Nepal and Bhutan Tour - 8 days Nepal - 3 nights, Bhutan - 4 nights
This 8 days tour takes you to a journey into the mystic Himalayan nations of Nepal and Bhutan. Nepal is the center of Hinduism and Bhutan the land of Mahayana Buddhism. Nepal is famous for its age old temples, monasteries and ethnic diversity along with a big diversity in flora and Fauna. It is the 2nd richest country interms of fresh water resources.
Bhutan lies between two giant countries India and China and it has a Monarchy. It has set one of the best examples in the world for protection of environment and ethnicity. This 7 day tour of Bhutan provides you an insight into the life of Bhutanese people, culure and the model of development Bhutan is developing. The country of gross happiness index, this small kingdom has preserved its own style of Buddhism. This combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan can be a eye opener for every westerner as these two countries in the lap of the Himalayas have a very distinct lifestyle and traditions.
- Trip duration - 07 nights/08 days Nepal and Bhutan tour.
- Tour code - Kathmandu, Paro, Thimpu and Punakha tour
- Places to see - Kathmandu and Bhutan.
- Tour durations - 3 nights Nepal/4 nights Bhutan
- Minimum number of people - 1 and above
- Tour category- Standard and Deluxe.
- Click here for visa information of Nepal
- Click here for Visa information of Bhutan.
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.
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: Morning flight to Paro.
Arrive by Druk air BAe 146-100 series, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our member and transfer to Kichu Resort. 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.
Day 04: Sightseeing of Paro and Drive to Thimpu (2 hours)
Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyal Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. The drive to Thimphu is 2 hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the well maintained road throughout Bhutan. Evening free time.
Day 05: Thimpu Sightseeing and Drive to Wangdephodrang
Thimphu sightseeing - visit the Memorial chhorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changgangkha monastery and the new Drupthob nunnery temple. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula passes 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Dzong from outside and the market area.
Day 06: Visit Punakha and Drive Back to Paro
Drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive 3 hours to Thimphu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university.
Day 07: 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 08: Final departure.
- 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.
- 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.