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.

Price Includes

  • 04 Overnight with Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • 02 Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu accompanied by local Guide ( English /German speaking).
  • Private transfers in Nepal as per program.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu as per program.
  • 06 overnight stay on twin sharing basis in Bhutan using standard Hotels.
  • Full board meals in Bhutan.
  • Entrance fees to monuments and monasteries in Bhutan as per program.
  • Sightseeing tour in Bhutan with local English-speaking guide.
  • Private car for transfers and sightseeing in Bhutan.
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinners in Nepal.
  • Bhutan and Nepal visa fee.
  • Drinks and other private purchases.
  • Flights Fare and Airport taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • In addition, this is caused by landslides, political unrest, natural catastrophes, flight cancellations or other unforeseen events.
  • All costs not included in the list of included services.

Day to Day itinerary

    Day 01 : Arrival
  • Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. In evening welcome dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • After breakfast, introduce with the Sightseeing Guide & driver. We set to the first day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will see the following spots; the details are as described below:

    Swoyambhunath:
    The Swoyambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and is situated at the mound. From this Stupa you can closely look at the settlement pattern in Kathmandu and have a close look at the Chaityas and Monasteries which circles the main stupa of Swoyambhunath. This stupa also relates itself to the history of creation of Kathmandu Valley as how Manjushree, a Buddhist monk, saw a huge lotus emanating bright light at the centre of the lake. So he cut a deep gorge allowing the water to drain from the lake because he wanted to observe and worship the lotus where it is said that Swoyambhunath is situated.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square:
    Kathmandu Durbar Square welcomes you to the palaces, courtyards and temples built between 12th to 18th centuries where the then Kings used to live and the coronations of Shaha dynasty Kings used to take place. You might be amazed with the number of temples and architectural styles that you see in this courtyard. Moreover, you might also get the glimpse of Kumari, a living goddess, whose residence is within this courtyard.

    Kumari Temple:
    Kumari, Virgin Goddess, must be chosen from a Newar community, inhabitants of Kathmandu, with no body marks & injuries who will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.

    Kasthamandap:
    Kasthamandap meaning “Wood-Covered Shelter” is a three storied pagoda style temple which enshrines a statue of Gorakhnath. It was built in the early sixteenth century by the wood of a single tree which is open for everyone from mid day to mid night but people are not allowed to take the picture in the temple. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is derived from this temple thus there are many myths and stories associated with this temple which is shared every year in a ceremony with different varieties of food by Newar community.

    Patan City:
    Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting melange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life. A museum full of bronze statues and religious monuments is one of the fascinating places to visit within Patan Durbar Square. A temple entirely built by stone in the 17th century in the name of Hindu deity Krishna, is one of the major attraction of Patan
    Durbar Square.

    Tibetan Refugee Camp:
    The refugee camp set up by the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation in 1960 AD with the government of Nepal might be one of the areas where you would buy carpets and handicrafts created by them and to support the less fortunate people.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

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

    After lunch, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor 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.

    (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.

    Stay overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

  • Day 04 : Sightseeing Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m)
  • After breakfast, excursion to Cheri monastery. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, built this monastery in 1620 and established 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.

    Stay overnight at overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

  • Day 05 : Drive from Thimphu to Punakha (Altitude 1310 m)
  • (72 Km/s, 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.

    Stay overnight at overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar.

  • Day 06 : Drive from Punakha to Gangtey and drive back to Punakha (Altitude 3120 m)
  • After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. En-route 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.

    Stay overnight at overnight in Punasangchu Cottages or similar.

  • Day 07 : Drive from Punakha to 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.

    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.

    Stay overnight at 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.

    Stay overnight at over night in Tashi Namgay resort or similar.

  • Day 09 : Fly from Paro to Kathmandu
  • After having early breakfast we fly to Kathmandu.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 10 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • After breakfast set for the another day’s sightseeing:

    Boudhanath:

    Boudhanath 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.

    In evening Farewell Dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

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