Bhutan and famous Paro Festival

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BHUTAN WITH ZARA FLEMING 23RD MARCH- 2ND APRIL 2018

DURATION 11 days
FROM £3695.00 per person
STYLECulture, Small Groups
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Bhutan, the serene mountain kingdom. Untouched by modernity still retains its old world charm. Opening its doors to tourists in 1974, Bhutan is an ancient land, rich in Buddhist culture. Dotted with ancient monasteries, temples and stupas, Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas, bordered by Tibet on the north and India in the south.

AT A GLANCE

Witness the famous Paro Festival (Tshechu).

Local arts and architecture

Learning about the rich history, culture and Buddhism

Visit the local markets, farmhouses and an opportunity to meet and interact with local people

Visit Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage site, the Tiger’s Nest temple

Haa Valley excursion

ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1: In Transit

Fly to Delhi.

DAY 2: Arrive Delhi

Morning arrival in Delhi and settle into your hotel for an overnight stay. Afternoon, we explore local sights.

DAY 3: Delhi to Paro

Fly to Paro. Your guide will meet you and take you on a drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres. We stop enroute at the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhan, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Take a late afternoon walk around Thimphu and soak in the atmosphere with its busy shops and bazaars and citizens in national dress. Later on visit Tashichho Dzong. Settle into your hotel and gather for a welcome dinner.

DAY 4: In Thimphu

Spend the morning exploring Thimphu, visit the Thimphu Dzong and Folk Heritage Museum. Then, visit the National Textile Museum to browse its exhibitions. Bhutan’s weavings and brocades are considered spiritual expressions and are admired for their diversity and sophistication.

DAY 5: Drive to Punakha

Drive to Punakha passing Dochu-la- pass, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan Ranges. You will notice the change of climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 metres. Take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across terraced fields to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Settle into your hotel and enjoy dinner together.

DAY 6: In Punakha

Today, gentle walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, a spectacularly situated temple. Be rewarded for your efforts with incredible views of the valley below. Then visit the Punakha Dzong, an impressive fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers.

DAY 7: Drive to Paro

An early start to travel to the beautiful alpine valley of Paro. Afternoon to visit the famous colourful Paro festival – which takes place in the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray, and to feast. While the underlying purpose of the festival is spiritual, dances are more often like plays, telling stories where good triumphs over evil, or depicting significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava. First of three nights in Paro.

DAY 8: In Paro

Today, we will take a day excursion to Haa at 2670 metres. We will cross the Chele La pass at 3800m from where you will have a view of Mount Jomolhari to the north as well as down to the Haa valley, and then continue down to Haa town- a great opportunity to view this beautiful rural scene.Late afternoon return to Paro for a leisurely evening

DAY 9: Fly to Delhi

Morning fly to Delhi. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 10: Depart Delhi

Morning transfer to airport to board your return flight, arriving home the same day.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation based on double/twin share
  • All transfers and sightseeing in executive coach
  • Entrances, sightseeing with English speaking guides
  • International economy flights with British Airways
  • Regional economy flights
  • Talks and lectures by accompanying speaker
  • Porterage
  • Bhutanese Visa

WHATS EXCLUDED

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Gratuities and tips
  • India visa

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ACCOMPANYING LECTURER- ZARA FLEMING

Zara Fleming is an art historian, exhibition curator and lecturer specialising in the art and culture of Tibet, the Himalayas areas and Mongolia. Initially based at the Victoria & Albert Museum, she has also worked with the Central Asian Department of Bonn University, the Orient Foundation and Asia House. She has curated many exhibitions and in 2010 co-curated a major exhibition for Asia House “The Tiger in Asian Art”. She has travelled extensively in Tibet, its border regions and Buddhist climes within Asia and in the past 30 years she has led numerous trips to the Buddhist areas of the Himalayas (Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Nepal) and Asia.

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23 Mar, 2018 03 Apr, 2018 £3695.00

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