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Nepal and Bhutan Tour 14 Days

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Nepal & Bhutan Tour offer 2022/2023

Your trip to Nepal and Bhutan starts with a direct flight arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. In Kathmandu, you’ll take relaxing sightseeing tours in its world-famous medieval villages with the largest assemblages of historical monuments and shrines ever built. The trip then take a Panoramic short flight to Pokhara to sight the beautiful panorama of Annapurna and return to Kathmandu, again with a short domestic flight.

From Kathmandu, you set off on a flight to Bhutan, featuring panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, the mother goddess of the earth. On arrival in Bhutan, you will spend several days sightseeing in its significant towns, monasteries, dzongs, and markets. Then, you will round up your fabulous tour with a flight back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, spend an overnight with some free time for last hour essentials to end the at least once-in-a-lifetime tour program!

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the medieval villages Kathmandu, one of the largest art museums in the open air
  • Visit the Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal for its natural setting
  • Enjoy the beauty of Annapurna, the first eight-thousand, to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet.
  • Enjoy the Sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot and Sarangkot
  • Visit the Only Buddhist Kingdom in the World
  • Visit the most significant sites of Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Experience the Nepali and Bhutanese cultures
  • See and admire the great monasteries, Dzongs.
  • Get a divine Phallic blessing!

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 15 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Nepal: 5-nights / visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Number of the night in Pokhara: 1-nights / visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Number of the night in Bhutan: 7-nights
  • Tour grade: easy, involving leisurely walk and a short hike in Paro to visit Taktsang Monastery.
  • Ground transport: A comfortable vehicle fully air conditioned
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu and Kathmandu – Paro (Bhutan) – Kathmandu
  • People/Culture: Newar is the primary native ethnic group of Kathmandu but being capital city all ethnic groups lives. The Newars are divided into Buddhism and Hinduism. Pokhara is a new city, and it is home to multi-ethnicity. Bhutan part is mostly Bhutanese practising Mahayana sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast for Nepal part and hotels on a full board basis in Bhutan.
  • Best season to trek: The tour is recommendable for all year round still the best of the months are from the end of February to mid-June and from last week of September to mid-December.

Short Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.

DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR

DAY 03: VISIT PASUPATINATH / BHAKTAPUR / NAGARKOT

DAY 04: NAGARKOT / POKHARA

DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING OF POKHARA CITY & FLY TO KATHMANDU

DAY 06: KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHU

DAY 07: VISIT THIMPHU

DAY 08: THIMPHU / WANGDUE/ PHUBJIKHA VALLEY

DAY 09: PHUBJIKHA / WANGDUE / PUNAKHA

DAY 10: PUNAKHA / PARO

DAY 11: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO

DAY 12: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO

DAY 13: PARO / KATHMANDU

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshments, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed tour. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR

Breakfast and drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This Buddhist shrine is said to have been built around 250 B.B. Its main feature, the white dome, is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, and it is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the spire's base is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The Stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced years ago from the lake that initially filled the Kathmandu Valley. From the hilltop, one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the Stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go. Then we head on to Patan. Patan was once an independent Buddhist city-state and a rival of Kathmandu, from which the Bagmati River separates it. It is also called Lalitpur ("City of the Arts"). The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square. We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art have been made from every piece of wood, stone, and metal. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites. In the evening, we visit Basantapur, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the old palace complex (Durbar means "palace"). There admire the multitude of temples and palaces, including the Gaddi Baithak Durbar (a palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908), Basantapur Durbar (the main building of the old royal palace), Kumari Chowk (the residence of the Living Goddess) and Kumari Bahal (where her family resides). All these are located in Basantapur. Some two hundred years ago, a Western visitor wrote that there were more temples than houses and many idols than people in the city. Indeed, Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the city's heart. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. The fascinating part of this Palace complex is the towering Nine Storey Palace, overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square. In the 1768 A.D., King Prithivi Narayan Shah built a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the Valley is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures. In the evening, we tour Ason Bazaar, an old city centre and market, where one can see and experience a bit of what the Nepalese use in their daily lives. The walk takes us to the hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

DAY 03: VISIT PASUPATINATH / BHAKTAPUR / NAGARKOT

Breakfast and set off to Pashupatinath temple: Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pashupati has remained the presiding deity of all ruling Nepalese royalty. The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof, is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates, you have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the way, you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. These ghats along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley get cremated. The trip takes us to Bhaktapur. Located about 12 kilometres east of Kathmandu, it is the third major city in the Valley. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (literally "City of Devotees") is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pashupati, the main square of Taumadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Badhgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. UNESCO, as a World Heritage Site, recognizes Bhaktapur. Finalize the visit to Bhaktapur, and take lunch in one of the medieval restaurants. In the evening, drive up to the resort hill Nagarkot. The village of Nagarkot, situated at the highest point in the northeast of Kathmandu Valley (2175 m.), lies 30-Kilometers to the east of Kathmandu and 19-kilometres northeast Bhaktapur. Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination. The village has a magnificent panoramic view of the east Himalayas: Manaslu (7,111m.), Langtang (7,246m.), Choba Bhamre (6,016m.) and even Everest (8,848m.). The view is particularly memorable at the end of the day when the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon and the mountains glow in the evening light.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 04: NAGARKOT / POKHARA

Most visitors to Nagarkot (2000m) wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise and enjoy the heavenly view of the first rays of the sun striking the tops of the giant white peaks. You can witness the dramatically changing colour of the mountain range from grey to silver to gold. Both sunrise and sunset are truly breathtaking. Sometimes the lower valley remains under a thick cloud, setting off the mountains high above them. After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu airport for a short domestic flight to Pokhara. The city of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has many beautiful lakes, and on the far horizon, a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung. Arrive in Pokhara, checking into the hotel, and the rest of the time remains free. In the evening enjoy hours boating on Fewa Lake.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING OF POKHARA CITY & FLY TO KATHMANDU

Early in the morning, drive to Sharangkot hill tower to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its fine panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Fishtail, etc. and a complete view of Pokhara city. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast. Then we continue to David's fall, the point from where all the water from lake Fewa goes underground, forming a big waterfall. The name given to this waterfall is given after when a person called David became a victim falling into the drainage. We then visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of mountains and mountaineering on the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and natural habitats, where we will also learn a bit about the different ethnicities of Nepal. After visiting all the interesting points of this small town, drive to the lakeside to enjoy a hearty lunch. Then, drive to Pokhara airport for a flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu and get escorted to your hotel.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 06: KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHU

Breakfast and then drive to Trivuwan International airport to board our flight to Bhutan. The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas and Bhutan. In good weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. A tour guide from our agent in Bhutan, who will be your host throughout your stay in Bhutan, will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with customs and immigration formalities. After finalizing the immigration formalities, we'll take a short drive to the town for lunch and continue driving to Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan with a population of about 100,000. Thimphu is situated at 2,320 metres above sea level. Arrive in Thimphu and check into the hotel. Then, in the evening, walk into the street for leisure time.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 07: VISIT THIMPHU

After breakfast, we visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient manuscripts, and the Painting School, where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Lunch in Khamsa Oriental Restaurant and after lunch, we'll drive to the Traditional Medicine Hospital where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe traditional gold and silversmiths at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. We finally visit the Handicraft Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner is served in the same hotel itself, a pure vegetarian meal.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 08: THIMPHU / WANGDUE/ PHUBJIKHA VALLEY

Breakfast at the hotel and set off for a day's excursion to Punakha and Wangdue valley. Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a lovely forest of pine to Dochula, 3,050 metres above sea level. This pass is well known for panoramic views of the Himalayan. From Dochula, the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and Wangdue. We will stop here for our lunch at Wangdue in the Tashiling hotel. After lunch, we drive to Gangtey in Phobjikha, a glacial valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain national park. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountain National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winter here (from late October to late March), it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country's beautiful pine-covered mountains circle Phobjikha Valley. Along the way, look for nocturnal red pandas that sleep in the trees during the day. Rising dramatically from a small ridge at the valley's centre stands Gantey Gompa, one of Bhutan's oldest Nyingma Buddhist monasteries. Gantey Tulku Rimpoche, the head lama of Gantey Gonpa is the ninth incarnation of Terton Pema Lingpa, the famous 14th century Treasure Revealers from Bumthang, one of Bhutan's favourite Buddhist saints and an ancestor of the ruling Wangchuck dynasty. Visit the Gangtey monastery overlooks the large green expanse of Phobjikha Valley. The extensive complex consists of the Gonpa, the monks' quarters, meditation centres, and schools. Evening: Visit the Black-necked cranes' roost in the swampy marshland from the Observatory overlooking the fields.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 09: PHUBJIKHA / WANGDUE / PUNAKHA

After breakfast, drive to Punakha valley via Wangdue town. In Punakha, we take a stroll through the small town and view the Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu. The Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. We’ll take lunch in Chimilhakhang Restaurant in a small village near Punakha and visit the temple. Chimi Lhakhang is one of the most famous temples dedicated to a favourite Drukpa Lama, the Drukpa Kuenleg, also called the “divine madman”. Drukpa Kuenleg is against the monasteries since the priests were in the habit of asking everything from people, and the teaching was slow. He was with people teaching them through humour, poetry, song, dance and love and various walks of life. While Drukpa Kunleg was wandering around Bhutan, an older man named Tenzin, from a village called Logthang Kyamo, requested spiritual teaching. Drukpa Kunleg taught him a refuge prayer containing vulgar verges and told him to recite it whenever he thought of his teacher (guru). On return home, the older man’s daughter asked him to repeat the prayer he had learned from Drukpa Kunleg. The father did so as instructed by Drukpa Kunleg. The daughter was ashamed to hear the verses, and his wife told him not to repeat them in front of his daughter. But, he persisted with the refuge prayer, and so he was confined to a makeshift shelter, roofed of hey, where he continued his recitation. After about a month, his wife, not hearing the sound of the prayer, got suspicious and sent her daughter to see what was happening. The girl found only a heap of quilts. Inside, there was a sphere of rainbow light, in which the white syllable “AH” was glowing brightly. The people there saw the light spiralling into the western sky. Through his profound devotion to Drukpa Kunleg and his teaching, the man had attained liberation from cyclic existence. Drukpa Kunleg, using the older man’s rosary as a relic, built a small stupa on the spot where the older man had died. In 1949, when Kyabje Ngawang Chogyal visited the place, he created a temple, keeping the stupa at the centre. It is today called the Chimey Lhakhang and is revered as one of the holiest temples in Bhutan. The Iron Bow and arrow of Drukpa Kunleg are kept in the monastery. Many couples visit the monastery praying for a child. A symbolic phallus blesses the couple that visits the temple. After a hearty lunch in this holy place and a visit to the temple, we continue to drive down the valley to visit the Wangdue Dzong, located on a hill spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 10: PUNAKHA / PARO

Take breakfast at the hotel, drive back to Paro through Dochula Pass at 3,140 metres, and continue your journey through Thimphu valley. Again, we stop in Thimphu for lunch at Orchid Restaurant. After lunch, we'll continue to Paro by visiting Simtokha Dzong, built-in 1627-1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan. This Dzong is the first Dzong in Bhutan and serves as a religious and administrative headquarter. Continue to drive to Paro, arrive and check into hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 11: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO

Breakfast and drive to the point from where a hike starts to reach to Taksang Monastery viewpoint. Taktsang means “Tiger’s den”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated. The monastery clings to a cliff at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people and the pilgrimage group to Bhutan, it is a place of pilgrimage. Still, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling, and mystical for tourists. The legend says - that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for three months. We’ll take lunch at the cafeteria on our way to Taktsang monastery. After visiting the monastery, we hike down to the road, head and drive back to Paro. Evening at leisure or visit the local shops.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 12: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO

Today we drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, a Dzong of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, the Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). On the way back, visit the courtyard of Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan - dated 7th century AD. After lunch, we visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, a beautiful collection of classical Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons, and artefacts. See also the traditional wooden bridge.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 13: PARO / KATHMANDU

We'll take breakfast and get ready for our departure flight back to Kathmandu. Receive a hearty farewell at Paro airport and board for a short flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport Arrive at Kathmandu airport and drive to our hotel. In the evening, we will visit the 4th-century buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, located about 8 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, one of the world's largest stupas. The stupa base comprises three successive mandalas, geometrical representations of the cosmos. The base itself represents the element earth, the dome on top of it symbolizes water, the cube represents fire, and the final represents air. Finally, the culminating flame symbolizes ether. This great stupa is much like Swayambhunath except for its last. Also, it is much bigger and lies on the valley floor. The site attracts significant numbers of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. At the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA); see off formalities, go through the immigration and departure.
  • Breakfast

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara, Breakfast included.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
  • Bhutan visa and visa fee.
  • Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu Airfare (Tax included).
  • Airport pick up and departure service in Bhutan.
  • City and monument entry fees (Nepal and Bhutan).
  • Hotel accommodation into Bhutan, on full board basis.
  • All regional permits and monastery entrance fees.
  • Guided sightseeing of Bhutan as per itinerary (English Speaking Bhutanese guide).
  • Transportation into Bhutan by a 4x4 vehicle.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation / interruptions eventualities as well)i
  • Lunch and dinners for Nepal part.
  • Tips and those not mentioned in the above price includes section.

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