Nepal and Bhutan

A journey to discover two magnificent Himalayan countries with start and finish in the Bhutanese capital, Kathmandu, in a circular route to the discovery of the Nepalese and Bhutanese culture, between steep valleys and high passes like Dochu -the to over 3000 meters. of height. Spectacular landscapes savored in a fresh mountain air, in particular cultures and traditions.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport meeting with the staff of our staff for presentations. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the historical city center of Kathmandu, at 1330 meters above sea level, including the Palace Square with pagoda temples and Kumari Ghar, the house where he lives the "child goddess", considered the incarnation of the goddess Kali. Climb the stupa of Swayambhunath, about 2,500 years ago, the sacred place of buddismo.Cena and overnight stay.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu
Breakfast and visit of the stupa Bodnath, 36 meters high, a UNESCO heritage site. Visit Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, dedicated to Shiva, and also it Heritage Site. Along the river Baghmati pilgrims operate purifying ablutions and funeral ceremonies. The entrance to the sacred enclosure is possible only to Hindus. In the afternoon, visit the magni fi ed medieval town of Badghaon, UNESCO heritage, with Durbar Square where you will find the Palace of 55 windows of 1427 AD, which is accessed from the "Golden Gate". The whole area is in Newari style with pagoda temples including the most famous is that of Nyatapola 1702 A.D. Visit the Tachupa Square with wood carving workshops, and the Potters Square. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 03: Kathmandu / Paro (By flight) Paro / Thimphu
Breakfast and transfer to board the flight to Paro airport. The flight is spectacular in all the Himalayas to the beauty of the landscape below. On arrival, with airport staff meeting of our staff for presentations. Continue to Thimpu, capital of Bhutan, on the western hills of the Wang Chu Valley, at 2300 meters s.l.m., full of beautiful temples and ancient monasteries. photo stop in front of the temple Tschogang Lhakhang, the 15th century. Afternoon free for acclimatization to the altitude. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 04: Thimpu
Breakfast and visit of Thimphu. Visit the National Library with a large collection of Buddhist manuscripts of inestimable value; visit the Institute Zorig Chusum, where students make a 6 year training course. Visit the Folklore Museum and the textile arts. Continue to the 'Simply Bhutan', which preserves the Bhutanese tradition. In the afternoon visit the King's Memorial Chorten, 1974, where devotees recite mantras and spinning the prayer wheels. Visit the Trashichhoedzong, governmental and spiritual center. Visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) which is admirable a nice overview of the valley. In the evening, walk downtown and in the market area, among emporiums craft managed by the Government that sell hand-embroidered fabrics, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramic, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and other beautiful objects built with local materials . Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 05: Thimphu / Punakha (Km. 75 - about 3 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Punakha via Dochu Pass - (3,000 m.). This step provides a stunning 360 degree view of the Himalayas, especially on clear winter days, when the snow-capped mountains frame the 108 chorten that adorn the landscape. In the afternoon, visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637, at the intersection of Phochu Mochu and rivers. Then, between rice fields and villages, walk for about 2 hours Chimi Lhakhang, on a hillock in the middle of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility, frequented by couples wishing to have a child and founded by the great Lama Kunley, "I ' enlightened madman "whose phallic emblem adorns the entrance of many houses. The path leads through the rice fields to a small village that will bring you closer to the style of daily life of its inhabitants. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 06: Punakha / Trongsa / Bumbthang
Breakfast and departure to Bumthang with a stop for a visit to Trongsa, 2,200 meters high, through the valley Phobjikha, famous for crane flocks with black neck arriving to spend the winter. Continue to Trongsa, along the Pele La Pass (3,420 meters). Upon arrival, visit the eponymous Dzong, beautiful Bhutanese architecture implementation, of 1644. Continue to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 07: Valley of Bumthang (Jakar)
Breakfast and visit of important monasteries in the valley such as Kurjey Lhakhang temple, the place of cremation of the king of Bhutan, the Thamshing temple of 1501, the most important center of the country and the Nyingma temple Jambey Ihakhang of 659. In the afternoon, excursion to Jakar Dzong fortress. If the available time permits, visit to a center for the production of apple juice. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 08: Bumthang / Punakha
Breakfast and departure to Punakha. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 09: Punakha / Semthoka / Paro (Km. 125 - about 4 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Paro step down from Dochu La and river valleys Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu. Stop to visit the Simtokha Dzong, place of 'tantric teaching. In the afternoon visit the Ta Dzong, the National Museum with thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a fascinating history. In the evening, stroll through the streets of Paros. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 10: Paro
Breakfast and visit the Taktsang Monastery, "the nest of the Tiger", one of the most revered places, on the side of a cliff 900 meters which is reached by an uphill walk, on foot or by mule and sacred place visited by all Bhutanese at least once in life. On the way back, stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders. Next, visit the Kichu Lhakhang temple, the 7th whose construction marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 11: Paro / Kathmandu
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Patan, the oldest of the royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley and Heritage. Room available until departure. In the evening, transfer to the airport.

 

Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu
Boarding on the night flight to return home.

 

Bhutan can be reached by direct flight also from Delhi, Calcutta and Bangkok. The destination is so beautiful and lends itself to easy combination with India and Thailand

 

We inform you that all our trips may be changed, if required, according to your needs!
 

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