Tibet and Bhutan


Tibet is a most unusual and beautiful place. The majority of it’s land rests above 4000 meters (13,000 feet) and is surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides. The awe-inspiring Himalayas are the highest in the world, as is the never ending Tibetan plateau. It is a place for the rugged adventurer as well as the spiritual wanderer.

Tibet is a land held back in time, housing many secrets. Nomads remain much the same as they did one hundred years ago. Roaming the plateau from winter and summer camps the nomads still mainly subsist from their yak herds. Then, there are the monasteries which are striving to find a place in a country that's suddenly facing the 21st century.

The Tibetan people and their religion have been inseparable. Even in their earliest myths one finds references to Tibetan religious beliefs. Originally, the Bon religion dominated Tibet. After the introduction of Buddhist statues and later, sanskrit documents from India, Buddhism crept increasingly into Tibetan culture. Tibetan Buddhism is the culmination of some early Bon beliefs, Indian buddhist texts and several great lamas. Buddhism and politics had been interwoven since King Songsten Gampo married a Chinese and a Nepali princess, who were both intergral in the emergence of Buddhism. It was the Fifth Dalai Lama who actually built the Potala Palace as the government seat and religious center. A theocracy had prevailed until 1951.

After centuries of virtual isolation Tibet is cautiously opening up to the western world. Officially, China has only opened the doors for travelers these past few years. A visit to Tibet is an incredible experience, although it is not for the faint-hearted. The traveling is difficult and unpredictable. The infrastructure is poor to non-existent, therefore turning a regular tour into a complete adventure. Traveling in Tibet is not your average trip but an experience of a lifetime, which we invite you to take with us.

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, in the southwest of China, has long enjoyed reputation of being "the Roof of the World", where Tibet Autonomous Region with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters and an area of 1.2 million square kilometers occupies a major portion. The majestic Tibetan highland stands on of the world and its unique cultural tradition has an international fame. This is a land of vast contrast with snow-capped mountains offering beauty unsurpassed and deep tropical rainforests in another, and with open pastureland against imposing mountains and cornier forests. The great Himalayas lies in its south with the towering Mt. Qomolangma standing above all world's peaks.

In addition to these spectacular offerings of nature, the time-worn Tibetan cultural tradition is most enchanting. A glorious tradition mingled with wisdom of the Han and other ethnic peoples is represented by such achievements as the ancient Shengshong Culture ruins, Yumbu Lhakang Palace, the ruins of ancient Guge Kingdom, the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. The population of the region consists mostly of the Tibetans, Monbans and Lhobans, all industrious and honest people full of wisdom and valor. Over the centuries, they have cultivated very unique ethnic traditions, folklores and ways of life, contributing to the Chinese civilization and human progress. This is a land of enduring enchantment and tantalizing mystery.

Tibet enjoys such unparalleled travel resources as Mt. Qomolangma, the highest peak in the world on Sino-Nepalese border, the winding Yarlung Tsangbo River, ancient ruins, palaces and monasteries, folkloric activities and religious ceremonies. Tourism resources in the region have been continuously developed. Lhasa is now the tourist center with routes extending to Shigatse, Shannan, Nyingchi, Ngari and Nakchu, covering a total of over 60 scenic spots and places of interest.


BHUTAN is also know as "THE DRAGON KINGDOM" of as Druk Yul "The land of Thunder Dragon", is perhaps the last Shangri-La. Bhutan a purely Buddhist Himalaya kingdom, is unsurpassed in its scenic. Majestic and vibrant culture. The kingdom shares with Nepal, the world's greatest concentration of mountain and living heritage of Buddhism. It is one of the few countries in the world still untouched, a paradise for tourist interested in Buddhist culture and philosophy, flora and fauna. trekking and mountaineering, In order to protect and preserve the culture and tradition from western influence, Bhutan accept only limited numbers of tourist in a year. It is the only country in the world where Mahayana sect of Buddhism is the state religion.

Trip to Bhutan, can be arranged with Nepal-Tibet package tour. Flights from Kathmandu to Paro (the only airfield of Bhutan) are twice a week, i.e., Monday and Thursday.

PARO: This beautiful terraced valley is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and its first airport. The national Museum is located in an ancient watchtower here and Taktsang Monastery clings to sheer cliffs 900m above the valley.

THIMPU: The capital city of Bhutan, center of Government religion and commerce, has grown alongside monasteries and forts from the earliest fortress monastery Simkolda Dzong, built in 1627.

PUNAKHA: Spectacular views of the Himalayas can be seen on the road from Thump to Punakha Dzong, where the Rho Chu rivers converge below this winter home of the central monk body.

WANGDIPHODRANG: Below rich cattle pastures at the junction of the Mo cho and Tang Chu rivers, a striking Dzong guards this windy valley.

The Best of Bhutan Tour


Day 01 Arrival in Paro. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Welcome drinks and orientation talk. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 02 Guide tour of Drukgal Dzong, to Dzong, the National Museum and the local market of Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 03 Excursion to Taktsang Monastery, drive back. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 04 Drive to Thimphu. Guided tour of Thimphu Valley. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 05 More sightseeing of Thimphu. Cultural program in the evening and overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 06 Drive to Punakha Valley, Bhutan's ancient capital and winter seat of The Central Monastic Body, and visit Wandi Valley known for its imposing Dzong. Overnight in lodge.

Day 07 Drive to Phobjikha, a high glacier valley at 9840 ft. Overnight in lodge.

Day 08 Drive to the beautiful valley of Bumthang popularly known as the heart of Bhutan. Overnight in lodge.

Day 09 Sightseeing of Bhumthang Valley. Cultural program in the evening. Overnight in lodge.

Day 10 Drive to Ura Valley. Visit Membar lake. Drive back to Bhumthang and overnight in lodge.

Day 11 Drive to Thimphu. Visit Tongsa Dzong, one of Bhutan's most impressive fortresses. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12 Thimphu, painting school, leisure time for rest. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 13 Leisure time for roaming the streets of Thimphu. Drive to Paro in the afternoon. Visit a farmhouse for traditional hot stone bath. Cultural dance in the evening and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 14 Full day at leisure in Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 15 Transfer to airport in the morning. Fly from Paro to onwards destination.

Bhutan Short Trip


Day 1 Arrive Paro-Bhutan's only airport. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Welcome drinks and orientation talk. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 2 Guided tours to the Drukgal Dzong Ruins, Ta Dzong, the National Museum which is housed in an ancient watchtower, and the local market of Paro. Drive to Thimpu, the capital city, in the afternoon. En route visit Simithoka Dzong. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3 Guided tour of Memorial Chorten, Handicrafts Emporium, and Tashi-Chho Dzong. Drive back to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 4 Transfer to airport in the morning. Fly from Paro to onward destination.