Nepal Bhutan Tour
Nepal Bhutan Tour is a 15 day tour Of Nepal and Bhutan. Combine two beautiful Himalayan Kingdoms in one magical tour. Enter the serene and spiritual lands of Nepal and Bhutan, and experience the countries rich histories and unique cultural heritages.Nepal is a fascinating country where 2500 years of Buddhist & Hindu culture meet the high Himalayas, jungles teeming with wildlife and valleys that are scenic sanctuaries. One can find a natural and ethnic variety and diversity found nowhere else. Nepal is today most popular Himalayan (Mountaineering and Trekking) destination in the world. Once can easily combine with other activities like wild river rafting and kayaking, Jungle activities in many national parks, sightseeing and culture tours, a famous Everest view flight and many more adventure activities.
Another spectacular flight brings us to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan where we will feel time has moved back. Where we find an independent people who have not rejected their ancient spiritual heritage for modern ways. Bhutan can truly lay claim to being the last Shangri-la as it is one of the few unforgettable concern of the world. In Bhutan tour, there is highly chance to experience Mayana Buddhism culture, life styles of Bhutanese people, Monasteries, agriculture farm houses. The country has some of the highest mountain ranges on earth and over seventy percentage of the land surface is forested which justifies Bhutan a land.
Experience art and architecture, diverse culture, wonderful landscapes & stunning views of snowy mountains in Nepal. Explore ancient and historical cities including Kathmandu, Pokhara with its stone paved lanes and colourful market, virgin Goddess, many temples, mountain views and many adventurous outdoor activities of different kinds of architecture. Bhutan is a unique destination for visitors to explore ancient and historical temples and monasteries, real Buddhist culture and philosophy, flora and fauna, trekking and mountaineering. It is the most adventurous destination in terms of bio-diversity, untouched by modernization and provides stunning views of the Himalayas. From the brightly colored fluttering prayer flags of Nepal to the elaborate traditional dress of the Bhutanese, these captivating lands cannot fail to enchant.
|Day 01:||Arrive Kathmandu|
|Day 02:||Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour|
|Day 03:||Mountain flight and visit Changu Narayan Temple|
|Day 04:||Kathmandu to Pokhara.|
|Day 05:||Full day sightseeing tour in Pokhara valley.|
|Day 06:||Pokhara- Kathmandu|
|Day 07:||Fly to Paro (Bhutan)|
|Day 08:||Paro sightseeing and drive to Thimphu|
|Day 09:||Full day sightseeing program in Thimpu. (Altitude 2320 m)|
|Day 10:||Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m)(72 Kms, 3 hours drive)|
|Day 11:||Drive to Punakha -Wangdiphodrang – Punakha|
|Day 12:||Drive back to Thimphu.|
|Day 13:||Drive to Paro (Excursion to Taktsang Monastery)|
|Day 14:||fly paro – Kathmandu|
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Meeting at airport upon arrival by Plan Holidays Personnel. We will pick up from airport and then escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. During the driving of half an hour, enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Kathmandu city. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area, overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Full Day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. Kumari Temple: Kumari temple is the residence of the Living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with no body marks & injuries & will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty. Kasthamandap: Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu Shrines in the world. Bagmati River in Nepal is considered as holy as Ganges in India. Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world. Pasupatinath temple also being the temple of Lord Shiva possessed its two-storied golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb architecture. The temple is situated 5 kilometer east of Kathmandu heart, on the banks of sacred Bagmati River. Only Hindu pilgrims can enter the premises of the templehich Pashupatinath Temple stands. Chronicles indicates the existence of the shrine prior to 400 AD. The shrine lies on the bank of sacred Bagamti River. The Bagamti River banks also serve as cremation sites to Hindus. Swayambhunath Stupa watches over the valley from a height of 75 m from the average level of Kathmandu. It is one of the world most glorious Buddhist Stupa, it is said to be 2000 years old. Visitors often call it “Monkey Temple”.
The main structure brick and clay which supports a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. There are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha on the four sides of spire. Being situated seventy meter above the level of valley, the hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small stupa and pagoda temples. This is one of the holiest Buddhist shrines in Nepal and its establishment is linked with to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. Legend has it that the history of the Valley began with the draining of an ancient lake by an Enlightened Being to reveal the Valley and a lotus flower was transformed into the hill and the shining light became the stupa itself. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. The important things to be seen in patan include the Golden Gate and the Golden Window of the old Palace, the beautiful piece of traditional metal crafts, the famed Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles, the Royal bath of Sundari chowk, a perfect piece of the classic work in stone. Royal Taleju temple, Viswa Nath Temple and Char Narayan temple are the finest examples of the unique craftsmanship in wood; the temple of Bhimsen with the magnificent golden balcony overlooking the square outside plus many other shrines and sculptures scattered in and around the square. Craftsmanship in wood; the temple of Bhimsen with the magnificent golden balcony overlooking the square outside plus many other shrines and sculptures scattered in and around the square.
Day 03 : Mountain flight and visit Changu Narayan Temple
Morning: Transfer to the airport for scenic mountain flight. Fly to the Himalayas for one hour will give you the opportunity to see all mountain ranges include Mt. Everest and Kanchenjungha. After breakfast visit to Changu Narayan Temple (oldest Shiva temple in the valley) through some villages where you get some experiences of village life and culture. From temple we drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 04: Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Drive to Pokhara takes about 6/7 hours scenic driving. On the way, Charaudi (Rafting starting point) and about 3/4 hours rafting program in Trisuli River. Professional river guide and Rafting equipment will be provided. After Lunch: Drive to Pokhara about 3 hours. Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 05 : Full day sightseeing tour in Pokhara valley.
You will take a full day sightseeing tours in Pokhara valley. That includes visiting temples, caves, gorges and waterfalls and boating in lakes as well. Pokhara is famous for sightseeing, mountain views and many adventurous outdoor activities. Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake are the major attraction for sightseeing and boating. The Tal Barahi Temple is located at the middle of Phewa Lake. Many other religious places can be found in Pokhara like Bindabasini Temple, Gupteswor Mahadev Temple inside the Gupteswor Cave, peace and beautiful White peace Gumba and several others. The top of Sarangkot offers the amazing views of Annapurna range to the north of Pokhara including Annapurna and Machhapuchhre as well as the sunrise and sunset. Apart from these natural scenery Pokhara is also famous for many outdoor adventurous activities like Paragliding, Gip flying and many other. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Pokhara- Kathmandu
You have an option of both driving as well as flying back to Kathmandu. The Pokhara Kathmandu flight swifts along the Himalayas unveiling Manaaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. Afternoon free for shopping. Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 07 : Fly to Paro (Bhutan)
On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to the hotel by our representative. During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan.
Day 08 : Paro sightseeing and drive to Thimphu
Drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 km away from Paro town). The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” (Alt. 7329 meters). Visit a typical Bhutanese farm house on the way back. Afternoon you will Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. Then Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.Drive for two hours (65 km) to reach the capital city of Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09 : Full day sightsing program in Thimpu. (Altitude 2320 m)
After breakfast you will Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Afternoon Visit Semtokha Dzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Narngyal. It also houses the largest monastic schools in the country. Tashichho Dzong – the main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5 km. from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Narngyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. It was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shahdrung. Overnight cultural program at Hotel.
Day 10: Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m)(72 Kms, 3 hours drive)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 -1529) was one of the Bhutan Favorite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a Neljorpa (Yogi) using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar.
Day 11 : Drive to Punakha -Wangdiphodrang – Punakha
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. On the way, rest at Dochula for a hot cup of tea or coffee and on a clear day, can see the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan ranges. Afternoon, visit the Punakha Dzong the former winter capital and present administrative scat of the district. It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, uncaring male and female rivers. It was built in 1637 AD. Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, perched on a promontory 13 km away from Punakha. The Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Drive back to Punakha. Overnight at Hotel/ Guest House.
Day 12 : Drive back to Thimphu.
Drive back to Thimphu visit town for shopping. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, visit the weekend vegetable market.
Day 13 : Drive to Paro (Excursion to Taktsang Monastery).
Early morning: drive back to Paro for a short trek to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800 meters. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the second Buddha, alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Lunch will be served at Taktsang cafe. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. And then Visit Paro Town for shopping and visit some village homes. Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 14 : fly paro – Kathmandu
Departure transfer to paro airport. Take flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Later you can continue to visit local market.
Day 15: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.
- 4 Nights superior hotels in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast .
- Standard Room at A Grade hotels/resorts/guest houses/lodges (twin share basis)
- All meals (incl. evening tea/snacks) in Bhutan
- All Hotel Tax & Service Charges
- Visa Processing
- All inland travel permits
- Govt Royalty & Taxes
- Transportation & Transfers
- Local Sightseeing with entrance fees where applicable
- Services of an English speaking local guide
- Complimentary bottled water in car
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Druk Air flights (Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu )
- Travel and medical insurance coverage
- Table drink/beverage
- Communication charges, laundry, tips
- Other expenses of personal nature