Flight - 1 night

Kolkata - 2 nights

Thimphu - 3 nights

Punakha - 1 night

Paro - 2 nights

Kathmandu Area - 3 nights

Bhutan & the Himalayas

In royal footsteps to the happy Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan, plus Nepal's cultural heritage and old Calcutta

Bhutan is a country whose heritage is closely guarded by its rulers and where by their own admission happiness comes before profit. In the words of one government minister “we have deliberately safeguarded the ancient way of life in all its aspects… a policy of restricted tourism and socio-economic development is followed”. Nestling in the Eastern Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan has changed little and spirituality permeates every aspect of daily life. The Buddhist philosophy that all life is sacred is deeply engrained, evidence being its estimated 770 bird species and astonishing variety of rhododendrons, orchids, wildlife and forests.

The architectural heritage of Nepal retains its old world charm, notwithstanding 2015’s earthquake which damaged some temples and palaces, and, whilst synthesising Chinese and Indian influence, undoubtedly embodies a spirit of its own. The friendliness, cheerfulness and welcoming nature of the Nepalese is legendary. The Kathmandu Valley is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage site, comprising of three contrasting towns, each with its own.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
6 Lunches & 9 Dinners
Local Expert Guides

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Kolkata via Dubai.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Oberoi Grand for two nights. Afternoon visit to Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square, St. John’s Church, Howrah Bridge, Jain temple, markets and colonial Calcutta.

Day 3 Heritage walk from Bow Barracks to the Burra Bazaar. Visit Kalighat Temple and take a tram ride. (B)

Day 4 Fly to Paro in the kingdom of Bhutan. Transfer to the 3-star Hotel Riverview in Thimphu for three nights. View Buddha Dordenma. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Institute of Zorig Chusum (painting) and National Library. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the Cheri Gompa Monastery (uneven footpaths, 60 minutes steep walk). Visit the National Memorial Chorten and craft emporium, Tashichho Dzong (royal citadel). (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cross Dochula Pass (over 3,000m) viewing Buddhist chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags and Bhutan’s highest Himalayan peaks to Punakha for a night at the 3-star YT Hotel. Walk to the Chimi Lhakhang temple. Visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital and coronation site. Evening walk. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Travel to Paro (4 hrs). Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang temple. Two nights at the 3-star Hotel Olathang. (B, L, D)

Day 9 By road and on foot to Taktsang Gompa known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery (uneven footpaths, 60-90 minutes’ walk to the tea house for a good view, then 60 minutes more difficult walk to the monastery). Visit a local family and traditional farmhouse. Walk around Paro. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Fly along the Himalayas to Kathmandu for three nights at the 4-star Vivanta By Taj in Patan area. (B, D)

Day 11 Optional morning flight over the Himalayas and Mount Everest (weather permitting), approx. US$250 – bookable locally. Sightseeing of Patan with a singing bowl performance. Later explore Kathmandu including a rickshaw ride. (B, D)

Day 12 Visit Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Afternoon sightseeing of Bhaktapur. (B, D)

Day 13 Return flight from Kathmandu via Dubai. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


This is a full itinerary with visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Tiger’s Nest walk is a trek of up to 2½ hours to the cafe/viewpoint (uphill can be by pony at additional cost, downhill is on foot).
There is an optional, challenging but rewarding final section to the monastery.
The itinerary reaches up to 3,100 metres (10,000 feet) and is not suited to travellers predisposed to conditions which may be aggravated by high altitude.

Travel in Bhutan

The Bhutan hotels provide adequate lodging in rooms with private facilities but do not fully match international standards in terms of food, service and standard. On occasion, other hotels of similar standard may be used.

Time to relax or see even more of India!

No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?

We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.

Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.

Click here to view all our pre- and post- India extensions

We recommend the Nagarkot Extension in Nepal


per person in a twin/double room
Emirates/Fly Dubai from Heathrow

Date Price
October 22 £4995


per person in a twin/double room
Emirates from Heathrow

Date Price
March 11 £4950
October 14 £4995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement (double for sole use) £595

Flight Options

Emirates from Manchester – nil
Emirates Business Class from £3275

Extension Options

Extension - Nagarkot
Club Himalaya - 2 nights £245
Single supplement £95

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £145 per person
3-4 guests - £75 per person
5-guests - £35 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £600 
Arrival or departure transfer add £24

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 9 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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