Bhutan Cross Country Cultural and Festivals Itinerary

Day 12 — {date12s}

Day Excursion around Mongar

Today we halt for the day and enjoy the sights in and around Mongar. After breakfast we will break into two groups, one to visit the secondary school and one to visit the primary school and then we will switch. In Bhutan Saturday is a half day of school so we will try to time it so that when the bell rings to signal the end of the school day all of us can start walking down the hill and the kids will approach you for conversations and learning experiences. After lunch there are several options that will be explained at lunch.

Overnight: Hotel Wangchuck, pick up laundry upon return in the afternoon.

Bhutan  Bob Mandich photo
Photo by previous tour participant, Bob Mandich.

Many of Bhutan's elderly spend their days at temples praying for entrance to Nirvana...

Bhutan Festival Dancer

...and some of these temples where they gather become adult day care centers. 

Bhutanese Classroom
At the teacher's invitation economist and past participant Mark Elder sits in on a lesson in economics at the Mongar secondary school.  Tourists usually need a special permit to visit schools, one that takes months to pass through proper channels, but because of relationships developed over the years we have a standing invitation by the principals in Mongar."
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Background photo in Bhutan by previous tour participant Tom Birschbach
Bhutan  Punakha Dzong