth and hospitality of Bhutanese people.
  • Learn about Bhutan's Gross National Happiness philosophy.
  • Hike to a remote village, a tiny monastery tucked in the midst of rice paddies and the awesome Tiger’s Nest.

General Notes

The elevation of areas traveled on this program range from 7,000-10,000 feet for the entire duration of the stay in Bhutan. This program has a maximum of 18 participants. Looking to extend your stay? This program has a post-extension on corresponding dates, program "Nepal: The Best of the Kathmandu Valley" (#22616). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Bridge to Bhutan
Bridge To Bhutan is our Road Scholar vendor for tour operations in Bhutan.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Bridge To Bhutan is our Road Scholar vendor for tour operations in Bhutan.
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Temple Tiger / Venture Travel is Road Scholar's Site Coordinator in Nepal. For emergencies, once in Nepal, please contact our local partner Rita Pradhan on the numbers shown. If dialing from a local number or with a SIM card, dial as below: (0) 1 980 236 0042 (0) 1 532 1585 (0) 1 985 113 9310.
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