Bhutan history & culture

Festivals and Temples of Bhutan

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Festivals and Temples of Bhutan




11 days


10 nights

Group Size

10 people




History & Culture


  • Drive through a stunning valley home to grassy meadows, blue pines, and rare, black-necked cranes.
  • Tour a traditional incense factory.
  • Learn what it takes to live in a Buddhist temple from a teacher or student.
  • Learn how ancient astrology traditions are being kept alive at the institute that determines the yearly Bhutanese calendar.
  • Trek across Bhutan's longest suspension bridge with epic valley views.
  • Ascent the cliffside monastery nicknamed the Tiger's Nest.
Bhutan 11 days 10 nights

Festivals, astrology, and epic landscapes in Bhutan.

Day 1

Welcome to Thimphu!

National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan.
National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Day 2

Thimphu Tsechu

Dancers during Thimphu tsechu.
Dancers during Thimphu tsechu., Marcy Milks
  • Special note

Day 3

Greetings from 125,000 Buddhas

Buddha Dordenma Statue.
Buddha Dordenma Statue.

Day 4

Phobjikha Valley & Black-Necked Cranes

Landscape of Phobjikha valley, Bhutan.
Landscape of Phobjikha valley, Bhutan.
  • Special note

Day 5

Exploring Punakha’s Waterways

Suspension bridge.
Suspension bridge.

Day 6

Deities, Saints & a Fertility Temple

Tokens in the fertility temple.
Tokens in the fertility temple.

Day 7

Spiritual Life in Bhutan

Prayer flags in Dochula Pass.
Prayer flags in Dochula Pass.

Day 8

Temples of Haa

Haa valley.
Haa valley.

Day 9

Paro at Your Own Pace

Monk walking towards Rinpung Monastery in Paro.
Monk walking towards Rinpung Monastery in Paro.
  • Special note

Day 10

To the Tiger’s Nest

The Tiger's Nest.
The Tiger's Nest.

Day 11

Departure from Paro

A view of the Himilayas.
A view of the Himilayas.

What is included?

What is not included?

Upcoming departures

6 available dates
  • Sep 12–Sep 22, 2024
  • Nov 7–Nov 17, 2024
  • Dec 12–Dec 22, 2024
  • Apr 2–Apr 12, 2025
  • Oct 1–Oct 11, 2025
  • Nov 8–Nov 18, 2025

Additional info

Pricing & Trip Deposit

Deposit to book your trip: $250 USD.

Balance due 90 days prior to departure.

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company.

Opt for a Private Room to yourself, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $470 USD. 

Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. 

If you don’t opt for a Private Room, you'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on their feet. For those interested in trekking, there will be opportunities for longer and more challenging hikes on certain days of the trip. Some of the places visited on this trip are extremely remote. It can take days to reach the nearest modern medical facility.  Travelers prone to vertigo are discouraged to do the Suspension bridge walk in Punakha. The Tiger's Nest Hike on Day 11 is a challenging hike that requires uphill trekking and stairs. For those concerned with the difficulty level, there is the option to hike half way at a slower pace and enjoy the view from the cafe at the halfway point. 

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive by 2pm on Day 1, and depart anytime on Day 11. Paro International Airport (PBH) connects to a range of flight hubs in Asia, including Bangkok, Kathmandu and Kolkata.  The best flight connections to Belgrade are offered by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.

*Airport transfers are only provided if arriving & departing on the trip dates, or if pre/post arrangements have been made through Atlas Obscura. 

Entry Requirements

All nationalities require a visa for Bhutan. Travellers can only enter Bhutan on a group visa as part of a tour. Independent visas are not issued. The cost of the visa is included in your tour.

The following details are required at time of booking in order for us to apply for your group’s visa:

- A clear uncut scanned colour copy of the two pages of the personal details section of your passport- A scanned colour passport photo- Email address you will access while travelling- Arrival and departure flight details

Due to the controlled nature of travel in Bhutan the group visa application can only be submitted once we have the above details from ALL travellers in your group. Failure to advise any of the information above can slow the visa issuing process, and delay the visa for the whole group.

The group visa will be issued between 5 days and 48 hours from departure. We will send your visa to your travelling email address. Please print this visa as you must show it at check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at immigration in Bhutan, where you will have an entry stamp placed in your passport.

Elevation, Health, and Safety

The elevations reached on this trip range from approximately 4,000 feet in Punakha to approximately 11,000 feet when crossing the journey's highest pass by road. Travelers should speak with their doctors about appropriate precautions to take, and consider spending an extra night en route to rest and recover from jet lag before continuing on to Bhutan. It's important to bear in mind that high-quality emergency medical care may be a day or more away due to the remoteness of some of the areas we'll visit. 

Local Farmstay

For one night in Haa we will be hosted in a local farmstay. Our accommodations here will be comfortable but rustic, with bedding consisting of mattresses placed on the floor, shared western toilet facilities, and a home-cooked meal.

While there is running water for washing, separate drinking water, tea, and coffee will be provided. There will be no shower or bathing facilities at the farm stay for this one night.

Should the group reach close to full capacity, the group may be split amongst two different local famrstays. 

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  • "Magnificent scenery, daily hikes & daily meditations in glorious temples. This trip was by far the very best I've ever taken."

    Marge - Savannah, GA

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