What to Know
- Local flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur.
- The services of expert English-speaking local tour leaders throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
- Authentic accommodation includes: 12 nights comfortable hotels
- Visa for Bhutan (obtained by our local partners and held by the tour leader).
- Meals 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Kathmandu orientation walking tour including Bodhnath Stupa and the holy Bagmati River
- Darjeeling sightseeing, including the Botanical Gardens, Tibetan Refugee Centre and Mountaineering Institute.
- Gangtok including Drodul Chorten, Research Institute of Tibetology and orchid sanctuary.
- Thimphu including Tashicho Dzong, Painting School and Memorial Chorten; and Paro including Drukgyal Dzong.
- Visits to monasteries including Ghoom Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Enchay Monastery, Zangdopheir Monastery and Taktsang (Tiger's Nest).
- Excursion to Tiger Hill for sunrise views of Kanchenjunga and Everest.
- Exploration of Paro Valley.
- Arrival and departure airport transfers.
- International flights
- Airport departure taxes
- Visas for Nepal and India
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Any optional tours and activities during free time
- Camera fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Tips and items of a personal nature
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
Festivals: Holi and Diwali
Travelling in India and Nepal during the Holi festival, a lunar festival generally held in March each year, can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader/guide will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader/guide in high risk situation.
Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (a lunar festival generally held from mid October to mid November every year) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid any dangerous areas to avoid putting the group at risk.
Petty theft and personal safety
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Traffic and driving on the other side of the road
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!