Nepal and Bhutan Tour
Tour Duration: 10 days
Destination(s): Nepal and Bhutan ( Kathmandu-Paro-Thimpu)
Specialty Categories: Art/Architecture, History Tours, Museum Tours, Mountain views, Pilgrimage Tours
Season: Round the Year.
Tour Starts at: Kathmandu
Ends at: Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu. Meet/assist at Kathmandu airport by us and transfer to Hotel. PM: Rest. Dinner and Overnight Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu.
It's an experience not to be missed - wake up in the early morning to witness the beautiful sunrise outlook from the hotel before breakfast serving. The next, we head for Kathmandu and keep half day valley sightseeings with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley and another half day Visit to Patan city, famous city features of arts and crafts - the highlight of trip is the Shikara (Krishna Temple), Patan Durbar with Royal bath, Hiranya Varna Mahavir (Buddhist Monastery). O/N at Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu.
After breakfast, start the trip to visit Kathmandu Valley with its various important religious centers; Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), nearby along the banks of the Bagmati River, where is the cremation area for the dead, Boudhanath is possibly the largest stupa in the world and the center for Tibetan school of Buddhism. Followed by driving onto Bhaktapur, the medical city of devotes and the best preserved of all the ancients cities of Kathmandu Valley. O/N at Hotel.
Day 04: Kathmandu/Paro.
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will be received by our representative and Drive to Hotel.
Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia, and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center and school for monks.
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.
Day 05: Paro Day Excursion.
Drive to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) where Guru Rimpoche flew on a tigress in the 8th century and meditated there for three months. Perched on the side of the cliff at a height of 900 m above Paro valley, it is the most sacred place.
Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.
Day 06: Paro/Thimpu.
Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse through local handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people. Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan.
Tour Tashichhodzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty's Throne Room and home to the Monk Body. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley by sunset/evening. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
Day 07: Thimphu Sightseeing / Punakha.
Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit
Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory. See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day.
Day 08: Wangdue Paro.
Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) - temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.
Drive back to Paro driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests to Paro.
Evening: Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.
Day 09: Paro/Kathmandu.
After Breakfast at Hotel, transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport meet by us and drive to your Hotel. PM: Free for Shopping etc. Dinner and overnight hotel.
Day 10: Kathmandu/Departure
Free till departure. Departure Transfer to airport to connect onward flight.