Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries little touched by the passage of time, as you view the stunning “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, stroll through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and enjoy a meal in the home of a local Nepali family.

Journey Overview

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries little touched by the passage of time, as you view the stunning “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, stroll through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and enjoy a meal in the home of a local Nepali family.

Journey Highlights

  • Feel the spirit of Bhutan on a pilgrimage hike to the revered “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, perched high on a sheer rock face
  • Learn about the traditions and age-old methods of Bhutanese farmers on a visit to a farmhouse
  • Enjoy a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a Chef’s Table event in the home of a local resident
  • Ride Like a Local when you travel by rickshaw to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Taleju Temple
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel. 
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Day 2: Paro & Thimphu, Bhutan | Among Towering Peaks

Fly to Paro, your gateway to Bhutan, a nation whose cultural traditions remain well preserved. Transfer to Thimphu and visit the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see Tashichho Dzong, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fortress, and then gather for your welcome dinner. 
Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Punakha | The Divine Madman

Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colourful prayer flags En route to Punakha. Stop at Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman), continuing to Punakha Dzhong. 
Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Meals: BL 

Day 4: Thimphu | Design Your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities. 

  • Hike Wangditse Nature Trail, a two-hour scenic walk through fields to Wangtse Monastery with stunning views.  
  • Offer Butter Lamps at a Monastery in Thimphu and explore the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum.
  • Visit Pangrizampa, where you meet with a local astrologer and practice meditation with an expert. 

Tonight, gather for dinner at a local restaurant. 
Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers & Relics

Journey overland to Paro, stopping to visit local farmers at their farmhouse, an opportunity to better understand their traditional way of life. Once in Paro, 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. 
Zhiwa Ling Heritage | Meals: BLD

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, try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport. 
Zhiwa Ling Heritage | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

Fly to Kathmandu. Ride by rickshaw to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Taleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari), and stroll through the bazaar and old city. Continue to Swayambhunath, one of the most sacred shrines for Tibetan Buddhists. This evening enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiteer. 
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Kathmandu | A Guided Meditation

Visit Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple built in a pagoda style. Enter Kopan Nunnery and Monastery, where a monk or nun leads you in a private guided meditation session. Continue to Boudhanath, home to one of the world’s largest Buddhist shrines. 
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BL

Day 9: Kathmandu | A Lesson in Nepalese Cuisine

Today, explore Patan to see its Durbar Square and the former royal palace. Attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BLD

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 an executive room, available through Day 11, when you depart on your flight home. 
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport | Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell lunch at 2:00 p.m. on Day 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 8, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020
Price AU$14,360pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Apr 22, 2020 - May 2, 2020
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May 6, 2020 - May 16, 2020
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May 20, 2020 - May 30, 2020
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Sep 16, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020 Special
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Sep 23, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020
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Oct 4, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020
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Oct 14, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020
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Oct 21, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
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Oct 25, 2020 - Nov 4, 2020 Special
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Nov 6, 2020 - Nov 16, 2020
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Nov 8, 2020 - Nov 18, 2020 Special
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