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Welcome to your adventure with National Geographic!
Your adventure begins in the bustling capital, Kathmandu.
The lively markets of Kathmandu has everything one might desire!
Locals of Nepal.
Discover the many stupas of Nepal.
With a little bit of luck, you might catch a glimpse of the famous Bengal tiger in Chitwan National Park.
Rare sightings of endangered rhinos!
A diverse wildlife awaits you!
Pokhara is surrounded by the mighty eight thousanders.
Enjoy a one-hour boat tour on the idyllic Phewa Lake.
Now it is time to adventure to Bhutan!
Your first nights in Bhutan will be spent in the capital, Thimpu.
Visit the Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten.
The takin is Bhutan's national animal!
The Punakha Dzong boasts idyllic views amongst its vast valley.
This dzong is one of the most sublime in the country.
Your adventure continues along the Dochula Pass.
Discover the rare black-necked cranes that live in Gangtey!
Enjoy the secluded surroundings of Bumthang.
In Bhutan's monastery schools, young monks learn the traditional ways of Nyingmapa education.
On your flight to Paro, you will relish unique views of the Himalayas.
As you hike along the winding trails, you will be able to see the famous Tiger's Nest in the distance.
Hike to the Tiger's Nest, Bhutan's most famous site!
Small-group tour with an expert guide through Bhutan and Nepal
Stay at the spectacular National Geographic lodge, Zhiwa Ling Heritage, and other 5-star accommodations
Exclusive guest lecture and discussion about gross national happiness
Unique bush dinner experience in the middle of Chitwan National Park
Panoramic flight along the Himalayas from Bumthang to Paro
Hiding between the mighty snow-covered mountain peaks of Bhutan are mystical monastery fortresses, endless green valleys, and ancient villages. Or what about a journey through Nepal’s emerald green jungle, abundant oases, and a captivating animal world?
On our exclusive National Geographic trip through Bhutan and Nepal, you will experience two very different cultures in just 18 days! Your National Geographic expert will accompany you throughout your trip, providing insights and rare behind-the-scenes perspective about this fascinating part of the world.
13.04. - 30.04.2021; 02.11. - 19.11.2021
Welcome to Kathmandu! The gateway to the Himalayas is simultaneously the political, economic, and cultural center of the country. Your expert guide will be awaiting your arrival by the baggage claim! After everything is sorted, your guide will take you to meet your small travel group at your first hotel in Kathmandu. Unpack your bags and freshen up before your first sightseeing tour begins in the afternoon!
Today’s destination is the historic city, Bhaktapur. It is nestled just outside of Kathmandu and translated it means the “city of devotees;” therefore, it won’t be surprising to find some of the most spectacular buildings in the country. The three main squares, Durbar, Taumadhi, and Dattatreya, are dotted with sacred pagodas and Shikara temples.
Bhaktapur boasts of beauty and is considered the cleanest of the three royal cities in Kathmandu Valley because it’s free of traffic and air pollution. The narrow, cobbled streets wind along with the red brick houses that lead you to hidden temples and impressive courtyards.
The people of Bhaktapur come to life on the streets of the city. Traditional crafts, such as weaving, pottery, and woodwork, are practiced on every corner. In communal courtyards, the locals gather to wash, bathe, or enjoy the day. Another local secret is a small specialty snack: Juju Dhau. The sweet vanilla pudding literally translated means “king of yogurt” and is an essential delicacy to the local culture.
What an insightful day! Now it’s time for you and your group to be driven back to Kathmandu. Later on, you will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Krishnaarpan.
Travel time Kathmandu airport - hotel: 2 km / approx. 10 minutes
1 night at Dwarika’s Hotel***** with breakfast in a Heritage Suite Room, Kathmandu, Nepal
After breakfast, you will leave the bustling city of Kathmandu and set off for Chitwan National Park. The panoramic, 6-hour drive guides you along winding roads and past majestic mountains.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a three-decade history and covers a vast area of 932 km². It is home to 56 species of mammals, 56 species of amphibians and reptiles, 126 species of fish, and 544 species of birds. Among the wildlife, the park makes sure to protect the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, the royal Bengal tiger, and the Gharial crocodile. Even freshwater dolphins can be seen in many parts of the Narayani River! As the subtropical jungle’s fauna continues to become more diverse, allow its beauty to captivate you as the adventure continues.
Welcome to Barahi Jungle Lodge - home for the next two nights. While you enjoy a refreshing welcome drink, a staff member of the lodge will go over your schedule for the following days and provide you with information about the lodge’s different facilities.
For lunch, enjoy a freshly cooked meal at the on-site restaurant or by the glistening pool. Afterward, it’s time for your first tour through the jungle! This two-hour hike will take you along paths that will allow you to explore the diverse animal and plant world.
End the evening with a lecture and discussion by one of our jungle experts. They will give you an in-depth insight into the history of Chitwan National Park. Now is the time to ask any questions or partake in conversations about your unique surroundings. To end the day, enjoy a delicious Nepalese dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
Travel time Kathmandu - Chitwan: 185 km / about 5-6 hours
2 nights at Barahi Jungle Lodge***** with full board in a deluxe boutique cottage, Chitwan, Nepal
Set your alarm clock early because today is jam-packed with safari adventures! Join your group at 06:30 AM and cross the Rapti River by boat until you arrive at the Bhimle Army Checkpoint. From here, your jungle expert will choose one of the two routes depending on the current sightings and animal movements. This sensory journey allows you to watch your surroundings come to life as the sounds of nature grow louder with the rising sun. Once you’ve found a scenic and safe location, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast in the middle of the jungle.
Did you encounter many animals during your adventure!? After the four-hour hike, take a break and eat a quick snack before heading out for a two and a half-hour boat safari on the Rapti River. Lean back, relax, and soak in the scenery as it slowly passes by. Have your camera ready for postcard-worthy snapshots of the setting sun over the lush jungle river.
In the evening, a cultural experience awaits! The locals will perform the traditional Tharu Dance, where visitors can join in and interact with the performers. To complete this spectacular day, you will enjoy a private bush dinner in the middle of the jungle!
As the soothing sounds of the jungle slowly start to wake you up, hop out of bed and into the lodge’s beautiful landscapes for your last breakfast in the national park. Once your bags are packed, you will continue your journey toward Pokhara, the third-largest city in Nepal. Pokhara is home to the country’s most popular trekking destination: Annapurna Circuit, a famous trail in the Himalayas. This gateway to the magical sceneries is surrounded by three of the ten highest mountains in the world.
A refreshing lunch awaits you upon arrival at your next accommodation, The Pavilions Himalayas. In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. Embedded amidst unspoiled nature, you will find relaxation at The Pavilions. You can enjoy views of the serene, green valleys while you relax at the outdoor pool. Alternatively, you can pamper yourself in the excellent spa and wellness area with soothing body treatments and relaxing massages.
Travel time Chitwan - Pokhara: 170 km / 5-6 hours
2 nights at The Pavilions Himalayas**** with full board in a Pavilions Classic Villa, Pokhara, Nepal
Today’s adventure begins after a replenishing breakfast at your hotel’s restaurant. Hop into a car and drive toward the Fewa Power House, where you will continue toward Damsadi. Stroll along the trekking trails and enjoy unique views of the Pardi River. You will also witness remarkable views of the eight-thousanders (otherwise known as eight of the fourteen world’s highest mountain ranges). After the five-kilometer trek, you will reach Damsadi - an authentic village where you will have the opportunity to talk to the locals over a cup of tea. The exploration doesn’t stop there! Head down to the shore, where you will meet a rowing boat for a one-hour trip across Phewa Lake! Row across the second largest lake in Nepal as impeccable views of the surrounding valleys and the mighty Himalayas take your breath away. To complete this journey, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
When you return to the hotel, you will have some time to rest before visiting the International Mountain Museum later that afternoon. The spacious art gallery is dedicated to the mountains of Nepal, the people who call it home, and the mountaineers. Among other things, you can admire original equipment from many of the first Himalayan expeditions. The museum was founded by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and is supported by various international and national organizations.
How amazing was Pokhara!? It’s time to leave Nepal’s best kept secret and head back to Kathmandu. Your flight back to the country’s capital departs at 09:45 and lands at about 10:10. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Dwarika’s Hotel, where you already stayed at the beginning of your trip. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Relax by the hotel’s tranquil oasis or head into the exciting and lively city center of Kathmandu.
Flight time Pokhara - Kathmandu: approx. 1.5 hours
1 night stay at Dwarika’s Hotel***** with breakfast in the Heritage Suite Room, Kathmandu, Nepal
The time has come to say goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will leave for the airport to catch your flight to Paro. Your plane will depart at 09:45 AM and arrive at 11:05 AM in the land of the thunder dragon. Enjoy this spectacular journey to Paro as continually changing views of the highest mountains in the world make an everlasting imprint on your memory.
Once you have officially entered Bhutan, you will drive with your group to Thimphu. You will have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with your new hotel before you visit Tashichho Dzong in the early evening. Also known as Thimphu Dzong, it is one of the most beautiful and famous monastery fortresses in the country and serves as the seat of government and the royal throne room. Built in 1641 and originally called the “Fortress of Glorious Religion,” it was later rebuilt and renamed in the 1960s by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Flight time Kathmandu - Paro: approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes
Travel time Paro - Thimphu: 65 km / about 1 hour
2 nights at Druk Hotel**** with full board in a deluxe room, Thimphu, Bhutan
Today’s adventure begins with a sightseeing tour through Thimphu’s stunning valley. One of your first stops is at the National Memorial Chorten. It was built in 1974 in honor of the Third Druk Gyalpo and is also dedicated to World Peace. Next, you will visit the National Library, home to a unique collection of religious books and philosophical works. As the tour continues, you will pass by the Zorig Chusum Institute, commonly known as the painting school, where students complete a six-year course on the traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
Also on today’s program is a detour to the Motithang Takin Preserve. The wildlife reserve area is a fenced-in enclosure that is home to Bhutan’s national animal: takin. Before it became a wildlife reserve, it was a mini-zoo. Some years ago, the fourth king decided that a zoo did not comply with the ecological and religious beliefs of Bhutan and had it closed down. The locals of the surrounding area soon discovered that the takins refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. Therefore, they turned the land back into a fenced reserve where it is now home to Bhutan’s national animal.
In the evening, we have organized a guest speaker to come and give you a private session about the principle of gross national happiness. How does this unique philosophy guide the Bhutan government? How do they measure the collective happiness and well-being of a population? Tonight you will have the opportunity to ask and discuss all the questions that arise.
Today’s destination is Punakha. The drive leads you over the 3,116-meter high Dochula Pass. The breathtaking sceneries along the winding road are filled with many photo opportunities. Jump out of your car for a quick snapshot of the giant Himalayan mountains in the distance. When you arrive at the top of the pass, you will be greeted by thousands of colorful prayer flags, embodying the omnipresent consciousness of Buddha. The crisp air wraps around your skin as unforgettable memories of this magical drive surround you. Grab your camera and capture the beautiful spectacle before you start your journey into the 1,250 meter-deep valley of Punakha. As you slowly descend, you will notice how the landscape transforms: Vast rice fields and lush fruit trees dominate the valley landscape. Along the way, you will visit the village of Lobesa. During a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, the monastery’s fertility temple, you can stretch your legs before the last part of the drive.
When you arrive in Punakha, you will first check into your hotel room and then enjoy an energizing lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, also known as the Palace of Happiness. This ancient fortress is the winter home of the monastic order and serves as the administrative center for the Punakha region.
Travel time Thimphu - Punakha: 77 km / about 3 hours
2 nights at Kunzang Zhing Resort**** with full board in a Luxury Room, Punakha, Bhutan
Breakfast is followed by an hour’s hike along the banks of a major river in Bhutan, Mo Chhu. Trek through rice fields to the upper end of the valley to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The stupa was built atop a hill in 2004 by the Queen of Bhutan, and it overlooks the Punakha Valley. The sacred temple protects Bhutan and the rest of the world from evil spirits and strives to bring peace and harmony to all living things.
Later in the afternoon, drive into the mountains and explore the villages of Talo and Nobgang. These villages hug a ridge above the valley of Punakha at about 2,800-meters above sea level. Perched atop a mountain ridge, explore the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery. This destination boasts spectacular views of the Punakha and Wangdue valleys. In the temple, you will discover a five-meter bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara, the enlightened being of universal compassion in Buddhism.
Finish your breakfast and begin today’s adventure to Gangtey! As you make your way to your next destination, you will pass through the village of Wangue Phodrang towards the Phobjikha Valley. Walk uphill through dense forests of oak and rare rhododendron until you reach your next accommodation.
Upon arrival, you will settle into your room for the next two nights. Then, a visit to the 16th-century monastery, Gangtey Gonpa, is on today’s schedule. Nestled on a small hill above the green Phibjikha Valley, you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area. It is also considered the landmark of the valley and the central seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition.
Travel time Punakha - Gangtey: 78 km / approx. 4 hours
2 nights at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge ***** with full board in a suite, Gangtey, Bhutan
Wake up to the glistening sun hitting your face and the morning sounds of the Gangtey nature songs. As you hop out of your comfy bed, views of the beautiful glacial valleys of Bhutan will soothe your morning yawns. Your destination is located at an altitude of 3,000 meters and is known for its native black-necked cranes.
After a replenishing breakfast, you will explore the Gangtey Nature Trail. For the next hour and a half, hike through the marshlands and take the opportunity to observe the rare black-necked cranes.
After your hike, you will visit the crane information center near the village of Phobjikha. Learn all about these highly honorable birds and the valley’s environment. If there are any birds in the valley, you will have the opportunity to observe them up close through the center’s telescope.
That afternoon we have planned a Buddhist long-life-ceremony for you. This sacred tradition, dedicated to the Buddha Amitayus, aims to improve the life and general well-being of a person. It is also intended to ward off all obstacles and negative energy. The one-hour ceremony is performed by a highly-qualified and educated monk.
Today is dedicated to travel. Early in the morning, you will set off for your long journey to Bumthang. Even though it will take a few hours to get there, the trip will keep you distracted. Drive uphill along lush green meadows and dense forests, until you reach the Pele La Pass. This gateway to the center of Bhutan is at an altitude of 3,300 meters and is the border of the country’s east and west. Like many passes in Bhutan, this one is decorated with a sea of colorful prayer flags. The vegetation changes abruptly after crossing the pass, and the mountain forest is replaced by high-altitude dwarf bamboo that fringe the roads. If the weather prevails, you can marvel at the top of the 7,326 meter-high Jomolhari to the west.
Along the way, you will stop at the Buddhist temple Chendebji Chorten. According to legend, the temple was built to cover the remains of an ancient demon spirit. It is still about another four-hour drive from here to Bumthang. The road will lead you through the town of Trongsa and over the picturesque Yutong-la Pass at 3,400 meters above sea level. After crossing the pass, you will drive into the vast valley of Chumey and into the Bumthang district.
When you arrive at your next accommodation, you are free to do whatever you wish. Relax and enjoy your stay at Amankora Bumthang, a beautiful resort surrounded by lush forests and breathtaking sceneries.
Travel time Gangtey - Bumthang: 142 km / about 7 hours
3 nights at Amankora Bumthang***** with full board in a suite, Bumthang, Bhutan
Bumthang is the beating heart of Bhutan’s religions and home to many of the country’s oldest temples and monasteries. The district consists of four central valleys: Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor. This beautiful area is nestled at an altitude between 2,600 and 4,000 meters and boasts an abundance of cultural heritage. Today’s hike through the valley of Choekhor will give you an insight into this cultural heritage.
The tour commences with a visit to the seventh-century temple, Jambay Lhakhang. The Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo constructed this temple in one day! He wanted this temple to drive evil spirits out of the Himalayas. It is one of the 108 temples he built around the country.
From here, you will walk through the valley for about half an hour until you reach the Kurjey Lhakhang. In this impressive monastery, you will discover the final resting place of the remains of the first three Bhutan kings. Legend also says that more than a thousand years ago, the founder of Buddhism, Buddha Guru Rinpoche, sat here on a rock for so long that an imprint of his body can still be seen today.
After this mystical experience, you will continue your valley hike and finally reach a small village via a suspension bridge. Enjoy a delicious lunch made by locals in an authentic farmhouse setting. Try traditional Bumthap cuisine, mostly consisting of dishes made with buckwheat. Can you already smell the pleasant aromas? This unique culinary experience is waiting for you...
Fully satisfied, you will hike on until you reach Tamzhing Monastery. It was built in 1501 and is one of the oldest and holiest monastery schools in Bhutan. It is also one of the few places where young monks are still taught in the tradition of the Nyingmapa school founded by Guru Rinpoche.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Red Panda Beer Brewery and an affiliated cheese factory. Experience the entire process of beer production in this microbrewery and pack a few unfiltered local beer bottles as souvenirs.
Another day in the beautiful Bumthang awaits! Today you will explore the secluded valley of Tang. In this rarely visited region, you can admire some of the most remote temples and monasteries, away from mass tourism. A short hike will lead you to one of our highlights in Bhutan: the Ogyen Choling Palace and museum. It has remained in the same family since the 14th-century. Since then, it has been converted into a museum to ensure its preservation and boost tourism. Your tour will take you through the diverse history of Bhutan and teach you about the country’s early life.
A traditional picnic with a unique view of the unspoiled environment will be prepared for you during your journey. Following this refreshment, we will drive you back to your hotel. The rest of the day, you can do as you wish.
The early morning sun will greet you with even more adventures! After breakfast, head to the airport where you will embark on a 25-minute flight back to Paro. The views will leave you speechless. On a cloudless day, you will be able to see remarkable views of the Himalayas - so clear that you can make out the sharpness of each chiseled ridge.
After landing in Paro, you will check-in to your next accommodation and then immediately head over to the National Museum of Bhutan. The cultural museum offers visitors the chance to discover ancient Bhutanese art, artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps, and much more. Your tour will also lead you to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This temple is one of the oldest and most beautiful, therefore making it an impressive highlight during this journey. From here, you can decide what to do for the rest of the day!
Today is the day! You are finally laying eyes on Bhutan’s most famous landmark: Taktshang Goemba. Are you ready for the hike of your lifetime to the famous Tiger’s Nest!?
Enjoy a tasty breakfast and then set off with your guide. The two-hour hike will take you down narrow paths that meander through dense forests filled with lush flora and fauna. As you climb the 3,120-meter trail, you will also meet many pilgrims along the way. The higher you climb, the more remarkable the views become. Wondering where the tigers are hidden? Well, this monastery is not famous for local tigers. Its name originates from legend. The story says that Buddha Guru Rinpoche, whose body print you already saw in Bumthang, flew to the monastery on a tiger in the eighth century.
After a long day of hiking, you will probably be craving some relaxation. Lucky for you, we have organized a unique experience later in the evening! You will join a Bhutanese family in a farmhouse, where you will enjoy a cup of traditional butter tea. Afterward, you can truly discover your inner zen during a classic hot stone bath. Hot stone baths use heated river stones that are dipped into the wooden tub to warm up the water; simultaneously, the rocks release healing minerals. A local aromatic herb with calming and healing properties is also added to the bath. What a perfect way to end an adventure-packed day!
Note: The farmhouse facilities are rustic and straightforward, but the experience offers an authentic insight into the traditional hot stone bath practiced by the locals. For a more luxurious experience, hot stone baths are also available at the hotel.
Unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye to the two beautiful countries you’ve been so lucky to explore. In the morning, hop onto a flight from Paro to Kathmandu, where you will continue your journey back to your home country. itravel and National Geographic hope to see you again!
Dwarika’s Hotel*****, Kathmandu, Nepal (2 nights)
The 5-star luxury hotel offers a small oasis of well-being in the middle of the hectic city of Kathmandu. The 83 individually furnished rooms are located in a quiet courtyard and equipped with local materials. Another unique feature of this hotel is the numerous artifacts dating back to the 13th century, which are reminiscent of Nepal’s cultural heritage.
Three restaurants and a bar spoil you with the highest level of culinary delights. You can look forward to local delicacies and an excellent selection of Japanese and international dishes. Fruity cocktails are served at Fusion Bar complemented with views of the inviting outdoor pool. Enjoy soothing body treatments at the spa and indulge yourself with pampering from the professional team.
Barahi Jungle Lodge*****, Chitwan National Park, Nepal (2 nights)
Not far away from Nepal’s most famous national park, Barahi Jungle Lodge awaits you on a thirty-acre property. Nestled on the banks of the Rapti River, the 35 rooms all have their own balcony that promises unique views of the jungle and the river. Modern design, paired with Nepalese elements, such as bamboo and wood, define the overall ambience.
The in-house restaurant entices with delicacies of Nepalese, continental, Indian, Thai, and Chinese cuisine. After an eventful day in Chitwan National Park, you can relax by the outdoor pool.
The Pavilions Himalayas****, Pokhara, Nepal (2 nights)
Far away from the hectic city life, the eco-friendly hotel welcomes you to its cozy destination. Impeccable views of the lush green valleys and the majestic Himalayan Mountains will take your breath away. The spacious rooms feature modern and Nepalese design, leaving nothing to be desired. With a minimum size of about 90 m², each room has its own bathroom, terrace or balcony, and fireplace.
The in-house restaurant serves traditional Nepalese dishes. Can you taste the freshness of the food? That’s because all of the fruit and vegetable ingredients are home-grown! Relax at the beautiful outdoor pool and enjoy the spa & wellness area.
Druk Hotel****, Thimpu, Bhutan (2 nights)
Located in the heart of Thimpu, Druk Hotel offers modern amenities combined with high-quality service and ancient charm. Pine Bark restaurant serves local, Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine. At the famous "Where-Else" bar, exotic cocktails are served in a stylish ambience around a crackling open fire.
Kunzang Zhing Resort****, Punakha, Bhutan (2 nights)
The elegant Kunzang Zhing Resort’s nestled location in the Punakha Valley promises views of misty mountains, blue skies, the Puna Tsang Chhu River, and surrounding rice fields. The hotel combines traditional Bhutanese architecture with modern comfort. The rustic wood paneling creates a warm, homely atmosphere. Elaborately carved stone structures adorn the exterior of the hotel. The bright, modern rooms have their own bathroom, a flat-screen satellite TV, luxury bathrobes, and bath care products.
Gangtey Goenpa Lodge*****, Gangtey, Bhutan (2 nights)
Gangtey Lodge offers first-class comfort in one of the most remote places in the world. The luxury lodge overlooks the vast Gangtey Valley, surrounded by the Black Mountains. The lodge, built in typical Bhutanese country house style, nestles perfectly into the valley. The twelve suites were lovingly designed and authentically furnished down to the smallest detail. At the center of the accommodation is the fully glazed lounge area, which boasts panoramic views. It also includes a restaurant, library, and fireplace room.
Amankora Bumthang*****, Bumthang, Bhutan (3 nights)
Amankora Lodge lies next to the famous Wangdicholing Palace and is surrounded by apple and pear trees. The hotel has a grand dining room with 5 meter high ceilings and magnificent views. The restaurant offers western à la carte dining and a Bhutanese menu. In the library, you can find a variety of literature, magazines, and reference books. The 16 suites are divided into four separate apartments. Each suite has a wood-burning stove and a bathtub covered with terrazzo.
Zhiwa Ling Heritage, by National Geographic*****, Paro, Bhutan (2 nights)
The Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel is located just outside of Paro in the hills of the valley. The whole complex looks like a work of art, carefully constructed, carved, and painted by Bhutanese artists. The unique architecture conveys an atmosphere of timeless tradition, perfectly embedded in the cultural landscape of Bhutan. The main building and guest cottages are set in a lush landscape of weeping willows and fruit trees. The 45 luxurious suites offer views of the emerald green foothills of the Himalayas.
The hotel also places great emphasis on sustainability. An incredible 98% of the hotel's waste is recycled locally. They also prioritize hiring local workers and supporting local schools and charities.
Closest city: Kathmandu
Closest airport: Tribhuvan International Airport
Duration of the trip: 18 days / 17 nights
Minimum number of participants: Maximum 12 people
Date of the trip: 13.04. - 30.04.2021; 02.11. - 19.11.2021
17 nights in the mentioned accommodations
3 nights in Kathmandu at Dwarika's Hotel
2 nights in Chitwan National Park at the Barahi Jungle Lodge
2 nights in Pokhara at The Pavilions Himalayas
2 nights in Thimpu at the Druk Hotel
2 nights in Punakha at the Kunzang Zhing Resort
2 nights in Gangtey at the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
3 nights in Bumthang in Amankora Bumthang
2 nights in Paro at Zhiwa Ling Heritage, by National Geographic
Meals according to the program
English-speaking guide in Nepal & Bhutan
All regional flights
All admission to the listed sights
Personal expenses, such as tips and souvenirs
Drinks during meals unless specifically mentioned
Visits depend on the weather and the season. It can be easily modified by the tour guide when you arrive.
Group size maximum: 12 people.
The duration of the excursions stated in the program is approximate and may change due to local conditions.
Please note that changes to the hotel selection in Bhutan (before booking) are possible.