Nepal Bhutan Tour
- Distinct culture and traditions, mainly a mixture of modern and ancient Buddhism.
- Astonishing cultural and natural attractions.
- Multiple Dzongs, temples, fortresses, and monasteries Beautiful valleys like Paro, and Gangtey valley.
- UNESCO’s world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
- Museums like the National Chorten Museum, National Textile Museum, International Mountain Museum, and many more.
- Astounding Pokhara beneath the roof of the Himalayas.
Nepal Bhutan tour is an 11 days tour that is a combination of vibrant culture and serene natural beauties. The trip begins with rich cultural sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including almost all the historical monuments such as Pashupatinath Temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath Stupa where the ancient trade route of Tibet lies.
While you are in Nepal you will visit the historical monuments which are listed as world heritage sites. Also, you will see the lifestyle of yogis and Monks in the temples and monasteries who portray an untroubled lifestyle. After that, you will advance your journey towards the second largest city after Kathmandu to witness the beauty of majestic mountain peaks and continue the trip by observing the lifestyle of the local people in Pokhara.
After completing your tour in Nepal, you will advance towards Druk Yul “Land of Thunder Dragon” by short flight which will take around 1 hour and 30 mins from Kathmandu. Several Dzongs, monasteries, Stupas, and temples are the witness to its tranquil environment. The journey goes through Paro, Thimphu, Gangtay, and Punakha where the dominant monuments are located.
Alongside the tourist sites, Bhutan gives you an unfrequented path to experience where one must hike about (4 hours) to reach the most famous Tiger's Nest monastery. The pristine nature and protected culture make these destinations worth a visit. The Paro valley is renowned for its lush greenery and ancient architecture in the form of temples and monasteries.
Energetic culture, religious place, spectacular Himalayan vista, and hospitable people add fragility to the second half of the tour. Travelers often experience spiritual tranquility and due to this reason, Nepal is ranked as the second most peaceful nation in South Asia after Bhutan.
Kathmandu, the city of temples, and Pokhara, the city of lakes, have highlights that will have a long-lasting wonderful impact on your visit. The latter is a paradise for you because it meets your expectations naturally. Everything there meets your expectations, and these are the hidden delights of Pokhara actually.
In the midst of the attractions, Pokhara is a great city to be in. It is not only a city to stroll in but also the perfect city which has the backdrop of the Annapurna Ranges, and is followed by must-see travel places. Pokhara is the place from where you can see the majestic mountains such as Machhapuchhre (6993m) from an elevation of just 822m. Pokhara is known as the gateway of the most admired trekking in Nepal which is inside the Annapurna conservation area.
Bhutan is a beautiful country rich in natural as well as cultural heritage. During the Bhutan tour, you will observe the fabulous views of snow-capped mountains, gorges, and the dense forests of Bhutan. Bhutan is one of the last Shangri Las in the Himalayan region. The lush subtropical plains in the south to subalpine Himalayan mountains in the North make this country the best destination to travel to.
What to expect from the Nepal Bhutan Tour?
The Nepal Bhutan tour will introduce you to the authentic culture of these heavenly countries, including highlights of some of the awe-inspiring cities of Nepal and Bhutan. You will get the opportunity to learn about the culture, tradition, arts and crafts. Food is often used as a means of retaining their cultural identity, therefore you will also get the chance to closely experience their culture through its food. Nepal has some of the best historical monuments listed in UNESCO world heritage sites which are reminiscences of the past. There is a saying “Heaven is a myth but Nepal is real” and the breathtaking view of the Himalayan range and other attractions upholds this statement.
Like Nepal, Bhutan has some of the most beautiful valleys and historical monuments which are one of a kind. Bhutan is best known for its unspoiled nature and vibrant culture. Bhutan is immensely influenced by Buddhism as a result you can see a lot of monasteries. Tiger's Nest is the most well-known throughout the world and is also a listed heritage site.
You can visit Nepal and Bhutan throughout the year but if you want to explore these beautiful countries to their fullest we suggest you visit during the Autumn and Spring seasons.
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At. 06:00 PM: In the evening, our office representative will meet you for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your tour program.
Arrive Paro, Drive to Thimphu
At. 06:30 AM: You will be dropped off at the airport by our representative for your short flight to Bhutan which will take around (1hr and 30 mins).
After your arrival and visa formalities and collecting baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip to Bhutan. Check into your hotel in Thimphu. You will be free until lunchtime for some rest from the early morning flight. After some rest, you will have refreshments and lunch.
In the afternoon, you can choose to visit any or all of the following places:-
Tachogang Lhakhang is located in the Paro district, on the way to Thimphu. It was founded by Thankthong Gyelpo after he experienced a vision of Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha, and Avalokiteshvara near the site. The caretakers today are said to be descendants of Thangtong Gyalpo. Inside the temple, one can see the master's relics, including his walking stick.
National Memorial Chorten
The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. He is also known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan.” He wanted to erect a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. However, he was unable to give shape to his idea during his lifetime due to the pressures of the state and other legal responsibilities.
The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. The Dzong was built on the western bank of the river Wang Chu and has historically served at the seat of the DrukDesi or the Dharma Raja of Bhutan’s government. After the king assumed power in 1907 this post was combined with that of the king and Thimphu served as the summer capital of the kingdom before being the full-time capital of Bhutan.
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you will be visiting the following places:
The Kuensel Phodrang, or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue. The statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill. About 15 minutes away from the city’s center, it is accessible by road. The word “Kuensel” means “everything is clear”. This place surely provides you with a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides. The statue will house a temple inside it, the statue and its adjoining car park and recreational center.
The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semi-precious stones. Since there were no factories in the country to make such a large bronze cast structure, the statue was manufactured in China. The pieces were brought to Bhutan and assembled here.
Motithang Takin Preserve
The Motithang Takin Preserve is also known as the Thimphu Zoo. It is a small natural preserve for the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but later on, it was converted into the preservation of the Takin. The mini zoo contained a small number of Takin but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for a Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity.
This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread.
The Simtokha Dzong is a small Dzong located approximately 5 kilometers south of Thimphu. The Dzong is officially called the Sangak Zambon Phodrang. It is “Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras”. It is said to be the first fortress built in Bhutan by the legendary Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. It is an important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery.
Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery is a Buddhist Monastery in the small Himalayan country of Bhutan. The nunnery is located in Zilukha, Thimphu overlooking Tashichho dzong. It is a few minutes' drive from the town. It is popularly known as the Zilukha Anim Dratshang. It was built in 1976 by the 16th emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo, Drubthob Riley Jadrel. Currently, the nunnery is home to about 60 nuns.
Drive to Punakha
Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. You will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m). From here, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges on a sunny day. The Dochula Pass is probably the best-known mountain pass in Bhutan. It is located at an altitude of 3150 meters above sea level. The Dochula Pass is about 30 kilometers away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha. On a clear day, the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges.
The Chimi Lhakhang or the Chimel Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. It was built in 1499 by Drukpa Kinley's best followers. Drukpa Kinley is popularly known as the “Divine Mad Man”, the 14th Drukpa Hierarch. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa.
The Dzhong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck in 1638. It is the second-largest and second-oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is the most majestic and gorgeous Dzong, also considered a place of great happiness. A 3-hour drive from the country’s capital Thimphu takes you here.
It lies between two rivers, Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The climate here is temperate. During the spring season, lovely Jacaranda trees grow and bloom around the Dzong.
Drive to Paro
At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will drive to Paro and explore the following places.
The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best-known and most iconic Dzong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan. The imposing Dzhong is perhaps the finest example of the Dzong architecture existing in the world today. The massive buttered walls of the fortress dominate the valley. The Rinpung Dzong names translate to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels.”
After early morning breakfast, you will hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as “Tiger’s Nest.” Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktsang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery:
Taktshang or the Tiger's lair as the monastery is called is widely regarded as one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. Its history is deeply associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the revered Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD.
Built-in 659 by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Kyichu Lhakhang is the oldest surviving temple of Bhutan. It is located in the north of Paro. Ornamented temples reflect 7th-century architecture and decoration. The temple’s construction was done overnight. This was initially small in size but after multiple visits over the years by the Buddhist saints, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size. The prominent Buddhist saints Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, Lam Kha Nga, Guru Rinpoche, and much more aid in the expansion of the temple.
In the evening, you will visit the local market of Paro and you will stay overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Flight to Kathmandu, Drive to Pokhara
At. 08:30 AM: In the morning after an early breakfast, our guide will drop you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destination to Kathmandu.
At. 10:00 AM: After arrival and visa formalities and collecting baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Nepal. You can take part in extra activities on the way to Pokhara.
You will drive to the beautiful city of lakes - Pokhara which will take around 7 hours.
Sarangkot Sunrise | Pokhara Sightseeing
At. 05:00 AM: You will go to visit Sarangkot to witness the majestic sunrise from the hilltop.
At. 07:30 AM: You will return back to the hotel to have your breakfast, and you will start your Pokhara full day sightseeing. You will be visiting the following places:
World Peace Pagoda:
World Peace Pagoda, also known as Shanti Stupa is situated on the hilly edge of the Himalayas. It is a great point that offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna. To reach the stupa one must climb about 500 steps. Near the pagoda, there are two villages, Pumdi and Bumdi above the Phewa lake's southern rim for exceptional views of the mountains.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave:
Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is a major attraction of Pokhara, an excellent architectural work is the Pokhara tourist place of Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, the spiral steps that will lead you to the mouth of the cave. It is also known as the august cave of Nepal with a length that exceeds 2,000 meters, where one can hear the thundering sound of water.
David's fall is locally known as Patate Chhango, which literally means underground falls. This place is one of the best places to visit in Pokhara, David's fall in Pokhara is an extraordinary waterfall that creates a 500 feet long underground tunnel as it reaches its bottom.
International Mountain Museum:
This is a museum dedicated to climbers and mountaineers that honors their bravery and all of the world's mountaineering accomplishments. This facility was established in 2004 A.D. in Pokhara. With the objective of preserving all mountaineering records and history, as well as displaying all of Nepal's ethnically diverse groups, this museum is an amazing place for mountain enthusiasts. This museum also has a 34-foot climbing wall. It is situated about 4 KM away from Lakeside of Pokhara.
Fly back to Kathmandu | Chandragiri Sightseeing
At. 10:00 AM: Drive to Pokhara airport and take your flight back to Kathmandu.
At. 11:00 AM: Our representative will transfer you from Kathmandu airport to the hotel and immediately after a short refreshment visit to Chandragiri hills by cable car. Once you complete Chandragiri sightseeing, return back to your hotel, you will have a free evening for rest or self exploration around the nearby market.
Note: The cable car cost (USD 25 Per Person) isn’t included in our given price.
Today, you will be visiting the following historical monuments that are located inside Kathmandu valley:
At. 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for today's guided Kathmandu cultural sightseeing. You will be exploring some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Nepal, located within the Kathmandu valley.
At. 09:30 AM: Visit Pashupatinath temple.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest and oldest Hindu temples in the world. This temple is sacred, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and considered the guardian deity by Hindus. The temple complex is stretched across both sides of the Bagmati river and houses 518 temples, buildings, and structures. It is the place where centuries-long rituals are carried out in an astonishing form. During the Mahashivaratri, this temple fascinates thousands of visitors from all over the world. The unique spirit of Hindu traditions of life, death, and reincarnation is performed on the Holy banks of the Bagmati river.
At. 11:30 AM: Visit the Boudhanath stupa, you can have your lunch around the Boudhanath, there are several local and continental restaurants and cafes within the Boudhanath square along with the stupa view from the rooftop.
Boudhanath is situated northeast of the capital city (Kathmandu), it is the largest spherical stupa in Nepal with a massive mandala. It is the most important sanctuary for Tibetan Buddhists who visit the site frequently along with other Hindu pilgrims. And, also the single largest Chorent in the world. Many visitors experience spiritual peace as they do their rituals as they go around the dome beneath the peaceful sagacity eyes of the Buddha gazing at them from within the gilded central tower.
At. 02:00 PM: Visit Swayambhunath Stupa.
Swayambhunath temple also known as the monkey temple is situated in the western part of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is one of the most distinct, ancient, and important Buddhist pilgrim sites of Nepal. It is known as the monkey temple because of the hundreds of monkeys loitering around the hills, the main stupa is a dome at the base covered by a cube structure covered by a toran, while above is Gajur (Pinnacle). Several shrines, statues, and artifacts adorn the stupa, with a series of praying wheels around the dorm.
At. 04:00 PM: At the end visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous local market area of old Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three Durbars Squares in Kathmandu valley, a collection of ancient temples, places, courtyards, and narrow streets. Situated in the center of Kantipur presently known as Kathmandu, the site is surrounded by monuments showing off the cultural and architectural skills of the Newari (Native Nepali) artisans over the past centuries.
After Kathmandu sightseeing you will return back to your hotel. At 07:00 pm, we will meet for a cultural (traditional local dance live performance in folk songs) Nepali farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
(Have a safe home return!): You will have leisure time in Kathmandu after breakfast at your hotel. Our office representative will escort you to the Kathmandu airport 3 hours before on time to board your flight. It may take 30 minutes to reach the airport from the hotel.
The information about the Nepal Bhutan Tour is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to the customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I customize the tour itinerary?
Yes, absolutely Altitude Himalayan will be more than happy to customize the trip itinerary to your preference in terms of duration, cost, and group size.
What is the most famous thing about Bhutan?
Bhutan is well known for its textiles all over the world. Some of the most beautiful shawls and scarves are woven in Himalayan counties. Which you can get as souvenirs from your trip.
Can we see Mt. Everest from Pokhara?
No, you cannot see Mt. Everest from Pokhara. However, In Pokhara, you may be able to see several mountain peaks of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges. If you are lucky you can see the Everest range during your flight between Kathmandu to Paro.
What kind of food should we try in Nepal?
You should try authentic Nepali food as well as some of the famous street food, which includes Mo: Mo, Sekuwa, and other comfort foods.
What is Kathmandu famous for?
Kathmandu is particularly famous for its religious monuments, various temples, monasteries, stupas, and intricate religious artwork by the Newa people ( Native Nepalese).
What kind of thing can I get in Kathmandu as a souvenir?
You can get lots of things as souvenirs such as Thangka paintings, which are usually handmade, Prayer flags, Khukuri knives, and some unique handmade jewelry.
Airport pick-up and drop-off on a private basis.
Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned transportation and sightseeing.
All( 10 Nights) hotel accommodation is based on double/twin sharing deluxe rooms at 3-star hotels.
Kathmandu to Paro and Paro to Kathmandu flight ticket.
Sightseeing entrance fees.
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
Lunch and Dinner are included in Bhutan.
All government and local tourism taxes.
Driver’s allowance, salary, fuel cost, and toll taxes.
English-speaking local and experienced tour guide in Bhutan and during the cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu.
One complimentary Nepali cultural dinner in Kathmandu.
One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay in Nepal.
All required permits and visa fees to Bhutan.
Nature of personal expenses.
Lunch and dinner aren’t included in Nepal.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 40 USD cash to get a visa on arrival, can fill the form online before reaching)
Tips to the drivers and guides. (not required but recommended)
Services that aren't mentioned above.
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