Nepal Bhutan, an exciting cultural excursion to the Himalayan countries, which allows you to experience the cultural heritage of these destinations. Nepal Bhutan Short Tour is a cultural extravaganza in two beautiful South Asian countries. This short Nepal Bhutan tour takes you to the mystical Himalayan nations of Nepal and Bhutan. This combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan can be a revelation for all Westerners since these two countries are in the lap of the Himalayas. Finally, it has a very different lifestyle and traditions. In conclusion, this Nepali Bhutan short tour offers insight into the life, culture and traditions of the Nepalese and Bhutanese.
Nepal is the centre of Hinduism and Bhutan is the land of Mahayana Buddhism. Nepal is famous for its centuries-old temples, monasteries and ethnic diversity. At the same time, it presents a great diversity of flora and fauna. Since Nepal is a mountainous country that is very rich in fresh flowing waters. And thus, it is the second richest country in terms of freshwater resources. The breath-taking view of the green hills and forest is also one of the attractions of Nepal's natural beauty.
Similarly, Bhutan is also a landlocked country like Nepal. It is between two giant nations, India and China. In today's world, where most countries follow the republican system of government, Bhutan has a monarchy. Not only that, but this country is one of the best examples in the world of environmental protection and ethnicity. Bhutan is one of the few countries that do not produce anything to pollute this environment. The Bhutanese people have preserved Buddhism, although the country is a small kingdom. In the trip, you can see the people who wear their national dress in their daily life. Not only that, we recommend that you to try the food of Bhutan during your trip. They are little spicy but at the same time, they are very delicious.
1. Enjoy a tour of the city, which includes the National Museum and Rinphung Dzong.
2. See an incredible panorama of Himalayan peaks.
3. Experience unique cultures, and get an insight about Hindu and Buddhist spiritual traditions.
4. Explore the places unchanged for centuries.
5. Discover the iconic places of Nepal declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
6. The cultural highlights of Bhutan.
7. Take a hike to the Cliffside Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), an architectural wonder.
8. Find out why Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Income in Bhutan.
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative of the Taleju Adventure who will drive you to the hotel. After check-in, you can rest and refresh yourself for the time being. In the evening, welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant, where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, after breakfast, we begin our tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu, which are also classified as UNESCO World Heritage. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At the evening, we will introduces you to the other participants and discusses our trip to the Bhutan for next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
As our flight approaches to Bhutan, we can enjoy breath-taking views of the Himalayas, including the sacred peaks of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative of the Taleju Adventure who will then take you to the hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, which means "strength of the pile of jewels". Next, we visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here we will move to the Drugyal Dzong (Victory Fortress of Bhutan), which was built in 1646 to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over the Tibetan invaders during the seventeenth century. On a clear day, we can see Mount Chomolhari, the second highest mountain in Bhutan, at 7,314 meters. Overnight in Paro.
After breakfast, we walk around 4 to 5 hours to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), which is the most famous monastery in Bhutan, located at 3,180 meters. It is said that Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) has flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where the Taktsang Monastery is now located. The monastery is located on the edge of a cliff, about 900 meters above the Paro valley. After exploring the monastery, we walk down to the bottom of the valley and leave for Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
In the morning, we head towards the BBS Tower and then walk for 1 hour to Wangditse Gompa on a level trail with a great view of Tashichho Dzong. From here, we also have an amazing view of the Samtenling Palace, home of the fourth meditation retreat King and Dorje Drak on the slope of the upper hill. After touring the Gompa, we return to Thimphu. On the way, we visit the mini Zoo to see the Takin, Bhutan's national animal. After lunch, we visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned between 1952 and 1972), the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. We can also visit the Textile Museum, the Craft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichho Dzong. In the evening, we can enjoy strolling through the streets of Thimphu and observe the local lifestyle. Overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast, we will drive to the Dochula Pass (3,100 meters) where, on a clear day, we can have a spectacular view of the Himalayas. We will walk 2 hours to Lungchutse Monastery from 108 chortens. The path crosses forests of rhododendrons. Walking along the high ridges dotted with colourful Buddhist prayer flags offers breath-taking views of the Himalayas and incredible views of the valleys below the pass. We then return to Dochu La Pass. After lunch, we drive downhill through the forests of rhododendrons, firs and hemlocks. On the way, we stop at the village of Metshina and take a 20 minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Mad Divinity or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.
At dawn, we drive 12 km north of Punakha and start our two-hour walk to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is located on a beautiful hill called Ngezergang and contains elaborate paintings dedicated to the ancient sect of Buddhism. We walk further more towards Punakha. On the way back, we visit the Punakha Dzong, which was built in 1637. It is also the second oldest Dzong and the second largest in Bhutan. In the afternoon, we headed to Paro and spend the night there.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, a representative of Taleju Adventure will pick you from the airport. Then you will be transferred to the hotel. After the refreshment, we start our visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Patan Durbar Square is full of ancient art and architecture, while Bhaktapur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle, preserved for centuries from the isolation of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While we are in Bhaktapur City Square, we admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate and the Window 55 Palace, which merge to offer visitors a magical open-air theatre atmosphere. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the inhabitants of Bhaktapur. Then we drive to Nagarkot, a city famous for its views of the sunrise and sunset of the Himalayas and enjoy a spectacular view of the sunsets in the middle of the Himalayas. We will spend the night in Nagarkot.
Our tour to Nepal and Bhutan ends today. There is nothing to do but buy souvenirs or just take a rest. A representative from Taleju Adventure will drive you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.
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