BHUTAN is no ordinary place! It is the last great Himalayan Kingdom reputed to be mysterious and magical, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.
Bhutan holds many surprises. It’s a country where the rice is red and the chilis aren't just a seasoning but is the main ingredient. It's also a deeply Buddhist land, where monasteries are part of the mainstream, and where giant protective penises are painted at the entrance of many houses. While it visibly protects its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not a museum. You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and well informed about the world around them. It's this blending of the ancient and modern that makes Bhutan endlessly fascinating.
When you visit Bhutan, you will become one of the few who have experienced the natural charm of the first country where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. By law, at least 60% of the country must remain forested for future generations. You will experience Bhutan’s natural wonders firsthand when travelling the mountain passes – resplendent with rhododendron blossom in spring. Botanical riches and unique mammals and birds are protected in several national parks.
NEPAL is a land of snow peaks and Sherpa's, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras, wedged between the high Himalaya and the steamy Indian plains.
The Nepal Himalaya is the ultimate goal for most mountain lovers. Some of the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking is on offer here, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurna's and beyond, and most trekking areas escaped with only minor damage in the 2015 earthquake.
Medieval Cities & Sacred Sites
Other travellers prefer to see Nepal at a more refined pace, admiring the peaks over a gin and tonic from a Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the medieval city squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, and joining Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual stroll around centuries-old stupas and monasteries. Even after the 2015 earthquake, Nepal remains the cultural powerhouse of the Himalaya; the Kathmandu Valley offers an unrivalled collection of world-class palaces, hidden backstreet shrines and sublime temple art.
During our stay in Nepal, you will get the opportunity of visiting the Duguna Gadi villages, damagend during the earthquakes. You can take part in a humanitarian project sponsered by HP.