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Local legends color a mountain kingdom

Journey to a mysterious land of snow-capped mountains and discover compelling local legends on a Bhutan vacation.

The snowy Himalayas form a breathtaking backdrop to the kingdom known as Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is a place where the majesty of the landscape seems to bring local legends vividly to life - none more so than the enduring mystery of the yeti.

As the only country to have an index of happiness as a measure of its own prosperity, Bhutan has a unique and deeply religious culture centerd on its national religion, Buddhism. On a Bhutan vacation, friendly locals will add to the charm of exploring historic cities, witnessing ancient traditions and discovering mysterious monasteries clinging to the side of misty cliffs.

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*Conditions apply. 20% discount valid on all new Asia Small Group Tour bookings for departures between 29 January to 31 December 2016. Offer valid for sale: 29 January - 28 February 2016. US$2,063pp savings based on single occupancy gold accommodation on the Indochina Explorer November - December 2016 departures. US$1,583 pp savings based on single occupancy on the Thailand, Laos & Burma Explorer October - December 2016 departures. US$2,055pp savings based on single occupancy gold accommodation on the Yangtze & Beyond April, May, September - November 2016 departures. Offer subject to availability. Offer may be withdrawn without notice and is not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Prices correct as of 28 January 2016 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Insider Journeys online booking conditions apply. Issued 28 January 2016. CST#2001136-50.

bhutan highlights

  • Attend a traditional festival

    Bhutan’s religious festivals are alive with colour and atmosphere as locals gather to dance, pray, celebrate and socialise. 

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  • Climb to Tiger’s Nest near Paro

    Ascend the path to Taktsang Goemba, known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery. This cliff-side monastery perched high above the Paro Valley is Bhutan’s most famous and the trek is richly rewarded with spectacular views and a historic temple complex.

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  • Discover the dzongs

    First built in the 12th century, dzongs have played an important part in the history of Bhutan, originally used as monasteries, they later became defensive positions as well as being used for religious and cultural activities. Dzongs have also stored national treasures, books and records, as well as weapons. These days they house local government offices and host important ceremonies.

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  • Sweeping views of Himalayas

    As you travel through mountain passes like the Dochu La, incredible mountain vistas unfold revealing the mountain valleys and forested peaks.

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  • Thimpu

    Explore one of Asia's most unusual capitals, Thimpu, still dominated by traditional architecture and ringed by pine-covered hills.

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  • See an archery competition

    Archery is Bhutan’s national sport and the skills on display at an archery competition are as amazing as the fine costumes. 

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  • Natural environment

    Be entranced by the ever-changing mountain valleys and forested peaks as you travel one of Asia's most natural environments.

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  • Colourful weekend market in Thimpu

    Wander the stalls of the colourful weekend farmers’ market in Thimpu, with local produce and incense on one side, and handicrafts across the small footbridge.

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  • Ancient culture

    Be immersed in one of Asia's most devout and isolated ancient cultures.

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  • Walk through welcoming villages

    Setting off on foot down cobbled lanes, pass white-washed houses where locals go about their daily activities much as they have for decades.

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