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Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour –Ultimate Travel Experience

Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour –Ultimate Travel Experience

Trip Facts:

Destination
Bhutan
Group Size
01-12
Trip Duration
10 days
Activities
Cultural and Historical Tours
Culture
Buddhist
Meals
B/B in Kathmandu & full board (B/L/D) in Bhutan
Accommodation
Three to Five Star as per request
Max Elevation
3120 M
Best Month
March -May and Sep -Nov
Trip Grade
Easy
Trek Starts / Ends
KTM / KTM
Transportation
Private Vehicle and Flight

Overview

Begin a magical 10-day journey with the Himalayan Dream Team’s exclusive Nepal and Bhutan Tour, a cultural odyssey across two of South Asia's most mesmerizing countries. Start your adventure in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where we delve into its rich heritage by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and the ancient palaces of Durbar Square. This immersive experience offers a profound insight into Nepal's historical and cultural depth, setting the stage for the wonders that lie ahead.

From Kathmandu, we take a scenic flight to the enchanting town of Paro in Bhutan. Our exploration of Bhutan's unique cultural tapestry includes visits to iconic dzongs, serene temples, and the stunning Dochu La pass, which provides breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas. In Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, we marvel at the grandeur of Tashichho Dzong and the spiritual tranquility of the National Memorial Chorten. The highlight of our Bhutan experience is an exhilarating trek to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, perched dramatically on a cliffside and offering awe-inspiring vistas.

Returning to Nepal, our journey continues with visits to the historic cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. In Patan, known for its artistic and architectural heritage, we explore the beautiful Durbar Square and its intricate temples. Bhaktapur, the city of devotees, enchants us with its well-preserved medieval atmosphere, where we visit the towering Nyatapola Temple, the bustling Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and the traditional Pottery Square. These cities, with their rich historical ambiance and remarkable craftsmanship, provide a deeper understanding of Nepal's cultural legacy.

Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guides enrich our experience with their insights into local traditions, history, and culture. Along the way, we savor local cuisines, interact with friendly locals, and create lasting memories. This Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour promises an unforgettable and transformative adventure, immersing you in the enchanting beauty and rich heritage of these remarkable countries.

Trip Hightlights

  • Kathmandu's Cultural Gems: Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. Experience the vibrant culture and rich history of Nepal's capital.
  • Scenic Flights: Enjoy breathtaking aerial views with scenic flights from Kathmandu to Paro and back, offering a unique perspective of the majestic Himalayas

  • Dochula Pass: Marvel at the stunning 360-degree views of the Himalayas and visit the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens, a tribute to Bhutanese soldiers.
  • Thimphu Highlights: Discover the capital's key attractions, including the National Memorial Chorten, Simply Bhutan living museum, and Buddha Point with its towering Buddha Dordenma statue.
  • Punakha Dzong: Visit this architectural masterpiece situated at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, showcasing Bhutanese design and history.
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang): Hike to Bhutan’s most iconic monastery, perched on a cliff 900 meters above Paro Valley, offering breathtaking views and spiritual insights.
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong: Explore this historic fortress built in 1645 to defend against Tibetan invaders, now serving as an administrative and monastic center.
  • National Museum (Taa Dzong): Visit the museum housed in a 17th-century watchtower, featuring antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons, and armor.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and serene drives between destinations, including the beautiful routes from Thimphu to Punakha and Punakha to Paro.
  • Local Markets and Handicrafts: Experience the vibrant Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu and shop for local handicrafts, such as mala beads and prayer wheels, at Kundeyling Baazam.
  • Relaxation and Leisure: Enjoy free time in both Nepal and Bhutan to relax, explore local cafes and shops, and immerse yourself in the unique cultures and traditions of these Himalayan nations.

Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour –Ultimate Travel Experience Itinerary

Details Outline

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Dream Team will greet you and guide you to your hotel. Once you reach the hotel, you can check in, freshen up, and take some time to relax. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Dream Team. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a tour of Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): Our first stop is the ancient Swayambhunath Stupa, perched on a hilltop, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu. This sacred site is a beautiful symbol of faith for both Buddhists and Hindus.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: Next, we visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and cremation site. Here, you can witness and photograph traditional Hindu rituals along the Bagmati River, immersing yourself in the local spiritual life.
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square: After a delicious lunch, we head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historic site showcasing stunning Newari architecture. Enjoy a photo session with locals in traditional attire or Hindu holy men (Sadhus), perfect for capturing unique and memorable portraits.
  • Vegetable and Spice Markets: End the day with a visit to the bustling vegetable and spice markets. Capture dynamic street photography of vibrant colors, energetic atmosphere, and diverse faces, providing a glimpse into everyday life in Kathmandu.
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport (2235M), you'll be greeted by our friendly tour guide. We'll allow time for acclimatization before a short drive to Thimphu for hotel check-in.

Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, is your gateway to this unique country. You'll see monks in red robes, men in striped ghos, and women in colorful kiras. After settling in, we'll explore Thimphu's key sites:

National Memorial Chorten: Built in 1974 to honor the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This white stupa with a golden top is a popular meditation and prayer spot.
Thimphu Tashichho Dzong: A fortress and monastery by the Wang Chhu River, housing the civil government and the king's offices.
Centenary Farmers’ Market: Open on weekends, it's a bustling place to buy vegetables, cheeses, grains, and local handicrafts.

We'll also visit Buddha Point in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, home to the 169-foot-tall seated Buddha Dordenma statue, offering stunning valley and mountain views. After dinner, enjoy the shops, bars, and cafes of Thimphu.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
2334 m

Start your day with a delightful breakfast before starting on a full-day sightseeing tour of Thimphu. First, we head to Sangaygang, also known as the BBS Tower. This 15-minute drive from the main city takes you to a hillock where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Thimphu City. As you ascend or descend the hill, you’ll have the chance to spot Bhutan's national animal, the Takin. For early risers, an optional morning walk to this viewpoint offers an even more serene experience.

Next, we'll drive towards Dechen Phodrang, located at the end of Gaden Lam. This historic site was originally Thimphu's Trashi Chhoe Dzong and now houses the state monastic school. Established in 1971, the school provides an eight-year course to over 450 students, guided by a dedicated team of 15 teachers. Witness the long procession of monks as they move between the school and the dzong, giving you a glimpse into the spiritual and educational traditions of Bhutan.

Our tour continues with a visit to Simply Bhutan, a living museum and photo studio that celebrates Bhutanese culture and heritage. This unique attraction engages and empowers youth entrepreneurs by preserving and promoting Bhutanese traditions. Finally, we will explore Simtokha Dzong, the first dzong built in Bhutan in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Located five miles from Thimphu on a lofty ridge, this historic site now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Don’t miss the chance to admire the over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard, showcasing Bhutan’s rich artistic heritage.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
2334 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Today, we journey to Punakha, Bhutan's former capital until 1955, with a total driving time of around 3 hours. Along the way, we'll stop at the renowned Dochula Pass, a popular spot offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the Himalayas. Here, you'll also find the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens, built to honor Bhutanese soldiers who died in a 2003 battle against Assamese insurgents from India.

Next, we'll visit the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple, completed in 2008 to commemorate 100 years of Bhutanese monarchy and to honor His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king, who led the successful raid against the Indian rebels. We will then tour Punakha Dzong, often considered one of the most beautiful sites in Bhutan. This architectural marvel sits at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, exemplifying stunning Bhutanese design.

Our day concludes with a visit to the Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge. Spanning 160 meters, it is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan and offers spectacular views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley. This picturesque spot provides an unforgettable end to our exploration of Punakha's historic and scenic treasures.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1245 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

After breakfast, we set off on a scenic drive from Punakha to Paro, a journey that takes approximately 4 hours. En route, we'll pass through the beautiful Dochula Pass, where you can take a brief stop for restroom breaks or to capture the stunning scenery. Upon arrival in Paro, we'll check into our hotel before heading out to explore some of the area's historical sites.

Our first stop is the Kyichu Temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. This ancient temple is a significant cultural landmark and is said to be part of an effort to pin down a giant demoness who was preventing the spread of Buddhism. The serene atmosphere and rich history make Kyichu Temple a must-visit site.

Next, we'll visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, constructed in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invasions. Today, it serves as an administrative center and a school for monks, showcasing traditional Bhutanese architecture. Our final stop is the Taa Dzong, originally built in the 17th century as a watchtower for Paro Dzong. In 1967, it was transformed into the National Museum, housing a collection of antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons, and armor, offering a glimpse into Bhutan's rich cultural heritage.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
2200 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

After breakfast, we drive to the base camp of Taktsang Monastery, famously known as Tiger's Nest (3120M), perched on a steep cliff about 900 meters above the Paro Valley. The hike to the viewpoint takes about an hour, and reaching the monastery takes an additional two hours. For those who prefer, a horse ride to the viewpoint is available for $15 to $20. The journey to this iconic site is an unforgettable experience, offering both spiritual and scenic rewards.

Tiger's Nest Monastery, a sacred Himalayan Buddhist site, is dramatically set on the cliffside of Paro Valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress and meditated in one of the caves, leading to the site's spiritual significance. The awe-inspiring architecture and breathtaking views make the climb worthwhile, filling visitors with spiritual bliss and a sense of adventure. A visit to Bhutan is incomplete without experiencing this remarkable monument.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
2200 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

In the morning, your Bhutan tour guide will accompany you to Paro Airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic aerial views as you cross the majestic Himalayas. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our team will be there to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.

The afternoon is yours to unwind or explore Kathmandu at your leisure. You can stroll through the vibrant streets, visit nearby attractions, or relax and enjoy the local culture and cuisine. Whether you choose to rest or venture out, your time in Kathmandu promises to be enriching and memorable.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before heading to Patan, also known as the "City of Fine Arts." Patan is renowned for its exquisite wooden and metal craftsmanship, a testament to the Newari people's artistic heritage.

Golden Temple: Capture the intricate details of this historic Buddhist monastery, with its stunning carvings and statues.

Patan Durbar Square: A UNESCO World Heritage site, this square is filled with temples, statues, and the former royal palace. It's a paradise for photographers interested in historical architecture and cultural scenes.

Patan Museum: Dive into Nepal’s history through beautifully curated exhibits, perfect for capturing detailed shots of traditional artifacts and artworks.

After our morning exploration, we will adjourn for a delicious lunch (included). Post-lunch, we journey to Bhaktapur, a city steeped in history and tradition.

Bhaktapur, the best-preserved medieval city in the Kathmandu Valley, is known for its cobbled streets, narrow alleys, and unique architecture.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this square is a treasure trove of photo opportunities with its ancient palaces and temples.

55-Window Palace: Marvel at and photograph this iconic building, known for its intricate wood carvings and historical significance.

Lion Gate and Golden Gate: Capture the grandeur of these gateways, adorned with intricate details and serving as entrances to the ancient palace complex.

Pottery Square: Witness local potters in action, spinning their wheels and creating terracotta wares. This is a fantastic spot for dynamic shots of traditional craftsmanship.

Evening: Thamel Walk

We will conclude the day with a visit to the vibrant Thamel area, a bustling hub for tourists and locals alike. Here, you can capture:

Old Alleys: Wander through the narrow streets filled with shops, eateries, and historical buildings, offering endless photographic opportunities.

Monuments: Capture the significant landmarks that dot the area, each telling a story of Kathmandu’s rich cultural tapestry.

This day promises to be a feast for your camera, with every turn revealing a new facet of Nepal's rich heritage and vibrant life.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

On your final day after completing the best Nepal and Bhutan Tour with Himalayan Dream Team, it's time to bid farewell. With hearts filled with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of Nepal's rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, our dedicated representative will ensure a smooth and comfortable transfer to the international airport.

As you board your flight, take a moment to reflect on the enriching experiences and knowledge gained during your best Nepal and Bhutan Tour. We hope to welcome you back for more adventures with the Himalayan Dream Team. Safe travels and best wishes for your future endeavors!

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Breakfast

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If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop-off in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu 
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan with private transport and entrance fees
  • Flights Kathmandu – Paro – Kathmandu with Drukair (luggage and taxes included)
  • Tourist Tariff Royalty and Visa Fees: All necessary fees are included.
  • Private excursions and transfers in a superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide or tour leader.
  • Assistance from an experienced driver.
  • Stays in carefully chosen top-tier government-approved hotels and guesthouses.
  • All meals provided throughout the stay in Bhutan.
  • Entrance fees and permits for all scheduled visits.

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu  
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure
  • Nepal visa on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu (USD 50 and 4 passport-sized pictures needed)
  • Travel insurance covering emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by factors beyond the company's control like landslides, weather conditions, safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • Tips for staff
  • Any costs or expenses not mentioned in the "Included" list

Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour –Ultimate Travel Experience Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is included in the Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour – Ultimate Travel Experience?

The tour package includes 10 days of guided cultural and historical tours, accommodation in three to five-star hotels, meals (B/B in Kathmandu and full board in Bhutan), scenic flights, private transportation, and all entry fees.

The tour lasts for 10 days, including cultural and historical tours in both Nepal and Bhutan.

In Kathmandu, highlights include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, as well as the ancient palaces of Durbar Square.

The scenic flights offer breathtaking aerial views of the majestic Himalayas, providing a unique and unforgettable experience.

Key sites in Bhutan include the Dochula Pass, Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Punakha Dzong, and the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

The Taktsang Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliffside, is Bhutan’s most iconic monastery, offering awe-inspiring vistas and deep spiritual insights.

Punakha Dzong is an architectural masterpiece situated at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, showcasing Bhutanese design and history.

Yes, there is free time to relax, explore local cafes and shops, and immerse yourself in the unique cultures and traditions of Nepal and Bhutan.

Accommodations range from three to five-star hotels, providing comfort and luxury as per your request.

Essentials include comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, a rain jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and a camera. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Yes, visas are required for both Nepal and Bhutan. We will assist you in obtaining the necessary visas as part of the tour package.

The best times for this tour are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

You can book the tour by contacting us directly through our website or email. We offer customizable options to fit your schedule and budget.

The tour is graded as easy, but regular cardiovascular exercises like walking, hiking, and light workouts are recommended to build stamina and ensure a comfortable experience.

Yes, there will be numerous opportunities to interact with friendly locals, visit local markets, and experience the vibrant cultures of Nepal and Bhutan firsthand.

Price Per Person

US$ 2399 US$ 2500

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