Bhutan: AdventureWomen’s Humanitarian Vacation

BhutanBhutan… you’ve probably heard about it, but we’re pretty sure you haven’t been. Travel to this Far Eastern gem is restricted (to keep the riff-raff out and the beauty in). That said, now is the perfect time to stamp that passport and go where few others have gone before. It’s safe, it’s beautiful, and it’s full of an ancient culture trapped in time.  So, change your life, get your feet of your desk, and jump into an adventure of a lifetime.

AdventureWomen, Inc., the oldest worldwide adventure travel company for active women over 30, is offering a new customized women’s only adventure travel tour to Bhutan’s tiny kingdom nestled in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains. In addition to hiking, cultural exploration and sightseeing, on this Bhutan adventure vacation, women have the opportunity to “give back” to the people of Bhutan with three special humanitarian projects that have been integrated into this unique itinerary.

Throughout this Bhutan journey, travelers are immersed in the culture, history, and Buddhist practices of this amazing country. Participants visit the friendly Bhutanese people in their traditional pastoral hamlets; walk to spectacular ancient dzongs, monasteries and Buddhist temples; and ogle at sweeping vistas of scenic valleys and the snow-capped Himalayas. Culturally and spiritually, this modern-day “Shangri-La” is a profoundly rich country where human relations and Buddhist beliefs outweigh economic indicators—where “gross national happiness” is promoted by the King of Bhutan as a measure of his enchanting country’s progress.

Highlights of this trip include:

  • Exploring a country where Buddhism permeates all strands of cultural, ethical, and secular life.
  • “Giving back” with three humanitarian projects in Bhutan: donating blankets and/or clothes to a Buddhist nunnery or monastery; sponsoring and attending a special prayer ceremony at a sacred temple; donating reading glasses to women weavers.
  • Visiting Haa, only recently opened to tourists, and staying 2 nights in an elegant tented camp.
  • Allowing for the “magic” of spontaneous and unplanned activities in Bhutan—festivals, ceremonies, rituals— and be treated to events experienced by few visitors to this unique and special destination.
  • Ending the stay with 2 nights at a new luxury hotel, handcrafted in traditional Bhutanese-style architecture, combining fine Bhutanese hospitality with 21st-century technology.

Dates: October 17th-30th, 2009. Cost: $5,295 from Bangkok, Thailand. Internal air: $789 round trip from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan ($800 deposit).

For more information, contact Susan Eckert at 406-587-3883 or visit:

http://www.adventurewomen.com

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