Nepal and Bhutan tour

Trip Highlights

  1. Magnificent Tiger's Nest Monastery.
  2. Mystic land of Bhutan. 
  3. Distinctive aspects of Mahayana Buddhist Culture. 
  4.  UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. 
  5. Panoramic view of Himalayan Range.    
Nepal and Bhutan tour
Trip Duration: 9 days(s) Lodging: Hotels
Transportation: Flight / Private Drive
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Mar-Apr / Oct- Nov

Trip Overview

If you have about 9 days time and you are confused where to go this year you have landed in the right place. This combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan is a perfect mixture of major places of Nepal and Bhutan. Nepal is place where myths meet the reality, Kathmandu its capital, the city of tall pagodas and temples.

A trip to Bhutan is always surprise to every visitor as it remained closed for very long time in the history protected from all sides by two of the biggest countries China and India, Bhutan still holds of its magnificent nature and culture which are well preserved. Positioned in the lap of the Himalayas, Bhutan has 10 natural heritage sites. Besides that there are many Palaces, Dzongs and monasteries with long history.    

Outline

Day 01: Arrival
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of the Kathmandu valley 
Day 03: Fly to Paro 
Day 04: Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery (3180m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) 
Day 05: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu. 
Day 06: Drive back to Paro (54km/ 2 hours) 
Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing of Kathmandu 
Day 08: Free day 
Day 09: Final departure

Service includes

  • All accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Guided Bhutan and Kathmandu tour.
  • Entrance fees.        
  • All necessary Bhutan Permits.      
  • All transfer in private vehicle.    
  • Travel Permit. 
  • Bhutan Visa Fees. 
  • Full board in Bhutan (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)    

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  • Personal gears.    

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You can explore the surrounding areas or can have a Thamel walk. 

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

Boudhanath stupa: This stupa and its surrounding are known as the Little Tibet in Kathmandu as many Tibetan refugees settled around this holy site for Tibetan Buddhists. This is a giant stupa with a height of 36 meters and a diameter of 100 m, making it the largest stupa in Nepal. As you go inside the premises of the stupa you can see many pilgrims and tourist going around in the process called Kora, a religious circling of the stupa. Having lunch on one of the roof top restaurants observing the activities of tourist and pilgrims is also interesting when you are here. 

Pashupatinath temple: Pashupatinath is the biggest and most scared Hindu temple in Kathmandu. This UNESCO world heritage site is a fascinating and a colofurful and playful monkeys in search of food. This place has it all.  place as it has lot of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and Other parts of the world doing all kinds of religious ceremonies, holy men with all kinds of makeup posing for pictures for tourist and. People having other religious faiths than Hinduism are not allowed inside the main temple courtyard but the outside is also interesting with many temples and small shrines. The cremation site beside the Pashupatinath temple is also an interesting place to see around this temple area. 

Patan Durbar Square: Patan or Lalitpur as it is known as is the city of fine arts. Patan has remained as a Buddhist city since ancient times and it is believed that the famous emperor Ashok of India visited this city back in the 3rd century BC. Although the city has more Buddhist monuments than Hindu temples the main Durbar Square area is full of Hindu temples dating back from different periods of Nepalese history. Some famous monuments in Patan include the Taleju temple, the Bhimsen Temple, The golden temple, the temple of 1000 Buddha and the Sun Dhara, meaning golden tap. Patan city is famous for its export of arts and crafts done in metal. 

Day 03: Fly to Paro 
Today early in the morning we will transfer you to the airport to catch the flight to Bhutan. Upon your arrival at Paro airport, a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal will greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. After refreshment and lunch, we will start our day sightseeing. Firstly, we visit Paro Rinpung Dzong "the fort of the heap of the jewels" which is the residence of Paro Monastic body, Paro District Civil Administration and the Paro District court. This tiny Dzong was initially built in 15th century and reconstructed by Shabdrung in 1645. In 1905 it was caught by fire and immediately it was re constructed into its original shape by the Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor. After that we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 638 AD by the Tibetan King Songtesengampo. 

Day 04: Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery (3180m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Today after breakfast we walk for 5 hours to Tiger Nest (Taktsang) Monastery (3180 m). This monastery lies at 3,180 m and is one of the renowned and magnificent monasteries in Bhutan.  Divine master- Guru Rinpoche is supposed to have hovered on the back side of a tigress to contemplate in a cave where Tiger Nest Monastery erects now. We will have our lunch about the midway up on the mountain. After exploring the fabulous monastery we descend down to the valley and after that we will depart to Thimpu via driving and stay overnight there.

Day 05: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu. 
Today after breakfast, we explore King's Memorial Chorten which was constructed in the remembrance of the third King of Bhutan King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who ruled from 1952 - 1972. After that we visit nunnery temple, mini zoo to see the national animal of Bhutan- Takin and the radio tower to see the magnificent view of the capital city Thimpu and Thimpu Dzong. After having delicious lunch we explore the other renowned places of Thimpu like Folk Heritage Museum, Bhutanese traditional painting school, the Royal Tashichho Dzong, National Institute of Traditional medicine and ancient paper factory. Similarly, some of the places remained shutting on Saturday and Sunday (Weekend holidays). However, if we are in Thimpu on these days we visit the stunning weekend market as an alternative. We will stay overnight at Thimpu. 

Day 06: Drive back to Paro (54km/ 2 hours) and free time in the evening. 
After breakfast we start our journey to Paro. Couple of hour of journey goes through the twisting road with small settlements and lush green vegetation. We will reach Paro for lunch and in the evening stroll around the local market. 

Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa.
Early in the morning, we catch a morning flight to Kathmandu, a capital of Nepal, where a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal will greet you and assist you to the hotel. After short refreshment, we will start our sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar square is one of the most interesting places in Nepal. It lies in the center of the city and is a lively place with all kinds of attractions. This area was the seat of the royalty till 1896, when the Royal family moved to the new Palace in Kings Way now. This interesting world heritage site has monuments and statues from different periods of Nepalese history from Lichivi to the Shah era.  The famous monuments in this area include the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the old Royal palace, the Jagganath temple, the temple of Taleju and the terrifying statue of Kal Bhairav.

Swayambhunath stupa:  gazes over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side 5 km west of the city. Swayambhunath stupa is one of the renowned sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and its discovery is interconnected to the formation of Kathmandu valley out of a prehistoric lake. It is also called as "Monkey Temple" and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites which is one of the oldest and magnificent Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be 2000 years old. The four side of the stupa is colored with the eyes of Lord Buddha so it also famous as the temple of watchful eyes of Buddha.

Day 08: Free day                                 

Day 09: Final departure 
Finally, we conclude the trip in the mountain region. Today we exchange our experience and feelings regarding the trip and also exchange the emails and photos. And Adventure Mission Nepal representative will guide you to the airport for the final departure. Hope to see you again for next trip.

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