Nepal Bhutan Tour
Nepal Bhutan Tour Overview
The Nepal - Bhutan 10 Day Tour offers a rare opportunity to combine experiences in both of the Himalaya Mountain countries. It is a magical tour that offers incredible views of the mountains, along with a chance to meet the people and to experience the mystical side of the Himalayas. The combination of Nepal and Bhutan will not fail to enchant you with the myriad of adventure opportunities.
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Kathmandu: You arrive in Nepal's capital city where you will be met by a representative of GA Travels who will take you to your hotel. Use the evening hours to relax or do some shopping in Thamel, the tourist area of the city with its many shops and restaurants.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu Valley: The Kathmandu Valley is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While we can't visit them all in one day, GA Travels offers an exciting opportunity to visit several of these locations. The day includes a visit to Swayambhu, also known as "Monkey Temple" on a high hill that offers a beautiful view of the Kathmandu Valley. This sacred spot features numerous temples and stupas, including one that contains a bone of Lord Buddha. The area is beautiful as it displays the Buddhist religion. From here, the nest stop is Pashupatinath, the holiest place in Nepal for Hinduism where Hindus from all over the world to make a pilgrimage. The final stop will be Kathmandu's Durbar Square, home of the ancient royal palace, nearly 60 temples and a chance to see The Kumari, or living goddess! In the evening, you will receive an orientation on Bhutan at your hotel as well as a visit to a Nepali restaurant where you will enjoy an evening of traditional foods and cultural dances.
DAY 3 – Bhutan: You fly out of Kathmandu on a 90 minute flight to Paro Airport in Bhutan. Our Bhutan contact for GA Travels will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The day will be spent touring Paro with its delightful streets, museums and dzong. There is a temple at Kyichu Lhakhang which dates back to 638, making it one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
DAY 4 – Thimphu: Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan as is located about 90 minutes from Paro. There are many places to explore as well as opportunities to see Bhutanese handmade paper being made. You can buy both paper and locally made textiles here in the capital city. A visit to the Memorial Chhorten build in memory of 3rd king of Bhutan is a must. There will be time to explore the city on your own in the afternoon.
DAY 5 – Punakha: After breakfast, it is a trip to the city of Punakha, located in a narrow valley that contains two rivers. For over 300 years, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan. It contains some beautiful architecture that dates back centuries. The journey to Punakha is 2 ½ hours, with incredible views of the Bhutan Himalayas. Explore Punakha while spending the night in the city.
DAY 6 – Chimi Lhakhang and Paro: We leave the city of Punakha and visit the beautiful temple of Wangde Dzong. We continue on to the holy site of at Chimi Lhakhang, home of the revered Lama Durkpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. The afternoon is a drive back to Paro.
DAY 7 – Paro: You have another opportunity to tour the city of Paro, including a visit to Ta Dzong. This means "the watch tower" and is now a national museum. In the evening, you will be treated to evening tea with a typical Bhutanese family in a typical farm house.
DAY 8 – Kathmandu: It is time to leave Bhutan as you take the 90 minute flight to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is on your own, with a chance to do further exploration or simply to relax on the roof garden with a book at your hotel.
DAY 9 – Bhaktapur: The afternoon will be spent touring the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once the capital of the Bhaktapur kingdom and the tour features the ancient palace, historic temples and squares. The entire city boasts of its ancient heritage. In the afternoon, a short visit to Nagarkot and Changu Narayan. Nagarkot features great views of the Himalayas while Changu Narayan (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is an ancient Newari village with traditional stone, stepped streets and the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
DAY 10 – Departure: Today is when you leave the Himalayas for your next destination. You will be escorted to the airport by your representative of GA Travels. As an alternative, why not simply book a few more days in Nepal. Your representative at GA Travels can help you to make all the necessary arrangements, as well as to help you plan your next trip to Nepal.