On Top Of The World
- Nepal and Bhutan
- 13 Days
- Kathmandu | Pokhara | Dhampus | Landruk | Ghandruk | Majhgaun | Lumle | Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Delhi
- Happiest country in the world
- Annapurna trekking circuit
- Tashichhodzong – architectural marvel of Bhutan
- Tiger’s Nest Monastery
One of the most fascinating highlights for active travellers around the world are the snow capped Himalayas and the regions that exist in ther shadow. This trip is specifically for those who want a tryst with high passes, isolated villages and the company of snoe-topped peaks.You start in the bustling capital of Nepal, Kathamandu and trace your way through the historical loop of the country, moving north towards the Annapurna trekking circuit. Later, the trip wends its way to Bhutan, another small wonder that has a special relationship with the magnficent mountains. Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valley offer the traveller a distinct showcase of the Buddhist culture, terraced fields and monasteries perched on mountain-tops, and yet the familiarity of feeling at home.
The country is known as the only one that calculates a ‘happiness index’ and works towards keeping it high. With its stunning landscapes and heartwarming people, it cannot be too difficult a task. The serenetic and dramatic landcsapes of this route promises to nudge to forever fall in love with Nepal and Bhutan.
Capital of Bhutan till 1955, and the winter seat of the Chief Abbott, Punakha is a beautifully scenic river valley, dominated by the Punakha Dzong that stands at the confluence of two rivers. It is the local monastic and administrative seat, a pattern followed over much of Bhutan, with rich interiors, such as the great assembly hall, that date back to the 17th century AD. Travel 11 miles south in the valley to see Wangdiphodrang, noted for it’s eponymous fortress, with stunning views of the upper and lower valley.
Continue to Paro (120 km/3 hours, alt 7,264 ft), another of the country’s several breathtaking and picturesque valleys. Paro is dotted with clusters of small villages and terraced rice fields, still resembling a small medieval settlement.
In the afternoon, visit Drugyel Dzong, the hallowed site where the Bhutanese finally repelled the repeated invasions from Tibet. On the northern horizon, is Bhutan’s most sacred mountain, Chomolhari, a cerebral site on a clear day. End the day visiting some typical rural dwellings around Paro, before reaching Kyichu Lhakhang, Bhutan’s most sacred 7th century Monastery. Later, climb up to the Taktsang monastery or ‘Tiger’s Nest’, one of life’s unforgettable experiences.
|October – March:||Winter months, recommended to travel.|
|Mid April – June:||Summer months, when it is moderately hot in April, but May and June are avoidable.|
|July – September:||Monsoon months where trips are doable.|