This eight day / seven night fall tour (November 2nd through 9th, 2018) will center around the cultural and natural riches of Western Bhutan.
Bhutan is a mountainous and thickly forested Himalayan kingdom (a constitutional monarchy) sandwiched between China and India that has been referred to by National Geographic as "The Last Shangri La". Bhutan has a population under one million, a low population density (~20 people per square km), and a sustainable tourism policy that is "low-volume / high-end." Although the national language is Bhutanese (Dzongkha), English is the language of instruction in schools, and many people are delighted to engage visitors in English conversation about popular topics including their country's "Gross National Happiness," spectacular architecture, Buddhist traditions, cuisine, textiles, flora, and fauna.
We have designed this experience both with comfort and authentic experiences in mind. Five nights will be in modern and comfortable three star hotels and two nights in comfortable and very authentic "home stay" accommodations. Five star hotels are also available at additional charge for most nights.
Dorji, our guide, is originally from a small town in Eastern Bhutan and has a background in environmental conservation. From 2000-2004 while Dorji worked as project coordinator for the Guinness-recognized Bhutan photo-documentary "Largest Book in the World" with Mark's MIT Media Lab colleague Michael Hawley, he became a proficient project manager and digital photographer as he coordinated five expeditions across the breadth and width of Bhutan. He later worked for the Bhutanese royal family and helped to coordinate a 140+ Bhutanese delegation to the 2008 Smithsonian Folk-life Festival in Washington D.C. Aside from being our licensed Bhutan guide, Dorji works as a program officer for the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (the world's first environmental trust fund), and as CEO / co-founder of Thunder Dragon Chilis.
The total in-country all-inclusive cost of this Bhutan experience (lodging, ground transportation, meals, licensed guides, entrance fees, adventure experiences such as rafting, Bhutanese government fees, ponies / pack animals (if needed), tips, etc, is $3,800 per person double occupancy, the single supplement charge is $700 (total of $4,500 per person single occupancy).
The trip begins and ends at the international airport in Paro (PBH); we can assist with bookings on Druk Airlines, the royal Bhutan airlines and with obtaining tourist visas. Opportunities also exist for trip extensions and/or stopovers in various global hubs (advice provided upon request, with costs according to the customized plan).
• Unforgettable historic architecture (e.g. Fortresses, Monasteries, Monuments, Bridges, etc.)
• Unique and Colorful Festivals
• Spectacular Landscapes including Mountain Views
• Authentic Cultural Encounters
• Culinary Adventures (featuring locally sourced organic ingredients)
• Optional mountain river rafting and hiking experiences (with exquisite views)
• See the Worlds Largest Book with one of its co-creators
Payment in full due date: 1 August 2018
* $700 single supplement charge
* itinerary subject to change according to unforeseen circumstances / opportunities
Bhutanese Dancers performing at the spring Bhutan Rhododendron Festival in the Royal Botanical Park at Lampelri, Bhutan.