Nepal and Bhutan Tour: Essence of the Himalayas
Traverse mystical terrains, marvel at Himalayan peaks, and discover the serenity of ancient monasteries and temples. Our seamless and enriching tour ensures an exceptional experience, covering natural beauty, cultural heritage, and spiritual significance. This Nepal Bhutan is completely customized as per your personal preferences.
All around the year
Sightseeing, Hiking, Boating, Rickshaw riding & Culinary experience
Private vehicle & flight
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude / Drive duration: 30 minutes
Day 2 UNESCO Heritage sites tour in Kathmandu Valley: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (B)
Day 3 Kathmandu- Pokhara: 900m altitude: 210 km / Drive duration: 6-7 hours (B)
Day 4 Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family
Day 5 Sightseeing at Pokhara city & boating: Visit Tibetan refugee camp & Participate in chanting program
Day 6 Drive to Chitwan: 150km / Drive duration: 4 hours drive / Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)
Day 7 Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
Day 8 Chitwan - Kathmandu: 175 km / Drive duration: 5-6 hours / Rickshaw ride at Old Kathmandu durbar area: 2 hours
Day 9 Fly Kathmandu to Paro: 1 hours 5 minutes / Arrive at Paro (2280m) and transfer to Thimphu (2320m): 55 km
Day 10 Thimphu to Punakha: 71 km/ Drive duration: 2 ½ hours (B, L, D)
Day 11 Punakha to Paro via Thimpu: 128 km / Drive duration: 3 & ½ hours (B, L, D)
Day 12 Hike to Tiger nest: 3120m altitude / Approx. 5-6 hours walk (B, L, D)
Day 13 Fly back Paro - Kathmandu / Dwarika's Hotel: Krishnarpan Dinner (B, D)
Day 14 Departure (B)
• All private transfer and tours
• Proficient English speaking guide.
• Tours & excursions as mentioned in the program.
• All entrance fees for museums & monuments.
• Meals: All breakfast, Lunches & dinners
• Govt. Royalty of USD 200/person/night
• Visa fee
• All Govt. Taxes
• A Bottled mineral water/person/day
1. Transport in Private car with A/C
• Airport transfers
• One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Aarati at Pashupatinath Temple
• Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu transfer
• Drive to World Peace Pagoda & hike to Kalabang
• Pick up from Pumdi village Phedi to Pokhara
• One half day sightseeing in Pokhara city
• One hour boating at Phewa Lake & visit Barahi Temple
• Transfer to Hemja & visit Tibetan Refugee Camp
• Rickshaw ride through old durbar area
2. Chitwan 2Nights/3Days Package:
• Village walk, Sundowner, Tharu cultural dance performance by villagers, Bird watching, Canoe ride, Jeep Safari, Nature/Jungle walk, Slide show presentation
• Kathmandu (4Ns)
• Pokhara (3Ns)
• Chitwan (2Ns)
• All breakfasts
• Lunch: 2 lunches in Chitwan
• Dinner: 2 dinners in Chitwan & one 6 courses Krishnarpna dinner at Dwarika’s Hotel
• Representative from Aarya Village Travel for arrival & departure assistance
• An English speaking guide throughout the trip
6. Taxes and Service Charges:
• All the applicable services charges, government taxes, National Park Permit
Cost Excludes of above program:
1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($30 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
3. All entrance fees during sightseeing
4. Meals not listed in an itinerary
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
6. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
7. Payment Transfer Charge
8. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
9. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue
10. Horse Ride to Tiger nest (Bhutan)
Get ready for a best Nepal and Bhutan holiday tour that kicks off in Nepal! When you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, our friendly team from Aarya Village Travel will be there to greet you. We'll transfer you comfortably to your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy some refreshing welcome drinks. During this time, our team will provide you with a briefing about the exciting tour that awaits you. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Nepal and Bhutan!
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, get ready for an incredible sightseeing tour of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Nepal. Our first stop is Patan Durbar Square, where you'll be amazed by the exquisite arts and architecture reflecting the Malla period. Explore the unique Durbar Squares and witness the skillful Thanka painters and fine metal shops. Don't miss the opportunity to savor local cuisine in Patan's charming alleys.
Next, we'll head to Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. Enjoy breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley from this sacred Buddhist site. The stupa represents wisdom, compassion, and unity, surrounded by prayer wheels. The sunset panorama will leave a lasting impression.
Our journey continues to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. Marvel at its massive structure and immerse yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist ambiance. Explore the monasteries and witness the magnificent mandala-like architecture.
Then, we'll visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though the main temple is restricted to non-Hindus, you can still experience the surrounding area filled with temples, ashrams, and ancient inscriptions. In the evening, don't miss the captivating Aarati ceremony at the Bank of Bagmati River. This mesmerizing ritual with chanting, music, incense, and oil lamps will leave you spellbound. Join the celebration and immerse yourself in the divine atmosphere. We will end a day filled with cultural richness, architectural marvels, and spiritual experiences in Nepal.
After a delicious breakfast, embark on an approximately 6-hour drive to Pokhara. Situated 210 km west of Kathmandu, this enchanting lakeside city is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Prepare to be captivated by its natural beauty, breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, and modern amenities.
The drive itself is a unique experience as you follow the mighty river, surrounded by scenic greenery and glimpses of human settlements along the way. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel, freshen up, and take some well-deserved rest. In the evening, enjoy a leisurely walk along the picturesque Phewa Lake, marveling at the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak on the tranquil waters.
After Breakfast drive to World Peace Pagoda which takes around 25 minutes. Enjoy beautiful views of Pokhara city, Sarangkot hills, and the Himalayas from Stupa. Shanti Stupa, as it is also known, was built as a symbol of peace. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate.
After a short excursion at Peace Pagoda, we start hiking to Kalabang. The quaint location offers an alternative to the crowded viewpoint at Sarangkot, with spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Fewa Tall's waters stretch out disappearing into the surrounding hills. In certain seasons the horizon is blurred between the sky and the lake. Here we will have lunch hosted by a local family and later, escorted by a local, we will visit Pumdi village. Drive to the lakeside. Rest of the day is free on your own.
Start your morning with a delightful one-hour boat ride on Phewa Lake, where you'll visit the beautiful Barahi Temple located on an island in the middle of the lake. Afterward, explore Bindhyabasini Temple, Gupteshower Cave known for its unique limestone formations, and Devi's Fall, a mesmerizing waterfall that disappears underground.
Next, take a short visit to Pokhara city before driving to the Tibetan Refugee Camp, situated 5 km northwest of Hyangja on the road to Baglung. In the heart of the village, you'll find Jangchub Choeling Gompa, a Tibetan monastery adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Visit around 3:30 to 5:00 pm to witness the profound chanting and horn blowing during the monks' prayer sessions. It's an awe-inspiring experience you won't want to miss.
After a delicious breakfast, embark on a scenic 4-5 hour drive to Chitwan. Upon arrival and check-in at the hotel, our
knowledgeable guide will provide a briefing on the exciting nature programs. Get ready for a fun-filled day of activities:
• Enjoy a guided tour of the Tharu village (approximately one hour, based on your interest)
• Take a leisurely walk along the bank of the Rapti River
• Experience a beautiful sundowner
• Be entertained by a captivating Tharu cultural dance performance by local villagers (lasting one hour)
Start your day with a refreshing wake-up call and a steaming cup of tea or coffee. After breakfast, choose from a variety of exciting activities:
• Join a bird-watching session with our knowledgeable naturalist guide (approximately one hour, based on your interest)
• Embark on a thrilling half-hour canoe ride, where you may spot two rare species of crocodiles: the Marsh Mugger and the fish-eating Gharial
• Experience a 3-4 hour jeep safari in the National Park or Community Forest, offering the chance to see deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth bear, and even the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger
• Take a nature walk through the National Park to discover its diverse flora and fauna (around one hour, depending on your interest)
• Don't miss the enlightening slide show presentation by our expert
After a satisfying breakfast, enjoy a scenic 5-6 hour drive back to Kathmandu (traffic permitting). Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel where you can relax and enjoy refreshing refreshments.
Immerse yourself in the local culture of Kathmandu with a unique rickshaw ride. Meet our guide, who will accompany you on a delightful tour through the bustling streets of Thamel. Experience the vibrant atmosphere as you pass by various handicraft shops, offering treasures like pashmina shawls and Nepali carpets. Explore the lively Ason Bazaar, a 1000-year-old vegetable and spice market, and finally reach Durbar Square. Marvel at the ancient temples, palaces, and shrines that adorn this historical site. Take a leisurely walk through the square, visit the house of the Living Goddess, and discover the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. If you're in the mood, you can also explore the quirky shops on Freak Street, reminiscent of the hippie era. Conclude your rickshaw ride by heading back to the hotel through Indrachowk, where you can indulge in a refreshing cold Lassi.
Today we will combine your asia tour; as we'll board a Bhutan Airline or Druk Air flight to Paro. During the flight, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of mountains and landscapes. Upon arrival, our representative will warmly welcome and assist you. Begin your exploration with a visit to the fascinating Rinpung Dzong, known as the 'fortress of the heap of jewels,' a historic seat of the Paro district.
Next, we'll drive to Thimphu, the charming capital city of Bhutan, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. En route, we'll stop at Tachog Lhakhang, a must-visit 14th-century temple situated at the base of a mountain. Marvel at the unique statues and cross the iron chain suspension bridge over the Paro Chu River. Continuing along the Wangchu (Thimphu River), we'll reach the beautiful Thimphu valley.
After checking into the hotel, we'll visit Kuenselphodrang, where you'll be amazed by the towering 169 feet tall statue of Buddha Dordema. Take in the panoramic view of Thimphu, the capital city. Then, explore Thimphu Trashi Chho Dzong, a historic Buddhist monastery and fortress, traditionally serving as the seat of Bhutan's civil government and the present king.
In the morning, drive through the scenic DochuLa pass (3140m). On a clear day, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan summits, spanning about 200 miles along the northern border of Bhutan. Visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, a unique monastery built by the Queen Mother as a tribute to the fourth King of Bhutan. Admire the beautiful murals depicting significant events in Bhutan's royal history.
As we descend from the pass, the landscape transitions from sub-alpine to sub-tropical, with lush vegetation, banana plants, cacti, and terraced rice fields in Punakha. Enjoy a lunch break at Metsina village before embarking on a hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, also known as the Divine Madman's Monastery. This monastery is famous for its fertility shrine, where you can receive a special fertility blessing. The Divine Madman is renowned for his unconventional behavior.
Our exploration of Punakha valley begins with a visit to Punakha Dzong. Situated between two rivers, this majestic fortress serves as the winter residence for the central monastic body. Punakha holds great historical and cultural significance, having been the capital of Bhutan and the site of the country's first National Assembly. The dzong stands as a symbol of a unified Bhutan and is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and natural beauty of Punakha as we continue our captivating journey through Bhutan.
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive from Thimphu to Paro. Along the way, visit the Traditional Handmade Paper Factory and Handicraft Emporium to discover local craftsmanship. Explore the Memorial Chorten, a beautiful Buddhist monument, and marvel at the grandeur of Buddha Point.
Upon reaching Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest and most sacred monasteries built in the 7th century by the King of Tibet. Continue towards the north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, originally built to commemorate a victory over Tibetan forces. Weather permitting, catch a glimpse of the magnificent Mt. Chomolhari from the Drukgyal Dzong.
Paro Valley is steeped in religious significance and mythical tales. Its most renowned landmark, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), perches dramatically on a granite cliff 800m above the valley. According to legend, the revered Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated at Taktsang. This monastery is a cherished national treasure of Bhutan.
Embarking on the hike to Taktsang, expect a journey of approximately two and a half hours. Along the way, after about an hour's uphill walk, we'll reach a cafeteria offering a magnificent view of the monastery. For those interested, an additional 45-minute uphill walk will provide a closer glimpse of the monastery before returning to the cafeteria for lunch. The descent back to the road-head will take less than one and a half hours.
After a delicious breakfast, we'll fly you back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our team will meet you and transfer you to the stunning Dwarika's Hotel, an exquisite boutique hotel in Nepal. As you check-in, savor welcome drinks and receive a briefing of the tour program.
Indulge in a truly special evening with a 6-course dinner at Krishnarpan, located within The Dwarika's Hotel. Immerse yourself in the country's most exquisite architectural ambiance and savor a unique gastronomical experience of authentic Nepali cuisine. Enjoy a perfect blend of luxury, culture, and gastronomy at The Dwarika's Hotel, making your stay in Kathmandu truly unforgettable.
As your incredible Nepal and Bhutan tour comes to a close, we want to ensure a smooth departure for your onward journey. Around 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight, a friendly representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport. Rest assured that we'll take care of all the necessary arrangements for your final departure.