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What’s included

  • A Bhutanese leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • 5-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share and full board basis
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

Definitive Cultural Tour of Bhutan Festivals

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Bhutan | Tour

Definitive Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Duration:  13 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £3,370,
Land only from £2,695

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A wonderful, easy-paced tour designed to get 'under the surface' of Bhutanese culture.

Highlights

  • Visit all the key cultural sights, including iconic Taktsang Monastery
  • Spend time in rural villages and see artisans at work
  • Stay in good quality accommodation throughout Bhutan
  • Relax at Dwarika’s unique heritage property in Kathmandu

Reviews          

…my hopes and expectations were very high and I was not disappointed – it was a superb holiday.
Mr W, Dorset

We felt throughout that we were in the hands of accomplished experts in the field. We particularly enjoyed taking a trip that was so far removed from many other tour packages. The tour combined awe-inspiring scenery, local contact, expert insights into a serene way of life, deeply committed staff, good accommodation (for that part of the world) and mostly excellent vegetarian food that is so hard...
Mr & Mrs W, Surrey

It was fantastic - even better than we had imagined… Kinsey, our Bhutanese guide, was brilliant, and made the tour special. I don't know how we can find a holiday which will beat this one!
Mr & Mrs C, Oxon

I was extremely impressed with your company's trip planning, itinerary and general organisation. I really loved my holiday. Thank you for taking me to the most remarkable place.
Ms D, Bristol

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This tour visits the main valleys of western Bhutan, travelling over mountain passes that offer stupendous views. There is no trekking, but we explore the towns on foot and also enjoy some gentle village walks.

We meet villagers and weavers in their own homes, and travel right into Bhutan’s interior. The towns of Bhutan are dominated by enormous monastery-fortresses, or dzongs, that still stand after earthquake and war and are in use today. Centuries of isolation have left the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon a unique place. The architecture is unlike anything else found in the Himalaya – houses are painted with magic symbols to keep out evil spirits, national dress is commonly worn and the “Dragon” sect of Buddhism thrives. Bhutan is also renowned for producing the highest quality fabrics in the Himalaya.

We explore all aspects of Bhutanese culture on this captivating tour including the unforgettable experience of attending a Bhutanese festival on our April, September and November departures.

Book 28th September & 16th December 2017 departures and save £100 per person off the published online Land Only price.


At a glance

Duration:  13 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,990m/13,090ft, Chele La pass / 3,140m /10,302ft Dochu La pass 04 Nov 16 Departure

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

28 September 2017 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

04 November 2017 departure attends the Black Necked Crane festival.

25 March 2018 departure attends the Paro Tsechu

16 September 2018 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu

04 November 2018 departure attends the Black Necked Crane Festival

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
This at a glance itinerary is based on our April 2017 departure. The exact itinerary varies by departure, please see our detailed itineraries for full details. Fly to Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu. Visit the Paro Tsechu festival.
5-6
Visit Tigers Nest Monastery and drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing in Thimphu.
7-8
Drive to Punakha, visit Drukpa Kunley’s temple and Talo Gompa. Visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong.
9-10
Drive to Haa via the Chelila La pass. Exploration of Haa Valley. Return to Paro.
11-13
Fly to Kathmandu. Explore the medieval city's bazaars and temples before returning to the UK.
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.


  1. Day 1 - DEPART LONDON

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU

    On arrival in Kathmandu transfer to Dwarika's Hotel, a luxurious and stylish 5* hotel filled with Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues and a cool elegant courtyard where it is a pleasure to relax. The hotel has a superb restaurant, where you can eat in traditional style, as well as a beautiful swimming pool.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO PARO. (2,134m /7,000ft)

    Transfer to the airport for the short flight up to Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns on the approach to the tiny airstrip of Paro. If possible try to sit on the left hand side of the plane for the most spectacular views. In Paro you will be met by your Bhutanese guide and taken to your hotel. There is usually time to wander around Paro town-ship.

    The Paro Valley has also had a great strategic importance for Bhutan and was historically an important staging post on the trade routes with Tibet. Paro Dzong, situated on a rocky outcrop above the Paro Chu and with views down both sides of the valley was historically one of Bhutan's strongest and most strategic fortresses. Before the rebuilding of the Tashidodzong in Thimphu it was also the seat of Bhutan's National Assembly.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - SIGHTSEEING IN PARO, DRIVE TO THIMPHU (2,320M /7,611FT) 2 HOUR DRIVE

    This morning you will have some time for sightseeing in the Paro Valley. You may visit Paro's huge Dzong situated on a rocky outcrop above Paro valley with views down both sides of the valley. The dzong was historically one of Bhutan's strongest and most strategic fortresses and before the rebuilding of the Tashidodzong in Thimphu, was also the seat of Bhutan's National Assembly. You may also pay a visit to Bhutan's National Museum with its many fascinating artefacts and works of art. Formerly this was housed in the Ta Dzong, the old watchtower above the dzong, but the building was damaged in the earthquake of 2011 and until it is restored the collection will be housed in a nearby building.

    Later you will drive to Thimphu; this will take about 1½-2 hours. En-route you will stop to visit Tamchhog Lhakang. This is located before you reach Chuzom (river junction). The temple was built in the 14th century by the son of the very famous 'Iron Bridge' builder, Thangthong Gyalpo. You cross one of the eight bridges he built in Bhutan to reach the temple. It is an easy 15 minute walk from the road and has the immediate effect of transporting you back into the atmosphere of ancient Bhutan. A lovely place to visit.

    Thimphu has an attractive valley location and is relatively small for a capital city, but has grown greatly in recent years. There are many places of interest to visit there. Initially you might like to drive up to see the giant Buddha figure and enjoy the views over town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu Or Similar
  5. Day 5 - FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND THIMPHU. VISIT WANGDITSE MONASTERY.

    In the morning you may visit the Tashishoddzong (the main government buildings), the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, the late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the School of Painting and the silversmiths and pottery workshops. The Government Handicrafts Emporium is possibly the best place to look for local handicrafts especially if you are looking to buy national dress. The handmade paper workshop is a very interesting visit to see the paper being made. Nice items made from handmade paper are for sale there. You could also visit the Post Office to buy some of Bhutan's very attractive stamps. They also often have good t-shirts available to buy there. You might also visit, above the town, the reserve which is home to the Takin, Bhutan's national animal and one of the strangest animals you will ever see!

    In the afternoon you will drive up to Sangaygang next to the Bhutan First Broadcasting Service tower, located in the North West of Thimphu. It is only about a mile drive up to the tower so if you feel like you would like to burn a bit more energy you can always walk up instead. From the tower you will have great views over Thimphu Dzong and the Thimphu valley as you start your walk contouring the beautiful hills to visit Wangditse Ghoempa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the Ghoempa before you walk down for another 30 minutes to reach Dechen Phodrang Monastery. This Monastery houses around 450 student monks enrolled in a 8 year course. The monastery is also home to some fantastic UNESCO monitored 12th century paintings. You will then meet your vehicle and be driven back to Thimphu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu Or Similar
  6. Day 6 - DRIVE TO PUNAKHA (1,280m/4,199ft) VIA DOCHU LA (3,140m / 10,302ft). 3HRS DRIVE. VISIT DRUKPA KUNLEY’S TEMPLE AND TALO AND NOBGANG VILLAGES

    Today you set off for a 3 hour drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass, 3,140m/10,302ft. On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/ 24,770ft.

    Descending from the pass you come to the lush Punakha Valley. Before driving to your hotel you will pay a visit to Chimi Lakhang, taking a short walk across the paddy fields visit this delightful small temple built by Drukpa Kunley. Known as 'The Divine Madman', Drukpa Kunley was a 15th Century Bhutanese lama and is Bhutan's most popular Saint and one of the most important figures in Bhutanese folklore. Despite the apparent conservatism of the Bhutanese people, Drukpa Kunley with his unconventional views on sex is a great favourite throughout the country - the phallus symbols painted on the outside walls of houses date back to his teachings. Chimi Lakhang is especially popular with women who come here to pray for children. The temple is characterised by its many phallic symbols.

    THE DIVINE MADMAN - Drukpa Kunley (1455-1520)
    In Bhutanese mythology, Drukpa Kunley is one of the most beloved and revered sages of Tibetan Buddhism. Many are the legends that surround him and he followed a wandering lifestyle and was both an eccentric and highly regarded saint. He was renowned for his shocking behaviour and his ability to perform miracles. He taught a form of Tantric Buddhism and advocated that sexual freedom was at the centre of Truth. The wooden phalluses that hang from the corners of Bhutanese houses and the paintings of penises that you often see on either side of the front door of houses are a relic of his teachings.

    After lunch you will drive up to the charming village of Talo (altitude 2,800m). This attractive, well-kept village is well known for its pretty girls! First you will drive up to its fine gompa, built above the village and worth a visit for the spectacular views. After a visit there you walk down through the village and will see traditional village life going on. It’s all very pretty – the beautiful farm houses of the village have their own well-kept flower gardens and corn and vegetables are grown in profusion. There is an air of prosperity and contentment. You come out back onto the road below the village and then you may either walk down through woods and fields, or drive down, to the village of Nobgang, the birthplace of the four girls who in 1979 married King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the current king’s father, to become his four queens. After the king’s abdication they became Bhutan’s Queen Mothers. The gompas in Nobgang are sponsored by their family. The two villages of Talo and Nobgang have a longstanding rivalry in archery.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort Or Damchen Resort Or Similar, Punakha
  7. Day 7 - PUNAKHA VALLEY AND VISIT PUNAKHA DZONG.

    Today you may do a lovely and easy walk in the Punakha Valley which is very lush and will feel almost subtropical. Firstly you drive north up the valley. At a pedestrian suspension bridge which crosses the Mo Chu River you have a bit of a walk through paddy fields to the base of the hill where the chorten of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal is sited. The climb to the top is quite steep but takes only 45 minutes or so. This Chorten was consecrated in December 1999 and contains sacred relics donated from Punakha Dzong. If you don't wish to walk any further from here you may just walk up to the chorten and then return to the vehicle and drive back to Punakha.

    For those who would like a longer walk, you leave the grounds of the Chorten and descend to join a contouring path which leads you to the small village of Yabesa. You then follow the Mo Chu downstream past Sonagasha, the King's Palace, and on to Punakha Dzong. You will join your transport and any non-walkers here and will visit the dzong.

    The fabulous Punakha Dzong is one of the most spectacular and important in the Kingdom. It has a lovely setting at the confluence of two rivers. In 1994 there was a major flood in the town which caused a lot of damage to the dzong but it has now been beautifully renovated and is a real showcase for Bhutanese craftsmanship and painting. You will normally be allowed inside the dzong unless there are VIPs visiting.

    Later you will drive back to Thimphu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu Or Similar
  8. Day 8 - DRIVE OVER THE CHELE LA (3,990m/13,090ft) TO HAA (2,950m/9,700ft). 5 hours’ drive.

    Today you leave Thimphu for the Paro Valley and drive over the Chele La Pass to Haa. The drive to the pass takes about 3 hrs and on the way you will pay a visit to Kila Gompa nunnery a walk of around 30-40 minutes. . The Gompa is a peaceful retreat for Buddhist nuns who dedicate their lives to spiritual fulfilment. Here the nuns, live a life of contemplation and seclusion, with daily prayer and spiritual practice. The temple itself is surrounded by numerous meditation huts, and many hidden caves lie inside the rocky cliffs. The gompa is surrounded by a lush forest dominated by tall firs. Sparkling mountain streams wind down the slopes, which are covered with a variety of wildflowers and plants.

    About 30 nuns live here, ranging in age from about 20 to 80 years. The community is one of the oldest of seven nunneries in Bhutan, and was initially established in the early 9th century as a meditation site. After being destroyed by fire, the temple was rebuilt and officially established in 1986.

    Continuing up to the Chele La, a pass at 3,990m/13,090ft, in clear weather you will have wonderful views of the snow-capped mountains to the west which mark the border with Tibet. You then descend on a long zig-zag road down into the Haa Valley. As you approach you will notice three almost identical conical hills in a line on the other side of the valley. These are believed by the locals to be the physical manifestations of three very important Buddhist saints. The left one is Manjushri (the god who holds the flaming sword which cuts the knot of ignorance), the middle one is Chenrizig (the Buddha of compassion of which the Dalai Lama is the human incarnation) and the right hand hill is Chana Dorji (this being the protector god of Bhutan). Collectively they are known as Rigsum (three hills). As you descend further you look down on the square yellow roof of the main monastery/fortress, Namgay Dzong. Spread around the dzong are the buildings of the Indian Army dating from the visit of President Nehru - the Indian army has a presence in Bhutan ostensibly to protect the kingdom from possible invasion from China. Although part of the dzong is used by the Indian Army the central tower of the Dzong is still used by the local people. The old town itself is just to the north-west and is really quite attractive with traditional two storey shops and a post office. There is a large school in Haa. In the afternoon you should have time for a little exploration in the Haa Valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lechuna Heritage Lodge Or Risum Resort Or Similar
  9. Day 9 - DRIVE BACK TO PARO. Sightseeing in Paro.

    This morning you after some more exploration of the Haa valley will reverse yesterday's drive and return to Paro over the Chele La stopping at the temple of Dzong Drakha, a beautiful cliff temple spectacularly located on a broad ledge with vertical limestone cliff above and below There are lovely views from here. You will then drop back down into Paro and should have time for some sightseeing such as a visit to the Paro Dzong or Kyichu Lakhang

    The ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest in Bhutan, which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo an important early Tibetan king, to pin down the Bon demon that was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro Or Similar
  10. Day 10 - VISIT KYICHU LAKHANG

    A short drive beyond Paro town takes you to the trail head for the walk up to the famous Tiger's Nest, Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. It's a steep uphill walk through woods, of about 1½-2hrs, to reach a tea house (an ascent of 340m/1,115ft.) Apart from offering welcome refreshment this tea house is one of the principle viewpoints of Taktsang, and those who prefer not to climb any further can relax here whilst others continue on. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress, you will not be able to enter the monastery but the further half an hour's ascent is well worth it, as it brings you to another viewpoint directly across from Taktsang. If you are able to make a visit, the final section of the walk takes you from here steeply down 100m/330ft into the gorge that separates you from the monastery and then climbs back up again to reach the monastery gate.

    Please note - If you prefer not to make the walk up to Taktsang your driver will be able to take you instead further along the valley to visit Drukgyel Dzong. Nearby there is also an excellent viewpoint for the summit of Mount Chomolhari, which at 7,314m /23,997ft, is the second highest peak in Bhutan.

    After your visit to Taktsang you may have more sightseeing or relax at your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro Or Similar
  11. Day 11 - FLY PARO - KATHMANDU

    You will be transferred to the airport where you will bid farewell to your guide and driver. Then once again you will enjoy the sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan's second highest peak, past Kangchenjunga and Everest back to Kathmandu, where you transfer to the Dwarika's Hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  12. Day 12 - AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU

    Today there will be time to enjoy the medieval atmosphere of Asia's 'hippie' capital and to explore its myriad of bazaars and temple complexes. There are a lifetime's sights and sounds to experience in and around Kathmandu. We recommend you take a trip to Patan, one of the cities of the Kathmandu Valley. It is also worthwhile to visit the important complex of Hindu temples at Pashupatinath, just a short walk from Dwarika's Hotel. Here is a large temple to Shiva and the ghats on the banks of the river where cremations take place. The large stupa at Boudhanath is also worth a visit - this is a great focus for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the Himalaya. To the west of the city is another famous stupa, the so-called 'Monkey Temple', Swayambhunath, visited by Hindus and Buddhists alike.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  13. Day 13 - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT. FLY TO LONDON

    You will be taken to the airport where you will check in for your flight home.

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What’s included

  • A Bhutanese leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • 5-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share and full board basis
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Tips


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Overall score:           (Based on 13 reviews)

Bhutan tour          

A well planned adventure in a lovely country. Very high quality transport. I even got to meet the king! Everything seemed to have been thought of.

Definitive Cultural Tour of Bhutan, 8th April 2017          

We had the most unforgettable holiday in Bhutan. Apart from visiting all the cultural sites, we were invited to join local people having a picnic at the Paro Tsechu, listened to the nuns singing their prayers at the Kila Gompa nunnery set high in the mountainside and even tried our hand at archery, their national sport. Our guide was exceptional and all the arrangements for our stay were excellent. We felt very privileged to have been able to visit this beautiful country and it's people.

Definitive Cultural Tour of Bhutan          

We enjoyed travelling as a small group.

Enlightening trip to Bhutan          

A most enlightening trip to a mountain kingdom which will remain in my memories as an extremely spiritual and peaceful experience. A great team gave us some very special insight into the harmony of life in Bhutan. The Black-Necked Crane Festival was most interesting.

Excellent trip to Bhutan          

It was an excellent trip... We really enjoyed the contact that he gave us with his family. We really enjoyed the Paro festival and the dzong.


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.


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


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’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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