A Secret Kingdom, Real-Life Xanadu
Posted on: Wednesday, April 6th, 2017  |  Courtesy, Adventure Women

Bhutan is a tiny jewel nestled between India and China. Discover the deep roots of Buddhist culture and the amazing ecological diversity thriving within Bhutan’s boundaries on this fascinating journey in the Himalayas with AdventureWomen.

Through centuries of self-imposed isolation Bhutan has been able to preserve its spectacular environment and nurture its unique culture. Drawing inspiration from its neighbor, Tibet, Tantric Buddhism has flourished and influenced art, crafts, and architecture for hundreds of years, and has shaped the Bhutanese way of life. Visit ancient Buddhist temples, enjoying the peaceful local prayers. Visit a unique nunnery where women complete a 12-year course of Buddhist study; learn about their daily life and classes. Hike to Crater Lake to see the rare black-necked crane. Visit monasteries, and hike to Taktsang – The Tiger’s Nest – a serene monastery that clings to a steep granite cliff far above the valley floor. Legend has it that the Guru Padmasamhava flew to this rocky cave in the 8th century on the back of a tigress to meditate. Step back in time with AdventureWomen as you venture deep into the heart of Bhutan.

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit the Pema Choeling Nunnery in the remote region of Bumthang and engage in an impressive and emotional drum ceremony with the nuns
  • Walk through Phobjikha Valley to see the rare black-necked cranes and visit the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature’s exhibit dedicated solely to these birds
  • Explore the magnificent fortress of Punakha Dzong, once the capital of Bhutan
  • Spend two nights camping in an exclusive campsite in Punakha
  • Hike to see the breathtaking views of Taktsang “the Tiger’s Nest” monastery in Paro

Price: $5,990

Single Room: Available, but limited (additional cost applies)

Activity Level: Moderate to High Energy

Arrive Paro, Bhutan: December 7

Depart Paro, Bhutan: December 16

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