The beautiful Paro valley encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, the country’s only international airport, and the National Museum. Mount Chomolhari (7,300m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley, its glacial waters plunging through deep gorges to form the Paro River. The Paro valley is one of the Kingdom’s most fertile, producing the bulk of Bhutan’s famous red rice from its terraced fields.
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"I am writing to commend Cox & Kings for organizing such a successful tour of Sri Lanka. It provided a perfect introduction to a lovely land and insight into a culture very different to our own. Our guide, was an inspiration to us all, with his wide-ranging knowledge of country, history, culture, and specialist knowledge of many subjects. I am grateful to have enjoyed such a wonderful travelling experience and hope that it will not be long before I have the opportunity to travel again with Cox & Kings.
Mrs Barbara Rands"
"Visiting ancient buddhist temples, caves and ruins. I was inspired imagining so many monks dedicating themselves the the dharma teachings of the Buddha.
Mrs Anthea Murray"
"The first inspirational moment was the sunrise on one side and Kachenjunga mountain on the other at the Tiger's Hill in Darjeeling. The second was at Paro in Bhutan, when we climbed to see the Tiger's Nest Monastery, though we only made up to the first view point.
Mrs Meena Sumarria"
"[Inspirational moments include the] dawn boat ride at Varanasi, walking out to see the Taj Mahal early morning and the lakes at Udaipur.
Dr Alan Watson"
"Myself and my wife Sue would like to thank Cox & Kings for a wonderful and extremely well managed holiday in India. My wife was, to say the least, a little apprehensive at travelling within India but the entire experience proved to be absolutely magical and without any drama, due to the organisation and efforts of your staff along the way. We now consider India to be the best destination we have ever travelled to in a lifetime of exotic holidays!
Mr Nicholas Sills"
"We have just returned from our trip to India and wanted to say a big thank you to you for all your help. You were terrific.
"The visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandi made a deep impression on me. It was intensely crowded with devout Buddhists and I was in the middle of the crush when the doors of the casket opened, yet felt perfectly safe. I have a high regard for the gentle Sri Lankan people. I find tea plantations exceptionally beautiful, and am thrilled with the rich colours and patterns of the small fruit and spice stalls.
Ms Phyllis Babb"
"The evening visit to the Golden Temple in Amristar. It was our first night in India and the combination of beauty, religious solemnity and being very far from home was overwhelming. We knew our holiday was going to be a good one!
Mr Shaun O'Connell"
"It was all incredible and the organisation was excellent. The knowledge of the guides made the holiday inspirational for we were taken back in time and had a glorious picture painted of the Moghul era and Rajput era. The guide for the taj mahal was inspired and we were caught up in the romance and historical truths. In Jaipur the Amber fort was described superbly as well as Fatehpur Sikri. The excellence of the Delhi guide has stayed with us into our long term memory. This is a standard of high scholarship and deeply engaging presentation.
Mrs Kiron Wilcox"
"There were so many [inspirational moments]: the houseboat in Alleppey, the first sight of Kochi harbour at dusk, the Chola temples. An all-round excellent mix.
Dr Andrew Macfarlane"
"Diana Driscoll educated us last year on Mughal Uzbekistan. Because of her we booked onto this Mughal India tour to continue our education. She is inspirational and enthuses us with her love of the subject. Everything about the tour was inspirational. If we have to choose just one thing.....it would be The residency at Lucknow. Also, the India based Tour Manager Madhav Das Rathmore was quite superb and liaised well with Diana, especially since this was the first time the tour had run and the first time they had worked together.
Mr Robert Mundell"
"I am writing to say how much we enjoyed our trip to India...You were right in saying that we had a busy itinerary but we really enjoyed the whole experience. We appreciated your efforts in planning our journey and were particularly pleased with the choice of rooms and hotels you had arranged for us to stay in.
"As a couple in our sixties, the trek was an experience of a lifetime. We would like to express our sincere thanks to our fantastic guide Prem - his local knowledge and his enthusiasm simply made the holiday perfect. Thank you very much for an extremely enjoyable holiday.
"Words could not describe the elation and incredible time we spent in India and Bhutan. No one could ever cap that. Thank you so much for all your efforts.