Bhutan - Land of the peaceful dragon

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Highlights

• In Nepal, visit Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
• In India, explore Darjeeling Hill Stations
• In Bhutan, visit Thimpu, Paro and Wangdi
• Travel to Taktsang Monastery and Punakha Dzong
• See Mt. Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest mountain)
• Encounter friendly, welcoming, traditional locals

Fact File

• 18 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Kathmandu
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2

 

Land of the Peaceful Dragon - if ever there was an intriguing description of a country, this must be it. A land of friendly, devout Buddhists, mountain monasteries and snow-capped 22,000-foot peaks, Bhutan and its neighbors, Darjeeling and Sikkim, are the cultural explorer's Philosopher's Stone.

Our trip begins with exploration of Kathmandu followed by a short flight to the Nepal/India border, with great views of Everest and the Himalayan range. We drive to the former hill station of Darjeeling, famous for its tea plantations, temperate climate and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Views of Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest mountain) and a visit to a tea factory feature prominently during our days in Darjeeling.

In Sikkim, a kingdom formerly closed to tourists, be awe-inspired by spectacular views of mountain peaks. Experience a rare opportunity to mix with a traditional Himalayan community, considered by many to be the last Shangri-La.

We travel to Bhutan along winding mountain roads. We visit Thimphu, the nation's capital, and wander through markets, Buddhist temples and monasteries. We journey to Wangdi and visit the famous Punakha Dzong via the Duchola Pass, with its stunning views of the Himalayas.

Add a visit to Paro, where one can hike to Taktsang Monastery and encounter Bhutan's gentle and gracious people. It's the perfect recipe for a magical itinerary set against the mystical backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Our Spring departure includes the colourful Paro festival with colourful parades, dances and ceremonies.

FROM: $6995

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

2 travel days at approximately 3150meters/10335feet when we drive over the Dochula Pass from Thimphu to Punahka and back to Paro. Some rough/windy roads and long drives. Temperatures can be cold at night at high altitude so warm clothing is necessary.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 2: Kathmandu - Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath
Day 3: Fly to Bhadrapur and Mirik, India
Day 4: Darjeeling - Mt. Kanchenjunga
Day 5: Darjeeling - Mountaineering Institute
Day 6: Gangtok, Sikkim
Day 7: Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery
Day 8: Rumtek Monastery - Kalimpong, India
Day 9: Phuntsoling, Bhutan
Day 10: Thimphu
Day 11: Thimphu
Day 12: To Wangdi via Duchola Pass , Punakha Dzong
Day 13: To Paro via Duchola Pass
Day 14: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 15: Paro Festival
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu, To Bhaktapur
Day 17: Patan, Bhaktapur
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu

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