Natural Jewels of Bhutan & Nepal
A Soulful Journey Through the Cultural and Wildlife Treasures of Two Himalayan Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world’s little-known treasures, where quality of life is measured in terms of Gross National Happiness, rather than purely material measures. Till recently, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” has remained in splendid isolation, dedicated to preserving its deep Buddhist traditions and pristine landscapes. A journey among ancient monasteries, Himalayan peaks, glacial rivers and peaceable villages reveals this mythical country’s singular beauty. Geographically diverse Nepal contains the world's highest mountains, subtropical forests and captivating cultures. 4x4 drives and elephant-back safaris reveal Nepal's rich wildlife as we search for sloth bears, leopards, rhinos and elusive Bengal tigers that roam wild through jungle lowlands.
- Join us on an intimate insider’s discovery of two fascinating ancient kingdoms, with a unique focus on nature in several Himalayan ecosystems
- Explore Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s jungle wildlife reserve that's home to Asian elephants, rhinoceros and spotted deer, as well as expertly camouflaged tigers
- Visit Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan's famous “Tiger’s Nest,” perched half a mile up on an impossibly sheer mountain cliff
Not Your Typical Himalayan Travel Experience...
Most trips to the Himalayas tend to be rather singularly focused: you'll spend most of your time exploring museums and monasteries, or you'll sign on for a taxing trek between high-altitude camps. What about an alternative for the traveler who's fascinated by nature and culture both, who values authenticity but also appreciates creature comforts? Nat Hab may have created your ideal adventure:
- A Unique Itinerary that Combines the Best of Nature & Culture
Our itinerary combines two countries—and offers an unusual combination of Himalayan culture and nature, rarely presented together as we do here. You'll search for native wildlife such as Bhutan's national animal, the takin, and rare rhinos and tigers in Nepal... and you'll experience each country's Buddhist and Hindu heritage expressed in their rich architectural and religious sites. As far as we know, we’re the only company offering this special blend of trip features.
- Spend Four Days Tracking Wildlife in Nepal’s Lowland Jungle
Nepal is known for its Himalayan heights, but its jungle lowlands—called the Terai—are where its most abundant wildlife resides. We stay at a remote ecolodge ideally situated near Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s premier wildlife reserve. Our location on the park’s western edge is where the best animal viewing occurs, and the lodge boasts high sightings of one-horned rhinoceros, crocodile and garial. We may also see wild elephant, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, crocodile, sambar deer and monkeys—and, if we’re lucky, the elusive Bengal tiger.
- Visit Bhutan’s Motithang Takin Reserve
While its stunning mountainscapes and rich heritage of Buddhist culture are arguably Bhutan’s greatest draws for the traveler, a visit to this wildlife reserve is a special highlight. The takin, a large, shaggy ungulate related to the musk ox, is Bhutan’s national animal, and we’re likely to enjoy close-up views of it here, where we may also see sambar and barking deer.
- Enjoy Exceptional Birdwatching
In addition to the array of mammals we are likely to spot, Chitwan abounds in bird species—more than 500 are found in the vicinity of our lodge—and we’re likely to see plenty in Bhutan as well. Even casual birdwatchers will enjoy the avian elements of this nature adventure. Bring your binoculars!
- A Diverse Itinerary Filled with Varied Activities
This unusual trip includes a collage of activities: wildlife drives, guided nature walks and elephant-back safaris in the natural areas we visit, plus urban and historic cultural experiences in Kathmandu and Bhutan’s tranquil cities and monasteries. If you’re the kind of traveler who finds everything interesting, then this trip is for you!
- Just 10 Travelers!
Because we know that nature and authentic cultural experiences are best enjoyed in smaller groups, this trip accommodates approximately 10 guests. Our small group size assures you of intimate wildlife encounters and personalized interaction with the people we will meet.
- Travel with Superlative Guides
At Nat Hab, we’ve developed a global reputation for the world’s best guides, because we know guides are the key to making a good trip truly great. In Bhutan, our own Expedition Leader is paired with an outstanding local Bhutanese guide, ensuring the ideal complement of attentive personal service and insider insight. Our highly trained Expedition Leader oversees your trip from start to finish, while our knowledgeable local guides add in-depth understanding of local culture and wildlife. Our Expedition Leaders average 15 years of guiding experience—read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Himalayan Adventure
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. NHA is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, and we're continually aiming for new ways to raise the bar on sustainable practices in the field and at our home office in the U.S.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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