Nepal / Bhutan
Beauty Of Nepal
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinations : Kathmandu - Chitvan National Park - Pokhara
Day – 01Arrive Kathmandu - Nepal
Meet & Greet on arrival at Kathmandu airport by our representative holding your name plate. After formal meeting, you will drive to the Hotel. There is an option of familiarization walk in the evening that ends with an attractive dinner. (Walk through the old Kathmandu to tourist center of Thamel)
Day – 02Kathmandu - Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast your tour guide will be introduced. He will guide you through the Heritage sites of Kathmandu. An easy, relaxing day
in a comfortable ride with a local guide will uncover totally different perspective of kathmandu.
Kathmandu sightseeing Points – Pashupatinath
temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath stupa (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Dinner & halt .
Day – 03Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park (160 Km / 5 Hrs)
After breakfast we will drive out of Kathmandu valley. The road snakes through the scenic mountainous region with Himalayan backdrop to
Chitwan. A private car with an experienced driver makes the journey pleasant. Chitwan National park is the last undisturbed vestiges of
gangetic plains. Check in the Safari Lodge in the vicinity of Chitwan National Park and join activities like village tour, visit to
Elephant breeding center and bird watching.
Day – 04Chitwan - Jungle Safari
In the early morning go for an elephant back safari inside the Chitwan Jungle. Scrumptious breakfast will be waiting for us at the lodge.
After breakfast, give a bath to the elephant. We will be scheduled for activities like bird watching, jungle walk, canoe ride to spot
crocodiles etc. In the evening enjoy cultural dance presented by locals.
Day – 05Chitvan - Pokhara (5/6 hrs)
After breakfast we will drive north towards mountains again. Vantage points on this section of highway offers picturesque view of Himalayan
peaks atop verdant hills drained by cascading white water. Pokhara appears as amphitheater of mountains with lofty snow peaks towards north.
Later we will explore Phewa Lake, the biggest of three lakes in pokhara. Dinner & halt .
Day – 06Pokhara – Sightseeing
Pokhara is a natural capital of Nepal and a starting point of trekking in Annapurna. Pokhara tour includes drive to several points for different
vistas of Himalayan landscape. One can hike and mountain bike to several hillsides. The Tibetan refugee Camp is another place of interest in
Pokhara. Your exploration sites will be designed according to your preference.
Sightseeing Points: International Mountain Museum, Sarangkot Sunrise View, Devi's Fall, Tibetan refugee camp, World peace stupa. Dinner & halt .
Day – 07Pokhara - Kathmandu
You have an option of both driving as well as flying back to Kathmandu. The Pokhara Kathmandu flight swifts along the Himalayas unveiling
Manaaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. Tour of Bhaktapur and Patan could be planned in Kathmandu for the afternoon. Dinner & halt .
Day – 08Departure
Morning enjoy your hot breakfast & time to pack your bags with all fun filled memories, check out from hotel, airport drop, Tour Ends !!
Best of Nepal
Duration :10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations : Kathmandu - Chitvan National Park -Pokhara - Dhulikhel - Lumbini
Day – 01Arrival Kathmandu
In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Then briefing about your whole program by our tour leader or
Day – 02Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast you will leave your hotel to visit The Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then you move on to visit Pashupatinath which considered as one
of the holiest temples of Nepal. After that you will visit the Boudhanath Stupa which has a different ambience altogether with hundreds of
colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, sending prayers to the heavens. It is also considered to be the largest Buddhist Stupa in the
world .The last sightseeing of the day will be the ancient kingdom of Bhaktapur, inhabited by the local indigenous Newars. You will then return
to your hotel.
Day – 03Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today you will visit Swayambhunath; it is a Buddhist monastery located on a hillock providing pilgrims and visitors alike a panoramic view of
Kathmandu valley. You will then visit Patan which is also called Lalitpur. Here you can see ancient Newari architecture still intact. The
architecture of numerous temples and the buildings in narrow alleys give you an insight to the way the people lived here in the ancient times.
Patan also provides you with fine examples of Newari food. Then you return to the hotel for the night.
Day – 04Kathmandu - Chitwan
After Breakfast, a six-hour drive will take you to Chitwan National Park. Here, you will meet the Jungle guide who will give you a short
briefing about your programme at the National Park. You will retire at a lodge in the Park.
Day – 05Chitwan National Park Safari Tour
After breakfast you will experience Elephant Safari through the National Park, it is an excellent means of game viewing. You will also go for a
canoe ride and a jungle walk later in the day.
In the evening a cultural dance will be organized which will be performed by the local tribal people, the Tharus.
Day – 06Chitwan - Lumbini
You will go for a Bird Watching tour early morning. You will then drive to Lumbini after breakfast. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
It is also a destination for pilgrims. You will be checked into your hotel for rest.
Day – 07Lumbini Sightseeing
The entire day is reserved for Lumbini tour. The excursion includes a visit to the sacred place where Princess Maya Devi gave birth to Lord
Buddha. Your tour will take you to different monasteries in Lumbini. You will return to your hotel in the evening.
Day – 08Lumbini - Dhulikhel
After breakfast you will fly to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be driven to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a beautiful town where you
will get to see a breathtaking view of the Himalayan Mountains. The view of the mountain range from this place is a different experience
altogether. You will spend the night in a hotel here in Dhulikhel.
Day – 09Dhulikhel - Kathmandu
You will wake up early in the morning to watch the sunrise. The beauty is indescribable as you watch the sun ascending into the sky from the back
of the mountains. In the Afternoon, you will be driven back to Kathmandu and checked into your hotel.
Day – 10Kathmandu Free Day
Today you will have the day for yourself to walk in the streets and pick up souvenirs as a memento of your trip to Kathmandu. There are various
emporiums and local shops where you can purchase curio goods which you will probably never get to see back home.
Day – 11Departure
Today after breakfast check out from hotel, you will be transfers to the airport by our representative .
Duration :06 Nights / 07 Days
Destinations : Paro Valley - Thimphu - Punakha
Day – 01Arrive Paro Valley to Thimphu Valley (1hr 30 mins)
After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by our local representative and driver and transferred to Bhutan's capital Thimphu,
travelling through the spectacular countryside en-route. All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional
Bhutanese style. On arrival into Thimphu check-in to your hotel and take lunch. Enjoy the remainder of the day to explore Thimphu, both by
vehicle and on foot. Your options include visits to the National Memorial Stupa; the celebrated new National Textiles Museum and the Takin
Preserve – home to Bhutan's most unusual national mammal.
Day – 02Sightseeing in Thimphu
This morning visit the majestic Trashichhoe Dzong and the newly consecrated Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakang (temple). Continue on to the awesome
Golden Buddha which also offers an excellent 3km hike option with sensational valley views.Other recommended places to visit are Zorig Chusum –
the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan (closed over school holidays and weekends); the National Library, which holds a vast collection
of ancient Buddhist manuscripts; the hand-made paper making factory; the Folk Heritage Museum & the weekend market (Fri-Sun) where everyone goes
to buy an array of fresh fruits and vegetables and many colourful local items such as yak tail duster, cups of butter tea, turquoise from Tibet,
and musical instruments etc.Don't forget to take a wander along Thimphu's main street, Norzin Lam, which offers good shopping and the Craft
Bazaar. The city bars are also worth a visit. Your guide will advise you the best options. Please note Tuesday is 'dry day' in Bhutan and most
bars in the city will remain closed.
Day – 03Thimphu to Punakha Valley. (3 hours)
This morning you will be transferred by road eastwards to the Punakha Valley. Enroute pass the Semtokha Dzong built in 1629 the oldest fortress
of its kind that guarded the Thimphu valley, which today is a monastery. Continue ascending to Dochu La (pass) to view 108 Stupas, commissioned
by a former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during a low intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels
camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya. On arrival
into the Punakha valley stop and visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman or Mad Monk)
who has a very colourful history, and which is an, easy 20 minute walk across paddy fields. It is believed that childless women who visit the
temple will conceive after receiving a "wang" (blessing) from the resident monk. After lunch enjoy an orientation tour of the valley including
the nunnery and, time permitting, consider a visit to the small very traditional village of Talo where you can wander through the serene grounds
of the monastery with its beautiful gardens.
Day – 04Sightseeing in Punakha today.
This morning visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong, which formerly served as the seat of government and is still the winter residence of the Dratsheng
(Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan's most spectacular Dzong and an excellent example of how a medieval fortress and a centre of both monastic and
adminstrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use. This afternoon we especially recommend you travel northwards up the valley
and take a fascinating hike through fields of vegetables and tiny hamlets to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. This Chorten holds very special
significance being consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince – today's current King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel
Wangchuck. Alternatively take the afternoon at leisure and don't forget the markets if you are there on a Saturday morning. If of interest
white-water rafting is available in this valley at extra cost. Your guide will advise if the conditions are suitable. Please ensure your travel
insurance covers this activity first!!
Day – 05Paro Valley
Depart Punakha early morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochu La, and arriving in Paro town in time
for a late lunch.This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge;
Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit; and the old ruined
fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to
repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day views of the 7314 metre snow domed peak of sacred Mt Chomolhari can be seen.
Day – 06Hiking Pilgrimage & Sightseeing in the Paro Valley.
Taktsang Monastery (aka as Tigers Nest) is one of the most scared and revered monasteries in the Kingdom and all Bhutanese Buddhists desire to
make a pilgrimage visit to Taktsang at least once in their lives. Each step taken towards the monastery gains merit points towards their future.
Choose between a 1.5 to 2 hour round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint or a longer 5 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself.
Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at over 1000 metres above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress
to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged
by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005.This afternoon check
out the National Museum in Paro to view the fine collection of ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and other artefacts and we
recommend a wander along the main street which offers good shopping for jewellery and handicrafts.
Day – 07Departure
Early morning after breakfast check out from hotel, departure from your hotel to Paro airport for your onward flight.
Best of Bhutan
Duration :08 Nights / 09 Days
Destinations : Paro Valley - Thimphu - Punakha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Jakar
Day – 01Arrive - Paro
Fly to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and if weather permits,
you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. After visa formalities at the Paro airport (7,590'), you are met by our
Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel in Paro to provide you some rest. Later, in the afternoon visit Bhutan's national museum, a
fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong. You will also visit Rinphung Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery).
Time permitting in the evening your guide will take you to a tiny Paro town for orientation with the place and people. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 02Paro - Thimphu and sightseeing
After breakfast, we drive to Thimphu, the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals ( 2 hours).
In Thimphu, start sightseeing with visit to a Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts
(or "painting school"), where Bhutanese children can follow an eight-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving,
and sculpture. This will be followed by a visit to Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, Changgangkha Lhakhang (temple), national Library,
Traditional Hospital and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day,
we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan's administrative and religious centre. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 03Thimphu-Punakha; Village Walks
In the morning you drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern
Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied –ever changing forest,
finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley.
In the afternoon you will make a short trek to visit the Crown Prince's chorten and nearby villages. You return on a different route through the
village to Sonagasa (the King's winter residence) and through to Punakha Dzong, following the Mo chu river. You will meet the vehicle and visit
huge impressive Punakha Dzong. Total drive of about 3 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 04Punakha-Trongsa
Drive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Here again there is a very large fortress built in the shape of a sleeping bull. Our road
gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan's
sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. Possibly, your picnic lunch is planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu.
It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road. In afternoon, we arrive in the town of Trongsa after 6 hours
of driving. Trongsa is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that
the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. You may love to wander around Trongsa Township.
Total drive of about 6 & ½ hours. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.
Day – 05Trongsa sightseeing and drive to Bumthang (Jakar)
In the morning you will visit the inner courtyard of historical Trongsa Dzong followed by a watchtower above the main Dzong. Watch tower
(Ta Dzong) has a fine temple at the top containing original Mongol Armour and a large prayer wheel outside.
After lunch, you drive across the Yotong La 11,234'and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys.
Here we will visit the Palace used primary by the second King as his summer residence, and hike for about 15 minutes that brings us to the
Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving). Then we'll drive onto the Jakar the center of
Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the
kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in
Jakar Township. Total drive of about 2 & ½ hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 06Bumthang Valley - sightseeing and walks in Jakar
After breakfast start the walk from the hotel to Jambay Lhakang (Lhakhang means temple) and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, you will
cross the suspension bridge over to Tamshing Lhakang. Continue walking to the Swiss farm and then on to the main town area. The vehicle
will meet you at this point and drive you to visit other sights in and around Jakar; which may include homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory,
the castle of the 'White Bird', perhaps one or two local temples and a walk around to visit woodcraft workshop, dying workshop, and the
five water wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 07Bumthang – Punakha
From the township of Jakar, you first climb out of the Bumthang valleys on the twisting mountain road towards the Yotong La (11,000ft/3,353m).
Near the pass is an area of wild cane/bamboos that is a well-known habitat for Red Panda. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of
stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent until you reach
your hotel located on the bank of the river. Total drive of about 7 hours. Overnight at hotel, Punakha.
Day – 08Punaka – Paro, en-route visit Fertility Temple
You will drive past Wandgue town and Dzong along the east west high way. On reaching at a junction called Lobeysa, you will take a diversion
and drive towards the valley of Punakha to visit a 'temple of fertility' or 'Chimi Lhakhang'. Chimi Lhakhang was built by lama Drukpa Kunley
in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his 'magic thunderbolt of wisdom.' A wooden effigy of the Lama's thunderbolt is preserved
in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint. It's a 20-minute walk across the rice fields
from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the
temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings. Walk back to meet your transport and continue
drive towards Thimphu along Dochu La pass where we make a short stop once again to view the Eastern Himalayas. Descend from the pass brings
you the village of Hongtsho, a Tibetan settlement and then onto Thimphu. After lunch in Thimphu, drive in the evening to Paro. Total drive of
about 5 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 09Departure
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, reach home happily !!!