Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2016) with Abercrombie & Kent

Bhutan & Nepal with Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Small Groups

Tiger's Nest Monastery
Tigers Nest Monastery Bhutan

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, seeing Tiger’s Nest Monastery; embarking on an elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park; and taking a rickshaw ride to Durbar Square.

  • Experience Bhutan’s age-old ways, discovering its rich artistic and cultural heritage
  • Feel the spirit of Bhutan on a hike to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of local farmers by visiting a farmhouse
  • Embark on an elephant-back safari in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park for a unique view of wildlife
  • Enjoy a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a Chef’s Table event in the home of a local resident
  • Witness a debate among nuns at the Kopan Nunnery, an unforgettable, age-old tradition
  • Ride Like a Local when you travel by rickshaw to visit Durbar Square and Teleju Temple

Itinerary

Nepal& Bhutan MapDay 1: Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.

Day 2: Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Welcome to Bhutan

Fly to Paro and receive a tashi khadda (traditional welcome). In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see the Tashichhodzong Fortress, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fort, and then gather to attend a welcome dinner.   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work

Thimphu
Thimphu, Fine Weavers at Work

Visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums and view Buddhist literature at the National Library. Meals: B L

Day 4: Punakha | The Divine Madman

Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Punakha Dzong, continuing to the Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman). Return to Thimphu for dinner.  Meals: B L D

Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers and Relics

Rinpung Dzong
Rinpung Dzong Monestary

Journey overland to Paro, stopping en route in Chuzom to view the religious thankga (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the National Museum. Continue to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress along a mountain river. Then, visit a traditional farmhouse to learn about local farmers’ way of life.  Meals: B L D

Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the Tiger’s Nest

Hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, spending the day with the monks. Later, visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

Durbar Square
Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu. Ride by rickshaw to Durbar Square and Teleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari) and stroll through the bazaar, old city and Swayambhunath.  Meals: B L D

Day 8: Kathmandu | Learn Nepalese Cooking in a Local Home

Travel to Kirtipur and visit the temple of Adinath, the Chilamcho Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav. Attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Then, visit Patan, the Golden Temple and Krishna Mandir. Stop at Patan Museum to explore Nepal’s history.   Meals: B L

Days 9-10: Chitwan National Park | Elephant-Back Safari

Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park

Fly to Bharatpur and set out on an elephant-back safari. Attend a briefing from a resident naturalist. Start the next day with an early morning nature walk with trained guides. Enjoy an ox-cart ride through the village. Later, canoe down the Rapti River, and watch the sunset while enjoying a Scenic Sundowner along its banks.   Meals: B L D

Days 11-12: Kathmandu | A Spirited Nuns Debate

Boudhanath
Boudhanath Stupa – Kathmandu, Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu and enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiter before dinner. The next day, visit Boudhanath, site of the world’s largest Buddhist shrine. Proceed to Pashupatinath to meet a local artisan, and stop in Bhaktapur. Tonight, visit Kopan Nunnery to witness a spirited debate among nuns, before your farewell dinner.   Meals: B L D

Days 13-14: Depart Kathmandu or Delhi

On Day 13, either fly to Lhasa to begin your post-tour extension or fly to Delhi, where you enjoy the use of a dayroom, available through early morning on Day 14, until you depart.   Meals: B

Limited to 16 guests
Days: 14  |  From: $7,495

If you would like more information or would like to book this journey, call: Susan Hickman: 626 449-3220 or E-Mail: Susan@distantlands.com

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