Transport yourself to Bhutan and feel the full force of the country’s magic, where the misty morning dew clears to reveal the towering Himalayas, majestic temples and enchanting villages. Katie Kennard, Head of Asia travel writes: “Visiting this peaceful country, I couldn’t help but adapt to the locals’ gentle pace of life. With this trip I have created a rare chance to discover their true culture,from archery tournaments with local villagers, to meditative chanting with monks in high places, dinner with members of Parliament, private festivals and even a night sleeping under the stars.”
Join a senior monk in the early hours to be blessed and remove the bad spirits in the traditional spirit cleansing ceremony. Along the journey to the country’s spiritual heart of Bumthang, conduct a private prayer flag hoisting, visit black-necked cranes, and wind through dramatic landscapes and gorges. Spend the next two nights at Amankora Bumthang, a stately lodge fit for royalty. Visit will weavers and a traditional farmhouse for buttermilk tea and liquors – my personal highlight!