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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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
If you're prone to travel sickness take some meds - Bhutan's roads are pretty twisty.
Trip type:
Tailor made (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.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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

The Impacts of this Trip

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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9 Reviews of Himalayan cultural tour, Bhutan and Nepal

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Reviewed on 27 Nov 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was our hike to the Tiger's Nest. Great day, great views, great guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2017 by

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

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2017 by

Bhutan was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2017 by

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

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2016 by

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

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2014 by

Outstanding - an adventure plus spiritual pilgrimage. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2013 by

The friendliness of the people we met in both Nepal and Bhutan was one of the highlights of the trip. ...I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and would recommend the tour brothers Achut and Keshav who run the tour company. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2011 by

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. Read full review

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