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LGBT group trip: Nepal and Bhutan Himalayan Adventure

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TRIP SUMMARY

Take yourself off the beaten track and explore two of the world's most culturally rich and historical countries set amongst the Himalayan mountains, each with their own stories to tell. Take in spiritual temples, fascinating traditions, grand palaces, friendly locals and spectacular scenery along your journey. This gay group trip takes in UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square, the "Tiger's Nest" Monastery, Swayambhunath aka the "Monkey Temple", and many more highlights. The Nepal and Bhutan Himalayan Adventure is made for those seeking an authentic experience in a world where that is hard to come by. 

time difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

4h45 hours ahead of the UK

flight time

FLIGHT TIME

12 hours direct from UK

Available Dates : 27th October 2018

Day 1 - Arrive at New Delhi

You'll arrive at New Delhi airport and will be met by a tour representative who will transfer you over to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel where you will spend your first night. 

Day 2 - Kathmandu/Pasupatinath

In the morning after a lovely breakfast you will be transferred to New Delhi airport ready to board a flight to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Once you have arrived in one of the world's most historical cities you will first be taken to the hotel for check in before taking part in a sightseeing tour of one of the most important and recognised Hindu Temples, Pasupatinath - a well known pilgrimage destination. your tour will continue on to the city of Boudhanath where many traditional Buddhist rituals and celebrations occur throughout the year when Buddhists from far and wide across Nepal and Bhutan come together.

Day 3 - Kathmandu/Patan City/Bhaktapur

In the morning you'll embark on a tour of Patan City, the oldest settlement in the valley. Patan City has a reputation for producing the finest artists and craftsmen and began construction in around 299 AD. Be amazed by the various bronze and wooden gateways and windows, wood carvings and metal work that all showcase the fine craftsmanship and architecture in Patan City, especially at the beautiful Golden Temple and Krishna Temple in the Patan Durbar Square. 

After a hearty lunch, you'll leave for Bhaktapur. The city is famous for its grandiose palace complex situated right in the centre surrounded by many equally stunning traditional temples. The former King's residence, “pachpan jhyaley mahal” (Palace of 55 Windows), in the middle of Durbar Square is a must see, alongside other wondrous sights such as the Big Bell, the Golden Gate, five-tiered Nyatapola Temple and Bhairab Temple.

Day 4 - Kathmandu/Durbar Square/Swayambhunath

In the morning you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu Durbar Square where the Nepalese royals used to reside in Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Surrounding the palace are an abundance of temples dedicated to different gods such as Shiva the Destroyer, Vishnu the Preserver, Indra the God of Rain and Goddess Taleju, the latter of which is only open one day a year on the widely celebrated festival Dashain in Nepal. You'll also find the temple of the Virgin Living Goddess who comes to her ornate window to greet visitors to the temple. 

Afterwards, you will visit the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world - Swayambhunath. This monument sits on the top of a hill gazing over the city of Kathmandu and is said to be where the the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha watch over the world. Here you'll find many monkey roaming around which has given rise to the recent nickname of the temple as the "Monkey Temple".

Day 5 - Kathmandu / Paro / Thimphu

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport ready for a flight to Paro. From here you will be driven to Thimpu, Bhutan's capital and largest city. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 6 - Thimpu

This day will showcase the best of Bhutan's capital city. You'll start in the morning with a trip to the Arts & Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, a traditional house that showcases rural life. You'll also find one of one of the oldest temples in the valley here dedicated to the Buddhist emanation of compassion Avalokiteshvara where you will find spectacular views. After lunch you will visit Memorial Chorten which you can see on the skyline a mile off. This beautiful structure features beautiful golden spires and bells as well as a wildlife reserve area for the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. The creation of these gentle creatures are attributed to a 15th century saint. The same location also offers great views over the valley, especially at sunset.

Day 7 - Thimpu/Punakha

After breakfast, you'll embark on your journey to Punakha where, along the way, you can enjoy stunning views of the mountainous landscape. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan up until the 1960s and still retains its regal atmosphere. You'll visit the 108 memorial stupas that were built by the eldest Queen Mother of the country, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. After this, visit the fertility temple of ChimiLakhang in the Punakha Valley.

After lunch you'll visit the the beautiful ancient fortress of Punakha Dzong which towers on an island making for a picturesque image. This fortress contains many well-preserved antiques from the days when the kings of the country used to rule from this valley.

Day 8 - Punakha/Paro

After breakfast enjoy the ride to Paro where you'll check into your hotel and enjoy a lovely lunch. Paro is a place of history and is well known for the many sacred and historical buildings that stand there. The Valley of Paro is also thought to be one of the most stunning valleys in the whole country. Here, you'll visit the National Museum (Ta dzong) where you'll find a multitude of artistic artefacts, religious paintings and a national history collection. You'll also take in the large Buddhist monastery and fortress of Rinpung Dzong, otherwise known as the "fortress of the heap of jewels", built on a hill overlooking the town. Rest of day at leisure in Paro Town.

Day 9 - Paro

In the morning, after breakfast, hike up to the eye-catching Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the "Tiger's Nest". This is a monastic retreat built 3120m above on a cliff face above the green Paro Valley and is the most famous temple in Bhutan and is famously a well-respected pilgrimage site. The 8th Century Buddhist saint Padmasambhava, who is cited as bringing the teachings of Buddhism to the country by flying over the mountains of Tibet on the back of a tigress, is thought to have landed here. To end the day, you'll stop off for lunch at a traditional teahouse with unrivalled views of the monastery.

Day 10 - Paro/Departure

On this day, you'll enjoy your breakfast before you are transferred to the airport, ready to catch your departing flight.













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