9 days, 8 nights
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Arrive in Nepal and tour the historic cities of Kathmandu valley; of temples, monastery and ancient palace squares, enjoying views of the Himalayas.  Travel on to the mystical kingdom of Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon and experience a journey through one of the last Shangri-las of the world. Enjoy the people, cultural and natural beauty of Bhutan a country with its unique concept of measuring development of its population by Gross National Happiness Index!

TOUR DATES 25 March – 2 April 2018
TOUR COST US$2995 per person twin share, single supplement US$500
* Prices based on minimum 6 people with English speaking guideAdd on Kathmandu  to
Cost US$450 per person twin share (based on 2 people), single supplement US$185
DURATION Nepal 2 nights + Bhutan 6 nights
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Day 1

25 March 2018

ARRIVE KATHMANDU

Garland welcome on arrival in Kathmandu capital city of Nepal.  Transfer to hotel, check-in and rest.

There will be an afternoon tour in the bustling city centre of this ancient heritage going back to the 12th century former Palace Square, seat of power in the reign of the Gorkha kings.  Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari the residence of the revered Living Goddess, the landmark Swayambhunath Stupa overlooking the valley through its all seeing eyes of the Buddha

Day 2

26 March 2018

KATHMANDU – PARO FLIGHT – DRIVE TO THIMPHU (those arriving direct from Bangkok, Singapore or Delhi will be received at Paro airport)

Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport for flight to Bhutan on Druk Air flight KB401 departure at 12:05.

Arrive in Paro, welcome and transfer drive of one hour to Thimphu, the capital of the country.  Visit Memorial Chorten built in honour of 3rdKing Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Tashichho Dzong the impressive building of the Royal Government of Bhutan and religious centre.

An evening visit to the Handicraft Emporium and take an orientation walk through the busy capital city. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 3

27 March 2018

THIMPHU  – PUNAKHA

Morning tour to Takin nature enclosure to see this unusual national animal – one which looks like a goat and an ox.  Visit the Dordema Buddha situated overlooking the entrance to the valley which is nearing completion.  In future this will house a unique library of Buddhism and meditation halls.

After breakfast drive 3.5 hours east to Punakha,  the former Bhutanese capital.  On the way pass through small villages, the Jigme Dorji Bio Park and Dochula Pass  at 3,200m.  On clear days one can see Mount Gangkhar Punsum 7,541m the highest mountain of Bhutan

The beautiful Punakha valley has 2 rivers Phochu and Mochu (male and female river) and has a warm climate.  Rice and fruits such as oranges, mangoes and bananas are grown in this fertile land.  Visit Punakha Dzong a large fort like structure with multi-levels and immense courtyards which once had more than 500 monks.  It is the winter home of His Holiness Jhey Khenpo Chief Monk of Bhutan. Overnight Resort (B, L,D)

Day 4

28 March 2018

PUNAKHA – PARO

Early morning, a nice short walk through farmland to visit Chimmi Lhagang the monastey of famous Monk Drukpa Kinley.  This is considered a good place to make offering for fertility of prospective families.

Drive 3.5hrs to Paro and visit the colourful Paro Tsechu festivities taking place in Rimpung Dzong,  the fort like administrative and religious centre of the district.

Day 5-6

29-30 March 2018

PARO TSECHU FESTIVAL VISITS

Visit the Tsechu festivities as many performances are acted each one more colourful and exciting than the previous one!  The air is filled with the sweet smell of juniper incense, crowds of local inhabitants talking animatedly in their best garb, chanting of prayers, large horn trumpets and cymbals clanging!  It is the most well known of festivals in the country with traditional rituals observed monks and lay performers enact dances in masks depicting mythical deities.  All adding up to the festivity of the occasion!

Optional enjoy “Hot Stone Bath” traditional Bhutanese bathing (optional extra). Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7

31 March 2018

PARO

Today,  the Tsechu festivies will culminate in unfolding at an auspicious hour before sunrise of the Giant Thongdrul, a painting of Buddha’s life story.  It is believed those who view it will be blessed manifold.   Local inhabitants queue to receive their blessing also from the high Lama.

Late morning walk and one of the highlights of the tour to Taktsang “The Tiger’s Nest” Monastery built on a craggy ledge at the height of 2980m.  It is believed that Guru Rimpoche flew here on a tiger’s back to make the first monastery in Bhutan. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8

1 April 2018

PARO – KATHMANDU FLIGHT

Transfer to Paro airport for flight to Kathmandu.  Drive to the ancient city of Bhaktapur a UNESCO heritage protected site and enjoy this ancient city with its well restored palace squares, famed pagoda styled buildings, pottery square.  Rest of half day at leisure or wandering to the many souvenir places and wonderful restaurants throughout the city.

Optional extra : Evening farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant with cultural performance. Overnight Hotel (B)

Day 9

2 April 2018

KATHMANDU – BANGKOK / SINGAPORE / DELHI

Morning at leisure.  Transfer to airport for departures home. (B)

INCLUDES

All private transfers on arrival to departure.

All sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with English speaking tour guide.

Tourist standard hotel accommodation 6 nights on full board – breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Tour entry fees*.

Bhutan Dev Fee*.

Bhutan Visa*.

Cost with *asterisk marks are subject to change without notice.

EXCLUDES

Any airfare

Any airport tax

Gratuity / Tips to staffs

Any expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, beverages, telephone calls etc.

Any expenses caused by factors beyond our control like flight cancellation, road blocks, vehicle malfunction etc.

Any medical or evacuation insurance

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Cost A$450 per person twin share (based on 2 people), single supplement A$185

INCLUDES :

All private transfers on arrival to departure.

All sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with English speaking tour guide.

Hotel Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast 2 nights in Kathmandu.

10% Govt. Service charge and 13% VAT payable to Nepal Government.

EXCLUDES:

Any airfare.

Any airport tax.

Gratuity / Tips to staffs.

Nepal visa fee.

Entrances to the monuments as per the program.(Quoted as supplement).

Any expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, beverages, telephone calls etc.

Any expenses caused by factors beyond our control like flight cancellation, road blocks, vehicle malfunction etc.

Any medical or evacuation insurance.

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Festival Tour of Paro, Bhutan