On this 16 Nights / 17 Days tour, explore Nepal along with a chance to discover the land of the Thunder Dragon - Bhutan. Explore the famous attractions of Nepal including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, and Bhaktapur City. Moreover, get to know the history of Bhutan with a visit to its famous monasteries & palaces built in the erstwhile years.
As you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be welcomed by our GeTS Holidays representative and escorted to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur City.
Pashupatinath Temple: The most important Hindu Shrine in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva, on the banks of Bagmati River. The temple is shaped like a pagoda with a gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings. Raised platforms on the banks of Bagmati are cremation sites for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the Pashupatinath courtyard.
Next, Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa): One of the largest stupas in the world, the most important and largest Buddhist shrine in Nepal. It is a World Heritage Site. This Stupa, set in a pattern of a "Mandala" is encircled by houses and monasteries where Buddhist monks reside. Around the base is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur City (or City of Devotees): Bhaktapur City (or City of Devotees): Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu, it is referred to as City of Devotees, or the 'City of Culture'. The city is full of heritage buildings, monuments, palaces, pagodas, and temples. Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Pokhara.
Pokhara valley to the west of Kathmandu, is the second biggest city of Nepal. An unplugged view of lofty peaks from Pokhara, with snow-fed lakes, make it a tourist's favorite. Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa, and Begnas. Pokhara his valley is the most famous trekking starting gateway for world famous trekking areas such as to Fishtail, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area.
Manakamana temple dedicated to Durga Bhawani is a holy shrine. Hindus believe that Goddess Manakaman fulfills the wishes of those who worship her with a pure heart.
Visit Manokamana Devi Temple by Cable car. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be escorted to your hotel by our representative. Rest of the day at leisure.
Early in the morning, proceed to Sarangkot. Sarangkot offers you panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Situated close to Pokhara town, it is a semi-developed village located on a hilltop. It is a two-hour walk up the staircase, or you can avail a car to reach the viewpoint. The landscape endowed with Nature's bounty will be etched in the mind forever.
Drive back to Pokhara, Breakfast at the hotel.
PM: Half day sightseeing of Pokhara city (including Bindhyabasini Temple, Davis Fall, Gupteshwor cave, Seti river gorge, Tibetan Village). Also enjoy one-hour boating on Phewa Lake.
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Chitwan.
The Chitwan National park is one of the finest national parks in Asia and a World Heritage site since 1984. The park shelters some endangered species such as The Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Gaurs, as well as Sloth Bear.
Upon arrival in Chitwan, you will be escorted to a rest. Evening Jungle activities as per resorts program.
Breakfast at your resort.
Full day Jungle activities as per resorts program (Elephant ride, Canoeing, Jungle Walk, Elephant bath, Visit Elephant breeding center & Crocodile breeding center, etc).
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport to connect with your flight to Paro. Arrive by Druk air A319, the only national carrier. The flight offers you a beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu.
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Thimpu.
Visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop, and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather, you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the market area.
After breakfast at your hotel, day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently, there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure the safety of the Cranes. While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the Resort.
After breakfast at your hotel, free time on your own.
After Lunch drive to Paro via visiting the first building built in Bhutan the Simtokha Dzong. It now houses the Buddhist university.
After breakfast at your hotel, commence on sightseeing of the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong.
Evening free time.
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport to board flight to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival, transfer to the airport for check-in.
Later, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath Stupa.
PM: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City & Swoyambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage sites by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels. It houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.
After the visit, continue to Swoyambhunath stupa located at the hilltop overlooking Kathmandu valley. Swoyambhunath stupa is also known as “Monkey temple” and is popular for view of the Himalayas and the entire valley floor.
The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati - the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the stupa complex.
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed for the sightseeing of Budhanilkantha Temple
Budhanilkantha Temple located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley is on the northern side. It is also known as the mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple. Budhanilkantha literally means “Old Blue Throat”. is only nine kilometers away from the main city. It is a deity of Lord Vishnu; Lord Vishnu is also known as Narayan and also called Vishnu (Narayan) Jalasayan lying on Ananta Sesa, in the cosmic ocean. The deity is about a thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five-meter (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty-three fits) long tank as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha is a conch shell, Chakra as disc, Gadha as club and Padma as lotus flower. It is believed that the deity was carved in the seventh or eighth century during the Licchavi period.
PM: Sightseeing of Patan City
Patan Durbar Square Also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts. Patan Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, a classic example of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the 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.
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Dakshinkali Temple.
One of Nepal’s moodiest tantric sacrificial shrines, Dakshin or “southern” Kali, lies at the end of the Kathmandu Valley’s longest and most varied road. As it snakes its way along a fold in the valley rim towards the shrine, the Dakshinkali road passes a fine succession of Buddhist and Hindu holy places, offering an intense, half-day snapshot of Nepal’s religious culture. The road begins at the busy Balkhu junction of the Ring Road, at the southwest corner of Kathmandu, just short of Kirtipur (which would make a fine side-trip).
Drive back to Kathmandu, en-route visit Kirtipur & Chovar Kirtipur(Kipu) is an ancient city in Nepal. It is located in the Kathmandu Valley, 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. It is one of the five municipalities in the valley, the others being Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Madhyapur Thimi.
Kirtipur is situated on a ridge with steep hillsides. The residents are reputed as being expert builders and weavers.
Chovar is located at Kirtipur municipality, a municipality rich is its own culture, way of life with having a splendid history. History says that when Prithvi Narayan Shah attacked the Kathmandu Valley, he started from Kirtipur and it was not a piece of cake to siege the town. Chovar, a place for peace seekers, where you will surely have a good break from all your hectic way of life. The village has a superb panoramic view of the whole Valley with an astonishing 160-degree view of mountains line-up..
After breakfast at your hotel, free for leisure or Indulge in shopping at local markets.
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the day at leisure. You will be transferred to the international airport to connect flight to onward destination.
|16 Nights / 17 Days
|2395 Per Person
|Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan - Bhutan