PRIVATE TOUR: Combine two beautiful Himalayan Kingdoms in one magical tour. Enter the serene and spiritual lands of Nepal and Bhutan, and experience the countries' rich histories and unique cultural heritages. From the brightly coloured fluttering prayer flags of Nepal to the elaborate traditional dress of the Bhutanese, these captivating lands cannot fail to enchant.
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.
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Our first port of call is Swayambhunath - believed to be 25 centuries old it is one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas and a World Heritage site. It is a sacred shrine and worshipped by all the Buddhists around the world. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square - the Royal Palace complex built during the 17th century. We may also visit the special living Goddess “Kumari”. Many local festivals take place in this area, you may be lucky enough to witness one!
After lunch drive to Pashupatinath, on the banks of The Bagmati River. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines and is also a World Heritage site.
After exploring the area drive northeast to Bodhnath stupa, another World Heritage site. You can see many artistic monasteries here which provide an excellent insight into Tibetan culture. In the evening, Buddhists walk around the stupa with prayer wheels, praying, or prostrating as they pray to Buddha. Many butter lamps provide a unique feeling of Nirvana. We drive back to the hotel to freshen up. In the evening enjoy an authentic Nepali meal with unique cultural dances depicting the various religions of Nepal at a typical Nepali restaurant.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast, Dinner
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. Check in to the hotel and freshen up. 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. It caught fire in 1905 but was immediately rebuilt to its original splendor by the Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor. 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.
Overnight: Paro | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Paro - Thimphu. After an early breakfast, drive for approx 1.5 hours to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, located in a narrower valley than Paro and more crowded. 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 weaving centre that provides cloth for Bhutanese royals where you can watch the weavers at work. The tour ends with an evening visit to the Weekend market for some souvenirs. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the Thimphu market.
Overnight: Thimphu | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thimphu - Punakha. After breakfast drive on to Punakha. Punakha is a 2.5 hour drive from Thimphu. We head over the high mountain passes of Docho la, where if the weather permits you’ll be treated to an incredible panoramic view of the Bhutanese Himalayas.
En-route we will visit Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. 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. Upon your arrival at Punakha and having lunch at the hotel, you will then visit the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region.
Overnight: Punakha | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Punakha - Paro. After breakfast we begin with a hike up through fields of rice along the banks of the Mo Chu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. The temple is located on a hill with stunning views of the valley, paddy fields and the Mo Chu River that gently meanders through the valley floor. It is an hour walk through rice fields and forest.
Continue to Paro once again crossing over Dochula Pass, approximately a 4-hour drive. On arrival visit the National Museum where an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.
Overnight: Paro | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Evening tea with a local family
After breakfast continue your tour with a hike up one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba or more commonly known as “Tigers Nest “ until you reach the sacred monastery perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor. In the evening enjoy a traditional butter tea with a Bhutanese family in the farm house.
Overnight: Paro | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Paro - Kathmandu. On day 8 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. The following day visit Bhaktapur and enjoy a guided tour of the Durbar square, ancient Royal Palace and the local town, which is very cultural and traditional.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast x 2
Arrangements end after breakfast today with an included transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home. Alternatively consider extending your stay and take a spectacular scenic flight over Everest and the majestic Himalayas!
Extend your stay and take an Everest Scenic Flight
There is an option to take a breathtaking hour long scenic flight over the majestic Himalayan mountains in Nepal. Reaching some 5500m to 8850m in height, no other country can rival Nepal's concentration of towering peaks. On the hour long flight soak up the views of a seeming endless chain of snow capped peaks, as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers, gorges and enjoy spectacular views of Everest - the world's highest mountain. This is organised by local operators and can be booked and paid for locally, subject to availability.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Vivanta Kathmandu, Kathmandu
This stylish 4 star hotel offers an oasis of modern comforts in the bustling city of Kathmandu. Conveniently located in the vibrant Patan District, just 1.1km from Patan Durbar Square, Vivanta Kathmandu offers spacious en suite guest rooms, equipped with a desk, flat screen tv, mini bar and free WiFi. After a busy day of sightseeing, head to the rooftop to relax in the heated infinity pool, enjoy a drink at the Koko Bar and watch the sunset, taking in the wonderful panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. For those that like to work up a sweat there's a state-of-the art fitness centre and a spa complete with a steam room and sauna to rejuvenate. The hotel has a choice of two restaurants, offering authentic local dishes in addition to international cuisine, and the kitchen is open 24/7, so you can enjoy delicious food at any time of the day or night.
Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro
Set amidst 5 acres of lush foliage, overlooking the beautiful Paro River, Tashi Namgay is a picturesque and peaceful resort with an authentic Bhutanese ambience. The hotel offers 47 uniquely designed, spacious guest rooms, a modern gym, bar and spa where the traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath is not to be missed! Tashi Namgay is just 10 minutes drive from Paro Airport.
Hotel River View, Thimphu
With an unmatchable view of the city, the Hotel Riverview has long been receiving rave reviews. Rooms are spacious with hard wood flooring and marble en suite facilities. Some even have their own private balcony. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there are spa and fitness facilities available on site. Tucking in to a delicious Bhutanese meal at the end of the day from the restaurant is highly recommended. The hotel boasts exclusive location between the river and the city. Although the city is a little bit of a walk, the vistas from the hotel make it worth it.
Hotel Zangtho Pelri , Punakha
Named after the heaven of Guru Rimpoche and situated majestically on a hillside, the Hotel Zangtho features spacious, well designed rooms in small cabins as well as in main building. Indian, Chinese and Bhitanese cuisine can be enjoyed in the restaurant and sipping a delicious beverage overlooking the rice terraces and Punakha River is the perfect way to spend your free time. Perfectly located giving a fascinating view of the rice terraces, Punakha river and constantly changing Himalayan valley weather.