Luxury Small Group Journeys - Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya 2017

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Best time to go: April, August to November

10 Nights | from £6,635pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Bhutan and Nepal on this journey through the heart of the Himalaya
  • Feel the spirit of Bhutan on a pilgrimage hike to the revered Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high on a sheer rock face
  • Learn about the traditions and age-old methods of local farmers on a visit to a farmhouse
  • Enjoy a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a Chef’s Table event in the home of a local resident
  • Witness a debate among nuns at the Kopan Nunnery, an unforgettable, age-old tradition
  • Travel by rickshaw to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Teleju Temple

Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya 2017: Download PDF itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.
Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Day 2 Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu 
Fly to Paro and receive a tashi khadda (traditional welcome). Transfer to Thimphu and visit the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see the Tashichhodzong Fortress, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fort, and then meet for your welcome dinner.
Taj TashI | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Thimphu
Visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums and view Buddhist literature at the National Library.
Taj Tashi | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Punakha
Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colourful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Punakha Dzong, continuing to the Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman). Return to Thimphu for dinner.
Taj Tashi | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Paro
Journey overland to Paro, stopping en route in Chuzom. Continue to Paro and view the religious thankga (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the National Museum. Continue to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress along a mountain river. Then, visit local farmers at their farmhouse to better understand their traditional way of life.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Paro
This morning, you may choose to attempt the climb to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This hike is intentionally difficult, intended as an arduous pilgrimage for Buddhist devotees. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly to Kathmandu. Ride by rickshaw to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Teleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari) and stroll through the bazaar and old city. Enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiteer in the evening.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Kathmandu
This morning, travel to Kirtipur and visit the temple of Adinath, the Chilamcho Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav. Attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Then, visit Patan City, the Golden Temple and Krishna Mandir.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 Kathmandu 
This morning, proceed to Bhaktapur, a ninth-century town in the Kathmandu Valley. Then, visit Pashupatinath Temple, a cremation site for the Hindus. Continue to Boudhanath, home to one the world’s largest Buddhist shrines. In the evening, visit Kopan Nunnery to witness a spirited debate among nuns. Tonight, gather for your farewell dinner and toast your unforgettable time in the Himalaya.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 10-11 Depart Bangkok 
On day 10, either fly to Lhasa to begin your post-tour extension or fly to Bangkok, where you enjoy the use of a superior room, available through day 11, when you depart on your international flight home. 
Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport HoteL | Meals: Breakfast

Note: This programme operates at altitudes as high as 7,500 feet; some guests may find some activity strenuous.

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Departure Dates & Pricing

The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
This journey contains active elements.
Lhasa Post Tour Extension. 4 days from £1,750. Available on all departures.


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Best time to be there

November to March. April is often the hottest month of the year, and also the month of the celebratory 'Songkran' festivals. May to October is the rainy season, with short bursts of rainstorms refreshing the green paddy fields once more.

Fly to

Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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