​​​​​​​Day 01-02: Depart today from Los Angeles*
Depart from Los Angeles today and make your way to Thailand. Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line. Note*Gateway city tentative and subject to change.


Day 03: Bangkok, Thailand
Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport, you will be met and greeted by a local representative and transferred to a nearby airport hotel for check-in and overnight.


Depending on your arrival time, dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.

Overnight:  Novotel Airport Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Dinner


Day 04: Welcome to Bhutan

Welcome to Bhutan!

Head back to the airport very early this morning for your flight to Paro. The Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan is the last of the Buddhist kingdoms that once occupied a vast area of the Himalayas. 

Upon arrival in Paro you will be met by your national guide/leader for the two hour drive to Thimphu, through spectacular mountain scenery and serene countryside to Bhutan’s capital. Sandwiched in the heart of the Himalayas, Thimphu is a small, charming city, with all the buildings constructed and painted in the traditional Bhutanese style.

Arrive in Thimphu this afternoon for check-in and welcome briefing & orientation. Travelers will gather this afternoon with the national guide and receive further information on the program.


Visit a local farmer’s market before dinner.


Overnight:  Khang Residency Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner












Day 05: Cultural Exploration - Thimpu
Take part in a humanitarian visit at a local non-profit or community program, such as Draktsho Vocational Training Center, this morning. They are a non-profit organization and the only one of its kind in the country with aspirations to enhance the living standard of children and youth with disabilities through empowerment by training and eventual integration with the mainstream population.


Continue exploring during a stop at a handicrafts emporium and onward to see the Drubthob Goemba Monastery and enjoy the views of the fascinating Thimpu Valley. The monastery was founded by later reincarnation of Drubthob Chakzampa, who is known throughout the Tibetan Buddhist world for building iron bridges and is considered the father of Tibetan Opera. This is also home of the Zilukha Nunnery, where you will have a chance to talk with the nuns about their lives and Buddhism in general.


You will have some time to get lunch on your own this afternoon before visiting the Giant Buddha Dordenma Statue. Inside of Thimphu’s 169-foot Buddha Dordenma statue, there are 125,000 miniature Buddhas encapsulated inside, ranging from 8 to 12 inches tall. The statue sits atop a golden meditation hall and came with a price tag of 100 million dollars when built in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan.


Dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight: Khang Residency Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 06: Cultural Immersion
Begin your day with a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum, where displays feature traditional Bhutanese history and life including a typical house filled with indigenous household items. At the National Textile Museum, see a vast collection of old and rare textiles and traditional garments such as the kira worn by women, and the gho, by men. These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insight into Bhutanese culture.


Lunch will be on your own today.


You will also enjoy a short visit to a local painting school, see the national animal of Bhutan at the Motithang Takin Preserve, shop at a local craft bazaar and explore the Tashi Chhoe Dzong.


This Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city has been the seat of the Dharma Raja, head of Bhutan’s civil government after combining with the monarchy in 1907. The splendid dzong was the site of the formal coronation of the fight king in 2008 and hosts the city’s annual (and colorful) tsechu festivities.


Dinner will be provided this evening with lunch on your own arrangement.

Overnight: Khang Residency Hotel​
Meals: Breakfast,  Dinner













​​Day 07: Cultural Exploration - Punakha
Depart this morning for the drive to Punakha. In route, traverse Dochula Pass (10,500 ft.) and see one of Bhutanʹs most breathtaking views – a plethora of colorful rhododendron blossoms and soft green wild herbs and forest trees dot a canvas of alpine snow. Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and the fertile valley of Punakha (4,430 feet).


Late this afternoon you will arrive in Punakha, formerly established as Bhutan’s winter capital because of its more temperate valley climate. After arrival, visit the nearby stone mason village of Rinchen Gang. Believed to be one of the oldest villages in Bhutan, the short hike up to the village affords magnificent views of the Dzong valley ad river below. Visit some of the village homes to see the fine stone and masonry work firsthand.


Enjoy an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility, situated on a hillock in the center of the valley. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children should pray at this temple and are usually blessed with a child soon after.


Lunch and dinner will be provided today including staples of the local diet like rice, seasonal vegetables, noodles, naan, chicken/beef and vegetarian Ema Datshi Chili Cheese along with local desert options.

Overnight: Ravens Next (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08: Community Immersion
This morning you will take a short drive through the valley, then a trek up to the majestic Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple. Enjoy the grand views of Mo Chu River Valley before a meandering walk through terraced rice fields and small villages. After the Namgyel Temple visit, you will visit Punakha Dzong which is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-colored jacaranda trees bring a lush sensuality to the dzong's characteristically towering whitewashed walls. This dzong was the second to be built in Bhutan and it served as the capital and seat of government until the mid-1950s. All of Bhutan's kings have been crowned here. The dzong is still the winter residence of the dratshang (official monk body).

Lunch will be provided today. Immediately following depart Punakha for the scenic drive back to Paro, arriving at your hotel in the afternoon.


End your day with a visit to a local primary school in Paro. Meet with the staff and students to learn about the education system in Bhutan and opportunities for children to be educated.


Dinner is on your own this evening after you check into your local hotel.

Overnight: Ravens Nest (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch













Day 09: Paro - Hike to the Tigers Nest
This morning, your guide leads you on a hike to the enchanting Tigers Nest, the Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. Built around a cave where the Guru Rinpoche meditated, this monastery impossibly seems to cling to a cliff of rock 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The Taktsang Monastery is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world, containing 13 holy places.

Please note: The hike takes about 5 hours (round trip) and is challenging although unforgettably thrilling and mystical. *Transport by pony is available on the ascent if you do not wish to hike. Walking is mandatory on the descent.*

Lunch is on your own arrangement today with either free time to relax or those interested can continue your exploration with the local guide.


Later in the day, those interested can visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”, which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore.


A farewell dinner will be provided this evening.


Overnight: Ravens Nest (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 10: Say Goodbye to Bhutan

Depart for the airport late this morning to fly back to Bangkok. Check back into your airport hotel this evening and overnight.

Lunch and dinner are on your own today. Lunch service should be included on your flight to Bangkok and dinner options will be available at your hotel this evening. 


Overnight: Novotel Airport Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast


Day 11: Depart for the U.S.

Depart for the U.S. today. Arrival to Los Angeles is on the same day.


Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Well known as the City of Angels, Krungthepmahanakorn (Bangkok) is the present capital city and the focal point for Thailand. It was made the capital of Thailand in 1782, by the first monarch of the present Chakri Dynasty. It is a vibrant city, a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center with endless choice of sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. In addition to the many temples and historic buildings, such as The Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the list of interesting places to visit is endless. There are numerous canal (klong) networks, the Chaophraya River, giving Bangkok the name of “Venice of the East”.

Day 01: Oct 27, 2019 Travel to Bangkok, Thailand
Upon arrival at the Bangkok International Airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your extension hotel. Enjoy some free time late this afternoon to relax and enjoy your hotel amenities. Lunch is by individual arrangement today.


Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.


Overnight:  Pullman Bangkok G (or similar)
Meals: Dinner


Day 02: Oct 28, 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand

After breakfast this morning, you will visit The Grand Palace, a “must see” attraction. The Palace is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Previously the residence of past Kings of Thailand, you will see palaces once used for different occasions; the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew.


The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The palace served as the official residence of Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew and this is regarded as the most sacred buddhist temple in Thailand. Continue to Wat Po, with its massive reclining Buddha.


Enjoy a traditional Thai foot massage to relax your mind and body. Continue to Supatra River House Restaurant for your first authentic Thai dishes in Thailand. This gracious old Thai home on the banks of the Chao Phaya River, opposite the Grand Palace, was formerly the home of Khunying (Lady) Supatra Singholaga, who in addition to being a successful business woman, was a leading advocate of women’s rights in Thai society. The interior of the house is divided into several dining areas with a cozy bar, and seating outdoor on the terrace. The décor is traditional architecture, and the views of the river, Grand Palace and Wat Arun are spectacular.


A cruise through the Thonburi canals is an experience that no other Asian capital can offer. The journey down the legendary Chao Phraya River, known as the “River of Kings”, and its tributary klongs (canals) gives a perspective on the critical importance this waterway played in the creation of Bangkok and the old capital of Thonburi, hence the title “Venice of the East”. A boat trip takes us to famous riverside landmarks, including stops at the glittering Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and the magnificent Royal Barges Museum. We also proceed past other notable icons such as the Holy Rosary Church, which was built by the Portuguese who were the first Europeans to settle in Thailand in the 16th Century; and the Oriental Hotel, famous for hosting celebrated authors such as Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham.

Return to the hotel for dinner on your own this evening.​
Overnight:  Bangkok Pullman G (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 03: Oct 29, 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand
Begin your final day in Bangkok with a visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. There are countless floating markets throughout Thailand, but the Damnoen Saduak is the most famous. Situated in Ratchaburi province, this market is like a trip back in time to the Siam of old. You will see colorfully clad merchants paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit, vegetables and other food items to sell to shoppers on the canal banks. There is lots of activity and bargaining is part of the fun of the sale. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. After visiting the market, we continue onto Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakorn Pathom, reportedly the largest pagoda in South East Asia. The golden-tiled dome of the Chedi towers almost 116 – metres into the air.


After lunch on your own, you will have some free time at the hotel.


Enjoy a cooking class at Silom Thai Cooking School this evening. The taste of authentic Thai cuisine is so unique that the world has tried to capture it in many ways. Now is your chance to learn the secrets of expert Thai cuisine for yourself, under the guidance of local chefs who will teach you every step of the way. At the school, your instruction will begin. You will cook five delicious Thai courses, each one from scratch. The art of creating Thai food comes from the careful steps that lead to it, and you’ll be given a true hands-on experience every moment. Guided by the chefs, you’ll be able to properly create these great dishes and develop new skills! You will even be able to enjoy the very meal you create. Take home this priceless Thai cuisine knowledge as your best souvenir!


Overnight: Bangkok Pullman G (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Oct 30, 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand
After breakfast, transfer to the international airport for your flight home (arrival same day).


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight:  Sandeep Singh Minhas


Sandeep, fondly called “Sandy” by his colleagues and guests, has been coordinating and leading international travel programs for over 15 years.  For 10 of those years, Sandy has been a dear friend to the Nanda Journeys team and has provided in-country support and leadership for many journeys to India, Bhutan, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Sandy has been a valued creative partner with Nanda Journeys and has helped create some spectacular and truly unique journeys. He has traveled alongside our guests to ensure their experience is nothing short of exceptional. His favorite travel memory was joining a Nanda Journeys Yoga and Wellness group in the remote

village of Kherwa in Rajasthan. In

2018 Sandy accompanied

a Nanda Journeys delegation

in Bhutan and had the distinct

honor and pleasure of meeting

His Majesty King of Bhutan and

the Honorable Prime Minister.

Sandy extends a warm welcome to our travelers and he is excited to share with you the unique culture of Bhutan.

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You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Enjoy the unique culture and traditions of Bhutan while you spend time with the locals. This special journey is like taking a step back in time to explore this still little traveled land described as one of the happiest on earth! Go beyond the tourist guide books and experience Bhutan through the eyes of a community. Visit a local primary school and donate time to helping in a classroom, learn about their education systems and spend time with the children and teachers. Take a challenging hike to the enchanting Taktsang Monastery for an unbelievable viewpoint of the surrounding valley. Built around a cave where the Guru Rinpoche meditated, this monastery clings to a cliff of rock 3,000 feet above the valley floor.  Our journey includes many opportunities to connect with local families, artisans and community members to explore their unique culture and way of life. ​ A Nanda Journeys delegation visiting Bhutan in 2018 was fortunate enough to chance upon a meeting with the Royal Family and the Prime Minister: we hope you'll be as lucky!  OPTIONAL - POST PROGRAM EXTENSION BANGKOK

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