Asia is a continent of gifted destinations. Nepal and Bhutan are two incredibly unique countries in South Asia. With similar natural traits, both countries are big on temples, monasteries, forests, lakes, and mountains. The Nepal and Bhutan tour takes you on a stunning cultural voyage across the landlocked Himalayan wonders. Nepal, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, are eager to welcome you in their warm embrace.
When was the last time you did something spontaneous and carefree? If you learn to unleash the traveler in you, you will have the experience of a lifetime. The 9-day Nepal and Bhutan tour maybe enough to allow you to do so.
While Nepal is keen on inviting tourists in millions, Bhutan is wary of safeguarding its environment and resources. On account of sustainable tourism, the latter encourages a handful of tourists into its realm every year. This is one peculiar difference between Nepal and Bhutan you should know.
So what is there for you on the Nepal and Bhutan tour? For one thing, you’ll get a glimpse of the traditional way of living even in the modern era. There is something graceful about it that will make you want to indulge in it. You get the opportunity to immerse in this delightful country-like lifestyle.
Places to Visit in Nepal and Bhutan
You will begin with a brief Nepal tour which we’ll resume towards the end of the trip. Kathmandu, the city of vibrant art and culture, will entertain you to its major attractions. First, you’ll stop at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, then the Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Bouddhanath which are the sacred Hindu and Buddhist temples. Later, you’ll get an opportunity to visit monuments like Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You’ll call the tour off with alluring sunset and sunrise views from Nagarkot, a hill station nearby Kathmandu.
Bhutan tour from Kathmandu begins with a flight to Paro. One of the first things you’ll notice is how conventionally serene and peaceful Bhutan is. Up until now, you may have an idea of what the trip to Bhutan might unfold. But when you get there, it’s a different dimension. Bhutan uncovers a plethora of natural and human settings, some of which go back as far as the 1600s.
Peaks and hillocks such as Chomolhari and Jichu Drake kick off the trip. Bhutan has many “Dzong”s (fortress-like monasteries) with significant meaning to the Bhutanese culture. You’ll explore inside the hidden kingdom which nests Rinpung Dzong, Drugyal Dzong, Tashichho Dzong, Wangditse Gompa, Lungchutse Monastery and Punakha Dzong (second largest in Bhutan).
You will also see the glorious Samtenling Palace, where the then Bhutanese King Dorje Drak used to retreat. King’s Memorial Chorten is another site to watch out along with the National Library which preserves ancient manuscripts. You have a ton of options to stroll and seek in Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro.
You’ll have a lasting impression of the art, culture, and lifestyle amidst other essentials of the Nepal and Bhutan package.
Let’s check out the Nepal and Bhutan tour itinerary designed by The Great Adventure Treks in detail before you decide.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath
Day 03: Fly to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 1 hour flight, city sightseeing
Day 04: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 05: Hike to Wangditse Gompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 06: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours drive: Hike to Lungchutse Monastery
Day 07: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours drive: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu, sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and sunset views from Nagarkot (2195m/7,201ft), 35 mins drive from Bhaktapur
Day 09: Final departure