10 Days Scenic Nepal Bhutan Tour
(NBT005) Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Trongsa - Gangtey - Wangdiphodrang - Paro
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
This 10-day Nepal Bhutan tour offers you the most amazing natural scenery and spectacular temple buildings of two great Himalayan Kingdoms. In the first two days, you can go to visit the most popular tourist attractions in Kathmandu Valley, like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur's Dubar Square, etc. Then you can fly to Bhutan within one hour. The trip starts from Paro with a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong. Hence, you can travel to Thimphu, where you can get a better understanding of Bhutanese culture and art at Folk Heritage Museum, and then go to Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. After that, you can follow a scenic drive to visit Trongsa via Mangde Chhu Valley. On the way back, you’ll enjoy the enchanting view of Gangtey Valley, and Phobjikha Valley. Don’t forget to take great shots of the diverse fauna and flora. Finally, you can return to Paro and end the tour with the stunning trek to Tiger’s Nest.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in KathmanduDay 2
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley (1340m) (B)Day 3
Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’ drive)Day 4
Thimpu Sightseeing (B)Day 5
Travel from Thimpu to Punakha (1250m) (3-4 hrs drive) (B)Day 6
Enjoy the Scenic Drive to Trongsa (2200m) (5hrs drive) (B)Day 7
Head East to Wangdiphodrang (1460m) via Gangtey (2890m) (5-6hrs drive) (B)Day 8
Travel Back from Wangdiphodrang to Paro (2260m) (3-4 hrs drive) (B)Day 9
Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) (B)Day 10
Departure from Paro
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable tour guide and then you will be transferred to your hotel. Your guide will explain briefly the program upon arrival at the hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley (1340m) (B)
After welcome breakfast, we will take you a glimpse of half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley: Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterward taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex.
Stay overnight at tea house lodge
Day 3: Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’ drive)
Today you will be taken to the airport, for the flight from Kathmandu to Paro, and you will get to see the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the plane, including the sacred Mt. Jumolhari, known as the “bridge of Kanchenjunga”, and its companion mountain, Mt. Jichu Drake, in Bhutan. Upon your arrival in Paro international airport, our Bhutan guide and driver will be expecting you and later transfer you to your hotel.
After a brief rest at your hotel, in the afternoon, with time permitting, we may visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (also known as Kyerchu Temple), the oldest and most beautiful temple in Bhutan. Surrounded by the fields, flowers, and hills, Kyichu Lhakhang is home to the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings and numerous Buddhist scriptures, etc. And Later explore the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Located at the suburb of Paro City, Rinpung Dzong is a fortress built in the 17th Century to protect Paro valley, which offers you picturesque scenery and a sense of inner peace.
Stay overnight in Thimpu
Day 4: Thimpu Sightseeing (B)
As the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu is devoid of stereotyped skyscrapers and huge traffic. Instead, surrounding by rolling mountains, Thimpu is known for its picturesque Bhutan dzong, fresh air, and loveable local people. Today’s tour begins with a visit to Late King's Memorial Chorten, and explore the National Library, Folk Heritage Museum and Hand-made Paper Factory, and the School of Arts and Crafts, where you will have a panoramic view of Bhutan history and learn more of textile and the handicraft making in the most traditional way.
Of course, the highlight comes as we tour the Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of the Bhutan government.
Stay overnight in Thimpu
Day 5: Travel from Thimpu to Punakha (1250m) (3-4 hrs drive) (B)
The new day begins with tasty Bhutanese breakfast. After that, we will travel northeast to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will stop at scenic Dochu La Pass (3,100m) for refreshing tea. The perfect vintage point brings you the unobstructed vista of Great Himalayas.
After lunch at Wangduephodrang (1,350m), we keep driving to Punakha, which used to the capital of Bhutan. You will explore the world-renowned Punakha Dzong, widely believed to be the most beautiful Bhutanese Dzong, built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. Never miss the Punakha festival around mid-Feb if you come at the right time.
Stay overnight in Punakha
Day 6: Enjoy the Scenic Drive to Trongsa (2200m) (5hrs drive) (B)
The long drive takes you past the pastoral scene and treeless region in Wangdue and crosses the Black Mountain via Pele la (3240 m) mountain pass till reaching Mangde Chhu Valley. Situated on a steep slope above river gorge, Trongsa is arguably the central hub of Bhutan, with awe-inspiring vista. We will visit the Trongsa Dzong, which dominates the skyline of Trongsa region.
Stay overnight in Trongsa
Day 7: Head East to Wangdiphodrang (1460m) via Gangtey (2890m) (5-6hrs drive) (B)
Leave Trongsa for Wangdue Region; we will enter Gangtey Valley and descend to the western ridges of the Black Mountains. For its diverse wildlife, such as, black-necked cranes, muntjacs, wild boars and Himalayan black bears, Gangtey Valley is protected as a heaven for a variety of fauna and flora. You will see more traditional ways of living that dates back to years ago.
You may take a stroll in enchanting Phobjikha Valley and visit Gangtey Monastery, the only and the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Finally, we will drive back to Wangdiphodrang.
Stay overnight in Wangdiphodrang
Day 8: Travel Back from Wangdiphodrang to Paro (2260m) (3-4 hrs drive) (B)
Say farewell to the charming pastoral scene in Wangdiphodrang Valley. We drive all the way back to Paro. In the afternoon, we head to National Museum of Bhutan, which looks like a round watchtower. You can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts. Then we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the enchanting village lying at its foot.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 9: Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) (B)
Getting up in the fresh morning, we’ll start today’s trek to Taktshang Goemba (also known as Tiger's Nest).Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.
After lunch, you may opt for a stone bath or enjoy free exploration nearby.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 10: Departure from Paro
Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service end.
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of Nepal and Bhutan;
- Bhutanese and Nepali Visa Fee (Note: we could help you with the visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need.)
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
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