Nepal and Bhutan Heritage tour(17 nights 18 days)
Duration : 18 day(s)
Day 01: Prior to landing in Tribhuvan Int'l airport (Kathmandu Airport), you could have some excellent views of snow-capped mountains after custom clearance, meet with our tour coordinator and transfe to hotel.
Day 02-03: After breakfast sightseeing tour on Kathmandu Durbar-Square, which it is situated in the heart of the Kathmandu city, it is called also Hanuman –Dhoka- an ancient residence of King. This entire Royal Palace complex is full of historical monuments, Stone statue of Hanuman and next to the Golden Gate of the Palace, the powerful Protector of the entire Durbar-Square. Visit Taleju Temple, one of the tallest Powerful Goddess Temple is 36.6 meter high, Lord Krishna Temple which was built in 1649 AD by Kind Pratap Malla on memory of his favorite two dead Queens, Jaggannath Temple, a famous for erotic arts. Visit huge stone statue of Kalbhairab, a ferocious form of Lord Shiva, Living Goddess Temple and Kasthamandap which built on 12th century by wood of single tree, hence Kathmandu obtains its name from this historic building.Visit Swayambhu Nath Stupa which is situated on a hillock, it provides incredible Views of Kathmandu valley and Himalayan ranges. The tradition in the Stupa follows the Vjrayana form of Buddhism which is a tantric variation of the Mahayana Buddhism (the great vehicle).
Visit Pasupatinath Temple, literally means" Lord of Animals" and famous Shrines For Hinudes devotees. Two storied golden roofed pagoda style Temple has four silver doors.
Enroture visit Boudhananth Stupa, it is called also little Tibet, which Stupa is the largest in South Asia. In surrounding area can experience lifestyles of Tibetan People and monks. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro.
Upon arrival at Paro airport, meet with our tour coordinator ands transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit to Ta- Dzong, built in 17th century as a watchtower for Paro Dzong.
This Dzong was later converted into the National Museum in 1967, and is filled with antiques like thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century, which now houses Paro monastic school and an office for civil administration. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 05: PARO
Early morning visit Taktsang temple (Tiger Nest). The walk uphill will be not more than two hours. The trail is broad. At the view point there is a cafeteria. Have a cup a tea or some juice here and then take a walk little higher to the closer view point of Taktsang. Then walk back for lunch in Paro town. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, 10 miles drive from Paro town built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of the Kingdom. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 06: After breakfast drive from Paro to Thimpu.
Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. Enroute stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Paro River joins Thimphu River. Nearby Thimpu, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom. Afternoon, in Thimpu, visit to Memorial Chorten built in the memory of His Majesty the third King, Tashichho dzong, interesting Handicrafts Emporium and market. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimpu.
Day 07: After breakfast drive from Thimpu to Punakha.
After breakfast sightseeing on Thimpu includes visiting National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. Stop for tea / coffee at Dochula pass (3050m) and enjoy mountain scenery. On arrival, check into the hotel. Evening visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century. And later take a stroll around market area. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 08: After breakfast drive from Punakha to Wangdiphodrang-Gangtey (Phobjikha)
Drive to Gangtey via Wangdiphodrang. Visit remarkable Wangdi Dzong and a local village house offering good insight into lifestyle of people. Further ahead pass through dense forests of Oak and Rhododendron trees, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha) Evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the Kingdom. Overnight stay at Camp / Guest House.
Day 09: After lunch drive from Gangtey to Trongsa.
After breakfast, explore Phobjikha valley, which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. These cranes migrate from Tibetan Plateau to escape its harsh winters. After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3300 m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market. Overnight stay at lodge in Trongsa . Day 10: After breakfasts visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and see Taa Dzong, the watch tower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. Overnight stay at lodge in Bumthang.
Day 11: Explore BUMTHANG and afternoon drive to Gantey.
Bumthang is the general name given to complex of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2600m to 4000m. It is a home of many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit to Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley. Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places of the country. Later visit Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries dating from introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at Gantey.
Day 12: Drive from Gantey to Paro.
Morning free time in Gantey for individual activities and leisure. After lunch drive to Paro. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 13: Departs from hotel to Paro airport for the flight to onward destination.Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 14: Visit Patan, the city of art and beauty, which it was founded in 3rd centuryAD by King Veera Deva. Visit Krishna Temple, Taleju Temple, Bhimsen Temple, Golden Gate and main courtyards of Patan Durbar. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 15:After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur, the city examples of wood-carving. Bhaktapur meaning the city of devotees was founded by King Ananda Dev in 1197 AD according to the Gopala Raj Vamsabali. Visit Lion Gate, the two Lions symbolizes the elements of power and protection, Golden Gate, the entrance of Taleju complex, Stone column of King Bhupendra Malla seated atop one stone column in an attitude of prayer to Taleju Bhavani. Taleju Temple, a powerful Goddess, 55 windows Palace, a supreme wooden architectural structure, Vastala Temple, Mother Goddess Durga, Pasupatinath Temple, Natapola Temple, the temple of five basic elements. Bhairav Nanth Temple, ferocious form of Lord Shiva, Dattatreya Temple, the combined incarnation of the tree supreme Gods- Bhrahma, Visnu and Shiva, Peacock window and Pottery square, then drive to Nagarkot, it is situated about 1850 meter.
Overnight stay at Nagarkot.
Day 16: Early morning observe beautiful sun-rise views over the Himalayan ranges at Nagarkot. Amazing views of landscape and snowy moutains. After breakfast, visit tower for excellent views, then drive back to Kathamndu.
Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure to airport.
- During the Nepal tour twin-sharing accommodation on B/B basis at 3* - 4* categories hotel as per itinerary, sightseeing tour as per itinerary with English speaking tour guide.
- Deluxe private land transport as per itinerary. During the Bhutan tour Twin-sharing accommodation in the best tourist standard hotel on full board basis, land transfer as per itinerary, cultural show, entrance fees.
- All kind of personal nature expenses such as tips, liqours