Nepal and Bhutan Shangri-La Tour

Nepal and Bhutan Shangri-La Tour

Nepal and Bhutan Shangri-La Tour

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Day 01: Namaste Nepal: We arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you will be transferred by the guides to the hotel. We check-in and you have free time in the evening to explore the city. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02: All Templed Out: Early breakfast at Hotel followed by a full day of sightseeing visiting the following:

The 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath. Situated on the top of the hill west of the city, it's the most popular and instantly recognizable symbol of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple” because, well, you guessed it, there's a ton of monkeys "mokeying" around there.

From here we make a brief stop at the colorful Durbar Square, The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari and the Jagannath temple from the 17th century and famous for its colorful painted carvings, We also visit Kasthmandap temple, which is a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century.

We then have a good bite to eat then head off to Patan which is also often referred to as Lalitpur, or “city of beauty”. Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 B.C. This is the second largest city and has several attractions like the Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla’s Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple, 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple (known as temple of 10,000 Buddhas), Kumbeshwar Temple, Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple.

After being all templed out we head back to the hotel for a good earned rest. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 03: Nagarkot: After having breakfast at the hotel we visit Pashupatinath temple, which is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the World, next to the holy river Bagmati with its burning ghats. and the burning ghats and visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath.

We then lunch and drive to Nagarkot which lies 35 km east of the Kathmandu city at an elevation of 7200 ft., offering over 200 miles of panoramic views across the Himalayas from Mt. Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west, With any luck, we should be able to catch a stunning sunset view from here before heading back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 04: Temples Galore: In the early morning we head for a short hike up the hill to observe the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. After a hearty breakfast, you'll hike to telkot (only if you like) then drive back to Bhaktapur via Changunarayan. Upon arrival, you'll head out on a sightseeing tour of Bkhatapur city known as the city of devotees and the center of medieval art and architecture. There you'll visit Nepal's most beautiful temple: Nyatpola temple, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden Gate and more. After a long day, you'll head back for your overnight stay at the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05: Kathmandu Paro Thimpu: After breakfast we transfer you to the International Airport in Kathmandu to fly to Paro, Which is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Sightseeing in Thimpu: After breakfast Thimphu sightseeing. Visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After that drive to Painting School , famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Also visit to Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.


After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan 's Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan . The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 07: Thimpu-Punakha (An easy Day): After Breakfast at Hotel in Thimpu we have a nice drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,050m ). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 08: Punakha - Wangduephodrang – Gangtey (70 km, 3 hours): After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit magnificent Wangdue Dzong and town’s local market.

Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha).

Evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. Overnight at Camp / Guest House.

Day 09: Gangtey - Trongsa (120 km, 4.1/2 hours): Morning explore Phobjikha valley which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. These cranes migrate here from Central Asiatic plateau to escape the harsh winters.

After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3,300m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 10: Trongsa - Bumthang (68 km, 3 hours): Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture and see Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region.

After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 11: Bumthang: Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.

Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit, Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.

Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country. Evening visit to local market. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 12: Bumthang Mongar (198 km, 7 hours): The journey continues eastwards winding -through more rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4,000 m). Gradually drop down to Sengor, watching cascading water falls on the way.

The descent stops at 700m, on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forest, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 13: Mongar - Trashigang (96 km, 3 hours): This trip of about 96 km takes 3 hours passing through Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chhorten and a stone wall. The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. Later road descends rapidly through corn fields and banana groves arriving the famous ziazags of Yadi, which is a recent settlement. After that follows the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Dametsi, this temple perched on top of steep hill was founded by Choeden Zangmp and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan. This is the place from where famous Naga Chham, mask dance with drums originated. About 30 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the centre of the biggest and most populated district in the country. Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri river. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the Dzong is occupied by the Drukpa monastic community. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 14: Trahigang (Excursion to Trashiyangtse): 24 km from Trashigang, visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is a famous place where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach to Doksum village where you can see women busy in weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating of the 15th century.

Visit to Trashiyangtse Dzong, situated at the altitude of 1,850m. In former times Trashiyangtse was important centre because it lies on one of the carven routes leading from western and centre Bhutan. The Dzong is new and near by are the Art School and the famous Chhorten Kora. Evening return to Trashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 15: Trashigang - Bumthang (289 km, 10 hours): After breakfast drive back to Bumthang with lunch enroute. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 16: Bumthang – Punakha (205 km, 6 hours): Morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Punakha . Lunch would be served enroute at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa town.

Enroute at Wangduephodrang take a short break for tea / coffee and then proceed to Punakha hotel for overnight stay.

Day 17: Punakha – Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hours): After breakfast we drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 18: Sight Seeing in Paro: Morning take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the father of the Bhutanese strain of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. Taktsang was severely damaged by fire in year 1998 and now has been restored in its original grandeur. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum . The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons and country’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong situated at commanding height, overlooking Paro valley. This Dzong is symbolic as the religious and secular centre of all affairs of the valley.Evening visit a traditional farm house to get an idea on lifestyle of local people. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 19: Paro - Kathmandu: After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to the Hotel rest of the day is leisure.

Day 20: In Kathmandu: Leisure day.

Day 21: Kathmandu - Country: Breakfast at Hotel. Today you will be transferred to the airport to fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.

Cost Include:

* Arrival and Departure and all private transport.
* Hotels in Nepal with Breakfast.
* Hotels in Bhutan with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
* Kathmandu Paro Kathmandu flight with Airport Tax.
* Sightseeing tour with English Speaking Guide in Nepal and Bhutan.
* Monuments Entrance fees.
* Bhutan Visa, Tourism Development fund (TDF) and All Permit Fee.
* All Government taxes.
* Office service charge.

Cost Exclude:

* Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
* Your Travel Insurance
* International Airfare (Country-Kathmandu-County).
* Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
* Tips for Guide and Driver.
* All expenses of personal nature,
* Other fees due to nature.

Visa/Entry Permit: With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa. Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC).

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent.

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Online Regional Permit System: In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists.

Travel Requirements: All tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) who wish to travel to Bhutan require a visa and must book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.

In keeping with the Tourism Council of Bhutan's policy of "High Value. Low Impact" tourism a Minimum Daily Package is required for tourists. To learn more about the Minimum Daily Package, please follow the link below:

Getting Into Bhutan: The Kingdom of Bhutan remained largely cut off from the rest of the world up until the early 1960’s. Entering the country was difficult as it was only accessible by foot from two main entry points, one in the North and another from the South. The Northern route was through Tibet, crossing high mountain passes that were inaccessible throughout the winters. The second entry route from the South came through the plains of Assam and West Bengal. The high frozen passes in the North and the dense jungles in the South made it extremely difficult to enter the country.
However, carefully planned economic development has made the country much more accessible and there are now a network of roads entering and traversing the country, as well as one international and multiple domestic airports.

Today the main roads entering the country are through Phuentsholing in the south, linking Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal through the border towns of Gelephu, in the central region and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east, that link Bhutan with the Indian state of Assam.

Travel by Land: Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.

The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch.

Gelephu, in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and the travel time will be about ten hours.

The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in south-east Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into the capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.

Travel by Air: There are flights to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.

Paro is situated at a height of 2,225m (7300ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876?m (16,000?ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. There are also domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan.

Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Aiport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.

Payment System in Bhutan: Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) It is at par with the Indian rupee which is widely accepted in the country.

ATMs are located within all main towns throughout Bhutan, where money can be withdrawn using a Visa or MasterCard. In addition, POS (Point of Sale) services are available nationwide, meaning visitors can pay by credit card at most hotels and handicrafts stores.

Guides: There are over 1000 licensed and active tour guides working in the country.
In order to ensure that visitors receive high quality professional service, every guide must complete a training course. Guides are trained to specialize in either cultural or adventure tours. Many guides complete language courses in German, Japanese, Thai and other languages so that they can easily communicate with guests and all are proficient in English. All tour operators must employ only registered and certified guides.


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