Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya
2017

Overview:

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries little touched by the passage of time, and view stunning Tiger’s Nest Monastery, stroll through Kathmandu’s bazaar and attend a spirited debate between Buddhist nuns.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Day 2: Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Welcome to Bhutan
Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work
Day 4: Punakha | The Divine Madman
Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers & Relics
Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the Tiger’s Nest
Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square
Day 8: Kathmandu | Lesson in Nepalese Cuisine
Day 9: Kathmandu | A Spirited Nuns Debate
Days 10-11: Depart Bangkok

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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya
2017

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your 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.

Day 3 – Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 9 – Kathmandu | A Spirited Nuns Debate

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.

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.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya
2017

Rates:

2017
Starting from approx. $7,295 per person sharing

Single Supplement approx. $2,495

Internal Air (from) approx. $1,325

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Air Not Included.

Internal Air (from) approx. $1,325

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

All accommodations, meals and fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary; airport transfers to/from hotel/ship in the first/last published city regardless of day of arrival and departure (on Expedition Cruises, transfers may be included on start and end dates only); services of A&K Resident Tour Director or appropriate Guide on Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions; coffee/tea/soft drinks/water at included meals; local wine and beer at all welcome and farewell dinners and with all lunches and dinners on Connections European River Cruise Journeys; local bottled water during sightseeing; porterage of two (2) pieces of baggage; complimentary Internet access (where available on land; excluded on all trains and cruises; service levels are not guaranteed); hotel taxes; and gratuities throughout, except to the Resident Tour Director/Extension guide/East Africa safari driver-guides.

Not Included:

Guest Protection Program; international and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; reciprocity and other border fees; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted; excess baggage charges; gratuities to the Resident Tour Director/Extension guide/East Africa safari driver guides; meals other than those specified in the itinerary; beverages other than those noted in inclusions above; sightseeing not included in the published itinerary; and personal expenses such as laundry (except for A&K’s Traveller’s Valet as noted), communication charges, Internet access for all cruises and trains; and optional activities (which are subject to availability).

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

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Select departures April - November

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