Vanishing Worlds: Burma and Bhutan14 days & 13 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, you are met and accompanied to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the gilded Sule Pagoda and the Reclining Buddha. Then, as night falls, watch the flickering lights of 3,000 oil lamps against the golden-domed Shwedagon Pagoda.Belmond Governor's Residence - 1 Night (D)
Day 2To Bagan
Fly to Bagan. Explore this majestic site, including the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, the murals of Gubyaukgyi and Ananda Temple. After lunch, stop at a lacquer workshop and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Myingaba Gu Byuk Kyi Temple.Bagan Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Soar over the temples and pagodas of Bagan on a hot-air balloon ride this morning before visiting a local farming village and a monastery. Learn about Burmese culture through cuisine during a cooking class. This afternoon, visit the Nat Htaung Kyaung monastery, and take a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy.Bagan Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4To Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and transfer to magical Inle Lake. After checking into your hotel this afternoon, enjoy a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Pass by floating gardens and admire the traditional fishing boats as you learn about their construction at Nampan Village. Continue to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake.Inle Princess Resort - 2 Nights (B, L)
Day 5Inle Lake
On market days, visit the famed colorful Ywama floating market. Climb the winding stairs to see a complex of pagodas and take a leisurely nature walk before lunch. Visit local villages to learn about local customs, and meet with the monks at a monastery.Inle Princess Resort (B, L, D)
Day 6To Yangon
Return to Yangon today and embark on a walking tour to learn about the colonial heritage of this ancient city. Enjoy afternoon tea before attending a performance of a traditional Burmese puppet show.Belmond Governor's Residence - 1 Night (B, D)
Day 7To Bangkok, Thailand
Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport - 1 Night (B)
Day 8To Thimphu, Bhutan
Fly from Bangkok to Paro and take a scenic drive to the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. This afternoon, explore Thimphu's bustling streets. Visit the National Folk Heritage Museum, the Memorial Chorten and the seat of government Tashico Dzong.Taj Tashi - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 9To Punakha
En route to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, stop at Dochula Pass to visit the Druk Wangyel Chorten & the cluster of 108 stupas. Descend down the Pass to the fertile valleys of Teobisa, Wangdi & Punakha.Uma by COMO, Punakha - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Discover Punakha Dzong, the second oldest fortress in the kingdom and home to Bhutan's most revered holy text. Take a short hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten, a striking example of Bhutanese architecture.Uma by COMO, Punakha (B, L, D)
Day 11To Gangtey
Depart for the magnificent valley of Gangtey, home to the Gangtey Gompa monastery.Gangtey Goenpa Lodge - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 12To Paro
Drive to the Paro Valley, home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries and the National Museum.Uma by COMO, Paro - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Take a half-day trek to the spectacular Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) monastery, one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas.Uma by COMO, Paro (B, L, D)
Day 14Depart Paro
Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
In the Indian Subcontinent, there are completely different customs when it comes to road use and road craft, and all manner of vehicles, people and animals can be found moving about, even on the main roads. To most visitors, road journeys in the Indian Subcontinent can seem quite startling at first; however, all Cox & Kings drivers are very experienced and in tune with other road users, allowing you to relax and absorb the extraordinary sights and sounds en route.
For Escorted Groups, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of an appropriate size for the number of people traveling, while on Private Journeys, Cox & Kings uses mid-size cars with an option to upgrade to luxury segment vehicles, available on request. They all feature air-conditioning and our drivers are experienced. Please refer to page 51 for further details.
Important Note: Road conditions in the Indian Subcontinent change throughout the year, due to monsoon rains and extreme weather patterns and journey times can vary enormously at all times of the year which is beyond the control of Cox & Kings.
Air travel in the Indian Subcontinent is more affordable now. There are full service brands that operate domestic and international flights and then there are low cost airlines that have gained popularity due to low cost airfares being offered.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Due to increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. Domestic flights in India can incur last minute schedule changes, delays, over flying, and / or cancellation without prior notice. November through January, fog can also create delays in Northern India airports, causing flight postponement or cancellation.
Flight delays can cause problems with onward connections, hotel and holiday arrangements. Although the airline will sometimes make arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, costs may be involved for you, in the form of additional accommodation, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please note many international flight tickets are restricted and nonrefundable. Therefore, Cox & Kings requires that you are insured against such eventualities, and recommends traveling with a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy from your point of origin.
Early Starts: A number of flights within the Indian Subcontinent arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Special Requests: Cox & Kings will endeavor to request any specific meals or services, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be requested if traveling in one of the premium classes. We are able to request general seating preferences for Economy Class passengers. However, all special requests are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed.
Travel within the Indian Subcontinent is an adventure at every moment. We will endeavor to keep all clients apprised of any changes and or alterations to the program due to flight arrival or departure re-scheduling or other situations that may occur throughout your travel.
Important Note: Airlines and train schedules and fares are subject to last minute change. In the event that any amendment or cancellation arises or increase in fare, Cox & Kings cannot be held liable for the same.
The Indian Subcontinent has made an indelible mark in the area of hospitality. The distinctive features of these hotels are high standard and quality accommodation and service along with contemporary facilities at par with world standards. The availability of hotels in the Subcontinent ranges from Deluxe, Luxury, First Class and Budget to Heritage and Boutique.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Subcontinent and in general cannot be compared to the West. In larger cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, the hotels we use are fully modernized with excellent facilities, while in other cities and towns the hotels are smaller but still offer good facilities. In the desert cities of Rajasthan, areas of Southern India and small hill towns, many hotels we use are small, privately owned properties or converted palaces, retaining much of their original ambience, but the room size, shape and design can vary enormously (even in the same price bracket). On certain circuits in Rajasthan, enjoy the experience of staying at one of the marvelous Heritage hotels – once the residence of Maharajas. Although palace hotels often have simple facilities and service can be slow, we ask for your patience as this is more than compensated for by their atmosphere and charm.
Check-in & Check-out Times: Most hotels work on a check-in of 1400 hours and check-out of 1200 hours. If a flight arrives in the morning, you may be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before check-in. We will endeavor to get your room as early as possible in these instances.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings,you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is the best available. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that the simplicity of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience. Game park accommodation cannot be compared to that available in parts of Africa and is often reached down narrow and makeshift roads.
Meals: Meals included in the tour program are indicated in the itineraries at the end of each day with codes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D).
Maps: Type of travel is indicated in the maps at the beginning of each itinerary with symbols:
Road Travel (), Train Travel (),Air Travel (), Day Excursion ( ).
Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in the Indian Subcontinent. We have suggested possible extension options for the tours in this brochure, however we would also be delighted to design a custom extension, either pre or post tour, to fit in with your particular interests. Please note that tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys.
Many of the sites in the Indian Subcontinent necessitate a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Population: 2 million
Official Language(s): Drongkha
The welcoming Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan may just be the world’s last Shangri-La. With its traditional culture and lifestyle still largely intact, this mountain land offers stunning Himalayan scenery, sacred temples, colorful festivals and a rich collection of wildlife including snow leopards, blue sheep and nearly 800 species of birds.
What To See
Visit the Memorial Chorten and the National Library in Thimphu. Discover the fortified dzongs and temples of Punakha. Learn more about this vibrant culture by arranging a visit to a local home for some tea and conversation. Soak up the alpine scenery in the gorgeous Phobjikha Valley. Outside Paro, hike to the Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s holiest monastery, for incredible views.
Vanishing Worlds: Burma And Bhutan
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