Nepal and Bhutan Tour – 14 days
If you have 14 days (2 weeks) holiday and you love mountains then there is no better tour than this combination of Nepal and Bhutan tour. This tour of 14 days around Nepal and Bhutan takes you to fascinating places which are every travelers dream come true. These 2 weeks have everything to offer Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, great Mountain View, some of the most scenic drive and flights and above all a great spiritual experience.
In Nepal this 14 days tour goes to Kathmandu and Pokhara. Kathmandu is the city of temples and is best described as an open museum because of its towering pagodas and stupas. Pokhara is heaven on earth as you can witness mountains in great proximity from 900 m altitude. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan is a mountain flight that gives you opportunity to see some of the highest mountains on earth including Mount Everest.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Hidden Paradise Adventure Pvt and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu comprising of Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.
Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath stutpa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.
Pashupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pasupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.
Patan Durbar Square- Patan unlike most of other cities in Nepal has majority of Buddhist population. The Patan city has more than 136 Buddhist monasteries and only 50 Hindu temples. Patan Durbar Square is famous for the south Indian style, Krishna temple, the sunken bath, the tall temple of Taleju and the golden temple. Patan Durbar Square is also famous for carvings done in metal, wood and stone.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (200km/7hours) and boating at Phewa Lake.
After a warm breakfast at hotel we start the 7 hours/200km drive to Pokhara. We will make few stops on the way as there are lots of places to capture photographs. We will follow the Trishuli River, one of the best rivers for amateur rafting until Mugling and then onwards go on the opposite direction of the Marshayngdi River for a while. Besides the small and simple villages the Prithvi Highway also offer nice view of mountains, most notably from Khairini and onwards. If the weather is clear you can see the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Annapurna as soon as you start going down from Kathmandu. In the evening stroll around the lake side or depending on the time you reach Pokhara for a boating trip in the Phewa Lake.
Day 03: Sightseeing of Pokhara city including the Davis fall, Gupteshwor cave, Bindabasani temple, Tibetan refugee camp and Seti River gorge. Free time in the afternoon for exploration.
Your city guide will come to receive you after breakfast and drive towards the Davis fall, named after a Swiss coupled washed away by the waterfall in 1961. Then cross the road and go to the Gupteshwor cave with a self created statue of Lord Shiva and the view of Davis fall coming down from the other side. A 5 minutes walk from the Gupteshwor cave is the Tibetan refugee camp where you can see Tibetan refugees doing different kinds of work for livelihood such as making carpets, making jewelries with semi precious stones and selling things to tourist. After spending some time to understand Tibet and its political conditions in the area we head towards the Bindabasani temple and the Seti river gorge.
Day 4: Drive to Kathmandu (200km/7 hours).
Day 05: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.
Day 06: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger’s Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.
Day 07: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.
Day 08: Drive to Punakha (1250m)3 hours/77 km
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.
Day 09: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.
Day 10: Drive back to Paro.
Although Paro is only 130 km away from Punakha it takes us 4 hours because of the hilly road and also the speed limit in Bhutan is 50 Km/hour. We will make a stop at the Dochula pass to spend some time at the Druk Wangyal Monastery. We will stop in thimpu for lunch. Explore local farms in the evening.
Day 11: Early morning checkout from the hotel and drive to the Airport for flight to Kathmandu. Rest of the day free after arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 12: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.
Kathmandu Durbar Square – Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.
Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.
Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.
Day 13: Free day.
Day 14: Final departure.
What is Included in the Cost
- Accommodation on BB basis in Nepal.
- Accommodation on full board in Bhutan.
- English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide Fees.
- All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.
- Bhutan Visa fees.
What is Excluded in the Cost
- Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the unfavorable circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
- All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
- Meals in Nepal
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Air fare to Paro and back