Nepal and Bhutan Tours – 09 Days

Trip Highlights

  1. Mystic land of Bhutan.
  2. Distinctive aspects of Mahayana Buddhist Culture. 
  3. Panoramic view of Himalayan Range. 
  4. UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. 
  5. Eye-catching tour to temples, monasteries and scenic spots.    
Nepal and Bhutan Tours – 09 Days
Trip Duration: 9 days(s) Lodging: Hotels
Transportation: Flight / Private Drive
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Mar-Apr / Oct- Nov

Trip Overview

Travelling into the land of Thunder Dragon is a rare enjoyment and pleasure. People from the different parts of the globe come to explore the sacred and spiritual temples and monasteries, to trek to amazing Himalayas and praise the mountainous pastures. With customs and traditions still going strong after centuries, and cultural festivals celebrated from corner to corner, there is nowhere quite place like Bhutan. Nepal is a country full of myths and legends; this is where the earth meets the sky. Nestled in between Tibet, autonomous region of China and India, Nepal is the land of diversity. Nepal is home to 8 highest mountains in the world, some of the best tropical national parks best for Jungle safari and has some of the best rivers in the world for white water rafting. A paradise for trekkers Nepal offers a lot to people of all kinds of age groups and interest. This multi country tours from Adventure Mission Nepal of Nepal and Bhutan gives the life time memorable experience of travelling in two Himalayan countries with distinctive cultures, traditions and hospitality.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of the Kathmandu valley 
Day 03: Fly to Paro 
Day 04: Drive to Thimpu 
Day 05: Drive to Punakha 
Day 06: Drive to Paro 
Day 07: Enjoy your evening with local Bhutanese people  
Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing of the Kathmandu valley 
Day 09: Farewell    

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 Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. 

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. 

Boudhanath stupa: This stupa and its surrounding is 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. 

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 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: Drive to Thimpu 
Today after early breakfast, we drive for about 1.5 hours to Thimpu, a capital city of Bhutan. Thimpu is one of the fastest developing and growing cities in the world, situated in a narrow valley than Paro and is more crowded. It is a modern city which still holds the ancient architecture and traditions. At afternoon, we will visit the Memorial Chorten made in the memory of Late His Majesty, the 3rd king of Bhutan. After exploring the Memorial Chorten, we will visit handmade paper unit. Bhutan is the home for some of the best handmade papers across the world. Similarly, Handicrafts Emporium is another attractive place to visit, where you can see outstanding varieties of well woven Bhutanese textiles. After that, return back to hotel and enjoy your free time.

Day 05: Drive to Punakha 
Today we drive to Punakha but before moving we walk around the surrounding place of Thimpu. We start driving 2.5 hours to Punakha where we will stop for lunch at Docho La, from where you can see the panoramic view of Bhutanese Himalayan Range. After crossing Docho La the vegetation changes from mostly Blue pine forest to a superior variety of Plants and trees. You can see the colorful vegetation with Rhododendron and Magnolias in boom in spring time. Upon arrival at Punakha, refresh and drive up the valley to explore Dzongs and its magnificence. 

Day 06: Drive to Paro 
Today after breakfast we visit Wangde Dzong on the way to Chimi Lhakhang before heading towards Paro. Chimi Lhakhang is a stunning temple situated on a small hill overlooking the Puna Tshangchu river belt, Chimi Lhakhang is a sacred place of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also renowned as Divine Mad man. The temple is holy site for both Bhutanese and thousands of people who pay their visit Chimi Lhakhang. People have faith on this temple as people who do not have children seeking fertility comes here and also those who have children pray for the protection for them. Drive to Paro and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Enjoy your evening with local Bhutanese people 
Today, we visit Ta Dzong (watch Tower), which was built in between 1656 - 1667 and now is the house for National Museum. The museum is considered as one of the best museum in Asia. It is a house for an extensive collection of Bhutanese textiles, Earth and stone wares, Armory, Buddhist manuscripts and scriptures. After visiting the National museum, explore a local farm own by Bhutanese people and Paro market. At evening, enjoy your last night in Bhutan with typical Bhutanese family with tea and drinks at farm house.  

Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
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 Patan Durbar Square. 

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.

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 09: Farewell 
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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