Paket Tour Tirta Yatra Nepal Bhutan

Nepal & Bhutan package – 09 Nights / 10 Days

Places Covered: – Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Paro – Thimphu

DAY 01: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU (D)        

Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & greet and then will proceed for dinner at local restaurant and then you will be transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 02: AT KATHUMANDU (B L D)   

After breakfast in hotel, we will proceed for Kathmandu City – Durbar Square complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO as a world heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. Pashupatinath temple – One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 5 Km east of the city center.  The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva.  Chronical indicates the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD.  Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple, also a World heritage site. Boudhanath Stupa: lies about 6 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley.  It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design.  Boudhanath a world heritage, is also known as Khasti.  There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area. Lunch and dinner serve local restaurant.  Overnight in hotel.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU – NAGARKOT VIA TOUR OF BHAKTAPUR (BLD)    

Morning visit Bungamati and Khokana is two beautiful little Newar villages that still have their age-old character intact.  The compact villages consist of rows of brick houses with intricately carved wooden windows lining the quaint streets which are paved with flagstones.  The residents of Bungamati socialize in the streets, using the pavements to winnow grain or dry their laundry.  People sit in the sun outside their doorways to massage their babies, weave mats out of straw or spin wool.

Bungamati is where Red Machhendranath, the God of Rain, spends his winter months before being brought to Patan for the chariot festival in summer.  The deity is also known as Bunga-dya, or the God of Bunga.  The deity is carried on a palanquin to his winter residence, a tradition that has been continuing since the 16th century.  But once every 12 years, he is pulled in a chariot all the way to Bungamati across the Nakhu River from Patan.  The shrine is a large open square with a 10m Shikara temple in the middle.

Khokana is a smaller village with a wide main street which was built after the earthquake of 1934.  In the middle of the main street is Silali Mai, Khokana’s local mother goddess.  Khokana has long been famous as an oil pressing center where mustard seeds are pressed using traditional methods.

After Lunch at local restaurant drive to Nagarkot via Tour of Bhaktapur City – As you walk in you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here.  The 15th century palace of 55 windows, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspire admiration.  The National Art gallery is also housed inside.  The Palace entrance, the golden gate is a masterpiece in repousse art.  In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs.  Arrive Nagarkot, check in to the hotel.

Nagarkot: Nagarkot is a hill resort 32 Km east of Kathmandu.  The road passes through terraced fields and strutted houses. This route is also fun for mountain biking too.  Nagarkot (altitude 2175m) is by far the most popular.  Nagarkot has developed into favorite weekend getaway among these seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet.  At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe – inspiring majesty and beauty. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Bhaktapur City

DAY 04: NAGARKOT – KATHMANDU (B L D)                                        

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and check in to the hotel and proceed for lunch. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing visit Patan City – Like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyard and former Royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.  One remarkable monument here is a 16th century temple dedicated to the Hindu go Krishna, built entirely of stone and Swayambhunath Stupa: watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side.  The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Sengu and is listed as a World heritage site. Lunch & dinner serve in local restaurant. Overnight in at hotel.

DAY 05: KATHMANDU – PARO – THIMPHU (55 KM, 1:30 HOURS DRIVE) (L/D)

Breakfast at hotel and then you will be transfer airport to fly Paro. On arrival, you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel.

Afternoon, proceed to visit National Memorial Chorten: a monument for world peace and prosperity. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Later visit Trashichhoedzong (opens until 4 pm): This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Afterwards, drive to Buddha Point (Kuenselphodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).

DAY 06: THIMPHU (B/L/D)

Morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing visit National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion:  ( Closed on Weekends). Also visit nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School (closed on Sat, Sun & Government Holidays), the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. Textile Museum: With the opening of Textile Museum, Bhutanese textile have reached new heights as one of the most visible distinct art form. (Closed on Sundays).

In the afternoon in Thimphu visit Changangkha Lhakhang: It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From temple courtyard, there is fascinating view of Thimphu valley. Takin Sanctuary: The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drupa Kunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.

Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).

DAY 07: THIMPHU / PARO (125 KM, APPROX 4 HOURS DRIVE) (B/L/D)

Morning after breakfast drive to Paro: en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This Dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Upon arrival in Paro, check in at the Hotel .

In the afternoon in Paro visit Ta Dzong (CLOSED ON GOVT HOLIDAYS): once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2200m)

DAY 08: PARO (B/L/D)

Morning excursion to Taktshang Lhakhang (approx 5 hrs walking excursion) :  perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor , it is undoubtedly one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries.  Lore has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery thus the name ‘Tiger’s Nest’.  This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendor.

On the drive towards Paro town en route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom reflecting introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 09: PARO – KATHMANDU (B/L/D)

After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will met you for lunch at local restaurant and rest of time free for shopping in Thamel area. In the evening have dinner at local restaurant and then transfer hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 10: KATHMANDU – DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at hotel and then you will be timely transfer airport for onward journey.

End of tour…

 

Quotation: Valid for Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec’2017

Quotation as under (USD Per person) 9N/10D Package

 

3 star 4 star 5 star
Min paying pax 02      
Min paying pax 03 – 06      
Min paying pax 07 – 09      
Min paying pax 10 – 14      
Min paying pax 15 – 19 + 01 FOC      
Min paying pax 20 – 29 + 01 FOC    
Min paying pax 30 – 33 + 02 FOC      
Single Room Supplement      

 

Quotation: Valid for Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov’2017

Quotation as under (USD Per person) 9N/10D Package

 

3 star 4 star 5 star
Min paying pax 02      
Min paying pax 03 – 06      
Min paying pax 07 – 09    
Min paying pax 10 – 14      
Min paying pax 15 – 19 + 01 FOC      
Min paying pax 20 – 29 + 01 FOC    
Min paying pax 30 – 33 + 02 FOC      
Single Room Supplement      

 

 

IMP Note: Same price applies for any group size of 3 pax onward as per the policy set by the government of Bhutan, however, 100% discount for one person, for every 16 pax. Airport tax and entry fee are applicable to the leader.  The discounted person has to pay visa and tourism development fee of USD 50 (USD 40+USD 10).

AIR FARE EXTRA – Please check on closer to the dates – Eco class

KTM/PBH/KTM = USD  per person

Please note: Kindly check the exact fare on closer to the dates. Fare subject of availability.

COST INCLUDES:

– Accommodation in sharing twin as per the itinerary.

– All meals as per the itinerary.

– All transfers and sightseeing as per your itinerary

– Services of an accompanied English speaking guide.

– Entrance fees – for single visit only.

– Govt. Royalty and taxes

COST NOT INCLUDES:

– Airfares and Airport Taxes

– Expenses of personal nature such as tell calls, alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages etc

– Any Tips.

– Any insurance surcharge

– Still / video cameras fees.

– Any other expenses which are not included in above mention services.

– Tourism Development fee

– Bhutan Visa fee – USD 40 per person

CLOSING DAYS OF SOME OF MONUMENTS MENTIONED IN ITINERARY:

  • Ta Dzong – Paro (national museum) : closed on Government Holidays
  • National Library – Thimphu : closed on Sat, Sun & on Government Holidays
  • Textile Museum – Thimphu: Closed on Government Holidays & on Sun. On Sat open from 9.00 a.m to 4 p.m
  • Institute of Zorig Chusum (Arts & Crafts School) – Thimphu: Closed on Sun & Government Holidays. On Sat open from 10 a.m. to 12 o’clock. Also closed in winter (Dec-early March).
  • Simply Bhutan – Thimphu: Closed on Sun & on Government Holidays
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery: Closed on Tuesday
  • Folk Heritage Museum: Closed on Sunday & on government holidays

HOTEL USED AS UNDER:

City 3 star hotel 4 star hotel 5 star hotel
Thimphu          Hotel Kisa (www.hotelkisa.com) / Hotel Migmar (www.hotelmigmar.bt) / Thimphu Tower / Hotel Gakyil (www.gakyilbhutan.com) / / Namseling Hotel (www.namselinghotel.com) / Similar Hotel Ariya (Superior) /  Similar

 

Termalinca resort  similar /  similar
Paro   The Village Lodge / Hotel Tashi Phuntshok (www.hhlbhutan.com) / Tashi Namgay Resort (www.tnr.bt) / Tenzinling Resort (www.tenzinling.com.bt) / Hotel Drukchen (www.hoteldrukchen.com) / Kichu Resort / Similar Raven’s Nest Resorts (deluxe room) / Udumwara Resort Deluxe room / Similar Hotel Zhiwa Ling (Junior suite) similar
Kathmandu    Grand Hotel or similar Grand Hotel or similar Yak & Yeti / Shangri-La
Nagarkot  Country Villa / Similar Country Villa / Similar Club Himalaya or similar

Bhutan Visa – Visa is required for traveling to Bhutan.

In order to process Bhutan visa we require clear readable color copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan along with full tour payment. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month).

 

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travelers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuntsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped on passport on arrival in Bhutan.

**Guests are required to have multiple entry visa for India if they are travelling to Bhutan from India and again re-entering into India from Bhutan. Please also check if your Indian visa has ‘2 months re-entry restriction’. If restriction has been stamped in your Indian visa, you have to get it endorsed by Indian embassy in Thimphu also but you need to be in Thimphu on working days, Mon – Fri during office time excluding Govt holidays, to allow you to re-enter India. You will be asked to provide the proof of your travel to Bhutan (Druk air booking etc).

IMP note:   In case the Hotel envisaged or normal category of Rooms are waitlisted / sold out, alternate hotels/category will be provided & we will keep you informed on the  supplement / reduction involved.

We hope you find the above in order, as per your requirement. Please do let me know if I could be of any further assistance