The Nepal Bhutan Tour is a perfect trip for those who wish to discover some of th evarious cultures and landscapes the Himalayas have to offer. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul or the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Our Nepal & Bhutan Tour is by name a comprehensive tour package in which you will get a chance to see everything that the Druk Yul has to offer along with some noticeable glimpse of Kathmandu. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some major heritage sites and architectural values of Kathmandu valley with spectacular mountain scenery of remarkable natural beauty and remote and dramatic monasteries of Bhutan that rule in the pristine and intact Bhutanese landscape. Above all, you will get a chance to interact with the local people and to witness the way of life in Bhutan and Kathmandu.
Your Druk Yul tour starts as you arrive at the airport at Kathmandu. Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
The day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu’s historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) from where you will see beautiful views of Kathmandu valley, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, and Bouddhanath Stupa, which is the second biggest Stupa of the world . After returning back to the hotel, you will make some preparation for next day’s journey to Bhutan.
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft) that offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range of Nepal including the Mt. Everest. On arrival, our Druk Yul representative will pick you up and transfer to the hotel for a short rest and lunch. Later on the day, you will explore around the Paro valley, visit one of the strategic but ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong. From here, on a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. You will continue through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong which is now the National Museum of Bhutan.
Today, after breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Druk Yul most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Then drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan.
Today, you will explore the major sites of Thimphu on a relaxed guided tour. Highlights include the memorial Chorten built in memory of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, commanding 15th century Changangkha Temple, the traditional indigenous hospital, the National Library with its treasure troves of manuscripts and ancient texts and the traditional painting school where education is free for students to learn the ancient skills of traditional painting. Later on, you will drive through beautiful countryside to Wangduephodrang across the Dochula Pass, where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock.
After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. On the way back, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the evening, you can drive to Paro.
Today you will be back to Kathmandu from Druk Yul. This morning we will transfer you to the Paro airport to catch your short but very scenic flight to reach Kathmandu that goes again above the massive Himalayan range such as Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Remaining time you can just rest and relax at the hotel or can explore surrounding areas in Kathmandu.
We start our tour of two more UNESCO World Heritage Site cities adjacent to Kathmandu: Patan & Bhaktapur. Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts. Patan Durbar Square is one of the places in the Kathmandu Valley where the medieval arts and architecture still remain in its original state. The Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Similarly, the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Later in the day, you can do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift for your family, friends or relatives.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
What Is Included
1. All ground transportation by private vehicle in Kathmandu & Bhutan as per itinerary
2. Accommodation in 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and A & B category hotels in Bhutan on twin sharing basis
3. Complementary welcome & farewell dinner in one of the finest Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu
4. Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Bhutan as per itinerary
6. Entrance fees for heritage sites, museums and monuments in Kathmandu & Bhutan
7. Experienced English speaking local tour guides (Bhutanese & Nepalese in respective places)
8. Meals on full board basis in Bhutan and breakfast in Kathmandu
9. Bhutan visa fee
10. All Government and local taxes
What Is Not Included
1. International airfare to/from Kathmandu
2. Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu flight (USD 460 for the round trip economy class)
3. Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
4. Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
5. Items of personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
6. Excess baggage
7. Tips for guides & drivers
8. Nepal Visa fee
The packing gear list has been created with the objective of getting the maximum comfort with the minimum possible weight. Please remember to bring only what is necessary, as this will be helpful to you and also to the field staff. Luggage Weight Restrictions
Druk Air has a44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17″ x 13″ x 8″. Next, your gear and clothing items are divided into “trek” and “non-trek” with non-trekitems left at the staff office in a locked room.
Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
Copy of the first page of your passport
Visa approval for Bhutan (to be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural Tours
Pairs of lightweight long pants
Pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening outings
Pairs of shorts
Long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (while visiting dzongs, temples and Monasteries)
Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb)
Sweater or light weight jacket
Pair of comfortable walking shoes
Pair of sandals
Pair of dress shoes
Spare nylon duffel for purchases
Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
Daypack/Fanny pack for day trips
First-Aid kit with pain medications, antiseptic/anesthetic for sunburn, and prescription medications.
Optional field Gears
Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
Spare contact lenses or glasses
Reading and writing materials
Passport pouch or money pouch
Motion sickness medication
Things to Remember
Essentials: Always check that your pack contains essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage.
Gifts: Please don’t bring extra gifts which might burden you. If you wish to show your appreciation to the staff, the best gift would be a sincere ‘thank you’ or tips where appropriate.
Cultural Sensitivity: It`s better for women to wear pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf or longer). Tights, hiking shorts and sports tops are not advisable. For men, pants are best. Men may wear longer hiking shorts that come to the knees. Never go shirtless.
Health tips for women: Women are advised to bring their necessary health/sanitary supplies with them as such items might not be available in Bhutan.
Boots: Wear boots that are broken-in. To minimize the risk of blisters, wearing thin liner socks under regular hiking socks may help.
Clothing: Cotton is recommended in warm weather. Once wet, cotton also drains body heat. Better to bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
Layers: Always test your layers before a trip. See if the outer layer fits easily over the inside ones.
Toiletry Kit: For trekking and sightseeing, bring your own toiletry kit and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Always remember to discard the toilet tissue in a waste basket and not along a trail or in the toilet.
Heating: In Bhutan, portable electric heaters are generally provided for heating in rooms. Blankets are also provided. Bring an extra set of long underwear for extra warmth.
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