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Sacred Himalayas

chief locations :

Kathmandu * Pokhara * Chitwan National Park * Paro * Thimpu * Punakha * Darjeeling * Gangtok

16 days

2 – 6 passengers for ideal touring

The Hindus of Nepal, worship the ancient Vedic gods. Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer as the Supreme Hindu Trinity. Shakti, the dynamic element in the female counterpart of Shiva, is highly revered and feared and some of the names given to her are: Mahadevi, Mahakali, Bhagabati and Ishwari. Kumari, the Virgin Goddess, also represents Shakti. Other popular deities are Ganesh for luck, Saraswati for knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth and Hanuman for protection. Buddhism too is practiced by a large number of citizens. A land locked country, Nepal is most famous being the home to the tallest mountain – Mt. Everest as well as the Living Goddess – Kumari. God has been kind and nature is bountiful with thick forests, mountains, and fast flowing rivers.

Bhutan is characterized by steep mountains and deep valleys, which led to scattered population settlement. The country is famous for its unique philosophy – Gross National Happiness (GNH) – which guides its development. A remote kingdom that still clings on to its Buddhist culture but embraces modernisation, Bhutan is a land with monasteries, traditional architecture, beautiful valleys, snow-clad mountain views and lush greenery. Vajrayana Buddhism is practiced mostly and the monasteries are highly revered. Learning about Buddhism and monks in Bhutan is a great idea for not only discovering one of the bedrocks of Bhutanese society but also the minimalist way of life.

Darjeeling, famous for it’s fine tea and stunning views of the countryside. A majority of the population is spilt from nearby Nepal but the fierce Gurkhas have adapted to the unique Gurkha – Bengali culture. Next door Sikkim is a fairytale land indeed, and is adorned with glistening high altitude lakes, rolling green mountains, pretty rhododendron groves, azure rivers, milky waterfalls and vivid monasteries. Views of the third highest mountain in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga are simply fantastic.

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu – Pokhara by flight
Day 4 Pokhara
Day 5 Pokhara – Chitwan National Park ( 4 hrs drive )
Day 6 Chitwan National Park
Day 7 Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu and flight to Paro
Day 8 Thimpu
Day 9 Thimpu – Punakha ( drive 2 hrs)
Day 10 Punakha – Paro ( 3 hrs drive)
Day 11 Paro – hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery.
Day 12 Paro – Baghdogra by flight – Darjeeling ( drive)
Day 13 Darjeeling
Day 14 Darjeeling – Gangtok ( 4 hrs)
Day 15 Gangtok
Day 16 Gangtok – Baghdogra airport flight to Delhi

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