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Learning to practice kindness from monks in Bhutan
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Receiving blessings at the temple in Kathmandu
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Walking to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
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Exploring the dramatic moonscape of Ladakh
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Visiting palaces, forts, and monasteries of Little Tibet

Magical Himalayan Kingdoms

Oct 17 - Nov 04, 2022

19 days | Bhutan | Cultural Explorations

After over 40 years of travelling the world, Lewie Gonsalves defines this as the trip of a lifetime (and that’s a pretty definitive comment!) Every two years, Lewie leads a remarkable voyage across the roof of the world.

Our 2021 tour begins in Delhi. Please consider arriving a few days earlier if you have not yet visited this remarkable city and the iconic Taj Mahal. From Delhi, an epic flight takes us to the Himalayan state of Ladakh, the least populated and most inaccessible region in all of India. Today Leh is home to a large population of Tibetan expatriates and Buddhism thrives in its ancient palaces, forts, and monasteries of what is known as “Little Lhasa”.

Our journey continues with extended explorations in Nepal and Bhutan. We’ll visit ancient stupas and ornate temples in Kathmandu and safari by elephant back to spot tiger at Chitwan National Park. We’ll take what we think is the most magical drive in the world through Bhutan’s valleys to see the spectacular Punakha Fortress at the river junction and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Set against the most inspiringly scenic backdrop in the world, this tour will introduce you to the remarkable people and cultures that flourished in the shadow of the world’s highest mountain ranges.
Cultural Explorations President's Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$12,750  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants    

What’s included: Airport transfers, accommodation based on double occupancy, most meals, six internal flights, all internal transportation by private coach, jeep excursions in Chitwan National Park, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees, fully escorted by Lewie Gonsalves. Taxes and gratuities of US$475 are included.

"Sights, sounds and scents are seared into the memory bank. A well paced, one of a kind trips! Great fun! A big thank you!” - 2018 Traveller
"Thanks for an absolutely amazing trip!!!" - 2018 Traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Delhi
2See the sights of historic Delhi
3Fly to Leh
4-5Leh's spectacular monasteries and rural villages
6Excursion to the 'Moon Land' of Lamayuru
7Fly Leh - Delhi - Kathmandu
8Discover Kathmandu
9Fly to Chitwan National Park, enjoy a safari
10Exploring Chitan by canoe, on foot, and with game drives
11Fly to Kathmandu, explore the old quarter
12Fly to Paro and drive to Thimpu
13Discover the fortresses of Thimphu Valley
14Enchanting drive to Punakha
15Regal and charming Punakha
16Drive to Paro, visit the Ta Dzong
17Hike to Paro’s famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery
18Fly to Bangkok
19Depart Bangkok
Optional extensions: Bangkok in depth
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Lewie Gonsalves, our peripatetic president, has over  40 years’ experience researching and organizing trips throughout the world. As well as designing and leading our President’s Tours, Lewie is also chief designer of our Private Journey collection of tailored tours.

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Cultural Explorations President's Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$12,750  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants    

What’s included: Airport transfers, accommodation based on double occupancy, most meals, six internal flights, all internal transportation by private coach, jeep excursions in Chitwan National Park, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees, fully escorted by Lewie Gonsalves. Taxes and gratuities of US$475 are included.

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