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Best of the Himalayas: Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Kathmandu, Lhasa
Enjoy personalized touring and luxury hotels in Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet on this ultimate private tour of the Himalayas.
Begin in Thimphu, Bhutan's charming capital. Enjoy comprehensive touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Meet local people, learn about local traditions, explore a bustling market, and visit various small museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as a private day hike to rural villages and monasteries, a private Bhutanese cooking lesson at a local home, a meeting with a Bhutanese astrologer, or a private meditation session with monks.
Continue your drive through the mountains, passing the 108 stupas, to Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farming villages, receive a blessing from a monk, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.
Next, visit Paro, a resort town nestled between the Himalayas. Visit the National Museum, explore the surrounding valleys, and visit Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a cliff that is one of the most important icons of Bhutan. Other options include shopping for crafts and Himalayan and Buddhist items, a private archery lesson, a biking excursion, or simply relaxing and enjoying traditional Bhutanese spa treatments.
Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal, the crossroads of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4,261 feet, the country’s capital boasts a history dating back to the 12th century as well as plenty of 21st-century comforts. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley: Patan and Bhaktapur.
Browse atmospheric streets lined with boutiques selling jewelry, prayer wheels, Buddhist thangkas and more. See spectacular squares featuring traditional architecture. Visit Hindu temples, such as Maju Deval, with its erotic carvings and assortment of marigold sellers, and Shiva Parvati, where a likeness of the god and his consort peer down over the square. Also enjoy excursions to the much-photographed Buddhist temples at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, with their massive white stupas and fluttering prayer flags. Optional activities include a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest or privately guided trekking.
Finally, journey to Lhasa, Tibet, the “rooftop of the world,” and explore this sky-high Tibetan city (elevation: 11,450 feet) that is steeped in Buddhist spirituality and filled with temples, monasteries and palaces built by artisans seeking good karma. Enjoy flexible touring with a private guide and driver as you visit the city’s most compelling sights. Walk along Barkhor, a wide pedestrian street that encircles Tibet’s most sacred building, Jokhang Temple, which is filled with antique murals and statues—and air thick with burning incense. Visit Potala Palace, a complex built on the slopes of Mount Marpori by the Fifth Dalai Lama in the late 17th century and featuring multiple palaces and 1,000 rooms. Other sights include the grotto-like Palha Lupuk Temple and a choice of 15th-century monasteries located outside of the city. If desired, also enjoy a private trek to the Drak Yerpa caves. Additional special-interest activities can be arranged according to your interests, such as private meditation sessions, visits to homes, hiking, and more.
Arrive Paro, Bhutan
Flight to Paro from Bangkok or India. Private arrival transfer to Thimphu for two nights
Full-day private touring with option for hiking
Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route
Private full-day touring in the Punakha Valley
Private transfer to Paro for 2 nights
Private hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery
Transfer and flight to Kathmandu for 3 nights. VIP assistance on arrival. Private afternoon tour
Full-day private touring with guide and driver
Continue private touring in the valley. Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks
Transfer and flight to Lhasa for 3 nights
Full-day private touring in and around Lhasa
Continue private touring or opt for a full-day hike to Drak Yerpa caves
Private airport transfer
Taj Tashi, Thimphu
Dwarika’s Hotel or Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Per person (double occupancy)
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