Duration: October 14, 2020 - November 2, 2020

2020 President’s Special Adventure to the Himalayas

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.  Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.  Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse historic city with breathtaking Newari architecture, centuries old Hindu and Buddhist religious sites.  Stepping into Kathmandu is like stepping into another world that everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime.

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Day 1                   Depart CANADA
Day 2                   Delhi, INDIA                                   Hotel Stay
Day 3                   Delhi, INDIA                                   Hotel Stay
Day 4                   Agra, INDIA                                    Hotel Stay

Day 5                   Jaipur, INDIA                                  Hotel Stay
Day 6                   Jaipur, INDIA                                  Hotel Stay
Day 7                   Kathmandu, NEPAL                        Hotel  Stay
Day 8                   Kathmandu, NEPAL                        Hotel Stay
Day 9                   Pokhara, NEPAL                             Hotel Stay

Day 10                 Pokhara, NEPAL                             Hotel Stay
Day 11                 Kathmandu, NEPAL                         Hotel Stay
Day 12                 Thimpu, BHUTAN                            Hotel Stay
Day 13                 Thimpu, BHUTAN                            Hotel Stay
Day 14                 Punakha, BHUTAN                         Hotel Stay
Day 15                 Gangtey, BHUTAN                          Hotel Stay
Day 16                 Paro, BHUTAN                               Hotel Stay
Day 17                 Paro, BHUTAN                               Hotel Stay
Day 18                 Paro, BHUTAN                               Hotel Stay

Day 19                 Delhi, INDIA                                   Hotel Dayroom
Day 20                 Depart for CANADA

Day 1 – October 14, 2020 / Wednesday – CANADA – INDIA
Meet our tour host at the Toronto airport for your overnight flight with Air Canada to Delhi, India.

Day 2 – October 15 / Thursday – DELHI, INDIA
Welcome to India!  Following formalities and baggage collection, meet up with our representative and be transferred to the hotel for check-in.   Accommodation: WELCOMHOTEL DWARKA or similar 2 nights.

Day 3 – October 16 / Friday – DELHI, INDIA
After breakfast, proceed with tour of Old Delhi driving along the Rajpath and visiting the Asia’s largest mosque known as Jama Masjid.  A ride on a pedicab/rickshaw will take you to the heart of Old Delhi, allowing you to savour the sights, smells and sounds of this ancient city, its past reflected in its present.  Your guide will take you through winding lanes recounting tales, anecdotes and legends of a Delhi that goes back thousands of years. The tour takes you to the age-old Silver market, through quaint streets selling incredible ware.  In the afternoon, proceed for sightseeing of the New Delhi drive past India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War, Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy, today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, the first Mughal garden tomb, with its four grand gateways, octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with its central canal.  The sightseeing tour of New Delhi comes to an end with the visit of 70-meter high Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi.  It was built during the 12th century Delhi Sultanate period and commemorates the conquest of Delhi by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the slave and chief general of Mohammad Ghauri.   (B/L/D)

Day 4 – October 17 / Saturday – DELHI – JAIPUR, INDIA
After breakfast check out from your, depart for Jaipur with lunch half-way.  On arrival check in at hotel.  Jaipur is an essential stop in any tour of Rajasthan. The old walled section of the city is known as the Pink City; it was painted red (a lucky colour in Hindu culture) to welcome England’s Prince Alfred in 1853 and the fading old buildings retain their hue Jaipur is one of India’s newer cities, founded in 1727, and was the creation of Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of the Kuchwaha Rajputs, who decided when Mogul power was on the decline to move from his outmoded hillside fortress at Amber to establish a new capital on the plains further south.   Accommodation: HOTEL HILTON or similar 2 nights.  (B/L/D)

Day 5 – October 18 / Sunday – JAIPUR, INDIA
After breakfast, drive to Amer to visit Amer Fort.  Amer, the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, which lies 9 Miles north of Jaipur.  Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles – the earlier constructions in the inner apartments designed by the Hindu founder are austere, while later constructions abound in the rich flourish’s characteristic of Muslim influence. Experience the thrill of riding up to the fort on gaily decorated elephants, in the manner the Rajputs of old made their royal ascent centuries ago.  In the afternoon explore Jaipur, one of the best-planned cities in India, built of rose-pink sandstone by the great astronomer-king Jai Singh II in 1727.  The City Palace stands in the centre of the city.  Part of it is still the Maharaja’s residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armoury.  Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur.  Built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design and rising five storeys high, it is composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen, which allowed the ladies of the court to look onto the main street without being seen.  There is time to wander through the colorful bazaars, a veritable collector’s paradise where you can watch ancient craft forms. In tiny ateliers you can see the age-old tie-dye methods of cloth printing, miniature paintings on cotton or silk, statues hand-carved in wood or bone, fine metalwork and the renowned blue pottery of Jaipur.   (B/L/D)

Day 6 – October 19 / Monday – JAIPUR – AGRA, INDIA
After breakfast check out from your hotel and take drive to Agra.  The city of Agra, the quintessence of the grand Mughal era, reigns to this day in the public mind as the embodiment of royal grace, imposing architecture and power.  Agra is globally renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal.  But this royal Mughal city has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many monuments that epitomize the high point of Mughal architecture.  No tour to India can be complete without paying a visit to this erstwhile capital of the Mughals and the city of the Taj Mahal, the world’s most beloved monument.  With its laidback lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery, Agra is amongst the most remarkable city of the world.  In the afternoon, tour of Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations.  The present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River.  Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.  Continue with sunset visit of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh.  Mehtab Bagh is located on the left bank of Yamuna opposite Taj Mahal.  The garden complex is approximately 300 square meters and is in straight alignment with the Taj Mahal.  Accommodation: DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON 1 night.   (B/L/D)

Day 7 – October 20 / Tuesday – AGRA – DELHI – KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Early morning sunrise tour of Taj Mahal.  Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty.  A symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.  There are tombs of Mumtaz and Shahjahan within the mausoleum.  Done in white marble, it took 22 years and over 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete this rhapsody in stone (1630-52 AD). The main structure is set amidst landscaped gardens.  While on three sides it is surrounded by high walls, the rear is bound by the river Yamuna.  Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, depart on the drive to Delhi (4 hrs).  On arrival transfer to airport to connect flight for Kathmandu.  You will arrive at Kathmandu airport.  Following formalities and baggage collection, meet up with our representative and be transferred to Hotel.  Accommodation: HOTEL MULBERRY or similar 2 nights.  (B/L/D)

Day 8 – October 21 / Wednesday – KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Today morning after breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath, and Patan.  Kathmandu City: Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence.  Durbar Square are with it is array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty.  Swayambhunath: Located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt.  Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.  This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagodas temples.  Patan or Yala: Patan as it is known today is located on the southern banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the three main cities in Kathmandu Valley.  The city is believed to be the first settlement in the Valley and was established by the Kirat dynasty who ruled for more than 1200 years from the 3rd century BC. Patan is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, waterspouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings.  Patan has more than a 1000 temples and monuments dedicated to the uniquely Nepali mix of Buddhist and Hindu gods, chief among which are the mounds erected by the great Indian Emperor Asoka in the four corners of the city when he visited Nepal in 250 BC.  Patan Durbar square is one of the seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Nepalese dinner at a local restaurant with cultural show.   (B/L/D)

Day 9 – October 22 / Thursday – KATHMANDU – POKHARA, NEPAL
After breakfast, transfer to airport to connect for a short flight for Pokhara.  You are met on arrival and transfer to hotel Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks.  The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalaya rising behind them create the ambience that has made Pokhara such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.  Tourism focuses on the districts of Dam-side and Lakeside (or Pardi and Baidam, in Nepali, respectively).  These two areas, packed with hotels and restaurants, are a few kilometers southwest of the main Pokhara bazaar.  Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city Devi’s fall: Locally known as Patale Chango (Hell’s fall) also known as Devin’s and David’s is a lovely Waterfall is about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway.  Legend has it that a trekker by the name of Davy was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.  Gupteshwor Cave: Gupteshwor Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city.  The entrance is right across from Devi’s fall and the cave is almost 3 km long.  It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours.  This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. An entrance fee of Rs. 5 is charged and taking pictures inside the cave is prohibited.  The Old Bazaar + Bindyabasini Temple: Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the old Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu valley, located about 4 km from Lakeside, the markets original charm is still evident.  This area is strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.  The old Bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara’s most important shrines.  Locally called the Bindyabasini Mandir, this white dome- like structure dominates a spacious stone – paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock.  It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti.  The park – like grounds offers a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays, and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavour.  Accommodation: ATITHI RESORT & SPA or similar 2nights.  (B/L/D)

Day 10 – October 23 / Friday – POKHARA, NEPAL
Early morning excursion trip to Sarangkot to view sunrise over Himalaya (subject to weather condition).  From Pokhara, Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara valley and the magnificent view of the mountains.  Sarangkot is only 5 km from Lake Side.  Sarangkot is the highest viewpoint for a sunrise and it is just 1592m high.  Sarangkot is 5 degrees cooler than Pokhara.  Afternoon visit the Peace Pagoda.  A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace.  Most (though not all) peace pagodas built since World War II have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order.  Fuji was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence.  In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.  Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in Japanese cities including Hiroshimaand Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of whom were civilian, at the end of World War II.  By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.  (B/L/D)

Day 11 – October 24 / Saturday – POKHARA – KATHMANDU, NEPAL
After leisurely breakfast, transfer to airport to connect flight for Kathmandu.  You are met on arrival and transfer to hotel.  Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square along with a heritage walk through its medieval alleys. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Bhaktapur lies only at the distance of 13 km to the east from the capital city, Kathmandu, one can have an opportunity to experience a different world, the world full of vibrant cultures, colorful festivals, generations old craftsmanship, and on top of that it is very worthwhile experiencing its indigenous lifestyle – still preserved old houses, still practiced traditional ways of welcoming guests, still practiced culinary & cutlery and many more experiences.  As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The Palace of 55 Windows built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1754 situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration.  The National Art Gallery is also housed inside.  The palace entrance, the Golden Gate known as SunkoDhoka in Nepali is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs.  Amongst the three Durbar Squares in the Valley, the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is the best preserved one.  Accommodation: HOTEL MULBERRY or similar 1 night.   (B/L/D)

Day 12 – October 25 / Sunday – KATHMANDU – PARO – THIMPU, NEPAL
Early morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Paro.   You will be met on arrival in Paro and transferred to Thimphu. Thimphu: Lying at an elevation of 2320m above sea level the capital of Bhutan is a blend of the traditional and the modern. It is the only capital in the world without streetlights relying instead on the elegant gestures of the traffic policemen.  The population of Thimphu stands at around 40,000. Geographically speaking the capital lies in a valley with the Thimphu River running through the valley.  Accommodation: OSEL or similar 1night.

Day 13 – October 26 / Monday – THIMPHU, BHUTAN
There are so many good things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it.  Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 90,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined.  In the morning you will visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace.  The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.  You will also visit the National Library, the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine, handmade paper factory, and the nunnery at Zilukha. Continue with tour of the school of fine arts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts); the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. on display.  Visit the Tashichodzong, Dzongs are traditionally built without nails or written plans.   The dzong houses the monk body in summer and is the seat of government; the king’s offices are in this dzong. There is a picturesque cantilever bridge below the dzong.  (B/L/D)

Day 14 – October 27 / Tuesday – THIMPHU – GANGTEY, NEPAL
After breakfast, depart on the drive to Gangtey.  On the way, halt at the Dochula pass- 26 kms away from Thimphu (3120m).  From this pass, if the weather is clear, you will get the most spectacular view of the Entire Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges.  You will also find 108 beautiful Stupas known as the “Druk Wangyel Chortens’ in the middle of the pass which reflects Bhutan’s sprititual as well as artistic traditions.  On arrival check in at hotel.  The wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Gangtey Goempa:  Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain; The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.  Gangtey was founded by Pema Trinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa, the famous Nyingmapa saint of Bhutan.  In 1613, Pema Trinley establish the monastery and became the first Gangtey Tulku.  Black Necked Crane Information Centre: Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Centre has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes. The centre also offers display information that outline the natural and cultural history of the area.  There is a small gift shop, which sells handicrafts produced by the local people.  Accommodation: HOTEL DEWACHEN or similar 1 night.    (B/L/D)

Day 15 – October 28 / Wednesday – GANGTEY – PUNAKHA, BHUTAN
Nature trail Hike: This pleasurable walk will start from the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba. You head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful forests and into the open valley.  After passing a chorten and Khewa Lhakhang, the trail ends at the local community temple.  Later depart on the drive to Punakha (3 hrs).  Continue with visit to Chimi Lhakhang Temple – 1 hr to 1 hr 30 minutes hike (round trip).  The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as “Divine Madman”.  This temple is also known as the temple of fertility.  It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.   It is about a 30-minute walk across field from the road to the temple.  The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning “field”.  It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.  On arrival, check in at hotel.   Accommodation: ZHINGKHAM RESORT or similar 2 nights.  (B/L/D)

Day 16 – October 29 / Thursday – PUNAKHA, BHUTAN
Morning travel up the valley & hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten along the riverbanks and through tiny villages surrounded by vegetable fields and rice paddies.   Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving or walking up from the footbridge towards the lodge. The three-leveled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999.  It is dedicated to the 5th King and serves to protect him as well as the country.   It is a 2-hour hike (round trip).  In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong.  Punakha Dzong” which means the Palace of Great Happiness is located on the confluence of Phochu and Mochu rivers and was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38 near Dzongchung or the little Dzong, built in 1328 by Ngagi Rinchen (which can be still seen opposite the main Dzong).  The Dzong was damaged by flood, earthquake and several times by fire and was rebuilt each time to its original grandeur.  The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Drukpa Kagyu School including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the mummified remains of Zhabdrung Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who passed away here in 1651.  In 1907 (on 17 Dec) Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first King of Bhutan.   It is the district administrative center of Punakha Dzongkhag and the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body led by HH the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot).    (B/L/D)

Day 17 – October 30 / Friday – PUNAKHA – PARO, BHUTAN
After breakfast, drive back to Paro via Thimphu. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.   Paro lies at an altitude of 2280m above sea level. Before the construction of roads most of Bhutan’s trade came through Paro either from Tibet via Tremo la or from the south via Haa. Paro valley extends from Jumolhari on the Tibetan border to Chuzom which is the confluence of the Thimphu and Punakha rivers.  Afternoon visit Ta Dzong (Sun, Mon Govt holiday closed): once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors.  Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history.  Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.  The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.  A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.   Accommodation: TASHI NAMGAY RESORT or similar (3 nights).  (B/L/D)

Day 18 – October 31 / Saturday – PARO, BHUTAN
Today you will be taken for the excursion/hike to Tiger’s Nest.  Day excursion to Tiger’s Nest Taktshang or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as it is often referred to for Taktshang Pelphung monastery, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. It is located on the face of a 900m sheer cliff.  It is an impressive and unmissable site, but accessible only by walk or to ride mules/pony. From the trail head at Rumtokto (2600m), the walk till the Cafeteria is a steep one-hour uphill (about 350m ascent). From the Cafeteria (2940m), one can get a good close-up view of Taktshang.  Savor views of the monastery over a well-deserved cup of tea and biscuits at the cafeteria and continue uphill for another 45 minutes to a high observation point (3140m) where there is a Chorten.   From this vantage point, the lookout to the monastery is a very spectacular and seems almost close enough to touch. It is now on the other side of a deep chasm, only around 150m away as bird flies, but takes half hour or even more to reach. Continue down the flight of cliff-hanging steps on the narrow trail to a beautiful waterfall that plunges down the deep chasm and alongside is a retreat hermitage, jammed dramatically into a rock crevice.  Then climb up the flight of steep steps to the monastery.  At any point on this walk, you can always return if you find it too difficult. Once inside the monastery, there are several shrines or temples with few monks in residence.  After visiting Taktshang monastery’s many shrines, most tours schedule lunch at the Cafeteria upon return.  After lunch, retrace back to the road-head where you started in the morning.  The return from Cafeteria is all downhill and takes just over half hour.  (B/L/D)

Day 19 – November 1 / Sunday – PARO, BHUTAN
After your early breakfast drive to Chelela Pass (3890 meters) the highest motor-able pass in Bhutan so far. And then start hiking gradual uphill from the right side of the road. You will have great views of both Paro and Thimphu valleys as you hike up just for few minutes from the road.  The slope of this hill is also filled with many fluttering flags hoisted for people’s good luck making your walk along the trail more enchanting, and you will see the Rhododendrons, Primulas and several other flowers.  The hike is just too scenic and it’s also incredibly overwhelming as you can also see the mount Jumolhari and other Himalayan peaks including the world’s 3rd highest peak, Kanchuenjunga in Sikkim during the clear whether. Drive back to Paro for Lunch.  Visit Kila nunnery on the way back. Kila Gompa nunnery or Chele la Gompa is located on the cliffs below Chele pass at about 3,500m above sea level – between Paro and Haa, in the West of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Although rarely visited by tourists, it provides one of the most stunning views in Western provinces. Known as the “second Tiger’s Nest” (thus comparing it in magnificence to Taksang monastery), the nunnery currently houses 58 nuns aged between 8 and 83 under the supervision and tuition of Asha Lama.  Evening walk around the town and drive back to hotel for dinner.  (B/L/D)

Day 20 – November 2 / Monday – PARO – DELHI – CANADA
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.  You are met on arrival and transfer to a hotel for day use room till your departure.  Late in the night transfer to airport for your flight for onward destination.  (B)


Double Occupancy $9,995      Single Occupancy $11,995


All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:

Return airfare from TORONTO including flights within Asia, other cities are available upon request.
17 Nights first class hotel and lodge accommodation.             Fully guided sightseeing as per our itinerary.
Full buffet breakfast each morning.                                             Tipping for local guides and drivers.
16 Lunches and 16 Dinners during your adventure.                  All departures taxes and fees.
Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours.      

Deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your space.
Please note a penalty of $200 per person will apply prior to your final payment which is due on JULY 10th, 2020.

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