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12 Days Best of Nepal Bhutan Tour

12 Days Best of Nepal Bhutan Tour

(NBT003) Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Paro

Overview

The 12-day Nepal Bhutan tour is an interesting adventure to get a closer look at the spectacular natural landscapes and exotic cultures of those two mysterious Himalayan countries. Starting from Kathmandu Valley with ancient temple buildings, you can travel westwards to Chitwan National Park to experience the most exciting jungle safari activities on the back of lovely elephants and then move northwards to Pokhara to enjoy your leisure boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake with the majestic Fish Tail's Peak in sight. Then you can return to Kathmandu and take the direct flight to Paro. After visiting Kyichu Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong, you can head to the capital of Bhutan - Thimphu, which is home to Memorial Chorten, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, etc. At last, you’ll go back to Paro to visit Taktsang Lhakhang and National Museum of Bhutan.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 2: Full-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (B)

After breakfast, full day valley sightseeing with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu, Visiting Patan Durbar Square, the second largest town in the valley, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 3: Full-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (B)

After 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 Hotel

Day 4: Kathmandu to Chitwan with Rafting (B)

After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. On the way, you will experience 2-3 hours' rafting at Trishuli River. Then continue drive to Chitwan.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 5: Chitwan National Park Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, you will get a full day safari activities in Royal Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for, such as rhinoceroses, Chitwan's royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear, preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 6: Chitwan to Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, we travel overland from Chitwan to Pokhara. In the afternoon, we will boat at Fewa lake.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 7: Pokhara City Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, half day sightseeing of Pokhara city, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. Enjoy the morning trip along the bank of Phewa Lake, you can admire the stunning view of the Fish Tail's Peak reflected in the silver surface of the water. You can also see the wonderful Annapurna panorama forms a superb backdrop to Pokhara from the lake. Aside from Phewa Lake, we keep visiting the Seti River gorge - one of the best places to see, Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites.

In the evening, walk around Lakeside Market.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 8: Return to Kathmandu from Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. You can appreciate the stunning view along the way.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 9: Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs drive)

Welcome to Bhutan, the land of the “Thunder Dragon”. We’re sure you must get amazed at the stunning vista of majestic Himalayas, esp. the lofty Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks during your flight from Kathmandu. However, they are only a small appetizer. 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.

In the evening, we will head to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and spend the night there.

Stay overnight in Thimphu

Day 10: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (2hrs drive) (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 LibraryFolk 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), one of the most beautiful Bhutan dzongs as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, we will driver back to Paro.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 11: Trek to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tinger’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, we move to visit the 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. Finally, we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy enchanting village lying at its foot.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 12: Departure from Paro

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport, and help you with checking in for your flight home from Bhutan.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • 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;

Service Excluded:

  • 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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