Venture to the remote kingdom of Bhutan to discover Himalayan villages, historic monasteries and dzongs, and a rich culture that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries.

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Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan: A Tailor-Made Journey

8 days from $4,660

Venture to the remote kingdom of Bhutan to discover Himalayan villages, historic monasteries and dzongs, and a rich culture that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

* Click on hotel name to visit hotel web-site.

Namgay Heritage Hotel

Thimphu, Bhutan

Located a short walk from Thimpu’s center, the Namgay Heritage is a welcoming blend of traditional Bhutanese architecture and modern amenities. Each comfortable room and suite is decorated with Bhutanese art and textiles while offering all the expected modern comforts. The hotel features a bar and restaurant, a boutique selling local handicrafts, a fitness center and swimming pool, and a spa with sauna and steam room.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Lobesa

Punakha, Bhutan

Commanding sweeping views of the Punakha Valley and the surrounding mountains, Hotel Lobesa is a small and comfortable hotel with simple, spacious rooms. Most rooms have balconies with beautiful views. The hotel features a bar and lounge, as well as a restaurant that serves traditional Bhutanese cuisine.

Number of nights: 2

Gangtey Palace

Paro, Bhutan

Gangtey Palace is located about 10 minutes from the center of Paro on the valley slopes, overlooking the impressive dzong fortress. It is set in a traditional wooden Bhutanese palace, with a small courtyard in the center. The 19 rooms, dining room and bar all offer delightful views over the valley. Be sure to take advantage of a hot stone bath after a long day of sightseeing to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Bhutan: The Land of Serenity
By: Ricard, Matthieu
The History of Bhutan
By: Karma Phuntsho
Lonely Planet Bhutan 7 (Travel Guide)
By: Mayhew, Bradley, Bindloss, Joe, Brown, Lindsay
The Blessings of Bhutan (A Latitude 20 Book)
By: Russ Carpenter, Blyth Carpenter

Also Recommended

Bhutan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (124)
By: Culture Smart!, Choden BA, Karma, Wangchuk MBA, Dorji
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
By: Zeppa, Jamie
Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said I Do, and Found Bliss
By: Leaming, Linda
Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
By: Napoli, Lisa
Chilli and Cheese: Food and Society in Bhutan
By: Choden, Kunzang
Divine Messengers: The Untold Story of Bhutan's Female Shamans
By: Guyer-Stevens, Pommaret, Francoise
So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas
By: Crossette, Barbara
Birds of Bhutan and the Eastern Himalayas (Helm Field Guides)
By: Inskipp, Carol, Grimmett, Richard, Inskipp, Tim, Sherub
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

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