Nepal & Bhutan 

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Dhulikhel – Pokhara – Chitwan – Kathmandu – Paro –Thimphu – Punakha - Paro

Visit UNESCO Heritage sites

Interact with monks at Boudhanath

Exploring the Jungles of Chitwan

Explore Tiger’s Nest – the beautiful monastery in the lap of the mountain

Explore the bazaar in Thimpu

Visit the world renowned Tiger’s nest in Paro

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DAY 01: TUES - ARRIVE KATHMANDU - BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

KATHMANDU - DHULIKHEL -BY: SURFACE

 

Welcome to Nepal!

Our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and custom formalities and greets you by offering a *Khada(a traditional ceremonial scarf common in Buddhist culture, it symbolizes purity and compassion). 

 

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal the city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,350 meters in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal surrounded by four major mountains, namely: Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. The city rich history is nearly 2000 years old, as inferred from an inscription in the valley its religious affiliations are dominantly Hindu followed by Buddhism. People of other religious beliefs also live in Kathmandu giving it a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the common language of the city

 

After arriving in Kathmandu visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

 

BOUDHANATH: On the outskirt of Kathmandu lies one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. This ancient stupa of Boudhanath, on top of a massive mandala, probably is one of the largest in the world. There are over 50 monasteries around it and it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is built on the ages-old trade route from Tibet to enter the Kathmandu Valley. Under the wise eyes of Buddha gazing out from the gilded central tower seems to be watching over thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome. In the evening the whole place lights up with butter lamps and the wafting smell of sage gives a calming effect. The stupa is surrounded by buildings and monasteries. The plaza surrounding the stupa is open for people of all religions. Tibetan monks, the elderly, along other devotees can be seen spinning prayer wheels, chanting mantras, or just strolling in silence around the monument. The Stupa was damaged during the earthquake but has already been reconstructed and opened for tourists from November 2016.

 

Experience - Interact with monks. Lama will offer Khada Himalayan Silk Scarf) as blessings to the guests. Also, visit Thanka (Buddhist painting) Gallery where you will see the artists painting the Thanka

 

Later drive to Dhulikhel (Approx. 1hour drive)

 

Upon arrival check in to the hotel (Standard Check-In 1400 Hrs)

 

Overnight stay in Dhulikhel

Meal Plan:  Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 02: WED - IN DHULIKHEL

 

The rest of the day is free at leisure and recover from jetlag.

 

Overnight stay in Dhulikhel

Meal Plan:  Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 03: THUR - DHULIKHEL – POKHARA                  

 

After breakfast at the hotel checkout from the hotel and drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

 (Approx. 06 to 07 hours)  

 

Pokhara is the third-largest city in Nepal, located 200km to the west of Kathmandu. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world, including the renowned Annapurna are within 30 miles of the city, making it Nepal’s top trekking destination. It is an ideal place to relax, take walks in the surrounding hills, or engage in the more energetic pursuits of trekking or white-water rafting.

 

Upon arrival check in to the hotel (Standard Check-In 1400 Hrs)

 

Overnight stay in Pokhara

Meal Plan:  Breakfast

 

DAY 04: FRI - POKHARA

 

After breakfast leave for half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara visiting Bindabasini Temple, Devi’s Fall and Tibetan Refugee Camp.

 

The Bindhyabasini Temple is the oldest temple in the city of Pokhara, Nepal and is located in Miruwa. It regularly attracts a large number of locals, Nepalis from across the Country and foreigners alike. The main temple is devoted to goddess Bindhyabasini, a Bhagawati who is the incarnation of Kali.

 

Devi’s fall: This is a picturesque waterfall close to the Tashiling Tibetan Settlement near Pokhara. When the stream (Pardi Khola) is at full force, especially after a good spell of monsoon rains, the noise of the plunging water is deafening. The lush green surroundings and constant spray of water from the stream will refresh you and rejuvenate your parched eyes and souls. It is also called the Patale Chhango that denotes the point where the stream goes underground.

 

Tibetan Refugee settlement: There are many Tibetan refugee settlements in and around Pokhara where the Tibetan refugees have set up their lives. These settlements provide employment and sources of income for the refugees many of whom sell souvenirs in the Tibetan markets on the lakeside. You can visit the settlements where you can see the artisans at work, shop for handicrafts, discover the lives of the refugees, and relish a plate of the local favourite snack, momos.

 

Mahendra Cave is a cave located in Pokhara, close to the Kali khola. It is the large limestone cave. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. The cave attracts thousands of people every year. A statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found inside the cave

 

Later visit International Mountain Museum  

 

This expansive museum is devoted to the mountains of Nepal, the mountaineers who climbed them and the people who call them home. Inside, you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology, and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. Once you’ve been inspired by the climbers of the past, head outside where there’s a 21m climbing wall and a 9.5m-high climbable model of Mt Manaslu.

 

 

In the late afternoon, enjoy an Optional  private boat ride on Phewa Lake - the second largest lake in the Kingdom and a centre of attraction in Pokhara.

 

Overnight stay in Pokhara

Meal Plan:  Breakfast

 

 

DAY 05: SAT - POKHARA – CHITWAN 

 

Breakfast at Hotel

 

Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (Approx. 5 to 6 hours Drive)

 

The Chitwan National Park lies in the Inner Terai lowlands and consists of Sal forests, tall elephant grasslands, hills, ox-box lakes and flood plains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural) in 1984, the park spreads over an area of 932 sq.km. The park is home to 56 species of mammals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 525 species of birds. Wildlife found here include endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger, gaur, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, grey langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats, and many other smaller animals. Also found here are cobras, kraits and pythons. The swampy areas and numerous oxbow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for the marsh mugger crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani River are found one of the few remaining populations of the rare and endangered fish-only eating gharial, or Gangetic crocodile. Also found here is one of the world’s four species of freshwater dolphins.

 

The park is a great place to watch colourful birds like woodpecker, hornbill, Bengal florican and red-headed trogon. Winter birds such as waterfowls, Brahminy duck, pintails and bareheaded geese are drawn by the sanctuary of the park’s rivers. In summers, the forest is alive with nesting migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian pitta and parakeets. Winter birds include migratory birds from Siberia.

 

Overnight stay in Chitwan

Meal Plan:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

DAY 06: SUN - CHITWAN

 

The actual program for your stay with us will be given to you on arrival at Resort. The activities are adjusted to the length of your stay, the season and present weather conditions. Naturally, it may not always be possible to follow this schedule to the minute and the circumstances may force us to alter the program at short notice. On safari in the jungle you will be accompanied by our expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. If you wish to stroll in the forest alone, a guide will have to accompany you for your safety.

 

Overnight stay in Chitwan

Meal Plan:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

DAY 07: MON - CHITWAN - KATHMANDU 

 

After breakfast drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu (Approx. 5 to 6 hrs Drive)

 

Check In (Standard Check In 1400 Hrs)

 

Rest of the day relax at hotel or free to catch up on last minute shopping

 

Evening : Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with a cultural show.

 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Meal Plan:  Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 08: TUES - KATHMANDU - PARO - By International Flight

PARO – THIMPU - By: SURFACE (55 Kms/ 1 hour)

 

Arrive in Paro during the day. Once you are done with customs, immigration, and baggage collection you will notice our representative waiting for you with a placard when you are just about to exit the Arrival Terminal. He will welcome you and escort you to your vehicle waiting to drive you straight to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan which is about 55 kms away from Paro.

 

Thimphu – It is the modern capital town of Bhutan with exciting blends of tradition and modernity. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s  Royal  Family, the civil service, and Foreign Missions with Representation in Bhutan. It is also the Headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

 

Upon arrival, check-in to your room (hotel check in time 1400 hour).

 

In the evening, drive to Kuensel Phodrang, (Buddha Point) is the place from where one can get a complete view of the town of Thimphu. The point has the largest statue of the Buddha.

 

Overnight stay in Thimphu

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 09: WED - THIMPHU

 

Early this morning proceed for Buddha Dordenma, statue sitting on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu to catch the sunrise over a meditation session. The Statue of the Buddha here is one of the tallest in Asia (51.5 m).

 

The site of Buddha Dordenma offers unobstructed views over the capital town and as you gaze down towards the valley, you are overcome with a feeling of peace and serenity - the stillness and quietness of the morning calms your mind. Watch the luminous rays of the morning sun flood the valley and wake its inhabitants from the night’s slumber.  We will then take a morning walk in the nearby nature park. The park covers about 943 acres of land around the Buddha statue. A few walking trails have been built around the statue and can be covered in about 2-3 hrs.

 

Return to your hotel for breakfast.

 

Later proceed for sightseeing, visit National Memorial Chorten, The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity.

 

Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre: The private weaving centre frequently produces ceremonial textiles for Bhutanese royals, including the gho and kira (traditional attire) worn by the King and Queen for their marriage ceremony in October 2011. Visitors to the centre can watch weavers at work and interact with them. (Closing based on owner’s discretion, in such an event we will replace with another site)

 

Post Office, located in the heart of the town, is worth a visit. Here you will observe the different stamps available in Bhutan. You can also make personalized stamps with your pictures on it and take it as a souvenir or send a letter or a postcard to your family/friends with your picture on the stamp! (Closed on Sat 1 pm/ Sun / Govt. Holidays)

 

After lunch continue your visit to the following places

 

There after visit to Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.

 

National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

 

Later in the evening visit Tashichho Dzong: The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. It is open to visitors during the Thimphu Tsechu (held in autumn) and while the monk body is resident in its winter quarters at Punakha Dzong.  

 

Overnight stay in Thimphu

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

DAY 10: THUR - THIMPHU – PUNAKHA - By Surface: (75 km/+/- 2 ½ hours)

 

This morning after breakfast, check out and drive to Punakha, en route visiting Dochu-la pass.

 

Dochu-la pass (3,088 m/10,130 ft). Stop briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road.  If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, GangkarPuensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

 

On arrival in Punakha, check in at hotel.

 

Afternoon, visit the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499 and a temple dedicated to the Divine Madman", an eccentric monk from the 16th century famous for many his many amusing, Rabelaisian folklore stories. And also visit Punakha Dzong (fortress). The Dzong is strategically built at the junction of the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) river.  Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong/fortress has been fully restored to its former glory. Punakha Dzong is one of the most beautiful fortresses in Bhutan.

 

Overnight stay in Punakha

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

DAY 11: FRI - PUNAKHA – PARO - By Surface: (135 km/+/- 04 hour)

 

This morning after breakfast drive to Nalanda Buddhist Institute, a truly spiritual place and the location of the Nalanda University (originally in India). It is considered to be very holy by the Bhutanese. This is where you will have the opportunity to spend some quality time interacting with the monks who have devoted their life to spirituality and Buddhism. Even if you are not a religious person, you will appreciate not only the location but the peace of this unique place.

 

Later drive to Paro. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

 

Afternoon drive towards the north end of the valley to visit National Museum The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection. Later in the evening Visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

 

Overnight stay in Paro

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 12: SAT - PARO

 

This morning take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. (04/5 Hrs up and down. ) It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at is monastery. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory.

 

In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s main street

 

Overnight stay in Paro

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 13:  SUN - DEPART PARO FOR  KTM - By International Flight

 

Morning transfer to Paro International Airport to board your International flight for onward journey  ( You may have to spend a night in Katmandu due to flight misconnection )

 

Meal: Breakfast

COST INCLUDES:

 

  • Accommodation for 12 nights ( 7 nights in Nepal and 5 nights in Bhutan )

  • Meals on Half Board basis during stay in Nepal except in Chitwan on JP Basis and in Pokhara on Breakfast only  Basis

  • Farewell Dinner at Local Restaurant with Cultural Dance Show in Kathmandu

  • Full board during stay in Bhutan

  • Breakfasts & Dinners will be provided at Hotels in Bhutan, however lunch will be provided in local restaurants.

  • AC Private Vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Local English-Speaking Guide in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhutan

  • Monument Entrance Fees (One Entry)

  • Bhutan Visas Fees

  • Govt. Royalty Fees

  • 01 Bottle of Mineral Water (500 ml) per person per day in Vehicle

  • All applicable Government Taxes & Service Charges

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Visa Fees for Nepal (paid directly at airport).

  • Any Meals except than mentions.

  • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions.

  • Items of a personal nature such as bar bills telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.

  • Personal insurance and medical expenses.

  • Expenses arising due to cancellation of flights, strikes, landslides, snowfall or due to unforeseen uncertainties beyond the control of the Tour Operator.

  • Liability for or against theft, loss of goods, injury, accidents etc.

  • Personal medications.

  • Personal travel /medical/cancellation/rescue insurance (Please get comprehensive medical insurance/ accidental insurance and should include evacuation by helicopter due to any emergencies that may arise)

  • Extra Baggage weight

  • Tips to Nepali staffs

  • Costs associated (transportation, accommodation and meals) with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

  • Any item not mentioned in the above “The cost includes”.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Hotel Check-in 1400 Hrs. Check-out time 1100 Hrs

  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary

IMPORTANT NOTE 

  • The driving times mentioned are approximate times and do not include breaks in the journey for sightseeing, photo/tea/meal/rest stops. There may be delays in transfer time due road conditions, road repair/widening works, inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Please note that at the moment there are numerous areas where road conditions are not very good due to road widening/repair works and you may experience rough and bumpy drives and traffic congestion in places.

  • You acknowledge that the nature of travel requires flexibility and will permit reasonable alterations to products, services or itineraries by the local Tour Operator The route, schedules, accommodations, activities, amenities and mode of transportation are subject to change without notice due to unforeseeable circumstances or events outside our control (including but not limited to Force Majeure, illness, mechanical breakdown, flight cancellations, strikes, political events and entry or border difficulties). No reimbursements, discounts or refunds will be issued for services that are missed or unused after departure due to no fault of the service provider.

 Price - usd  $  3997 pp ( Double occupancy )