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Trip Code: NHT2040
Destination: Nepal, Bhutan
Trip Grade: Leisure Holidays
Total Duration: 10 days
Best Time: Jan to May
Group Size: Min. 1 Pax
The Nepal and Bhutan Tours is an exciting journey that takes you the highlighted destinations in Nepal and in Bhutan. With the amalgamation of the best elements of both these destinations, the Nepal and Bhutan Tours presents to you a wonderful experience where you would be subjected to the historically and culturally rich sites that hold great opulence within them. Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery at Paro in Bhutan. You would be observing the monastery’s incredible architecture and will be able to have close encounters with the mystical ambiance of the site. The rock slopes are very steep (almost vertical) and the monastery buildings are built into the rock face, making for quite a formidable sight. According to the legend, it is believed that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong. This place was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon.
The Nepal and Bhutan Tours also takes you on an exciting excursion through many monasteries and religious sites. Settings like the Memorial Chorten, the Changangkha Monastery, the Nunnery Temple, the School of Arts and Crafts and the Folk Heritage Museum are all perfectly incorporated into the package. Explore around Thimpu and Paro and then head for a short hike to Nagarkot in Nepal. You will also have a visit to the various World Heritage Sites in Nepal as well. Locations like the Kathmandu Durbar square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the Patan Durbar Square make for quite a fascinating visit, especially since their art and architecture showcase Nepal’s dexterity brilliantly and reflect the country’s rich monarchial history.
A historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area, Paro is also home to Paro Airport, Bhutan’s sole international airport. Sightseeing tour around Paro is filled with traditional architecture with richly decorated buildings housing small shops, institutions and restaurants. Thimpu on the other hand- the capital and largest and only city of the Kingdom of Bhutan offers typical Bhutanese architecture of monasteries, Dzongs (most striking fortress type structures), chortens, gateways, Lhakhangs, other sacred places and royal palaces. Prayer Flags, Mani Walls and Prayer Wheels present a propitious setting throughout the urban agglomerate of Thimphu. Hike up to Nagarkot from where you would be able to see the magnificent views of the Himalayas and can witness the dream-like moment of the rising sun from amidst the ivory peaks. The whole experience of seeing the rising sun change the color of the mountains from snowy white to burning ember is something that is sure to forever be engraved into your minds.
So come join us in this adventure filled with historical sites, spiritual settings and stunning locations filled with beautiful natural and Himalayan sceneries. The Nepal and Bhutan Tours is a perfectly made package that includes and presents an experience that fulfills your wanderlust of ancient monasteries and exotic locations in both destinations!
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu
You will arrive in Kathmandu and this will mark your first day of the trip. Our Airport representative will be there waiting for you to welcome you and will provide you with further details of the program. Since you have no plans on the first day of your arrival, you may check into your hotel, get your bearings and enjoy the time.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Sightseeing Tours
Approx. at 9 am in the morning, the sightseeing tour will start of Kathmandu valley, and the tour will mainly maunder around the cultural heritage sites Kathmandu valley has to offer, all listed under the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The old temples, opulent monasteries, old Royal Palaces and the unique arts and architectures carved in the woods, metals and stones present a captivating premise for you to explore. The highlight is of course The Kathmandu Durbar Square, adorned with old opulent palaces of Nepal’s glorious monarchial days, The Kumari Mandir- the temple of The Living Goddess, and much magnificent architectural sublimity. The Kathmandu Durbar Square was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake and many of the palaces and old temples around the Durbar Square were destroyed. The reimbursement process is going on but for the majority of the area, the rebuilding process and reconstruction is underway. Then we will circumbulate the Swayambhunath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa, all majestic with religious tenor. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most religiously reverent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and we can observe the cremation ritual of the Hindu people by the bank of the holy river Bagmati. After the tour, we will be heading back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, offering spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and be transferred to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has wide assortments of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic displays and “field of Buddhas”, which helps one to visualize while meditating. Next, we will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Overnight stay at Hotel, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 04 - Paro - Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery - Thimphu
Today, you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is absolutely breathtaking, situated at 10,400 feet and perched on the edge of a steep cliff about 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. Guru Rinpoche (great spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Though it looks formidable, the monastery complex has access from several directions, such as the northwest path through the forest, from the south along the path used by devotees, and from the north- accessed over the rocky plateau, which is called the “Hundred Thousand Fairies” known as Bumda. A mule track leading to it passes through pine forest that is colorfully festooned with moss and prayer flags. On many days, clouds shroud the monastery and give an eerie feeling of remoteness. Lunch is served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. Exploring the monastery, we will hike back down to the valley floor. This evening, you will be transferred to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight stay at Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 05 - Thimphu Sightseeing Tours
After breakfast, you will visit the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the Changangkha Monastery, the Nunnery Temple, the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) and the Folk Heritage Museum. The Memorial Chorten is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation and is also popularly known as “the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan”. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong and the giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakyamuni in the world. There are thirty temples, chapels and shrines within Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city and observe the lifestyle of the people. Overnight stay at Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 06 - Thimphu to Paro
The morning will be spent hiking to the Wangditse Monastery. It is a one hour walk from the Radio Tower on a leveled trail amidst pine forests with great views of the northern Thimphu Valley. On the way, you will also have an opportunity to see Takins – a unique national animal that is found only in the Himalayas. After having explored the monastery, you will hike back to Thimphu town. After lunch, you will drive back to Paro. In the evening, you can tour the village in Paro to learn about the people’s daily life – perhaps visit a farmhouse or two for a cup of butter tea or an “ara”- a local wine produced by the brewery of wheat or rice. Overnight stay at Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 07 - Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell and you will then fly back to Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 08 - Hike to Nagarkot
In the morning at approx. 8:00 am, we will start our tours to Nagarkot and en-route, you will also visit the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple and the largest stupa on Earth- the Boudhanath Stupa which holds the ever-present Buddha eyes on all four of its sides. Driving towards Sankhu, we will commence our hike to Nagarkot. On the way, we can enjoy watching rice fields, local villages, forests and meadows. At an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot is considered one of the most scenic spots in the Bhaktapur District. It is known for its sunrise view amidst the Himalayas that include Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. Commanding one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley, 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 can be viewed from here. The ranges include the Annapurna range, the Manaslu range, the Ganesh Himal range, the Langtang range, the Jugal range, the Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and the Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley and the Shivapuri National Park. Situated in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms in medieval times. Later, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station. Overnight at hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.
Day 09 - Nagarkot - Sightseeing Tours – Kathmandu
In the morning if the weather is good, we can enjoy the stunning vistas of the Himalaya ranges including Khumbu ranges, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang rages and Mount Everest. The experience is wonderful and is sure to be a lifetime memory.
With an overwhelming memory of the amazing landscape, we will the drive to Kathmandu with an extensive sightseeing tour of world heritage sites. We will explore the Bhaktapur Durbar Square where the Palace of 55 windows, the Golden Gate, the National Art Gallery, the Taleju Temple, Nyatapol Temple and more present a wonderful experience. The Palace of Fifty-five Windows (Pachpanna Jhyale Durbar) was built during the reign of the Malla King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD and was remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century. Among the brick walls, with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving. It is also known as one of the oldest monument present in Nepal. The Nyatapol is the biggest and highest pagoda of Nepal ever built with such an amazing architectural perfection and artistic beauty. “Nyatapol” in the Newari language means “five stories” – the symbolic gesture of five basic elements. The Golden gate on the other hand, is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the Hindu goddess Kali and Garuda (mythical griffin) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is embellished with monsters and other Hindu mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy. The hodgepodge of shikhara and pagoda-styled temples and the art and architecture is fascinating to see.
Then we will drive to Patan and explore around the Patan Durbar Square. Situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur, Patan Durbar Square holds the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. A marvel of Newar architecture, the Square floors are tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. Unfortunately, like the Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar square was also heavily damaged by the 2015 earthquake. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 10 - Farewell
Our representative will help you drive to the airport. Then, you will fly back home. Breakfast included.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
- A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Nagarkot.
- All sightseeing tours in Kathmandu as per itinerary including tour guide, entry fees and private vehicle.
- For Bhutan, will obtain Bhutan visa for you. Fee is included in the tour package
- Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Paro and Paro to Kathmandu economic class
- Four night accommodation at government approved hotel with full board meals during the Bhutan tours
- Mineral water will be supplied during the Bhutan tour
- Highly experienced local tour guide and all entry/permit fees during the tour in Bhutan
- Bhutan government royalty & FIT surcharge
- Bhutan Tourism Development Fund (TDF) fee is included in the tour package
- All government taxes and service charges
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
- International flights other than specified in the cost inclusion sections
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
- Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
- Pony services
- Tips for tour/trek guide (s), porter and driver
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