Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB)
Our representative meet you at the airport upon arrival and provide transfer to your hotel. Free day.
Day 2: Kathmandu (BB)
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Patan: In the morning we visit Kathmandu Durbar square. You walk through Asan to Hanuman Dhoka. The narrow lane is crowded with pedestrian. It gives you chance to meet Nepalese in most traditional manner. Asan is one of the oldest market place for shopping; it used to be the center of business in those days. Walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar square: Includes Asan tol, Durbar square, Hanuman Dhoka, temple of living Goddess, and Kastha Mandap. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. The city itself is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people. One can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons, traders from India and Sadhus - Hindu holy men, who are perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the countless shrines and temples spread in the valley. As you wonder, your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.
After lunch visit Swayambhunath and Patan: Swambhunath is well known 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), used to be known as monkey temple, is located on the summit of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Beside Boudhanath this is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The legend has it that once upon a time Kathmandu valley was a lake and Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. Swambhunath is one of the most important temples and pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist alike. Its vantage point provides panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous white stupa shrines, it has truly memorable sights. Travel onward to Patan: This is another city adjacent to Kathmandu; it is located across Bagmati river. Sightseeing places includes Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha are very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha built in 13th century.
Day 3: Fly to Paro (2280m). In Paro (Full Board)
Depart Kathmandu normally around 10 am. After arrival at Paro complete formalities at the Immigration at the airport. Our Bhutan representative meet you upon arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The flight offers beautiful mountain and landscape. In the afternoon visit Paro bazaar (town) and stroll around the market and return to your hotel.
Day 4: In Paro (Full Board)
Full day sightseeing tour: visit 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 (fort). Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong which now housed National museum. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong known to local as “Fortress of the heap of jewels.” This fort serves as the administrative center and school for monks. The inner courtyard has fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount Sumeru and other cosmic mandalas.
Day 5: Travel to Thimpu (2320m). In Thimpu (Full Board)
Drive to Thimphu. The drive takes about 2 hours on the smooth road. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After that visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.
Day 6: Drive to Punakha (1300m). In Punakha (Full Board)
After breakfast drive to Punakha. The drive is about 45 minutes. Visit Punakha Dzong which was capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is located in between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the ‘Punakha Serdda’ takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.
Day 7: Trongsa (2316m) and Bumthang. (Full Board)
The drive from Wangdi Phodrang takes about 4 hour to Trongsa. It is enroute to Bumthang. We stop here to see the original home of the royal family. We visit the Dzong. The passageway, corridor, courtyard, paintings, the architecture and many temples inside are very interesting to see. We may stop here for an overnight or proceed to Bumthang.
Day 8: Bumthang (2600m to 4000m). Return to Thimpu. (Full Board)
Bhumtang is another beautiful valley further east. The valley is wide and open. The four valleys in Bhumtang - Chumney, Choekhor, Tang and Ura offer dramatically different experience. It is believed that Buddhism spread wide in Bhutan from this valley. Local festivals in Bumthang offer cultural insight and true spirit of Bhutan. Depending upon time you may visit some of the well known monasteries like Kurje Lhakang and Jamey Lhakang and Jakar Dzong (fort).
Day 9: Drive to Paro. In Paro (Full Board)
After breakfast drive to Paro through Dochula region. Drive to Thimpu is 3 hour and 2 hour to Paro. Enroute visit the oldest building in Bhutan at Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist University. On the way, you can also have a great view of the famous Taktsang Monastery, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest perched on a cliff rock face. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB)
Transfer to the airport fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to airport. Fly home.
Itineray and schedule are guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistics, weather and technical condition. There is no refund against unused service.
All tours and treks in Bhutan require prior arrangement at least 45 days before departure.
Exclusive private deluxe tour can be made using Aman Kora hotel chain in Thimpu and Punakha. Long advance booking is required, specially during festival time. The hotel is exclusive and expensive but worth it. Check for detail.
After confirmation of the tour your visa clearance number is forwarded to concerned overseas airline office / stations. Without clearance number passengers are not allowed to board the flight. This visa clearance number is also required while issuing air tickets.