Your tour starts as you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival we will greet you with a traditional garland (floral wreath worn around your neck). This is our way of saying welcome to Nepal. You will then be transferred by private car to your hotel to settle in. You might choose to go for a walk around after some rest and later in the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant.
Nepal and Bhutan Tour
Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu.
Day 02 Cultural tour of Kathmandu Valley; Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Patan and Nagarkot.
After breakfast your guide will take you by private vehicle to Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred sites for Hindus in Nepal. Our next stop will be Boudhnath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch explore the medieval town of Patan and then head up to Nagarkot for sunset. This town has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest, as well as other snow-topped peaks in the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal.
Day 03 Sunrise, Bhaktapur, Garden of Dreams, Monkey temple.
Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise from your hotel, or a 45min walk will lead to a viewing tower, where 360º views of the surroundings High Himalayan Ranges can be seen. After Breakfast we drive down to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, before heading back to our hotel in Kathmandu. After lunch escape the urban bustle with a trip to the tranquil garden of dreams, a beautiful garden oasis in the heart of the city. Your last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to end your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner.
Day 04 Kathmandu to Paro to Thimphu by Car approx. 1.5 hours, Sightseeing Thimphu.
After breakfast your guide will brief you on your trip to Bhutan. Your flight will be with Bhutan’s national airline Druk Air, the only airline in Bhutan. If the weather is clear, you will have wonderful views of the Himalayas. It’s a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom of Bhutan. Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu, passing by Tamchog Lhakang Iron Bridge en route. Hotel check-in, then head for the Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Takin Sanctuary, where you’ll see Bhutan’s unique national animal the Takin. Continue to meet the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery, before going to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD $4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). Later visit Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the central administrative centre (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).
Day 05 Thimphu to Punakha, Punakha Sightseeing & Trekking.
After breakfast we head towards Punakha. On your way, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If the weather is clear, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. Proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman, a sacred place where people pray for children. Next embrace the highlight – Punakha Dzong, a very grand building of Bhutanese architecture, armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. You will also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan).
Day 06 Punakha to Paro by car 3 hours, Paro Sightseeing.
Drive back to Paro and start today’s tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative centre. Later visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. This ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine.
Day 07 Paro Hiking – Tigers Nest Monastery
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. If the weather is clear, you’ll see a great distant view of Mt.Chomolhari.
Day 08 Fly from Paro to Kathmandu.
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the land of the Thunder Dragon. You will be escorted to the airport where you will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed back to Nepal and taken to your hotel. The remaining day is free. Rest or let our guide show you more hidden sights around Kathmandu.
Day 09 Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.
Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel with private car and offer you a Khada (scarf). Wearing a Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards they will drop you to the airport. Farewell from Nepal