Bhutan for families

Haa Valley to Gangtey with a spot of luxury

We're considering Bhutan in March and we’d like to do something active. Although we’d like to see a festival, we’d also prefer to avoid the tourist trail. But we would like to see Tiger’s Nest. ”

Andrea and family

What we suggested and why

We work with some really great people who are delighted to have children along. Travelling with an excellent accompanying private guide gives lots of flexibility about the daily activities so it’s possible to stop to buy and hang prayer flags, investigate unusual looking plants on the roadside or foods in the markets, get out of the car and walk when you like, learn how to prostrate in the temples and to make offerings if interested so you feel as if you are participating in the experience instead of just observing.

As well as including the highlights of Thimphu and Paro we recommended heading off the beaten track to the remote Gangtey and little visited Haa for some fabulous walking.

In addition to standard Bhutanese hotels we recommended breaking up the journey with a couple of nights in a luxury lodge for some more familiar comfort and food options as well as lovely young staff who love to engage with guests and share local games and traditions.

The journey

Fly over Himalayas into Bhutan and transfer to the capital, Thimphu for weekend market (3 nights)

Thimphu

 

Thimphu was established in the 1950’s to replace the former capital of Punakha. Situated in western Bhutan at an altitude of 2400m...

Remote valley - Buddhist monastery school, traditional games and hiking (2 nights)

Gangtey Lodge

Gangtey (Phobjikha)

The spectacular setting is a real draw at Gangtey Lodge, a contemporary lodge built from stone and wood to a design inspired by...

To a low altitude valley for river rafting and a temple blessing (2 nights)

Punakha

 

Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu three hours drive to...

Over a high mountain pass to remote farms, mud-walled houses and walks (2 nights)

Haa Valley

 

The remote Haa Valley 65km to the west of Paro opened to foreign visitors in 2002 and it remains one of the kingdom’s least...

End with the highlight of Tigers Nest Monastery perched high on a cliff (2 nights)

Paro

 

Though the impressive Paro Dzong dates from the 17th century there was no real town here until the main street was built in 1985....

It was a fabulous trip. Bhutan was such a stunningly beautiful country, and the people were so kind and welcoming. Our guide helped us feel as if we were participating in experiences instead of just observing.”

Andrea and family

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Our experienced travellers include:

Rod Tether
Vanessa Janion
Andrea Hulme

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