Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and the India are the focus destinations of Plan Himalaya. We specialize in small group tours, private journeys, trekking and hiking trips, and solo/independent travelling in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and India. Our main operations are based in Kathmandu, Nepal and our sales and marketing, tour development, and customer service team are very enthusiastic and believe in hard working. We have ground transportation handling offices in Bhutan, Tibet, and India- independently managed by our local partners who provide you with all ground logistic support from your arrival until departure. All of our partners, managers, guides and field staff in Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, and India have had roots in the highlands of Asia; they are educated, trained, and have had years of experience in organizing and guiding trips to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and the Indian Himalayas. For Highland Asia, travel is not a business but a way of life and we do not sell our tours but plan your once in a lifetime experience. We breathe life into your travel itinerary and go above and beyond to make it flawless, and to deliver you the experience of a lifetime.
Nepal has always been a dividing line between cultures and civilizations, and a crossroads for the commerce and culture. Here the plains of the subcontinent climb up to the high plateau of Tibet, the languages and people is India give way to those of china and the Hindu religion blends in to Buddhism. Nepal is often a complex blend of the two influences and this vitiation is further complicated by the diversity of ethnic group within the country. Surrounded by the greatest of the heights of the Himalaya, the country Nepal is a land of eternal attraction, a where one visit is hardly ever enough. It is a land of colorful cultures, ancient history and people, superb scenery and some of the best walking on earth. Nepal’s history is closely related to its geographical location, separating the fertile plains of India from the desert-like plateau of Tibet. Its position between India and china meant the country was able at times to play the role of intermediary – a canny trader between two great powers – while at other times it faced the threat of invasion. Internally, it’s history was just as dynamic, with city states in the hills vying with each other for power until one powerful king, Prithivi Narayan Shaha , overran then all that history is very visible today with the three great towns of the Kathmandu valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – still bearing witness to their days as fiercely completive mediaeval mini kingdom. Indeed, in Nepal it is often possible to suspend belief and mentally roll the clock right back to the mediaeval era.
The ancient India, land of maharajas, land of saints and seers, the land that is perfect fusion of tradition and modernity; with so many cultural and geographical diversities, India has its own way of life. It is an incredible country that can offer almost anything a traveler wants to explore and experience, whether it be historic palaces, cultural heritage sites, majestic temples & tombs and stunning natural beauty, colorful market places and streets, sea beaches, desolate deserts, forested mountains, snow capped peeks, torrential rivers, verdant valleys and even a spiritual search for yourself. However, India has its own glorious culture and tradition of present and past. For a first time visitor, India is full of surprises but its earthy mysticism sheds a magical spell on most of the visitors. The experience of traveling through this antique land is beyond description. Come experience the magic of this topographically, religiously, traditionally, culturally diverse land. With a complete tour plan of the most preferred destinations such as Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan to the less-explored venues such as Arunachal and Orissa, we guarantee that your tour of India with us will be a truly marvelous vacation you ever had.
Bhutan, or “Druk Yul,” means Land of the Thunder Dragon. It is a speck on the map bordered by Tibet (China) in the north and India in the south, east and west. The land area covers 38,394 square kilometers – comparable to Switzerland (about half the size of the State of Indiana in the U. S.). Although small in size, Bhutan is rich in terms of culture and bio-diversity. It has often been referred to as the “world’s last Shangri-La” because of its remoteness. Himalayan scenery, unsurpassed numbers of birds, mammals and plants, Buddhist temples, shrines, dzongs and traditional Bhutanese houses are among the rarest sights in the world. While traveling there you will find the Bhutanese people friendly and hospitable. Their traditions of hard work and sincerity are passed on one generation to another well-preserved. Bhutan has been blessed by the rule of a Divine Monarch, King Jigme Singe Wangchuck for 32 years. The King has diligently seen to the needs of the country by protecting cultural traditions and fragile ecosystems from outside exploitation while simultaneously improving the lives of citizens. Education and healthcare are free in this egalitarian society. Written Bhutanese history begins in the1600s. All other history is legend, folklore and myth passed down through generations. Many of the stories are dramatized through dance in “tsechus,” religious festivals. See Religion. One oft told story is how the Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew in on the back of a flaming tigress. He landed in Paro (fittingly where the only airport is today) and founded the Taktshang Monastery (called Tigers Nest) perched on a cliff, surveying the valley. Unification from groups of scattered tribes or clans into a loosely defined country occurred in the 12th Century, and the Divine Monarchy took root in 1907 when the first hereditary King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned. In the 1960s, the 2nd King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck instituted the National Assembly and shared power with 150 elected representatives who serve three year terms. Now the fourth King is in charge, walking the tightrope between tradition and modernity. The King educated at Oxford, has four wives, all sisters, and resides in the outskirts of the capitol, Thimphu. It was at his coronation in 1974 that the country was first opened to tourism.
Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the southwest of China and in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is bounded to the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, to the east by Sichuan Province, to the southeast by Yunnan Province, to the south and west by these countries: Burma, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. The region covers an area of around 1.22 million km2, which accounts for 12.8% of the total of China. With an average altitude of above 4,000 meters, Tibet Autonomous Region has very complex topography and falls into three geographic parts: the west, the south and the east. The west part, known as the North-Tibet Plateau, lies between Kunlun Mountain and Kangdese Mountain, and Tonglha Mountain and Nyainqentanglha Mountain. This part takes up 2/3 of the total area of Tibet. The south part of Tibet consists of valleys and lies between Kangdese Mountains and Himalayas. The east part is mainly made up of canyons and is marked by a gradual decline in altitude intercepted by small ranges called Henduan Ranges.