Highlights of Nepal & Bhutan

Highlights of Nepal & Bhutan 14 Days

Trip Code: HAT130

Trip Type:
Schedule Depature

Durations:
14 days

Trip Starts:
Kathmandu

Trip Ends:
Kathmandu

Best Time For Travel:
Throughout the Year

Trip Over View

Some of the perfect blends of countries appear here, we try to offer you the best of combinations. The Highlights of Nepal and Bhutan tour lets you experience the very best that this diverse country has to offer by soaking in the country’s beautiful landscape and vibrant culture. Although these Himalayan kingdoms Nepal and Bhutan are in close proximity to each other, they have different culture, religion and landscape that gives you different flavor and this tour is the best option to get familiar with their flavor.

Home to the tallest mountains in the world – Mt. Everest including other tall mountains, yaks and yetis, snow peaks, Gautam Buddha, Sherpa Climbers, world renowned Gurkha soldiers and so on, this landlocked country in South Asia has tremendously marked its presence and the past few years have been even more remarkable in one or the other way. The number of tourists visiting Nepal, from all over the world can be counted as nearly a million per year.

There is something pure about the kingdom of Bhutan making it one of the most beautiful destinations. The nature and religion merge to preserve this Buddhist kingdom as the last Shangri-La and Bhutan is the blending of the ancient and modern making it even more endlessly mesmerizing. Surprisingly Bhutan’s culture and the traditional lifestyle are still intact to the point to which it infuses all strand of modern day secular life. Recently, Bhutan have been in much news for being the first ever Carbon-Negative Country, positively another great basis for soaring tourism in the coming years.

The Highlights of Nepal and Bhutan Tour

This 14 days trip begins from the vivacious city of Kathmandu by visiting ancient World Heritage sites including Hindu temples, buddhist stupas, monasteries and Malla palaces while Nagarkot, Chitwan and Pokhara takes to you to different phase of travelling – full of nature and wildlife. While Bhutan offers you Dzong and Palaces and monasteries with rich architecture and elaborate history. This place is a perfect blend of culture and nature exploration that are still well preserved. So, come and experience the most beautiful highlights of Nepal and Bhutan!!

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Katmandu Sightseeing. (B).

Day 03: Kathmandu - Nagarkot (2000m, 32 km). (B).

Day 04: Nagarkot - Kathmandu - Chitwan. (B/L/D).

Day 05: Jungle Safari Tours in Chitwan. (B/L/D).

Day 06: Drive to Pokhara. (B).

Day 07: Flight Back to Kathmandu. (B).

Day 08: Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu. (B/L/D).

Day 09: Thimpu sightseeing-Gangtey. (B/L/D).

Day 10: Gangtey/Phobjikha - Punakha. (B/L/D).

Day 11: Punakha - Paro. (B/L/D).

Day 12: Paro Sightseeing. (B/L/D).

Day 13: Paro - Kathmandu. (B/D).

Day 14: Departure. (B).

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by High Asia representative and get transferred to hotel. Take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
We start our tour with 2000 years old Swayambhunath Stupa – nick named as monkey temple. Then we proceed to Patan - famed as the city of Arts and Crafts and which is one of the three medieval Malla Principalities of Nepal. In the afternoon, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Kumari Ghar - the temple of Living Goddess of Nepal. There are a number of other ancient and medieval temples and shrines clustered in the vicinity of the square. Finally we walk along the busy streets of Indrachowk and Assan - the main commercial centers vibrant with trading activities. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Nagarkot (2000m, 32 km) (B)
After breakfast, we check out from hotel and set off to Nagarkot for an overnight stay. We visit the temple of Pashupatinath which is the holiest Hindu temple situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, one of the principal tributaries of Ganges. Another attraction of the day is Boudhanath Stupa – the giant Buddhist shrine dating back to 7th century and is regarded as one of the “must visit” place for Buddhist followers in their life time. From here, we will head to Bhaktapur City- the best preserved of the medieval Malla Principalities where you will visit the palaces, temples and shrines with their intricate carvings and sculptures. We continue on towards Nagarkot which lies 10 miles north east of Bhaktapur and is famous for its mountain and panorama and sun rise/set views. Overnight in Nagarkot at Club Himalaya Resort.

Day 04: Nagarkot - Kathmandu-Chitwan (20 minutes flight) (B/L/D)
Early morning, we wake up for the sunrise view over the Himalayas. The sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot are very renowned and are not to be missed. After breakfast, we retrace the 15 miles back to Kathmandu airport and take a 20 minutes flight to the Bharatpur airport of Chitwan. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the jungle lodge in Chitwan National Park. Overnight in Chitwan at Jungle Villa Resort.

Day 05: Jungle Safari Tours in Chitwan (B/L/D)
We will be kept busy all day in various safari activities which include an elephant ride, a dugout canoe trip, bird watching and jeep safaris. The Park is home to a multitude of wildlife. The commonly sighted animals include one horned Asian rhinoceros, 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, sloth bears, wild boars, Gharial crocodile etc. If luck should favor us, of course, we may also see Royal Bengal Tiger. Overnight in Chitwan at Jungle Villa Resort.

Day 06: Drive to Pokhara (B)
Today we drive to Pokhara. It’s a 4 hours scenic drive along the mountainous road. Upon arrival at Pokhara, we check in to the hotel and after some rest; tour the highlights of Pokhara. These highlights include the caves, temples, gorges and lakes of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara at Fishtail Lodge.

Day 07: Flight Back to Kathmandu (B)
In the morning we take one hour boat ride on the Fewa Lake. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and take a 30 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and have a free afternoon for shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 08: Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu (B/L/D)
Early in the morning flight to Paro. Upon your arrival, get transferred to Thimpu through fascinating valley. In the evening, free walk in Thimpu City. Overnight in Thimpu at Khang Residency.

Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing-Gangtey (B/L/D)
Morning visit to National Library, the priceless collection of Buddhist manuscripts and few English version books, Folk and Heritage Museum, which displays day to day livelihood of typical Bhutanese farmers in medieval period and their accessories, Late Kings Memorial Stupa, built for the world peace and Traditional Handmade Paper Factory, Painting School, which preserves our traditional paintings and in the afternoon drive to Gangtey. Overnight in Gangtey at hotel Dewachen.

Day 10: Gangtey/Phobjikha - Punakha (B/L/D)
Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked crane, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. About one hour hike in Gangtey valley. Visit to Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa Monastery in Bhutan. Afternoon drive back to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha at Drubchu Resort.

Day 11: Punakha - Paro (B/L/D)
In the morning, take a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyle Chorten. This Chorten is dedicated to our present crown prince and for the world peace. It will take you around 45 minutes hike each way. Later, visit Punakha the capital city of Bhutan till 1955 and still the Je Khenpo, the chief of abbot resides there during the winter season. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1638 and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Later drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro at hotel Drukchen.

Day 12: Paro Sightseeing (B/L/D)
In the morning, an excursion to Taktsang Monastery which takes about 15 minutes drive to the starting point. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to monastery. Guru Rimpoche visited and meditated in 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. Lunch at Cafeteria. PM visit to Ta Dzong (national Museum), the best place to get familiar all about Bhutanese religion, customs and traditional arts & crafts. Overnight at Paro at hotel Drukchen.

Day 13: Paro - Kathmandu (B/D)
Transfer to airport for flight back to Kathmandu. Pick up and transfer to hotel from airport. Today, we will enjoy farewell dinner with cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 14: Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for flight back home.

  • Includes

    • Accommodation on twin sharing.
    • Daily breakfast in the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and full meals in Chitwan.
    • Full meals in Bhutan.
    • All ground transfers and sightseeing by a private SUVS.
    • English speaking local guides.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.
    • Flights are quoted separately.
    • Bhutan visa.
    • Kathamndu-Paro-Kathmandu flight fares in Economic class.


    Excludes

    • Meals other than indicated.
    • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, phone etc.
    • Nepal visa fee US$ 25.
    • Airport tax air fares.
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight delay, cancellation, trip interruption due to inclement weather, civil unrest etc.
    • Emergency medical transportation. 
    • International airfares.
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