Nepal & Bhutan Tour

Nepal & Bhutan
 
14 days from arrival to departure
 
ITINERRY
DAY 01:          ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
DAY 02:          SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR
DAY 03:          KATHMANDU / PASUPATINATH / BHAKTAPUR / NAGARKOT
DAY 04:          NAGARKOT / POKHARA
DAY 05:          SIGHTSEEING OF POKHARA CITY & FLY TO KATHMANDU
DAY 06:          KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHU
DAY 07:          VISIT THIMPHU
DAY 08:          THIMPHU / WANGDUE/ PHUBJIKHA VALLEY
DAY 09:          PHUBJIKHA / WANGDUE / PUNAKHA
DAY 10:          PUNAKHA / PARO
DAY 11:          SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO
DAY 12:          SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO
DAY 13:          PARO / KATHMANDU
DAY 14:          DEPARTURE
 
ITINERARY:
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.
Upon your arrival, you will be received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking into the hotel, you will be briefed about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 
DAY 02: (Visit day) SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR
After breakfast we'll drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This Buddhist shrine is said to have been built around 250 b.c. Its main feature, the white dome, is identified with the spotless pure jewel of Nirvana, and it is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced years ago from the lake that originally filled the Kathmandu Valley.
 
From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. The Stupa is reached by a long stairway up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top you'll see devotees making rounds of the stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go.
 
Then we'll head on to Patan. Patan was once an independent Buddhist city-state, and a rival of Kathmandu, from which it is separated by the Bagmati River. It is also called Lalitpur ("City of the Arts"). The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
 
Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square. We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art have been made from every piece of wood, stone and metal in it. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites.
 
In the evening we’ll visit the Basantapur, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the old palace complex (durbar means "palace"). There admire the multitude of temples and palaces, including the Gaddi Baithak Durbar (a palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908),  Basantapur Durbar (the main building of the old royal palace),  Kumari Chowk (the residence of the Living Goddess) and Kumari Bahal (where her family resides). All these are located in Basantapur.
 
Some two hundred years ago a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses, and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Kathmandu Durbar Square, duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. One particularly fascinating part of this palace complex is the towering Nautale Durbar (Nine Storey Palace) overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square where King Prithivi Narayan Shah built a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the Valley in 1768 A.D. This building complex is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 
DAY 03: (Visit Day) KATHMANDU / PASUPATINATH / BHAKTAPUR / NAGARKOT
After breakfast we'll set off to Pasupatinath temple: Pasupatinath is considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pasupati has remained the presiding deity of all ruling Nepalese royalty.  The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates you'll have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the Way you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. These ghats along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley are cremated.
 
The trip takes us on to Bhaktapur.  Located about 12 kilometres east of Kathmandu, it is the third major city of the Valley. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (literally City of Devotees") is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pasupati, the main square of Tanmadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Badhgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. Bhaktapur is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Finalize the visit of Bhaktapur, take lunch in its one of the medieval restaurants. In the evening we drive up to the resort hill Nagarkot.
 
The village of Nagarkot, the highest point in the northeast of Kathmandu Valley (2175 m.), lays 30-Kilometers to the east of Kathmandu and north-east of Bhaktapur. Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination.
 
The village has a great panoramic view of the east Himalayas: Manaslu (8,111m.), Langtang (7,246m.), Choba Bhamre (6,016m.) and even Everest (8,848m.). The view is particularly memorable at the end of the day, when the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon and the mountains glow in the evening light.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 
DAY 04: NAGARKOT / POKHARA
Most visitors to Nagarkot (2000m) wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise, to enjoy the heavenly view of the first rays of the sun strike the tops of the giant white peaks. You can witness the dramatically changing colour of the mountain range from grey to silver to gold. Both sunrise and sunset are truly breath-taking. Sometimes the lower valley remains under a thick cloud, setting off the mountains high above them.
 
After breakfast we’ll drive back to Kathmandu airport for a short domestic flight to Pokhara. The city of Pokara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has many beautiful lake and on the far horizon a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung.
 
Arrive to Pokhara, checking into hotel, and rest of the time remains free. In the evening enjoy hours boating on Fewa Lake.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 
DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING OF POKHAR CITY & FLY TO KATHMANDU
Early in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower, to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful view points of Pokhara for its fine panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Fishtail etc. and a complete view of Pokhara city.
 
After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast. Then we continue to David's fall, the point from where all the water from the lake Fewa goes underground forming a big waterfall. The name given to this water fall is given after when a person called David became a victim falling in the drainage.
 
Then we also visit the Tibetan refugee camp and the Tibetan art centre, where one can visit the monastery of the Tibetan refugees, their Carpet knitting centre and other handicrafts for sell. After visiting all the interesting points of this small town drive to lake side to enjoy a hearty lunch. In the evning we drive to Pokhara airport for a flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive to Kathmandu and drive to our hotel.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 
DAY 06: KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHU
We’ll take our breakfast and then drive to Trivuwan International airport to board our flight to Bhutan. The flight into Paro on the Bhutan’s national carrier, the Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the Himalaya and Bhutan. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. A tour guide from our agent in Bhutan, who will be your personal host throughout your stay in Bhutan, will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with customs and immigration formalities. After finalizing the immigration formalities we’ll take a short drive to the town for Lunch and continue further drive to Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan with the population of about 100,000. Thimphu is situated at 2,320 metres above sea level. Arrive to Thimphu check into the hotel. In the evening walk into the street for leisure time.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.
  • Lunch at Yueling Restaurant
  • Dinner with cultural show in Tashi Namgyal

 
DAY 07: VISIT THIMPHU
After breakfast we visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Lunch in Khamsa Oriental Restaurant and after lunch we’ll drive to the Traditional Medicine Hospital where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe traditional gold and silver smiths at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. We finally visit the Handicraft Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner will serve in hotel itself, pure vegetarian meal.

  • Overnight at hotel.
  • Lunch at Khamsa Oriental Restaurant
  • Dinner in Hotel Bhutan Suit

 
DAY 08: THIMPHU / WANGDUE/ PHUBJIKHA VALLEY
Breakfast at hotel and set off for a day's excursion to Punakha and Wangdue valley. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a lovely forest of pine and clear, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass 3,050 metres above the sea level. This pass is well known for panoramic views of the Himalayan. From Dochula the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and Wangdue. We will stop here for our lunch in Wangdue in Tashiling hotel. After lunch we drive to Gangtey in Phobjikha, a glacial valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain national park. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountain National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winter here (from late October to late March), it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country Phobjikha Valley is circled by beautiful pine covered mountains. Along the way, look for nocturnal red pandas that sleep in the trees during the day. At the valley’s centre, rising dramatically from a small ridge, stands Gantey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingma Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan. Gantey Tulku Rimpoche, the head lama of Gantey Gompa is the ninth incarnation of Terton Pemalingpa, the famous 14th century Treasure Revealers from Bumthang, one of Bhutan’s famous Buddhist saints and an ancestor of the ruling Wangchuck dynasty. Visit the Gangtey monastery overlooks the large green expanse of Phobjikha Valley. The extensive complex consists of the gomba itself, the monks’ quarters, meditation centres, and schools. Evening: Visit the Black-necked cranes roost in the swampy marshland from the Observatory overlooking the fields.

  • Overnight in Gakeling Guest House. Please note that the Hotel Gakeling is just a guest house with basic facilities with 14 rooms and there are no other choices.
  • Lunch at Tashiling Restaurant
  • Dinner in Gakeling Guest House

 
DAY 09: PHUBJIKHA / WANGDUE / PUNAKHA
After breakfast drive to Punakha valley via Wangdue town. In Punkha we take a stroll through the small town and view the Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu. The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. We’ll take lunch in Chimilhakhang Restaurant in a small village near by Punakha and visit the temple. Chimi Lhakhang is one of the most famous temples dedicated to a favourite Drukpa Lama, the Drukpa Kuenleg, also called “divine madman”. He is said to be against the monasteries as the priests were in habit of asking everything from the people and the teaching was in slow process. He was with people teaching them through humour, poetry, song, dance and love and various walks of life.
 
While Drukpa Kunleg was wandering around Bhutan old men from Logthang Kyamo named Tenzin requested Drukpa Kunley for a spiritual teaching and Drukpa Kunleg taught him a refuge prayer containing vulgar verges and told him to recite it whenever he thought of his teacher (guru). On return to home the old man’s daughter asked him to repeat the prayer he had learned from Drukpa Kunleg. The father did so, as instructed by Drukpa Kunleg. The daughter was ashamed to hear the verses and his wife told him not to repeat in front of his own daughter. But the old man persisted with the refuge prayer and so he was confined to a makeshift shelter made of hey on the roof, where he continued his recitation. After about a month, his wife, not hearing the sound of the prayer, got suspicious and sent her daughter to see what was happening. The girl found only a heap of quilts. Inside, there was a sphere of rainbow light, in which the white syllable “AH” was glowing brightly. The people there saw light spiralling into the western sky. Through his profound devotion to Drukpa Kunleg and his teaching, the old man had attained liberation from cyclic existence. Drukpa Kunleg, using the old man’s rosary as a relic, built a small stupa on the spot where the old man had died. In 1949, when Kyabje Ngawang Chogyal visited the place, he built a temple, keeping the stupa at the centre. It is today called the Chimey Lhakhang and is venerated as one of the holiest temple in Bhutan. The Iron Bow and arrow of Drukpa Kunleg are kept in the monastery. Many couple visit the monastery praying for child, a symbolic phallus blesses the couple that visit the temple.
 
After a hearty lunch in this holy place and visit of the temple we continue drive down the valley to view the Wangdue Dzong, dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu.

  • Overnight in Punakha in Hotel Zangthopelri or Damchen Resort.
  • Lunch at Chimey Lhakhang Restaurant
  • Dinner in Zangthopelri or Danchen Resort.

 
DAY 10: PUNAKHA / PARO
Take a hearty breakfast at hotel and prepare for drive back to Paro through Dochula Pass at 3,140 metres and continue your journey through Thimphu valley. We’ll stop in Thimphu for lunch, this time at Orchid Restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue to Paro by stopping to visit Simtokha Dzong built in 1627-1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who unified Bhutan. This dzong is the first dzong in Bhutan and serves as religious and administrative head quarter. Continue drive to Paro arrive and check into hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro.

  • Overnight stay in hotel Tashi Namgay
  • Lunch at Orchid Restaurant
  • Dinner in Tashi Namgyal

 

DAY 11: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO
We’ll take breakfast and drive till the point from where a hike starts to reach to Taksang Monastery view point. Taktsang, means "Tiger's den" is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) meditated. The monastery clings to a cliff at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people and pilgrimage group to Bhutan it is a place of pilgrimage, but for tourists, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for three months. We’ll take lunch at cafeteria, on our way to Taktsang monastery. After visiting the monastery we hike down to the road head and drive back to Paro. Evening at leisure or visit the local shops.

  • Overnight stay in hotel Tashi Namgay
  • Lunch at Orchid Restaurant
  • Dinner in Tashi Namgyal

 

DAY 12: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO
Drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong. This Dzong is of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). On the way back visit the courtyard of Kichu Lhakhang one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan - dated 7th century AD. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, the National museum housed in an ancient watch tower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. See also the traditional wooden bridge.

  • Finalize the tour and stay over night in Paro at Hotel Tashi Namgay.
  • Hot picnic Lunch on the way at Charo Doro Catering House
  • Dinner in Gangthey hotel

 
DAY 13: PARO / KATHMANDU
We’ll take breakfast and get ready for our departure flight back to Kathmandu. We’ll receive a hearty farewell at Paro airport and board for a short flight to Kathmandu. Arrive to Trivuwan International airport Arrive at Kathmandu airport and drive to our hotel.
 
In the evening we will visit the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath, located about 8 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, is one of the world's largest stupas. The base of the stupa is composed of three successive mandalas, geometrical representations of the cosmos. The base itself represents the element earth, the dome on top of it symbolizes water, the cube represents fire, and the finial represents air. Finally, the culminating flame symbolizes ether. This great stupa is much like Swayambhunath except for its finial. Also, it is much bigger and lies on the valley floor. This stupa is said to have been built in the 5th century a.d. The site attracts great numbers of Buddhists pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region, and indeed the world. Finalize the tour and drive to our hotel.

  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 
DAY 14: DEPARTURE
Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time our office representative and vehicle arrive to your Hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport, see off formalities and departure. Continue the rest of the distance on your own.
 
                                                                                                                                                              
 
 

Group Size

COSTS PER PERSON

2-3 persons

US$4200

4-5 persons

US$3900

6-7 persons

US$3800

8-10 persons

US$3600

Single room supplement

$800

 
 

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick up and departure services as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and in Pokhara, Breakfast included
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
  • Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu Airfare (Tax included)
  • City and monument entry fees (Nepal and Bhutan)
  • Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu Airfare (Tax included)
  • Airport pickup and departure service in Bhutan
  • Hotel accommodation into Bhutan, on full board basis
  • All regional permits and monastery entrance fees
  • Guided sightseeing of Bhutan as per itinerary (English Speaking Butanese guide)
  • Transportation into Bhutan by a 4x4 vehicle

 
 

CITIES

HOTELS

KATHMANDU

Vaishali/Malla/Shanker

NAGARKOT

Fort Resort

POKHARA

Hotel Stupa

THIMPU

Bhutan Suite

PHUBJIKHA

Gakeling

PUNAKHA

Zangthopelri or Damchen Resort

PARO

Hotel Tashi Namgay

 
 

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinners for Nepal part
  • Tips and all those which are not mentioned in the cost include section.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Travel insurance
  • Passport copy of each (need to send by email in JPEG format)