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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2015)

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This itinerary is available as an independent journey led by local guides.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi, India

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

JW Marriott Aerocity
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, and attend a welcome dinner.

Taj Tashi   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work

See the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums and 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

Drive to Chuzom en route to Paro, seeing 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. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

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, visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | World’s Oldest Shrine

Fly to Kathmandu, where you 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   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8: Kathmandu | Historic Durbar Square

Explore Bungamati, Rato Machhendranath Temple and the Lokeshwar Shrine. Attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Then, visit Patan, Durbar Square, the Royal Baths, Golden Temple and Krishna Mandir.

Dwarika's Hotel   |   Meals: B L
Days 9-10: Chitwan National Park | Elephant-Back Safari

Fly to Bharatpur. After settling in, set out on an elephant-back safari. Attend an evening briefing from a resident naturalist. The following day, view wildlife, hike and take a nature walk with trained guides. Later, canoe down the Rapti River, and watch the sunset while enjoying a sundowner along the banks.

Barahi Jungle Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Days 11-12: Kathmandu | Temples and Trade Routes

Fly to Kathmandu and observe a Nepali folk dance performance during dinner. The next day, see monks debate at the Kopan Nunnery. Visit the royal city of Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, where a local artisan will share his or her experience. Gather with fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

Dwarika's Hotel   |   Meals: B L D
Days 13-14: Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight through Delhi, or continue on an extension to Lhasa.

JW Marriott Aerocity   |   Meals: B
Lhasa Post-Tour Extension

4 days, priced from $1,595; internal air priced from $570
Available on the Apr 2, Apr 16, Jun 4, Sep 3, Sep 10, Sep 17, Oct 1 and Oct 15 departures.
Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa with your Tour Director. Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa
Day 2: Explore Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. Visit the Jokhang Temple to join monks as they circumambulate the temple. Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa | Meals: B L
Day 3: Spend the day at two of Tibet’s great monasteries, Drepung and Sera. Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals: B

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