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Magical Nepal Bhutan Tour - 15 Days

Magical Nepal Bhutan Tour
3575

This Magical Nepal Bhutan Tour bridges many traditional landmarks and cultural customs of both Nepalese and Bhutanese people.  The skills of the local artisans are so vivid in the handicrafts. It never fails to amaze visitors to these two Himalayan kingdoms.

 

  • Immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites of Kathmandu.
  • Enrich your soul with heavenly panorama of Mt. Fishtail
  • Sacred caves, beautiful Phewa Lake and natural serenity of Pokhara
  • Enjoy the mystery, tranquility and wilderness of Chitwan National Park.
  • Experience the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan that is exquisitely rich in cultural heritage and natural scenic beauty

 

Day 1
Arrived in Kathmandu

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Day 2
Pre-trip meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Changunarayan Temple

The temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 km east of the city. Dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, it is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture built in 323 AD by King Haridatta Verma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.

Day 3
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley & Nagarkot

Khokana and Bungamati Village

Founded in the 7th century, Bungamati is home to one of the most important God of the Kathmandu Valley, Matsyendranath or the God of Rain & Compassion. Worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists, the god is accredited by local people with the introduction of rice plantations in the valley. The rich heritage and relatively unchanging lifestyle of the Newar people are clear to see both in Bungamati and in the nearby village of Khokana, which we also visit.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.

We will then have an hour of scenic drive to Nagarkot, famous for its vantage point of mountains and sunrise and sunset.

Day 4
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Our tour staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30am in the morning to pick you up. The bus to Pokhara will leave at around 7.30am. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect getaway for our tour. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 5
Sightseeing in Pokhara - part 1

Your sightseeing trip will start after breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The places we visit are as below:

Bindhyabasini Temple

Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Begnas and Rupa Lakes

The two lakes lie in the north-east of the Pokhara valley at a distance of 13kms from the main city of Pokhara. These lakes are located at the foothill of Begnas, mountain and are separated by the Pachabiya hill.

Davis Falls

Locally known as Patale Chhango, these amazing waterfalls lie in the southern flank of the Pokhara. Here the stream flowing from Phewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteswar Cave

The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis Falls and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Mahendra cave

Lies at the north of the Pokhara valley. It is a large limestone cave which is one of the few stalagmites stalactite caves found in Nepal.

Day 6
Sightseeing in Pokhara - part 2

Museums

During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu, while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple

Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, Phewa is the second largest lake in the kingdom. The Barahi Island Temple, which lies in the middle of the lake, is dedicated to the Goddess Barahi. This two-storied pagoda temple is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Seti River Gorge

Carved by Seti-Gandaki, the gorge is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camp

The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhiel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

Day 7
Sarangkot for Sunrise, then Drive to Chitwan National Park

Wake up early to catch the sunrise from Sarangkot Hill.

Sarangkot

A drive of 45 minutes with 25 minutes hike brings us to the view point of Sarangkot. It is the best spot in Pokhara to view the Himalayas. Get mesmerized with the magical sight of the golden sun rising over white spires of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapucchre (Fishtail Peak), including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. It takes about 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes’ drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Return to hotel for breakfast.

Drive to Chitwan National Park afterward. Upon reaching Chitwan National Park resort, you would be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After the lunch you would be going for Village tour. Meanwhile the dinner would be ready by the time you return to the resort.

Day 8
Activities in Chitwan National Park

An early morning wake-up call followed by tea/coffee. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, jeep safari and jungle walk. After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon you would be entertained with the Tharu Cultural Program.

Day 9
Drive Back from Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu

An early morning wake-up call followed by tea/coffee. After morning tea we would be going for bird watching as Chitwan is very famous also for the different species of the birds, which is the attracting fact for the visitor. After that we would be back to resort, have breakfast and get ready to head back to Kathmandu by tourist vehicle.

Day 10
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro

You will be met by our Bhutanese airport representative on arrival after all the formalities we take a scenic 90 minute drive to the Bhutan’s capital Thimphu and transfer to your hotel for you to settle in. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 11
Sightseeing around Thimphu

Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 12
Sightseeing around Punakha

Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see rhododendrons, magnolias, junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, it is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 13
Sightseeing around Paro

An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from Paro. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 14
Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (a.k.a Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger’s Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 15
Final departure from Bhutan

After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

Inclusive

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Pokhara Breakfast included.
  • Two nights three days wildlife activities inside the Chitwan national park.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks such as tea, coffee and water while in Chitwan.
  • All guided sightseeing in Nepal as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All gourd transportation by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard government-approved three/four star accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) in Bhutan.
  • Breakfast is served for the duration of your stay in Bhutan
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour in Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance (Please scan and email us a copy of your passport)
  • Government royalty of Bhutan (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
  • Licensed English-speaking guide, driver and all support staffs.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
  • Free Duffel bag and sunhat (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges
  • All official expenses.

Exclusive

  • Round trip International air ticket to and from your home country and Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and US $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Internet and telephone calls.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about US $15 to US $20 per person per day (Full board Meals provided during yout stay at Chitwan and Bhutan).
  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

General

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts.
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December)
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers
  • 1 pair sandals

First Aid Kits

Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletry kit
  • 2 bandanas

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Trip Facts

  • 6
  • 1 - 12
  • 3050 m
  • easy
  • $$$$
  • hotel in city, resort
  • hotel included breakfast
  • february, march, april, may, june, september, october, november, december

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