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11 Days Epic Nepal Bhutan Tour

11 Days Epic Nepal Bhutan Tour

Highlights

  • Visit famous Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Dubar Square.
  • Explore the fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges, the virgin landscapes and diverse fauna and flora of Bhutan.
  • Take a tour to the Phewa Lake and visit the temple in the middle of the lake in Punakha.
  • Experience the Himalayan sunrise in Sarangkot.
  • Visit famous Paro Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.
  • Tour the landmarks in Thimphu, including National Memorial Chorten, National Folk Heritage Museum, Traditional Paper Making Factory etc.
  • Hike to the holiest temple of the country, Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest).
Itinerary
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Day1  Arrival in Kathmandu

Highlight: Meet your warm guide and get prepared for the wonderful journey.

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or stroll around your accommodation.

Meals:None

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day2  Kathmandu Full-day Sightseeing

Highlight: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square.

Today, we will enjoy a full day valley sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu, Visiting Patan Durbar Square, the second largest town in the valley, with Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day3  Kathmandu Full-day Sightseeing

Highlight: Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur's Durbar Square.

In the morning, we will take you a glimpse of half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. Visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. Then go for a walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterward taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square featuring the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day4  Kathmandu to Pokhara

Highlight: Enjoy relaxing boating on Phewa Lake.

In the early morning after breakfast, your local representatives will take you to Pokhara through around 6-hour drive.

In the afternoon, we will drive to Phewa Lake and visit Barahi temple, which is built in a small island in the middle of the lake. You will reach the temple via peddle boat while enjoy the beautiful view of the lake as well as the peaceful atmosphere around.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day5  Pokhara City Sightseeing

Highlight: Sightseeing besides Phewa Lake and visit Seti River gorge.

After breakfast, we will first enjoy a half day sightseeing of Pokhara city, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. Enjoy the morning trip along the bank of Phewa Lake, you can admire the stunning view of the Fish Tail's Peak reflected in the silver surface of the water. You can also see the wonderful Annapurna panorama forms a superb backdrop to Pokhara from the lake.

After sightseeing in Phewa Lake, we keep visiting the Seti River gorge - one of the best places to see, Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites.

In the evening, you can walk around Lakeside Market.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day6  Pokhara Back to Kathmandu

Highlight: Appreciate beautiful landscape along the drive back to Kathmandu.

Today, we will drive back to Kathmandu, which takes about 6 hours in total. You can appreciate the stunning view along the way.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day7  Kathmandu to Paro; Transfer to Thimphu

Highlight: Arrive in Paro and visit Tschogang Lhakhang, Tashichho Dzong and King's Memorial Chorten in Thimphu.

Upon your arrival in Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, you will be picked up by your tour guide at the airport and then you will be transferred to Thimphu (2,350m), the capital city of Bhutan. Covering a total distance of nearly 54 kilometers, it will take you about 1 hour to get to Thimphu from Paro (2,250m).

Then, you will be transferred to Thimphu (2,350m), the capital city of Bhutan. Covering a total distance of nearly 54 kilometers, it will take you about 1 hour to get to Thimphu from Paro (2,250m).

After arriving at Thimphu, your guide will help you check in the hotel. And you can have a brief rest at your hotel if you need. Later, you will pay a visit to Tashichho Dzong, the eminent fortress where the national government and central monastic body are located. In addition, here sits the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

After that, you will head to visit the King's Memorial Chorten (National Memorial Chorten), a stupa built in memory of the third king in 1974. The display inside shows good statues of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Thimphu.

Day8  Thimphu to Punakha

Highlights: Cross the Dochula Pass to Punakha and visit the famous Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang.

Today, you will drive from Thimphu to Punakha (1,242m). The distance between Thimphu to Punakha is 71 kilometers, and it will take you 3 hours to get there. One the way, you will have an excellent opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of the solemn Bhutan Himalaya Ranges and even take photos at the impressive collection of 108 chortens at Dochula Pass (3,140m).

After arriving at Punakha, your guide will help you check in the hotel. In the afternoon, you will head to visit the Punakha Dzong. Standing by the riverside of Pho Chu and Mo Chu, Punakha Dzong is one of the most impressive buildings and one of the top favorite attractions in Bhutan. Moreover, the rectangular shape fortress is also an honorable treasury where preserves numerous Buddhist relics and historical legacies.

After witnessing the superb Punakha Dzong, you will have a 20-minute hike to Chimi Lhakhang, also known as Chime Monastery. The monastery is a beautiful Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. It stands on a small round hillock close to the village of Lobesa and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Punakha.

Day9  Punakha to Paro

Highlights: Back to Paro to visit the famous Paro Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong in Paro.

After breakfast, you will drive back to Paro. It will take you about 4 hours 20 minutes for the 125 kilometers. On the way, you will encounter the Simtokha Dzong en route. Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Simtokha Dzong is often said to be the first dzong in Bhutan.

After arriving at Paro, you will visit Bhutan National Museum - Ta Dzong. The museum houses a large number of valuable collections. A visit to the National Museum will deepen your understanding of this country in a whole and broaden your eyes with numerous pieces of Bhutan treasures.

Next, you will head to explore Paro Rinpung Dzong (also named as Paro Dzong), a fortress once built to defend the valley from invasions. However, it now serves as an administration center and school for monks.

Later, driving to the north of Paro valley, it will bring you to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father, and unifier of medieval Bhutan. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories. Nowadays, Drukgyel Dzong becomes a popular attraction in Paro, Bhutan.

In the evening, you can freely explore Paro to experience its unique lifestyle here.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Paro.

Day10  Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)

Highlight: Enjoy the wonderful trekking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Today, you will go to enjoy the exciting trek to the Taktshang Goemba, also known as Tiger's Nest. Standing incredibly on the side of a sheer cliff 900m above the Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3210m) is the landmark of Bhutan and also the holiest temple of the country. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. The temple has therefore become the holy site worshipped by all Bhutanese devotees, and known as one of the world’s top ten temples.

The rest of the day at leisure. You could also take a stroll around the valley to explorer more about the local lifestyle.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Paro.

Day11  Paro Departure

Your tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination.

Tour service end.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:

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Price Includes

  • Bhutan Visa Fee of USD 40 per person
  • Accommodation in twin as per the itinerary
  • All meals during your trip in Bhutan and the breakfast included in hotels in Nepal
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan
  • Private transport and experienced local driver within Bhutan
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Bottled water during the tour

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Visa
  • International flights before and after the tour
  • Lunches and dinners in Nepal
  • Tips to guide, driver and others
  • Optional activities that not listed in the itinerary
  • Other Personal expenses such as telephone, bars, laundry, soft drinks and so on
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