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MARCH BHUTAN ADVENTURE

While not yet spring in Bhutan, the days are growing longer, the weather is warming and the farmers have begun to cultivate their fields. Bhutan is waking up from winter and full of new color as the fields turn green and the flowers in forest and meadow begin to blossom. Start your journey with a flight to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan in the center of the country. Explore ancient temples and manor houses, constructed centuries ago. Next visit Trongsa, one of our favorite towns with its immense Dzong (fortified monastery). From Trongsa onward to Bhutan's high altitude Phobjikha Valley, this broad glacial valley looks like no other part of Bhutan, and gets high marks for its unique beauty and in March you will see its most famous residents, wintering black necked cranes (5 foot tall birds which are revered by the people of the valley). Phobjikha is a lovely place for some gentle and beautiful hikes that take you through field and forest. We continue to sub-tropical Punakha, where the landscape changes dramatically to terraced rice paddies, orchards of citrus trees, more dramatic monasteries and stunning forest scenery. Our next stop is the tiny but bustling capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Here you meet many of our friends and hear about their lives. In Thimphu we'll take you to visit Bhutan's most interesting museums and galleries, explore the cafe culture, and in the evening we'll introduce you to the nightlife. Finally enjoy the pleasant vibe of Paro, where you can make the ascent to Tiger's Nest Monastery, the most sacred and iconic place in Bhutan. This journey travels across Bhutan by plane and comfortable vehicle. You will see remarkable sights and meet our many Bhutanese friends as you get to know this amazing country.

March 15--29, 2023

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SPRING IN BHUTAN

The Bhutanese countryside comes alive in spring as farmers sow their fields, which then turn emerald green as seeds germinate and the yearly farming cycle commences. The forests burst into bloom as rhododendrons and other trees begin to flower. Wildflowers cover the meadows. Of course every season brings a new look for Bhutan, but spring is certainly full of new colors and the warming and lengthening days are welcomed by all. On this journey we take you to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, and Trongsa. You will see various different regions of the Kingdom as you travel across Bhutan in comfortable vehicle. The villages and towns with their ancient stone buildings will make you think you are visiting another era. The comforts you enjoy will remind you that we are in the 21st century. And the people are some of the friendliest you will encounter anywhere. Meet our friends and you will understand why we find Bhutan and the Bhutanese so remarkable.

April 13--25, 2023

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MAY BHUTAN EXPLORATION

This Bhutan journey explores what we consider the highlights of the Kingdom. Begin in Paro and journey to Thimphu, the capital where we get to know this small but fascinating city. Continue east to visit sub-tropical Punakha, one of our favorite places, with its beautiful ancient Dzong (fortified monastery) and temples in the surrounding hills. We'll take you on gentle hikes in these hills, where you can soak up the beauty of rural Bhutan. Next we travel to Trongsa, the beautiful mountainside ancient city with its dramatic setting and stunning ancient temples. From Trongsa we drive to the high altitude Phobjikha Valley, this broad glacial valley is unlike any other place in Bhutan and renown for its beauty. Everything you see and experience is remarkable and memorable, and you will also meet many of our friends, who will join us for a meal of for all day excursions, meeting these great people will increase your understanding of Bhutan (plus it will be a lot of fun, we have great friends to introduce you to). Explore Bhutan in comfort and style with us. We want to show you what we find so remarkable in Bhutan, so that you leave with great memories and new friends.

May 1--15, 2023

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BHUTAN SUMMER ADVENTURE

We find summer in Bhutan to be beautiful. Warm days and warm nights, and by late August most of the rain has ended, leaving sunny skies and great views of the mountains. We begin in Paro and journey to Thimphu, the capital where we get to know this small but fascinating city. Continue east to visit sub-tropical Punakha, one of our favorite places, with its beautiful ancient Dzong (fortified monastery) and temples in the surrounding hills. We'll take you on gentle hikes in these hills, where you can soak up the beauty of rural Bhutan. Next we travel to Trongsa, the beautiful mountainside ancient city with its dramatic setting and stunning ancient temples. From Trongsa we drive to the high altitude Phobjikha Valley, this broad glacial valley is unlike any other place in Bhutan and renown for its beauty. Everything you see and experience is remarkable and memorable, and you will also meet many of our friends, who will join us for a meal of for all day excursions, meeting these great people will increase your understanding of Bhutan (plus it will be a lot of fun, we have great friends to introduce you to). Explore Bhutan in comfort and style with us. We want to show you what we find so remarkable in Bhutan, so that you leave with great memories and new friends.

August 27--September 8, 2023

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BHUTAN SEPTEMBER JOURNEY

While there is never a bad time to visit Bhutan, September is exceptionally beautiful. The green rice fields take on a tinge of gold as the grains ripen. The days are still long, and almost certain to be sunny. You will experience one of Bhutan's most cherished holidays, known as Blessed Rainy Day, officially the end of the rainy season. This Bhutan journey explores what we consider the highlights of the Kingdom. Begin in Paro and journey to Thimphu, the capital where we get to know this small but fascinating city. Continue east to visit sub-tropical Punakha, one of our favorite places, with its beautiful ancient Dzong (fortified monastery) and temples in the surrounding hills. We'll take you on gentle hikes in these hills, where you can soak up the beauty of rural Bhutan. Next we travel to Trongsa, the beautiful mountainside ancient city with its dramatic setting and stunning ancient temples. From Trongsa we drive to the high altitude Phobjikha Valley, this broad glacial valley is unlike any other place in Bhutan and renown for its beauty. Everything you see and experience is remarkable and memorable, and you will also meet many of our friends, who will join us for a meal of for all day excursions, meeting these great people will increase your understanding of Bhutan. Explore Bhutan in comfort and style with us. We want to show you what we find so remarkable in Bhutan, so that you leave with great memories and new friends.

September 14--28, 2023

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