Himalayan cultural tour, Bhutan and Nepal

“Combining 3 nights in Nepal with a 10-day tour of Bhutan, this is a discovery of ancient architecture and local life that will immerse you fully in the region's intriguing culture.”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Old Kathmandu | Pashupatinath Temple | Bodhnath | Paro | Thimpu | Punakha | Punakha Dzong | Gangtey | Gangtey village | Gangtey Gompa Monastery | Trongsa | Phobjika Valley | Trongsa Dzong | Bumthang | Wangduephodrang local market | Taktsang Monastery | Ta Dzong National Museum | Rinpung Dzong

Description of Himalayan cultural tour, Bhutan and Nepal

Set between Tibet to the north and India to the south, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has unlocked its doors to travellers to provide a unique glimpse at life in the mountains where Buddhism, happiness and harmony with nature form the bedrock of a nation's cultural enlightenment.

From precariously placed mountain monasteries to agricultural landscapes stretching for as far as the eye can see this Himalayan cultural tour encapsulates the essence of Bhutan and Nepal with a short flight from Kathmandu making short shrift of distances between highlights.

Guided sightseeing tours, daily drives and a two hour uphill trek to Taktsang Monastery (well worth the leg work) allow this cultural tour to gently progress as you find your feet in the Himalayan kingdom and get to experience life amongst Asia’s lesser-seen temples and palatial properties.

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Our top tip:
If you're prone to travel sickness take some meds - Bhutan's roads are pretty twisty.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 people (min. age 11).
Activity level:
Lesiurely.
Accomm:
8 nights 3*-4* hotel, 2 nights local guesthouse, 2 nights lodge.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners.
Included:
Accomm., private transport, local flights, English-speaking guide.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Himalayan cultural tour, Bhutan and Nepal

Environment

Our well trained guides are also very aware about the fragile of the environment and rubbish management. They always explain about the fragility of the environment and rubbish management to the trekkers and advise them to dump their rubbish in proper places and take the non recyclable rubbish with them. These kinds of activities always have less impact in nature. Our company donates some reasonable funds to the different NGO/ local communities who are working in environmental sector locally. Those NGO/ local communities help to maintain the trekking trail and running different kinds of environmental awareness program within the local community.

These kind of programs have helped the local fragile ecosystem remain unexploited and to maintain greenery in the surrounding area as per the local condition. Our tour guides are also aware about Responsible Tourism and minimize the impact on nature for example: Trash things rubbish pit, purify drinking water, do not pick up plan on the way, litter removal, use kerosene fuel for cooking rather than fire-wood.

Community

We are very aware about environment and using local resources. Using of local resources helps to generate employment. We always use local people for different kind of works. These kinds of works help local people to earn their living with good income. Thus, tourism enhances the standard of living of people from the area and the whole nation, and ultimately helps reduce poverty. Use of locally available vegetables, other foodstuffs and different kind of souvenirs also help people to be self employed. For example, due to tourism, the annual income of people from Khumbu region and other touristy area has always been higher than the normal people of Nepal. By purchasing local products such as fresh fruits, handloom products, meat, drinks, and fresh vegetables and providing job opportunities, we aim to support local infrastructures and economys.

We stay with local hotels/ Guest houses, operated by local communities, which minimize impact on the environment by using kerosene/gas fuel instead of fire wood, manage garbage at proper sections etc. We support to local school and health posts by donations and providing educational materials to kids. It does by company and also as per desired by tourists on the way of tour. We support local health posts by giving medical materials. We use local man-power in the trip, such as local tour/ trekking guides. We hire Local transport. It provides a great opportunity for the local inhabitants to enhance their carrier & develop the community. We always encourage local people to preserve their local culture and tradition by providing donation and other technical assistance as per the availability for the continuation of their culture and indigenous knowledge. Thus, people can enjoy the differences with in the community for the long term.

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Reviewed on 21 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The two most memorable activities were attending the Black Crane Festival and a farmstay for two nights whilst attending the festival.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Decide how you want to spend your time as it can be personalised.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very much so as Bhutan's philosophy is for $65 for each day to go the Government for spending on the needs of the country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The tour operator was very professional, efficient and helpful throughout.

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Bhutan

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware of pollution in Kathmandu, take excellent shoes for trekking, even small ones.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, even if this was a tiny bit of what is needed...

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Bhutan was beautiful and Tibet was very intriguing. I especially enjoyed watching families worshipping in temples during festival.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect a scripted hour by hour experience. Just relax when you're not sure what's coming next; chances are very good it will be memorable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely felt benefit in each country of tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Totally memorable. Not without occasional stress but so worth it. The people are wonderful

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the Potala Palace in Tibet and completing the hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan have been on my list of places to see and do for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed both.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be certain about the Visa information you receive. I was informed that my visa for Tibet could also be used for a stop in China on my return trip. That proved
not to be the case and I had to apply for and purchase a second Visa for China. I ended up paying over $400 for the 2 visa's through the company the tour
company contracts with. I have since learned that had I made my own Visa arrangement it would have cost $140 for US citizens to obtain a visa for China. I do not know if I could have used that same visa for Tibet, however.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I appreciated how well organized the tour operator were. Someone was always there at the airport(s) for pick up and got us back on time for departures. I was impressed with the way Achut and his team handled all of the trip details. With the exception of the visa issues, I am very pleased with my trip and with the tour company.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Climbing Tiger's Nest in Bhutan, the guide we had was wonderful so kind and considerate - could not have done it without his encouragement

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it - you will be well looked after and all arrangements will be carried out with efficiency and thought -

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tibetan guide and hotel was used in Tibet - so yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Nothing was ever too much trouble for Achut at the holiday providers- sooooo do recommend

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I was a solo traveller to Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet with the most memorable part being my trip from Lhasa to the Friendship bridge via Everest BC with my exceptional guide Tan Zin from whom I learned about the country, culture and Buddhism and more about myself.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


- Use a reputable well organised company like this one which I did as logistics can be complicated. Service and arrangements through them were excellent.
- I also had a medical check up to ensure I wasn't anaemic plus used Diamox and Ibuprofen so was fortunate not to have altitude sickness/issues at all.
- Travel with an open mind and heart.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely benefitted local people ... I gave educational books to orphanages in Nepal; I was mindful of plastic bottles and disposing of other materials which may cause pollution; I stayed in Tibetan hotels and ate at local restaurants to support local Tibetan people; plus happily chatted to talk to local people to maximise cultural exchange and learnings.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Outstanding - an adventure plus spiritual pilgrimage.

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The friendliness of the people we met in both Nepal and Bhutan was one of the highlights of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Road surfaces are really not good so it takes much longer to get from place to place than we'd be used to at home. Just allow sufficient time and relax.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - tourism is a really important industry for both Nepal and Bhutan. It gives employment directly and indirectly. Tourism provides the impetus for conservation in the Chitwan.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and would recommend the tour brothers Achut and Keshav who run the tour company organised for us wholeheartedly. I'd hope to be able to return and see more of this wonderful country sometime.

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


My holiday was on the whole just great. Anyway a plus was definitely constituted by the festival in Bhutan, which was not included in the tour but happened to take place just when I was there and the guide was ready to change the plan and fit it in.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get Lonely Planet before leaving: it gives very useful information and can also help you find something extra to enrich the programme.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Considering the price of it, especially as regards Bhutan, I guess it did. As to the environment unluckily holidays on the whole use a lot of fuel (flights, cars) and it's difficult to find a more sustainable way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. The places are really worth seeing, people are all very kind, the guides were all absolutely wonderful. The young guide in Bhutan and the driver really did all that they could to get the most and the best out of the time we had.

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