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Nepal and Bhutan tour - 10 days Nepal - 3 nights, Bhutan - 6 nights

This 10 days tour of Nepal and Bhutan is a combination of natural and cultural attractions of two of the culturally rich nations in the lap of the Himalayas. Nepal boasts of great world heritage sites and high mountains. It is also the melting pot of two very old religions Hinduism and Buddhism.
Bhutan, the country of thunder dragon opened itself for foreigners only in the mid 70’s. There are still many places in Bhutan where foreigners have not set foot yet. The Bhutanese people have set best examples in the preservation of their natural and cultural heritage including Dzong, chhortens, palaces, forest and wildlife. The trip starts at Paro, where the only international airport of Bhutan is situated. Then it goes ahead to Thimpu, the capital city and further ahead to Punakha and Gangtey.

Tour Highlights

Patan Darbar Square

Patan Durbar Square: The city is famous for its amusing traditions of arts and crafts and as the homeland of Master craftsmen and artists- Araniko and Kuber Singh Shakya.

Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath Temple: A Hindu Temple situated on the bank of Bagmati River on the east of Kathmandu valley.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Tiger Nest Monastery

A prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley

Majestic Thimpu Dzong

Majestic Thimpu Dzong the second oldest and most majestic dzong in Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong

An old capital of Bhutan.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu comprising of Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.

Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath stutpa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.

Pashupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pasupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.

Patan Durbar Square- Patan unlike most of other cities in Nepal has majority of Buddhist population. The Patan city has more than 136 Buddhist monasteries and only 50 Hindu temples. Patan Durbar Square is famous for the south Indian style, Krishna temple, the sunken bath, the tall temple of Taleju and the golden temple. Patan Durbar Square is also famous for carvings done in metal, wood and stone.

Day 03: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 04: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

Day 05: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 06: Drive to Punakha (1250m)3 hours/77 km
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Day 07: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.

Day 08: Drive back to Paro.
Although Paro is only 130 km away from Punakha it takes us 4 hours because of the hilly road and also the speed limit in Bhutan is 50 Km/hour. We will make a stop at the Dochula pass to spend some time at the Druk Wangyal Monastery. We will stop in thimpu for lunch. Explore local farms in the evening.

Day 09: Early morning checkout from the hotel and drive to the Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhunath before checking in to the hotel. Evening Farewell dinner with Cultural program.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Day 10: Final departure.

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on BB basis in Nepal.
  • Accommodation on full board in Bhutan.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.
  • Bhutan Visa fees.

Cost excludes:

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the unfavorable circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals in Nepal
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Air fare to Paro and back.
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