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Blissful Bhutan & Arunachal Pradesh
Jan 28-Feb 10, 2019
This trip is now sold out!
This Himalayan adventure, lead by Art History Professor Stephen Inglis, will explore two of the most culturally rich and environmentally preserved areas in the vast foothills of the spectacular Himalayas.
Bhutan, the only independent kingdom in the region, maintains an ancient Buddhist system that pervades every aspect of life. See the tremendous fortified monasteries (dzongs) that dominate towns in the river valleys and the temples, shops, and rural villages displaying diverse aspects of traditional architecture. Bhutan is known as a centre of herbal medicine, of fine weaving, and of archery – themes that will be touched on during the trip.
Arunachal Pradesh is the northern and eastern-most state of India, yet it has retained its autonomy and character through strict restrictions on entry for both foreigners and Indians, dating from the British period to the present. It is home to probably the most diverse tribal communities in the world. Over 50 languages are spoken in Arunachal, and as we travel from one river valley to the next, the distinctive dress, village architecture and local traditions will be evident. The historic restrictions have also preserved the natural forest and flora and fauna to an extent unmatched in the rest of the Himalayan region.
Bhutan and particularly Arunachal Pradesh are less-travelled destinations. A flexible spirit and a yen for the unexpected will be rewarded by experiences as magnificent as the Himalayas.
Listen to Professor Stephen Inglis share what to expect on this incredible 14-day immersive adventure.