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Enter the Land of the Thunder Dragon

23rd March 2014 Print
Witness Bhutan's colourful festivals

Multi-award-winning specialist operator Bamboo Travel has added the kingdom of Bhutan to its portfolio of countries in Asia, with four recommended itineraries from 16 to 18 days in duration.

Bhutan is a Himalayan kingdom of exceptional beauty and a destination that has not long opened its doors to allow travellers a chance to witness its towering snow-capped mountains, lush forested national parks, ancient traditions and easy going Buddhist way of life.

Known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon', Bhutan has a small population of around 700,000 people and proudly places an emphasis on ‘Gross National Happiness' rather than ‘Gross National Product', both of which combine to give it an enviable reputation as the world's last remaining Shangri-La.

There is much for the curious traveller to discover including ancient monasteries, archery competitions, stunning landscapes, the ubiquitous chilli, and a welcoming smile as you enjoy one of the most captivating countries in Asia.

One of the new itineraries is ‘The Festivals of Bhutan’ which provides a chance to experience three of Bhutan’s colourful festivals (tsechus), revealing some of the more interesting aspects of the country’s rich Buddhist heritage.

The holiday commences in the west of the country to witness the sights and sounds of Paro and Thimphu before heading east to Gangtey, to walk through the remote, and scenic, Phobjikha Valley, and to see the first of the ancient festivals.

Next on the itinerary is a drive to Bumthang, for an extended visit to witness the Tamshing Phala and Tangbi Mani festivals involving masked dancers, monks and the local communities dressed up in their finery.

The one off departure is on 26 September 2014 and costs from £4495 per person (two sharing) which includes flights, 15 nights’ accommodation (14 of which include breakfast, lunch and dinner), all land transportation on a private basis and the services of a guide.

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Witness Bhutan's colourful festivals