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What’s included

  • Local English speaking guides in Bhutan and Tibet
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • 4-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in Bhutan and Tibet, on a twin share, full board basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Cultural Highlights of Bhutan and Tibet Festivals

Tour

Bhutan, Tibet | Tour

Cultural Highlights of Bhutan and Tibet

Duration:  16 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £4,825,
Land only from £4,165

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Three Himalayan capitals, important cultural sites and unforgettable high mountain landscapes, all in one trip

Highlights

  • All the key cultural highlights including Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Potala Palace and Durbar Square
  • Join the festivities at the impressive Thimphu or Paro Festival
  • A well-paced itinerary with ample time for sightseeing, optional walks and good acclimatisation
  • Good quality hotel accommodation throughout

Reviews          

An outstandingly well planned tour, clearly based on your detailed experience and excellent local agents in each country.
Mr H, Lanarkshire

Feel lucky to have been to Tibet, I can't praise it enough.
Mr S, Essex

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Now that relations have eased between the United Kingdom and China and made travel to Tibet easier we are delighted to offer this Bhutan/Tibet combination tour.

Bhutan and Tibet are linked by their Buddhist culture but are scenically very different. In Bhutan we visit some of the finest monasteries in the country, including impressive Taktsang Monastery (the Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, and the magnificent riverside dzong at Punakha. We will also attend a colourful Bhutanese festival, a highlight of any visit.

In Tibet we travel to Samye Monastery, Tsedang and the ‘Valley of the Kings’ – the cradle of Tibetan civilisation. We then continue to busy Lhasa where we might join pilgrims on a ‘kora’ around the Potala Palace or join the throng visiting the ancient Jokhang temple. Added to the many treats on this tour is a spectacular flight past Everest and a tour of the main sights of bustling Kathmandu, Nepal.


At a glance

Duration:  16 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,658m/12,000ft in Lhasa

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodge

Festival:

April 2017 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

September 2017 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals elsewhere. Included: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches 10 dinners.

Leader: Local leader, Tibet tours
Local leader, Tibet tours

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and looked after by our partners there. Then once you arrive in Tibet, you will have an English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver/s. Guides are certified/registered guides, and in their company you will certainly gain an insight into the way of life, traditions and culture of the country you are visiting.


Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Local leader, Bhutan

Our holidays in Bhutan are led by fully qualified English-speaking guides. Mountain Kingdoms have been taking visitors to Bhutan since 1986, and our guides are some of the best in the Kingdom. They speak fluent English, as this is taught in all Bhutanese schools, and are fully qualified guides. The Tourism Authority of Bhutan maintains that a Bhutanese trek or tour leaders must pass their guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors. Our guides receive regular ‘top- up’ training and 15 of our regular leaders have completed an extended training course organised by Mountain Kingdoms in Bhutan.


DayActivity
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This at a glance itinerary is based on our September 2017 departure. The exact itinerary varies by departure, please see our detailed itineraries for full details. Fly to Kathmandu (Nepal).
3-4
Fly to Paro (Bhutan) Sightseeing in the Paro valley with a visit to Taktsang, the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
5
Drive to Punakha. Visit Dzong and Chimi Lakhang.
6-7
Drive to Thimphu, sightseeing with visit to Wangditse Monastery.
8
Attend Thimphu Tsechu Festival and drive to Paro.
9-10
Fly to Kathmandu (Nepal) Guided sightseeing tour and time at leisure.
11-12
Fly to Lhasa (Tibet) Sightseeing in Yarlung valley and visit to Samye Monastery.
13-14
Drive to Lhasa. Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market.
15-16
Fly to Kathmandu with time for last minute souvenir shopping before returning to the UK.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 1 Apr - Sun 16 Apr 2017Available£4165 Book£5115 Book
Sun 24 Sep - Mon 9 Oct 2017Available£4165 Book£4825 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £710
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £89
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • Local English speaking guides in Bhutan and Tibet
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • 4-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in Bhutan and Tibet, on a twin share, full board basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fees and Tibet permit (Bhutanese Visa is included)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Cultural Highlights of Bhutan and Tibet          

We found Bhutan and Tibet interesting and worthwhile with lots of good walking and sightseeing. Our extension to Chitwan was extremely memorable due to the staff, guides and accommodation, the whole of the planned programmes ran to time. We met interesting people in the villages. The guides in Bhutan and Tibet were first class.

Well planned          

An outstandingly well planned tour, clearly based on your detailed experience and excellent local agents in each country.

Cultural Highlights of Bhutan & Tibet          

Feel lucky to have been to Tibet, I can't praise it enough.


Extend your holiday

Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from lovely boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges. However, nowadays Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip.


Bumthang Extension, Bhutan
  • Extend your Bhutan visit to Bumthang, often thought of as the cultural heartland of the country.
  • Home to some of Bhutan's most important and spectacular temples and fortresses

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The region of Bumthang in central Bhutan is often thought of as the cultural heartland of the country. If your trip to Bhutan does not include a visit to Bumthang, domestic flights now enable us to offer a 3 night visit to see the best of what the region has to offer. Here are found some of the country’s most important and spectacular temples and fortresses. The region is also of great cultural importance and is a center for Bhutanese weaving.

Bumthang encompasses four major valleys, Chokhor, Ura, Chumey and Tang.  The township of Jakar where you stay is located in the main valley called Chokhor. The other valleys are the Ura Valley which is to the east, the Tang valley which is slightly more off the beaten track to the northeast and the Chumey Valley which is west of Jakar.


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


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