Oct. 16 Land in Paro > Drive to Thimphu
Welcome Lunch & Blessing
Crafts Market & Buddha
Oct. 17 Explore Thimphu
Royal Textile Museum
School of Traditional Arts (Zorig
Oct. 18 Explore Punakha
Oct. 19 Fly > Paro to Bumthang Valley
Yathra Weaving Cooperative
On-site Picnic & Private tour
Meet Dye Makers & Weavers
Jakar Tshechu - Annual Sacred Festival
Oct. 20 Bumthang: Rural Weaving Expedition
Traditional buckwheat cooking
Weaving family homestay immersion
Oct. 21 Scenic Drive > Mongar
Ura Valley Medicinal Teas & Green Market
Waterfalls & Greater Himalaya View Points
Oct. 22 Explore Mongar
Family weaving collective particpation
Visit Dzong & Youth Reading Center
Oct. 23 Scenic Drive > Trashigang
Monks & Monasteries Picnic
The Music of Archery
Oct. 24 Explore Trashigang
Radhi Village - Raw Silk Collecting
Home Weaving Visits: Looming & Dyes
Oct. 25 Fly > Paro
Bhutan Rural Folk Music & Cuisine
Dzong Fortress & National Museum
Menchu Hot Stone Bath
Oct. 26 Paro - Tiger's Nest Hike
Sounds of Silence Prayer Wheel & Flags
Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery
Oct. 27 Paro - Departure & Goodbye Ceremony
PRIVATE EXPEDITION - LIMITED SEATING
JOIN OUR SEARCH FOR THE
FINEST BHUTANESE TEXTILES
Baby Yak Fur
Natural Dye Making
Antique Looms & Spindles
Bhutan is home to a world-class weaving culture that continues to create natural textiles completely by hand, without use of electric machinery or synthetic dyes.
The Unexplored East: Radi
Seek the source of Bhutan's finest
raw silk textiles & naturally dyed threads.
ENJOY THE JOURNEY
Scenic Route & Picnic Drive
From Radhi, Bhutan
"My father and I were pleasantly surprised to discover no other tourists and sunny 70 degree weather during our textile scouting adventure into Radi Village on December 25, 2014. Feeling tropical winter weather in this Himalayan kingdom is something I never imagined."
Join me as I return to the unvisited reaches of Eastern Bhutan in search of what I discovered in 2014: An untouched paradise with semi-tropical charm, with pristine monasteries, unspoiled natural beauty and the innocence of remote villagers who still want to host their first foreign guests.
When I visited Eastern Bhutan in 2014 is when I learned to love and appreciate textiles and Bhutans unique culture of weaving and fabric making.
During a 30-day scouting trip into the furthest reaches of Trashigang, I was introduced to a new world of weaving, looming, and garmet-making that I never imagined possible.
I saw first hand how a villagers forage for plants and Himalayas minerals to create the natural pigment dies used in their fabrics.
I watched mother's teaching their daughters how to memorize intricate patters on the hand-looms in their living rooms.
We knocked on the doors of strangers in remote villages - only to be graciously and eagerly welcomed into their homes a - served hot buttered tea and cookies, and then given a glimpse of their behind-the-scenes life.
Thrilled to be visited by foreigners for the first time, these Bhutanese weavers welcomed us into their world - and through our translators they shared with us stories of their lives, their traditions, and the history of their village.
Before leaving, they shared with us a glimpse of their private collection of antique silk garments inherited from families generations. Many of the pieces they estimated to be 200-300+ years old - and they shared with us the folkloric stories of former nobles and lords where the garments supposedly came from.
Bumthang, also known as Jakar, is a valley in central Bhutan that represents the gateway between Eastern and Western Bhutan.
Few visitors have ever ventured past Bumthang into the Eastern reaches of the Kingdom, but those who have can attest that is represents the most untouched and authentic dimension of the country.
Bumthang is also the center for Bhutan's wool weaving communities, and our trip will include immersions into homes of weavers in different villages across Bhutan.
The nearby Chuume Valley is home to the Yathra Weaving Cooperative where you can find the best prices on hand-made collectibles.
We will have a chance to picnic with local weavers, tour the facilities and dying process, and visit the heritage home of a local family with teenagers just learning to weave.
I was served fresh-pressed buckwheat noodles and given a private glimpse into a weaving family's home life - where they graciously showed me their process for harvesting wool from their sheep, spinning thread, dying, and looming - all at their beautifully renovated heritage home.
Upon my departure they asked me kindly to someday return - and to bring more friends and guests who would enjoy seeing their way of life.
To Authentic East Bhutan
& Private Picnic
YOUR NEW VIEW
Royal Suites, Trashigang
Welcome To Paro
Prayer Wheels & Flags
THE JOURNEY IN BETWEEN
EXLORE THE FRONTIER
This Fall I plan to return to the weaving village of Radhi, located in one of the farthest and least visited regions of Bhutan. During this journey we will see out new weavers in their homes to witness first-hand their craft making in action.
We will also return to special locations I have scouted, where Bhutanese weavers will share with us their private collection of raw silk antiquities - along with the family stories of the origins of their inherited garments.
Live demonstrations of their looming techniques, and hands-on practice for any guests interested in learning will be part of our hosted home-immersion, with a home-cooked meal and tea shared over a relaxed afternoon.
Upon my departure, my father and I and both of our guides were gifted a scarf of our choice.
I selected a saffron-colored raw silk wrap that still remains one of my most prized possessions.
The feeling of being wrapped in hand-loomed raw silk is indescribable - it provides a cocoon-like calming comfort and breathable warmth unlike any fabric I have encountered.
Although I may not be an expert in weaving or textiles, I do know how to appreciate beautifully made crafts and artisanal works when I see them.
Ever since it has been my desire to bring back a group of friends and guests to experience the magic of Bhutan's weaving communities that live in an isolated Himalayan wonderland of nature, sacred beauty, and color.
To Authentic East Bhutan
To Authentic East Bhutan
AWAITS YOUR DISCOVERY
AWAITS YOUR DISCOVERY
FIND THE SOURCE
MEET THE LOCALS
AT YOUR SERVICE
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Meet Bhutan's Co-Operative
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Three Meals Daily
Free Bottled Water & Tea
Private Dining Experiences
Transportation + Guides
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Local Concierge Service
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Government Tariffs & Taxes
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Standard non-alcoholic beverages
All in-country transportation
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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare from your hometown to the arrival city of Paro, Bhutan
Passport fees and visa photos as required
Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
Any overnight stays or costs in Bangkok, Thailand prior to or after the package trip to Bhutan.
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Experience the mystical Kingdom of Bhutan as never before: where nature and cultural are center-stage and we are small, awed spectators, moved by wonder.Amidst the wonders of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmarks against which all things are measured, you will experience the ancient and harmonious Buddhist traditions resonating in all living things, where the King rules by “Gross National Happiness."
EXPLORE THE HIMALAYAS
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