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
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
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
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).
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).
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