Bhutan : The Last Shangri-La   November 2020

Bhutan : The Last Shangri-La November 2020.

Little has changed over the centuries in the Kingdom of Bhutan, perched among the pristine forests and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Its rich historic and cultural traditions are memorably expressed in its architecture – mountain-top monasteries, Buddhist temples and traditional villages – as well as in its textiles and its hardy and proud people. This tour takes you from major towns, such as Paro and Thimphu, to remote valleys, such as Phobjikha, home to the rare black-necked crane, and offers you the best of this unique country.
 
We hope you can join us.


  • 17-29 November 2020
  • 13 days

  • The history, culture and natrural beauty of this Himalayan kingdom.


  • $ AUD 6940 per person (Twin Share)

  • Single supplement: $ AUD 1735 per person

The tiny nation of Bhutan in the eastern Himalaya has successfully remained isolated from the outside world for centuries. Only at the time of the present King's father’s coronation (1974) was the first trickle of foreigners permitted to enter. Prior to the building of the road from India to Thimphu even visiting Indian dignitaries took six days on horseback to reach the royal palace. It still remains an isolated and aloof land and the present king is keen to preserve its unique customs and traditions. Its history is a capsule of all that is mystical about the Himalaya; re-incarnate rulers who used black magic to defeat Tibetan aggressors, lama-saints who foretold the future and who fought demons opposed to the spread of Buddhism and civil wars between powerful district governors, or penlops, who laid plot and counter-plot in an endless cycle of strife and assassinations.This tour is designed to give you the time to experience Bhutan at its own pace and focuses on the highlights of western and central Bhutan. There is no hard walking involved – unless you choose to make the climb to Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest monastery - but there is gentle exercise on strolls around the townships, plus visits to the dzongs and villages, which involves steps. This remote corner of the Himalaya can be unpredictable and will be a challenging adventure to a place that is still finding its way into the twenty-first century. Come with an open mind and the willingness to appreciate Bhutan as it is and you will be afforded a rare and wonderful experience.

Highlights

  • Bhutan’s remarkable architecture, such as the Tiger’s Nest fortress-monastery in Paro and the majestic Punakha Dzong


  • The towering peaks of the eastern Himalaya – many over 7,000m


  • The remote and splendid Phobjikha Valley in central Bhutan – winter home of the Black-Necked Cranes


  • The rich traditions of this ancient land expressed in its textiles, music and fine arts


  • The remarkable people of Bhutan – archers, farmers and artists


  • Register your interest by emailing Judy Tenzing on judy@judytenzing.com


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