Himalayan Kingdoms

 

Summary: This Nepal & Bhutan tour explores the Kathmandu Valley before taking a spectacular flight to Bhutan. With its unique Dzongs, permeating Buddhist culture and beautiful scenery, Bhutan is a unique and fascinating country to visit

Duration
12 Days
Countries
2
Next Departure
21-Jun-2020
Starting at
USD 2,885.00
Price per day
USD 240.00
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Operator
Encounters Travel
Tour
Himalayan Kingdoms
Tour Code
NPSGHK
Group Size
1 - 12


Summary

This Nepal & Bhutan tour explores the Kathmandu Valley before taking a spectacular flight to Bhutan. With its unique Dzongs, permeating Buddhist culture and beautiful scenery, Bhutan is a unique and fascinating country to visit

1.
Arrive In Kathmandu, Transfer To Your Hotel
2.
Kathmandu Tour To Durbar Square & Swayambunath
3.
Fly To Bhutan, Paro Tour
4.
Cross The Dochu La Pass To The Punakha Valley
5.
Valley Walk, Punakha Dzong, Drive To Gangtey
6.
Phobjikha Valley Walk, Gangtey
7.
Drive To Thimphu Via Wangdue Phodrang
8.
Thimphu Tours And Weekend Market
9.
Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) Walk, Drukgyel Dzong
10.
Fly To Nepal, Visit Bhaktapur Ancient Centre
11.
Sunrise Mountain Views And Villages, Temples & Stupas
12.
Kathmandu, Tour Ends With Airport Transfer

Visited Countries (2): Bhutan, Nepal

Details

Any visit to Bhutan needs to be combined with at least a little time in either Nepal, India, Thailand or China, and this tour takes in a few days in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal at either side of your time in Bhutan. Bhutan is a unique and fascinating place, and your 8 days in the country allow you to explore several fascinating Dzongs, visit beautiful temples, and enjoy some short walks through spectacular scenery. Throughout the trip you'll learn about Bhutan's cultural and religious heritage and how it permeates everyday life. Travelling in Bhutan is a very different experience to nearby India, Nepal or China, and one never to be forgotten.

The tour starts in Kathmandu with a tour through its busy streets and surroundings seeing stupas, temples and palaces. After a spectacular flight to Bhutan (not included, see Tour Notes), you visit the Paro Dzong (a combination of a monastery, fort and town hall) and national museum and your guide begins his introduction to the country's history and way of life.

From Paro you follow slow winding roads through mixed forests and over the Dochu La Pass to the Punakha Valley. Here you visit the huge and beautifully situated Punakha Dzong and enjoy an easy riverside walk from a hilltop temple through mixed forest and fields of vegetables and chillies. We'll also visit the Phobjika Valley, famous for being the migratory destination of the endangered Black Necked Crane, and Gangtey Dzong.

We then time the tour to visit the capital Thimphu during the huge weekend market. Returning to Paro you climb up to Taktshang monastery (Tiger's Nest), possibly Bhutan's most famous and recognizable site.

When back in Nepal, you visit the ancient centre of Bhaktapur, the important Pasupatinah temple and Boudhnath stupa, and spend a night enjoying beautiful mountain views from the rim of the Kathmandu valley.

Included

  • All accommodation in comfortable mid-range hotels
  • All transport in private AC vehicles with a local driver
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local guide throughout your time in Bhutan
  • Services of a tour leader in Nepal and specialist city guide for Kathmandu tours
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bhutan visa & tourism development fee (TDF)

Excluded

  • International Flights in and out of Nepal
  • Return Flights between Kathmandu and Paro (see Tour Notes)
  • Nepal multi-entry visa fee ($45)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Travel Package
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Tour (Round Trip) Kathmandu Kathmandu

This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

 


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