Bhutan Luxury Tours with Nepal Himalayas in 2018

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code: BTT0011
  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Activities Trekking
  • Total Duration: 10 days
  • Group Size: 8-12 People

HIMALAYAN COMBINED TOURS (BHUTAN & NEPAL IN ONE SINGLE TRIP)

Ten (10) nights itinerary: Three (3) nights the Dwarika’s hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal | Five (5) nights Uma by Como – Paro/Punakha, Bhutan | Two (2) nights the Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

This ten night, eleven day itinerary reveals the delights of two fascinating Himalayan lands: Nepal and Bhutan. We begin our journey in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where seven UNESCO World Heritage monuments lie within the rim of the famous Kathmandu Valley. We spend three days exploring the valley and its rich cultural and spiritual life, before travelling to Bhutan, where we stay for three nights at Uma by COMO, Paro. From here we can enjoy many of Bhutan’s highlights, from the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the national sport of archery. We return to Kathmandu for a final two nights at Dhulikhel, an ecologically-conscious retreat opening in August 2013, where we can enjoy yoga, meditation and the best of Himalayan lifestyle before heading home.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan
Day 3 - Sightseeing at Bhaktapur City
Day 5 - Depart Nepal for flight to Paro
Day 6 - Highlights of the Paro Valley
Day 7 - Paro to Punakha Valley via Thimpu and Dochu La
Day 8 - Khamsan Yuley Namgay Chorten Walk
Day 9 - Depart Bhutan and return to Nepal
Day 10 - exploring Dhulikhel and the surrounding
Day 11 - Departure

PLEASE NOTE:
This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the programme which can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Please be aware that all times stated are approximate, and may vary with individual and group fitness and interest levels.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
It is strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take out cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking (and mountain bike). Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you to Bhutan

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival
Arrival, check-in, property show round and local sightseeing We are welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport with an offering of a 'Khada', a blessed Buddhist silk scarf, and transferred to The Dwarika's Hotel, where after lunch we are collected by our guide for a visit to Pashupatinath Temple. This sacred Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, sits on the banks of the holy River Bagmati. While only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard, tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the river. After our visit we continue to Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world, located on the original trade route leading to Lhasa. Overnight: The Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 2 - Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan After breakfast, we drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, believed to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world. Set high on a hill overlooking the valley, the temple offers spectacular views of Kathmandu, and is known as the 'Monkey Temple' because of a tribe of monkeys that inhabits the hillside. We hear Buddhist monks reciting holy texts, witness devotees performing prayers and religious rituals. In the afternoon, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a complex of intricately carved temples, shrines and palaces. Once the epicentre of political, religious and cultural life in Nepal, the area is filled with historical significance and tales of power, conquest and ceremony. Afterwards we stroll to the bustling marketplace at Ason, a place that has existed since medieval times when Newar merchants would gather to sell goods from across Asia's ancient trade routes. We enjoy lunch at the historic Kaiser Café before travelling the short distance to Patan, known as 'the city of fine arts'. Located on the southern banks of the River Bagmati, Patan is believed to be the first settlement in the valley and was established by the Kirat Dynasty, who ruled from the 3rd Century BC for more than 1200 years. It is impossible not to be stirred by the commanding structures at Durbar Square, and marvel at the architectural feats of the Golden Temple, Krishna Temple and others. Patan is recognised for its astonishing collection of carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses, as well as elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings. If there is time we may also explore the best of Nepali religious art at the world-class Patan Museum, set within the restored royal palace. Overnight: The Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 3 - Sightseeing at Bhaktapur City
Sightseeing at Bhaktapur City, the 'City of Devotees' This morning, we take a sightseeing tour of the 'City of Devotees', the Kathmandu Valley's most carefully preserved medieval city. Meandering past homes and courtyards that are centuries old, we encounter temples and Hindu and Buddhist deities at every turn. The tour begins with a visit to Durbar Square, stopping by the towering Golden Gate, Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, Lion's Gate, Nyatpola Temple, Bhairab Temple, and Dattratrya Temple. Before lunch, we visit the Pottery Square to witness local artisans at work and to learn about traditional local pottery. After lunch we have the afternoon to explore the city at leisure, perhaps visiting the fourth-century Vishnu Temple at nearby Changunarayan, or returning to Dwarika's to enjoy a spa treatment in the traditional Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa. In the evening we enjoy a lavish nine-course Nepali traditional dinner at Krishnarpan restaurant. Overnight: The Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 5 - Depart Nepal for flight to Paro
Depart Nepal for flight to Paro, Bhutan This morning we say goodbye to Dwarika's for our transfer to the airport and our Druk Air flight to Paro. Uma Paro staff welcome us at the airport on arrival in Paro, and accompany us on the 10-minute transfer to the hotel. After settling in, our first foray into the Kingdom begins with sightseeing in Paro town and a visit to a local temple. This afternoon provides an opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude and to get to know our guide, who will offer some additional sightseeing options for the rest of the day, depending on interests and energy levels. Overnight: Uma Paro, Bhutan
Day 6 - Highlights of the Paro Valley
Highlights of the Paro Valley—Taktsang Walk One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba, the 'Tiger's Nest Monastery'. Legend has it that this was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. To avoid the hot sun we make an early start for the two-hour climb to the Tiger's Nest viewpoint. Descending steeply, we then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall and entering through the main gates decorated with murals. We then retrace our steps; if time and energy levels allow, we otherwise head further up to several remote temples and monasteries. Returning to Uma Paro in the afternoon, there's time to relax and enjoy the steam rooms and swimming pool or a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath. Duration: 7 - 8 hours Difficulty: Moderate to hard Guided with picnic or Taktsang cafeteria Overnight: Uma Paro, Bhutan
Day 7 - Paro to Punakha Valley via Thimpu and Dochu La
Paro to Punakha Valley via Thimpu and Dochu La. The capital Thimphu itself sprawls up the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu and is the centre of government, religion and commerce. You may wish to shop or drive to the town viewpoint at the Big Buddha statue. If time permits to visit Thimphu, the sightseeing begins with a tour which may include some of the following (exact itineraries dependent on opening times and interests): National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the weekend market (Main market days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and Folk Heritage Museum. The drive on to Punakha is truly awe-aspiring as it zigzags up to the 3,140m- high mountain pass of Dochu La with its forests of fluttering prayer flags, maze of memorial chortens and, on a clear day, sweeping views of the main Himalayan range. Up river, deep in the verdant terraced hills past Punakha Dzong is our home for the next two nights, Uma Punakha. Duration: 3-4 hours (126Km) Overnight: Uma Punakha, Bhutan
Day 8 - Khamsan Yuley Namgay Chorten Walk
Khamsan Yuley Namgay Chorten Walk, Punakha Dzong and Chimmi Lhakhang. We have a full day for further exploration of the scenic Punakha Valley, which at 1,200m is low enough to allow bananas and oranges to grow. This morning we walk up through whitewashed homesteads and farmland to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family (the chorten can be clearly spotted from our breakfast table). This ornate and elaborate structure has a rainbow of Guru Rinpoche images and superb views. Heading down along the riverside, the massive architectural edifice of the 17th-century Punakha Dzong soon looms into view. The fortress- monastery was built in 1637 by Shabdung Nawang Namgyal in a commanding position at the confluence of the Po Chhu and Mo Chhu (Father and Mother rivers). It once served as the seat of the Kingdom's government and is now the winter home of Je Khempo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. In the Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as the Divine Madman. The temple sits atop a picturesque hill surrounded by rice fields. Drukpa Kuenley built a chorten on the site in the 14th century, and it has long been a pilgrimage site for couples hoping to start a family. Overnight: Uma Punakha, Bhutan
Day 9 - Depart Bhutan and return to Nepal
Depart Bhutan and return to Nepal. Druk Air normally departs in the morning, so after breakfast your 10- minute transfer to Paro International Airport will be arranged depending on the flight schedule. From Kathmandu International Airport, we transfer to The Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel. The resort is an ecologically responsible lifestyle retreat, modelled on Nepal's ancient philosophy and traditions of care and respect. Located in the foothills outside Kathmandu, the resort, opening in August 2013, is set over a hillside abundant in natural life, overlooking splendid valleys and villages below. The property is designed in the spirit of a traditional Nepali hillside village, with trails, glades and terraced farms interspersed within the ecology of its ancient woodland. Here you will have time to unwind and reflect upon your Himalayan experience, while enjoying wellness treatments and participating in the holistic activities available at the resort. You can also spend time exploring the magnificent views, important sites and rural life found in the surrounding area. After lunch, you will have a personal wellness consultation with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor or energy healer, before a Shirodhara treatment. We may also experience Tratak meditation to improve concentration and clarity of mind, before a memorable dinner made using organic ingredients from a nearby farm. Overnight: The Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal
Day 10 - exploring Dhulikhel and the surrounding
Day exploring Dhulikhel and the surrounding area Before breakfast, there is time for yoga or meditation before enjoying some free time at the resort or taking a gentle hike with a local guide, visiting nearby villages, shrines or the farm at Dwarika's. Meeting with the villagers, we gain an insight into agricultural life in the hills of Nepal. After lunch at the hotel, or a picnic at the farm, we explore the area further before heading back to the hotel to watch the spectacular sunset over the Himalayan Langtang range. Just before dinner, we stretch and release tension through a yoga session dedicated to Chandra Namaskar, the moon salutation. Overnight: The Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal
Day 11 - Departure
Departure On our final day, there is optional early morning yoga or meditation, and breakfast on the terrace. After check-out, we enjoy the facilities at the resort until departure and transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our onward flight.

What's Included

NEPAL

  • Accommodation on half board basis at The Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu (Dinner included on Day 1 and Day 3, Lunch included on Day 2), and half board basis at The Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel.
  • Up to two and a half days guided tour.
    Private guiding services of an experienced English-speaking Nepali guide (other language guides also available, at extra cost).
  • All Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa treatments mentioned above.
  • Private airport transfers and transportation during guided tour in a Deluxe A/C car.
  • All taxes.
  • All Monument Entrance Fees
  • Complimentary daily yoga at The Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu, and complimentary daily yoga and meditation at The Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel. Complimentary individual sound and colour therapy and other activities at The Dwarika's Resort.
  • Complimentary use of the library, swimming pool and fitness centre at The Dwarika's Hotel and The Dwarika's Resort.

BHUTAN

  • Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages)
  • Two-and-a-half privately guided day walks with picnic lunch taking in the highlights of the Paro Valley, including Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, the National Museum, Drukyel Dzong and a visit to the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang
  • The private guiding services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese Uma guide
  • One COMO Shambhala Massage (60 minutes) per person
  • Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
  • All Bhutanese Government visa fees and royalties inclusive of 10 per cent service charge and 10 per cent sales tax
  • All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
  • Complimentary scheduled one-hour daily yoga class while at Uma Paro (except Sundays)

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Amazing Bhutan experience

Dear Rajan,
I can't thank you enough for all your help to make my trip to Bhutan an amazing experience. You always responded to my (many) questions so quickly that it almost seemed that you really weren't half a world away. You were wonderful through all the changes that I and other sources through at you; through it all you planned the perfect itinerary. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and courteous; I feel I have made new friends with each and every one of them. The accommodations were outstanding everywhere and you were able to get me into all the special events I want to attend, with your guidance it really was the trip of a lifetime!
As the COO of a major travel company I will make sure my agents and clients know to contact you for the perfect Himalayan journey.
Again, many, many thanx for everything!

Daniel Hanes
COO
Morrison International, A Travel Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94401, 32 East Third Avenue
E-Mail:- danielh@morrisontravel.com
Phone: - (+1) 650-274-6112


Bhutan’s best tour

Dear Rajan;
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others.
Beyond all that your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one. Please pass our regards and thanks to all three companies in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan.
Special thanks to yourself, and to Yontan in Bhutan and Lapka in Tibet. Hope we could meet in the near future again.

Anyone who wants to ask me more about this trip feel free to contact me
E-mail - saulakry@aol.com | Shaul & Orly, Los Angeles


Excellent trip

Dear Rajan,
My wife, son and I want to thank you for providing us with an excellent trip to Bhutan . Your company was very organized with all of the necessary plane and hotel reservations made well in advance of our trip. Your company arranged all the necessary Visas and the guides in each country were knowledgeable and helpful. My wife appreciated the Bhutanese guide's assistance in walking her safely down the steep hill from the Tiger's Nest monastery Thanks again.
Sincerely,

Richard, Jacqueline and Scott Swanberg
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
cell 818 497-8692
E-mail- rjsswan@sbcglobal.net


Bhutan – land of happiness

From USA,
In February and March 2015, my wife and I were able to visit Bhutan. Our best tour trip was arranged with the assistance of Rajan and his company. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations, tours, guides and drivers which served us during this three-week holiday; and can highly recommend this company and its owner to anyone who is considering traveling in these beautiful countries.
We also visited Nepal and Myanmar. Thanks again for everything.
Sincerely,
Chip & Madeline Thomas
Mercer Island, Washington

best tour
Chip & Madeline Thomas,
USA

We will certainly be recommending the “Bhutan experience”

Our time in Bhutan was particularly enjoyable, perhaps partly by contrast with Delhi and Kathmandu. If all of the guides and drivers you employ in your company are of the same quality as Ngawang and Bhim then you must receive many critiques praising their performance. Bhim's skills as a driver were manifest any number of times from congested traffic in Thimpu to the rugged road between Thimpu and Punakha. He also has good English and a sense of humor. We felt very secure in his car.

Ngawang is a perfect blend of calm (perhaps even serene) and knowledge. He patiently explained and reexplained some very difficult (for us) aspects of life in Bhutan and Buddhism. He was flexible (we wanted to skip the Paro Dzong) as you said he would be. Highlights of our time in Bhutan had to be our hike to the Taktshang Monastery and the meal we had on the last evening with the rice farming family.  I don't know if it was coincidental, but we had commented earlier that we were tiring of continental cuisine for seemingly every lunch and dinner. This entirely Bhutanese meal was a perfect way to end our visit.

All hotels were excellent. We especially enjoyed the view from the veranda of our hotel in Punakha.
In short, not much to complain about. We will certainly be recommending the "Bhutan experience" and your company to our friends.
Good luck and all the best.

Jim Reese,
Atlanta, United States

Exciting and an adventurous trip

Hello Deepak
We have come back last Sunday from and exciting and an adventurous trip to your country. It was exciting climbing and trekking those mountains .We stayed at some decent hotels, however the food was average. The guide and the driver you provided were excellent. Nawang was a font of knowledge , both local and international, the driver Jeevan was very good and careful, and he made the journey very comfortable.We enjoyed all the sights we visited and every day we looked forward to a ne destination. The downside to the trip was the condition of the roads, I understand that the Government has undertaken the road widening project from Thimphu to Bumthang . We found it extremely tiring because of the many bad road conditions on the way.Bhutan is unspoilt and we would visit again.The whole experience was well worth the visit.

John Pereira ,
USA

Our unforgettable trip!

Dear Rajan,

Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Nory and Mayuri,
Tokyo, Japan

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