Nepal Bhutan Tour

| 11 days

Nepal Bhutan tour is short and easy, fly in-fly out tour initiating from cultural Kathmandu city to mystical land of Bhutan. Bhutan is known for its cultural richness, ancient traditions, colorful festivals and fascinating land of immense natural beauty, still untouched by external influences. Bhutan tour with sightseeing and day hikes comprises all the necessary ingredients that will make your holiday delightful and memorable one.

Our Nepal Bhutan tour starts after boarding a flight to Paro airport from Kathmandu. Bhutan is small kingdom known for its Buddhist culture, tradition, art and architecture. During our Bhutan tour, we visit the famous Takstsang monastery, Ta Dzong and get to know more about Bhutanese Buddhism, their culture, festivals and way of life. Finally we conclude our multi country tour by boarding a flight back towards Kathmandu followed by half day sightseeing around Pashupatinath and boudhanath stupa. You would be returning back home next day with lots of wonderful memories.

Nepal Bhutan tour with Euro Asia travel and tour will provide you with the ultimate touring experience across the two famous Himalayan countries. It can be joined by every traveling enthusiast regardless their age and fitness level.

Day to Day itinerary

    Day 01 : Arrival
  • Arrive Kathmandu, upon arrival meet assist and transfer to the Hotel.Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02 : Sightseeing Tour
  • Full Day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square ……O/N at Kathmandu

    Kathmandu Durbar Square

    This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. Kumari Temple: Kumari temple is the residence of the Living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with no body marks & injuries & will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty. Kasthamandap: Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a s        ingle tree in the sixteenth century situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple.

    Swoyambhunath

    The four seeing eyes of Swoyambhunath Stupa watch over the valley from the top of 77-m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swoyambhunath are covered with small Chaityas & monasteries as well as some Hindu temples.

    Patan City

    Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting mélange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, 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 monuments. One remarkable monument here is 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Tibetan Refugee Camp: This camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation with HMG of Nepal. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan Refugees to do something nice & support themselves & some carpet industries & handicrafts have been operating.

  • Day 03 : fly Fly Kathmandu- Paro - Thimphu
  • Your Representative will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

    After lunch, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Sangaygang view point to see the Tallest Statue of Buddha, Takin Preserve center, Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan and Changangkha Lhakhang. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

    (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air): Your Representative will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

    After lunch, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Sangaygang view point to see the Tallest Statue of Buddha, Takin Preserve center, Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan and Changangkha Lhakhang. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

  • Day 04 : Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)
  • After breakfast, excursion to Cheri monastery. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, built this monastery in 1620 and establishe the first monk body here. A silver chorten inside the goemba holds the ashes of the Shabdrung’s father.

    After lunch, visit Folk Heritage Museum, Painting school and National library. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

  • Day 05 : Thimphu - Punakha (Altitude 1310 m)
  • (72 Kms, 3 hours drive): After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

    Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a “Neljorpa” (Yogi) using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex.

    After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar.

  • Day 06 : Punakha - Gangtey - Punakha: (Altitude 3120 m)
  • After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong(from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey.

    After lunch visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. In the evening, drive back to Punakha. Dinner and overnight in Punasangchu Cottages or similar.

  • Day 07 : Punakha - Paro
  • After breakfast, drive to Paro. On the way, visit Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.

    Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).

    After lunch, drive to visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum and a short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. Dinner and over night in Tashi Namgay resort or similar.

    After breakfast, drive to Paro. On the way, visit Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.

    Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).

    After lunch, drive to visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum and a short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. Dinner and over night in Tashi Namgay resort or similar.

  • Day 08 : Paro (Excursion to Taktsang Monastery)
  • After breakfast, drive to Paro. On the way, visit Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.

    Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).

    After lunch, drive to visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum and a short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. Dinner and over night in Tashi Namgay resort or similar.

  • Day 09 : Fly Paro-Ktm
  • Day 10 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
  • After breakfast set for the another day’s sightseeing:

    Bouddhanath

    Bouddhanath Stupa not only takes you to the journey to the ancient and world’s biggest Stupa or to Buddhist Pilgrimage sites but also exposes you to the Tibetan communities within Nepal. Along with monasteries and devotees chanting religious hymns and playing prayer wheels you will also get to be close with the young boys and girls devoted to be Buddhist Monk which gives you a different perspective about life.

    Pashupatinath

    Pashupatinath, one of the holiest temple of Hindu deities Lord Shiva, has a golden roof and silver doors and is built in pagoda style. The temple is in the mid of green forest and the river Bagmati on whose bank Hindus are cremated is flowing on its side. People except Hindu are not allowed to enter the main courtyard of the temple but can be viewed from the eastern bank of the river. It is the centre of the Hindu pilgrimage and annually thousands of devotees flock into the temple during Shivaratri and Teej which occurs in the month of March and August respectively.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square

    This durbar square will mesmerize you with the beauty of different temples and palaces. You will not only be able to see the spectacular view of 15th century architecture but also will be acquainted with the palaces and the courtyard of the ancient times. The golden gates, wooden palace studded with 55 windows, Batsala temple, Shiva temple and the National Art Gallery are the major attractions of this square. Moreover, you might not want to miss out the five storied Nyatapola Temple built in 17th century; adding on to its structure are the pair of two wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and goddess’s tigress & lioness in each storey making it the most tallest pagoda style temple exhibiting the immense creativity and craftsmanship of Nepali in those centuries.

  • Day 11 : After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination