Bhutan small group tours
A two week, small group tour of Bhutan, visiting the country’s heritage highlights, and timed to coincide with local festivals. Staying in hotels. The trip starts and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kathmandu Paro Thimpu Thimphu Tsechu Punakha Dochula Pass Black Mountains Pele La Pass Thingbi Mani tsechu Bumthang Valleys Phobjikha Valley Black necked cranes Tiger's Nest Monastery
US $5020including domestic flights only
Description of Bhutan small group tours
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PlanetWhilst on the road, our local drivers are required to turn off vehicles when idling to minimise unnecessary emissions. As this is a group tour this helps minimise traffic and thus pollution when compared to private travelers.
Environmentally, Bhutan is incredibly clean and green with locals and authorities alike taking a keen interest in the preservation of their pristine mountain landscapes. All visitors are encouraged to avoid littering and to be as environmentally friendly as possible when traveling through its fragile landscapes.
Small things like re-using towels in hotels all add up to make a big difference. The hotels try and use local produce year-round thus keeping food ‘air miles’ down and the money in the local community.
On this trip we visit rural communities and natural landscapes such as the glacial Phobjikha Valley, home to the migratory Black-Necked Cranes. We visit the Black-Necked Crane information center to provide our guests with more information on conservation, indigenous wildlife and how to behave when viewing it.
PeopleAll food served on the tour is locally sourced thus supporting local producers and the community - for example, we have dinner at a local Bhutanese farmhouse. We go out of our way to support local business through our visits - for example, to the Tashichhodzong and the handmade paper factory in Thimphu and the Nimalung Festival (tsechu) held at nearby Nimalung Goemba. Visitors are encouraged to respect cultural differences and to leave a donation in temples they visit.
Our local Bhutanese agents employ only local guides and drivers and pay fair salaries to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals.
They also support the local charity, Draktsho, a Vocational Centre working to help disabled and disadvantaged youth towards independence. Draktsho strongly believes that everybody has the right to be independent and equal, the power to choose and to live their lives to its full potential. Disability is prevalent in Bhutan and affects all age groups and although attitudes towards disabled people and other minority groups within the country are changing and becoming more positive, there still seems to be an immense lack of understanding about disabilities and the difficulties they impose. Draktsho is the first of its kind in the country, a service-oriented civil society organisation (CSO) which aspires to enhance the living standards of disabled youths through empowerment. One of the greatest challenges for Draktsho is to erase the deeply embedded stigma that the disabled cannot learn and earn a living. So through training and eventual integration into the mainstream population, Draktsho aims to equip disadvantaged youths with the tools to help themselves. For every booking we make to Bhutan a financial contribution is made to Draktsho to help with the important work they are doing at the center.
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