THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN
Zara Fleming, Freelance Art Historian
Zara is an exhibition curator and lecturer specialising in the art and culture of Buddhist countries.
- Explore this beautiful land by foot through a number of moderate walks
- Immerse yourself in Bhutan’s colourful festivals, from small rural festivals in the Haa Valley, to one of Bhutan’s largest festivals in Thimphu
- Discover the less visited Gangtey Valley and spend time in its remote villages
- Walk through the spectacular scenery of Central Bhutan, home to several of Bhutan's most important pilgrimage sites
- Visit The Choki Traditional Art School, where the pupils study woodcarving, thangka painting (a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton), clay sculpture and weaving
- Complete your journey in Kathmandu, with the option to extend your visit to Nepal
It was only after the last King’s coronation in 1974 that the first trickle of foreign visitors were allowed into this isolated, tiny kingdom. Bhutan remains relatively untouched by the outside world and is the last surviving Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas. On this journey you will explore this beautiful and unspoilt land on moderate walks that involve around three to six hours walking a day. The itinerary is designed to provide the perfect introduction to Bhutan. There will be ample opportunity to explore its spectacular landscapes and architecture, visit its colourful festivals and understand the role that the Buddhist religion plays across the country.