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Exotic Nepal & Bhutan

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  • Exotic Nepal And Bhutan

    Land & Air

    October 14-22,  2017  9 Days/8 Nights

    $3460 USD/pp based on double occupancy - minus $100 for membership privilege  to Brave Women Travel = $3360 USD Total - Plus local airfare of $450….All Taxes Included

    Single Supplement $645 USD

    Domestic Airfare:  Kathmandu - Paro/Paro - Kathmandu Total pp: $450 usd Please note airfare pricing and availability are not guaranteed until ticketed!

    Deposit due immediately:  $865 usd

    Balance due:  August 7th, 2017 - $2595 usd + $450 airfare = $3045 usd

    B W T MEMBERSHIP  August 7th, 2017 - $2495 usd + $450 airfare = $2945 usd

    DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIR FLIGHTS/MEALS NOT MENTIONED BELOW/INSURANCE/SPENDING MONEY

    TOUR SUMMARY:

    With Brave Women Travel  Nepal and Bhutan Tour you will be guided to the towns of Kathmandu, Nagarkot, and Talkot. In the country ’s capital city, Kathmandu, travelers view the many beautiful temples and religious sites of the Hindu and Buddhist people, and then escape to the outskirts in a more secluded, Zen locale. Shop the local crafts made by the Nepalese, visit a Tibetan Refugee Camp, experience the incomparable highlight of Shikara, the Krishna Temple, and experience authentic cuisine made by some of the best chefs in Nepal, all with the backdrop of the iconic Himalayan Mountains behind you. The second part of this memorable getaway takes place in Bhutan, where travelers will visit Thimphu and Paro, both unique in their own right for their celebration of Himalayan culture and religion. Visit the 15th Century Temple, Tschogang Lhakhang, and the humble town of Thimphu, where you’ll see women lining the streets weaving handicrafts that are for sale. In addition to the various Government buildings, Temples, and stunning homes, Thimphu is home to “Buddha Point,” where the largest Buddha statue in the region is located.  Then visit Paro where you will visit the 15th century temple, Tschogang Lhakhang.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most sacred temple to the Hindu Lord Shiva; Pashupatinath Temple

    See a Tibetan Refugee Camp and learn about the history of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Uprising

    Discover the stunning religious and historic Shikhara style Krishna Temple, located in Patan Durbar Square

    Experience the stone and bronze carvings of the Royal baths used by the ancient people

    Climb up to Buddha Point overlooking Thimphu Valley and see one of the largest Buddha statues in the world

    Tour the Tashichho Dzong Temple in Thimphu, a magnificent fortress that houses the Royal Throne

    Itinerary Information

    Day 1 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU

    Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. In Nepal the lofty heights of the Himalayas, a land of eternal beauty and attraction surround you. Its colorful cultures, ancient history and people, and picturesque scenery offer some of the most unique and memorable travel experiences.

    Overnight in Kathmandu

    Day 2 KATHMANDU - NAGARKOT

    After breakfast, you will explore Kathmandu Valley and its various important religious centers. Here you will visit the Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath, which is a dedication to the Hindu God, Pashupati. Nearby the temple, along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River and its surrounding cremation and burial sites will be seen. This landmark is a beautiful display of the religious and cultural beliefs of the Nepalese. Next, you will head to Boudhanath, the largest stupa in the world and the center for Tibetan school of Buddhism. After viewing the architecture of the city, a short drive will transport you on to Bhaktapur, the medical city of devotes and the best preserved of all the ancients cities of Kathmandu Valley. In Bhaktapur, you will experience the Women ’s Thanka Painting School. Here, you will have the chance to learn about the traditional Newari & Nepali cuisine, and attend a cooking session with local ingredients and recipes. Lunch will take place in Bhaktapur. After a busy day of exploring, we take a relaxing drive to Nagarkot where you will admire the stunning scenery of Himalayan sunset. Overnight in Nagarkot

    Day 3 NAGARKOT – WALKING TO TELKOT / DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

    Awake to the beautiful sunrise from your hotel before breakfast, taking in once -in-a-lifetime vistas of the Himalayan Mountains. After enjoying the views, you and your guide will embark on a short walk to the viewing tower of Nagarkot; here, you will spend some additional time for pictures, relaxation, and admiration of the natural beauty. On your way from Nagarkot to Telkot, you will see the local countryside, Tibetan Refugee Camp, and the art of carpet weaving by the Tibetan women. We then visit Patan, a famous city known for its rich cultural heritage that is celebrated through the creative arts and crafts of its people. You will have the opportunity to view ancient art and stunning architecture of the city. Next, a highlight of your visit to Nepal will be visiting Shikhara, the Krishna Temple. Sites such as Patan Durbar, the Royal Baths and Hiranya Varna Mahavir, a Buddhist Monastery will be seen. These sites are located in the famous Patan Dunbar Square, where hundreds of years ago royalty set foot in these architectural wonders. The square is also UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, you’ll be transported to your traditional Nepalese Dinner by rickshaw. Your dinner will take place at a local restaurant, Thamel, before going back to the hotel to turn in. Overnight in Kathmandu


    Day 4 KATHMANDU

    We begin the day with a journey to Kathmandu, where we will spend the first part of our day seeing the sites of the valley and Kathmandu Dunbar Square. At the square you’ll view the Palace of the Malla, the Shah Kings of Nepal, and Kumari Temple. The temple was the house of the virgin goddess Kumari. We will visit Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill where you have photo ops overlooking the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu, continue your exploration at the Ason Bazar where travelers can partake in shopping for the beautiful, colorful, traditional garb of the local people, like Sari or Kurta dresses. The Bazar is rich with local spices perfect for souvenirs to take home as a memory of your travels. Overnight in Kathmandu

    Day 5 KATHMANDU- PARO BY FLIGHT KB 205 (1425/1550 HRS) TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (55 KM, 1:30 HOURS DRIVE)

    After several days exploring Nepal, it is time to embark on the second leg of your trip with a flight and transfer to Bhutan. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air you meet your tour guide who will accompany you for your Bhutan adventures On arrival in Paro your Indus Travels representative will meet you and transfer you to your Bhutanese home for the next few nights - a traditional style hotel in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. En-route to the town take a short stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different styles of stupas, Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese, adorn this confluence. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on Tschogang Lhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse.” This private temple was built in the 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel before spending the afternoon on foot exploring the local market place. After spending some time in Thimphu, you’ll take a brief drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) where you can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha. Here sits the largest Buddha statue in the country. Some time is spent to walk and explore the area. You will have the opportunity to meet local, resourceful people. A lecture will be conducted that presents topics like Bhutanese culture and Gross National Happiness to give you a greater understanding of the land, people, and heritage of Bhutan. This one-hour presentation is followed by question and answer session. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).

    Day 6 THIMPHU


    Your morning will begin with a city tour, will you will take in many sites and landmarks of the city. The National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Many texts date back several hundred years, but there are also modern academic books that inform on Himalayan culture and religion. ( Closed on Weekends). Also visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as Arts & Crafts School for Painting School (closed on Sat, Sun & Government Holidays), the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. Experience the Textile Museum, which opened in 2001, that tells the fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions. (Closed on Sundays). Next, a visit to Trashichho Dzong, the fortress /monastery housing the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and the central monk body. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium & Local Crafts bazaar, to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangka paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelry, and other interesting items made from local materials. Traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath, known as Dotsho in local language has been practiced in Bhutan for centuries as a medicinal soak. Many Bhutanese believe that the bath helps in curing joint pains, helps in relaxing and other medical problems. River stones are heated and then put in water to heat the water; sometime medicinal herbs are added to the water before it is ready for the soak. After your fun -filled, informational explorations of the day, you’ll end your evening by sharing dinner with a local family. At the dinner not only will you savour the local delicacies but also experience and exchange views on Bhutan’s culture

    7 THIMPHU - PARO (125 KM, APPROX 4 HOURS DRIVE)

    In the morning after breakfast you and your guide will drive to Paro with a visit en -route to Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Upon arrival in Paro, check in at your hotel. Your afternoon in Paro will be filled with more amazing sites, beginning with Ta Dzong (closed on Government Holidays). Once a watchtower, Ta Dzong was built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century; Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangka paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps . The museum’s circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, the festival of dances held once a year in the spring. Take in a Tshewang Ceremony, where the Puja aiming at peace, prosperity and happiness can be organised at a monastery in Paro /Thimphu. This is a special prayer ceremony held at monastery by a team of monks for the peace, prosperity and good health . Please note that guests are required to lite a butter lamp at monastery alter. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2200m)

    Day 8  PARO

    Your morning is filled with an excursion to Taktshang Lhakhang (approx. 5 hours walking excursion with your guide). Taktsang Lhakhang is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor, it is undoubtedly one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. Lore has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, thus inspiring the name “Tiger’s Nest.” This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of the building, yet this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendor and stands for admiration and prayer. On the drive towards Paro, we stop to visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom reflecting introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Here you will take in a cooking demonstration held at a local restaurant where a team of chefs will instruct and demonstrate how local Bhutanese delicacies are prepared. Guests can also try their culinary skills. Bhutanese food is heavily seasoned with red chilies and can be quite hot. Tasty and fiery ‘Emma Datshi’ made with chilies and local Bhutanese cheese is the national dish of Bhutan. Guests can have fun participating in the preparation of these and more local Bhutanese delicacies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro

    Day 9 PARO - KATHMANDU BY FLIGHT KB 205 (0800/0845 HRS

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be transported to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell, leaving you with the most memorable of experiences of a restful, exciting, and cultural trip.

    TOUR LODGING INFO:

    Accomodation will be provided on a double/twin sharing bases

    CITY NO OF NIGHTS SUPERIOR HOTELS

    Kathmandue 03 Nights Shangril-La Hotel

    Nagarkot 01 Nights Hotel View Point

    Thimpu 02 Nights Hotel Druk/Namgay Heritagehotel

    Paro 02 Nights Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa/Udumwara Resorts

    Tour Package Includes

    Twin-sharing accommodation at hotels listed in itinerary or similar

    Daily meals English speaking, female guides

    Sightseeing & entrance fees

    Visit to the village of Telkot

    Visit to the Thangka Painting School

    Visit to the Tibetan Handicraft Center

    Cooking class at Bhaktapur

    35% Royalty taxes in Bhutan

    Tourism Development Fund

    Local hotel taxes and service charges

    Bhutan Visa Fees

    Tour Package Does Not Include

    International and domestic flights

    Meals not mentioned as being included

    Beverages with meals

    Items of a personal nature and souvenirs

    Optional tours Tips & gratuities

    Travel Insurance

    Items not mentioned as being included

    DOMESTIC AIRFARE: Kathmandu – Paro Paro – Kathmandu Total per person: USD 450 Please note airfare pricing and availability are not guaranteed until ticketed!


    Terms & Conditions Indus Travels Inc. in return for full payment by you of the amount specified, shall arrange for the transportation, accommodations, and other services specified (in the Booking Form and any supplemental documents) and as included in this brochure as and to the extent you have selected them, and subject to the following terms and conditions: PROCEDURES When you have finalized your plans, please read the terms and conditions below as your booking is subject to these Terms and Conditions. A contract is formed once your signed Booking Form and deposit is received by Indus Travels and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until slated in writing by Indus Travels Inc. PAYMENT A deposit of 25% of the tour price per person is required within seven (7) calendar days of issuance by us to you of an invoice. The balance of the cost must be paid (and received in Indus Travels office) 45 days prior to the first day of the tour. If the final balance is not received on time, Indus Travels reserves the right to tear the booking as cancellation by you. If the booking is cancelled by you in this manner, your deposit shall be treated as a cancellation charge to cover Indus Travels' costs. If you book the tour within 45 days prior to the start of the tour, the full amount must be paid when the booking is confirmed. CHANGES BY YOU If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you'll be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements, any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties. CANCELLATION BY YOU You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Booking Form. If you cancel on or before 45 days the first day of the tour, we'll retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 45 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows: Amount of cancellation charges 45-30 Days before arrival - 50% 29 - 15 Days before arrival - 75% Less than 14 Days before arrival - 100%* (* Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ) CANCELLATION BY US & MAJOR CHANGES Indus Travels reserve the right to cancel the tour and/or to make changes to the travel arrangements. Such cancellations and/or changes are sometimes necessary due to circumstances beyond our control. If your tour is cancelled, we will notify you in writing at the earliest possible date and will refund all amounts you have paid to us. OUR LIABILITY IN SUCH A CASE IS LIMITED TO A RETURN TO YOU OF ANY AMOUNTS YOU HAVE PAID US. If we make major changes prior to your departure, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund. If a major change is made we will notify you at the earliest possible date and may cancel the tour in writing up to the date of the commencement of the tour. If you do not notify us in writing of a cancellation, then you shall have accepted the changes. ALTERATIONS TO THE TOUR Occasionally non major changes may be made to your travel arrangements which we reserve the right to do at any time and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. These changes may be the result of force majeure or similar reasons beyond our control, delays in departure, weather conditions, over bookings or closer of a hotel, strikes, riots, decisions by state government or tourist organizations, altering the itinerary, the duration of time spent at a location or even omitting a destination or part of the itinerary due to the local situation. In such cases we will offer comparable alternative arrangements, if possible, but if not, will make an appropriate refund to you commensurate with the nature of the change. PRICES All prices are based on either CAD or US dollars. Once your booking is accepted by us, we will not make any changes to your price after you have paid the final balance. Prior to the time you pay the final balance, we may revise the tour solely due to increased transportation costs, including costs of fuel and any currency fluctuation. No such revisions shall amount to more than 15% of the tour price. If you do not wish to accept the changes, you'll be entitled to cancel the tour with a full refund of all amounts you have paid us. OUR LIABILITY IN SUCH A CASE IS LIMITED TO A RETURN TO YOU OF ANY AMOUNTS YOU HAVE PAID TO US. RESPONSIBILITIES Indus Travels does not own or operate any of the accommodation or transport or other facilities used connection with the tours. We therefore are not liable for the conduct, actions or negligence of those parties or their staff, employees or agents. We do accept responsibility for our employees only. When you travel with an airline, the Those conditions are the subject of International Agreements and may limit or exclude liability. Indus Travels makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services included in the tour. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. We are not liable for personal injury, property damage or for any other loss, claim or damage in the event of any failure by any person or company to render any transportation, accommodation or travel service which is part of the tour, or for the expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, flight delays, government actions, mechanical failures, acts of God, or any other such condition or event. We can not and do not assume any responsibility or liability for flight delays, cancellations or missed connections and are not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting there from. In no event shall Indus Travels be responsible for incidental or consequential losses or damages. DISCLAIMER You, and each party traveling in your tour and named in the booking form, expressly acknowledge that you are cognizant of all risks of travel and arrangements for trips of this nature and fully disclaim, waive and discharge Indus Travels (including its officers, members, directors and employees) from any and all liability, claims, damages, loss or responsibilities (including damage to or loss of your property or your injury or death) with regard to the proposed tour and re subject to the laws, customs and regulations of the countries in which these services are rendered. You acknowledge that you and each member of your tour group are solely responsible for determining that you are in sufficient good health to undertake the tour. You also acknowledge that you are aware that conditions in other destinations are not as advanced as in North America and that you understand and assume the risks associated with traveling in some countries . As an example, vehicles are not likely to be equipped with seat belts or other passenger restraints. You also acknowledge that parties who might require special assistance may have to make their own arrangements and should consider whether the tour is appropriate. There are some countries do not have special accommodations such as ramps for wheelchairs nor does it have special accommodations for the blind or deaf. If your tour includes any bus transportation, you should be aware that there may be a minimum age (usually 7 years old) for such travel. It shall be your obligation to make us aware of any such situations. If a particular hotel is unavailable, an equivalent hotel of the same standard shall be offered. PASSPORTS AND VISAS All passengers and travelers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required. US and Canadian passport holders require separate visas for countries they intend to visit and passengers and travelers are advised to check with respective consulates and/or visa agencies for full details. YOUR TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES Travel costs to arrive at the starting point of the tour. The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks, incidentals etc. Airport security charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements. Airport taxes. Optional excursions. Costs of visas and passports Gratuities for service provided on a personal basis Meals other than specified Excess baggage charges TERMS AND CONDITIONS The payment of your deposit shall constitute consent to all provisions contained under these general information,


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