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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:  17 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £4,190,
Land only from £3,495

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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:  17 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.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
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.
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.


  1. Day 1 - FLY LONDON TO KATHMANDU

    Depart the UK to fly to Kathmandu.

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

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Shangri La. This is a very comfortable hotel situated to the north of Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. It has a lovely garden with a swimming pool and several excellent restaurants. The bustle of Thamel, with all its restaurants, shops and bars, is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away.

    You could eat in the hotel or head off into Thamel to one of the famous restaurants there, such as Rum Doodle Restaurant, a place frequented by trekkers and climbers alike, with pride of place given to a board with the signatures of many Everest summiteers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO PARO, BHUTAN (2,134m/7,000ft), SIGHTSEEING.
    cultural highlights of bhutan and tibet paro dzong n sloman.

    Transfer to the airport for the short flight up to Paro in 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 to land at the tiny airstrip in the Paro Valley. Although you are at the mercy of the Druk air computer, 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 should be time for some sightseeing in Paro with time for initial wander along the streets of the small township, a peek at the Queen Mother's Winter Palace, and walk up to look at the dzong.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - DRIVE TO PUNAKHA (4,199 ft/1,280m) 5 hr drive. VISIT DZONG AND DRUKPA KUENLEY'S TEMPLE (CHIMI LAKHANG),

    After breakfast you'll make the 5 hour drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. You pass the turn off to the capital, Thimphu and start the climb via a series of zigzags to cross 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, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Punakha valley.

    Reaching the valley you will visit Drukpa Kunley's temple built in the centre of the Punakha Valley and called Chimi Lhakhang. It is just a short walk across the paddy field to reach this temple built by the "Divine Madman" to celebrate his victory over the demoness of the Dochu La. It is famous because at this temple you find yourself surrounded by phallic symbols. Infertile women visit this temple to pray for children.

    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.

    Later you will visit the spectacular Punakha Dzong (monastery/fortress), which was the power base for the old system of the re-incarnate rulers of the Kingdom. The remains of the original ruler of Bhutan, Nawang Namgyal, are kept in a small room at the top of the highest tower which only the king and the head of the monastic order are allowed to enter. Provided the head of the monastic order and his monks have not migrated from Thimphu it should be possible to view the inner courtyards of Punakha Dzong which has been beautifully renovated after being damaged in floods and which is now a showcase for fine Bhutanese craftsmanship.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort Or Damchen Resort Or Similar, Punakha
  5. Day 5 - DRIVE TO THIMPHU (2,320m/7,612ft). SIGHTSEEING
    cultural highlights of bhutan and tibet thimphu dzong d spear.

    You will drive to Thimphu and you will have some sightseeing of the principal places in town. Firstly you could drive up to visit the huge new Buddha statue for views over town.

    Later you could visit the huge Tashichhodzong, part monastery, part administrative centre. Other highlights in Thimphu include the late king's memorial chorten, the textile museum, a visit to the indigenous hospital specialising in herbal medicine, and the school of painting. You can also visit a workshop to see handmade paper being made or the post office for some of Bhutan's fine editions of stamps. The handicrafts emporium Is a good place to buy traditional crafts or traditional dress.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel, Thimphu Or Similar
  6. Day 6 - SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND THIMPHU. DRIVE TO PARO.

    This morning 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.

    While in Thimphu you might also like to visit the 'zoo'. This is in fact a very large enclosure (several acres) just above the town, containing only Takin, the very rare animal found exclusively in Bhutan and parts of China and possibly one of the most quirky and strangest looking animals you will ever see.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel Or Similar, Paro
  7. Day 7 - FULL DAY IN THE PARO VALLEY & VISIT TAKTSANG.

    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.

    Later, you can explore the Paro valley further. You may drive to the end of the valley to visit the ruined monastery/fortress of Drugyel Dzong. This burnt down at the beginning of the last century when a monk overturned a butter lamp by mistake - however, it may not be coincidence that the destruction of the fortress occurred around the time when the Governor of Paro was opposing the Tongsa Penlop, who eventually became installed as the first hereditary ruler. From here, if the weather is clear you may see Mount Chomolhari to the north. Returning down the valley you may visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lakhang and there may be time to see the some of the treasures from Bhutan's National Museum. The museum was closed for restoration following the earthquake in 2011 but until renovation is completed many of the artefacts and displays are temporarily housed in a nearby building.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro Or Similar
  8. Day 8 - ATTEND PARO TSECHU
    cultural highlights of bhutan and tibet paro tsechu campbell.

    Today you will join the crowds to visit the final day of Paro Festival. Tsechus are colourful festivals of music and ceremonial dance staged in honour of Guru Rinpoche. They commemorate his great deeds, all believed to have taken place on the tenth day of the month - the meaning of the word, Tsechu. Such festivals are primarily religious but they are also a rare opportunity for the people to come together in all their finery to socialise, celebrate and have fun. The Bhutanese believe that they will achieve merit by attending the festival and by watching the masked dances and the event draws people in from even the remotest villages of the surrounding area.

    Archery is the Bhutanese national sport and there are often archery contests during festivals. You may be able to attend one. They are great fun, but watch out for flying arrows as contestants sometimes get a little overenthusiastic!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel Or Similar, Paro
  9. Day 9 - FLY TO KATHMANDU.

    You will be taken to the airport to check in for your flight. Again you have a sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight back to NEPAL, where you will be transferred to Hotel Shangri La. Depending on the flight schedule you should then have the afternoon free to relax by the pool or do some shopping or sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  10. Day 10 - IN KATHMANDU. SIGHTSEEING.
    cultural highlights of bhutan and tibet boudhanath stupa kathmandu sightseeing s harbert.

    You will have a morning free to relax. Today your Tibet permit will be finalised so our agents will need your passport and payment for this.

    In the afternoon you will have a guided sightseeing tour. Firstly you will go to Swayambhunath, the so called 'Monkey Temple' because of the large numbers of monkeys that live there. This temple is said to be the divine lotus flower floating above the lake that once covered the Kathmandu Valley. This is the most famous image of Nepal - the all seeing stupa with eyes surveying every corner of the valley. You will then continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient medieval centre of the city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will see host of wonderful temples and palaces, including the temple of the Kumari, the so called 'living goddess'. You will then continue to Boudhanath with its huge stupa, a centre for Tibetan Buddhist culture. Pilgrims from all over Nepal, Tibet and India walk clockwise around this stupa, turning prayer wheels and chanting prayers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  11. Day 11 - FLY TO LHASA, TIBET. DRIVE TO TSEDANG, (3,550m /11,647ft) 2-3 HOURS.

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Gonggar in TIBET. This is an exciting flight which goes east along the Himalaya, passes Everest (on the left hand side of the plane) and then cuts through the chain to continue north east towards Lhasa. At Gonggar (the airport for Lhasa) you will meet your Tibetan guide and your driver. You then drive east alongside the mighty Tsangpo River (called the Brahmaputra when it reaches India) to Tsedang at 3,550m/11,647ft. Tsedang, the capital of Shannan prefecture and the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa, has some Tibetan buildings but as in so much of Tibet, Chinese influence is now predominant. But Tsedang does have an important place in the history of Tibet. It was here, on the nearby hill called Gongpo Ri that, according to legend, the Tibetan race originated, from the union of a monkey and an ogress. Tsetang was said to have been their playground.

    There might be time this afternoon for a little exploration - Tsedang has a Tibetan quarter with traditional houses and several monasteries of interest - but it is probably best to rest and take it easy to help acclimatise to the altitude although you will have already gained some acclimatisation in Bhutan. In the main street outside the Tsedang hotel there are lots of restaurants serving good food - so in the evening you might try locally caught fish served with lots of chillies, or a Chinese hotpot.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tsedang Hotel Or Similar, Tsedang
  12. Day 12 - SAMYE AND THE YARLUNG VALLEY.
    cultural highlights of bhutan and tibet samye temple a sainsbury.

    Today you will have a full day around Tsedang. Firstly you will visit Samye Monastery. The drive by the newly built road to Samye now takes one hour. Until recently this important monastery could only be reached by taking a ferry across the Tsangpo River. This was an exciting boat ride but with the building of the road the ferry now only runs sporadically if at all.

    Samye was founded 1200 years ago and was the first monastery with monks in Tibet. It was the royal temple up to the end of the Yarlung Dynasty and is built in the shape of a Mandala. It is most closely associated with the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism, which is one of the oldest orders of Tibetan Buddhism and dates back to Padmasambhava, an Indian Buddhist master who is credited with bringing monasticism to Tibet in the eighth century. After your visit inside the monastery you might like to climb nearby Hepori Hill, considered one of the four sacred mountains of Tibet, for fantastic views over Samye. From the summit there are also wonderful views out across the Tsangpo Valley. After the visit to Samye you return to Tsedang.

    The area around Tsedang is considered to be the cradle of Tibetan civilisation. In the nearby Yarlung valley, a short half-hour drive from Tsedang, is the fortress/chapel of Yumbulakhang, a distinctive tapering structure perched on a crag, said to be the oldest building in Tibet and to have been built for the legendary King Nyentri Tsenpo. Its origins may date back more than 2,000 years. If you climb the ridge above Yumbulakhang you will get good views of the Yumbulakhang and the Yarlung Valley and the mountains to the south. The first cultivation in Tibet is thought to have started in this valley. It was also from Yarlung that early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the 7th century. In nearby Chongye are found the burial mounds of these earliest kings. One of the larger mounds, topped by a monastery, is that of King Songsten Gampo who was the first royal patron of Buddhism in Tibet and in whose reign building of the Jokhang Temple was started. Tandruck Monastery, also situated near Tsedang, is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, dating to about the same time as the Jokhang in Lhasa and you should have time to visit it on the way to Yarlung.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tsedang Hotel Or Similar, Tsedang
  13. Day 13 - DRIVE TO LHASA (3,658m/12,001ft), VISIT JOKHANG TEMPLE AND BARKHOR MARKET

    After breakfast you will drive to Lhasa with visits to a couple of places on the way. Firstly you drive a short way off the main road to see the old manor house at Namseling. Built in the 14th century this large and ancient building was an aristocratic manor house and is one of the very few remaining non-religious buildings to be found in Tibet. Sadly it was allowed to fall into a state of some disrepair but there has been some restoration work and hopefully this wonderful old building is now saved from dereliction. Until the mid 20th century the house was the centre of a grand estate and was surrounded by farm buildings and thriving orchards and gardens. Some people in the village still remember the old days when the estate was fully functioning. Later, also within living memory, in the 1960's, the building was used as a school. There are lovely views from Namseling over the Tsangpo valley and towards Hepori Hill, which marks the area where Samye monastery is situated. Continuing towards Lhasa it is also worth taking a detour to visit the famous monastery of Mindroling, one of the few monasteries in Tibet belonging to the Nyingmapa sect (this is the sect to which the Sherpas of Nepal belong). You then continue, past the airport, and drive through a tunnel through the mountains and continue to Lhasa alongside the Kyichu River. Lhasa looks a very modern Chinese city and as you drive in you will pass the new railway line coming in from China. But despite this apparent modernity your first view of the Potala Palace will still take your breath away. Your hotel is in the Tibetan section of Lhasa and within walking distance of the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market.

    After lunch you will visit the Jokhang Temple. This is the most sacred temple in Tibet and the centre of the Tibetan city. Pilgrims from all over Tibet flock to visit it. You will see them circling the Barkhor turning their prayer wheels or making full-length prostrations around the temple. To visit the Jokhang you will join these pilgrims as they shuffle round inside, making their offerings and feeding the thousands of flickering butter lamps. The temple was initially established in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo. It takes its name from the sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Shakyamuni, the most highly revered image in Tibet, a statue which was brought to Tibet by Songtsen Gampo's Chinese wife and which is now housed in one of the chapels of the Jokhang. The Jokhang itself was however originally designed by Nepalese craftsmen brought to Tibet by Songtsen Gampo's second wife who was from Nepal. Since that time the temple was further enlarged during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama. It is worth visiting the roof of the Jokhang for wonderful views of the city and surrounding hills.

    The Barkhor market is the area surrounding the Jokhang and is full of vendors selling all manner of wares; stirrups for dashing nomad horseman, tacky souvenirs for Chinese tourists and all sorts of other ephemera. Shops in the nearby streets display huge slabs of butter which pilgrims purchase to feed the butter lamps in the Jokhang temple. The characteristic rather cheesy smell of such temples is from these butter lamps. Part of the Barkhor market is now housed in a nearby building.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Shambala Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  14. Day 14 - SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA.
    cultural highlights of bhutan and tibet potala palace lhasa d spear.

    Today you have a full day sightseeing in Lhasa. This will include the Potala Palace and the Norbulingkha, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon you will visit the Monastery of Sera.

    In the morning you will visit the Potala Palace. Luckily the Potala remained largely undamaged throughout the years of the Cultural Revolution. Songtsen Gampo was the first Tibetan ruler to establish a palace on this outcrop, the 'Red Hill', but construction of the grand palace that we see today began in 1645 during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama. The palace is named after Mount Potala, a sacred mountain in South India, and served as the home of successive Dalai Lamas and their monastic staff. You will start your tour at the top of the building where the view from the roof is stunning. You then work your way down through successive storeys and through a maze of rooms - through the living quarters of the Dalai Lama and down through numerous highly decorated chapels and colourful assembly halls. Walls are decorated with intricate murals and hung with painted thangkas. One of the most awesome rooms in the Potala is the Chapel of the Dalai Lamas' Tombs, which contains the massive golden stupa of the Fifth Dalai Lama and smaller stupas containing the relics of other Dalai Lamas. When you have completed your tour you may like to make a kora (circuit) right around the building, along with many Tibetan pilgrims who will be making the same circuit.

    You might also have time to visit the Norbulingkha; The name means 'Jewel Park' although nowadays it is known as 'People's Park'. The Norbulingkha was formerly the summer palace and recreation gardens of the Dalai Lama and it was from here that the present Dalai Lama escaped in 1959. The nearby Tibet Museum is also well worth a visit. Pass rapidly through the galleries justifying the Chinese occupation and you will find that the galleries on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan arts and crafts along with objects of everyday life are well worth the visit. There are many outstanding pieces on display.

    In the afternoon you will drive 40 minutes to Sera Monastery, one of the three great Gelukpa monasteries near Lhasa. This monastery dates back to the 15th century and was formerly a monastic township housing over 5,000 monks. Although many of the outlying buildings have been destroyed the principal buildings were left relatively intact and nowadays the monastic population is again over 300 monks. Sera is particularly famous for its great monastic debates and monks can still be seen debating in the debating courtyard. More prosaic but equally fascinating are the large monastic kitchens where monks prepare industrial quantities of food in huge copper cauldrons. It is quite a sight to see Tibetan tea being blended with a mixer the size of a road drill!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Shambala Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  15. Day 15 - DRIVE TO GONGAR, FLY TO KATHMANDU.

    You will have a fairly early start for the hour's drive to Gonggar International Airport and the hour long flight to Kathmandu. The best views of Mount Everest are from the right hand side of the aircraft, although seating is allocated. However if you are on the left hand side you will get wonderful views of Mount Kangchenjunga. The flight to Kathmandu usually arrives by mid morning and you will hopefully be back in the Hotel Shangri La before lunch. This leaves the afternoon free for last minute shopping with time for a last meal in the evening to mark the end of your trip.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  16. Day 16 - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT. FLY TO THE UK.

    You will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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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

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


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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.


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  • 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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