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Into the dragon’s kingdom
Kumuka’s nine-day Bhutan – The
Dragon Kingdom tour takes you
through spectacular mountain ranges,
lush green valleys and pine and cedar
forests. Along the
way you’ll explore
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Be one of the few people who no
longer has to dream about what it
must be like to travel in this exotic
Himalayan kingdom - experience it!
9 DAYS FROM £
1090 € 1635 AU$
2780
NZ$3220 US$2130 CAD$2290 ZAR18,530
BHUTAN
THE DRAGON KINGDOM
PARO TO PARO 9 DAYS
Dochu La Pass (3050m)
Punakha
Bumthang
Ura Valley
Thimphu
Wangdue
Paro
Trongsa
Dzong
Bhutan was amazing!
We had a great time and
the local guides were excellent
– I would thoroughly
recommend them.
MELANIE BRYER,
UNITED KINGDOM
(Main image) Dressed in a traditional gho, a proud local stands in front of the Punakha Dzong
(Opposite; top) Taktshang, or Tiger’s Nest monastery, clinging to the cliff’s edge
(Opposite; bottom) Archery is the national sport and the only sport in which Bhutan has competed at the Olympics
make their trips coincide with one of these
colourful get-togethers. BHUTAN FACTS ✱ TV and the internet were not introduced until 1999 ✱ It’s the
Bhutan isn’t renowned for its cuisine, world’s only nation that has the Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism as its offi cial religion.
and the nation’s dishes are typically packed Written in India between the 3rd and 6th centuries AD, the Tantras are considered sacred
with chillies – not for the faint-hearted. The texts ✱ Almost 90 per cent of its citizens live by subsistence farming ✱ There are more
national dish, ema datse, which consists of than 2000 temples and monasteries spread across the nation ✱ To help preserve the local
chillies in a cheese sauce (resembling green culture, the king made wearing national dress in public compulsory. Men wear a knee-
beans chopped up in a thin sauce), looks length wrap-around robe, which is known as a gho, while the women wear an apron-like
safe enough, but one mouthful usually kira ✱ Bhutan’s national pastime is archery. Hand-carved from bamboo and strung with
leaves noses running and eyes watering. sections of the tissal plant, Bhutanese bows fi re arrows which are made with feathers
Most foreigners give up the battle and shed by pheasants and eagles. Archery is the only sport the nation has ever competed in
settle for safer options such as dal bhat at the Olympics ✱ Visas to Bhutan are only granted to those travelling on a pre-arranged
(rice and lentils) or a variety of vegetarian itinerary with an approved operator, of which Kumuka is one. To minimise the number of
dishes featuring everything from taro and tourists visiting each year, the Bhutanese government has set the minimum price per
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