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Duration

10 Days

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  • Cultural and Historical Tours

Accomodation

  • Twin Sharing

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from 2500 USD

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Nepal and Bhutan Sightseeing Tour is a combination of historical, cultural and natural appreciation. Nepal and Bhutan Sightseeing Tour offers an opportunity to explore, learn and compare the differences among many similarities of Nepal and Bhutan in terms of natural wonders and scenic beauty, art & architecture, well preserved traditions, rich history and many more. 

Nepal gain its fame as an open museum where centuries back monuments, temples and craftsmanship are gratis to observe in 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within 10 km radius in Kathmandu Valley. Similarly, the land of natural wonder, the Pokhara Valley offers incredible dramatic close view of beautiful Himalayas and tranquil Lakes. Whereas Bhutan is one of the most exotic and preserved destinations in the world which is also admired as the last Shangri-La. This prestigious tour let you get insight of Bhutan’s pristine cultural, historical and natural treasures. 

 

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Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will meet our representative and then you will be transferred to your hotel. After check into the hotel, our representative will explain briefly the program. Late evening welcome dinner with cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, break the day with an extensive pilgrimage tour, the first visit is made at Pashupatinath Temple –biggest and the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicating to Lord Shiva. The next visit, we lead you to Baudhanath Stupa- probably the largest stupa in the world. Then we visit Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kathmandu Valley and mountains. Finally, we lead you to Kathmandu Durbar Square- Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddess), Kasthamandap (made up of single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, drive towards Tribhuwan International Airport to catch the flight to Paro. During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Thimphu. The drive will take around 1.5 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. 

After lunch visit to National Library, It contains Bhutan’s history in the form of religious & historical literature. Most of the books here are about Buddhism & Himalayan History. You will also find the world’s largest book here; Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot; the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan's third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") who has wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast visit some places in Thimphu. Visit Traditional Institute of Medicine, established in 1988, one of the most interesting facilities in Thimphu. The production of medicines is directed entirely towards the needs of the Bhutanese though there is a plan to eventually export traditional medicines. School of Traditional Paintings - Known as ‘Zorig Chusum’ in Bhutanese, operates under the auspices of the National Technical Training Institute and offers a six years course that provides instruction to many of Bhutan’s traditional arts to students from throughout the country whose aptitude is more artistic than academic.

After lunch drive to Punakha, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Stop at the pass to visit Druk Wangyal Chortens, 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads you to the Punakha valley. Then visit the Punakha dzong, the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot).   Punakha Dzong is the most Magnificent and Largest Dzong in Bhutan located beautifully in between the two largest rivers Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River); it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork. Wangdue Dzong, built in 1638. It is believed to be built on the back of the giant Elephants back and is considered one of the most important Dzongs of the 17th century as it controlled west - East and to the South After visiting trace back your drive to Thimphu. 

After breakfast departure to Paro. After check into the hotel in Paro drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress, which was once, defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. We then drive to Ramthangkha, the terminating point of the motorable road and then hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning "Tiger's Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century's monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 2950 m above the sea level.

After the visit to the temples walk back to the cafeteria for your lunch. After lunch we then walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Visit National Museum, Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum and visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast, transfer to the Paro International Airport to catch the flight to Kathmandu. After an hour scenic flight, reach Kathmandu International Airport and meet our representative. Transfer to hotel and relax. Afternoon, we visit Changunarayan Temple- Oldest Temple of Nepal dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Bhaktapur Durbar Square- the city of devotees; still retain the charm of medieval period’s Newari culture and architecture. Together with highlights, pass by many narrow paths even inside the local residence and courtyards. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, drive to Pokhara, all the way through scenic mountain terrain, lush greenery and major rivers. After 6 hours drive reach Pokhara, its fame rests on the natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains. Pokhara is the starting point for some of the most famous treks in Nepal, and there are also plenty of short walks and day trips, that can be made around the valley. Lunch will be arranged on the way. Check in to the hotel upon arrival. After short rest proceed for boating on Fewa Lake and visit Barahi Temple. Overnight in Pokhara.

After breakfast visit Bindabasini Temple, Seti Gorge, Davi’s Fall and Gupteshwor Cave.  Late afternoon visit Peace Stupa and enjoy the Himalayas ranges, bird eyes view of Fewa Lake and Pokhara Valley. Evening is free on your own. Overnight in Pokhara.

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. After 6 hrs drive finally reach Kathmandu. You are free on your own. Spend the day leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights in Kathmandu. Late evening we will celebrate dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, rest of time is at leisure until we pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to airport for your next stop.

Inclusion

    Price Includes:

    • All hotel/airport transfers, other transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle as per itinerary
    • Kathmandu to Paro t o Kathmandu Airfare
    • Bhutan Visa Fee
    • 6 nights accommodation in Nepal in 4 star hotels
    • 3 nights accommodation in Bhutan in A and B category hotels
    • Daily breakfast in Kathmandu and three meals in Bhutan
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at classic Nepali Restaurant with cultural program
    • Entrance fees and permit to visit monuments
    • Guide during sightseeing
    • 1 hour boating in Fewa Lake
    • Fare well dinner
    • All government tax and service charges

     

    Price Excludes:

    • Nepal Visa Fee
    • Travel Insurance
    • Beverages
    • Expenses of a personal nature
    • Tips to guides and drivers
    • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

     

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Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!

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