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HIMALAYA HEIGHTS

Read more about the best for the following destinations Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, and Ladakh.

Bhutan in Style

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Punakha in Style, Bhutan

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Best Sights in Bhutan

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Cradled by the snow-hatted Himalayas between India and Tibet, the remote and, until recently, almost inaccessible Kingdom of Bhutan has fiercely guarded its secrets from the rest of the world, maintaining limited flights and hefty tourist fees in order to preserve its ancient Buddhist cultural traditions. The advantage to those lucky enough to set foot …

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Amankora Punakha in Bhutan makes most hotel arrivals seem somewhat pedestrian: the hotel is accessed via a suspension bridge over the sparkling Mo Chhu River. This traditional Bhutanese farmhouse has pedigree; it was built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan), after all. Within its walled courtyard, soothing suites and a relaxed kitchen await; …

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 Bhutan – once a closed-off kingdom – has long inspired travellers to wax poetic. Open to visitors from abroad only since the 1970s, the last-remaining buddhist kingdom is wondrous and unique for many reasons, the rugged, soaring landscape is paradise for trekkers, with stunning views from the rooftop of the world. Add in locals in …

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The landscapes of India’s remote northeast are defined by vast verdant tea estates and soaring Himalayan peaks. Set among these swathes of extraordinary natural beauty are jewel-coloured Buddhist monasteries. Centuries-old and infused with serenity, these sacred sites offer a fascinating glimpse of the area’s Tibetan influences, and are a must on your next vacation in …

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The experience is available as part of the six- and seven-night Himalayan Explorer itineraries, which include stays at the brand’s twin lodges at Paro and Punakha. Returning home after nearly a decade spent working at COMO properties in the Caribbean and the Maldives, Bhutanese chef Tshering Lhaden has rolled out a half-day cooking class at …

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If you didn’t know Nepal was Buddha’s Birthplace, you will soon after you arrive,  it’s a flag that the tiny country, perched on the Himalayan ridge between India and Tibet, flies very proudly. The sacred is a priority here, and places of worship are correspondingly abundant. Take your pick from stupas, shrines and holy sites …

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Just 10 minutes from Bhutan’s main airport, Como Uma Paro perches proudly on a Himalayan mountainside, flanked by thick pine forest with views over laid-back Paro town. One of the remote kingdom’s only boutique hotels, it offers elegant interiors, gorgeous food, a pampering Como Shambhala spa and a cool pool amid mind-bendingly beautiful scenery. Our Favourite Rooms: …

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This exciting Himayalan journey explores the tiny north-eastern state of Sikkim, otherwise known as ‘The Garden State’, on account of its spectacular flora and fauna and abundant flower nurseries. Boasting a plethora of monasteries and exceptional mountain scenery, this beautiful state is inhabited predominantly by gentle Buddhists and small settlements of tribal people. Just over …

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When travelling to a new country it’s easy to visit only the main cities and sites. But what about the areas that aren’t so well known? Are they worth your time and effort? I’m here to say for certain that yes, they are. In Nepal, many travellers only base themselves in the capital of Kathmandu, …

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“Class six rapids in summer, classic winter highway for centuries — the River Zanskar in Ladakh, boast many distinctions. The most recent thrust upon it is that of offering the “wildest trek” in the world, where temperatures often goes to -30° at night and -10° to -15° during day. The puzzle of constantly shifting ice …

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