Nepal and Bhutan both possess extraordinarily rich cultures and history, as well as some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, encompassing lush subtropical forest to soaring Himalayan peaks. With distinctive ethnic groups and languages, a wide range of architecture, vivid colours and vibrant street life, Nepal is a treat for the senses. Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the world, a self contained mountain kingdom with a Gross National Happiness Index, which its kings rank more highly than Gross Domestic Product. Bhutan is one of the last great Buddhist kingdoms and protective of its traditions, but at the same time its population is educated and outward looking.
Start in the bustling city of Kathmandu before flying over the Himalayas to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Travel to the national capital of Thimpu - with only 100,000 inhabitants - before exploring the beautiful Punakha Valley. Continue to historical Paro before the tour ends back in Kathmandu.
Throughout the tour there will be several professional visits looking at ophthalmology and eye care and how these have developed in Nepal and Bhutan.
Professor Christopher Liu OBE is based in Brighton. Born in Hong Kong, Christopher came to England aged 15 to study before entering medical school in London. He is widely travelled and enjoys introducing western delegates to exotic cultures. He has led the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Study Tours to China in 2004 and 2014 , Egypt 2006, Syria in 2007, Cuba in 2012 and Japan in 2017. Christopher has been president of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, British Society for Refractive Surgery and the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He has also been Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon,and is Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Christopher Liu was appointed OBE by the Queen in her 2018 New Year’s honours list.
Extension to Chitwan