National Geographic Offers NEW Tour To Bhutan
Starting in 2024, National Geographic Expeditions will begin taking travelers to Bhutan! Visiting the country on the eastern edge of the Himalayan mountains promises views of dramatic landscapes and stunning architecture. Travelers will be immersed in centuries-old traditions and you’ll even meet with Bhutanese dignitaries with incredible insights into this unique country.
Here are a few highlights of National Geographic’s new tour to Bhutan that you won’t want to miss!
Bhutan: Land of Mysticism and Mythology
On your first day in Bhutan, you’ll visit a monastery where a monk will offer you blessings for safe travels. This is a common Bhutanese practice serving as a wonderful introduction to Bhutanese culture.
Your 11-day excursion will feature stops at the following locations:
- Thimphu – Here you’ll stop at Zangdok Pelri Temple where you’ll see the 169-foot Buddha Dordenma statue, hear from Buddhist practitioners, and participate in a butter lamp lighting ceremony. After lunch, you’ll see amazing artwork and traditional painting demonstrations at Thirteen Arts and Crafts. Then it’s off to the Folk Heritage Museum where you’ll meet a member of the King’s Court for a question and answer session followed by dinner at the museum.
- Dochula Pass – You’ll marvel at the spectacular views as you stand between the Himalayan mountains.
- Phobjikha Valley – Tour a 450-year-old monastery, hike through a forested area to spot birds and other wildlife, and visit a local farming community. You’ll also have butter tea and lunch with a local farmer. Visitors will also learn about the Black-Necked Crane including local efforts to protect their roosting areas.
- Punakha – Engage with local villagers as you explore the countryside, Buddhist monasteries, the 520-foot suspension bridge and the Punakha Dzong, an architectural wonder and the most important fortress in Bhutan.
- Paro – Tour the National Museum to view the finest Bhutanese art collection of more than 3,000 pieces spanning 1,500 years of the country’s history. You’ll also pay a visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Bhutan has long protected its culture and has restricted tourism. Known for its Gross National Happiness Index, tourism and lifestyle are monitored by the government to contribute to the “collective happiness” of its people.
Tours to Bhutan start at $10,995 per person. Departures are available for the following dates:
- March 3 – 13, 2024
- April 7 – 17, 2024
- May 5 – 15, 2024
- October 20 – 30, 2024
- December 1 – 11, 2024
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