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Spiritual Himalayas

Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro 

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14 days

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Highlights

  • Experience ancient Hindu rituals and ceremonies on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu
  • Relax in a peaceful mountain lodge surrounded by the white-capped Annapurna Range in beautiful Pokhara
  • Spot a Bengal tiger or one of the last surviving one-horned rhinoceroses whilst on safari at the Chitwan National Park
  • Unwind with personalised Ayurvedic massage treatments and traditional Buddhist healing rituals in rural Bhutan
  • Hike Bhutan’s most famous spiritual pilgrimage route to the cliff-hanging Tiger Nest Monastery
  • Join with locals at monthly Bhutanese Festivities, where entire villages and towns come together to sing, dance and receive blessings 

This example itinerary

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14 days

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What’s Included

  • 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast
  • 12 Nights Full Board
  • Private guide and driver throughout 
  • Yoga & Meditation Classes 
  • Traditional Spa Treatments 
  • Nepali & Bhutanese cooking classes
  • All domestic flights and private transfers  
  • International Economy class flights

Example Itinerary

Day 1-2

KATHMANDU, Nepal

  • Look out over the gilded pagoda of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal, dedicated to Lord Shiva
  • Watch the sacred ceremonial cremations on the Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River

Begin your spiritual adventure in the Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu, at the Dwarika’s Kathmandu.

Arrive in Nepal and spend two nights at the historic Dwarika’s Kathmandu. Begin your morning with a yoga class to stretch out your muscles after a long flight. Spend the afternoon walking around the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, soaking up the unique architecture and atmosphere whilst drinking tea on the outskirts of the temple, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although non-Hindu worshippers are not permitted inside the building, you can view its astonishing architectural beauty and gilded pagoda from the east bank of the Bagmati River, where many of the temple’s famous cremation rituals are held. These eerie Hindu ceremonial cremations are held at sunset on the banks of the Bagmati River, seen as a traditional pathway for reincarnation.

Day 2-4

POKHARA, Nepal

  • Stay in a secluded and peaceful mountain lodge surrounded by panoramic mountain views of Machhapuchhre and three of the world’s 8,000m Himalayan Peaks
  • Enjoy authentic Nepali dishes with a local Gurkha to learn about the soldiers’ unique history and traditions

Be surrounded by enormous white capped mountains in the Nepali Annapurna Mountain Range.

Fly west to Pokhara to stay at the peaceful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, in a relaxing mountain ridge setting surrounded by the Annapurna Range. From here, guests can enjoy guided birding and daily hikes through the villages and forests in the area and enjoy freshly prepared Nepali dishes, which can be eaten in the company of a Gurkha to learn about their culture and their history. Explore the city of Pokhara, including the the Phewa Taal Lake with the white tipped mountains reflecting in its waters, or head to the skies paragliding for an adventurous birds-eye view of the Annapurna. The lodge itself is in a prime location to enjoy the mountain air and scenery whilst relaxing by the award winning pool, or enjoy Ayurvedic and Shiatsu therapy.

Day 4-6

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, Nepal

  • Join a Mahout and their Asiastic elephant in the morning for a bath and a splash in the Rapti River
  • Explore the rivers and floodplains in a traditional canoe to cruise by mugger crocodiles and kingfishers

Explore the old hunting ground of Nepalease royalty, now a unique conservation area that is home to some of Nepal’s most famous flora and fauna.

Take a short flight to the sub-tropical Chitwan National Park – a spectacular area with riverine jungles and the Himalayas as a scenic backdrop. Stay two nights at the Meghauli Serai on the banks of the River Rapti for an exciting safari experience in the ‘Heart of the Jungle’. Head out with a trained naturalist for a morning or afternoon game drive to spot the endangered greater one-horned rhinoceros and – if you are lucky – the majestic Bengal tiger. Cruise down the river in a traditional canoe for a chance to see the iconic long snouted ‘Gharial’, a crocodilian species endemic to the Indian subcontinent, or join a mahout with their Asiastic elephant for a bath in the river. Lastly, enjoy relaxing at the hotel with a dip in the pool, a traditional Tharu village dinner or some spectacular stargazing.

Day 6-7

KATHMANDU, Nepal

  • Unwind from your adventure packed safari experience at the Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa
  • Sample the finest Nepali flavours at the hotel’s Krishnarpan restaurant, an experience created to be reminiscent of traditional ritual festivals

Fly back to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at Dwarika’s Kathmandu, before taking a morning flight into Bhutan the following day.

Enjoy an overnight stay back at Dwarika’s Kathmandu Hotel before your flight to Bhutan the following morning. Spend the day relaxing by the pool, designed in the style of the 12th century Malla Dynasty Baths, or enjoy a rejuvenating yoga class. Head to the Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa to pamper yourself with massage treatments based on traditional Ayurvedic and Buddhist treatments. In the evening, head to the hotel’s Fusian Bar for a sundowner accompanied with some local live music entertainment before choosing from a traditional Nepalese barbeque or the Krishnarpan restaurant. 

Day 7-9

THIMPU, Bhutan

  • Acclimatise in a tranquil wellness retreat in the Himalayn landscape known as the  ‘Palace in the Sky’ 
  • Hike through the Wangditse National Forest for a chance to forage for local mushrooms and spot Bhutan’s national animal

Spend two days unwinding with traditional Bhutanese healing rituals in the Six Senses Thimphu.

Drive to Thimpu from Paro to stay two nights at the serene Six Senses Thimpu in this Himalayan Kingdom. Here you can acclimatise to the altitude and enjoy daily yoga and meditation classes at the lodge’s prayer pavilion, with incredible views of the surrounding region and crop fields. Enjoy a dip in the stunning infinity pool or relax with a Hingsangsa Zoni bathing ritual, where you’ll be scrubbed with Himalayan salt and later soak in a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath. The Wangditse National Forest trail is a great place for a hike through the valley’s pine forests with a local chef to forage for mushrooms or even to spot the takin, Bhutan’s national animal. Try your hand at the national sport of archery or visit the National Memorial Chorten to see Monks chanting at prayer wheels. If you are here on a weekend, head to the craft bazaar and vegetable markets.

Day 9-12

PUNAKHA, Bhutan

  • Visit the local market and learn how make local Bhutanese dishes with the lodge’s chef
  • See the sacred relics found at the 17th century Punakha Dzong, known as the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’

Stay in a beautiful lodge surrounded by orange orchards and rice terraces on the banks of the river Mo Chhu.

Drive to Punakha for a three night stay at the Amankora, reached by crossing a beautiful bridge over the Mo Chhu River, covered in local prayer flags. Nestled in a subtropical valley, this lodge and its infinity pool has spectacular views over orange orchards and rice terraces. From here you can take a trip to the 17th century Punakha Dzong–- ‘The Palace of Great Happiness’ – and the 15th century Buddhist ‘fertility temple’ Chime Lhakhang. Rise early for a morning hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten up in the hills, which overlooks the valley and farms, where the views are astonishing. Try your hand at Bhutanese cooking with a cooking class and trip to the morning market to source local produce before heading to the two-storey spa for a grounding face ritual or a quick steam.

Day 12-14

PARO, Bhutan

  • Meet with your own traditional Bhutanese doctor for a consultation to enjoy personalised massages, hot stone baths, yoga and forest bathing
  • Hike the pilgrimage route to Bhutan’s most famous spiritual site, the Tiger’s Nest

Finish your Bhutan adventure with a wellness retreat nestled in the Sylvan Neyphug Valley.

Travel to the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary, the only five star hotel that offers traditional spa-inclusion in Bhutan. Here you can have your own private consultation with a traditional Bhutanese Doctor for the ultimate route to mind, body and spirit balance. Treatments available range from hot stone baths, tea bars to traditional Ayurvedic massage treatments. Alternatively, explore the valley on a hike to experience rural Bhutan, stopping with a homemade picnic to admire the valley views, or follow in the footsteps of Guru Rinpoche and visit the famous Tiger Nest Monastery – finishing off your trip with one of Bhutan’s most iconic sights.

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