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Bhutan

The Best of Bhutan: Hidden Treasures of a Himalayan Kingdom

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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Program No. 19634RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
4,449
Special Offer
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Flights start at
1,200
Bhutan

The Best of Bhutan: Hidden Treasures of a Himalayan Kingdom

Explore Bhutan, one of the world’s most isolated countries, with experts and locals who share their enduring culture, history and natural wonders.
Length
17 days
Starts at
4,449
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
1,200
Program No. 19634 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 30 - Dec 16, 2021
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Itinerary Note

This departure may spend time at the Dochala Festival; festival dates are subject to change.

Dec 7 - Dec 23, 2021
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Feb 8 - Feb 24, 2022
Starting at
4,449
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Mar 1 - Mar 17, 2022
Starting at
4,999
Apr 1 - Apr 17, 2022
Starting at
4,999
Jun 14 - Jun 30, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Aug 16 - Sep 1, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Sep 13 - Sep 29, 2022
Starting at
5,099
Oct 3 - Oct 19, 2022
Starting at
5,099
Oct 18 - Nov 3, 2022
Starting at
5,099
Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2022
Starting at
5,099
Dec 6 - Dec 22, 2022
Starting at
4,449
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 30 - Dec 16, 2021
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Itinerary Note

This departure may spend time at the Dochala Festival; festival dates are subject to change.

Dec 7 - Dec 23, 2021
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Feb 8 - Feb 24, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Mar 1 - Mar 17, 2022
Starting at
5,749
Apr 1 - Apr 17, 2022
Starting at
5,749
Jun 14 - Jun 30, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Aug 16 - Sep 1, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited!

Sep 13 - Sep 29, 2022
Starting at
5,849
Oct 3 - Oct 19, 2022
Starting at
5,849
Oct 18 - Nov 3, 2022
Starting at
5,849
Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2022
Starting at
5,849
Dec 6 - Dec 22, 2022
Starting at
4,449

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 offers 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
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Raven Crown
by Michael Aris
Aris chronicles the rise of the Wangchuk dynasty in this beautifully illustrated history of the kingdom and its 20th-century monarchy, featuring 106 rare photographs.
The Circle of Karma, A Novel
by Kunzang Choden
The first novel by a Bhutanese woman, this lyrical coming-of-age story explores the rituals of daily life in Bhutan. When Tsomo's mother suddenly dies, the young girl must travel alone across Bhutan and into India.
The Blessings of Bhutan
by Russ and Blyth Carpenter
Head-over-heels in love with Bhutan, the Carpenters introduce their adopted home, its people, customs, religion and history.
Married to Bhutan
by Linda Leaming
Enraptured by the customs, land and people of Bhutan, where she has lived and worked for ten years, Leaming writes with humor and candor about her often-bumpy cultural immersion, her romance with a Buddhist artist and her unexpected path to happiness.
So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas
by Barbara Crossette
Asia correspondent for the New York Times, Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world.
Bhutan, The Land of Serenity
by Matthieu Ricard
A Buddhist monk, photographer, and French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, Ricard, draws on his time in Bhutan over the last 25 years for this intimate portrait. With illuminating chapters on the remarkable Khyentse Rinpoche, sacred art, architecture, dancing monks and ceremonies.
Bhutan Map
by ITMB
A double-sided traveler's map at an excellent scale of 1:345,000 with a larger scale map of Northern India on the reverse.
Turning the Mind Into an Ally
by Sakyong Mipham
A guide to meditation and practical introduction to teachings of the Shambhala Buddhist community, which has strong ties to Bhutan.
Essential Tibetan Buddhism
by Robert Thurman
The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites.
Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas
by Bikram Grewal
A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations.
Bhutan, A Trekker's Guide
by Bart Jordans
A compact, practical guide to 27 treks and walks throughout the mountain kingdom with color photographs and detailed sketch maps throughout.
Travellers and Magicians
by Khyentse Norbu (Director)
The first feature shot on location in Bhutan, this film, directed by a respected lama, follows a young official on his odyssey across the country. Along the way he is joined by a mischievous monk, an elderly peddler and an old man with his daughter.
Beyond the Sky and the Earth
by Jamie Zeppa
Zeppa's memoir of her time as teacher in a remote village shows her growing love and commitment to the people and culture.
Radio Shangri-La
by Lisa Napoli
Napoli's memoir of her time working on a fledgling Bhutanese radion station. She writes with frankness and clarity about the contradictions, poverty and reality of much mythologized Bhutan.
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(5)

This was the most wonderful trip in a fascinating and beautiful country!. The itinerary was masterfully planned with a balance of active hikes and visits to interesting religious and historic sites, with opportunities to visit a variety of communities. The long drives were comfortable, thanks to our skilled driver, and interesting, thanks to our guide, Tim’s, inexhaustible knowledge of flora and fauna and story telling skills. Tim and his team always seemed to go above and beyond, making sure everything went smoothly and each person was looked after. I believe that Tim’s exceptional leadership and kindness helped create a sense of camaraderie and group cohesiveness. We quickly felt we had a really great travel group. The hikes were planned to increase gradually in difficulty,making them manageable to the most out of shape among us (me), so we were all better prepared to take on what we wanted of the hike to the Tiger’s Nest at the end of the trip. One tip: Bring cash. No ATM worked for us in Bhutan. Larger denominations give better exchange rates.

(5)

The best of Bhutan trip was my first road scholar experience and was fantastic in every way. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and engaging guide. An interesting program of lectures and educational experiences. Comfortable hotels in beautiful locations. My fellow protesters on the trip were wonderful as well, and I’m quite intrigued about signing up for more trips as a result. Bhutan is a beautiful country with many interesting Sights and a culture that we can learn a lot from. Highly recommended, and a bargain for what you get.

(5)

My Road Scholar trip to Bhutan exceeded all of my expectations and was the trip of a lifetime. This is one that cannot be missed.

(5)

I find the website very graphically user friendly and clear as to where to go the information I want.

(5)

This trip was perfect in every way. We learned so much about beautiful and amazing Bhutan. Our guide Tim was so warm and personal and enhanced our understanding of Bhutanese culture with personal stories. I believe Tim knows every detail about Bhutan and he has a gift for presenting information in an entertains way.

(5)

Bhutan delivered more than I expected!

(5)

The trip of a lifetime to a Buddhist country that values Gross National Happiness with the best guide imaginable.

(5)

Wow - what a trip!! Bhutan is incredible - so spectacularly beautiful, so unique - with lovely people, and an amazing culture. I feel so fortunate to have had Tim as our guide and Sonam as our driver. Tim was such a gift - it was fun to hear his stories of growing up, and he was so knowledgeable, so warm , so caring and so very FUN!! We had a wonderful group, saw tons and learned so much. I will always cherish this experience. The idea of going to Bhutan may seem a bit intimating at first , but the accommodations were great, the hikes were wonderful and everything was not just manageable, but lovely. Seeing the Tigers Nest will take your breath away. Don't think too hard about going - just do it!

(5)

This is my first RS trip and it is one of most memorable trip I've ever taken. Everything is just superb, the itinerary, the organization, the communications, the Group Leader and the Driver and last but not least, the quality of my fellow group members.

(5)

The Best of Bhutan is a great adventure with memories that will keep you smiling for a lifetime. Unlike any place you have seen, Bhutan offers surprises at every turn. Hike through prayer flags on trails to mountaintops and temples with views of lush river valleys. Stay in modern hotels w/full amenities, sit by a riverside and enjoy new food and flavors, and enjoy the magnificence of the Buddhist temples and local architecture. All this wonder, then add in Tiger's Nest for the finale. The Bhutan trip will not only meet your expectations, it will exceed it!






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