Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to
your airport hotel.
Day 2 - Paro & Thimphu, Bhutan
Fly to Paro, your gateway to Bhutan, a nation whose cultural
traditions remain well preserved. Travel to Thimphu,
admiring the mountain scenery, before visiting the
National Memorial Chorten. Later, see Tashichho Dzong, a
13th-century Buddhist monastery and fortress. Then, gather
for your welcome dinner.
Day 3 - Punakha
Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman), a storied fertility temple, continuing to Punakha Dzong, also called the “Palace of Great Happiness.”
Day 4 - Thimphu
Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Hike Wangditse Nature Trail, a two-hour scenic walk through fields to Wangtse Monastery, with stunning views.
Offer Butter Lamps at a Monastery in Thimphu, and explore the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums.
Visit Pangrizampa, where you meet with a local astrologer
and practice meditation with an expert.
Tonight, gather for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Paro
Journey overland to Paro, stopping to visit local farmers at their farmhouse to better understand their traditional way of life. Once in Paro, view the religious thangka (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the National Museum of Bhutan. Proceed to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress on a mountain river.
Day 6 - Paro
Today, you may choose to attempt the climb to Taktsang Monastery (“Tiger’s Nest”). This hike is intentionally difficult, intended as an arduous pilgrimage for Buddhist devotees. Upon your descent, celebrate your trek with a Champagne toast and a specially arranged picnic breakfast with local entertainment. Later, try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport.
Day 7 - Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly to Kathmandu. Ride Like a Local by rickshaw to
Kathmandu Durbar Square and Taleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari), and stroll through
the bazaar and old city. Continue to Swayambhunath, one of
the most sacred shrines for Tibetan Buddhists. Later, hear a
lecture by a summiter on the epic challenge of scaling Mount
Day 8 - Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple built in a pagoda
style. Then, on an experience exclusively for A&K guests
made possible by our local office, enter Kopan Nunnery
and Monastery, where a monk or nun leads you in a private
guided meditation session. Continue to Boudhanath, home
to one of the world’s largest Buddhist shrines, and enjoy a
Day 9 - Kathmandu
Explore Patan to see Durbar Square and the former royal
palace. Participate in a Chef’s Table cooking class at a local
family’s home, learning about local cuisine and daily life in
Nepal. Later, savor a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 - Depart Bangkok
On Day 10, fly to Bangkok, where you enjoy the use of an executive room, available through Day 11, when you depart on your flight home.