This tour provides splendid sightseeing in the mountain nation of Nepal and the dragon kingdom of Bhutan. Both Nepal and Bhutan are landlocked countries which have been blessed with equally beautiful heritages, people, culture, traditions, religion, lifestyle, and ecology of Bhutan. Cultural tours will take you through some of the most picturesque landscapes from spectacular mountain ranges to lush green valleys. One will see the unique architectural splendours of the Dzongs, monasteries and traditional Bhutanese houses and witness some intriguing religious festivals.
Nepal Bhutan cultural tour is a perfect trip for those visitors who have limited time to spend the holiday in Bhutan. It covers the two most popular touristic destinations of Bhutan, namely, Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan and Paro, Bhutan’s international airport, with a hike to Taktsang monastery. Visiting these two places within a short span of time will give you a good understanding of Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions, marvellous arts and crafts, history, Buddhist religion and life of Bhutanese people.
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain Guide Trek (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
The day after breakfast we will start a sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Places in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple (Swayambunath) and the Buddhist shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After coming back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. The rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping for needed equipment and other necessaries. Evening drive to Nagarkot. Beautiful sunset views and mountain views including Mt. Everest view can be seen from the Hotel. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Early morning beautiful sunrise view can be seen from the Hotel. After late breakfast drives down to Kathamndu slowly. Free afternoon for shopping or hanging around the city. Prepare for the Bhutan tour. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
The flight into Paro on Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and depart to Paro town for lunch. After lunch visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan ). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. Late afternoon depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1.5 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library, stocked with priceless ancient Buddhist manuscripts and also a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through the exhibition of items and artefacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its colour and design. Other high lights include a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale.
After lunch drive a short way to Chubachu where you will be able to witness a Cultural Program consisting of Mask Dances and Folk Songs performed by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts ( RAPA ) and then depart to Punakha. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochola pass (3050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Afternoon visits to Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Continue your drive to Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers and then drive your way back to Paro. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
In the morning drive towards the north of Paro valley to visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built-in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) and then drive to Satsam Chorten to hike to Paro Taktsang, the hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger's nest). The horse rides up to the cafeteria will take around one and a half hours. At the viewpoint enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After Lunch walks back to the road point and then drive your way back to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The evening ends with a walk through Paro's main shopping district. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
This morning transfer to the airport at Paro to catch our short but very scenic flight over the Himalayan range to reach Kathmandu, Nepal with great views of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Trim Gang and Jichu Drake can be seen returning to the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, we'll pick up the transfer to the hotel. Remaining time to rest and relax at the hotel or explore the Thamel area. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying goodbye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
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