A fantastic adventure holiday that showcases the landscape and culture of the contrasting Himalayan countries of Nepal and Bhutan
Combining Nepal and Bhutan within a 2-week easy walking and sightseeing adventure holiday works brilliantly and this fantastic new itinerary provides a real insight into these Himalayan lands. We start out in Nepal where the timeless city of Kathmandu never fails to amaze, with its hustle and bustle and myriad colourful temples and shrines held sacred by the Hindu and Buddhist population.
The old Newar town and former trading post of Bandipur allows us a glimpse of Nepal’s ‘middle hills’ as we travel across country to the lake-side town of Pokhara. Here, with the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurnas reflected in the waters of Phewa Tal, we can begin to understand the sheer scale and magnificence of the Nepal Himalaya. Returning to Kathmandu by air and after a night on the valley rim at Nagarkot, we continue our journey eastwards to the ‘Shangri La’ kingdom Bhutan. Over the next 5 days we will spend time in the pocket-size capital of Thimphu, where the imposing fortress-monastery of the Tashichoedzong is just one of the many attractions. The annual Thimphu Tsechu and Drupchen (festivals) take place here and some departures will include a day at one of these outlandish festivals. Other highlights of the time in Bhutan include the far-reaching views from the Dochu La and the visits we make to Punakha Dzong and to the dramatic cliff-side Taktsang Monastery. During our time in Bhutan we will also have the chance to meet the welcoming local people; monks, farmers and the general public - all of them in their traditional dress. This is the essence of Bhutan and will live just as long in the memory as the country’s dramatic scenery or distinctive architecture. If you’re looking for a wonderful combination of Nepal and Bhutan, this perfectly balanced cultural adventure holiday is the perfect choice.
BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.