Nepal Bhutan Tour 9 Days - 9 Days

Prayer Flag on Bouddhanath Stupa

Trip Info

Trip Duration

9 Days

Max Altitude

Taktsang Monastery 3120 m

Difficulty

easy

Start From

Kathmandu

Trip Ends At

Kathmandu

Nepal Bhutan Tour 9 Days Overview

Nepal Bhutan Tour is an exotic trip to get close to harmonious Nepal and mysterious Bhutan. The rich culture, ancient monuments, and historical landmarks of these Himalayan countries make this fabulous journey more fascinating. The immense hospitality of the Nepalese and Bhutanese people, their artistry of lifestyle, and their devotion to their religion are overwhelmingly remarkable.

This 8 nights and 9 days tour is designed especially for those nature lovers and cultural explorers who have limited leisure time. The trip will provide you the opportunity to learn about distinct customs and traditions that have remained undisturbed by modernity.

The highlights of the Nepal trip are primarily the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley and a picturesque backdrop of the Himalayan peaks in Pokhara. Explore the cultural treasures of these two Himalayan locales. Step inside ancient temples and monasteries at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can go around Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples in Kathmandu Valley with earnest pilgrims for the first two days. 

Your journey to Bhutan commences with an interesting flight to Paro, one of the most spectacular flights in the world. You have four days to thoroughly investigate the land of Happiness offering you the opportunity to soak up its prosperous culture, unique traditional architecture, and rich biological diversities. Visits to thriving cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha make your both mind and soul peaceful and spiritual. The most exciting activities include learning about Bhutan's history at the Paro National Museum, touring the most gorgeous dzongs in Thimphu, and an exciting climb to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the holiest in Bhutan. The maximum altitude you gain on this trip is 3120 meters at Taktsang Monastery. 

The tour concludes with picturesque sightseeing of the cultural and historical masterpieces of Swoyambhunath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

Join us for this adventure, relish nature, and get impressed by the awesome arts and craftsmanship of these beautiful countries. 

Highlights of Nepal Bhutan 9 Days Tour

  • A thrilling flight with a bird's-eye view of the Himalayan vistas
  • Explore Nepal and Bhutan's natural and cultural wonders
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery, often known as the "Tiger's Nest," one of Bhutan's most famous monasteries.
  • Thimphu, Bhutan's teeny-tiny capital, is worth a visit
  • Explore the Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's most stunning monastery
  • Witness Bhutanese culture, tradition, and day-to-day lives
  • Relish the stunning sunrise and sunset views in the midst of lofty and strong peaks

Best time for 9 Days Nepal Bhutan Tour 

Both Nepal and Bhutan experience four seasons a year. Visits to these two Himalayan countries can be made at any time of the year depending upon the preferences of the travelers. 

Spring Season

Spring is the first season of the year when tourism is at its peak and the weather is ideal for Nepalese and Bhutanese treks and tours. The skies are clear, the sun is shining, and there is little prospect of rain until the monsoons arrive in June or July. The valleys are covered in fresh new growth and bright green grass in the spring. Even in the laps of the mighty Himalayas, the lovely Rhododendrons blossom, lending more color to the pristine landscapes of the gorgeous landlocked countries. Under a brilliant blue sky, the entire country is blanketed with blooming spring flowers and green vegetation. 

During this time of year, you can attend two important festivals in Bhutan: Tsechu and religious festivities honoring Guru Rinpoche. Bhutanese folk dances are also performed by colorful masked dancers in temples, monasteries, and Dzongs.

Summer/Monsoon Season 

In Nepal and Bhutan, the months of June, July, and August are known as the summer months with hot, humid weather with gloomy skies and rain. Wildflowers and lush foliage abound in these two South Asian countries. While trekking is not possible in most regions, summer is an excellent season to learn about Nepal’s and Bhutan's culture and visit the country's old historical monuments.

Autumn Season

Another peak season for Nepalese and Bhutanese tourism is from September through November. During this time of year, the weather is pleasant with the clear blue sky being crisp and the temperature to visibility ratio being good.

Autumn also holds some of the country's most important festivals. Every year in October and November, the biggest festivals of Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar take place and in September, the Thimphu Tsechu, one of the most prominent Tsechus, takes place in Bhutan. As a result, visiting Nepal and Bhutan in the autumn provides the ideal combination of raw Himalayan experience and true Nepalese and Bhutanese traditions.

Winter Season

Winter offers chilly, dry weather with snow in the mountains in both Nepal and Bhutan. Typically, the sky is blue with no or few clouds. You would get more gorgeous and bright days in the winter than you would in the spring or fall!

During the New Year and Losar (Tibetan New Year) in January, you will have a unique opportunity to see the entire country getting ready to greet the New Year. During the winter, Bhutan's entire nation transforms into a snowy paradise surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks. 

 

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

A Himalayan Trekkers’ representative will welcome you at the airport with a garland or a silk scarf called ‘Khadak’ and escort you to the hotel. After completing all the formalities to check-in at the hotel, you can spend the rest of the day on your own. Later, we might have a short pre-discussion regarding the trip at our office or your hotel lobby. 

In case of early arrival, you can have the guided sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley’s historical and cultural landmarks such as the famous Boudhanath Stupa, the country’s largest Buddhist pilgrim site. As we enter the main gate of the site, the giant white dome with big Buddha eyes greet us and offer us peacefulness. 

Then, you will be transferred to the Pashupatinath temple on the Bagmati River's bank to observe the evening aarti ceremony. The temple is one of the most famous and important temples in the world, serving as the seat of a deity named Shiva. Open cremations of Hindus are done on the banks of the Bagmati River here.
In the evening, you can stroll around the Thamel and Thaity area and discover small temples at every corner. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel for the full-day Kathmandu tour. We will visit 3-4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley.  
The first stop is Boudhanath Stupa, one of Tibetan Buddhism's most revered pilgrimage sites. It is also Nepal's largest and one of the world's largest stupas that offers a spiritual vibe along with an awe-inspiring area. 

Despite the fact that it is a Buddhist holy site, many individuals of other cultures can be seen worshipping at the stupa. The site, which stands 36 meters tall, is extremely beautiful, with symbols and unique energies hidden around every corner. The streets and tiny alleyways around Boudhanath Stupa are lined with colorful residences, monasteries, and street sellers. Around the stupa, there are a variety of restaurants, cafes, Tibetan art, and craft shops, Buddha statue shops, and so on making it one the most visited place by domestics. 

We will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva and is one of the most revered Hindu shrines in the world. It is a Hindu architectural masterpiece located on the western bank of the Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the main temple, but all of the other structures are open to every visitor. The great temple can be viewed in all of its glory from the river's eastern side. Numerous platforms for funeral pyres have been constructed along the Bagmati's right bank where open cremations are performed. Monkeys and deer roam the temple complex on both banks of the Bagmati, as Shiva is regarded as the patron of animals and all living beings.

After lunch, we go to Patan in the Lalitpur region to see Patan Durbar Square, which is known for its metal, wood, and stone carvings. Patan is the oldest of the Kathmandu Valley's three cities. It is most famous for its artistic legacy. It is brimming with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments, each with bronze gateways, guardian deities, and intricate sculptures. The main attractions in Patan include the Golden Window, Mahabouddha Temple, Golden Temple, and Krishna Temple.
By the evening, we will return to Thamel and prepare for the trip to Bhutan. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Fly to Paro Bhutan & City Tour
1:15 Hours flight and Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 2200 M

You will be transferred to the airport for your trip to Paro today. The flight to Paro is one of the most incredible journeys you will ever take. During this flight, you will be able to see beautiful vistas of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and other mountains.

Our Bhutanese representative who will be guiding you throughout your stay in Bhutan will greet you at the airport with the white Khadak and drive you to your hotel. 
We will visit the National Museum of Bhutan, Ta Dzong, after lunch and a quick rest at the hotel. It houses about 3,000 items of art including a vast collection of contemporary and modern Thangkas (Buddhist artworks). From the Dzong, we get the best view of Paro Chu, as well as the settlement of Paro. There are idols depicting Bhutan's spiritual teachers, as well as things that have shaped Bhutanese culture over time.

Then we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple and the most revered shrine in Bhutan. The statue is from the 7th century and is inspired by a painting of Gautama Buddha in a meditative state that was created during Gautama's era.

We will also make a visit to Paro Rinpung Dzong later. It was created to safeguard Paro Valley in the 17th century. A hike to the top of the stronghold rewards you with a breathtaking view of the surrounding valleys. The dzong also hosts the vibrant yearly festival Paro Tshechu, which adds to its already great reputation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Paro
Day 4: Hike to Tiger's Nest & Drive to Thimpu
4 Hours Hike & 2 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 3120 M Tiger Nest

After breakfast, we will begin our hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest Monastery. It is said to be Bhutan's holiest temple, and it appears to be perched on the edge of a 900 meters high cliff. According to legend, the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated for three months in a cave. A panoramic view of Paro Valley is also available from the monastery.

We will return down after sightseeing and stop halfway for lunch at the restaurant there. We will drive to Thimpu, Bhutan's capital after we arrive in the city. Once in Thimpu, you're on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Thimpu
Day 5: Full Day Tour in Thimpu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 2350 M

Following breakfast, we will go to Bhutan's oldest monastery, Pangri Zampa. It is a Buddhist monastic institution where Buddhist student monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy, built in the 16th century. Continue your sightseeing in Thimphu valley with a visit to the Simply Bhutan Heritage Museum, which features a superb collection of old Bhutanese architecture. A visit to the Institute for Zorig Chusum is made later. The Institute, also known as the Arts & Crafts School or the Painting School, offers a six-year study in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts, where students can be seen learning diverse skills.

After lunch, we visit Kuenselphodrang, also known as Big Buddha Point. It is home to Bhutan's largest statue of Lord Buddha, which is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Thimpu Valley. In the Bhutan Preservation Center, we may witness Takin, the country's national animal. Then, we will go to Memorial Stupa, a massive Tibetan-style Chorten. It is referred to as the most noticeable religious landmark of Bhutan which was built in 1974 and renovated in 2008. 

The journey will conclude with a visit to Thimpu Dzong. It is the most beautiful dzong in the country and serves as the seat of the Bhutanese government. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Thimpu
Day 6: Drive Back to Paro & Explore Around
2 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 2200 M

We drive back to Paro after saying our goodbyes to Thimpu.
Following lunch, you will be accompanied on a half-day sightseeing tour of Paro. We go to the Drukgyel Dzong, which was built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to defend against invading Tibetan armies. The dzong was destroyed by fire in 1957, but it was left in ruins as a memorial of Bhutan's heroic military successes in the past. From here, the snow-capped peak of Chomolhari can be seen on clear days.

Check into the hotel when you arrive in Paro. The picturesque Paro valley is home to a rich culture, scenic splendor, and millennia of myths and stories. Many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries are located here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Paro
Day 7: Fly to Kathmandu from Paro. Arrive Kathmandu & Sightseeing
1:15 Hours Flight & Transfer to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

After checking out of the hotel, you will be driven to the airport to catch a flight back to Kathmandu. We can organize a half-day city trip once you reach the capital, Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square (former royal palace of the Malla Kings of Nepal), and the historic markets of Ason and Indrachowk are also worth seeing. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square, lying at the heart of Kathmandu city showcases the cultural and historical significance of the Nepalese people. The complex is divided into two quadrangles of the Durbar Square and has 50 temples. The Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple are located in the outer quadrangle, while the Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace are located in the inner quadrangle. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex is another significant landmark inside the area, where historic events such as the crowing of the Nepalese king were hosted. The King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum are housed in the palace, which is ornamented with wooden windows.

Ason Bazar, also known as Ason Market Place, is one of Kathmandu's oldest and most well-known markets. Shoppers have traditionally been drawn to Ason to purchase things from the shops. Indra Chowk is another oldest market town of Kathmandu packed with colorful stores and booths. A variety of markets provide vegetables, aromatic spices, and textiles, as well as a specialized market that sells beads, bangles, and decorations. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 8: Free & Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Free Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today is a free day to rest, relax and explore more of the Kathmandu valley’s landmarks. You can visit one of the massage centers or spas in the Thamel area and get refreshed. You can also go shopping at the markets to purchase gifts for your friends and family or yourself. Unexplored heritage sites listed by UNESCO like Swoyambhunath Stupa, also popular as ‘Monkey Temple’ among the foreigners, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a medieval Newari town can be discovered today. 

Swoyambhunath Temple is one of the important Hindu and Buddhist sites situated at the hilltop the northwest of Kathmandu valley offering a picturesque view of the entire valley and the surrounding lush green hills. It is also one of the oldest in Nepal with numerous shrines and temples on its premises. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is situated in the eastern of the valley where numerous monuments and temples are representing the medieval history and culture of Nepal. Taleju Bhawani Temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhawani built by the Malla Kings to repel the evils is among the most auspicious and stunning attractions there. 55 windows palace, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Lion’s Gate, etc. are some of the key highlights of Bhaktapur. 

In the evening, we gather at an authentic Nepali restaurant for the farewell dinner where you will get to taste the traditional Nepali meal along with the cultural program. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 9: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

The trip to these mystical countries comes to an end today. If your flight is scheduled for later in the day, you will have another chance to take a stroll around the streets. Then, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours before your flight back to your home. 

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included

Include

  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Guided Kathmandu Sightseeing As mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Airport Transfers by Private Vehicle as per Itinerary
  • Twin/Double Sharing 3 Star Standard category Accommodations in Kathmandu
  • An Experience Tour guide in Kathmandu & Bhutan as Per Itinerary
  • Bhutan Visa Fees
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu) 
  • 3 Star Standard category Accommodations on twin sharing/double sharing basis during BhutanTour
  • All Entrance fees for Heritage sites in Kathmandu & Bhutan
  • Daily Royalty USD 65 P/P in Bhutan
  • Meals- Breakfast Lunch and Dinner with Tea/coffee in Bhutan
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner as per your preference
  • All applicable taxes and surcharges

 

 

 

 

 

Exclude

  • Nepal Visa Fees ( Can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport or from your home place)
  • International airfares except for Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Meals- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porters, and Driver
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUDES section

Accommodation

In Nepal: Himalayan Trekkers provide the best and most comfortable 3-star standard category accommodations on a Twin/Double sharing basis in Kathmandu & Bhutan. However, everything you might want is available in these cities, from opulent 5-star resorts to comfortable hotels, and affordable guesthouses to lodges and homestays.

Meals During  Nepal and Bhutan Tour

In Nepal: Authentic Nepalese cuisine, as well as more popular international cuisine, are available. Breakfast and Welcome/Farewell dinner will be served in Kathmandu.

In Bhutan: All three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) along with tea/coffee are included in the package cost. The Bhutanese Government made it mandatory to purchase the particular standard package included with meals and other services. In addition, we will be providing you with bottled/mineral water every day during your stay in Bhutan. 

Guests will also be treated to a welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu. 

Note: In case you want to upgrade the room services or have a single supplement, it can be managed at an extra cost in both countries. However, we should be notified prior to the bookings of the trip. 

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