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Welcome to our enhanced Nepal and Bhutan Tour, a truly mesmerizing cultural extravaganza in two beautiful South-Asian nations. Get ready for an unforgettable 9-day journey where we explore the best of Nepal and Bhutan, immersing ourselves in their rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes.
Our adventure begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, ranked as the 19th top destination in the world by Trip Advisor in 2015. Here, we start by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient temples, palaces, and historical landmarks that showcase the rich history and culture of Nepal.
Next, we take a scenic flight to Paro, Bhutan, where we embark on an awe-inspiring tour of townships, dzongs (fortresses), and temples that are steeped in Bhutanese tradition and architecture. We also venture to the high Dochu La pass, where we are treated to panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, a sight that will leave us breathless.
One of the highlights of our tour is a thrilling hike to the legendary Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, perched precariously on a cliffside. This iconic Buddhist monastery is not only a place of spiritual significance but also offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, making it an unforgettable experience.
But our Nepal and Bhutan Tour doesn’t end there. We fly back to Kathmandu and visit the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur, renowned for their exquisite architecture and well-preserved cultural heritage. We stroll through their narrow alleys, marvel at their intricately carved temples, and soak in the unique atmosphere of these historic towns.
As the tour draws to a close, we head to Nagarkot, a picturesque village perched on a hilltop, famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. Here, we witness awe-inspiring sunsets amidst the majestic peaks, creating a magical and unforgettable memory that will stay with us forever.
Throughout the tour, we will be accompanied by experienced guides who will share their in-depth knowledge of the local culture, history, and traditions, adding depth and meaning to our journey. We will also indulge in local cuisines, interact with friendly locals, and create lasting memories that will make this Nepal and Bhutan Tour an enriching and life-changing experience.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath|
|Day 03 Fly to Paro, city sightseeing|
|Day 04 Paro to Thimphu, Hike to Taktsang Monastery||4-5 hrs|
|Day 05 Hike to Wangditse Gompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu||1 hour|
|Day 06 Thimphu to Punakha, Hike to Lungchutse Monastery||2 hrs|
|Day 07 Punakha to Paro, Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten||2 hrs|
|Day 08 Fly to Kathmandu, sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and sunset views from Nagarkot|
|Day 09 Final departure|
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the airport. We will then be transferred to our hotel. We can either visit Himalayan Glacier’s office in Thamel or take a rest at our hotel room during the late afternoon. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.
As our flight nears Bhutan we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here we will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain, at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.
After breakfast, we hike for around 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) 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, we hike down to the valley floor and leave for Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
In the morning, we drive to BBS Tower and then hike for 1 hour to Wangditse Gompa on leveled trail with great view of Tashichho Dzong. From here, we also get an amazing view of the Samtenling Palace, home to the fourth King and Dorje Drak meditation retreat on the hillside above. After touring the Gompa, we return to Thimphu. On the way, visit the mini Zoo to see the Takin, national animal of Bhutan. After lunch, we visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. We may also visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichho Dzong. In the evening, we enjoy strolling in the streets of Thimphu and observe the local lifestyle. Overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast, we drive to Dochula pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. We will begin 2 hours hike to Lungchutse Monastery from 108 chortens. The trail passes through rhododendron forests. Walking along the high ridges dotted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags offers us stunning views of Himalayas, plus incredible vistas into the valleys below the pass. Hike back to Dochu La Pass. After lunch, drive downhill through the rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.
At dawn, we drive 12 km north of Punakha and begin our 2-hour hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang and contains elaborate paintings dedicated to the old sect of Buddhism. We hike further towards Punakha. On the way back, we visit the Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637. It is also the second oldest and the second largest Dzong in Bhutan. In the afternoon, we drive to Paro and spend the night there.
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the airport. We will then be transferred to our hotel. After freshening up we begin our sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Patan Durbar Square is rich in ancient arts and architecture while Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square of Bhaktapur, we get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambiance of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur. Then we drive to Nagarkot, a village renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas and enjoy spectacular sunset views amidst the Himalayas. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Our Nepal and Bhutan tour comes to an end today. There is nothing else to do but shop for souvenirs or just take a rest. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport an hour before the scheduled flight.
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During a Nepal Bhutan tour, travelers can enjoy a diverse array of meals in most hotels, including popular cuisines such as Indian, Chinese, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan, and continental food. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are available in various restaurants and hotels. All meals will be provided during the tour in Bhutan, while in Kathmandu, only breakfast and a welcome dinner will be included.
Accommodations on this trip are based on twin sharing. Single supplement is available at an additional fee of USD 470.
Bhutan: Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B, and C, with government-approved hotels being equivalent to 3-star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, our company ensures A grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu, and a B grade hotel in Punakha. We typically use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or a similar hotel in Paro, Hotel Namgay Heritage or a similar hotel in Thimphu, and Meri Puensum Resort or a similar hotel in Punakha.Nepal: For our Nepal stay, we will be accommodated in a 4-star deluxe hotel, Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel in Kathmandu, and Hotel Country Villa or a similar hotel in Nagarkot.
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.
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