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The World's Happiest Country. The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The Last Shangri-la (Paradise).
Bhutan is a beautiful Buddhist Kingdom which is situated between Tibet in the north and India in the South. It is the most adventurous destination in terms of biodiversity, untouched by modernization, with stunning views of the Himalayas. We will visit in the spring, considered the most beautiful time of the year, resplendent and ablaze with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is the time when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation and fruit trees are blossoming.
The kingdom only allows a certain number of foreigners into the country each year and we will be one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to explore this fascinating and mysterious land.
ADDITIONALLY ..... AS IF BHUTAN WAS NOT ENOUGH ....
We also get a glimpse of Nepal through a tour of Kathmandu.
"For many, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload. Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.
The 2015 earthquake brought devastation to parts of the city - including Kathmandu's Unesco-listed Durbar Square - but many areas emerged unscathed, and the soul of the city endures. Stroll through the backstreets and Kathmandu’s timeless cultural and artistic heritage will reveal itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chillies and rice, and tiny hobbit-sized workshops.
This endlessly fascinating, sometimes infuriating city has enough sights to keep you busy for a week, but be sure to leave its backpacker comforts and explore the ‘real Nepal’ before your time runs out." - Lonely Planet
Dates: 16-26 September 2018
Price: From GBP1900 twin sharing
Single supplement GBP200
Deposit: GBP500 to confirm your space
Day 01: Prior to landing at Tribhuvan Int'l Airport in Kathmandu, you could have some excellent views of snow-capped mountains, after custom clearance meet with our tour coordinator and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu.
Day 03: Early morning fly with Druk Air over the panoramic Himalayan ranges from Kathmandu to Paro, arrive at Paro airport and drive for 2.5 hours to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Overnight at hotel in Thimpu.
Day 04: Commence sightseeing in Thimpu which includes visit to Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/ monastery which houses most of the government's offices and the king's throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the chief Abobot of Bhutan Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undertake a course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; National Library, which holds an extensive collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back to several hundred years back, as well as modern academic books, mainly on Himalayan culture and religion; the post office; The Institute of Tibetology; National Memorial Chorten; Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautiful handwoven and crafted products. Overnight at hotel in Thimpu.
Day 05: After breakfast drive from Thimpu to Punkha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan.
Visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress that has played an important role in building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to local market. Then we visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built Stupa. After that we drive to Wangduephodrang to see Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Day 06: After breakfast drive from Punakha to Paro enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627; it now houses the school for religious studies.
Afternoon in Paro we visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967, it serves as the National Museum of the country and holds fascinating collection of art, thankgkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 07: After breakfast drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dozng. From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Nearby we visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse which offers good insight into the lifestyle of local people.Then an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of tigers and meditated at this monastery, hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". The excursion to the monastery's viewpoint takes about 5 hours round trip. On our return to Paro town we visit enroute Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 08: After breakfast depart from hotel to Paro Airport for your onward flight to Kathmandu.
Day 09-10 : (Cultural tour) Explore ancient and historical cities including Kathmandu's Durbar Square with its stone-paved lanes and colorful market, virgin goddess, temples of different kind of architecture. Pasupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Bhaktapur and Patan. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 11: Departure to Airport
What is included?
*During the Nepal tour twin-sharing accommodation on B/B basis at 3* category hotels as per itinerary, sightseeing tour with English speaking tour guide, and deluxe private car/van land transport as per itinerary.
*During the Bhutan tour twin-sharing accommodation in the best tourist standard hotel on full board basis, land transfer as per itinerary, cultural show, entrance fees as per itinerary.
*Daily yoga session except on first and last day depending on flight schedule. You can do as little and as much as you like. You also DO NOT have to do any yoga at all.
*Return airfare Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu
All kinds of personal expenses such as tips, entance ticket for culture tour in Kathmandu, drinks and meals in Nepal, travel insurance, and visas.
Airfare to Kathmandu - please do not book your tickets until I give a go signal.
Various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout, either a flowing vinyasa sequence to wake us up before breakfast or yin yoga at sunset to cap the day. Guided pranayama and meditation to complement our practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mats and props.
For bookings and enquiries:
About the teacher and facilitator:
Patricia is a London-based, qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher having finished her 500-hour teacher training in 2009 with Marc Beuvain in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Her classes are geared towards all levels, especially for beginners, and she is certified to teach baby, kids, family, prenatal/postnatal and most recently, yin yoga. Group classes offer three variations to suit each individual's needs and capabilities.
Sep 16, 2018 - Sep 26, 2018