Bhutan East to West Textile Tour 2023
Bhutan – the land of Gross National Happiness, fluttering prayer flags, majestic monasteries, mountains and undisturbed ecology.
It is also a land of remarkable handloom textiles
Still worn as their national costume.
Our Journey - based on our first visit in 2020... TBC for 2023.
We will enter Bhutan on the south east border and travel overland through villages and valleys to the West, seeking out weavers & dyers as we go.
We start our Journey in Delhi, take a flight to Assam in the north east of India. We will have 2 days in Guwahati close to the Bhutan border, and take the opportunity to visit Kaziranga National Park. https://www.kaziranga-national-park.com.
On entering Bhutan we will be met by our English speaking Bhutanese guide who will remain with us at all times. We will travel by car (large and comfortable) through Bhutan. Staying at 3* hotels in the west, the remote east offering more modest & simple food & accommodation and a chance to get off the tourist trail and explore villages to find the weavers & dyers.
Travel in Bhutan is controlled by the government, who sets a daily tariff; of this $65 per day goes towards education & healthcare in the country.
We leave Bhutan in the west, returning to Delhi by air.
16 days April 2023 - TBC
COST - TBC
International flight - Heathrow – Delhi return
Internal flight – Delhi – Guwahati
International flight - Paro Bhutan – Delhi
Delhi – own room with attached bathroom
Kaziranga National park – twin room sharing
Bhutan – Twin room sharing
Bhutanese English speaking guide in Bhutan
All transport incl. Airport pickups (excl. getting to and from Heathrow & Delhi individual day trip). SUV luxurious AC in Bhutan
Visa & Permits in Bhutan
Food & drink –
3 meals per day in Bhutan and mineral water
meals at the Kaziranga National Park
Museum entrance fee in Bhutan
Transport to and from Heathrow
Visa – India
Food & drinks – in Delhi & Guwahati (£3 per meal), drinks in Bhutan other than mineral water
Free day in Delhi – a tour can be arranged with driver at an extra cost.
Tips to guides and other – Tipping is important in Bhutan.
Extra Costs in India:
Eating out in India – budget for £3-5 for a good basic meal.
Visa approx. 2019 $100
You will need a total of approx. £50 in cash to cover food in India
Extra shopping will depend on your budget.
£950 non-refundable deposit to secure your place
Should you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply. Cancellation more than 60 days before the trip starts - loss of deposit. Between 41 and 59 before the trip starts - 30% of balance. Between 29 and 40 days before the trip starts - 60% of balance Less that 28 days before the trip starts - 100% of total Balance.
It is recommended that you purchase appropriate travel Insurance to cover for any unexpected cancellations etc.
Other Bits. The trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, maximum 12. A full refund will be made if the trip does not go ahead.
Please note, the itinerary may have to change for reasons beyond my control.
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