2016 TOUR OF BHUTAN

The remote and mystical kingdom of Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon, lies virtually forgotten, sandwiched between India and Tibet in the very heart of the Himalayas. Landlocked, and still with relatively limited communications, much of its magic and charm lingers despite the arrival of the 21st century. We urge you to visit while this delightful kingdom retains its unique heritage.

When?
October 2016
Where?
Bhutan

Our Autumn tour covers the western half of the country and includes a fascinating mixture of important religious and architectural sights as well as short hikes and a number of unique meetings with local dignitaries, political and religious figures. We also attend two colourful Tsechus. Spring and autumn heralds the arrival of the Tsechu season in Bhutan. Held throughout the year at each dzong or monastic fortress, Tsechus are important celebrations where a carnival atmosphere prevails. Families dressed in their finery picnic amongst stalls; monks attired in colourful robes and hideous masks act out plays in the best Shakespearean tradition, while masked dancers whirl to the accompaniment of horns, drums and cymbals.

The tour starts with a flight to Delhi where we spend a day exploring Old Delhi by foot and rickshaw before continuing by air to Bhutan. From the central district of Bumthang, we wind our way westwards with a series of scenic drives interspersed with local short walks along the way to explore pretty villages and monasteries as well as the architectural and natural highlights of the country. We have organised a number of special meetings and social gatherings with local interesting Bhutanese figures to add a special dimension to the trip.

Price guide: £4465 per person (based on minimum group size of 12 people) which includes all meals except two lunches in Delhi. Single supplement for those who do not wish to share: £495 per person.

For further information, a detailed itinerary and booking forms please contact Fiona Brijnath at Far Frontiers Travel on fiona@farfrontiers.com Tel: 01837 840640. www.farfrontiers.com

Dates: 13 – 29 October 2016

27 SEP

UPCOMING EVENT

Under the Same Shade: Three Years of Working on the Roof of the World

Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 (Nearest tube stations Euston Square and Euston mainline).

Lecture starts at 1.15pm and finishes by 2.30pm. The sandwich lunch, from 12.30pm, must be booked by 2.30pm the day before.

Tickets: Free

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