Glimpse Of Nepal and Bhutan

Duration Group Size
9 DaysMin 2

Trip Overview


Nepal Bhutan Trip – One of The Best Combo Packages in Asia

Nepal Bhutan trip is one of the best combo packages in Asia. Himalayan nations of Nepal and Bhutan is indeed the last remaining Shangri-La in the earth. This Nepal Bhutan tour starts from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, visit the largest stupa complex, the holiest temple, and the beautiful Durbar Squares. Then, fly to Paro to start the Bhutan tour. This country of Thunder Dragon has largely remained untouched by the rest of the world in its pristine state, unspoiled by outside influences. Above all, Get a glimpse of Nepal and Bhutan in this Nepal Bhutan Tour.

Bhutan is a country of surprises being chilies is the main dish and giant protective penis painted at the entrance of the houses. Tour to various Dzongs and monasteries. Touring various tourist attractions in the capital of Thimpu enjoy the fresh air during your ride to Punakha. Visit the largest Punakha Dzong and the famous Taktsang Monastery “Tiger’s Nest”. Moreover, Your journey to this country where Gross National Happiness is vital will be once in a lifetime experience.

 

Highlights :

Kathmandu Durbar Square | Swoyambhunath Stupa| Patan Durbar Square | Paro | Thimpu | Punakha | Punakha Dzong | Taktsang Monastery | Evening Rickshaw ride in Kathmandu

Starting Point : Kathmandu, airport

Ending Point : Kathmandu, airport

Grade : Easy

Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive - Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Meal(s): XXX

Day 2 Kathmandu

Early morning, possibility of Everest experience flight (50 min)

This scenic flight departs every morning from Kathmandu domestic airport. This flight provides brief but stunning views of an encyclopedic assortment of peaks. After taking off from Kathmandu airport the flight curves and flies over Dhulikhel towards Jiri offering panoramic views of peaks like Langtang(7246m), Mt.Shishapangma (8027m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6975m) and Mt.Lapchi Kang(7367m). Now the flight banks towards north to provide close-up view of four 8000’s giants Mt. Makalu(8479m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m), Mt. Everest (8848m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8153m). It passes over Namche Bazaar and glides back over Solu passing by Mt. Numbur (6956m) and the bulk of Gauri Shankar (7145m).

After completion of this scenic flight every passenger will be handed over the completion certificate stating that have felt Mt. Everest through their heart. An individual window seat is always guaranteed on this flight. Whichever sides of the plane you may choose to be seated you will have an equal chance to view the mighty Himalayas. This flight is once in a lifetime experience.

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath Stupa

It is a place where the city’s Kings were crowned. Having been built and rebuilt over the generations, it is now the valley’s number one tourist attractions. Most of the temples you see here are a mere three or four centuries old. The entire square was designated as a World Heritage Monument in 1979. The Durbar Square is teeming with shrines and statues. Walk around Kumari Chowk which is a home of “living goddesses”, she comes to the balcony at the scheduled time to welcome the guests.

Continue on to Swoyambhunath Stupa

On the top of the hill west of Kathmandu value is one of the popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. It is also referred to as “Monkey Temple” by many tourists because of the large tribes of monkeys that guard the hill. Legends say after the Bodhisattva Manjushri drained the water from the lake revealing the Kathmandu valley, the lotus one the island of the lake was transformed into the hillock, and the blazing light from the lotus became the statue.

Afternoon, tour of Patan Durbar Square

Patan also known as Lalitpur is the second largest city in the valley. Patan has a long Buddhist influence and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas said to have been created by great Buddhist emperor around 250 BC. Durbar Square forms the heart of Patan. The Durbar Square is closely packed with temples, and with far more concentration of architecture than anywhere around the valley.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3 Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu (2,350M)

Morning, fly to Paro . Upon arrival in Paro you will be met at Paro by our representative. After lunch, sightseeing tour in Paro including the visit of Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong ranks as a high point of Bhutanese architecture.  The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley. It was formerly the meeting hall for the National Assembly and now, like most dzongs, houses both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts. Most of the chapels are closed to tourists but it’s worth a visit for its stunning architecture and views.

Later drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Evening, relax at the hotel or walk around. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4 Thimphu - Punakha (1300M)

After breakfast, visit mini zoo and, Changangkha Lhakhang

This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or

blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread.

Later, drive over Dochu-La pass (3,100m), which on clear day will offer incredible Himalayas views before descending into Punakha valley (77 kms/3 hrs drive).

Punakha sits in a sultry, fertile and beautiful valley at the junction of the Mo Chhu (Mother River) and Pho Chhu (Father River). Commanding the river junction is the gorgeous Punakha Dzong, perhaps Bhutan’s most impressive building.The low altitude of the Punakha valley allows two rice crops a year, and oranges and bananas are in abundance.

Later tour of Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-colored jacaranda trees bring a lush sensuality to the dzong’s characteristically towering whitewashed walls. This dzong was the second to be built in Bhutan and it served as the capital and seat of government until the mid-1950s. All of Bhutan’s kings have been crowned here. The dzong is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (official monk body).

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5 Punakha – Thimphu

Morning, visit Wangdue Dzong Ruins from outside

The Wangdue Phodrang dzong was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1638 atop a high ridge between the Punak Tsang Chhu and the Dang  Chhu, clearly chosen for its commanding view of the valleys below. Wangdi is important in the history of Bhutan because in the early days it was the country’s second capital. Sadly the dzong caught fire on 24 June 2012 and was virtually destroyed save for the lower walls. The mammoth task of rebuilding is expected to continue until 2021.

Lunch at Dochu-la pass

The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” have been built by Ashi  Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck;[ the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country’s first Royal Botanical Park.

Continue on to Thimpu

Thimpu, visit National Memorial Chorten. Other site visit includes School for Arts and Crafts where students are taught 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scripture dating back to 8th century.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6 Thimpu – Paro

After breakfast, drive to Paro

In Paro hike to Taktsang Monastery

High above the Paro valley, Taktsang Monastery built on the sheer cliff face above 3000 meters is a spectacular sight to behold. It is also an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. It is said that great Guru Rinpoche had flown here on the back of tigresses when he bought the teaching of Buddhist Dharma in Bhutan in the eighth century. He then meditated in the cave for 3 months where the monastery was built.

The trail to Taktsang is broad and the walk is approximately 2 hours uphill which will take you almost a kilometer above the Paro valley.

On the return back to Paro visit 7th century Kyichu Lakhang.

A short drive from Paro is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’soldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism into Tibet.

Evening, walk around the town for shopping.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7 Paro - Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to the Paro airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8 Kathmandu

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur also known as ‘Bhadgaon’ is the third largest town in the valley. The stone embedded street links a string of temples, monastery, courtyards and monumental squares. You will quickly notice how vibrant the town’s cultural life is with strong communities of potters, woodcarvers and weavers. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is much larger and much less crowded then compared to other two durbar squares. Just upon entering the square you will notice the substitute signs of four great Indian pilgrimage sites. Most recognizable is the finely carved Bansi Narayan Mandir of Bishnu.

Evening, Rickshaw ride in the central hub of Kathmandu

This is a thrilling ride through the narrow alleys of Kathmandu City.You will  discover Kathmandu like a local as you explore the city on an evening rickshaw ride. Start in the colorful tourist hub of Thamel passing through the buzzing bazaars and market squares as you head to Durbar Square, where you’ll spend time exploring by foot. Sit back, relax and be enchanted as you take in views of the sunset, silhouetted temples and Kathmandu’s lively nightlife.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9 Kathmandu - Departure

Free till departure. Transfer to the airport in time to connect your onward flight

Meal(s): Breakfast

Trip Includes


Nepal part:-

  • 4 nights single accommodation at the hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfer by a/c vehicle with service of our local English speaking naturalist
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu as per the program with service of a local experienced English speaking guide on private basis
  • Evening Rickshaw Ride in Kathmandu (approx. 2.5 hrs)
  •  Monumental entrance fees (except in museums)
  • All applicable taxes

 

Bhutan part:-

  • 2 nights single accommodation at the hotel in Thimpu with breakfast
  • 1 night single accommodation at the hotel in Punakha with breakfast
  • 1 night single share accommodation at the hotel in Paro with breakfast
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • Sightseeing tours as per the program with service of a local Bhutanese English speaking guide
  • Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu airfare
  • Bhutan permit
  • All applicable monumental entry fees
  • 2 bottled mineral per day

Trip Excludes


  • International airfare
  • Everest Experience flight (USD 230 per person extra)
  • Lunches/dinner in Nepal
  • Tips/Gratuities to Driver and guide

 

 

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