Dates: April 24 - May 8, 2018
Total Duration: 15 days
Cost: From approx. $6,995 per person, double occupancy including airfare from Boston, New York, Washington DC. Airline fees separate.
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Active
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Law School
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Region: Northern Central Asia
Savor an exhilarating journey to two distant, devout lands, different in fact yet similar in spirit. Hinduism in Nepal and Buddhism in Bhutan suffuse all aspects of life – and surrounding Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell. Your 15-day small group tour, limited to just 16 guests, begins in Kathmandu, the "Roof of the World." Visit iconic Swayambhunath Temple, a sacred Buddhist complex. Continue through the beautiful Kathmandu Valley to Patan, a city known for its artistic traditions. Walk through historic Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO site. Share lunch with a Nepalese family in their home, and see renowned 15th-century Boudhanath, another UNESCO site and Nepal's most important Buddhist stupa. Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal's oldest and holiest Hindu shrine, is your next stop. Proceed to Bhaktapur, known for its fine artisans, abundant temples, and colorful festivals. Take a scenic drive to Nagarkot, a hilltop village commanding a spectacular vista of Nepal's Himalayan peaks.
Fly to Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, where highlights include touring a traditional Buddhist fortress monastery and Memorial Chorten, a well-loved religious landmark. Experience Bhutanese culture first-hand as you dine with a Bhutanese family. Raise prayer flags and revel in stunning Himalayan views at Dochula Pass, en route to Punakha. Embark on a thrilling Mo Chu River rafting trip. Travel to historic Paro and tour Ta-Dzong, the national museum showcasing Bhutan's rich cultural heritage. Conclude with a Bhutanese highlight: a visit to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger's Nest monastery hanging from a cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley.