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World’s Most Amazing Views

Situated on a rock outcropping some 2,600 feet above the Paro Valley, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is built around a cave where the Indian guru Rinpoche meditated in the 8th century. Guru Rinpoche is said to have arrived on the back of a flying tiger. Today visitors reach the monastery via a climb of several hours that is not for the acrophobic.

Tiger’s Nest
Why It’s Amazing: The Tiger’s Nest (or Paro Taktsang Monastery) clings like lichen to rocky cliffs in Bhutan’s Paro Valley and creates an awed silence among visitors, broken only by the sound of rustling prayer flags and chanting monks.

Secret Viewing Spot: The best vistas are from the gardens of Sangtopelri and hermitages atop the mountain above Tiger’s Nest, accessed by the winding trail used by monks.

When to Go: April and May, for the spring flowers and Paro Festival.

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November 19, 2011

#BhutanAndThailand JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com #FriendsTravel LLP

Itinerary
16 Apr : Mon : LAX/Bangkok EVA Air (Flight # BR1, Dep – LAX 0035 Arr – BKK 1115+1) & transfer to HILTON MILLENIUM
Meet & Transfer group to Hilton Millenium on the Chao Phrya River Remainder of day & Afternoon Free
Evening, Manohra River Cruise with Dinner

17 Apr : Tue : Bangkok
Meet & Transfer group to Hilton Millenium on the Chao Phrya River Remainder of day & Afternoon Free
Evening, Manohra River Cruise with Dinner

18 Apr : Wed : Bangkok
Custom Grand Palaces & Temples Tour 6 Hours…seeing all sights of Bangkok return to hotel at 2pm
Evening Free – late check out at 100am airport transfer for 0445 flight to Bhutan

19 Apr : Thu : Bangkok / Paro by Air (Flight # KB 129, Dep – Bangkok 0445 Arr – Paro 0700) & transfer to Thimphu

Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Air Carrier. The green walls of the hills known as dooars or gateways, in to Bhutan from the plains of India rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibetan border. Silvery rivers rush along the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. Farm houses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane.

Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and
Drive to visit Ta Dzong, built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country and holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.

Afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left Tschogang Lhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse”. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha.

Drive further and visit en-route Simtokha Dzong (oldest dzong) built in 1627. The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies is located here. The most noteworthy artistic feature of this dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard.

On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.

Afternoon visit to National Memorial Chorten built in honor of His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Known as ‘Fortress of Glorious Relgion’, visit of Trashichhoedzong is other interesting visit of the day. This is the centre of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.

Evening an exploratory walk. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2400m)

20 Apr : Fri : Thimphu / Punakha (75km, approx 3 hrs drive)
After breakfast visit Institute of Zorig Chusum or Arts & Crafts School, where 13 traditional crafts are taught including weaving, embroidery, painting, carpentry, carving, sculpture, casting, blacksmithing, bamboo work, gold & silversmithing, masonry, leather work and paper work. This institute not only helps preserving beautiful heritage but also equips future generations with skill and knowledge to keep heritage alive. Also visit, National Library which holds vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

Later a special visit to Textile Museum. The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes – warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers and the royal collection. The crowns of Bhutan’s Kings, namzas (dresses), the first version of Royal Crown and other accessories used by members of Royal family can be found in the museum. Also visit Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions.

After lunch, drive to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Before entering Punakha town, visit en route Chimi Lhakhang. Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, this temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as “Divine Madman”. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning “field”. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha. (Altitude 1430m)

21 Apr : Sat : Punakha / Paro (125km, approx 4 hrs drive)
After breakfast visit to Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been now fully restored.

After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

After lunch, drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro (Altitude 2200m).

22 Apr : Sun : Paro
Morning excursion to Taktsang Lhakhang also known as Tiger’s Nest (approx 5 hours walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘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.

Afternoon visit to Rinpung Dzong or Paro Dzong 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. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu held once a year in spring.

Later visit Kyichu temple to receive blessing for the tour ahead. Built in 7th century, it is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan (the other being Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang).

Overnight at the hotel in Paro (Altitude 2200m).

23 Apr : Mon : Paro / Bangkok by Druk Air (Flight # KB 126, Dep – Paro 1005 Arr – Bangkok 1510)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination. After arrival in Bangkok, transfer by bus to to either Pattaya Beach or back to Millenium Hilton(…passenger’s choice)

24 Apr : Tue : Enjoy Pattaya Beach Resort or Bangkok on your own

25 Apr Wed: “” “”

26 Apr Thu: Transfer to Bangkok Airport for 425pm flight back to USA..arrive LAX 830pm same day

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December 21, 2010

#BhutanTravel JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com #FriendsTravel LLP

Bhutan Travel Guide

The Haa Valley

The Haa Valley

Imagine a land hidden from the world for centuries, a pristine natural environment free of pollution and crime, guided by an official policy known as Gross National Happiness.

Welcome to Bhutan, known to its people as Druk Yul – Land of the Thunder Dragon. Situated in the remote Himalayan mountains, with India and China its only neighbours, Bhutan is one of 10 biodiversity hotspots and the only remaining Mahayana Buddhist kingdom.

The scenic majesty of its soaring mountains and pristine valleys, coupled with the vibrancy of its cultural life, makes Bhutan one of the last undiscovered destinations; an adventure to feed the soul and enrich the senses.

Bhutan’s iconic sight is Tiger’s Nest Monastery, built into a cliff face 2,950 feet (900m) above the ground near Paro, the country’s capital city. Another key attraction is Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the royal family. Trekking and mountain biking are popular attractions too, as are the many Buddhist festivals that bring out the extroverted side of these famously friendly people.

It is at times a wonderfully strange place: the walls of many buildings are emblazoned with drawings of giant penises – an invocation of good luck and fertility. All new structures must follow the ancient style and people are obliged by law to wear traditional dress in public. Monks have broadband access, and cigarette sales are illegal. And, uniquely, 70 percent of the land is owned by women as inheritance is matrilineal.

Bhutan remained closed to the outside world until the 1960s when its borders slowly began opening. Tourism is based on a high value, low volume principle in a bid to avoid the destructive effects of mass tourism suffered by Nepal and India. Visitors must spend a minimum of USD250 per day on a pre-determined itinerary, a strong deterrence for budget travellers.

Under the guidance of the current monarch, the splendidly named King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, Bhutan is slowly changing, as its economy matures and its fledgling government engages more with the world. Improved communications and widespread Internet access is affecting the younger generation and exposing them to the exciting though uncertain world beyond the borders of this, the last Shangri-La.

Friends Travel LLP has a tour to Bhutan for 2011, including a stop-over in Dubai, New Delhi with a visit to the Taj Mahal Agra India, and the Kingdom of Bhutan. For more info on this trip, please inquire:

JESS Kalinowsky

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Personally escorted from USA.

December 15, 2010

#HimalayanKingdoms JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com #FriendsTravel LLP

Himalayan Kingdoms
19 Day Tour A dream holiday! a cultural journey that combines the in-depth tour of Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Darjeeling the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Delhi and Jaipur. A unique experience for the discriminating traveler!

Day 1 USA/DELHI:
Welcome aboard your flight to Delhi.
Hotel Taj Palace, Delhi
Day 2 DELHI:
Tonight we’ll arrive in Delhi on your way of Bhutan tour, transfer to Hotel Taj Palace/Claridges Hotel.

Day 3 DELHI:
We have an afternoon sightseeing tour of Delhi visits the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, and Old Delhi’s Bhutan, Tigers Nest Monastary
bustling market places. Parliament House, Presidential Palace and Qutab Minar.

Day 4 DELHI/DARJEELING:
Depart by air to Bagdogra, from here travel by the famous Darjeeling Toy Train/car, a great scenic journey through exhilarating panoramas to Darjeeling, the premier resort of the Raj. Hotel Windemere.

Day 5 DARJEELING:
Darjeeling’s scenic views, tea estates and crispBuddhist monks in celebratory attire chilly mornings make it a favorite summer retreat. Sightseeing includes Senchar Lake, Ghoom Monastery, Everest Museum, Geological Park and the Happy Valley Tea Estates.

Day 6 DARJEELING/GANTOK/RHUMTEK:
A scenic drive takes us to Gantok, capital of Sikkirn. Sightseeing of this city in the shadow of dazzling Kancehnjunga and the sacred Sinchulo includes a visit to Rhumtek Monastery and Gantok Bazaar. Hotel Norkhil.

Day 7 GANTOK/PONTSOLING: Durbar square, Kathmandu
Today we’ll drive to Pontsoling, the border town in Bhutan, transfer to Hotel.

Day 8 PONTSOLING/THIMPU:
On your way to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, built on lands dominated by the 400 yr. old Tashicko Dzong, we shall visit the Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest at 9,000 ft. at the edge of a precipice and can be reached by horse. Hotel Motithang.

Day 9 THIMPU:
Our day begins with sightseeing of Thimpu bazaar,
handicrafts center & memorial chorten, followed by Palace of windows, patan, nepala drive to Simtokha Dzong, containing 400 yr. old exquisite temples with intricate art work.

Day 10 THIMPU/PARO:
The route is through densely forested Sinchula Pass. Rhododendrons, orchids, spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks rise higher and higher fill we reach Paro where oak, and rice paddies replace tropical vegetation. Hotel Olatlang.

Day 11 PARO VALLEY:
Today enjoy the scenic beauty of snow capped peaks and deep carved landscapes, the main Nepali street vendor ladies
attraction of this remote Himalayan Kingdom. We’ll stop at various dzongs (monasteries) which serve as religious centers and administrative offices. Our sightseeing includes Paro National Museum, 7th. C. Kyichu Laichang Dzong, Drukyul Dzong, which overlooks the Royal Palace, exquisitely carved & painted windows and pagoda, roofs.

Day 12 PARO/KATHMANDU:
Today fly to Katmandu, capital of Nepal. You will be escorted to Hotel Del Annapurnna/Yak N Yeti.

Day 13 KATHMANDU:
We begin this day with a morning tour of Kathmandu city, visiting the Temple of HanumanTaj Mahal, Dhoka Square, The House of the Living Goddess, the Royal Palace, and the city markets. Afternoon sightseeing in Patan, city of ancient architecture and fine arts,renowned for its silver, copper and bronze work. Evening free.

Day 14 KATHMANDU:
Morning is free with an optional (but recommended, not included) flight-seeing tour of Mt. Everest. Ample time for shopping for antiques and gifts. This afternoon we’ll visit Bhaktapur, the city of religious devotees built in the shape of shell, visit the Lion Qutab Minar, DelhiGate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Palace of Windows.

Day 15 KATHMANDU/JAIPUR:
Fly to Jaipur via Delhi, transfer to Hotel Jai Mahal Palace/Hotel Clark’s Amer

Day 16 JAIPUR:
After breakfast, we’ll tour a lot of interesting sights those include the City Palace, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Jantar Observatory. Today’s highlight is our ride aboard decorated elephants to the Amber Fort.

Day 17 JAIPUR/AGRA:
Enroute to Agra you’ll stop at Fatehpur-Sikri, the deserted sandstone city built by Akbar. This imperial complex of forts, palaces, mosques
and temples was short lived and today is a haunting testament to that era.In Agra, you’ll visit the famous Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. Hotel Taj View/Shiraz hotel.

Day 18 AGRA/DELHI:
Optional visit to the Taj Mahal in the early sunrise. Drive back to Delhi transfer to hotel. As our last day in India, it’s time to pack, shop for last minute gifts and momentos to bring home as Reminders of a great traveling experience. This Evening enjoy Sound and light show at the Red Fort.

Day 19 DELHI/USA:
Fly home .

JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant

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#BhutanHistory JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com #FriendsTravel LLP

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Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefdoms until the early 17th century, when the area was unified by the Tibetan lama and military leader Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who fled religious persecution in Tibet and cultivated a separate Bhutanese identity. In the early 20th century, Bhutan came under the influence of the British Empire, followed by Indian influence upon Indian independence. In 2006, Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world based on a global survey.[7]

Bhutan’s landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and the population of 691,141 is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. After centuries of absolute monarchy, Bhutan held its first democratic elections in March 2008. Bhutan is a member of the United Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); it hosted the sixteenth SAARC summit in April 2010. The total area of the country is currently 38,816 square kilometres (14,987 sq mi).

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#BhutanMagicalKingdom JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com #FriendsTravel LLP

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan is a small landlocked country in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People’s Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby country of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by West Bengal.

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New at Amankora in Bhutan:

Yoga Lessons with Jonas Westring

 

Lucky visitors to Bhutan– closed to the outside world for centuries– discover the Himalayan kingdom’s remote, unspoiled wilderness and mountaintop monasteries. Wedged between China and India, the isolated country has preserved its beautiful Mahayana Buddhist way of life, uninfluenced by the outside world. Talk about a blissed-out yoga destination! Aman Resorts was the first foreign company allowed to open a series of luxury properties throughout the kingdom, and now this circuit of five luxe lodges is offering the ultimate escape with private yoga lessons with internationally renowned yoga teacher, Jonas Westring.

A certified yoga instructor for the past 30 years, Westring will be based at Amankora Paro Lodge for eight weeks this spring (March 14 through May 1, 2011) and will teach both one-on-one and private group yoga sessions at any of Amanresorts’ five lodges in Bhutan (Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang), upon guest request. Whether you’re just starting out or a more advanced practitioner, Westring can tailor classes to all skill levels.

Private 60-minute yoga sessions are priced from $130 per person (or $190 for two people) and 90-minute sessions from $160 per person (or $240 for two people). Suites at Amankora are priced from $1,400 per night, based on double occupancy.

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