A Himalayan Journey to Nepal and Bhutan
Discover these two contrasting Himalayan Kingdoms in a two week journey that takes in the best of both at a relaxing pace.
Spend 7 days in Nepal travelling from the cool high mountains to sub-tropical Serrai and then move onto Bhutan for another 7 days exploring this country where national success is measured in Gross National Happiness. Round of your journey off back in Kathmandu relaxing poolside at the atmospheric Dwarika's Hotel.
Start in Kathmandu for an insight into the city and perhaps take a scenic flight to Everest before moving on to chilled out lakeside Pokhara with the awesome Annapurna Massif in the background. Drive south through the fertile hills staying in the ancient trading post of Bandipur before continuing to Chitwan National Park. Enjoy safaris by jeep, boat, elephant or on foot to see tiger, elephant, rhino and more. Return to Kathmandu and then then fly into Bhutan to visit the quirky capital of Thimphu before heading over the fabulous Dochu Laa pass, to the subtropical valley of Punakha with it's fantastic Dzong. Pick the right time of year and you can join pilgrims at one of Bhutan's quirky and colourful festivals before returning to calm Paro valley where you will have the opportunity for some hiking or even try your hand at archery. Your journey in Bhutan would be incomplete without a hike up to the iconic Tigers Nest Monastery perched high above the valley.
Where to stay:
We have a few favourites including The Dwarikas in Kathmandu for 16th Century character and Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan National Park for the expert team of naturalists and beautiful riverside location.
In Bhutan you can stay comfortable guest houses with spectacular views or treat yourself and indulge in wonderful luxury in Uma Paro or the opulent Taj Tashi in Thimpu.
Kath's Top Tips:
- Make sure you sit on the correct side of the aircraft flying and and out of Bhutan to catch a view of Everest.
- Try your hand at archery, Bhutan's national sport, but be beware the heckling is almost as important as shooting the arrows.
- Have a soothing hot stone bath after a good days trek.
When to go:
October and November are the best months to combine these two countries; monsoon season has passed and you will have a better chance of having clear blue skies to take in those epic, panoramic vistas.
How much will it cost:
For two people a journey like this would start at around $5700 per person excluding international flights.
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