Some 60 million years ago, the slow, inexorable northward drift of the Indian subcontinent uplifted ancient seafloors and created the extraordinary range of mountains we know as the Himalayas. This journey combines a visit to two countries within the Himalayan range, Nepal and Bhutan.
Begin your adventure in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Here Hindu and Buddhist traditions have enriched each other to create a unique culture. In the words of UNESCO, “The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous.”
Your next destination is Bhutan, the greener part of the Eastern Himalayas. Bhutan represents a gold standard in nature and cultural preservation. Tourists were allowed in only from 1974, TV was introduced as late as 1999 and all Bhutanese citizens observe a dress code. Fly into Paro, a scenic city which is home to the magnificent Tiger’s Nest monastery, then drive to Thimphu, a base to explore the valleys of Punakha and Wangdiphodrong.