Sikkim/Bhutan: Gross National Happiness

Sikkim/Bhutan: Journey to the Lands of Thunder Dragon

20 September to 11 October 2019

Fascinating civilizations with long and glorious histories have sprung up amongst the dizzying snow-capped heights and the dry windswept plains beyond them. Sandwiched between China and India, Sikkim and Bhutan have developed their own unique place in human history and continue to flourish today. Hidden away amongst the mighty Himalayan range, these kingdoms are destinations that even the most seasoned traveller considers a privilege to visit. Visitors remark how everything here is tinged with the divine, where mountains, people and gods meet, and where eternal dramas are played out; dramas in which the seasons bring rain, the earth yields produce, and the people celebrate natureís bounty: dramas in which good and evil clash; dramas of birth, death, reincarnation, enlightenment and spiritual release.

Bhutan is now one of the last strongholds of Tantric Buddhism, with sacred monasteries sitting precariously on sheer cliffs, fluttering prayer flags lining high mountain ridges, red-robed monks chanting in distant temples, and colourful masked dancers performing ancient rituals on sacred grounds during Buddhist festivals.

Zen Oriental Journeys appoints tour managers and leaders who have significant experience in management at senior education department levels and are experienced in professional tour leadership. "Lands of the Thunder Dragon" will be led from Australia by Pamela Stewart. Pamela has a Master of Education (Studies of Asia) Degree and has worked in the Asia literacy field for more than 30 years as the WA Asia Education Foundation State Advisor, the AEFís Australian Curriculum Strategy Manager, and as a writer of Asia-focussed digital resources. In these roles, Pamela has led a wide range of study tours to India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. She led Zen Orientalís recent Roads to Mandalay and Rajasthan Journeys. She is currently Principal Consultant, Curriculum Support, for the Department of Education WA.

Departure date: 22 Sept 2019
Duration: 22 days
Hotel Standards: 4 - 5 star standard


Price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 9560.00
Single Supplement: AUD 2790.00
Airfare ex Perth return: AUD 905.00
Airfare ex Adelaide return: AUD 1250.00
Airfare ex Sydney return: AUD 1310.00

The Druk Air flight Paro to Bangkok, IF BOOKED before 31 Dec 2018 is USD 402.00 (approx. AUD 591.00), or after 31 Dec 2018, USD 495.00 (approx. AUD 727.00). (Druk Air also flies to Kathmandu, jumping off spot for my individual Tibet program).


Costs have been based on prices prevailing at the time of the finalization of the tour program and are subject to change based on currency exchange fluctuations, your departure city (other than Adelaide) and minimum group size contingency. Please visit or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government travel advice.

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking

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