Exploration of major highlights of two Himalayan countries Nepal and Bhutan. Visit historical monuments of Kathmandu valley, Natural city Pokhara surrounded by Himalayas and Lakes. Be at Australian camp to get closer view of Panoramic Himalayas. Jungle safari activities in Chitawan National Park. Visit birth place of Buddha. Explore Paro, Thimpu and Punakha in Bhutan. Special tours including local Bhutanese culturs, visit Dzong and important monasteries including Tiger Nest in Paro.
Nepal and Bhutan both is Himalayan Kingdom’s in south Asia. Combining tour in Nepal and Bhutan is experience of nature and unique cultural heritage. Nepal is one of the wonderful and most popular adventure destinations. Spectacular Himalayas, richest culture, warm welcomed peoples, historical temples and towering pagodas make your trip memorial. You will get several options to choose your activities in Nepal. 8 days tour in Nepal in this itinerary is including easy and natural heritage tours including major natural heritage cities Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitawan and Lumbini. You also can add some more activities. 6 days Bhutan tour is including essential experience of Bhutan. Paro, Thimpu and Punakha include exploration of Monasteries, Dzong, temples and reach at local Bhutanese peoples and know their daily life.
14 days of our itinerary land Nepal at first. Tour in Nepal is easy tour at major cities. Exploration of UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu valley, explore Himalayan views, Lakes in Pokhara. Get experience of wildlife activities in Chitawan and reach at birth place of Lord Buddha. Scenic flight from Kathmandu to paro begins your Tour to Bhutan. Local expert guide from Bhutan will assist you to major highlights in Bhutan. Visit biggest Dzong, Millereppa, Heritage museum, Chortern and monasteries including Tiger Nest (Tatksang Monastery) in Paro.
Nepal and Bhutan Tour itinerary is entirely easy driving tour. It can be customizing as per your timeframe and interest. You can include adventure activities in Nepal like Trekking in the Himalayas, white water rafting, Paragliding, Bungee jumping and many more. Nepal Highland Treks can provide you tailored maid itinerary. You also can make multi country tour, Nepal Tibet and Bhutan within one short.
Day 01:Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Nagarkot and Overnight at Hotel 2195m
Day 02:Explore Nagarkot, Changunrayan, Bhaktapur Durbar Squire, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 1350m
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (220 km. 6 Hours) 827m. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Sightseeing in Pokhara and hike to Australian camp (2000m). Overnight at local lodge
Day 05:Hike back to Kande and drive to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel
Day 06:Visit Lumbini and drive to Chitawan National Park, Jungle activities and overnight at Resort
Day 07:Chitawan Jungle activities. Overnight at Resort
Day 08:Jungle activities and drive back to Kathmandu. overnight at Hotel
Day 09:Fly Kathmandu to Paro and Drive to Thimpu. overnight at Hotel
Day 10:Thimpu Exploration. Overnight at Hotel
Day 11:Timpu to Punakha and exploration Punakha. Overnight at hotel
Day 12:Punaka to Paro by exploration on the way. Overnight at hotel
Day 13:Paro exploration. overnight at hotel
Day 14:Final Departure
Cost of the tour is based on 2 pax group. If you are single and want to have your own private tour, single supplementary charge will apply. Similarly if group size is more than 2 pax we reduce tour cost. We may have group joining option. Nepal and Bhutan Tour Itinerary can be customized as per client's interest. You also can includes some adventure activities like Trekking in Nepal along with Bhutan Tour.
Day 1Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Nagarkot and Overnight at Hotel 2195mPickup you from International airport. Drop you to Nagarkot. It is 32 kilometer driving takes about 1 hours time. Nagarkot is one of the hill side near from Kathmandu is good spot to explore green valleys and Mountain with best sunrise view. Check in hotel and little discussion about your program. Enjoy your evening staying in cool place
Day 2Explore Nagarkot, Changunrayan, Bhaktapur Durbar Squire, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 1350mEarly in the morning explore Mountain and sunrise view from Nagarkot. Take your time to take breakfast. we than start our tour to Changunarayan Temple (A beautiful and historical temple is a living museum with genuine work of art). Bhaktapur Durbar Squire (Oldest king palace, City of Devotees,the City of Culture, the Living Heritage, and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem), Bauddhanath stupa (Largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple) and Pashupatinath temple (most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal with livings arts and architectures). After tour tour, drive to Thamel, Touristic hub of Kathmandu and overnight.
Day 3Drive to Pokhara (220 km. 6 Hours) 827m. Overnight at Hotel After your breakfast in Hotel, start drive tour. Driving through busy highway along with bank of Trisuli River. Famous for white water rafting, Trisuli River can also in your itinerary. Driving path itself is scenic landscape and mountain views. Reach at Pokhara and check in Hotel. In clear weather you can view Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail and more from pokhara. Depend on time, we make Fewa Lake boating tour at late afternoon, visit Tal Barahi temple at the middle of Lake. Explore around lake side at Evening.
Day 4Sightseeing in Pokhara and hike to Australian camp (2000m). Overnight at local lodge After brekfast in Hotel, we visit David Fall (Big Waterfall from inside tunnel), Gupteswor Mahadev cave and International mountain museum (Collection of Custom, dress and lifestyle of Typical Ethnic group of Nepal). We then drive to Kande for hiking to Australian camp. An option, we also can drive to Dhampus (scenic village) if hiking feel complicated. It is about 2 hours mild hiking. Stay from of Himalayan, greenery hills and Lake view. couples of local tea houses are there to stay.
Day 5Hike back to Kande and drive to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel Explore best sunrise and Himalayan view from Australian camp. We spend whole morning here. Hike back from Australian camp or Drive back from Dhampus to Kande. Drive to Lumbini via Palpa Tansen passing through beautiful villages and monuments. We can stop one the way at better view point. Reach at Lumbini by evening and transfer to Hotel
Day 6Visit Lumbini and drive to Chitawan National Park, Jungle activities and overnight at Resort Visit birth place of Buddha. Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Holy pond. visit monasteries around build by different countries. We drive to Chitawan National park. It is about 4 hours driving from here. Check in Hotel. Village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. Visit to the National Park Visitor's center where you can learn more about the history of the National Park and about wildlife & Sun set view from the bank of Rapti River. Dinner and overnight
Day 7Chitawan Jungle activities. Overnight at Resort After your breakfast, Canoe ride along the Rapti River. An excellent opportunity for Bird Watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating Gharial. + Jungle Walk + on the way back one can enjoy the elephant bathing. After Llunch, Elephant Safari. An excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard, sloth bear and the Royal Bengal Tiger (If you are lucky).You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home. At Evening, Tharu cultural dance presentation or Slides show presentation. Dinner and overnight
Day 8Jungle activities and drive back to Kathmandu. overnight at Hotel After breakfast, Visit to the Government Elephant Breeding Center. Come back to Lodge and start driving to Kathmandu. it is 5 to 6 hours driving. you also can choose flight to Kathmandu from Chitawan. Reach and transfer to Hotel. Trip preparation of Bhutan
Day 9Fly Kathmandu to Paro and Drive to Thimpu. overnight at Hotel Flight to Paro from Kathmandu is most spectacular mountain flights , with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Pickup your from Airport and take Lunch. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Afterwards, drive to the capital of Bhitan, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pachu River. Check in Hotel and Dinner
Day 10Thimpu Exploration. Overnight at HotelEnjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial Stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery.
Other sites to visit include: the School for Arts and Crafts where students are taught the 13 types of Bhutanese art, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum.
If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, cheese and a variety of greens. (This market is open only from Friday-Sunday)
Day 11Timpu to Punakha and exploration Punakha. Overnight at hotel Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley. The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdom’s. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring color.
Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.
After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk
Day 12Punaka to Paro by exploration on the way. Overnight at hotel In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.?Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before exploring the Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers.
Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel
Day 13Paro exploration. overnight at hotel After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.
In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo
Day 14Final Departure Drive to Paro airport for your final departure. Your flight to home may connect to Nepal, Indian, Bangkok from Paro airport.