Join Holly on tours around the world, studying the unique flora and the gardens, but also the art and architecture, of the cultures she knows well.
Come with me to Bhutan
Travel with me to Bhutan in October. Bhutan is a tiny country, wedged between China and India. High up in the Himalayan Range, Bhutan is home to thousands of the world's species - magnolia, rhododendron, daphne, birch and cedars - among many others that we take for granted.
After leaving Bangkok at dawn on October 17 we fly past Mount Everest, Mt Lotse and other heroic, snow-covered peaks, before the pilot does a hairpin turn and, amongst much cheering, we land at Paro airport. We then descend to the capital, Thimpu, to allow us to acclimatise to the altitude. We travel over Dochula Pass and visit wonderful temples like Punaka Tzong. We walk through pristine valleys such as the Phobjikha Valley, where the revered black-necked crane nests in winter. The protection of this bird is so important that electric power is shunned in the valley. On our second last day we climb to sacred Tiger's Nest, which clings to the cliffside at around 4,000 metres.
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I have done this tour twice before...the last time just four months after my left lung was resected! Those who wish to can take a pony (very sure-footed!) up to the half-way rest café....then, there are 900 steps up and back to Tigers Nest.
Come with me to Japan
And each guest on my tours is provided with a detailed and illustrated booklet of the places we visit, and the plants we see.