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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2017)

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Limited to 16 guests
Days: 11  |  From: $7,295


Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

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 | Welcome to Bhutan

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 gather for your 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 & Relics

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: B L D

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

This morning, you may choose to attempt the climb to Taktsang Monastery (“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: B L D

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

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 summiter in the evening.

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

Day 8: Kathmandu | Lesson in Nepalese Cuisine

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. In the evening, visit Kopan Nunnery to witness a spirited debate among nuns.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu   |   Meals: B L

Day 9: Kathmandu | Hindu Temples & Buddhist Stupas

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. Tonight, gather for your farewell dinner and toast your unforgettable time in the Himalaya.

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

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: B

2018 Dates Available | Reserve your 2018 preferred date now with a fully refundable deposit. You will have seven days after the final 2018 itinerary and pricing is published to confirm your reservation. Itinerary is subject to change.

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, 2017 departures from $1,895 | 2018 departures from $1,995).

Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature Bhutan & Nepal, with A&K local guides.

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