If you have ever dreamed of traveling to Bhutan but have delayed your trip because it doesn't seem affordable, you should know that this near-perfect Shangri La right next to Nepal is easily reachable and affordable. ItrekNepal offers a 5 day trip to Bhutan that is a perfect introduction to this exotic country. A one- hour morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan offers resplendent views of Mt. Everest and other fabled Himalayan peaks, and the landing into the deep forested Paro valley is a most remarkable aviation experience.
On your excursion you will visit perfectly preserved ancient temples and fortresses (dzongs), hike up to the fabled Tiger's Nest monastery nestled on the side of a cliff, and experience a pure Buddhist culture as it has existed for centuries. You will also enjoy being in the only Asian country that is not over-populated, without traffic hassles and with a sense that you are a special visitor in the most special place.
The daily cost of traveling in Bhutan is relatively high because the government mandates a high quality of service and a significant portion of tour fees are used to keep up the excellent roads and other infrastructure throughout the country. You will also be cared for by experienced local guides from the moment you arrive, be transported in a comfortable private 4wd vehicle, stay at fine lodgings that meet western standards, and have all your meals included. This all-inclusive, high-quality approach to travel in Bhutan insures your enjoyment and comfort throughout your stay.
The Last Shangri La tour prices start at around US $1600 including Bhutan airfare and visa. You can find out more about this and other trips to Bhutan at www.itreknepal.com/bhutan/bhutan-trekking.html.