Highlights of Nepal and Bhutan

15 Nights / 16 days

Overview

The Nepal and Bhutan Travel Package is a journey thru Nagarkot, Chitwan, Pokhara, Kathmandu and Bhutan certainly a great combination of pleasant tour around interesting places in and around Kathmandu with its ancient historical sites of old kings palace and courtyard, temples to famous 2,500 old Syambhunath Stupa, the landmark of Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. Chitwan National Park is famous for the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, where you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting endangered One-horned Rhinos, Royal Bengal Tiger, Dears, Monkeys, Wild Boar and up to 544 species of birds. Pokhara is fabulous Nepal Scenic and Culture Tour lead to famous touristic spot at Pokhara located on the laps of Annapurna Himalaya with serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes.This amazing Nepal Scenic and Culture Tour concludes with overwhelming moment around high hills of Pokhara with great views of Annapurna Himalaya, and then heading back to Kathmandu after a great holiday around best part of Nepal with excellent services of Adventure Great Himalaya. Visiting historical sites enrich with old culture that still exists around Patan and Bhaktapur cities then heading into towards tranquility with mountain environment for striking views of mountain range at Nagarkot the highest spot of this trip at 2,175m. Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. Predominantly a Buddhist country with Vajrayana Buddhism being state religion, Hinduism cling to be the second largest religion in Bhutan mostly followed by the Nepali speaking Bhutanese in the south. Few are permitted access into the land of the living dragon that deliberately preserves its unique way of life. Come with us to explore Dzongs, monastic fortresses that are intrinsic to Bhutanese Buddhism, tropical forests with rare birds, and entire valleys shrouded in religious legends.

Highlights

  • Canoeing on the River Rapti
  • Jungle safari and bird watching in Chitwan national park
  • Village exploration through Tharu
  • Sunrise view from Sarangkot
  • Boating on Phewa Lake
  • Kumari- Living goddess of Nepal
  • Taktsang – Tiger nest
  • Traditional dress with Bhutanese food
  • Thamel street
  • Farewell dinner with cultural Dance show

Nagarkot

Kathmandu

Chitwan

Pokhara

Thimpu

Punakha

Paro

Tour Route

1 Night

Nagarkot

1 Night

2 Nights

Kathmandu

2 Nights

2 Nights

Chitwan

2 Nights

2 Nights

Pokhara

2 Nights

1 Night

Kathmandu

1 Night

2 Nights

Thimpu

2 Nights

2 Nights

Punakha

2 Nights

2 Nights

Paro

2 Nights

1 Night

Kathmandu

1 Night

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16

Arrive Kathmanu – Nagarkot (Drive)

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu you are met by our representative and he will assist you to your private car and you proceed for tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square - one of attractions in Bhaktapur. The district has an average elevation of around 1,320 meters, and at its highest point is a mere 1,350 meters above sea level. Among the three major cities of Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur retains some of its ancient way of life, reminding you of what the entire Kathmandu valley must have looked like during the medieval period. The remarkable architecture, the exquisite woodcarvings and metal craft that can be seen around the city takes one back to the time of the Malla rulers who patronized art like no other dynasty. The pagoda style temples rise above the Bhaktapur skyline, the Pottery square, the Palace (Durbar) Square which dates back to the 12th century, where devotees still celebrate their centuries old festivals and the temple squares that still remain vibrant, are Bhaktapur’s major attractions. The City’s archaic look itself draws tourists besides the elaborate festivals that remain unchanged for centuries. The Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the valley.

Drive to Nagarkot Hill station, for another one hour. Nagarkot, at an altitude of 2,175 meter above the sea level, At sunrise, the Nagarkot, 32 KM north east of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of Kathmandu valley. It is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic scene. It is an outstanding hilltop that offers great views of Himalayas, breathtaking mountain scenery and the most impressive views of sunrise and sunset. Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley (8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Number range with views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park.

Upon arrival in Nagarkot check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Evening Relax in the Hotel enjoying with the views

Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Nagarkot

Nagarkot – Kathmandu (Drive)

Sunrise view over the Himalaya

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later proceed for Kathmandu. Start tour of Pashupatinath temple. The temple is reserved as one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindu devotees all around the world. Wooden Sculptures, Statues and different carvings dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva as well as other deities in the complex represent the temple’s richness in art. The temple lies on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River while aryaghat, a place built for cremating the bodies of Hindus, also lies near. The sacred temple has been listed in the UNESCO’s World heritage site. Non Hindus are strictly prohibited from entering the temple. Continue with the tour by visiting Boudhanath Stupa. The Stupa is one of the important pilgrims for Buddhists. The Stupa is surrounded by one hundred and eight small niches accommodating the icons of Buddhas, Bodhisatavas and other female deities. The serene environment in the surrounding of the Stupa has added to its attractions. Listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site, the huge sized stupa is one of the prime sites for tourists and pilgrims. Check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Nagarkot

Kathmandu

Breakfast in the Hotel.
Morning tour of Swoyambhunath Stupa. As one enters the valley, the first sight to catch the visitor’s eye is the hemispherical white dome (stupa) of the Swoyambhunath perched majestically atop a hill on the western fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. The stupa Symbolize the body of the Buddha, which is nothing other than the cosmos itself.. Afternoon visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Its central lower part stands at 1,425 meters (4,675 ft) above sea level. Kathmandu valley is surrounded by four mountain ranges .Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu is the most extensive of the three royal palace squares, not only in size but also in scale of its open space and structures. It contains 60 important monuments, of which the majority date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue with tour of Patan Durbar Square. In comparison to the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, it is smaller in size, but it comprises a number of unique architectural styles. Manga Hiti, the sunken stone water spout, and the magnificent Krishna Temple, a Shikhara-style temple built of stone, are but a few examples of its opulence. More than 30 monuments, each a masterpiece, are clustered in a small area measuring roughly 160 by 70 metres.
In the Evening you can can enjoy the cooking class.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu - Chitwan (Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later Drive to Chitwan National Park- 5/6 hours’ drive. Chitwan District is one of 77 districts of Nepal, and is located in the southwestern part of ... Elevation. 415 meter. Bharatpur, the second largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu, as its district headquarter. In the southern region of Nepal, the jungles of Chitwan National Park await you with wildlife experiences like no other. Go in search of the majestic Royal Bengal tiger and watch the greater one-horned rhinoceros roam free, while the great Asiatic elephants move about the jungle in herds. Chitwan National Park is the closest and the ideal place to go for wildlife safari. Witness real wilderness in the jungle, go for Elephant back Safari in the depth of the forest or ride a silent canoe and catch wildlife by surprise. Go for a jungle walk accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the jungle like the back of his head. Lunch will be provided either at En- route Highway Restaurant or at the Hotel. Arriva Chitwan and check in at yourpre booked hotel.

Afternoon visit to Local Tharu Village

Evening enjoy Tharu Cultural dance show in the Hotel

Overnight stay at Hotel in Chitwan

Chitwan

Whole day Jungle Safari (Elephant ride, canoe ride, visit to Elephant breeding center, bird watching etc.) There is also a slogan "Visit Chitwan, Ride Elephant" popularized for promotion of tourism in Sauraha. Four persons can ride an elephant at one time. Seated high on the back of a trained elephant exploring the grassland and core area of the park, you became a integral part of the life of the national park. The elephant safari through, not the most comfortable rides, is an amazing experience. And it doesn't take to long spot at least a rhino in the forest. They generally last between 1 and 1.5 hours. If you came to Chitwan to relax, the canoe ride is a good way to do so. On your visit to the hattisar (Elephant Breeding Center) you will demonstrate how elephant’s meals are prepared and how they eat, and you will get various information on the nature and habits of elephants. The unique center was established in 1985 for the captive breeding of domesticated elephant trapping for domestication. Located in Sauraha the Elephant breeding center was set up to protect the endangered elephants in the region. There are often many baby elephants there and a small museum. The center is walkable from Sauraha but it will take 1 hour depending on the heat and road conditions. Tours or rickshaw transport are available part of the way.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Chitwan

Chitwan – Pokhara (Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for to Pokhara for another 4/5 hours. Paradise- Pokhara, situated in central Nepal, is nestled in a region of awesome natural beauty. The valley is filled with lush vegetation, swift flowing rivers and dotted with clear, shimmering lakes. It is one of the major towns of Nepal, providing a perfect gateway from the chaotic life in the cities. Pokhara is blessed with the backdrop of one of the most dramatic sceneries in the world. A 140 KM of panorama made up of towering Himalayan ranges seen close enough to be touched on a clear day. If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, then Pokhara is the center of adventure. It is the only place in the world from where one can enjoy the magnificent view of mountains having elevation above 8000 meters while sitting below 1000 meter above sea level. Out of the 14 highest mountains of the world, which are known as eight thou sanders having elevation above 8000 meters, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu can be seen from Pokhara. It is an enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley, which is also gateway to the world famous Annapurna trekking trail.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, we check in at pre-booked.

Rest of the day to relax in the resort.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara

Pokhara

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later start the tour of Pokhara valley, which covers the visit of International Mountain Museum, Davis fall, Tibetan refugee camp, Gupteswore Mahadev Cave, Bendabashini temple. International Mountain Museum: The museum is situated just 1.5km south from the Pokhara airport. The spot is rightly selected as we can enjoy the unique view of 3 massive mountain peaks; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu which are above 8,000 meters before our eyesight and no place in the world offers us such a panoramic view. It provides information on mountaineering, the world’s mountain system, mountain cultures, environments, prominent people in mountain history, mountain geography, ecology, exhibition of mountaineering history and implied methods. Opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Davis Fall (Patale Chhango): The water flowing from Phewa lake shows a wonderful fall. We find hollow sandy part and a heavy fall of water within its natural trench. It looks really amazing scene of rainbow with sunlight when a volume of water falls in the deep rocky gorge and produces the water vapor especially in summer. Tibetan refugee camp: Since 1959, a group of Tibetan refugees have been living in Nepal. One such is Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Settlement at Chhorepatan, which is located near two popular sightseeing sites i.e. Davis Fall and Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave. One may visit Tibetan monastery, hand-made carpet factory, schools etc. in this community. Gupteswore Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwar Mahadev cave is just opposite sides of Davis Fall where the Hindu religion people worship a temple of their great god Mahadev inside the cave. Bindabasini Temple: It is located on the top of a small hill at the north end of the old bazaar. This is believed as one of the oldest temples in the valley, and is most famous in Pokhara. On lucky days, one may get to witness a Hindu wedding ceremony taking place, in the premises of this temple. One hour boat rides in Phewa Lake (5/6 Pax in one boat). Sail the boat on the lake over the mountain shadows. Chat with your loved ones and say ‘wow…’ together with your family over blue water. Those are the wonderfully relaxing ways. After boat rides, you will be given a free time in famous Lakeside Street (just outside the hotel area) for shopping or just road around or simply sit down at one of the coffee shops beside the lake and enjoy.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara

Pokhara – Kathmandu (Drive)

Early morning excursion to Sarankot hill. Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourists can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains such as Annapurna Massif, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu. Sarangkot is only 5 km from Lake Side from Pokhara and highest view point at 1592m high for Sunrise and Sunset view over the snowy peaks. Sarangkot can be reached easily by 45 minutes by a car ride to the top from Pokhara and then 45 minutes hike up to the main view point. Paragliding can also be done from Sarangkot. From Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction the village overlooks the city of Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city. Paragliding in Nepal can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seeker. A trip will take you over some of the best scenery on earth, as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites and float over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalaya. Paragliding is another adventurous activities being carried out in Nepal to amuse the visitors. There are various places suitable for organizing paragliding but Sarangkot (1592m) in Pokhara is the best among all.

Return Hotel for Breakfast

Check out and drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – Paro (By Flight) & Paro – Thimphu (By Flight)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later you are transferred to the Kathmandu Airport for flight to Paro. After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom, you will be met by our representative, and then drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan, visit Iron Saint’s Bridge, take a short walk to this legendary this Unique Bhutanese. Worth every step because these collection of irons chains are dating back to 15th century and you can see it today on 21th century. Visit Memorial Chorten also known as Thimphu Chorten, this stupa is located at the heart of the Thimphu city and was built in 1974 to honour the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1928-1972) popularly known as Father of modern Bhutan.

Conclude the day’s sightseeing with visit of Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphu River built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Thimphu

Thimphu

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed to visit Bhutan post office personalize stamp, Afterwards visit to Buddha
Point (Kuensel Phodrang). It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of
169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold. Visit Mini Takin Zoo. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drukpa Kuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.

If you want to mingle with the Bhutanese people and jostle with local farmers amongst the aroma of organic fruits and vegetables, the Centenary Farmers Market is the place to be. Smiling tourists watch in awe as locals bargain with the vendors and you could even stock up on your organic fruits for the coming days.

Visit the Simply Bhutan Museum which is a living studio showcasing the age old culture and traditional heritage of Bhutan. Walk for a few minutes from the Museum to Changangkha Lhakhang the oldest temple in Thimphu.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Thimphu

Thimphu – Punakha (Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later drive to Puanakha the first former capital of Bhutan till 1955 via Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft.) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who as the famous saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “Divine Mad Monk”. Then drive on to Punakha (Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan) and visit Punakha Dzong, which lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu, Symbolizing the masculine and the feminine co-existence their currents are of different colors and they unite at this spot and Overnight in Punakha (altitude 1300m)

Overnight stay at Hotel in Punakha

Punakha

Breakfast in the Hotel

After breakfast drive to north of Punakha for a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Thragthung Dudjom Lingpa visualized it out of Buddhist treasure teachings. It is sacred religious edifices, which will help to ward off negative forces, promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world. It is the only one of its kind in the world. This chorten is a fine architectural and traditional manifestation whose details of constructional design are drawn from the scriptures and not from the technical books. The Chorten is also an esoteric embodiment of positive forces prevailing over all negative influences in the three forms of existence. According to Lamas, the Chorten is a quintessence of Buddhism and in various ways it will promote the health, happiness of the king and people thereby subjugating all evils.
After visiting the Punakha Dzong/Fortress of Great Bliss, drive to the Nunnery and enjoy the spectacular views of Punakha and Wangdue valleys.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Punakha

Punakha – Paro (Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later drive to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro check in at your pre booked Hotel

Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. Then visit National Museum of Bhutan and Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646.

In the evening explore the town.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Paro

Paro

Breakfast in the Hotel

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half day excursion.

Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. A In the early 1954, the Drukgyel Dzong was completely destroyed by fire and today only the ruins remains. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. While return to the hotel, along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Paro

Paro – Kathmandu (By Flight)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later you are transferred to Paro Airport to board Flight for Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport you are met and transferred to your pre booked Hotel

Dinner Farewell with Nepalese cultural dance show at Utsav Restaurant

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kathmandu

Leave Kathmandu

Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout

Our representative will assist and transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport to board Flight for Onward Journey

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Pricing*

– £3685 / $5085 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £965 / $1330 for single room supplement.

Price valid till 30th April 2023 & based in Standard Hotels.

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Chitwan and Bhutan on Full Board Basis
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with Driver in Nepal
  • Non Air Conditioned Private Car with Driver in Bhutan
  • Local English Speaking Guide in Nepal
  • Accompanying English Speaking guide in Bhutan
  • Bhutan Development Fee
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • Jungle activities in Chitwan
  • Domestic Flight as per Program

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch and Dinner (Except Chitwan & Bhutan)
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

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