Nepal and Bhutan Tour

Experience the adventure of travelling to two beautiful Himalayan nations of South Asia; Nepal and Bhutan. The Best of Nepal and Bhutan tour starts from the land of the Mt. Everest; the birthplace of Gautam Buddha—Nepal; and finally steps to the last Shangri-La--Bhutan.

This 13-day adventure starts with sightseeing from the diverse city Kathmandu, Nepal and proceeds to sightsee in the amazing lake city-Pokhara and heads to sightsee to the oldest national park in Nepal- Chitwan.

Next, the Bhutan tour begins with the visits to popular Bhutanese attractions like Simtokha Dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten, Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Punakha Dzong (fortress), and others.

This tour traversing through two different south Asian Himalayan countries, exploring mountains and varying culture is absolutely physical strain-free and almost anyone in good shape can be a part of it without having to think twice about the physical or age restrictions.

Apart from short walks during sightseeing around different cities and some stairs, the only strenuous walk required during the whole tour is while hiking up to Tiger’s nest monastery in Bhutan. So, if you are eager to visit different countries with varying culture, tradition and beautiful landscapes without having to compromise with comfort, within one holiday then this trip is definitely for you. Experience two different countries in one holiday with Best of Nepal and Bhutan!
Trip Code: NABT81
Starts: Kathmandu
Finishes: Kathmandu
Duration: 13 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 10
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-nov
Elevation: 3100m/ 10170.6ft
Trip Views: 141
Activities: Cultural Tours Spiritual Journey Overland Tours
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Breakfast: 11
Lunch: 6
Dinner: 7
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Hotel: 12 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Nepal and Bhutan - in one holiday and experience the magnificence of these majestic kingdoms.
  • Bhutan is also known as Druk Yul translated as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. Bhutan is the only country in the world which is carbon-negative and uses the happiness index to measure its prosperity. Thus, it is also known as “The last Shangri-La.”
  • Nepal, a land of cultural diversity is the home to two of the world’s oldest religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition, it is also the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and home to the Living Goddess Kumari.

Why this Trip

  • The Best of Nepal Bhutan tour takes passes through two beautiful Himalayan nations of South Asia; Nepal and Bhutan. This trip guides you to the ancient city of Kathmandu, the beautiful lake city- Pokhara, the home to rare one-horned rhinoceros- Chitwan and finally steps to the last Shangri-La--Bhutan showcasing the major cultural and natural attractions such as Tiger's nest, Simtokha Dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten etc. The adventure of visiting two different nations in one holiday is absolutely strain-free and can be done by almost anyone physically fit irrespective of the age.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • 25% payment required while confirming the tour for the land part. The balance payment for the land must be paid one month prior to the arrival date. Bhutan visa will be approved by the government only after we deposit full payment received

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport transfer
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU HERITAGE SITE TOUR
    After breakfast, Kathmandu tour starts. Kathmandu valley is the capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. Throughout the day, we will visit most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu sightseeing
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO POKHARA
    Today, we drive through beautiful villages and landscapes to Pokhara. After approximately 7-8 hrs of drive we reach the beautiful lake city Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we can stroll around the lake side. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Driving
  • placeDAY 4 : POKHARA SIGHTSEEING
    Pokhara (city of lakes) is a beautiful city situated on a shore of Fewa lake. We will go for sightseeing around the World Peace Stupa, Tal Barahi Temple, Begnas Lake and many more as per your preferences. Shopping around the city, boating on the Fewa lake can also be some other options. You can also stroll around the beautiful lakeside which comes alive in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
  • placeDAY 5 : DRIVE TO CHITWAN
    Today we drive towards the south western part of Nepal- Chitwan from Pokhara. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Chitwan. Upon reaching Chitwan, we visit the oldest national park in Nepal, Chitwan national park. It is the sanctuary to varieties of rare and endangered animals like one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, sloth bear, etc. Protecting more than 932 sq. km of forests, marshland, and grassland, this national park is enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site. Overnight stay at hotel in Chitwan;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • lunch
    • dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Visit to Chitwan national park
  • placeDAY 6 : CHITWAN SIGHTSEEING
    We start our tour with full day jungle safari around Chitwan National Park. After breakfast, we visit the elephant breeding center and enjoy bathing the elephants. In the afternoon, we drive through the jungles on a Jeep and later go for a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During the safari, we tour around the jungle and get chance to spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, along with other wild animals. If lucky, we might spot the rare Royal Bengal Tiger. While canoeing, we get a closer look at the Gharial and Mugger Crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters, and wide varieties of water birds. In the evening, we observe Tharu cultural dance. Overnight at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Jungle safari
    • Tharu Cultural dance
  • placeDAY 7 : DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
    Early in the morning, after breakfast, we drive towards Kathmandu from Chitwan. Driving along the plains of Terai, we gradually move along the winding road enjoying the beautiful landscapes of hilly terrains and small houses on the way. After almost 6-7 hours’ drive, we reach Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : DEPARTURE TO PARO -THIMPU
    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 P.M. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, providing a spectacular panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. After lunch, we will enjoy sightseeing at Paro, visiting the Ta Dzong Museum which shelters a lot of religious relics, works of art and handicrafts providing great insight on Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, we visit the Rimpong Dzong and observe the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered the master of meditation by the Bhutanese. Afterwards, we drive to the capital, Thimphu along the Pachu River. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Thimpu
  • placeDAY 9 : THIMPHU
    Enjoy a full day of sightseeing at the bustling capital of Bhutan- Thimpu. We will visit the National Memorial Chorten, first initiated by the Third King in order to protect from negative impacts of modernization, and a monument of world peace. The Royal Queen Mother later completed it to commemorate the Third King who passed away in 1972. Next we continue towards 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery. Furthermore, we will also visit the School for Arts and Crafts where students are taught the 13 types of Bhutanese art, The National Library which has wide collections of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. In the remaining time we can also explore the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichho dzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. If your visit to Thimphu falls on the weekend, you can stroll through the Thimphu Marketand observe the variety of foods of Bhutan, including basket of fiery chillies, cheese and a variety of greens. (This market is open only on Friday-Sunday). Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
  • placeDAY 10 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
    Today we drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks on a clear day before descending to Punakha valley (about 3 hrsdrive). At Punakha, we visit punakha dzong, also known as Punakha Dzong (meaning “the palace of great happiness or bliss”),built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan.’It is the ancient capital of Bhutan and now the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo. The three-story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Observing the administrative and cultural center for a while, we advance towards Chimi Lhakhang en-route to Wangdue phodrang (dzong built in 1638). Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangdue phodrang;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO
    In the morning, we drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to KhamsumYueley Namgyal Chorten built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Next, we explore the Wangduephodrang Dzong. We then drive back to Thimpu and proceed to Paro, and visit Semtokha Dzongen route, The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It is now the Institute for Language and Culture studies. Overnight at your hotel in Paro;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Exploring Bhutan
  • placeDAY 12 : HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
    After breakfast, we hike towards the Taktsang Monastery which takes about 3 -4 hrs to reach there. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. As per the legends, the great Guru Rimpoche and his consort meditated in a cave here for three months after he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. After meditation, they turned themselves in the forms of Guru Dorji Drolo and a tigress to defeat the demons in the valley below. The cave, where the monastery was later built is thought to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the afternoon, we drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over Tibetans in 1644. We then return to Paro and visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at your hotel in Paro;

    Meal:

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Hike
  • placeDAY 13 : DEPART PARO
    Depending on your flight time, you will be escorted to the airport. You fly back to Kathmandu in the morning and visit Bauddhanath and Pashupatinath in the evening.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

  • Detail Inclusions
    • Meals: Breakfast=12, Lunch=07, Dinner=08
    • Accommodation Nights (Twin sharing basis): 12(Total)
    • Nepal=07 nights, Bhutan=05 nights,
    • Overland/ Air Transportation:
    • Private Car/Jeep: Airport transfer, Kathmandu sightseeing, all transportation in Bhutan as mentioned in the itinerary;
    • Public Deluxe Coach: Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan, Chitwan to Kathmandu,
    • Ticket/Fees/Taxes: Travel permits, Chitwan National Park Entrance fee(s), Bhutan visa, Taxes;
    • Staffs: Guide=01;
  • Complimentary
    • Souvenir
    • Sim cards
    • maps
  • Exclusions
    • Tips for our staffs;
    • Meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Entrance fee(s) during sightseeing;
    • Travel and medical insurance;
    • Expenses of personal nature as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls and personal gratuities etc;
    • Extra night accommodation because of early arrival and late departure;


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