This study tour will take you to the most exotic part of the world — the foothills of the Himalayas — which have been fascinating travellers, writers, painters and scholars with their timeless traditions, unique architecture and stunning mountainous landscapes. For centuries the monarchic rule was shaping the political and cultural traditions of these three bordering countries. Today the monarchic system is existing only in Bhutan. The country has never been colonized in its history. Nepal was under various dynasties from time immemorial until 2008. The Constitution of Nepal, adopted in 2015, declares the country as a secular parliamentary republic. Sikkim is a multiethnic and multilingual Indian state, second smallest among the Indian states. The Himalayan societies have developed their distinct national identities and colourful cultural traditions. We will learn about the unusual social patterns such as casteism and polyandry, and unique artistic forms like stupa architecture, shamanic masks and thangka painting. And of course there will be enough time for visiting colourful market places, gardens and plantations, handicraft shopping and tasting local cuisine.
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