Experience the Culture
Twenty-six percent of Bhutan falls within its nine designated wildlife sanctuaries and Royal Manas National Park is Bhutan’s oldest wildlife park. Recently open to tourists, Manas is an excellent late fall, winter and early spring option in Bhutan. Lodging is simple, but fine for the adventurous. There is also hiking and fishing for those interested.
Beginning in Thimphu with an opportunity to meet wildlife experts involved in a variety of programs and projects, this very unique trip examines both the flora and fauna in different parts of the country, but also examines the relationship between Buddhism and nature. During your time in the country, you will travel from alpine environments down to the jungle, ending in rarely visited Royal Manas National Park, where you can enjoy rafting, hiking and catch and release fishing. The journey ends back in Paro with the almost obligatory hike to Tiger’s Nest before your flight out of the country.
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Land Cost: Starting At $5650 per person*
*Based on 4-6 People (excluding international air)
Experience & Explore
- Day 1
Arrive Bhutan. Drive Thimphu via the Iron Bridge. Pre-dinner orientation on wildlife of Bhutan by an expert. Dinner at local restaurant with staff from WWFM Royal Society for Protection of Nature, National Environment Commission and other experts.
- Day 2
Stop by Memorial Chorten. Visit WWF or other nature organization. Drive to Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary. Hike to Cheri Gompa and meet with monk. Visit Thakin Enclosure. Sunset at Buddha Dordenma.
- Day 3
Drive Punakha via Lamperi Botanical Garden. Explore with a ranger. PM visit to the Dzong.
- Day 4
Drive Mitsegang. Hike up to Guru Rimpoche Caves. Late afternoon visit to Chimi Lhakang.
- Day 5
Drive Trongsa via Gangtey valley. Visit Black Crane Center and village. (Nov. Watch a bit of the Crane Festival).
- Day 6
Visit Museum and Dzong. Possible audience with Monk (Dec. Enjoy the Tsechu Festival).
- Day 7
Long day’s drive to Panbang.
- Day 8
Rafting and wildlife sighting with a ranger.
- Day 9
Day for “catch and release” fishing and wildlife viewing.
- Day 10
AM in Manas and drive Gelephug.
- Day 11
Fly Paro. Visit Tadzong Museum and Dzongdrakha.
- Day 12
Hike to Tiger’s Nest and visit Kyichu. Farewell dinner.
- Day 13
Transfer to airport for flight out.
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