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What’s included

  • An English-speaking, Bhutanese guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • 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
  • 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 £3,115,
Land only from £2,555

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

Highlights

  • Visit the key cultural sights including the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Punakha Dzong
  • Explore the countryside in the beautiful Haa Valley
  • Join the celebrations at a Bhutanese festival
  • Stay in Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu - a unique 5* heritage property

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 all of our departures.


At a glance

Duration:  13 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,990m/13,090ft, Chele La Pass

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

16 September 2018 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu

04 November 2018 departure attends the Black-necked Crane Festival

08 December 2018 attends the Druk Wangyel Festival

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
(This is the itinerary for our Nov departure. Download itineraries for other departures below).Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Paro. Sightseeing.
4-5
Drive to Thimphu with visit to Tamchhog Lakhang en route. Sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit Wangditse Monastery.
6
Drive to Punakha via the Dochu La, 3,140m/10,302ft. Visit Drukpa Kunley's Temple and villages.
7
Drive to Gangtey. Visit Pele La and Gangtey Gompa. Optional afternoon walk.
8
Attend the Black-necked crane Festival. Drive to Punakha.
9
Sightseeing in Punakha Valley and Punakha Dzong.
10-11
Drive to Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, Museum and Kyichu Lakhang. Walk to Taktsang Monastery
12-14
Fly to Kathmandu. Day at leisure. Fly to London.
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: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu.

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to Dwarika's Hotel, a luxurious and stylish 5* hotel filled with Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues. The hotel has a superb restaurant where you can try traditional Newari cuisine, as well as a beautiful swimming pool and an elegant courtyard.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro. Sightseeing as time permits.

    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.

    The Paro Valley has always had a great strategic importance for Bhutan and was historically an important staging post on the trade routes with Tibet. The spectacular 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.

    Depending on the arrival time of your flight there may be time for some sightseeing in Paro in the afternoon. You might wander around Paro township or pay a quick visit to the huge dzong. Then if there is time and you feel like a walk you could walk back to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  4. Day 4 - Drive to Thimphu with visit to Tamchhog Lakhang en route. Sightseeing in Thimphu.

    After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu, about an hour and a half's drive. En-route you can stop to visit Tamchog Lakhang, a temple built in the 14th century. To reach it you have to walk across one of the ancient bridges built by the famous 'Iron Bridge' builder Thangthong Gyalpo. Thangtong Gyalpo was a great Buddhist master and also a pioneering civil engineer of the 15th century who is said to have built 58 iron chain suspension bridges around Tibet. He is often portrayed holding a section of iron chain in his right hand. This is just a short walk of about 15 minutes and the temple has a wonderful atmosphere of old Bhutan and is a lovely place to visit.

    Thimphu itself has an attractive valley location and is relatively small for a capital city but it has grown greatly in recent years. There are many places of interest to visit there and initially, before checking in at your hotel, you might drive up to the giant Buddha statue to enjoy the splendid views out over the town.

    After lunch you will take in some more sightseeing in Thimphu. Your guide may take you to visit the Takin Reserve located a little way above the town. This reserve, which covers several acres, is home to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and one of the strangest creatures you will ever see

    Overnight iconOvernight: Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu or similar
  5. Day 5 - Sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit Wangditse Monastery.

    Today 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 may also walk along the main street in town and watch local life go by.

    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 Gompa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the gompa 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 via the Dochu La, 3,140m/10,302ft. Visit Drukpa Kunley's Temple and villages.

    In the morning you will have some time in Thimphu. Later you make the ascent up to the Dochu La pass. This pass at 3,140m/10,302ft is marked by 108 chortens. Here, weather permitting you may take in a magnificent mountain vista. On clear days there are fabulous views of the Eastern Himalaya from here but this is a beautiful spot even on misty days. You will have lunch at the pass with time to enjoy the view.

    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 to 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.

    After lunch you will drive up to the charming village of Talo (altitude 2,800m). This attractive, village is well known for its pretty girls and its neatness! 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 - Drive to Gangtey - 3½ hours drive. Visit Pele La and Gangtey Gompa. Optional afternoon walk.

    Leaving Punakha you drive down the valley to Wangdiphodrang, once famous for its huge dzong which tragically burnt down in 2012. From Wangdiphodrang you drive up the beautiful wooded valley of the Dang Chu to the Pele La Pass at 3,420m/11,221ft, from where there are good mountain views - with clear visibility you should see across to some of Bhutan's highest summits including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. You then return a short way back the way you came and turn off toward the Gangtey Valley. Gangtey (or Phobjikha as this area is sometimes called) is a beautiful wide, unspoilt glacial valley and is particularly famous as a major wintering ground for black necked cranes, which arrive here in November and stay till early spring before heading back to their breeding grounds in Siberia. These birds are particularly respected in local culture and feature in local tradition as the "heavenly birds".

    Driving into the valley you will be able to call in to visit its fine gompa. Built in the 17th Century the gompa has recently undergone major renovation so is worth a visit to see some particularly fine Bhutanese craftsmanship. You will then continue to your hotel.

    In the afternoon you will have time for an easy but very pretty walk down the valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Gakiling Or Yo Lo Koe Lodge or Similar, Gangtey
  8. Day 8 - Attend the Black-necked crane Festival. Drive to Punakha.

    It is worth making a visit before breakfast down to the valley to see the Black-Necked Cranes in the marshy meadows where they overnight, before they fly off to their feeding grounds for the day. If you wish to do this, speak to your guide who can organise an early call for you.

    Today you will attend events for the Black-Necked Crane Festival. This festival is relatively new and is not one of the more famous ancient religious set-piece tsechus such as the Thimphu Tsechu. Instead it is a more recent and local affair organised by conservation bodies along with the local people to celebrate the return of the Black Necked Cranes from their summer sojourn in Siberia and to increase awareness of the importance of this majestic but globally endangered bird. The festival features a cultural program with folk songs, masked dances (many with crane themes) along with dramas and songs performed by local people and school children. It is all very jolly and friendly.

    Later you will drive back to Punakha.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  9. Day 9 - Sightseeing in Punakha Valley and visit to 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 the non-walkers here to 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  10. Day 10 - Drive to Paro - 3½ hours. Visit Paro Dzong, Museum and Kyichu Lakhang.

    After breakfast you drive back, over the Dochu La, to Paro. In the afternoon you will have time for some sightseeing in the Paro valley. Firstly you may visit the huge Paro Dzong, one of the most important in the kingdom. Above the dzong is the ancient watchtower or Ta Dzong. This building used to house Bhutan's National Museum but was unfortunately badly damaged in an earthquake in 2011. Restoration is ongoing and until it is finished the collection is housed in a nearby building. The museum has a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures with displays including depictions of a wide range of Bhutan's history and culture and an impressive collection of ancient thangkas featuring Bhutan's important saints and teachers. You will also find some fearsome festival masks, a collection of religious statues, some early stone carvings and the original iron links from the nearby Tamchhog Bridge.

    There will then be time to visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lakhang which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo, an important early Tibetan king, in an attempt to pin down the Bon demon who was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  11. Day 11 - Full day in Paro Valley. Walk to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

    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.

    Later you will have time at leisure or for some more sightseeing in the valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  12. Day 12 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    You will transfer to Paro Airport where you will say goodbye to you guide and driver. You then check in for your flight, normally in the early morning, which takes you out and over the Bhutanese mountains and past Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Everest (the latter is quite distant on this flight), finally dropping down into the Kathmandu Valley. You will be met and transferred to the Dwarika's Hotel, after which there will be plenty of time to relax, gather your thoughts and perhaps do some shopping or sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  13. Day 13 - Full day 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
  14. Day 14 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your flight home.

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What’s included

  • An English-speaking, Bhutanese guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • 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
  • 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 14 reviews)

"Cultural" certainly but not sure whether "Definitive" added much to my expectation or experience!          

A relatively gentle but varied and adventurous exposure of this very different and charming country. "Unique" is a much used adjective, but Bhutan really does deserve the description from its flora, fauna, animal, and bird life. But perhaps the most striking difference is in its national outlook and pride - where else does almost everyone wear with pride their national costume everyday, or measure national and individual success in terms of happiness rather than material terms? And the scenery is breath-taking (as is the effect of the many high passes one crosses!)

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.


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Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel
  • 5* Dwarika's heritage hotel in Kathmandu with a pool
  • Stylish Dwarika's Dhulikhel resort with panoramic mountain views
  • Relax in style with Ayruvedic Spa facilities and beautiful pools
  • First rate dining and luxurious rooms

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Extend your stay in Kathmandu at either of Dwarika's indulgent properties: a 5* heritage property offering a tranquil haven in central Kathmandu or a mountain retreat above the pretty town of Dhulikhel.

Both offer wonderfully spacious rooms with many touches of luxury together with Ayurvedic spa facilities and enticing outdoor pools. Dhulikhel's resort also offers a Himalayan salt room, a meditation room and a Chakra sound therapy centre - the ultimate in relaxation.

With produce grown on their own organic farm, Dwarika's has a reputation for serving superb food using the finest, local ingredients. The Krishparnan Restaurant at their hotel is considered one of the finest in Kathmandu and offers a true feast of Newari cuisine.


Bumdra Trek Bhutan

Bumdra Trek Bhutan
  • Take a two day trek from Paro that visits several monasteries and sacred sights
  • Reach iconic Taktsang Monastery from above - unlike virtually all other visitors
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the high Himalayan mountains and the Paro Valley
  • Camp overnight beneath Bumdra Monastery with fabulous panoramic vistas
  • Fully supported trek with a guide, trek crew and mules to carry your kit

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The Bumdra trek is a wonderful two day trek, with a perfect mix of challenging walking and culture. You ascend 900m to Bumdra monastery above the Paro Valley, and then on up to a viewing point for stunning views of snow-capped Mount Chomolhari. You camp the night at a scenic spot just below the monastery and the following day you have a leisurely descent, stopping at four monasteries, culminating in the famous Taktsang Monastery. This extension can be added to any of our scheduled group holidays in Bhutan.


The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly

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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara.  We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa.  From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.


Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • Visit the ancient cities of Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu and Timi with their stunning art and architecture
  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide

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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.
  • Stay in luxurious properties with first rate service and facilities
  • Enjoy fine dining and indulgent rooms

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges, however, Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip. We offer a range of properties in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and other towns all of which provide excellent facilities and service as well as attractive locations.


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.


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

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.


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.


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!


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