9 Day Nepal and Bhutan Discovery Tour
Explore the uniqueness of Nepal and Bhutan as you visit UNESCO listed world heritage sites, temples and sacred monasteries. Discover all the rich history and culture Nepal and Bhutan has to offer.
Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (D)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will meet our representative at the airport. Drive to your Hotel to check-in. Hotel Maya manor Boutique hotel or similar
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing-Bauddhanath, Bhaktapur (B, L, D)
After breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel for a sightseeing tour of the Monkey temple & Patan. After sightseeing you will return to your hotel in the afternoon. Free on your own and over night at Everest Hotel.
Day 3: Mt. Everest flight + Sightseeing - Patan, Bungmati, Khokana (B)
The Everest Scenic flight ($250- option), is one of the world’s most exclusive tours, and a lifetime experience. A flight that takes you deep into the Himalayas, flying into valleys close to the rock face and as close as five nautical miles from the Everest itself. You can see the stunning beauty of nature; raw, undiluted and truly majestic up close.
Day 4: Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu. (B,L,D)
Arrive at Paro International Airport from Kathmandu. Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom. Your guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu sightseeing. (B,L,D)
Today we will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You also visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town. Devotees flock throughout the day to turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD). If you prefer to stay closer to town you could visit the huge statue of Buddha Dordenma, which commands a tremendous view of Thimphu valley. The huge 3-storey throne holds several chapels and the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. You can also visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum. You may also like to visit the newly opened postal museum, detailing the history of Bhutan’s postal system and showcasing Bhutan’s rich assortment of interesting stamps. If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely home made articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest. Overnight in Thimph.
Day 06: Thimphu to Punakha. (B,L,D)
In the morning drive approximately 3 hours to the old capital, Punakha, via Dochu La pass at 3050 metres, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. You will notice the change of climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 metres. Take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across the terraced fields of Sopsokha village to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Then we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 07:Today we return to Paro, Overnight in Paro (Zhiwaling) (B,L,D)
Today we return to Paro, a drive of approximately 4 hours. In the afternoon you can start your culture tour of Paro valley by visiting the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You can also visit the National Museum. This was previously housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower) built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. Unfortunately, an earthquake in September 2011 damaged the Ta Dzong and the contents of the museum were moved to a neighbouring building. You can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts – costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps. The National Museum is due to reopen in the Ta Dzong in 2018. Near to the museum you may also be able to see a demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups – and you can try your hand as well if you wish. Overnight in Paro (Zhiwaling).
Day 08: Paro (B,L,D)
Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighboring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. Afterwards if there is time you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951. Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Alternatively you may be interested to visit a manor house turned museum in a local village. The house dates from the 17th Century and the museum is designed to showcase the culture of medieval rural Bhutan.
Day 09: After breakfast depart Paro (B)
Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck).
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing]
- All transportation including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
- Sightseeing, Entrance fees for Museums & Monuments.
- Visa Fee.
- English speaking Local guide.
- Bouddhanath, the largest & ancient Stupa and Bhaktapur, a living heritage city and one of the many UNESCO listed world heritage cultural site of Nepal.
- Sightseeing of Shyambhunath (monkey temple) and Patan.
- Sight seeing in Thimphu.
- Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery
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