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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

11 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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DAY 1 ARRIVE BANGKOK, THAILAND
Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 PUNAKHA | THE DIVINE MADMAN
Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman), continuing to Punakha Dzhong. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
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 summiter. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
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. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
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.
 
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • New! Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day® 
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available) 
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
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.

Accommodations
Bangkok: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Thimphu: Taj Tashi
Paro: Zhiwa Ling Heritage
Kathmandu: Dwarika's Hotel
Bangkok: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Pre and Post Add-ons
Lhasa Post-Tour Extension
4 days from $1,995
Single Supplement from $995
Internal air from $495
 
Kathmandu/Lhasa
Journey to the heart and soul of Tibet, visiting local people, markets and temples for firsthand insights into the culture. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
DAYS 1-2
Fly to Lhasa, enjoying breathtaking views of the Himalaya. The next day, visit two of Tibet’s great monasteries, Drepung and Sera. (Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2))
 
Hotel: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
 
DAY 3
Explore Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama. Visit Jokhang Temple and join monks as they circle it in prayer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Hotel: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
 
DAY 4
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
Notes
  • Internal Air: Economy class from $1,515 (Bangkok/Paro/Kathmandu/Bangkok)
  • This journey contains some active elements.
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: flight to Paro at 6:50 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: return flight to Bangkok arriving at 6:30 p.m. on Day 10.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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