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14 Days Cultural Nepal and Bhutan Tour with Birthplace of Buddha

14 Days Cultural Nepal and Bhutan Tour with Birthplace of Buddha

(NBT006) Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Chitwan - Lumbini - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Paro

Overview

14-day Nepal Bhutan tour takes you to explore the splendid Buddhist cultures and glorious tourist highlights in both Himalayan countries. In the first nine days, you can stroll around Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple with the sincere pilgrims in Kathmandu Valley, enjoy the stunning sunrise over the Himalayas at Nagarkot, adventure into Chitwan National Park on the elephant’s back, visit the sacred temples at the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini, and then catch the superb vista of Fish Tail's Peak while boating on Fhewa Lake in Pokhara. After that, you can get back to Kathmandu and take the flight to Bhutan. In the last five days, you can probe into the land of Happiness thoroughly. The fascinating activities include learning the history of Bhutan in Paro National Museum, traveling around the most beautiful dzongs Thimphu and Punakha, etc. And the tour ends with the scenic trekking to Tiger’s Nest, the holiest monastery in 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: Transfer from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (approx. 45 minutes’ drive) (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. Keep the route connecting to Nagarkot.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 4: Transfer from Nagarkot to Chitwan (Approx. 6 hours’ drive) (B)

Early morning sunrise view over the Himalayas (weather permitted). After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. We experience you lots of Safari activities; jungle walks, canoeing, Elephant safaris and so forth. Once the night falls down, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before getting in bed.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 5: Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park (B)

Breakfast, the next, you get a full day safari activities in Chitwan National Park - if you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for; 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: Transfer from Chitwan to Lumbini (Approx. 3 hours’ drive) (B)

After breakfast, drive to Lumbini. Visit Lumbini Garden, The birthplace of Lord Buddha including Buddhist monasteries.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 7: Transfer from Lumbini to Pokhara (approx. 6 hours’ drive) (B)

After breakfast, scenic drive to Pokhara via Palpa. Afternoon, you may enjoy the relaxing boating at Fhewa Lake.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 8: Full-day Sightseeing in Pokhara (B)

Early morning drive to Sarangkot, Sunrise view over the Himalayas (weather permitted). After breakfast, half day sightseeing of Pokhara city, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu, spend the enjoyable 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. Rest. In the evening walk around Lakeside Market.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 9: Get back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (approx. 6 hours’ drive) (B)

After breakfast, Scenic Drive back to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 10: 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 internatonal 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.

Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’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), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, 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.

Stay overnight in Punakha

Day 12: Sightseeing in Punakha Dzong and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (4 hrs’ drive) (B)

Get up in the morning to visit 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.

After touring Punakha, we are about to drive back to Paro. In the afternoon, we head to 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. Then we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the enchanting village lying at its foot.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 13: Trek to Taktsang 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 14: Departure from Paro

Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service end.

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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