Over the course of 14 days explore the natural beauty of Nepal with its high Himalayan Mountains for trekking and stunning Hindu, Buddhist, and Newari temples and its other top locations for tourists and venture into her neighbor Bhutan the last Shangri-La. Get to experience Bhutan’s rich culture, heritage, and biodiversity, with its incredible festivals, and unique religious sites.
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal
This is going to be the first landing for your Himalayan trip. As you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be received by the guide or the tour agency’s representatives. Once you are done with all the formalities, you will be directed to the hotel. The introductory talk, briefing about the tour will be given later in the afternoon. After that, immerse yourself within the capital city of Nepal until you get satisfied for the day. The night will be spent at the hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu
You are not yet done with the Kathmandu tour. So, make sure to have a good breakfast as you will be going for sightseeing. Your first visit will be to Swayambhunath, perhaps the most glorious stupa in the world and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. The establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The whole area around the stupa is an array of small chaityas and monasteries. Once you are done with the stupa, your next plan is for better sightseeing of Kathmandu city, known as Kantipur, the capital of the King of Nepal. You will visit the temples of the living Goddess who acknowledge the greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence.
You will then visit Kasthamandap; the source of the word Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and Durbar Square, the area holding the array of temples overlooked by Hanuman, Dhoka Palace, the ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty. After visiting these wonderful religious sites, the overnight stay will be at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Kathmandu – Pokhara
Today, you will drive to Pokhara, a very scenic drive lasting for above six hours through the beautiful riverbanks and gorges. Pokhara is an enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley on Phewa lake and it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting trips. Here the serenity of Phewa lake and the magnificent Mt. Fishtail rising behind it, creates an ambience of peace and magic. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers and emerald lakes and world famous view of the Himalayas. The major attractions of Pokhara are; Pehwa Lake, Barahi Temple, Devid’s fall, Bindabasini Temple and Seti Gorge. Even if you are not a nature lover, you will surely love the place here. With the content in mind, you will spend the night here at one of the Pokhara hotels.
Day 04 : Pokhara – Chitwan National Park
After breakfast, let us once again explore the place. This time, you will enjoy a pleasant boat ride in Phewa Lake reflecting the panoramic view of Mt. Fishtail on its backdrop. Then you will drive to Chitwan which is about 5 hours drive from Pokhara. When you reach Chitwan, the sun will be already gone. After having a good meal, take a rest as for tomorrow, more exciting things are waiting.
Day 05 : Chitwan National Park- Go deeper into the nature
Today is the fifth day in Nepal and the day is all booked for jungle activities; including jungle walk, elephant ride and visit to villages. Chitwan National Park is the most famous park in Nepal as it offers 450 species of birds including four species of deer, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar and many other faunal species. The park is well known for one horned Rhinoceros and it also offers shelter to Royal Bengal Tigers. If you really dreamed of exploring the wild, this is the perfect opportunity. The overnight will be here at Chitwan.
Day 06 : Chitwan – Kathmandu
Let us go back to the place where it all started. The journey to Kathmandu is about 6 hours. You will definitely love the drive as it will be passing through beautiful valleys, breathtaking views of the mountains. You will arrive in the city only by evening, and you don’t have much to do other than checking in the hotel and resting.
Day 07 : Kathmandu- The heart of Nepal
We are back again in Kathmandu. Today, you will be visiting a few of the famous and important religious structures located around the city. The first site visit will be to Boudhanath stupa. This stupa stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions watching over righteous behavior and human prosperity. It was built by King Man Deva on advice of Goddess Mani Yogini. Situated on the octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. This shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.
Then we will visit Pashupatinath Temple, considered as one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst lush green natural settings on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in Pagoda style has gilted roof and richly carved silver door.
The visit for the day will be at Bhaktapur City. The place is also known as Bhadgaon, this place is the home of medieval art and architecture. Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. If you visit Durbar square, you will see a range of temples overlooking the palace of 55 windows and Nyatapola temple built by King Bhupindra Malla. This ends your week-long tour within Nepal. Tomorrow, you will be moving to another destination- Himalayan Bhutan Tour. Till then, enjoy the night in Kathmandu while you are still in Nepal.
Day 08 : Kathmandu – Paro (Journey towards Bhutan)
Day 09 : Paro- Exploring Bhutan
A flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights in the Himalayas. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other highly elevated peaks in Bhutan such as mt. Jomolhari and mt. Jichu Drake. Unlike other countries in Asia, Bhutan has moderate climate. You are expected to be welcomed with cool, clean and fresh air as you step out of the plane at Paro International Airport. On arrival, you will be warmly received by the guides after you are done with the immigration and customs formalities. You will be escorted to your hotel. By evening, you can take a stroll around Paro town and get yourself familiar with the Bhutanese way of living. It would be better to take a good rest as the next day’s journey will be full of adventure and excitement.
Today, you need to wake up a bit early because you will be going on a hike to Paro Taktshang, famously known as the Tiger’s Nest. The name was derived based on the mythical story of Guru Rinpoche who came to the site riding on a tigress. The visit to Taktshang will be the highlight of the day. The ascending journey is a bit exhausting, but once you reach the top, you will surely love the view and mountain experience.
After having scrumptious lunch, you descend down and visit Ta Dzong (watch tower above Paro Dzong that now stands as a National museum). The museum has a collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, war weapons and the country’s exquisite postage stamps. After that, walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong aka Paro Dzong. The Dzong is situated at commanding height, overlooking Paro valley. Towards evening, you will visit a traditional farmhouse. This will provide you an authentic Bhutanese lifestyle experience. Grab this chance to mingle with the locals. This brings an end to your first Bhutan Himalayan tour.
Day 10 : Paro – Punakha (getting deeper into Bhutan)
Before you start travelling towards Punakha, you will visit a few places within Paro. Early in the morning, you will drive to see the ruins of Paro Drukgyel Dzong. Then you will drive to Kyichu lhakhang. The temple is said to be one of the oldest buddhist temples in the country, built around the 6th century.
Then you will move towards Punakha, about 125km from Paro, diving deeper into the Bhutan Himalayan experience. You will stop for a while at Dochula pass (3,050m) and enjoy the panoramic view of landscapes. The first visit after arriving at Punakha will be the Dzong. The dzong is majestically built at the junction of two rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu. By evening, stroll around the local market and enjoy the locally grown products. The night will be spent at one of the hotels in Punakha.
Day 11 : Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Thimphu (90 km, 3 hours)
After having a good breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu. On the way, we will visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. The Dzong played an important role in unifying the western, central and southern part of the country.
You will be able to continue the drive only after lunch. After crossing Dochula, you will be warmly welcomed by the 17th century Simtokha Dzong. Thimphu is the capital city of the country, and it is the home for central government agencies and ministries. Indeed the most developed city of the country, yet without a traffic light. Yes! You will never find traffic lights in Bhutan, not even in their capital city. You can explore the town in the evening and enjoy the taste of the capital city. The overnight will be at the hotel in the town.
Day 12 : Thimphu- Exploring the Capital city
The first visit in the morning will be to Tashichhodzong. This majestic fortress is located on the bank of Wangchu river. Today, it serves as the office for His Majesty, other administrative bodies and ministries. It also serves as the summer resident for the central monk body.
Later, we will visit Bhutan’s National Library which is located close to the Thangka painting school and contains arguably the best collection of religious and historic literature in the Himalayas. The country has its own brand of Himalayan medicines and this can be seen at the Indigenous Hospital. After that, you can visit Memorial Chorten, the stupa standing in the heart of Thimphu town.
Next on the list, you will visit Handicrafts Emporium. They display a wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. You can buy these products and give them to your loved ones as a gift. Tonight will be your last night in the capital city. so, feast yourself with the scrumptious Bhutanese cuisine and take a rest.
Day 13 : Thimphu – Phuentsholing (179 km, 6 hours)
Today, after breakfast you will drive to Phuentsholing. Make a quick enroute visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1629, which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. The drive towards Phuntsholing is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots enroute. Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries.
Just before arriving at Phuentsholing, visit Kharbandi Goemba, the monastery built in 1967. It houses the large and fascinating statues of Sakyamuni(Buddha) Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche. Phuntsholing is one of the warmest places in Bhutan and you will experience that the atmosphere gets warmer as you approach the town.
Day 14 : Phuentsholing – Siliguri ( Leaving Bhutan with memories)
Today is your last day in Bhutan. Better eat good Bhutanese dishes as you won’t get to taste them hereafter. Your Bhutan Himalayan experience will surely force you to promise yourself to return someday. The guide will escort you till the Phuentsholing gate (Bhutan- India gate. Thereafter, you will be entering the great Bharat, travelling through the long stretch of lush green tea gardens. Best wishes for your onward destination.
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Himalayan lodges and retreats
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The Village lodge Bumthang
Bumthang is a religious central hub, and one of the most desired tourist destinations in Bhutan.
The Valley Camp Phobjikha
The valley camp is a one of a kind retreat that offers cozy rooms and amenities.
The Village Lodge Paro
Paro is home to many fascinating things. Experience the relaxing lifestyle in the village.
Taktsang Village Resort
Paro has many highlights for tourists. One of the most beautiful of Bhutan’s valleys.
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Things you should know
The Daily USD 100 Sustainable Development (SDF) Fee.
Foreign visitors to Bhutan must pay a sustainable fee of USD 100 per day.
The Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) has been removed.
Tourists will be able to engage service providers directly and pay for their services accordingly.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.