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Locals in Bhutan town

Day 1

Arrival in Thimphu

Many travellers start their journey in Thimphu, where you’ll find both traditional and modern buildings that encapsulate Bhutan’s juxtapositions of old and new. Your hotel is in the heart of the city, walking distance from souvenir shops, bars and cafes. You can explore the city centre on foot and stroll to the square where the well-known clock tower is located.

Giant Buddha in Bhutan

Together with your guide, you have the opportunity to visit the countries largest dzong and the largest sitting Buddha in the world, which is over 50 meters high. In the evening you can head out to a local Bhutanese restaurant where you’ll cook your own dinner – the Bhutanese way! Your guide will help you cook up a typical local dish for your dinner.

Local food at Thimphu market

Day 2

Thimphu - Explore & Departure

If you’re in Thimphu on the weekend, we recommend you take a look at the weekend market, which is held on the banks of the Wang Chu River. People from all over the region come to town to sell their goods. On one side of the river, you’ll find potatoes, chillies and fruit, while souvenirs are found on the opposite shore.

Memorial Chorten Bhutan

If you have free time before your departure, you could visit the Thimphu Memorial Chorten with your guide – the small temple is an important place of pilgrimage for the locals which was built in 1974. You could also take a wander around The Folk Heritage Museum – it’s free to enter and displays various materials related to the Bhutanese culture and way of life. Exhibitions include rural household artefacts, equipment, objects and tools. When you’re ready, your guide and driver will be on hand to take you to your next destination.

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Speak to our Bhutan specialist, Kate

“Bhutan felt like a fairy-tale to me; a land where the locals wear traditional dress and archery is practiced against a backdrop of green valleys and blue skies. Visit this country, and you’ll soon believe in legends.”

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