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A Cultural Journey Across The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

This trip starts in beautiful eastern Bhutan, where traditional culture is well and truly alive, as seen when we visit the Trashigang tshechu or festival. From here we journey west through stunning mountain scenery to the relatively modern metropolis of Thimphu. We finish our trip with a walk to the most spectacular monastery in the the world, the Tiger's Nest.

Beautiful Eastern Bhutan

There are no big cities in eastern Bhutan, just endless rolling hills of terraced fields and charming farmhouses, where you will experience warm hospitality and memorable encounters with the kind and friendly locals.

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Dochu La

Location : Dochula, Bhutan

This high pass on the road from Thimphu and Punakha is a great spot for spectacular Himalayan mountain views but the main attraction is the sight of the 108 chortens on the nearby hill. They stand as a memorial built to honour soldiers killed in border skirmishes and have a serene beauty when you walk amongst them.

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Punakha Dzong

Location : Punakha, Bhutan

The dzong or fortress at Punakha is considered the most beautiful in Bhutan. It is stunningly located on the confluence of two rivers and is built using traditional, ornate architecture, with beautiful carved wood and intricate painted decorations and symbols.

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The Tiger's Nest

The location of the Tiger's Nest makes it one of the world's most beautiful Buddhist temple, as it sits high on a clifftop above the Paro valley. As you climb up towards the monastery you gain stunning views of the valley and the Tiger's Nest itself. Bring your camera!

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Thrumshing La

Thrumshing La is almost 4,000 metres above sea level and offers superb views of the Eastern Himalaya. It is one of the highlights on the scenic road from Mongar to Bumthang, passing through the Thrumshing National Park en route.

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Traditional Village Life

Eastern Bhutan is full of beautiful small villages, set among the mountains, where traditional life flourishes. The locals here are friendly, humble and genuine.

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