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BHUTAN ADVENTURE

Untouched natural environment.  Unique cultural experience.  The tranquility of the Phobjikha and Bumthang valleys.  A spiritual, proud and friendly country with a lack of commercialism.              

2017 Dates:  Mar 16
13 nights    Oct 9   13 nights    Nov 6    13 nights
                                                                                                          
Prices: 
2,935 GBP  (Great Britain Pounds) based on double occupancy without airfare
Supplement
 for a single room  380 GBP    

Chitwan National Park option: from £399 per person sharing a double/twin room

Guided Walks:  This is a culturally weighted sightseeing holiday with easy to moderate walks in the Himalayan foothills. 
On most days walks are between 2 and 10 miles to a maximum altitude of 10,500ft.  The most difficult walk is to Taktsang Monastery, taken slowly, with approximately 460m of ascent over 2 miles.

Hotels: We stay in the best hotels available in each of the areas visited and although  comfortable, facilities can be modest.  They are sited in idyllic relaxed surroundings.

Included: 13 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms.  All meals from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure. All internal flights. Services of local guides. Walks, sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by coach or minibus.

Itinerary:

Day 1: To Kathmandu - Fly to Kathmandu (not included).

Day 2: Kathmandu - Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel, for 1 night. Afternoon to unwind and later a visit to the nearby sleeping Vishnu.

Day 3: To Thimpu - Take a spectacular flight over the Himalayas to Paro, on a clear day some of the highest Himalayan peaks can be seen. On arrival, drive to Bhutan’s laid back capital Thimpu for 1 night. Depending on flight times, we may have time to explore Thimpu and visit the Takin Sanctuary. If this is not possible, we will try to fit this in tomorrow.

Day 4: To Punakha - Morning walking tour of Thimpu, visiting the National Memorial Chorten, the temple of Changgangkha Lhakhang with lovely views and the interesting Arts & Craft School. Later, journey over the Dochula Pass passing 108 stupas commissioned by the Queen with great views of the Eastern Himalayan range. Arrive in Punakha for 2 nights.

Day 5: Punakha Valley - Drive to Kabisatake for a walk past rice fields and small villages to the Khamsun Yuelley Namgyal Stupa, for great views of the Mochu valley. In the afternoon visit the Punakha Dzong, dating from 1637 with a spectacular location on the confluence of the Pho-chu (male) and Mo-chu (female) rivers.

Day 6: To the Phobjikha Valley - Arrive in the Phobjikha Valley, a stunning glacial valley and a haven for Himalayan wildlife, for a walk to Gangtey Monastery. In November it is possible to see rare black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. We spend the night here in the Phobjikha Valley.

Day 7: To Trongsa - An invigorating day in the beautiful untouched Bhutanese countryside. Today we will drive close to the Black Mountains crossing the Pele la Pass. Reaching Trongsa we are greeted by panoramic views over the town and its Dzong. We take a gentle walk into the surrounding forest, where lovely birdlife can be seen, including endangered rufous-necked hornbills, as well as many species of orchid. Tonight we stay in Trongsa, in the centre of this very traditional part of Bhutan. 

Day 8: To Bumthang - Morning walk around Trongsa and Trongsa Dzong, perched spectacularly above a roaring gorge. Later head into the Jakar valley, stopping at the Yotongla pass and the town of Chumey, known for its traditional ‘yathra’ weaving. Arrive in Bumthang for 2 nights.

Day 9: Bumthang - The Bumthang valley offers some wonderful walking areas, full of interest and with beautiful scenery all around. Walk to Ngang Lhakhang through villages, fields and forest to ‘Swan Land’ and ‘Swan Temple’ and the Burning Lake. After some time to relax in this bucolic area, there will be an evening stroll through town.

Day 10: To Paro - a short flight takes us to Paro (3 nights), one of Bhutan's most historical centres. Short afternoon walks to the National Museum and in the surrounds area (dependent on flight time).

Day 11: Paro walking and sightseeing - Wind through the pine forests to the peace and tranquility of the Tse-tho Monastery. We explore Dzongdrakha, an unusual village built precariously on a rock face, with beautiful views of Bondey village and the valley below.

Day 12: Taktsang Monastery - Take the hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, which clings to the cliffs high above the valley floor. The ascent has a number of places to stop and admire the views, and is taken steadily. The first buildings date from around 1680 and legend says that Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, arrived here on the back of a flying tigress.

Day 13: To Kathmandu - Fly to Kathmandu (1 night). Afternoon tour of the historic centre and farewell dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant.

Day 14: Transfer to the airport . 


Extend your stay- Chitwan National Park extension

Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s biggest attractions, after the mighty Himalaya. This beautiful park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including the endangered one-horned Indian rhino, and healthy populations of tiger and leopard amongst many other species. Your stay in the park will treat you to safaris in this stunning area. Keep your eyes peeled!

Day 14  fly from Kathmandu to Bharatpur and a transfer to the Jungle Villa Resort, your accommodation for exploring Chitwan National Park (breakfast, lunch and dinner included). 

Day 15: a full day of activities ranging from wildlife viewing with experienced naturalists to elephant safaris into remote regions of the park (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 16): one last chance to search for wildlife this morning before transferring to Bharatpur and your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your final night’s accommodation at the Hotel Malla (breakfast included).

Day 17: transfer to the airport


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