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Annapurna Panorama

13 days from USD $2,399

Experience a wonderfully varied and easy-paced trek through the stunning Annapurna region, while lodging in quaint Track...

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Sample Itinerary - REF HIMALAYAS 33

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday! Pick up and complete a landing card on the plane or in the airport before you go through customs. Upon arrival you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your trip

Day 2: Kathmandu

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Our first port of call is Swayambhunath - It is a sacred shrine and worshipped by all the Buddhists around the world. Then we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square - the Royal Palace complex built during the 17th century. After lunch drive to Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines and is also a World Heritage site. After exploring the area drive to Bodhnath stupa, another World Heritage site. In the evening enjoy an authentic Nepali meal with unique cultural dances depicting the various religions of Nepal at a typical Nepali restaurant

Day 3: Kathmandu - Paro

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival at Bhutan/Paro airport you will be met by our local representative and transfered to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the Paro Rinpung Dzong “the Fort of the heap of Jewels” which houses the Paro Monastic body, Paro District Civil Administration and the Paro District Court. A smaller Dzong was first built sometime in the 15th century and rebuilt by the Shabdrung in 1645. On way back to the hotel visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 638 AD under the order of the Tibetan King Songtsengampo, it is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

A Bhutanese Archer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan	[

Day 4: Paro - Thimphu

After an early breakfast, drive for approx 1.5 hours to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. It is a modern city but still preserves traditional architecture and traditions. This afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of Late His Majesty, the 3rd King of Bhutan. Also visit a handmade paper unit. Bhutan boasts of some of the best handmade papers in the world. The Handicrafts Emporium is yet another interesting place to visit, where you will fine an excellent variety of well woven Bhutanese textiles. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the Thimphu market

Ready for battle! Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 5: Thimphu - Punakha

After breakfast walk around Thimphu city and then drive on to Punakha. Stop for lunch at Docho la, where if the weather permits you’ll be treated to an incredible panoramic view of the Bhutanese Himalayas. Punakha is a 2.5 hour drive from Thimphu. After crossing Docho la the vegetation changes from predominantly Blue Pine forest to a greater variety of plants and trees. In spring, it is colorful with all the Rhododendrons and Magnolias in bloom. Upon arrival in Punakha check into hotel, refresh and then drive up the valley to visit the Dzong in all its splendor.

Chorten Kora near to Punakha photo courtesy of Tourist Council of Bhutan

Day 6: Punakha - Paro

After an early breakfast visit Wangde Dzong en route to Chimi Lhakhang. A beautiful temple standing all alone on a small hill overlooking the Puna Tshangchu river belt, Chimi Lhakhang is the Holy place of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as Divine Mad man. The temple is very sacred for the Bhutanese and thousands of people who visit Chimi Lhakhang do so to pray for children - either people with no children seeking fertility or those who have children, seek protection for them. Return to your hotel for lunch before driving back to Paro

A colourful and lively masked dancer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 7: Paro

After breakfast, tour Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built between 1656-1667 and now houses the National Museum. The Museum is considered one of the best of its kind in Asia. It boasts an exhaustive collection of Bhutanese Textiles, Armoury, Earth & Stone Wares, Buddhist Scriptures and Manuscripts. After lunch visit a local farm house and Paro market. Enjoy evening tea with a Bhutanese family in the farm house

Local monks in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourim Council of Bhutan

Day 8: Paro - Kathmandu

Today we fly back to Kathmandu where you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Nepal's colourful capital.

Day 9: Kathmandu

Today we make short drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is an ancient city and is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances and indigenous lifestyle of Newari community. Later on we back to Kathmandu.

Day 10: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Today travel to spectacular Pokhara, gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which consists of five mountains over 7200m including the Machhapuchare, which although falling short of 7000m, is one of the most extraordinary mountains due to its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. The local people believe it is sacred to the god Shiva and therefore is off limits to climbing. Upon arrival this afternoon, spend the rest of the day at leisure

Day 11: Pokhara

An early start as we drive to Sarangkot enjoying the views of the landscapes and mountains and observing local people, villages and farms. Drive back – option zip flyer/hike back.

Day 12: Pokhara

After breakfast we visit the thundering waterfall known as Devi’s falls where the Pardi River, which drains Phewa Lake, enters a grottoed channel and sinks underground in a sudden rush of foam and fury. We then visit a Tibetan refugee camp, and a local school and monastery, and have the chance to pick up some souvenirs from small stalls and a carpet-weaving hall, before returning to our hotel.

Day 13: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Free morning – option morning walk or boating on lake. Fly back to Kathmandu where you have a free day to further explore the city, go shopping or relax

Day 14: Kathmandu

Today we transfer you to the airport accordingly to your flight details

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