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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2016)

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Limited to 16 guests
Days: 14  |  From: $8,495


Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

Day 1: Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.

JW Marriott

Day 2: Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Welcome to Bhutan

Fly to Paro and receive a tashi khadda (traditional welcome). In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see the Tashichhodzong Fortress, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fort, and then gather to attend a welcome dinner.

Taj Tashi   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work

Visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums and view Buddhist literature at the National Library.

Taj Tashi   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Punakha | The Divine Madman

Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful 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: B L D

Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers and Relics

Journey overland to Paro, stopping en route in Chuzom to 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 a traditional farmhouse to learn about local farmers’ way of life.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the Tiger’s Nest

Hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, spending the day with the monks. Later, encounter the traditional architecture and colorful local life of main street Paro.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

Fly to Kathmandu. Ride by rickshaw to Durbar Square and Teleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari) and stroll through the bazaar, old city and Swayambhunath.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Kathmandu | Learn Nepalese Cooking in a Local Home

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, the Golden Temple and Krishna Mandir. Stop at Patan Museum to explore Nepal’s history.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu   |   Meals: B L

Days 9-10: Chitwan National Park | In Search of Wildlife

Fly to Bharatpur and set out on a safari. Attend a briefing from a resident naturalist. Start the next day with an early morning nature walk with trained guides. Enjoy an ox-cart ride through the village. Later, canoe down the Rapti River, and watch the sunset while enjoying a Scenic Sundowner along its banks.

Barahi Jungle Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Days 11-12: Kathmandu | A Spirited Nuns Debate

Fly to Kathmandu and enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiter before dinner. The next day, visit Boudhanath, site of the world’s largest Buddhist shrine. Proceed to Pashupatinath to meet a local artisan, and stop in Bhaktapur. Tonight, visit Kopan Nunnery to witness a spirited debate among nuns, before your farewell dinner.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu   |   Meals: B L D

Days 13-14: Depart Kathmandu or Delhi

On Day 13, either fly to Lhasa to begin your post-tour extension or fly to Delhi, where you enjoy the use of a dayroom, available through early morning on Day 14, until you depart.

JW Marriott   |   Meals: B

Nepal Information | A&K's local experts have visited Nepal since the 2015 earthquake to personally assess the services and sites. We are confident you will have an outstanding experience on this journey.

Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a post-tour extension to Lhasa (4 days, priced from $1,895)

Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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