BEST OF BHUTAN Nov 08-20 2018

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BEST OF BHUTAN Nov 08-20 2018 (itinerary click here)

Leading this adventure through Bhutan will be Dr. Don Messerschmidt, PhD: Cultural Anthropologist, Writer, Editor, university professor and rural development specialist. Don has spent most of his life in the Himalayas (Nepal, Bhutan & Northern India). He is the author of several award-winning books, and is an editor and writer on Himalayan cultures, natural history, travel, memoir, and biography. You may check out his Facebook pages ‘Don Messerschmidt’ as well as his blog: Himalayan Snows for more information on Don’s unique background and life in the Himalayas.

Perched high in the eastern Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden (almost) treasure. Here’s one place on earth that even the seasoned traveler considers a privilege to visit. Life in the villages and mountains remains largely unchanged for centuries (with the exception of solar panels). Over 65% of Bhutan’s forests are mandated to not be cut so as to maintain a healthy environment. All citizens may vote, there is free healthcare and primary school. The King is well liked by the people and can be found hiking trails and visiting remote villages. In Bhutan there are centuries old monasteries, fluttering prayer flags that line the high ridges, and red robed monks begin chanting prayers at 5:00 a.m. Frequently Bhutan seems to be lost in another time. But modern gadgets are slowly spreading as you may find a farmer or monk using a cell phone. This is why we particularly enjoy visiting the more remote areas of Bhutan like the Best of Bhutan will be visiting.

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A brief itinerary October 6th fly from Bangkok into Paro Bhutan and on October 18th depart.
Day 1-2 Paro and the capital Thimphu. Explore the capital city. Queens temple kora. Cultural arts collage. Move slow as we acclimatize to the 8000’ foot elevation, and drink lots of fluids.
Day 3-4 Phubjikha is in the countryside. Terraces. Festival dances of the black-necked cranes as they winter here. Yaks, Himalayan peaks and prayer flags.
Day 5-8 Bumthang, the cultural heartbeat of Bhutan. Enter a land of legendary saints, demons and dragons. Light day hiking, oldest monasteries. Tang valley and the special treat of staying in the remote village of Ogden Chholing
Day 9-12 Trongsa to Paro Erotic house protection paintings, great forests, rare golden languor monkeys, Himalayan peaks.
Highlight day of ascending steeply to the Tigers Nest, a World Heritage site not to be missed by using foot and/or horse.
Day 13 Start planning your next adventure to Bhutan as you depart from the Paro airport.

Hint: Fall has the best weather of the year, and the images and cultural experiences at the Black Crane Dance Festival are like scene out of a Marco Polo travelogue. Contact Dr Don or Rusty at Ri Adventure Travel LLC with Questions or to reserve your adventure.

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