Nepal, home to Mount Everest and several of the other highest peaks in the world, is a land of geographical landmarks, monumental landscapes and smiling, friendly people. The capital, Kathmandu, is known for its heritage and cultural splendour, and every monument here has a rich legend associated with it. Pokhara, known as the “City of Lakes”, sparkles with natural beauty, while Chitwan National Park provides the opportunity of a lifetime to see royal Bengal Tigers, one-horned rhinos and various species of birds and butterflies. During our stay in the park there will be a range of great activities available such as elephant safaris, jungle walks, canoeing and cultural programs.
Bhutan (the “Happiest Country in the World') is an oasis of incredible scenery, a strong sense of culture and age-old traditions that clearly distinguish it from its larger neighbours. Here, the Buddhist religion exerts a strong influence on all aspects of life, aiming to create a harmonious society and pristine environment. Known as the last “Shangri-La”, this is the perfect time to visit this magical kingdom while life remains all but untouched by the modern world. We will take a spectacular flight along the Himalayan mountain range to Paro - a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings, then proceed to the valley capital of Thimphu with its many museums and local arts. We will learn the unique character and culture of mountain life as we explore Dochula Pass with its over 100 chortens (stupas) and discover the 17th century Punakha Dzong fortress at the juncture of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. We will see incredible monasteries perched on precarious cliffsides (including the famous “Tiger’s Nest”), see ancient temples and visit markets selling unique handicrafts.
*** Those joining any of our tours to Asia must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.