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13 days starting at USD $3,895 per person*

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This tour offers a unique opportunity to combine a cultural tour of Bhutan with an Artistic Retreat. This special package for 13 days has a 5 days exclusively focused on practicing the Traditional Art of Painting of Bhutan, known as Thangka Painting. Thangkas are considered Buddhist iconography, each painting will symbolically represent divinities and passages based on the teachings of the Buddha. Usually it will contain a depiction of a diety, mandala or beautiful scenery, sketched and painted on canvas. You will work towards the finishing within the 5 days. Learning technique and brush stroke, the master artist will also introduce you to the history, cultural and spiritual view of Thangka Painting in Bhutan. For group Artistic Retreats will culminate with an Art and Cultural Show.

Duration: 13 days
Group Size: 1 – 16
Tour Grading: Easy to Moderate
Key Words: Artistic Retreat, Tiger’s Nest

Best Season: March, April, May, September, October, November.

Trip Route: Paro, Thimphu, Dochu la Pass (3,050m / 10,006ft), Punakha, Thimphu, Paro.

Sights: Pangri Zampa (monastic astrology college), Memorial Stupa, Dumtse Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang (7th century temple), Paro Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Traditional art school.

Highlights: Hike to Tiger’s Nest, see the second-largest seated Buddha, get an astrology reading at the school, visit the temple of fertility, Thangka painting with master Bhutanese artist and observe the traditional paper making.

Trip at a Glance:

Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu (55km / 34mile approx.)
Day02 – 03: Thimphu
Day 04: Drive to Punakha (approx. 77 kms / 47 miles)
Day 05: Punakha
Day 06: Drive back to Thimphu (approx. 77 kms / 47 miles)
Day 07 – 08 – 09 – 10 – 11: Thangka Painting with master Bhutanese artist in Thimphu / Paro
Day 12: Drive to Paro (approx. 55km / 34mile)
Day 13: Tiger’s Nest Hike
Day 14: Depart to Bangkok/Delhi/Kathmandu

We use the best 3 star hotels and resorts for our tours and retreats. For 4-5 star luxury hotels, please email us your interest, we will send you a PDF from the hotel with the additional charges.

Hotels in Bhutan, are very charming and smaller with approx. 15-20 rooms with larger hotels have 35-50 rooms.

What’s included

  • All ground transportation

  • Guide for entire tour

  • 3 star hotels, single bed, shared rooms

  • All meals:  breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options

  • $65 daily royalty, which is paid to the government of Bhutan which provides free healthcare and education to its citizens.

What’s not included

  • International fights into Bhutan

  • 4 – 5 stars hotel (Can add for extra charge)

  • Travel insurance

  • Excess luggage

  • Visa fee ($40), passport and taxes fee

  • Laundry service

  • Staff tips

  • Alcoholic Beverages (may be purchased separately)