Nepal & Bhutan
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The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul or the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Our Nepal & Bhutan Tour is by name a comprehensive tour package in which you will get a chance to see everything that the Druk Yul has to offer along with some noticeable glimpse of Kathmandu. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some major heritage sites and architectural values of Kathmandu valley with spectacular mountain scenery of remarkable natural beauty and remote and dramatic monasteries of Bhutan that rule in the pristine and intact Bhutanese landscape. Above all, you will get a chance to interact with the local people and to witness the way of life in Bhutan and Kathmandu.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
= USD 2388 per person 3-12 people
= USD 2132 per person ( Note! above price valid until end of 2014 )
What Is Included
- All ground transportation by private vehicle in Kathmandu & Bhutan as per itinerary
- Accommodation in 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and A & B category hotels in Bhutan on twin sharing basis
- Complementary welcome & farewell dinner in one of the finest Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Bhutan as per itinerary
- Entrance fees for heritage sites, museums and monuments in Kathmandu & Bhutan
- Experienced English speaking local tour guides (Bhutanese & Nepalese in respective places)
- Meals on full board basis in Bhutan and breakfast in Kathmandu
- Bhutan visa fee
- All Government and local taxes
What Is Not Included
- International airfare to/from Kathmandu
- Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu flight (USD 460 for the round trip economy class)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
- Items of personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
- Excess baggage
- Tips for guides & drivers
- Nepal Visa fee
During the visit in Kathmandu we provide you twin sharing accommodation in 4 star Deluxe Hotel Shanker or similar in Kathmandu and 'A' categories hotel in Paro and Thimphu and 'B' categories hotel in Wangduephodrang. Single supplementary available on request and it cost USD 390 but it's hard to get on festival time in Bhutan.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in Kathmandu
Your Druk Yul tour starts as you arrive at the airport at Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel Shanker or similar standard hotel for rest since you will be just past through a long flight. You might visit our office if interested after some rest and later in the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant.
The day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) from where you will see beautiful view of Kathmandu valley, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, and Bouddhanath Stupa, which is the second biggest Stupa of the world . After returning back to the hotel, you will make some preparation for next day's journey to Bhutan.
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft) that offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range of Nepal including the Mt. Everest. On arrival, our Druk Yul representative will pick you up and transfer to the hotel for a short rest and lunch. Later the day, you will explore around the Paro valley, visit one of the strategic but ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong. From here, on a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. You will continue through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)
Today, after breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Druk Yul most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Then drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)
Today, you will explore the major sites of Thimphu on a relaxed guided tour. Highlights include the memorial Chorten built in memory of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, commanding 15th century Changangkha Temple, the traditional indigenous hospital, the National Library with its treasure troves of manuscripts and ancient texts and the traditional painting school where education is free for students to learn the ancient skills of traditional painting. Later on, you will drive through beautiful countryside to Wangduephodrang across the Dochula Pass, where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Check into the hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel in Wangduephodrang. (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)
After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. On the way back, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama's wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the evening, you can drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)
Today you will be back to Kathmandu from Druk Yul. This morning we will transfer you to the Paro airport to catch your short but very scenic flight to reach Kathmandu that goes again above the massive Himalayan range such as Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Remaining time you can just rest and relax at the hotel or can explore surrounding areas in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast is included)
Sightseeing Tour: Patan & Bhaktapur
We start our tour of two more UNESCO World Heritage Site cities adjacent to Kathmandu: Patan & Bhaktapur. Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts. Patan Durbar Square is one of the places in the Kathmandu Valley where the medieval arts and architecture still remain in its original state. The Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Similarly, the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Later in the day, you can do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift for your family, friends or relatives. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast and farewell dinner are included)
Departure from Kathmandu or extend your trip
If departing, you will be transferred to the international airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination or if you have other trips to extend, you can simply go ahead with your program.
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Nepal & Bhutan Tour route map
Equipment and Packing List
While packing for Nepal & Bhutan Tour certain equipments are essential.
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Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
For our tour group, there will be one Tour guide & driver in Kathmandu sight seeing and in Bhutan their will be one local Guide, if necessary helper and driver during the visit. In fact during the Kathmandu visit our guide will be fluent English speaking as well treated you as a well coming good hospitality and even in Bhutan there is standard tourism and respect to the tourist. Our all guide is very good and well treat during the journey.
Pre Trip Meeting
Prior to all our tours, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu on the 2nd day of your itinerary starts in the morning during the breakfast and provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your tour and to introduce you to other team members.
Regarding the foods we provide you breakfast in Kathmandu and full board in Bhutan. Complementary welcome dinner and farewell dinner provided by the company in Kathmandu. Lunch & dinner are not included in the cost during the Kathmandu stay and bar & beverage bills also excluded on the cost.
Autumn and spring season are the best time to travel in Nepal and Bhutan. It is suitable for travel to Bhutan from mid September to beginning of December and March to May. December and January is the frozen time in Bhutan. The sunlight in Bhutan is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither block off nor retain heat so that the temperature extremes can be met in day time and the same night respectively in Bhutan. Most annual rainfall comes in the rainy season that starts from June to September but July and August is called off season for both country.
Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
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