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Nestled among the picturesque forested foothills of the eastern Himalayas, the tiny medieval Kingdom of Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. An enigmatic, welcoming and thoroughly charming country, Bhutan embraces Buddhism and the unique principle of Gross National Happiness. It's easy to imagine that happiness isn't a problem for the hospitable and courteous Bhutanese people; they are surrounded by a landscape unspoilt by pollution and daunting in its beauty.

Despite its compact size, Bhutan offers the modern-day visitor a wealth of remarkable attractions and experiences. More than forty percent of the Kingdom's lands comprise protected National Parks and wildlife reserves which provide habitats for a diversity of exotic birds and animals. Bhutan's towns and villages, meanwhile, are steeped in tradition and exquisite Buddhist architecture. But Bhutan is not entirely rooted in the past, as the intriguing blend of ancient and modern culture presented by its unmissable capital city, Thimphu, amply demonstrates.

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Darjeeling & the Last Himalayan Kingdom
4.9 stars(7 reviews)
16 days from
£4,995 pp
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  • DestinationBhutan, India
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Darjeeling and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
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“This holiday is for those who want something different, it covers a vast range in scenery, culture, and history. you start in Kolkata, like most large Indian cities, it is packed with life, there are people, there is manic traffic, there is history, but more than New Delhi or Agra it feels like a town where people live and work. It also has a lot of British history, having been the capital of the British Raj. Moving up country using Indian railways, an interesting but pleasurable experience in itself, you arrive at Darjeeling, a much smaller city than Kolkata, but with crowded narrow roads and the general hubbub of life, here you can learn about the tea industry as well as seeing the plantations for yourself, and of course there is the UNESCO steam railway to travel on too. The transfer to Bhutan is an amazing experience in itself, you leave India from a small town with the usual street scenes, walk down a corridor, get your passports stamped, and after a short wait you are ushered through a doorway into a totally different world. There is almost silence, no hooting vehicles, cars are neatly parked in marked bays, and the traffic is light, welcome to Bhutan. As one of our group put it 'We had gone down the Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole. Bhutan is a stunning place all colourful buildings and mountains, unfortunately on our trip the weather did not completely play ball and persistent cloud obscured many of the distant views of the high Himalayas. All in all a brilliant holiday, brilliantly led by our very hard working Tour Manager
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Join Great Rail Journeys on an unforgettable trip to Bhutan

Let Great Rail Journeys take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the ancient and stunning Kingdom of Bhutan. With all of your travel and accommodation arrangements taken care of, and in the capable hands of our expert Tour Manager, you're free to enjoy a varied itinerary of excursions and activities that capture the best aspects of Bhutan's unique historical, cultural and natural heritage. Whether exploring majestic Buddhist monasteries or tranquil botanical gardens, seeking out the rare Bengal Tiger or a host of other remarkable wildlife or immersing yourself in the colourful customs and traditions of the your friendly Bhutanese hosts, your journey is guaranteed to be both spectacular and memorable.

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