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What’s included

  • An English-speaking qualified Bhutanese tour leader
  • An English-speaking guide in Kathmandu
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (upgrades available) & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • 5 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Top quality hotels (5 and 4 star) in Bhutan on twin share, full board basis
  • Last night celebration dinner at Dwarika’s Hotel
  • Everest flight
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • 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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Bhutan | Tour

First Class Bhutan

Duration:  13 days from the UK
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £4,765,
Land only from £4,085

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Treat yourself to something truly special and explore Bhutan in style

Highlights

  • Join the celebrations at the impressive Paro Tsechu in the spring or the Thimphu Festival in the autumn
  • Take an Everest flight for close-up views of the world’s highest mountain
  • Explore Bhutan’s key cultural sights including the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Stay in first-rate hotel accommodation throughout including sumptuous Dwarika’s in Kathmandu

Reviews          

Bhutan is a fascinating country; warm, friendly and undemanding people, magnificent scenery and cultural heritage coupled with a calm and relaxing ambience.
Mr & Mrs M, Oxfordshire

Very organised tour, all local staff and hotel staff very friendly, MK office staff friendly and knowledgeable.
Mr C, Bournemouth

First class organisation and one felt very safe at all times. Excellent guides and fun every day.
Ms L & Ms H, London

Well organised tour. Friendly staff in office when discussing details of holiday, always get information as promised.
Ms P & Mr O, London

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This cultural tour of the major towns and sights in western Bhutan stays at some of the more upmarket hotels that now exist in Paro and Thimphu including the stylish converted nobleman’s house, Uma Paro. Tastefully designed and traditionally furnished, these properties provide a level of sophisticated refinement that will add that extra pizazz to your stay.

Our journey through picturesque western Bhutan visits grand monastery-fortresses and explores off-the-beaten-track villages. Everywhere we go we will be welcomed by the friendly Bhutanese people. We will attend impressive Buddhist festivals at Paro Dzong in the spring and Thimphu Dzong in the autumn. These are two of the most important events of the year and are never-to-be-forgotten experiences.

While in Kathmandu we stay at the delightful Dwarika’s hotel whilst we explore this ancient city and take a special flight into the high Himalaya for a close-up look at Everest.

Private Departures

First Class Bhutan Private Departure

First Class Bhutan - Private Departure
We can offer a private departure of this holiday in Bhutan for a minimum of two people sharing. Prices start from £4,395 per person. International flights available from £700. Contact the office for further details or to book your private First Class Tour of Bhutan.


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At a glance

Duration:  13 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,116m/10,223ft, Dochu La Pass

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

The September 2018 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

The March 2018 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board elsewhere. Farewell dinner at Dwarika’s Hotel is also included.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
(This itinerary is for our March departure. Itineraries vary by departure and can be downoladed separately below). Fly to Kathmandu. Sightseeing tour.
4-5
Fly to Paro in Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing and visit to Wangditse Monastery
6-7
Drive to Punakha. Sightseeing at Drukpa Kunley's Temple and Punakha Dzong. Visit villages in Punakha Valley.
8-9
Drive to Paro. Attend Paro Tsechu and visit key sights in the Paro Valley.
10
Visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest).
11-12
Fly to Kathmandu. Take a flight to view Everest. Guided tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Farewell dinner.
13
Transfer to airport. 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.

    Depart London on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to Dwarika's Hotel. This is a wonderful hotel and a great favourite with all our clients. It is built in Nepalese style and features many architectural relics rescued from palaces and temples in the valley as well as Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues. The hotel has a pleasant courtyard garden with swimming pool and bar and a couple of restaurants. The Toran Restaurant serves very good continental, Indian and Nepalese food.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Morning at leisure. Lunch at Kaiser Café. Afternoon sightseeing.

    This morning you could rest after your long flight in the lovely garden of the hotel or have a swim or a massage. Your guide will have arranged a time to pick you up at the Dwarika's Hotel to take you to the Kaiser Cafe for lunch. The Kaiser Cafe is situated in the tranquil oasis of the Kaiser Mahal Garden of Dreams which is located just across the street from the former Royal Palace. This magnificent garden was created in the neo-classical style and themed to pay homage to Nepal's six seasons.

    After lunch you will have a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. You will visit Durbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu City. Many of Kathmandu's most historic and important temples and palaces are located here. You then cross a bridge over the Bagmati River that links Kathmandu with the city of Patan, its neighbour to the south. Patan, like Kathmandu has a spectacular Durbar Square and here and in nearby temples and backstreets, you will see many excellent examples of Newari architecture and craftsmanship. Patan has long been a centre for craftsmen working with wood and bronze and you can see some ancient examples of this in the excellent Patan Museum.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  4. Day 4 - Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu via Tachog Lakhang.
    first class bhutan paro dzong n sloman.

    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 guide and driver and will transfer to Thimphu (1½ hours' drive). En route you can stop to visit Tachog 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 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 and initially, before checking in to your hotel, you might drive up to the giant Buddha statue to enjoy the splendid views out over the town. Depending on your flight schedule there may be time for a little sightseeing round town or an orientation walk downtown.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Druk Hotel, Thimphu or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit Wangditse Monastery.

    This morning you will visit the Tashichhodzong (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 just 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 1½ 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Druk Hotel, Thimphu or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Drive to Punakha - 3 hours. Visit Drukpa Kunley's Temple and Punakha Dzong.

    From Thimphu you make the ascent up to the Dochu La pass. This pass at 3,048m/10,000ft is marked by 108 chortens. Here, weather permitting you will take in a magnificent mountain vista. On clear days there are fabulous views of the Eastern Himalaya, but this is a beautiful spot even on misty days.

    Descending from the pass you come to the lush Punakha Valley. Before driving on 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. 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.

    In the afternoon you will visit the fabulous Punakha Dzong, one of the most spectacular and important monastery/fortresses in the kingdom. It is picturesquely situated 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 are normally allowed into the dzong unless there are VIPs visiting. After your visit you will return to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Uma Punakha or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Visit villages in Punakha Valley.

    Today you drive up to the charming village of Talo, 2,800m, renowned as a very pretty and well kept village. First you will drive up to its fine Gompa built above the village and worth a visit for the spectacular views. After visiting the gompa you walk down through the village and see tradiitonal village life going on. The beautiful farm houses of the village have their own flower gardens, and corn and vegetables are grown in abundance. You come out back onto the road and may then either walk down through woods and fields or drive down to the village of Nobgang. This village was the birthplace of the four girls who, in 1979, married King Jigme Singye Wangchuck to become his four queens. After the King's abdication they became Bhutan's Queen Mothers. The Nobgang gompas are sponsored by their family. The two villages of Talo and Nobgang have a longstanding rivalry in archery.

    You will then drive back down to the Punakha Valley and have the afternoon at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Uma Punakha or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Drive to Paro over the Dochu La. Visit Dzong Drakha Temple.

    You leave Punakha and begin the long ascent up to the Dochu La where you can have a last look at the views. You descend from the pass and drive on to Paro. The Paro Valley has had great stategic importance in the history of Bhutan and was in the past 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 fotresses. Before the rebuilding of the Tashidozong in Thimphu it was also the seat of Bhutan's National Assembly.

    In the afternoon you drive up to visit Dzong Drakha, a beautiful cliff temple situated just off the road leading up to the Cheli La pass. This is a beautiful spot and the views over the Paro Valley are stunning.

    Later, there may be time to visit Paro Museum and spectacular Paro Dzong. You may like to walk down into town from the watchtower and have a wander round Paro township before returning to your hotel.

    You will stay at the Hotel Zhiwaling, a lovely hotel set in a peaceful location not far from Paro with beautiful gardens. The hotel combines traditional Bhutanese architecturee with top of the range facilities including a spa.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Zhiwaling or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Attend Paro Tsechu. Sightseeing in the Paro Valley.

    Today you will join the crowds to visit the 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 - which is 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 district.

    Later you will have a chance to do some more sightseeing in the Paro Valley such as visiting the ancient temple, Kyichu Lhakang, which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo, an important early Tibetan King, to pin down the Bon demon thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Zhiwaling or Similar
  10. Day 10 - Visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest).

    Today you will drive a little further up the valley to 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 that 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 an excellent viewpoint for the summit of Mount Chomolhari, which at 7,313m/23,997ft, is the second highest peak in Bhutan.

    You will have lunch at a tea house during your trek to Taktsang, probably at the viewpoint overlooking the monastery. On returning to your hotel in Paro you may either have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel, or to do some more sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Zhiwaling or Similar
  11. Day 11 - Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and time at leisure.
    first class bhutan taktsang monastery paro skb.

    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. Your flight 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 you will have time to relax or for shopping or sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  12. Day 12 - Everest flight. Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner.

    In the early morning you will transfer to the domestic airport to embark on a spectacular flight to view Mount Everest, with views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse as well as hundreds of other peaks, spires and pinnacles. The rest of the morning is free to just relax, or do some sightseeing on your own.

    In the afternoon you will have some sightseeing. Firstly you will drive to Pashupatinath a complex of Hindu temple buildings located not far from Dwarika's Hotel on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Here are found Kathmandu's main cremation ghats on the river banks as well as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal. You will then drive the short distance to Boudhanath where you will visit the ancient Buddhist stupa there. Pilgrims from all over the Indian subcontinent flock to Boudhanath to go round the stupa in a clockwise direction, turning prayer wheels as they pass. If you are there just before sunset a pleasant way to round off the day is to watch the sun go down over the stupa from the rooftop terrace of a café while sipping a cold beer.

    In the evening you will have a farewell dinner in the Dwarika's Hotel's renowned Krishnarpan Restaurant, which has a reputation for offering the very best of classical Newari cuisine in delightful and traditional surroundings.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  13. Day 13 - Transfer to airport. Fly to London.
    first class bhutan boudhanath temple kathmandu sightseeing a harrison.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.

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What’s included

  • An English-speaking qualified Bhutanese tour leader
  • An English-speaking guide in Kathmandu
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (upgrades available) & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • 5 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Top quality hotels (5 and 4 star) in Bhutan on twin share, full board basis
  • Last night celebration dinner at Dwarika’s Hotel
  • Everest flight
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Magnificent scenery          

Bhutan is a fascinating country; warm, friendly and undemanding people, magnificent scenery and cultural heritage coupled with a calm and relaxing ambience.

Well organised          

Well organised tour. Friendly staff in office when discussing details of holiday, always get information as promised.

Friendly staff          

Very organised tour, all local staff and hotel staff very friendly, MK office staff friendly and knowledgeable.

First class organisation          

First class organisation and one felt very safe at all times. Excellent guides and fun everyday.


Extend your holiday

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.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal

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.


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.


Chitwan National Park
  • 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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