Trip Hightlights:

  • View most of the Himalayan ranges
  • Mt Everest Scenic flight
  • Visit several heritage listed temples, cities, Stupas and monasteries
  • Ancient and unique architecture, dating back to 6th century
  • Experience the friendliest people in the world – (Nepal)
  • Visit the land of those with the highest gross happiness - (Bhutan)
  • Experience rich traditional cultures
  • Enjoy the most beautiful festivals in the world
  • Taste various traditional cuisines
  • Enjoy breath taking views and landscapes
  • Visit the Himalayan plains - the home of royal Bengali tiger and one-horned rhinoceros

 Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. (Altitude 1400 m)                                                                        D

Day 02: Kathmandu (Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley)                                                   B

Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Patan & Shyambunath.                                                               B

Day 04: Kathmandu Chitwan [146km 4-5 hrs]                                                                        BLD

Day 05: Chitwan National Park                                                                                             BLD

Day 06: Chitwan – Pokhara (156km 4-5 hours)                                                                       B

Day 07: Pokhara sightseeing                                                                                                 B

Day 08: Free day in Pokhara.                                                                                               B

Day 09: Fly Pokhara – Kathmandu (20 minutes drive).                                                             B

Day 10: Kathmandu – Paro - Thimphu. (Altitude 2280m, 1hr 15 min flight)                                 BLD

Day 11:  Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m):                                                                  BL

Day 12: Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310m, 72 Kms, 3 hrs drive).                                        BLD

Day 13: Punakha - Gangtey: (Altitude 3120m, 83 Kms, 3 and ½ hrs drive)                               BLD

Day 14:  Gangtey - Thimphu: (Altitude 2320m, 159 Kms, 7 and ½ hrs drive).                            BLD

Day 15:  Thimphu – Paro: (Altitude 2280m, 58 Kms, 1 hrs drive):                                            BLD

Day 16:  Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m)                                                                         BLD

Day 17: Departure: (Altitude 2280 m)                                                                                     B

General Information:

On the roof the world, nestled on the lap of the Eastern Himalayas, is Bhutan, or the kingdom of the thunder Dragon. Here, centuries old ways of life, culture and tradition blend harmoniously with modern times to create a fairytale realm like no other. Bhutan has never been colonized and the Bhutanese are fiercely protective about their independence. After centuries of self-imposed isolation, Bhutan has emerged strongly from the shrouds of myth as a nation exemplified for choosing all the right paths. Bhutan is perhaps the only nation in the world where billboards and tobacco are banned. Their absence further heightens the nations intact forest cover of more than 70 percent of its entire land and its prestigious standing among the 10 global hotspots for environmental conservation. Bhutan is also the recipient of the Champions of The Earth Award 2005 from the United Nations Environment Program.

 

FACTS ON BHUTAN -

Location: Located in the eastern Himalayas; Bhutan is bordered Tibet in the north and the Indian states of Assam and west Bengal in the east west and south.

Local Time: +6: ahead of GMT                  Capital: Thimphu Area: 38,394. (sq.km)     

Dzongkhags (districts): 20                        Geogs (blocks): 201                                

Currency: Ngultrum                                  National Language: Dzongkha                               

Official Language: Dzongkha                    Religion: Mahayana Buddhism.

National Sport: Archery.                           National Dress: Gho (Men) & Kira (Women).

National Tree: Cypress.                            National Flower: Blue Poppy.1

National Bird: Raven.                               National: Takin.

Altitude: From 180mt to 7550mt above the sea level.

Electricity: Current is 220-240 Volts. The plug is round, 3 prong - British type.

 

GEOGRAPHY:

The Kingdom of Bhutan is wedged between India and China along the lofty mountains of the eastern Himalayas, between longitude 88°45’ and 92°10’ east and latitude 26°40’ and 28°15’. With an area of approximately 38,394 square kilometers, Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland in both size and topography, being largely mountainous. With these borders a giant staircase is formed — from a narrow strip of land in the south at an altitude of 10,000 feet. These unclimbed Himalayan peaks are among the highest on Earth.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

The costs that we offer do not cover your Travel Insurance. It is imperative that you have full comprehensive insurance cover to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps. Such policies are not available in Bhutan. It should adequately cover baggage and travel delays etc. and helicopter evacuation, transportation and medical assistance in-case of treks.

 

ITINERARY CHANGES – INCLUDING STATED HOTELS:

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, your local operator or we will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

Due to flight cancellation, weather condition and also limited tourism infra-structure, suitable hotel accommodation is very limited in some remote valleys and, on exceptionally rare occasions, a hotel room may not be available as booked. Late reservations, in particular, will often require flexibility and possible re-routing to provide the best possible accommodation options.

We kindly request you factor above possibility and any other unforeseen situation, into your planning when considering a visit to Bhutan.

 

FOOD:

Bhutanese Delicacies are limited with spicy Chillies and Cheese. However you will be served a Buffet of continental food with some local dishes too. On Treks, our trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western tastes ranging from continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.

 

CURRENCY:

Bhutanese unit of currency is the Ngultrum. 1Nu. = 100 Chetrum. The Ngultrum is at par with the Indian Rupee. Approx. 1 USD = Nu/44.5

 

CREDIT CARDS:

Credit cards are accepted in major Hotels and Handicraft Emporium to pay against your purchase bills but not to encash money. You cannot en-cash money with your ATM Cards. It is advisable that you bring cash dollars.

 

CLOTHING:

Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. From May to Sep. cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woollen sweater or light jacket. From November to the end of April, you will need very warm clothes including long underwear or woollen tights to wear under trousers, and down jacket or coat. During visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institution, you should not wear shorts, hats and should be properly dressed.

 

WHAT TO PACK:

Clothes as per season, sunglasses/spare glasses or contact lenses, pair of casual shoes, washing kit, shaving kit, towel, hat, umbrella, camera, film and accessories, maps, insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit & safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, sun screen cream, lip salve or soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, preparation for the relief of sunburn. You may not be tuned to the Asian drugs so it is always better to bring own brand. If you are going on a trek, we will provide separate list.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY:

The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. If you wish to record the local people, their houses and shops etc., you can always ask by gesture, if it’s ok to take pictures. Also while visiting Dzongs, monasteries, and religious institutions; please follow your guide’s instruction carefully. Photography inside the Dzongs and monuments are not allowed. Although films and batteries are available locally, it is best to bring it yourself.

 

MEDICAL & HEALTH:

Anyone who enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate on our treks and tours. However some treks maybe rigorous and difficult because of high altitude and therefore a good training of fitness for at least a month at home is required for treks going to an altitude in excess of 4000 mts/1500 ft. there are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Bhutan.

 

CUSTOMS AND REGULATIONS:

The Bhutanese authorities strictly prohibit the export of any religious Antiquity or antiques of any type. All personal electronics, Cameras, Video Cameras, Computers and personal electronic equipment may be brought into the country but they must be listed on the custom form provided on arrival at Paro airport and will be checked on departure. Two liters of alcohol and reasonable quantity of cigarettes may be brought into the country without duty.

 

EAR PLUGS:

Compared to other towns, Thimphu has high number of stray Dogs. You may be disturbed by the barking dogs at night so we highly advise you to bring ear plugs.

 

ELECTRICITY:

Current is 220-240 Volts. The plug is round, 3 prong - British type.

 

TIPPING & GIFT:

Tipping is at each visitor’s discretion are requested not to give candy, gum, pens, pencils, balloons, etc to children, who soon learn to demand gifts; or not to hand out medicines to local people which may be inappropriate for their medical problems and delay their seeking professional help. if you want to give children pens, pencils, etc. it is better to give them to local schools. We will be happy to arrange a visit to a local school if you indicate at the time of booking. Instead of gifts, you can show them books and pictures of your country, your home, your children, etc. or teach them a song or game.

 

SHOPPING:

All visitors are welcome to visit the Handicraft Centre or all local shops, which contains a very wide range of traditional and modern items. Beautiful hand woven textiles, postage traditional handmade paper, colorful bamboo baskets, thangkas, centuries, ceramics, musical instruments and masks are some of many favorite items for purchase from Bhutan. The textiles with intricate patterns that take months to weave are made of cotton, wool or raw silk. Ethnic silver jewelry can also be found. The best shopping to be found is in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

 

DISTANCE & DRIVING TIME BETWEEN VARIOUS PLACES IN BHUTAN

All mode of transport within Bhutan is by motor vehicle as there is no domestic airline or trains. However, motor roads are well maintained and link all parts of the country.

From

To

Approx. Distance (Km)

Approx. Driving Time

Paro

Thimphu

65 kms

01 hour

Paro

Haa

65 kms

1.5 - 02 hours

Thmphu

Haa

115 kms

03 - 04 hours

Thimphu

Phuentsholing

176 kms

07 - 08 hours

Thimphu

Wangduephodrang

70 kms

03 hours

Thimphu

Punakha

77 kms

03 hours

Thimphu

Phobjhika (Gangtey)

135 kms

5.5 - 06 hours

Punakha

Wangduephodrang

13 kms

45 minutes

Punakha

Gangtey (Phobjikha)

78 kms

03 hours

Punakha

Bumthang

212 kms

08 hours

Bumthang

Gangtey (Phobjikha)

188 kms

05 - 06 hours

Gangtey (Phobjikha)

Trongsa

120 kms

4.1/2 - 05 hours

Gangtey

Wangduephodrang

65 kms

2.5 - 03 hours

Trongsa

Wangduephodrang

129 kms

4.5 - 05 hours

Trongsa

Punakha

142 kms

06 hours

Trongsa

Bumthang

68 kms

02 hours

Bumthang

Mongar

198 kms

07 - 08 hours

Mongar

Lhuentse

76 kms

03 hours

Mongar

Trashigang

91 kms

03 - 04 hours

Trashigang

Chorten Kora

52 kms

02 hours

Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar

180 kms

07 hours

Trashigang

Trashiyangtshe

55 kms

02 hours

Samdrup Jongkhar

Guwahati (Assam, India)

110 kms

03 hours

Samdrup Jongkhar

Phuentsholing

400 kms

10 hours

Phuentsholing

Bagdogra (West Benal, India)

165 kms

4.1/2 hours

Phuentsholing

Siliguri (West Bengal, India)

155 kms

04 hours

Phuentsholing

Darjeeling (West Bengal, India)

200 kms

06 hours

Phuentsholing

Kalimpong (West Bangal, India)

185 kms

05 hours

Phuentsholing

Gangtok (Sikkim, India)

220 kms

07 hours

Phuentsholing

Dooars (Chalsa) (West Bengal, India)

110 kms

2.1/2 hours

 

 

NATIONAL EMBLEM (ROYAL CREST):

The National emblem, contained in circle, is composed of a double diamond thunderbolt placed above a lotus, surmounted by a jewel and framed by two dragons. The double diamond thunderbolt represents the harmony between secular and religious power; which results from the Buddhist religion in its varying form. The lotus symbolizes the purity; the jewel-sovereign power; and the two dragons, male and female stand for the name of the country-the thunder.

 

NATIONAL DAY:

National Day is celebrated on the 17th December in commemoration of the ascension of Ugyen Wangchuk, the first King of Bhutan to the throne, at Punakha Dzong.

 

NATIONAL FLAG:

The rectangular national flag of Bhutan is diagonally segmented and depicts a wide dragon across the middle. The upper part of the flag is golden yellow, which represents the secular power of the King, while the lower part is orange, which is indicative of the Buddhist influence. The Dragon, whose white color is associated with purity, represents Bhutan. It holds jewels in its claws, which represents the wealth and perfection of the country. 

General Information:

Time Zone: 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

Dialling Code: +977

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport should be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal and if you are planning to visit Tibet and Bhuatn, good to have one year validity.

Note: Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Switziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you can visit www.nepal-consulate.net.au and also email at adelaide@nepal-consulate.net.au or contact immigration of Nepal. Please do not rely (100%) on the website information for visa rules as the website may not have been updated recently. 

Nepalese consulates issue visa in Australia (approx: AU$ 65 for 15 days, 85.00 for 30 days or $ 175 for 90 days) or at entry point's immigration offices provide various duration’s visa on request upon the presentation of a one year valid passport, one passport size photo.

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land: • Kakarvitta, Jhapa • Birganj • Parsa • Kodari , Sindhupalchowk • Belahia, Bhairahawa • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj • Mohana, Dhangadhi  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar. Further details can be obtained on request.

 

Duty Free:

Import: 

Apart from your used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring binoculars, movie or video camera, still cameras, laptop computer and portable music devices.

Export:

The export of antiques requires a special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old such as sacred paintings and manuscripts that are valued for culture and

religious reasons.

 

Bank & Currency:

Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 85 to 90.00 (as AUD is a fluctuating currency) Nepalese Rupees (Currency conversion subject to change). Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Please retain your cash receipts and for changing local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at the Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge. Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday except government holidays. Out of Kathmandu valley banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sundays through Fridays.

While traveling in Nepal, Australian $ or US$ both currency are accepted by banks or hotels in Kathmandu. When you travel out of Kathmandu or Pokhara, please take local currency.

ATM:

ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital and Pokhara. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available, lots of time black out and it does not operate without electricity. If in case you forget password and have one card or anything wrong and taken away by the machine, you could be sort of money. So alternative backup plans are recommended.

Note: Travellers cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

 

Insurance:

A comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment and evacuation and $ 200,000 personal liability is recommended. Insurance is must to participate in the tour.

 

Tipping:

Tipping is becoming fairly common in Nepal. Hotels and restaurants already added 10% service charge as tips. If you are going on a trek,  good to save your tipping money to guide and porters.

 

Can I bargain?

Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but recommended to treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

 

Health Guide:

The golden rule is not to drink tap water or other water from open sources. Bottled water or soft drinks are available widely. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drinks and snacks from reputable sources are usually safe. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek. Bottle of water is available to purchase widely.

 

Medical Services:

Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. The Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on a western standard.

 

Immunization:

Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Hepatitis A should be considered, however it may be a good idea to get a complete check-up with a travel doctor or your GP before departure. A useful article to read at: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEChandouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdf 

 

Climate:

Climatic conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another in accordance with the geographical features. In the north summers are cool and winters severe, while in south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has namely five major seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.An average temperature drop of 6°C occurs for every 1,000 m gain in altitude. In the Terai, summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in some areas, winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23°C in the Terai. In mountainous regions, hills and valleys, summers are temperate while winter temperatures can plummet under sub zero. The valley of Kathmandu has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 35°C and 2°C – 12°C respectively.

The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia in winter, and forms the northern boundary of the monsoon wind patterns. Eighty percent of the precipitation is received during the monsoon (June-September). Winter rains are more pronounced in the western hills. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones, such as 3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang.An interesting fact is that there is no seasonal constraint on traveling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. However, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

 

Here’s a brief view of the average temperatures and rainfall during peak summer and winter in three most popular tourist areas:

Place

Summer (May, June, July)

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Kathmandu

28.1

19.5

312

19.3

3.0

15.4

Pokhara

29.7

21.3

829.7

20.3

7.7

26.3

Chitwan

33.0

25.3

404.0

24.1

8.3

13.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture:

Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. A conglomeration lies in capital city Kathmandu where cultures are blending to form a national identity. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century.A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion. Adding color to the lives of Nepalis are festivals the year round which they celebrate with much pomp and joy. Food plays an important role in the celebration of these festivals.

 

Religion:

Nepal was declared a secular country by the Parliament on May 18, 2006. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhism. The two have co-existed in harmony through centuries.

Buddha is widely worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus of Nepal. The five Dhyani Buddhas; Vairochana, Akshobhaya, Rathasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi, represent the five basic elements: earth, fire, water, air and ether. Buddhist philosophy conceives these deities to be the manifestations of Sunya or absolute void. Mahakaala and Bajrayogini are Vajrayana Buddhist deities worshipped by Hindus as well.

Hindu Nepalis worship the ancient Vedic gods. Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer, are worshipped as the Supreme Hindu Trinity. People pray to the Shiva Linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva in most Shiva temples. Shakti, the dynamic element in the female counterpart of Shiva, is highly revered and feared. Mahadevi, Mahakali, Bhagabati, Ishwari are some of the names given. Kumari, the Virgin Goddess, also represents Shakti.Other popular deities are Ganesh for luck, Saraswati for knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth and Hanuman for protection. Krishna, believed to be the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped widely. Hindu holy scripts Bhagawat Gita, Ramayan and Mahabharat are widely read in Nepal. Vedas, Upanishads and other holy scriptures are read by well learned Brahmin Pundits during special occasions.

 

Customs:

The diversity in Nepal in terms of ethnicity again makes room for various sets of customs. Most of these customs go back to the Hindu, Buddhist or other religious traditions. Among them, the rules of marriage are particularly interesting. Traditional marriages call for deals arranged by parents after the boy or girl come of age.

Nepalis do not eat beef. There are several reasons for this, one being that the Hindus worship cow. Cow is also the national animal of Nepal. Another interesting concept among Nepalis is division of pure and impure. “Jutho” referring to food or material touched by another’s mouth directly or indirectly, is considered impure by Nepalis. Nepalis consider cow dung to be pure for cleansing purposes. During menstruation women are considered impure and hence, are kept in seclusion until their fourth day purification bath.Nepal is a patriarchal society. Men usually go out to work while women are homemakers. However, in cities, roles can differ. Most Nepalis abide by the caste system in living habits and marriage. Rural Nepal is mostly agrarian, while some aspects of urban life carry glitz and glamour of the ultra-modern world.

 

Food:

Nepal does not have a distinct cooking style. However, food habits differ depending on the region. Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Authentic Nepali taste is found in Newari and Thakai cuisines. Most Nepalis do not use cutlery but eat with their right hand.The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively more expensive. Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) deserve a mention as one of the most popular snack among Nepalis. Rotis (flat bread) and dhedo (boiled flour) also make meals in some homes.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.     (Altitude 1400 m)                              D

Upon arrival meet our representative at the airport. Drive and check-in to the hotel. Trip briefing will be done when you check-in.

[Meal codes:] B=Breakfast, L=Lunch & D=Dinner

Kathmandu stands at 1350 metres and the valley is surrounded by hills at an altitude of around 2400 metres. There are three important cities in the valley, the most significant being Kathmandu itself. Patan is the most Buddhist of the three and is across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu, but so close as to be almost an extension of the capital. Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, is the most "medieval" city and is situated in the eastern part of the valley.

Kathmandu Durbar Square : Kathmandu’s most impressive sight, Durbar Square is a colourful blend of temples and palaces. It is also home to Kathmandu’s Kumari, or ‘living goddess’, a young girl believed to be a reincarnation of the goddess Durga. If you arrive early enough, it is worth walking to Kumari Temple.

 

Day 02 Kathmandu (Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley)                            B

Bhaktapur and Thimi: One of the three ancient cities of Nepal, and the only one to be heritage listed as an entire city, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture, as well as thriving local pottery and weaving industries. It is one of the few places left in Kathmandu that is free of cars and maintains a traditional way of life.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This spacious, beautiful square is packed from end to end with ancient temples and monuments including the ‘Lion Gate’ and ‘The Bell of the Barking Dogs.’ It’s a great place to explore for an hour or two and absorb the local life.

Nyatapola Temple: Dating back to 1702, this five-story pagoda is an impressive sight. Staring down at you from the terraces are intricately carved figures of wrestlers, elephants, lions and griffins.

Dattatreya Square: The Dattatreya Square is Bhaktapur’s third dazzling gem. The seat of royalty till the 15th century, the area still houses a great number of historic monuments including many wondrous Maths (residential mansions) and temples. The Peacock Window, which is also called the "Mona Lisa of Nepal", is a rare masterpiece in wood. Dating back to the early 15th Century, the unique latticed window has an intricately carved peacock in its centre.

Bouddhanath : 8km from the city centre, this is Kathmandu’s largest Stupa. It’s especially colourful on Saturdays, when Tibetan refugees flock here to pray.

 

Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Patan & Shyambunath.                                   B

Patan: The ancient city of Patan faces Kathmandu on the southern bank of the River Bagmati. It’s a colourful place rich in Newari architecture, with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments nestled harmoniously together in the narrow, winding streets and unexpected squares.

Patan Durbar Square: Exquisitely carved palaces, temples and shrines dominate the square, which is ruled by the ancient Royal Palace. Nestling in one corner is the triple-roofed octagonal tower of the 17th Century  Teleju Bhawani Temple.

Krishan Mandir: The first of its kind to be built, this 17th Century temple is the only one in Nepal comprised of entirely stone-carved shrines.

Shyambhunath temple: Swayambhunath stupa (or Monkey Temple), situated high on a hill top, is one of the most recognised images of Kathmandu Valley and affords magnificent views of the city and valley below.

Optional sightseeing: Mt. Everest Scenic flight (1 Hour) can be done on request US$ 200 per person includes  return transport to the airport.

 

Day 04 Kathmandu Chitwan [146km 4-5 hrs]                                          BLD

After breakfast, our journey takes us through hills and river banks of the Trisuli River, through many smaller towns and villages onto Chitwan National Park. You will stay in a comfortable resort for 2 nights and enjoy 3 days of activities. This park is regarded as the third biggest attraction in Nepal and one of the largest refuges of the One-Horned Rhinos.

Nepal’s most famous National Park is large and encompasses diverse terrain. The Chitwan valley is characterized by tropical to subtropical forest. 70% of park vegetation is predominantly Sal forest - moist deciduous flora of the Terai region. The remaining vegetation includes grasslands, and riverine.

Terai forests are full of jasmin, minosa, accecia reeds and bamboo. The pipal (Ficus religiosa) and banyan trees have significant meaning for the villagers.

This tropical zone is Nepal’s richest area for wildlife including gaurs, buffaloes, tigers, leopards, rhinoceros, and deer found in the valley grasslands, as well as two species of crocodile and the Gangetic dolphin inhabiting the rivers. The alluvial floodplain habitat of the Terai is one of the best tiger habitats anywhere in the world.

The principle birds are peacocks, jungle fowl and black partridge, while migratory duck and geese swarm on the ponds, lakes and big rivers  of the Terai.

 

Day 05      Chitwan National Park                                       BLD

Entire day at Chitwan for wildlife activities. A Typical two-night/three day jungle safari consists of the following activities. Special programs can be arranged with your tour operator.

Elephant ride: The best and safest way to view wild animals is from the top of an elephant. Usually a number of elephants enter the jungle together.

Boat ride: There are crocodiles in the jungle rivers. Riding in a canoe allows you to see them from up close as they are sunning on the sandbanks. You will see a lot of water birds too.

Jeep ride: (Optional - $20 if you wish to do both activities – elephant ride and jeep ride – one of these are included). Driving through the jungle in a jeep is another good way to observe the flora and fauna, especially for those not fond of riding elephants.

Jungle walk: Walking in the forest puts you in the thick of things. Please note that it can be dangerous.

Bird Watching: With the vast array of birdlife in the park, a bird watching tour can be a real highlight, even if you are no great enthusiast.

Village tour: The Tharus are the indigenous people of the Terai plains. You can visit their villages by ox-cart or on foot to observe their lifestyles.

Cultural Program: At the end of the day, you will be entertained by a traditional Tharu dance around a campfire. An extremely enriching experience full of colour and skill unique to the local people.

 

Day 06      Chitwan – Pokhara (156km 4-5 hours)                             B

After breakfast, we will finish the safari activities and take a scenic drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of fish-tailed Machapuchare rising behind it makes it an ideal setting to spend a few days  and explore the environs. Free in the afternoon to explore the  town. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 07 Pokhara sightseeing                                                                                          B

This morning there is a chance for you to see the sunrise from Sarangkot where you will be able to take great photos of spectacular scenery. After breakfast we board a boat for a cruise on the lake and visit the Varahi Mandir Hindu Temple on an island in Phewa Ta Lake.  After Lunch we will do a sightseeing tour of Pokhara including Chamere Gufa [A limestone cave], or Mahendra Pul [Seti River Gorge] and David Falls.

Devi Falls: This is a breathtaking view of Devi Fall in Chorrepatan. Chorrepatan is famous for this water fall and cave just two minutes walk away. The water comes from Fewa Lake and peaks during the rainy seasons of Summer (June, July, August).

Chamere Gufa (cave): Chamere Gufa is known for its rock formations and the different stones that catch the light.

 

Day 08: Free day in Pokhara.                                                   B

Pokhara is a great place to relax and shop for souvenirs. Several activities can also be enjoyed such as Para gliding; visiting a Tibetan refugee camp or a mountain museum; playing golf with views of Annapurna; boating at Fewa lake and visiting the Barahi temple on the island. There are many more to choose from. All activities can be organized for you.

 

Day 09 Fly Pokhara – Kathmandu (20 minutes drive).                                 B

After breakfast fly from Pokhara back to Kathmandu for a free day. You are met at the airport and driven to the Hotel. The day is free.  Lunch at the hotel.  Farewell dinner.

 

Day 10 Kathmandu – Paro - Thimphu. (Altitude 2280m,1hr 15 min flight) BLD

After breakfast drive to airport to fly to Paro [Bhutan] Your Guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu. After lunch visit the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Sangaygangview Point, Takin Preserve Centre and the Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) Dinner and overnight in Hotel Pedling.

 

Day 11:  Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m):                                       BLD

After breakfast, visit the Folk Heritage Museum, the National Library stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts and a Painting school. After lunch, hike to Cheri Monastery, then visit  the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel Pedling.

 

Day 12: Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310m, 72 Kms, 3 hrs drive). BLD

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. Lunch at Village restaurant.

After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and  situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue. While Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war items captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.  Dinner and overnight in Damchen Resort / Meri Punsum Resort.

 

Day 13: Punakha - Gangtey: (Altitude 3120m, 83 Kms, 3 and ½ hrs drive)   BLD

After breakfast, drive to Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes a visit to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. After lunch, explore the valley.  Dinner and over night in Gakiling Guest house or Similar.

 

Day 14:  Gangtey - Thimphu: (Altitude 2320m, 159 Kms, 7 and ½ hrs drive). BLD

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch, will be served on the way. In the evening, free time to explore the town. Dinner and over night in Hotel Pedling or similar.

 

Day 15:  Thimphu – Paro: (Altitude 2280m, 58 Kms, 1 hrs drive):  BLD

After breakfast, drive to Paro and Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour walk to the viewing point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forests, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 metres into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. Dinner and over night in Hotel Tashi Phuntsho or similar.

 

Day 16:  Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m)                                  BLD

After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (meaning “Heap of Jewels”), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, 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.

After lunch, 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). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.  Dinner and over night in Hotel Tashi Phuntsho or similar.

 

Day 17: Departure: (Altitude 2280 m)

Early morning, drive to the airport to catch your return flight to Kathmandu, Delhi, Singapore or Bangkok. 

CLOTHING:

Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. From May to Sep. cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woollen sweater or light jacket. From November to the end of April, you will need very warm clothes including long underwear or woollen tights to wear under trousers, and down jacket or coat. During visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institution, you should not wear shorts, hats and should be properly dressed.

 

WHAT TO PACK:

Clothes as per season, sunglasses/spare glasses or contact lenses, pair of casual shoes, washing kit, shaving kit, towel, hat, umbrella, camera, film and accessories, maps, insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit & safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, sun screen cream, lip salve or soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, preparation for the relief of sunburn. You may not be tuned to the Asian drugs so it is always better to bring own brand. If you are going on a trek, we will provide separate list.

Cost Details

Twin Sharing:           US$ 3599.00  

Single Supplement:  US$ 799.00

 

Cost Includes: - Nepal

  • Services of local tour guide
  • Domestic air fare
  • Land transfers by Private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary
  • Twin share accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu (4 Star)  and Pokhara at Nepali 3-4 star hotel (upgrade is available on request)
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All accommodation and 3 meals
  • Daily 1 litre bottled water

 

Does Not Included:

  • Visas for Nepal $ 65 in Nepali Consulate in Australia. It also can be obtained at Kathmandu airport upon arrival.
  • Soft drinks/alcohol, morning/afternoon tea, tips etc. Personal items.
  • Travel Insurance (this is a mandatory condition of booking)
  • Optional sightseeing in Pokhara on day 8
  • Optional Everest flight (cost approx US$ 200)
  • Tips is not compulsory, but expected. Reasonable amount of tips is (combined by all members of the tour party) $ 10 per day (not per person/day) for guide and $ 5 per day for driver. One of you can collect form the group & pay at the end of the trip.

 

The Tour Cost Includes: - Bhutan

  • Meal as per itinerary
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Airport tax
  • Tourism Development fund
  • Guide.
  • Sightseeing

 

The Tour Cost Does Not Include:

  • Druk Air fare.
  • Supplement Extra US $: 50 per room per night.
  • Insurance Premiums, 
  • Payments for services provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
  • Tips is not compulsory, but expected. Reasonable amount of tips is (combined by all members of the tour party) $ 20 per day (not per person/day) for guide & $ 15 per day for driver. One of you can collect form the group & pay at the end of the trip.