There are many similarities between Bhutan and Nepal. For example, they are both located on the south slope of the Himalayas Mountains. They are both religious countries. And tourism is one of the major industries for both Bhutan and Nepal. Their most important similarity to tourists is that the two countries are both popular trekking destinations. Most trekking routes in Bhutan are located on high mountains with high-density vegetation cover, while the snow-capped mountains in Nepal are a paradise for trekkers.
Besides the trek, the unique culture, festivals, and history is why thousands of tourists travel to Bhutan and Nepal. Please Check out the well-designed Bhutan and Nepal tour packages listed below to discover more surprising highlights in these two Himalayan Kingdoms.
It is common to enter Bhutan from Nepal by flight. But you can only book flight tickets through the two Bhutanese Airlines called Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. There are many direct flights from Kathmandu (Nepal Tribhuvan International Airport) to Paro(Bhutan Paro International Airport) every week. It is about 1.5 hours fly. Feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information about the flights between Nepal and Bhutan.
To enter Nepal, a Nepalese visa is needed(except for Indians). You can easily get your Nepal visa in advance from the embassies of Nepal in your country. Also, a visa for Nepal is easily available upon arrival at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu. Nepal's 'On Arrival' visa procedure(around 45mins) is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad before your arrival. Be noted that tourists from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, and Refugees with travel documents are not given visas on arrival( need to acquire Visa prior to their arrival). On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points:15 Days-30 USD; 30 Days-50 USD; 90 Days-125 USD.
To enter Bhutan, citizens of India, Maldives, and Bangladesh don't need a visa to visit Bhutan. For other international tourists, the Bhutan visa is needed and processed online by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator before arriving in the country. Bhutan Visa can be obtained about one week prior to your journey if all papers are in order. The cost of a Bhutan tourist visa is US$ 40 per person.
Both Nepal and Bhutan are countries along the Himalayans. They have similar weather like distinct wet and dry seasons. Spring(March to May) and autumn(Sept. to Nov.) are the best times to visit them. Feel free to contact our trip advisor for the best itinerary for you according to your travel time.
For Nepal, spring (Mar., April. and May) and autumn (Sept., Oct., and Nov.) are the best seasons to visit Nepal for trekking, climbing, and white-water rafting. Because during this season you'll enjoy the clear skies and great mountain views. But it also means during these peak seasons, the trails are most crowded compared with the low seasons. For the winter (Dec to Feb) and summer (Jun to Aug, monsoon) time, it is also worth a visit as there are fewer crowds though the weather may not be so good. Besides, winter is the best time to visit Chitwan as the temperature is good and the forests are less dense for better wildlife sightings.
For Bhutan, the best time to visit and trek in Bhutan (peak seasons) are the spring months of March, April, and May and the autumn months of September, October, and November. Many colorful festivals like Paro and Thimphu Tshechu also take place in spring and fall. However, we believe Bhutan is a year-round destination. Many travelers are discovering the advantages of the lean season and choose to travel to Bhutan during the winter and summer months.
In Nepal, the top sites to visit are mainly located in the Kathmandu Valley. For example, the Boudhanath Stupa( the largest stupa in Nepal) and the Monkey Temple(the Swayambhunath Temple) which is the most stunning landmarks in Kathmandu. Here is a list of some top attractions for your Nepal trip planning: Pashupati Nath Temple, Nagarkot Sunrise, Pokhra Valley, Mahendra Gufa, Lumbini, Swayambhu Mandir, Thamel Area, Bhaktapur, Chitwan National Park, Davis Falls, Phewa Lake, International Mountain Museum, Khokana And Bungamati Villages, Sagarmatha National Park, Langtang National Park, Rupa Tal Lake, National Museum Of Nepal, Durbar Square, White Monastery, Kathesimbhu Stupa, Siddha Gufa, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Hanuman Dhoka Temple, Patan, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Chitlang, Dharan, Garden Of Dreams, Taudaha Lake, Phulchoki, Khawalung Monastery, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Begnas Tal Lake, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Bindyabasini Temple, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Khaptad National Park, Dhulikhel, Jomsom, Mount Annapurna, Trisuli River, Mount Everest Camp Trek, etc.
In Bhutan, the must-visit place is the Tiger's Nest Monastery(Taktsang Monastery) stands on the cliff overlooking the Paro Valley, the landmark of Bhutan. Here is a list of some renowned attractions for your Bhutan trip planning: Rinpung Dzong, The Folk Heritage Museum, Dochula Pass, Chomolhari Trek, National Museum of Bhutan, Motithang Takin Preserve, Phobjikha Valley, Jambay Lhakhang, Gangtey Monastery, Haa Valley, Tashichho Dzong, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, Tower of Trongsa (Ta Dzong), Punakha Suspension Bridge, Samdrup Jongkhar, Drukgyel Dzong, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Zuri Dzong Fort, Tango Buddhist Institute, Talo Village, Chele La Pass, Hidden Valleys of Bumthang, Simtokha Dzong, Norzin Lam Street, Jigme Dorji National Park, Dagala Thousand Lakes, Punakha Dzong, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, Choki Traditional Art School, Wangdue Phodrang, Royal Manas National Park, Namgay Artisanal Brewery, Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, Chimi Lhakhang, etc.
Currently, there are only two railway lines in south Nepal, one is the Birgunj Junction and the other is the Janakpur Junction which is located near the Nepal-India Border. But there is no train rail in Bhutan yet. Nowadays, transport in Bhutan comprises over 8,000km of roads and four airports, but no railroad. You can take a train to one of the two railway stations in Nepal, then transfer to cars or planes to Bhutan. Though Bhutan has no railway network, there are plans to link the southern parts of Bhutan to the vast Indian railway network.
Amazing adventure with Nepal and Bhutan
Excellent customer service from the start, especially Manfred Liu when organizing the trip, great service and communication, then the trip itself. A few days in Nepal and then the main destination Bhutan. Nepal was managed onsite by great guide Ghanashyam and also Sunita and Shital. Ngawang was my guide in Bhutan. All super friendly great guiding knowledge, pace, food, help with unexpected events like travel delay enough to say I didn't have to call luggage service once and it later arrived to Bhutan. Also some extras like giving me sim card with 5G of data for Bhutan. Thanks a lot Team, and I highly recommend this Travel Team
Asia Odyssey Nepal and Bhutan
My travel agent, Isaac Wei did an excellent job organising our trip. He was always available label to deal with any questions. He was exceptionally prompt, polite and thorough.
The trip was very well planned. We had excellent vehicles with drivers. Our guide in Nepal was very very personable and proactive in sourcing the best options for us. We learnt a great deal about life Bhutan. I would highly recommend Asia Odyssey
Nepal and Bhutan
We booked a trip through AOT for Nepal beginning in Kathmandu for five days and traveling through Bhutan for nine days. AOT arranged every facet of the trip, except for airfare to Nepal. They booked hotels, and all transportation, guides, and tours. Overall the trip was fantastic, and we were able to experience the amazing sights of Nepal and Bhutan.
Our local guides both in Nepal and Bhutan were excellent. Dipil in Kathmandu and Nyima in Bhutan were experts in the history, culture, and society of their respective countries. The drivers in both countries were experts in navigating the sometimes flooded and dangerous roads.
We were among the only western tourists in Bhutan when we arrived. We were able to experience several unique experiences. We were invited to breakfast ( literally breaking a nine-day fast) with Buddhist nuns, watching the monks practice their dance in the Zdong, and observing a Bhutanese archery contest.
La organización del tour estuvo genial, la comunicación con Kyle, el agente de Odyssey, fue muy fluida y amable antes y durante el viaje. Otganizó el viaje perfecto y cumplieron con todo lo pactado, destacándose la puntualidad y amablilidad de los agentes. La hotelería excelente, al igual que las comidas y las excursiones. En Kathmandú, el chofer Dipen Pragan, super amable y servicial, guardó nuestro equipaje 2 días hasta q volvimos de Lumbini (hermosa sugerencia de Kyle) para q no tuviéramos problemas de exceso de peso en el vuelo.
Nos mostraron lugares emblemáticos y su historia, el crematorio de Kathmandú, el templo de los monos y muchos otros hermosos lugares. Caminamos libremente por sus calles llenas de gente e hicimos compras siempre acompañados a distancia prudencial por el guía.
Buthan es absolutamente maravilloso. Desde el aeropuerto, los templos, los paisajes, la gente y su cultura. Es realmente la nación de la felicidad y se siente. Tuvimos el privilegio de contar con Pema Letho como guía y Phuntsho de chofer. Su amor por lo que hacen, la calidad del servicio y su religiosidad nos permitió adentrarnos aunque sea un poco, en la cultura de este gran país. Thimbu, Paro, Punaka... todo parece tomado de un cuento de hadas. No hay semáforos, las calles son estrechas y se ceden el paso amablemente unos a otros!
Tuvimos la suerte de llegar a Thimbu para el Thimbu Festival: una experiencia increíble. Las danzas, el vestuario, el lugar, la musica y el ambiente son alucinantes. Fue un verdadero privilegio. La experiencia de subir al Tiger Nest fue única por la exigencia física para poder descubrir el complejo de templos, por la devoción de la concurrencia y por la íntima satisfacción personal de haber cumplido un gran logro.
En fin, hicimos un tour perfecto, absolutamente recomendable que recordaremos por siempre. Gracias Asia Odyssey Travel, gracias Kyle!
Brilliant Nepal and Bhutan holiday with Asia Odyssey Travel.
My family and I paid for a 3-day visit to Nepal and 5-day Bhutan tour this March. We visited Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, and so on in Nepal. We took the flight from Kathmandu to Paro. All the hotel and food were of excellent quality and the staff was helpful in every possible way. The team in Nepal and Bhutan went out of their way to make my holiday amazing and memorable. Will recommend the company to all my friends. Thank you for making our trip unforgettable!
Nepal Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath tour and Amazing Bhutan
This is an excellent Nepal and Bhutan tour with Hindu and Buddhist religions. I arrived in Kathmandu first. My guide Raju gave me insights into Nepali culture beyond my expectation. He was open and responsive to my questions and request. And I got the opportunity to see Thamel wake up as locals gather at the markets and temples to begin their day.
Then I l took the Druk Air flight to Bhutan. The country of Bhutan is absolutely beautiful. We arrived in Thimphu after a short drive from the airport in Paro. Our Bhutan guide Dorji and driver Tashi were very knowledgeable and friendly. I learn the true Bhutanese life from them. I really enjoyed my tour and the hike to Taktsang Monastery is the most enjoyed and will be in my memories for a long time. I highly recommend Asia Odyssey Travel.
Professional, efficient, and excellent service
An amazing service. Mr. Kyle from Asia Odyssey Travel did a great job organizing our trip and making it as comfortable as possible for us. Kyle was friendly, flexible, and very professional in giving us the best advice on Nepal and Bhutan. Thanks to our Nepal guide Raja for making all arrangements in Kathmandu from pick-up & drop-off to local sightseeing. Our Bhutan guide was flexible, funny, and gave us good suggestions. Appreciate the patience and cooperation extended by his team. Very happy with their services.
Fantastic 10-day tour to Nepal and Bhutan!
So glad to meet Rita from Asia Odyssey Travel, she was the best to work with my 10-day family Himalayan tour. She was brilliant and organized a high level of a professional trips based on our needs. Our short vacation in Nepal was really one of the most memorable and amazing.
We spent 7 days in Bhutan with a visit to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, and Gantey. Our guide Mr. Dorji was extremely comfortable and knowledgeable. Our driver was also very kind and the van was clean and new. We went to the Tshechu festival in Thimphu and it was so amazing. We are so happy with all our itineraries and definitely, we will introduce your company to our friends!