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Annapurna Panorama

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Experience a wonderfully varied and easy-paced trek through the stunning Annapurna region, while lodging in quaint Track...

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Sample Itinerary - REF HIMALAYAS 28

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday! Pick up and complete a landing card on the plane or in the airport before you go through customs. Upon arrival you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your trip. Overnight - Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu - Paro

Kathmandu – Paro. This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival at Bhutan/Paro airport you will be met by our local representative and. Airport arrival transfer from Paro airport to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Driving through the Paro valley, en route to Thimphu gaze out upon silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering its way through the thick forested ravine, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). Overnight - Thimphu (D)

A Bhutanese Archer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan	[

Day 3: Paro - Thimphu

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, and printing blocks for prayer flags and the Thimpu Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. The Traditional Medicine Institute is where the rich herbal medicines abundant in Kingdom are prepared here. The institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines to would be practitioners. Memorial Chorten is the beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. Trashichhodzong, the beautiful fortress/monastery which houses Secretariate building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices, is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot. Overnight - Thimphu.

Ready for battle! Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha

Drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at the lofty Dochu La Pass, to view the rugged eastern Himalayas. This afternoon visit the impressive Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang "Palace of Great Happiness", an exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Later hike to the Chimi lhakhang – the temple of Divine Madman. Legend has it that he subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ An effigy of the thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang. A short walk across the rice fields leads to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings. Overnight - Punakha.

Chorten Kora near to Punakha photo courtesy of Tourist Council of Bhutan

Day 5: Punakha - Trongsa

Today you travel to Wangdue and Trogsa. Here you will visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong and then drive on to Trongsa about 140 KM. Enjoy a packed Lunch on way, around Pele la pass 12,800 feet If the weather is clear there are beautiful views. Overnight Punakha.

The national flower of Bhutan - the Blue Poppy. Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 6: Trongsa

A short visit at Trongsa Choetse Dzong and then drive on to Bumthang. The Road takes you across yet another high pass at about 12,000 feet the Yoto lapass. Bumthang is yet another very scared valley, the Holy place of Guru Rinpoche and Terton Pema Lingpa. After lunch visit Kurjey Lhakhang (Kujey-means body impression, in the old temple at Kujey Lhakhang the main temple is built around the cave with Body Impression of the Guru) and the Jambay Lhakhang. Rest of the afternoon is yours to rest or to explore the Chamkhar Town. Overnight Bumthang.

The valley of Ura - Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 7: - Gangtey

A Morning visit to Membar Tso. Burning Lake: this where a great saint Terton Pema Lingpa went into a lake with a burning lamp and revealed many hidden treasures. After Lunch visit the Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar (white bird) Dzong. Overnight Jakar (Gangtey)

The ever popular Yak - a prominent member of Bhutan's countryside. Photo courtesy of Tourism Council

Day 8: Gangtey

Today you will drive back to Wangdipodrang. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Wangdipodrang.

Day 9: - Paro

Drive back to Paro. Travel back to Paro today via the scenic Doch La Pass, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the towering Bhutan Himalaya peaks. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Paro Valley. Visit Kichu Lhakang - one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century, Dungtse Lhakang, an incredible 3-storey Chorten-style building which was constructed in 1433 and the impressive and iconic Paro Rinpung Dzong. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Rinphung Dzong served as a bastion against invasion from the north. It is regarded as one of the finest Bhutanese architecture - with intricate wood work, large beams slotted into each other and held together without nails. Overnight - Paro

A colourful and lively masked dancer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 10: Paro

Taktshang Pelphung monastery or Tiger's Nest as it often referred to is one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It is located on the face of a sheer 900m cliff above the floor of Paro valley. Today take a scenic hike to view this spectacular and unmissable sight! The monastery is only accessible on foot or you can ride a pony part of the way (this must be arranged in advance by your guide). Once inside the monastery, there are several shrines or temples to see with few monks in residence. After exploring the monastery walk back to the cafeteria for lunch, before retracing your steps back to the road to journey back to Paro. Please note that proper walking boots or shoes are recommended for this hike. Overnight - Paro

Local monks in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourim Council of Bhutan

Day 11: Paro

Your holiday concludes after breakfast and on onward departure transfer to Paro airport for your international flight.