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Our Nepal and Bhutan Journey combines all the highlights of Bhutan & Nepal which allow you to experience cultural sites and scenic places of these countries. Start from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where you explore the colorful Kathmandu valley with holiest temple, stupa complex and squares before venturing onwards to Patan and Bhaktapur. Then take an excursion in Nagarkot where you see the panorama of the Himalayan ranges and scenic mountain.
You will then fly to Bhutan, the happiest country on earth, to experience unique cultures and explore the stunningly beautiful sacred valleys. Visit various tourist attractions in Thimphu, enjoy the fresh air during your ride to Punakha, followed by a leisurely hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery ("Tiger's Nest").
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal where we start this Nepal and Bhutan Tour! Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our Asia Senses tour guide then transferred to hotel for check in and refreshment. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Aria Boutique Hotel & Spa
Day 02: Kathmandu - Patan (Lalitpur) - Kathmandu
Optional: If weather is good enough, you could take a scenic flight around Himalayan range to see the world's highest mountain of Everest and other a snow-capped peaks up close in this morning. The flight will take about one hour will all seats are window guaranteed.
Starts the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley with a visit to Ason Tole Vegetable & Spice Market, one of the most famous markets in Nepal. Here, you will observe the local life of Nepali people. Continue our visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in the heart of the Kathmandu city. The square is dotted by old temples, palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Visit Kumari Ghar (or Kumari Chowk), well-known for its magnificent carvings as well as its divine inhabitant. It was built in 1757 by King Jaya Prakash Malla and is dedicated to the living goddess of Kathmandu.
After that, we take an external view of Taleju Temple established in 1564, in a typical Newari architectural style and the image of Kala Bhairav which display one of the most dangerous forms of Lord Shiva and among the various forms of Bhairav. A delicious lunch is followed at a local restaurant.
After lunch, venture onwards to the beautiful city of Patan which isseparated from Kathmandu by Bagmati River. Upon arrival, take a walk around Patan Durbar Square, one of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Stroll through Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings.
Then we head to Patan Museum where displays of the religious objects and traditional sacred art of Nepal are shown. Finally, visit Krishna Mandir Temple, the most important temple in Patan Durbar Square. Transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Aria Boutique Hotel & Spa
Day 03: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Nagarkot
After breakfast, our guide will come to pick up then take you to visit Boudhanath Stupa, the first stupa at Bodhnath which was built in 7th century when the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo converted to Buddhism. Here, you could observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. Proceed to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu.
Afterwards, proceed to Bhaktapur city where you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Stroll around the Square and take visit to some of the most popular monuments including: 55 windows Palace, lion gates, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Datatarya Temple, Vatsala Temple ect.
After finishing sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur, we will take a short drive (approximately 30 km) to Nagarkot, one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district, renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalayas. Upon arrival Nagarkot, check in your hotel, free to stroll around this beautiful hill station and enjoy the panoramic sunset over Himalayas range.
Overnight in Nagarkot.
Hotel Country Villa
Day 04: Nagarkot – Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu
Today, wake up early to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and spectacular views of Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range. Free at leisure until our guide come to pick up and escort you to the airport for your flight to Bhutan.
During your flight, if the weather good enough, you would watch the wonderful view of Himalayas and the spectacular Paro valley below. Upon arrival in Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses tour guide in a Bhutanese style with Tashi Khada (white scarf) then transferred to Thimphu, the capital, most modern city and the main center of commerce, religion and government of Bhutan. The drive takes about an hour and half to reach Thimphu, on route, enjoy the beautiful views of Thimphu valley.
Upon arrival Thimphu, we will take a visit to Motithang Takin Preserve to see takins, the national animal of Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family.
Afterwards, we take a view of the majestic Tashichho Dzong which is located close to Thimphu town, next to the banks of the Wangchhu River. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed several times over the years. In 1897, it was damaged during an earthquake and rebuilt in 1902. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Overnight in one of the carefully-selected hotels in Thimphu.
After breakfast, take a visit to Buddha Dordenma statue to enjoy the beautiful view of Thimphu valley in the morning. Then we drive to Simtokha Dzong which was built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan. The legend said that this dzong was built in order to subdue a demon which used to scare villagers and harass travelers.
Afterwards, we depart Thimphu for Punakha, a former capital of Bhutan, is located in the west of the country. On the way, we will stop to visit Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150m dotted with colorful prayer flags and 108 Stupa. If the weather is good enough, you could see the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Eastern Himalayas while enjoying a hot cup of coffee/tea at the Dochula café. Then continually drive to Punakha through the temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia and orange, banana, rice plantations along the way. Have your lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will stop at Sopsokha village roadside and take a stroll (about 20 minutes) through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a pilgrimage site for childless couples. It is believed that childless couples will have children if they get blessing from the lhakhang's wooden phallus.
Visit Punakha Dzong which is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver.
In the morning, we drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten which sits high above Punakha Valley, affording panoramic views of the verdant hillsides below. It was built by Queen Mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese.
After that, we drive back to Thimphu where we visit the National Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the 3rd King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Many Thimphu residents consider this to be the heart and soul of Thimphu and gather here every day to pray and walk clockwise around the chorten.
No tour of Thimphu is complete without a visit to the incredible Textile Museum. Some shopping time if you wish is available at the Thimphu Handicraft Emporium which offers high quality traditional goods, and a small family-run enterprise which manufactures paper and paper products using traditional methods.
Afterwards we proceed to Paro. Upon arrival, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was consecrated in 1645 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal on the site of smaller fort. Its name means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. From the dzong, walk further down to Nyamai Zampa, an oldest traditional cantilever bridge in Bhutan.
Then head to National Museum which is located on the hill behind the Rinpung Dzong. In this museum, there are over 3000 artworks and masterpieces that display more than 1500 years of cultural heritage of Bhutan.
Day 07: Paro – Taktsang Goempa (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
This morning, we hike Taktsang Lhakhang which is located 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes by car). It was constructed in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche first meditated, the event that introduced Buddhism into Bhutan. Legend has it that in 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot from Tibet on a back of a tigress, thus giving it the name “Tiger’s Nest”. All Bhutanese Buddhist desire to come this monastery at least once in their lives. As soon as we reach the mountain foot, get out of the car and take a 5 hours round trip to hike to the monastery and come back. The trails pass through the meadow of pines, rhododendrons and oaks.
***Note: Horse ride to the cafeteria is available and can be arranged at additional cost.
On the way back, stop then have lunch at the cafeteria. After that, if your energy allows, we drive to the ruins of the 17th-century Drukgyel Dzong which was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District. In good weather conditions, the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop.
After lunch, we drive to the ruins of the 17th-century Drukgyel Dzong which was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District. In fine weather conditions, the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop.
On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. In the evening you can take a stroll in the small Paro town for last minute shopping or take rest and relax at the resort.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gangtey Palace Hotel
Day 08: Paro Departure
The Nepal and Bhutan Tour wraps up today. Free at leisure until our guide and driver transfer you to Paro airport departure to your onward flight. End of our service. Tashi Delek!
Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)
Tour Price Includes
07 hotel night accommodation.
Local English speaking guides.
Meals as mentioned.
Visas for Bhutan and Nepal.
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included.
Bottled drinking water per touring days.
Tour Price Excludes
Surcharge of 70 USD per person per night (if there is person in the group)
Surcharge of 30 USD per person per night (if there are 2 persons in the group)
Horse ride up to the Tiger's Nest
Other meals not mentioned in the program
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc...
Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
Any camera or video fees at any sites
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