Nepal & Bhutan with Sikkim and Darjeeling

Countries Visited: Nepal, Bhutan and India

 

Tour Highlights:

         •   Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Kathmandu to Paro

         •    Visit to Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave and boating in Phewa Lake in Pokhara (Nepal)

         •    Visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha (Nepal)

         •    Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

         •    Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, Ta-Dzong and Historical Museum in Paro (Bhutan)

         •    Hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten (Bhutan)

         •    Visits to Monasteries, Painting School, museum and traditional paper factory in Thimpu (Bhutan)

         •    Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute, bazaar, Dello View Point in Kalimpong (India)

         •    Sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill view point in Darjeeling (India)

         •    Visits to Zoological Park, Mountaineering Institute, Tea Garden,Tea Factory &Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling (India)

         •    Visit to Tashi view point for astounding views of Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Siniolchu (India)

         •    Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok and Martam (India)

 

 

Trip Cost Includes:

         •    All ground transportation in private vehicles.
         •    Twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel (Nepal)

 

                     •   2 Nights in Kathmandu

                     •   1 Night in Pokhara

                     •   1 Night in Lumbini

                     •   2 Nights in Chitwan


          •    Twin sharing accommodation in a comfortable hotel

 

                      •   6 Nights in Bhutan

                      •   6 Nights in Darjeeling+Sikkim in India

 

           •    18  Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 10 Dinner

           •    Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara with departure tax at Kathmandu airport
           •    Airfare from Kathmandu to Paro (Bhutan) including airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport.
           •    All jungle activities in the Chitwan National Park.  
           •    Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places 
           •    An English speaking knowledgeable tour guide
           •    Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
           •    City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner

 

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara

After breakfast, transfer to airport for an early morning flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara: Situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal and is the second most populous city in the country. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking many short or long treks. The serene of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them makes Pokhara an ambience of peace and magic.

Phewa Lake is a semi natural freshwater lake at an altitude of 742m located in the south of the Pokhara. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake, and the lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface.The Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake and thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Davi's fall: Locally known as PataleChhango is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. The water that feeds the Devi’s Fall comes from the Phewa Lake, which follows a rocky stream to eventually rush down the waterfall and disappear. The passages that run under the ground are connected to the hole below the waterfall. The best time to view this spectacular sight is during the monsoon season when there is a high rainfall and the summer season. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.

Gupteswar Cave: Gupteswar Cave is a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi's fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 03: Drive to Lumbini (7 Hrs)

Drive to Lumbini via Tansen from Pokhara is approx. 200 kms. South west and takes about 6-7 hours. Tansen is a beautiful hill station and historical town.

Lumbini: Lumbini, lying in the foothills in the Himalayas in Nepal is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, approx. 300 kms south of Kathmandu. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth. On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool, where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the new born Buddha was washed by two dragons. The Maya Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorfulprayer flags are strung between trees which are believed to carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze. The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Ashoka's Pillar, near the temple.

Overnight: Hotel in Lumbini

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 04: Drive to Chitwan (4 Hrs)

Drive to Chitwan from Lumbini is apprx. 150 kms.east of Lumbini and the journey takes 4 hours. The highlight of Chitwan is the World Heritage listed, Royal Chitwan National Park which is the lush valley situated in the foothills of Churia ranges. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife, and with the snowcapped Himalaya in the distance.

Tharu dance: A melodious tribal dance where a great circle of men and women with rhyme or drums whack their sticks together in time.
Overnight at hotel in Chitwan with traditional Tharu Dance.

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 05: Chitwan

Elephant ride, Bird watching, Jungle walk and Dug out canoe ride

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu

We spend our last evening in Nepal sharing the excitements of the trip enjoying dinner in one of the traditional Nepalse restaurant

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

Day 07: Fly from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan)

We fly in Druk air to Paro .  The flight offers you beautiful view of mountain and landscape. You will be received by our representative at Paro airport and will take you to the pre booked hotel after the visa formalities . Afternoon / evening time at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 08: Paro Sightseeing

We visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 09: Drive from Paro to Punakha (1250m/4100 ft) 130km/4 hrs

The road leads through the Paro Valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzoum. Three different styles of Chortens adorn the confluence. A short way beyond, on the left is the Tachogang Lhakhang built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyelpo, a trader who first introduced Iron Bridges in Bhutan. We stop for tea at Dochu La (3100 meters), 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. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley.

Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten, Afternoon drive to Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft) 76km/3 hrs

After breakfast, we drive 12 km north of Punakha Valley and from the road point, you will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, which is located on a beautiful hillock overlooking the villages. It contains elaborate paintings dedicated to old sect of Buddhism. After lunch, you will drive to Thimphu via Dochu la.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: Thimphu Sightseeing

Today we visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit Folk Heritage Museum, traditional paper factory, majestic Tashichhodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakyamuni in the world. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and absorb the life style of the people.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12: Thimphu to Phuentsholing (300m/985 ft) 176 km/ 7- 8 hrs

Today we take a 6 hour drive from Thimphu to Phuentsholing, the border town with India. The Highway is also consdired the lifeline of Bhutanese economy. Hence, it is the most heavily trafficked road of Bhutan. There may be traffic jams that may last upto hours. Still, it's a scenic drive from the hills to the plains along a hair-raising mountain roads.

Overnight: Hotel in Phuentsholing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: Phuntsholing (Bhutan) to Door to Darjeeling (India) (2134m/7000ft) 200 kms/6 hrs

Our drive passes through the Doors, through deep forests criss-crossed at many points by the Tista and other rivers. Then pass along the vast plains with tea plantations. Enjoy being among the vast tea fields. From the plains, we climb to the hilly Darjeeling region via Ghoom and along the famous narrogaze steam engine railway.

Overnight: Hotel in Darjeeling

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 14: Darjeeling sightseeing

Today early morning transfer to Tiger Hill to see the view of Sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. While returning visit Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). After breakfast transfer for sightseeing around Darjeeling to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden and Tea Factory, Peace Pegoda.

Overnight: Hotel in Darjeeling

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 15: Drive from Darjeeling  to Gangtok (1700m/5600ft) 115 Km/4 Hr
Today after breakfast take a 4-5 hrs drive (105 km) from Darjeeling to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. First we make a steep descent through the tea plantations and forests. Complete the formalities at the Tista Bridge, the entry point of Sikkim, before climbing toward Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Overnight: Hotel in Gangtok

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 16: Sightseeing Gangtok Area & Martam (1450m/4428 ft)

Today early morning visit Tashi View point about 8 km from Gangtok for astounding view of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Then back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will be visiting Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery.

Overnight: Hotel in Martam

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 17: Drive from Martam to Kalimpong (1247m/4100 ft) 4 hrs

Drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong is a small town established for the Trade with Bhutan and Tibet by India. Make a sightseeing tour of the some landmarks and markets.

Overnight: Hotel in Kalimpong

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 18: Kalimpong Sightseeing

Today visit the Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute in Kalimpong and other sightseeing places like Dello View point and Hat Bazar. In the evening free at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel in Kalimpong

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 19: Kalimpong to Bagdora to Delhi or Calcutta

Your tour ends here and you will be transferred to Bagdogra Airport (Flights connects to Delhi and Kolkata) for your flight for onward tour

Meals: Breakfast

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.

 

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C to 34 °C  during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel.  Depending on the season and the country you are travelling to, the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.

 

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. In Bhutan we provide Government approved hotels that are clean and well maintained with hot and cold water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. During Bhutan stay all the hot drinks and all meals are included in the trip price.

 

Food

In Bhutan all hot drinks and all standard meals are inlcuded in the trip cost.

In Nepal, all the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from. In Bhutan, local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.

 

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable assuring comfortable journey. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. You will have a vehicle, an English speaking and local language speaking guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.

 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

 

Bhutan Visa
We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.

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Communication

In all the countries, telephones and Internet and international calls are readily available Phone calls can be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone. If you buy local  SIM cards of each country, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time from your own personal phone

 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in these countries, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

 

Credit Cards
Only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments . In Bhutan there are only few ATM's for credit card (Master card / Maestro) . US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euro Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses. 1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 and 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today  NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency

 

Tour Guides

We provide Licensed English speaking and local language speaking guide during your stay in each country

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.

 

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at + 977 9841414582