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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro with airport transfers
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Shangri La hotel in Kathmandu on twin-share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel in Delhi on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis.
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Bhutan visa and departure tax
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswold

Gentle Walking Eastern Bhutan

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

New for 2019
Gentle Walking Eastern Bhutan
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Walks on: 10 days

Flight inclusive from £3,670,
Land only from £2,975

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Explore the mysterious eastern corner of the Dragon Kingdom, walk to remarkable hill-top dzongs and remote villages, and watch masked dancers at a traditional festival.

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular and little visited hill-top towns and temples of east Bhutan.
  • Join just a handful of other westerners at the Tangbi Mani festival celebrations.
  • Visit the picturesque village of Ura and stay in a traditional-style farmhouse.
  • Cross the high Trumsinghla Pass on an exciting drive to Mongar.
  • Walk the pretty ‘super stupa’ trail to Lhuntse Dzong and visit quirky Gom Kora.
  • Enjoy gentle walks in the beautiful valleys around Bumthang.

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The distance from east to west of the country is only some 200 km as the crow flies, but the mountain road which links the east with the west is one of the great Himalayan road journeys, snaking its way over high mountain passes and down into deep subtropical valleys, along a total distance of more than twice that. Because of this lengthy road journey the east feels rather remote from the rest of the kingdom and the whole area is still very much ‘off-the-beaten’ tourist track. The region still has relatively few visitors and the tourist infrastructure remains largely undeveloped. 

In past times the east was controlled from dramatic dzongs such as those in Mongar, Tashigang, Tashiyangtse and Lhuntse. Although the region was linked to the rest of Bhutan by rugged trade routes, the people from here often felt more closely connected with their nearer neighbours in Tibet and India and had important trade and cultural links with them, as well as with the people of western Bhutan. This all contributes to the east having a totally different feel to the rest of the country.

Many of Bhutan’s most important dzongs and monasteries are found in the east, alongside some of the most spectacular scenery in the kingdom. A semi nomadic ethnic group, the Merak-Sakten, live in the wilderness of the far east, and these fascinating folk have some of the wildest supernatural legends of the Himalaya, some still believe that the Migoi (yeti) roam the forests here.

Arriving in Paro you will have time to explore the Paro Valley and then, to reduce the amount of driving necessary to reach the east, you will fly from Paro to Bumthang. There you will attend a typically flamboyant Bhutanese festival before starting the drive eastwards. You will stay overnight at the picturesque, medievalesque village of Ura and then make the spectacular drive over the high Thrumshingla pass and down, down, down, to the river at Kuri Zampa and onto your first town of the east, Mongar. Once in the east you will explore this remote corner of the country with visits to Lhuntse, Tashiyangtse and Tashigang and on walks through the lovely countryside. Finally you will drive down to the border with India and fly to Delhi for your flight home.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Walks on: 10 days

Max. Altitude: 3,750m/12,303ft, Thrumshingla Pass, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Homestay

Festival:

Attend the Tangbi Mani Festival.

Meal arrangements: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners are included

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu
3-4
Fly to Paro in Bhutan, sightseeing in Paro Valley.
5-6
Fly to Bumthang and walks in Bumthang Valley
7
Attend Tangbi Mani Festival. Drive to Ura pass and walk to Ura.
8
Full day drive to Mongar, crossing the Thrumshinghla Pass.
9
Day walk to Pangchula Gompa.
10
Drive to Tangmachu. Visit giant statue of Guru Rimpoche and walk to Lhuntse. Visit Lhuntse Dzong and Koma weaving village.
11
Drive to Tashigang with visit to Dramatse and local walk.
12
Visit Tashigang town and dzong and day walk to Khapti Village with visit to Radi Gompa and Ranjung Gompa.
13
Drive to Tashiyangtse. Visit Gom Khora, Tashiyangtse old dzong and bridge and Chorten Kora. Walk from Bamji village to Bomdeling.
14
Visit Zorig Chusum Arts Institute and drive to Tashigang with village walk on way.
15
Drive to border at Samdrup Jonkhar.
16-17
Enter India, drive to Gauhati and fly to Delhi. Depart for home.
Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Local leader, Bhutan

You will have an English speaking Bhutanese guide. Mountain Kingdoms have been working with the same partner in Bhutan since 1986. Their 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 insists that a Bhutanese trek or tour leader must pass his/her guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors. Guides receive regular ‘top-up’ training and 15 of our regular leaders have completed an extended training course run by Mountain Kingdoms in Bhutan.


Gentle Walking Eastern Bhutan Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kathmandu

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You might like to venture out to Thamel for your evening meal, or eat in the restaurant if you are tired from your journey.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

    Transfer for the flight to Paro, the country's main airstrip, 2,250m/7,382ft. The flight often gives fantastic views of the Himalaya including Everest, and particularly exciting is the section through the Bhutanese foothills and the thrilling landing. Try to sit on the left hand side of the plane.

    On arrival you will be met by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel. The Paro Valley has had a great strategic 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 fortresses. Before the rebuilding of the Tashidodzong in Thimphu it was also the seat of Bhutan's National Assembly.

    Depending on your flight schedule there may well be time to do some initial sightseeing in the Paro Valley perhaps visiting the impressive Paro Dzong - Paro's historic monastery/fortress or the National Museum housed in the old watchtower above the dzong. The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures including the King's famous 'dragon hat', a wonderful collection of Bhutanese stamps, highly decorated thangkas (painted religious hangings), statues and weaponry.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  4. Day 4 - Sightseeing in Paro Valley. Walk to Kyichu Lakhang, 1-2 hours. Drive to Drukyel Dzong. Drive towards Chelila Pass and visit Dzong Drakha.

    Today you will explore some lesser known corners of the Paro Valley.

    Firstly, from your hotel you will walk up the hill behind to reach a small village. You then continue along a forested ridge to reach the village of Kyichu where you will visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Bhutan. According to tradition the temple, built in the 7th century, is said to have been one of 108 temples built by the famous Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to pin down an enormous demon that was believed to be thwarting the establishment of Buddhism in the region.

    After your visit to Kyichu Lakhang you meet your transport and drive up the valley to Drukyel Dzong. Drukgyel Dzong was built in 1649 during the time that Bhutan was resisting foreign invasion and consolidating its power, and it was an important base for defence of the region right up until 1951 when it was destroyed by fire. Some imposing stone walls and rammed earth ramparts still remain to indicate what an impressive structure it must have been. From here there are good views to the north and if the skies are clear you can see Mount Chomolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan.

    After lunch, to aid your acclimatisation, you will drive up the road which leads towards the Haa Valley over the Cheli La pass. You will not drive as far as the pass but part way you will leave your transport and walk the short distance to the temple of Dzong Drakha, a beautiful cliff temple spectacularly located on a broad ledge, with vertical limestone cliffs above and below and surrounded by forest. This is a tranquil spot and the views over the Paro Valley from here are fantastic. You return by vehicle to Paro after the walk.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  5. Day 5 - Fly to Bumthang. Gentle walk to local temples.

    In the morning you will transfer to the airport to take the short flight to Bumthang. The Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys and Jakar town where you will stay for two nights is in the main valley called Chokhor. The other valleys are the Ura Valley to the east, Tang Valley, and Chumey Valley to the west. Bumthang is a very fertile area and is often considered the spiritual centre of the kingdom being home to some of the country's most historic temples and sacred sites. The area is also of great cultural importance and is famous for its fine weaving. It's said that every home is equipped with a loom for weaving and that young girls are proficient in the craft before they reach the age of twenty.

    In the afternoon you make an easy walk to explore some of the temples of the valley. Firstly you either walk or drive reach Jambay Lakhang. This is one of the country's oldest temples, built in the mid-7th Century. Look out for the set of three steps in the main temple. The first step, now hidden below floor level, is said to represent the time of the past or 'historical' Buddha. The second, very well worn, step represents the present Buddha, whilst the third step above, is said to represent the age of the future Buddha. The point at which the second step is worn down to ground level is held to be the time when the world as we currently know it will end. From Jambay Lakhang you walk along a farm track for 30 minutes to reach Kurjey Lakhang, a series of three large temples. The oldest of the temples here houses a rock indented with the body shape of Guru Rinpoche, whilst the most recent dates back just 30 years and was built by the Queen Mother, Ashi Kesang Wangchuck. Descending from the temples you cross a suspension bridge and walk downstream for a further 45 minutes to Tamshing Lakhang, the most important Nyingma Gompa in the Kingdom, established in 1501 by Pemalingpa. Inside you can see a suit of chain-mail armour, which Buddhists believe will bring good fortune if worn and then walked around the inner temple three times.

    Your transport will meet you outside the gompa and return you to your hotel, with perhaps a stop in Jakar town-ship or a visit to the spectacular Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird), so called because a white bird was supposed to have indicated the most auspicious place to build.

    (if the flight from Paro to Bumthang is cancelled for any reason you will drive there instead, over the next two days, arriving on the evening of Day 6)

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Walk to Swan Lakhang. Afternoon at leisure.

    In the morning you will visit Ngang Lakhang, known as Swan Lakhang. First you drive the short distance to arrive at a long mani wall in Tangbi. You descend to cross the river by a suspension bridge and then make a pleasant walk of about 3 hours, up the river valley through forest and meadows to reach Ngang Lakhang, also known as 'Swan Temple'. This temple has an illustrious history. Guru Rimpoche is said to have visited here and the present temple, built in the 15th century, is said to be named after swans supposedly seen on a nearby lake by the temple's founder, a Tibetan lama named Namkha Samdrup. After your visit to the temple you descend to cross the river to a road and will meet your vehicle to drive back to Jakar.

    The afternoon will be at leisure or time for further sightseeing in the valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Visit Thangbi Mani Festival. Drive to near Ura, 3,100m/10,171ft – 2 hours. Walk to Ura village – 1-1½ hours.

    Today you will attend a traditional Bhutanese festival and join local people as they celebrate their rich traditions and cultural heritage. The ancient monastery of Thangbi Lakhang was founded in 1470 by the Shamar Rinpoche, Chokki Drakpa and is located not far from Kurjey Lakhang. The Thangbi Mani festival is one of the most popular festivals of the Bumthang area. It is believed that such festivals bring peace and prosperity and ensure a better harvest for the entire community. Although festivals are primarily religious and participants attain merit by attending, these occasions are also an important opportunity for the people of the entire region to dress up in all their finery and get together to celebrate and to enjoy watching masked dances. A visit to a festival is quite an experience.

    After your visit you will have lunch and then start the spectacular drive to the east. Leaving Jakar township you drive up out of the valley and to a pass above the village of Ura, the Shertang La at 3,573m/11,723ft. Here you may leave your vehicle and take the walk down to Ura, a pleasant walk, all downhill in lovely forest. When you arrive in this extremely picturesque village, you will visit the small village gompa, dedicated to Guru Rimpoche, and will then walk through the medieval looking streets to reach the Bangpa Heritage Farmstay, a large traditional farmhouse offering comfortable if simple accommodation.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bangpa Heritage Farmstay, Ura
  8. Day 8 - Full day drive to Mongar, 1,700m/5,577ft, crossing the Thrumshinghla Pass, 3,750m/12,303ft.

    Today you drive to Mongar. This is a long but stunning drive of many startling contrasts, crossing one of the highest road passes in Bhutan and passing through alpine scenery and sub-tropical forest and travelling one of the most dramatic and spectacular roads in the kingdom. Leaving Ura to rejoin the main highway, you enter the alpine landscapes of the Thrumshingla National Park, passing beneath overhanging cliffs to reach the Thrumshingla Pass, 3,750m/12,303ft, in about one hour. On a clear day you may be able to see Bhutan's highest peak, Gangkar Punsum, from here. From the pass the road starts its descent, in places hacked into the cliffs, with numerous streams and waterfalls crashing down. Leaving the national park the road emerges into the upper part of the Yong Khola into dense forest, where the scenery becomes lush and sub-tropical with huge trees, bamboos and ferns. This wilderness is one of the prime birdwatching areas in Bhutan. From the forest the road continues to descend through cultivated terraces to arrive at Kuri Zampa bridge, the lowest point of the drive at 570m/1,970ft, an astonishing descent of 3,200m/10,500ft from the Thrumshing La pass. From the bridge, the road climbs up for a further hour through pine forests and cultivated fields, to reach Mongar, located on top of hill.

    In common with other towns of East Bhutan, Mongar is not located in a valley as the towns of the west are, but is situated on the top of a hill. There are fine views over the Kuru Chu River and surrounding countryside. Mongar's dzong is relatively new and while the town has busy shops and bars and a bustling fruit and vegetable market there is otherwise not a lot else to see in town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Wangchuk or Druk Zhongar or Druk Zom, Mongar
  9. Day 9 - Walk to Pangchula Gompa - 3½-4 hours.

    Today you have a very pleasant walk, right out of the front door of the hotel. You climb up past a few houses, with the modern dzong over to your left, and soon emerge into lovely forest and farmland. After about two to three hours walking, alternately in forest and farmland, passing several picturesque farm houses, you arrive at the ridge top, making a final stiff climb of 15 minutes to reach Pangchula Monastery. This is set right on the ridge line at 2,150m/7,054ft with tremendous all round views, including over to the west to Limithang and the Yongkhola where you travelled from yesterday. About 20 monks live at the monastery and the lakhang is well kept with interesting images and wall paintings. From the monastery you continue along the ridge in forest to another small temple about one hour from Pangchula before making the descent back to Mongar town-ship. Back in town you may visit Mongar's vegetable market and bustling streets.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Wangchuk or Druk Zhongar or Druk Zom, Mongar
  10. Day 10 - Visit statue at Tangmachu and walk to Lhuntse - 3-4 hours. Visit Lhuntse Dzong and Khoma weaving village.

    There is a lot to do today, so it is a good idea to try to have an early breakfast and leave in plenty of time. From Mongar, you descend by zigzags all the way down into the valley and then drive up the valley north towards Lhuntse. After nearly 2 hours you arrive at the village of Tangmachu and at this point you turn off the main road to drive up to the top of a high ridge where local people have financed the building of a huge statue of Guru Rimpoche which keeps watch over the village and the surrounding countryside. The statue is very impressive and there are great all round views from the top of the ridge.

    You then descend a short way in your vehicle to the start of your walking route to Lhuntse, a relatively gentle but quite delightful walk. Leaving the village through a decorated gateway you follow a well-made, undulating trail which contours round the hillside through farmed terraces and fine forest. This trail follows a very ancient route to Lhuntse which apparently formerly linked up with the traditional route from Bumthang over the Rodang La. It is marked with 16 white stupas and several long mani walls and water driven prayer wheels. After about three hours you emerge from forest and see Lhuntse Dzong far below you, a view not seen by many visitors to Bhutan. After lunch you will visit the dzong, which was damaged in the earthquake of 2011 but has been restored. If there is time you may also visit the village of Khoma. Khoma is said to be the birthplace of the traditional Bhutanese culture of weaving and is famous for its traditional, intricately hand-woven silk cloth called Kishuthara (brocade).

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Phayul Resort, Autsho Or Similar
  11. Day 11 - Drive to Tashigang. Visit Dramatse and local walk - 2-3 hours.

    Today you will drive to Tashigang. On the way you will take a side trip off the main road and up onto a ridge top 1,350m/4,429ft and 18km above the river to visit the Monastery of Dramatse. Dramatse Monastery was founded in 1511 and is one of the the largest and most important monasteries of eastern Bhutan and is famous as being the place where the Nga Cham Drum Dance, which features in tsechus all over the country, originates. You will take a short circular walk in the countryside near Dramatse before returning to the main highway and continuing to Tashigang, whose spectacular dzong, set along the ridge top, dominates the valley above the Drangme Chu River.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lengkhor Lodge or Hotel Druk Doethjung or Similar, Tashigang
  12. Day 12 - Explore Tashigang. Walk out of Tashigang to Kapti Village - about 3 hours.

    You will have time this morning to explore Tashigang town, visiting the centre of town and the impressive dzong. The centre of Tashigang is clustered round a small central plaza with a large prayer wheel, a bank, a few shops and bars but not much else. Below the plaza is the spectacular Tashigang Dzong, set high above the valley. This dzong was built in the 17th Century to guard against Tibetan invaders and was one of the most strategically important in the country. Today it is the administrative and religious centre of the region.

    Later you will take a pleasant walk from Tashigang to the village of Khapti. First you will drive to the high court, a handsome building set a little above the town and from near here take a rocky trail which leads up above the town and then continues through lovely forest with lots of birds and wildlife and on through a couple of pretty small villages before coming out on to a new feeder road where you will meet your transport. This will be a pleasant and undemanding walk. You will also have time to visit the large, relatively newly built Nyingmapa Gompa at Ranjung which has a large school for monks attached to it. From Ranjung the road leads up the valley to Phongme, a village where the trek begins into the remote region known as Merak Sakten - Merak Sakten is an area where the Yeti (known locally as Migoi) is said to be found. Along this valley you may see the Brokpa people who come from from this region - they are easily recognised by their distinctive black felt hats with octopus like tentacles which help to keep the rain out of the wearer's eyes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lengkhor Lodge or Hotel Druk Doethjung or Similar, Tashigang
  13. Day 13 - Drive to Trashiyantse. Visit Goma Khora Lakhang and Trashiyantse old dzong. Visit Chorten Kora. Drive to Bamji. Walk over ridge to Bomdeling - 3-4 hours.

    Today you drive to Tashiyangtse. Firstly you drive down into the valley to cross a bridge and turn north up the valley to Tashiyangtse. On the way you visit the charming little temple of Gom Kora. This lovely little pagoda style temple is located by the side of the river and is one of the prettiest and quirkiest temples in Bhutan. A visit here is great fun. After you have looked inside you then go round behind the temple building where there is a huge water eroded boulder which has various historical associations with Guru Rimpoche. You may join pilgrims to make a sacred circuit of the boulder, attempt to climb it up the so called 'stairway to paradise' or 'staircase of the Dakinis', purify yourself by drinking the sacred water which flows down the rock, or squeeze into a tiny holy cave where when Guru Rimpoche meditated there he is said to have encountered a demon in the shape of a cobra.

    You then drive further up the valley to Tashiyangtse, on the way visiting the old dzong, situated above the road a couple of kilometres before you reach the town, as well as seeing an ancient cantilever bridge spanning the river just below. Reaching the town you visit the Chorten Kora, a white Nepali style stupa built in 1740 and one of the great attractions of eastern Bhutan. It is built in the same style as the great stupa at Boudhnath in Nepal, but it's not really very like Boudhnath! The reason for the discrepancy is said to be that a lama who wanted to build a copy of the stupa in Bhutan, made a model of the Boudhnath one by carving its shape into a radish, but the radish unfortunately shrank and distorted before he got it back home! The area surrounding Tashiyangtse still has close contacts with the neighbouring Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, such that the first date of the Chorten Kora festival is exclusively for people making the pilgrimage here from Arunachal Pradesh.

    Leaving Tashiyangtse town you will drive above the new dzong, the current administrative centre, and on to the school at the village of Bamji where you will start your day's walk. You cross the river by a suspension bridge and climb to the top of a ridge on a pleasant trail through lush farmland and forest to reach a large chorten at a corner of the trail after two to three hours. It is then a further one to two hours to descend to reach a suspension bridge leading into Bomdeling. Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is important as it is the easternmost range for the wintering ground of the endangered Black-necked crane and is also home to many other species of animals and birds. Your vehicle will meet you there and you drive back to Tashiyangtse.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Karmaling Or Similar, Tashi Yangtse
  14. Day 14 - Drive to Tashigang. Afternoon at leisure or optional local walk.

    This morning before leaving Tashiyangtse you might visit the Arts and Crafts Institute of Zorig Chusum where training is given in various skills such as woodcarving and weaving. Here you can see the student craftsmen at work and there may also be the chance to buy some handicrafts.

    You then drive back down the valley to Tashigang in time for lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure to give you time to explore this small but fascinating town, or alternatively join an optional walk guided walk out into the surrounding countryside.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Karmaling Or Similar, Tashi Yangtse
  15. Day 15 - Drive from Trashigang to Sandrup Jonkhar.

    Remember to keep your passport on you today as you may need to show it as you enter the town of Sandrup Jongkhar.

    First, leaving Tashigang, you pass through Sherubtse and the campus of the country's premier University College before you climb to the Yongphula Pass, 2,190m/7,185ft. About two to three hours from Tashigang you reach Khaling, where one of the most famous weaving centres in Bhutan is located, providing cloth for the royal family. If the centre is open you may stop for a short visit. It is a further four to five hours drive from here to Samdrup Jongkhar. There are wonderful views of forested hills and valleys rolling away to the foothills and the Indian plains of Assam State. You can often see Langur monkeys, kingfishers, eagles and other brightly coloured birds along the roadside. The Indian-like border town of Sandrup Jongkhar is literally at the very foot of the Bhutanese foothills and is quite subtropical.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Tashi Gasel or Hotel Mountain or Similar, Samdrup Jonkhar
  16. Day 16 - Cross border into India. Drive to Gauhati - 3 hours. Fly to Delhi.

    After breakfast you will drive to cross the border into India and pick up your Indian transport to drive you to Gauhati. You will immediately be aware of the extreme contrast between these two Himalayan neighbours and will soon find yourself missing the peace and serenity of Bhutan! You drive across the flat plains of Assam though tea plantations, cross the mighty Brahmaputra River and arrive at Gauhati, the largest city in this region of India. From Gauhati you fly to Delhi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
  17. Day 17 - Fly Delhi to London.

    After breakfast there will be a group to the airport to fly home.

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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro with airport transfers
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Shangri La hotel in Kathmandu on twin-share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel in Delhi on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis.
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Bhutan visa and departure tax
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswold

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal and India
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Delhi
  • Kathmandu airport tranfers (if flights do not coincide with the timing of the group flights)
  • Optional trips
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  • Enjoy safari drives as you look out for wildlife amongst the picturesque grassland, hills and lakes.

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Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the finest national parks in northern India. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Maharajas of Jaipur, you can see a huge variety of fantastic wildlife and birds in Ranthambore, but the park is particularly famous for its population of tigers - although of course sightings of tiger can never be guaranteed many visitors to this park are lucky enough to get good views.  The scenery of the park is very varied with grassland, hills and lakes and there are also some very picturesque and atmospheric ruins located in the park. Even if you don’t see tigers there is abundant wildlife on view in Ranthambore with leopard and other cats such as jungle cats, caracal, hyena, jackal, wild boar, bear, several species of deer, and large populations of langur monkeys. Marsh crocodiles and other reptiles are also found in the lakes within the park. Owing to the wide range of habitats within the park there is also a large variety of fantastic and colourful birds, both resident and migrant, to be seen - in total, 272 bird species have been documented within the park.


Corbett National Park extension, India

Corbett National Park extension, India
  • Corbett National Park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India.
  • Over 50 species of mammals, many reptiles and hundreds of bird species to look out for.
  • Ideal extension from Delhi to explore some of India's most fascinating wildlife.

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Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the ancient Shivalik Hills to the south, the reserve covers a wide range of habitat with dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverine vegetation, dry riverbeds and more hilly terrain and so offers much diversity. This varied habitat hosts a spectacular diversity of mammal, bird and reptilian life, unmatched anywhere in India.

The park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India as well as other large cats such as leopard.  There are also around 50 species of mammals including large herds of elephant and four species of deer. In the park you also find many reptiles, including the rare and highly endangered Gharial crocodile. Corbett has a spectacular bird diversity – there are several hundred resident species of bird with as many more crossing on their migratory routes with bird diversity being at its peak during the winter months.


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. The excursion includes hotel transfers, a celebratory glass of bubbly and a certificate signed by your captain after you land.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)

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

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After your adventures in India why not add an exciting day 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. 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, along with time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


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