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Blissful Bhutan & Arunachal Pradesh with Carleton

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This Himalayan adventure takes us to two of the most culturally rich and environmentally preserved areas in the vast foothills of the spectacular Himalayas.

Bhutan, the only independent kingdom in the region, maintains an ancient Buddhist system that pervades every aspect of life. We’ll see the tremendous fortified monasteries (dzongs) that dominate towns in the river valleys and the temples, shops, and rural villages displaying diverse aspects of traditional architecture. Bhutan is known as a centre of herbal medicine, of fine weaving, and of archery – themes we will touch on during our travels.

Arunachal Pradesh is the northern and eastern-most state of India, yet it has retained its autonomy and character through strict restrictions on entry for both foreigners and Indians, dating from the British period to the present. It is home to probably the most diverse tribal communities in the world. Over 50 languages are spoken in Arunachal, and as we travel from one river valley to the next, the distinctive dress, village architecture and local traditions will be evident. The historic restrictions have also preserved the natural forest and flora and fauna to an Extent unmatched in the rest of the Himalayan region.

Bhutan and particularly Arunachal Pradesh are less-travelled destinations. A flexible spirit and a yen for the unexpected will be rewarded by experiences as magnificent as the Himalayas.
Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations

Bhutan | 14 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Jan 28 - Feb 10, 2019
Cost:
US$6245 (Incl. US$350 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers at destination, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels as listed or similar, meals as indicated, bottled water and tea with meals, all ground transportation by private coach, bottled water in the group vehicle, internal flights Paro to Guwahati and Dibrugarh to Delhi, sightseeing and activities as indicated, with English speaking guide, all entrance fees, services of study leader Stephen Inglis. Taxes and gratuities of US$350 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu, centre of Bhutanese art and culture
Day 3: A scenic drive from Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4: Punakha to Paro, gateway to the Himalayan kingdoms
Day 5: Paro and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery
Day 6: Fly from Paro to Guwahati and on to Nameri National Park
Day 7: Nameri to the Ziro Valley
Day 8: Traditional life in the Ziro Valley
Day 9: A scenic mountain drive from Ziro to Daporijo
Day 10: Celebrate the colourful Boori Boot festival in Daporijo
Day 11: Daporijo to Along, land of snow-capped mountains and orange orchards
Day 12: Galo community life in Along
Day 13: Along to Dibrugarh, centre of tea production in India
Day 14: Fly from Dibrugarh to Delhi for homeward-bound flights
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Your Tour Leader

Stephen Inglis has been a researcher, curator, and then Director-General of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. His contributions to museums and Indian studies have been honoured by the Canadian Museums Association, the Shastri Indio-Canadian Institute and the Government of India. He earned a PhD in anthropology at UBC based on fieldwork with artisans in India and is currently an Adjunct Research Professor and Instructor of Art History at Carleton University.

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Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations

Bhutan | 14 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Jan 28 - Feb 10, 2019
Cost:
US$6245 (Incl. US$350 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers at destination, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels as listed or similar, meals as indicated, bottled water and tea with meals, all ground transportation by private coach, bottled water in the group vehicle, internal flights Paro to Guwahati and Dibrugarh to Delhi, sightseeing and activities as indicated, with English speaking guide, all entrance fees, services of study leader Stephen Inglis. Taxes and gratuities of US$350 are included.

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