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8 Days Essence of Nepal and Bhutan Tour

8 Days Essence of Nepal and 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.
  • Follow the most classic travel route to explore the best of western Bhutan including Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
  • 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.

Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed by your local representatives. After a brief introduction, your local guide and driver will take you to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, you can have a glimpse of the local architecture, crafts, and life.

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 Paro; Transfer to Thimphu

Highlight: Take the flight to Paro and visit Tschogang Lhakhang in Paro and Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu.

In the early morning after breakfast, you will take the flight from Kathmandu to Paro. During the flight, if the weather is clear, you can have a breathtaking view of the Himalaya Mountains. Your Bhutan local representatives will welcome you at the arrival hall of Paro International Airport. Your local guide and driver will then drive you to your hotel in Thimphu.

On the way, you will first encounter a private temple - Tschogang Lhakhang, the temple of the excellent horse. Keep driving to Thimphu, you will have a short stop at Chuzom, a confluence where the Paro Chhu and Wong Chhu meet. It is decorated with three different styles of stupas, namely Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese.

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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Thimphu

Day5  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.

Day6  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.

Day7  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.

Day8  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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