Nepal and Bhutan special

Tour Highlights:

             •   Scenic flight to Kathmandu to Pokhara and Kathmandu to Bhadrapur(Nepal)

             •   Boating in Phewa Lake and visit to Davis Fall and Gupteswor Cave in Pokhara(Nepal)

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

             •   Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

             •   Explore Paro Valley and Thimpu (Bhutan)

             •   Gangtey Gompa, ChangangkhaTemple, Drugyul Dzong, National Museum, Simtokha Dzong, Ta-Dzong(Bhutan)

             •   Painting school, Centre of Traditional Medicines, BBS Tower, Thimphu zoo, SAARC Meeting Hall(Bhutan)

             •   Archery Ground, Changlimithang Stadium, Tashichho Dzong, National Library(Bhutan)


 

Trip Cost Includes:

•   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
•   Twin sharing accommodation in star hotels

             •  3 Nights in Kathmandu

             •  1 Night in Pokhara

             •  1 Night in Lumbini

             •  2 Nights in Chitwan 
             •  Twin sharing accommodation in a nice hotel in 5 Nights in Bhutan


 

•   12 Breakfast, 7 Lunch and 9 Dinner

•   All jungle activities in the national park.
•   Airfare from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur including airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport.
•   Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara including airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport.
•   Airfare from Paro to Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Paro airport.
•   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places
•   An English speaking knowledgeable local tour guide in both country
•   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 Patale Chhango 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 Davi'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: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 05: Chitwan
Elephant ride, bird watching, jungle walk and dug canoe ride

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 06: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 07: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive 5 hours to Phunsoling

Fly to Bhadrapur and drive 5 hours to Phunsoling at Bhutan Immigration Check Point and drive to Paro where you will be picked up by our representative and take you to the pre booked hotel after immigration formalities. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the beautiful Paro valley

Overnight: Hotel in Phuentsoling

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 08:  Explore the Paro valley and drive to Thimpu

Visit one of the ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong which is strategically located at the fort. The fort defended the valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. We will continue on through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong. The tower was housed into the National Museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. At the northern end of the valley Mt Chomolhari (7320m) reigns in snow capped glory. In the afternoon we drive 65 kms in 2 hours to Thimpu

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 09: Explore Thimpu

Early morning we start for a city tour visiting Simtokha Dzong (17th century) which is the oldest Dzong in the country which stands on a lofty ridge at the end of the valley. It was built in the year 1627 and now houses the school for Buddhist studies. Then you will also visit a painting school, Centre of Traditional Medicines, BBS Tower, Thimphu zoo, SAARC Meeting Hall, Archery Ground, Changlimithang Stadium. In the afternoon you will visit the Tashichho Dzong on the bank of the river. It is the main Secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan and is also the summer residence of the monks.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 10:  Thimpu to Wangdiphodrang

After breakfast today, we will explore the key sites of Thimpu on a relaxed guided tour. This is the modern capital of Bhutan, a lively place. Highlights include the memorial chorten built in memory of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, commanding 15th century ChangangkhaTemple, 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, it is time to drive through beautiful countryside to Wangdiphodrang (1300m/4,264ft) via Punaka, around 3 hours across the DochulaPass.

Overnight: Hotel in Wangdiphodrang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 11:  Wangdiphodrang to Paro

Wangdiphodrang lies to the south of Punaka and is the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Here we will visit the 17th century Dzong as well as Gangtey Gompa, a 16th century monastery and the only monastery which follows the Nyimgmapa sect. Afternoon we will back to Thimpu and further to Paro for the overnight.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 12:  Paro to Kathmandu

This morning we will be transferred to the immigration port at Phunsoling and drive 5 hours to get the Nepal airport at Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel. Remaining time rest and relax at the hotel or explore surrounding areas.

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


 

Day 13: Departure flight back home

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