WONDERS OF NEPAL AND BHUTAN

TOUR CODE OTS 69

WONDERS OF NEPAL AND BHUTAN

DURATION – 14 NIGHT AND 15 DAYS

 

 

DAY 01            ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU, NEPAL

This morning, meet the representative who will transfer you to the airport for your flight from Delhi to Kathmandu, “The Roof of the World,” in the shadow of the Himalayas. You’ll be warmly welcomed and greeted with a traditional flower garland. Relax in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 02            SWAYAMBHUNATH, BOUDHANATH

Wake up early morning to join the one hour optional flight seeing of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Later return to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, city tour of Kathmandu starting with 1st-century Swayambhunath, crowning a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley with its golden spire adorned with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

 

This is a World Heritage Site and one of the most recognizable symbols of Nepal; the painted eyes of Buddha follow all who ascend the worn stone steps.  After this visit Durbar Square, an amazing cluster of ancient temples and palaces that symbolize the country’s religious and cultural life, including sprawling Hanuman Dhoka, ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty and the Temple of Kumari, home to the Living Goddess.

 

Afternoon visit the Boudhanath, the largest stupa of its kind in the world. Participate in a prayer ceremony and receive blessings from the Holy Lama at this extraordinary Buddhist monument. After an outstanding day, return to the hotel.  We suggest a Rickshaw ride to see the city’s astonishing night lit temples and palaces on your own.  Overnight Kathmandu

 

DAY 03                BHAKTAPUR, PASHUPATINATH, MT. EVEREST MOUNTAINEER

After breakfast we proceed for an excursion to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, which is called the “City of Devotees,” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The 14th century Dattatreya Temple and the world famous Peacock Window at Tachapal keep visitors spellbound. Admire the intricately carved deities of the richly moulded Golden Gate and step inside the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, which features exquisite wood carvings. See the Lion’s Gate and its guarding statues, Nyatapola, the five-story temple in Taumadhi Square, and the magnificent Bhairab Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Buddha

 

After this we will visit the Pottery Center and see a demonstration of this fine craft by skilled potters. After a village inspired lunch, you embark upon a journey to the World Heritage Site of

Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world on the banks of the Bagmati River.  The temple is renowned for its architecture along with its cremation platforms spread along the river.   Return to hotel and relax.  Overnight at hotel.

 

 

 

DAY 04                  KATHMANDU – CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

After early breakfast, check out and leave for Chitwan National park (5hrs) through small villages and terraced rice fields of the Tharu villages.  Arrive and check into your resort.

 

Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Before this afternoon’s very special adventure, it’s time to settle in and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Begin your adventure with an exciting Jungle Safari through the dense grasslands to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Return to the resort for the night.

 

DAY 05                 CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, JUNGLE RESORT

The day is filled with wonderful adventures starting with a morning Jeep Safari. Afterward, choose to board a boat or paddle a canoe down the Narayani River. There will be opportunities to view the Gharial or Mugger crocodiles as well as a variety of water birds.

 

A nature walk with a trained naturalist will help you learn more about Chitwan and its conservation efforts during your discussion with the guides.  Later, an ox-cart ride to an authentic Tharu Village where you visit the museum and the homes of some of the indigenous people.  Dinner and overnight at resort

 

DAY 6                          CHITWAN – POKHARA  (160 KM – 5 HOURS)

After breakfast leave for Pokhara. The astonishing beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Overnight stay at Hotel.

 

DAY 7                          POKHARA

Morning excursion to Sarangkot; a small village offering delightful view of the Annapurna Mountain Range. The village is visited mostly during dawn and dusk, to view the sun changing its hues from purple pink to celestial gold.  In the afternoon visit Bindebasini Temple. Perched high on a hill, it is an important temple in Pokhara region. The white Pagoda style building is dedicated to Goddess Durga.  Also Visit Gupteshwar Cave, a shrine dedicated to lord Shiva. Surrounded by dense forest of sal trees and flanked by Kolab River, the cave offers a delightful view of the surroundings. Gupteswar cave is famous for its underground water and the view of Davis fall from the farthest end of the cave. In the evening, enjoy boating on the Lake Fewa as an optional tour. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 08              POKHARA – KATHMANDU

After breakfast leave for Kathmandu. Arrive by afternoon and check into hotel.  P.M. take an excursion to the ancient city of Patan, known as the “City of Fine Arts.”

Visit the main square, filled with breathtaking Hindu temples and striking Buddhist monuments, old Royal Palace, super-cedes all others in grace and grandeur, also visit the 16th century stone Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple, and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha. If interested attend a lecture on Patan’s restoration process. Return to hotel and relax. Evening a traditional dinner in Nepal.  Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 09               KATHMANDU – PARO – BY FLIGHT  – THIMPU

Early morning transfer to airport to board flight to Paro. Upon arrival transfer to Thimphu (02hrs) Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit is also located in Thimphu.  Thimphu is the only capital city in the world that has no MacDonald, star bucks, bill boards and traffic lights. A must see city that has truly set an example. It is also a place for trekking, bicycling, motor biking and bird watching.  Later after your check in formalities are over you will visit, Memorial Chorten, Kuenschholing View Point (Largest sitting Buddha), Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Overnight at Thimphu.

 

DAY 10                        THIMPHU

Today we hike to Kuensel Phodrang Nature Hike: Located just beside the largest sitting budha in the world, the hike takes 1 Hr 45 minutes around the nature park. It also gives the views of the Thimphu.  Takin preserve National Park – located in the Motithang in Thimphu, a wildlife reserve area for Takin. This was started as a mini zoo, later the King of Bhutan felt that it was improper for a Buddhist country to confine animals for religious and environmental reasons. He therefore ordered the release of the animals and the closure of the mini-zoo on converted into a preserve. The reason for declaring takin as a National Animal of Bhutan on 25 November 2005 is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama. The preserve also holds a few Sambar and barking deer. Sangaygang View Point located North West of the Thimphu Valley, get yourself refreshed from the routine life or to ease the tension or just take your loved one or with family in cool evening of the Thimphu breeze. Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 11            THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

After breakfast, check out and drive to Punakha.

Dochula Pass, known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens – the construction of these 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important (Druk Wangyal Lhakhang) temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass. It offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range.  Chimi Lhakhang Temple, a Buddhist monastery in Punakha, stands on a round hillock. The Chime Lhakhang square in shape with a golden spire. The building has a golden yellow roof. It has a row of prayer wheels and slates carved with saint images on its exterior walls. There is a small chorten near the entrance to the Lakhang that marks the spot where Lama Kunley subdued the Demoness. Tantric paraphernalia, thangkas, bells, drums, horns, dorjis, and a kangd can be found in the monastery’s prayer hall. Kunley, dressed in a monk’s robe, is centrally located at the altar, reclining with a ceramic statue of his dog Sachi. Women who come to the monastery seeking child blessings are hit on the head with an ivory, wood, and bone phallus by the presiding Lama.

 

DAY 12                       PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING AND DRIVE TO PARO.

Morning hike to, Kham Sum Yule Lhakhang (Monastey), Talo Village: The village of Talo (alt. 2,800m/9240ft) which is scattered along the hill slopes, known for its cleanliness and hygiene among Punakha villages, Punakha Dzong (Fortress): Built in 1637 this majestic fortress is built in-between two rivers. The fortress also boasts about displaying itself of unique Bhutanese architecture, Punakha Nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Nunnery Temple.

Early morning short hike to Fertility temple across paddy fields and villages: This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. Its also a great place to take a snap of the sunrise across the village and its paddy fields. Arrive Paro and check into hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 13                       PARO SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing: Hike to Tiger’s Nest (This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff.) and visit Farm House visit (Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers.), Archery Practice: Archery is the Bhutan’s national game and the distance of the target is around 150 meters. Overnight at Paro.

 

DAY 14                        PARO – HAA VALLEY – PARO

Today morning drive to Haa valley via Chelila Pass: Its one of the highest motorable road at 3988m above sea level, At Chelila Pass visit to Kila Nunnery, later continue your drive and visit the Haa Town and its monasteries.  Haa District is one of the smallest among 20 Districts Haa District has an area of 1,706.8 sq.km. It is characterized by a rugged and mountainous terrain, which makes access and delivery of development services difficult as well as expensive. The 57.6 km of Haa-Chunzom and the Haa-Paro highway passes through the district but with only about 44.10 km of internal road connections most of the settlements are not connected with feeder and farm roads. The district has a good network of mule tracks and suspension bridges.  Later drive back to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

 

DAY 15            DEPARTURE

Today your trip is over and after breakfast your guide will take you to Paro International Airport to board your departure flight, and you return back with lots of good memories.

 

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