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Between Nepal and Bhutan

Nepal - Bhutan - Katmandou Valley
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This trip takes you for a complete immersion in the Himalayas. A discovery of two authentic countries: Nepal and Bhutan with the Himalayas, the highest peaks in the world, as the backdrop. Your journey takes you from the discovery of the Kathmandu Valley between religious fervour and medieval royal cities to Pokhara, the gateway to Annapurna and a safari in the incredible Chitwan National Park.

Then, you fly above the Himalayan mountain range to the mythical and mysterious kingdom of Bhutan. You visit the capital's must-sees, discover the subtropical valley of Punakha and its incredible Dzong (a distinctive type of fortress architecture), the most beautiful of Bhutan. You continue then to Paro where you take a scenic trek to reach the famous "Tiger’s Nest" Monastery, perched on a cliff.

This trip invites you to discover the most sacred cultural and natural sites of Nepal and Bhutan. It reveals the unique traditional architecture that marks some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and allows you to meet its inhabitants and gain an insight into their preserved cultures and traditions.
 
Sit back and let Shanti Travel take care of the organization of your entire trip, starting with a warm welcome from your Travel Expert in Kathmandu. A local professional guide and private driver will accompany you throughout your trip to Nepal and Bhutan to ensure you return home with unforgettable memories.

Duration
15 days
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If you are interested in discovering the world of the Himalayas, this magnificent trip has everything to satisfy you. A perfect balance between nature, culture and local encounters, be prepared to create unforgettable memories on this adventurous journey between Nepal and Bhutan.

Your tailor-made trip - Bhutan

Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu Airport

Start of your trip to Nepal

Namaste! You will be greeted at the airport by your private driver who accompanies you to your hotel in the heart of the Nepalese capital. You drop your luggage and meet your Travel Expert, who gives you all the latest information necessary for the smooth running of your trip to Nepal and Bhutan. Depending on your arrival time, why not stroll along the narrow, picturesque and bustling streets of Thamel, the must-see tourist district of the capital and soak up its special atmosphere: a mixture of tradition, religious influence and modernity. In many of the area's restaurant terraces, you will enjoy Newar cuisine, the local cuisine of the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley.


Kathmandu
Day 2
Kathmandu

Spiritual atmosphere and historic district

This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you to visit the most emblematic sites of Kathmandu. Your first stop is the Boudhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal that you admire as you take part in a clockwise circumambulation. Not far away, the Hindu site of Pashupatinath, which borders the sacred Bagmati River, gives you an experience of great religious fervour. In the afternoon, you will discover the medieval charm of the historic Durbar Square where the Temple of Kumari, a little girl considered a living goddess, is located. Night at the hotel.


Kathmandu
Day 3
Kathmandu

Discovery of the Kathmandu Valley

Wake up early to reach the city of Patan, one of the three ancient royal cities of the country. Known as "Lalitpur", which means "the city of beauty", it is renowned for its remarkable architecture. You walk through the streets and cobbled squares in the middle of temples, palaces and buildings made of ocher bricks and richly ornamented wood. Then, your private driver accompanies you to Bahktapur, an old Newar city, which has preserved all of its medieval character. Spend a beautiful day strolling in the setting of another time where some scenes from the film Little Buddha were shot. Return to Kathmandu and overnight at the hotel.


Kathmandu - Royal Chitwan National Park
Day 4
Kathmandu - Royal Chitwan National Park

The Bengal Tiger Refuge

Today, you take the road to the Royal Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan offers particularly rich fauna and flora and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned rhinoceros. It is also renowned as one of the last refuges of the Bengal tigers. You settle down in your lodge and enjoy a free afternoon to rest in the heart of the jungle. Do not hesitate to walk around. With its magnificent landscape, lush vegetation and the Himalayas in the background, the park is an area of ​​rare beauty. Overnight in the lodge.


Royal Chitwan National Park
Day 5
Royal Chitwan National Park

Safari in the national park

After breakfast, you will go on a Jeep safari to discover the fauna and flora of the Chitwan National Park. Then, you have the opportunity to see swamp crocodiles during a boat trip on the Rapti. In the afternoon, take a walk in the forest where you observe numerous exotic birds, always accompanied by your guide, who helps you to detect rare specimens in this dense setting. As night falls, you continue on your safari - that's when leopards and tigers go out to hunt, which gives you the best chance of seeing the animals you may not have seen in the morning. Overnight in the lodge.


Royal Chitwan National Park - Pokhara
Day 6
Royal Chitwan National Park - Pokhara

At the gateway to the Annapurna

After an exciting time at the Chitwan National Park, your private driver will take you to Pokhara, a peaceful town bordered by a large lake and surrounded by the Himalayan peaks. On the sunniest days, the Annapurna chain is reflected on the water, revealing peaks over 8,000 meters tall. You drop off your belongings at your hotel in the Lake Side district, a lively area on the shores of the lake. You then have the opportunity to go for a boat ride to visit Tal Barahi, the temple of peace, located on the lake or choose to indulge yourself in a traditional Nepali massage, excellent for relaxation and well-being of the body.


Pokhara
Day 7
Pokhara

Hiking on Sarangkot Hill

This morning, you can put on your walking shoes for an easy hike to the village of Sarangkot located on a hill near Pokhara at 1,590m above sea level. It is a beautiful walk with magnificent views of the Pokhara Valley, Lake Phewa, its green hills and the peaks of the Himalayas in the background. For those who wish, it is also an excellent starting point for paragliding, a very popular sport in the region. On the way, you cross many Gurung villages, an ethnic group famous for its long military tradition. You continue down a long staircase in the middle of a forest of rhododendrons to reach a beautiful lake. Night at the hotel.


Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 8
Pokhara - Kathmandu

Road through beautiful Newar countryside

This morning, you will return to Kathmandu from where you will leave for Bhutan. Stop at the village of Bandipur, a jewel of Newar art that is worth a visit for its history and architecture as well as its location in the middle of the mountains with extraordinary views of the Annapurna peaks, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, we recommend you visit the Swayambunath Temple to soak up its spiritual aura, gaze at its gigantic golden stupa and enjoy a magnificent panorama of the whole city. In the evening, enjoy a good meal of momos, delicious stuffed Tibetan ravioli. Night at the hotel.


Kathmandu
Day 9
Kathmandu

The capital of Bhutan

After breakfast, your driver will bring you to the airport to catch your flight to Paro International Airport. Your local guide and driver will welcome you to the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" and you immediately take the road to the capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Your first glimpse of the landscape will amaze you and offer a magnificent view of the majestic Mount Jomolhari, whose summit reaches 7,316m. You can also see the Simthoka Dzong, one of the characteristic fortress-monasteries of the country. Enjoy a free afternoon in Thimphu where you can stroll in the city centre and soak up the traditional architecture of Bhutan with its paintings and Buddhist motifs that the government puts in the spotlight. Night at the hotel.


Thimphu - Punakha
Day 10
Thimphu - Punakha

Beautiful road in the valleys of Bhutan

This morning, depart to Punakha, the ancient capital of the kingdom. The road climbs to the Dochu Pass at 3,050m. You discover the Himalayas of Bhutan with many snow-capped peaks reaching more than 7,000 meters and the Gangkhar Puesum, Bhutan’s highest peak at 7,570m altitude. You are impressed by the Druk Wangyal, a set of 108 chortens at the top of the pass. Then, you descend via a winding road that crosses beautiful landscapes of terraced fields scattered with Bhutanese farms. Then, the landscape changes and you arrive in the subtropical valley of Punakha. Enjoy a free afternoon and overnight at the hotel.


Punakha
Day 11
Punakha

Beautiful hikes in the Punakha Valley

After breakfast, you will head to Kabjisa, the starting point for a wonderful hike in the Punakha Valley. You walk along a path that climbs slightly and gradually, and observe the local rural life as you pass pretty villages surrounded by orange orchards. The atmosphere is cheerful and serene and the nature resplendent. You arrive at the top of a hill overlooking the valley of Punakha where you can find the Nebu chorten, slightly off the beaten path, where the monks will certainly invite you to share some tea. In the afternoon, your guide takes you on foot, through farms and rice fields to reach the Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, the temple of fertility. Night at the hotel.


Punakha - Paro
Day 12
Punakha - Paro

Punakha Dzong, one of the jewels of Bhutan

Wake up early to visit Punakha Dzong, punctuated with stories and legends. Located at the confluence of the rivers Po Chu and Mo Chu, it is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan and one of the most elaborately-decorated. Then take the road to the rich and fertile Paro Valley surrounded by mountains. Your guide takes you to Rinpung Dzong, a beautiful building overlooking the valley, dating back to the 16th century and accessed by a covered wooden bridge. The monastery is always quite active in this fortress which exudes a soothing serenity. A little further up, you visit Ta Dzong, the old watchtower, which has now been turned into a national museum. Night at the hotel.


Paro
Day 13
Paro

The famous Taksang Monastery

In the early hours of the morning, go for a nice walk to the Taksang Monastery, nicknamed "The Tiger's Nest". Perched on the cliff, as if defying gravity, this is the most sacred site in Bhutan. Legend has it that in the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese Buddhism, arrived on the back of a tigress to the cave nicknamed "The Tiger’s Nest" to meditate. It has now become a hermitage where every three years a monk comes to isolate himself. With your driver, you then join the ruins of Drukyel Dzong from where the view on Jhomolari is magnificent. Night at the hotel.

For those who wish, the climb can be done on horseback but the descent can only be done on foot.


Paro - Kathmandu
Day 14
Paro - Kathmandu

The art of ancestral Bhutanese weaving

This morning, why not take advantage of your last hours in Bhutan to discover Paro, a pleasant and charming little town. Along the main street, many stalls are perfect for finding take-away souvenirs for you and your loved ones. Let yourself be tempted by sumptuous traditional and colourful Bhutanese fabric. This handicraft of Bhutan, which follows the ancestral methods of weaving, is the pride of the kingdom. Your private driver then picks you up at your hotel to accompany you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu in Nepal. If not too tired, don’t hesitate to visit the historic Durbar Square. Night at the hotel.


Kathmandu Airport
Day 15
Kathmandu Airport

Walk in the tourist district of Thamel and return flight

This morning, in the heart of old Kathmandu, you can stroll the streets of Thamel to find your last souvenirs and sip a delicious masala tea (a spicy sweet tea with a touch of milk) on the one of the many sunny terraces of the neighbourhood. Then, your driver will accompany you to Kathmandu International Airport for your return flight. Your suitcase, your heart and your mind are filled with unforgettable memories. We wish you a pleasant return flight and hope to see you again soon in Asia with Shanti Travel team. Do not hesitate to contact our Himalayan Travel Experts who will be happy to answer all your questions and your requests.


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Travel terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Welcome in Kathmandu by your Travel Expert
  • 24/7 assistance from your Travel Expert
  • Land transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking driver.
  • Accommodation: hotel in a double room
  • Meals: Breakfasts only.
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Paro / Paro – Kathmandu (price subject to change at the time of booking depending on availability).
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and sites mentioned in the program, with a local English-speaking guide
  • All the activities planned in the program

Price does not include

  • International flights.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Visa fees – valid for 28 days
  • The entrance fees to temples, monuments or historical sites that are mentioned “optional”
  • Assistance-repatriation insurance.
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Tips.
  • Anything that is not listed in the "price includes" section.

Details

  • Starting from 1 per person based on 2 travellers
  • Quotation is subject to change according to availability, exchange rates and government tax rise. All the rates mentioned are based on current best available rate and can be modified at the moment of the booking.

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