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16 Day Bhutan and Nepal Explorer Tour Oct. 2017 (Tour Code: NBT)

Day 01, 17 Oct: Sydney  Guangzhou  Kathmandu

CZ 326, 17 Oct. Sydney  Guangzhou 11:45 / 18:30  

CZ3067, 17 Oct. Guangzhou  Kathmandu 20:00 / 22:15

Depart to Kathmandu via Guangzhou on China Southern Airlines in the morning and arrive in the evening. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel for the night.

 

Day 02, 18 Oct: Kathmandu – Paro (B.D)       

KB401, 18 Oct. Kathmandu – Paro 12:45 / 14:00 (Subject to change)                                                                

After your breakfast at hotel, you are transferred to Kathmandu airport for your flight to Paro, Bhutan. Our representatives will receive you at the Airport and upon arrival, you will visit the Paro National Museum and Paro Dzong and then drive on to Thimphu that takes 1 hr drive.  Evening at leisure.

Day 03, 19 Oct: Thimphu (B.L.D)  

Visit the National Memorial Stupa. This is a memory stupa built in memory of the 3rd King by his mother.  The The paintings and statues inside the monument provide deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.  This stupa is one of the most visited religious structures in Thimphu.  

Visit the mini Zoo to see the National Animal Takin.  Takin is a interesting animal .. half goat and half cow style.

Visit to Zorig Chusum School, meaning the 13 Art Craft School.  To preserve our heritage and promote arts in Bhutan, the Government initiated this institute in 1971.  Students are taught painting, calligraphy, embroidery, wood carving, sculpture, etc.  They also learn to understand the traditional meaning and spiritual values enshrined in Buddhist art.  On a visit one can actually see students at work.  The students follow a comprehensive course that starts with drawing and progresses through painting, wood carving embroidery, and statue making.  This institute not only helps preserve our beautiful heritage but also equips future generations with skills and knowledge to keep our own heritage alive.  The 13 arts and crafts comprises of painting, carpentry, carving, sculpture, casting, blacksmithing, bamboo work, gold and silver smith, weaving, embroidery, masonry, leather work and paper making.  

Visit Trashichhodzong : This dzong is known as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, initially erected in 1702 by Sherab Wangchuk the 13th Desi (leader) and later in 1955 after moving the capital to Thimphu from Punakha, this Dzong was redesigned and sections were rebuilt.  The Dzong houses the main secretariat building and the central monk body. Drive to Buddha Point where the huge Buddha statue is located overlooking the Thimphu valley. Evening at leisure.

 

Day 04, 20 Oct: Thimphu – Punakha (around 2.3 hrs drive) (B.L.D)

Today after breakfast drive to Punakha the old capital of Bhutan. En route through Dochula pass at 3150 mtrs.  If the weather is clear, then the snow capped Himalayas can be viewed from here.  There are 108 Stupas built to benefit all sentient beings. Circumbulate and get a happy feel for all the beings and gain some merit. On arrival at Lobeysa before Punakha, visit Chhimi Lhakhang temple the famous temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as the mad monk).  The temple is situated on a small hill top side where you can have a leisurely walk through the paddy fields and its village. It’s just half an hour leisurely walk. On arrival at Punakha, check in hotel and take a short rest. Visit Punakha Dzong, the magnificient Fortress that was the Capital of Bhutan until 1955.  It was built in 1637 and was named as Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The establishment of the Wangchuk dynasty on 17th December 1907 took place here and the first National Assembly was also held in the Dzong in 1953.  Royal Wedding was held in 2011 in Punakha Dzong too.

The Dzong is located between the two male and female rivers (pho chu and mochu). Evening at leisure.

 

Day 05, 21 Oct: Punakha – Phobjikha Valley/Gangteng (B.L.D)

After breakfast drive to Phobjikha valley. This valley is home to the rare endangered species bird “Black necked Crane” that flies into from north Tibet and China during the winter months from November to end of February. Visit Gangteng Monastery the oldest and biggest Nyingmapa monastery in the country and its monastic Schools nearby and the villages.  Overnight at Dewachen Hotel or similar.

 

Day 06, 22 Oct: Phobjikha – Wangduephodrang/Punakha overnight (B.L.D)

Morning visit the Nature Conservation Centre and its village nearby and after lunch drive to Wangduephodrang/Punakha for overnight.

 

Day 07, 23 Oct: Wangduephodrang/Punakha to Paro via Thimphu (B.L.D)

Today drive to Paro after breakfast enrouting Thimphu. Visit one of the oldest and sacred temple Kyichu Lhakhang that was built same time together with the Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. We also visit a Farm house and at leisure. You will also have a Haa Valley Excursion. Drive to Haa Valley over Chelela pass. Lunch picnic on the road.  

 

Day 08, 24 Oct: Paro (Taktsang) (B.L.D)

Today the day is for the hike to Taktsang the Tiger’s Nest. The trip will be incomplete without hiking up to Taktsang. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche who we believe is the 2nd Buddha flew at this cliff on a Tigress back and meditated for few months and later converted the valley into Buddhism. Guru Rinpoche is the one who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan.   The hike up and down will take about 3 – 4 hours depending on individuals. After the hike, stroll in the Paro market and at leisure.

 

Day 09, 25 Oct:  Paro – Kathmandu (B.L.D)

B3773, 25 Oct. Paro  Kathmandu 11:00 / 11:45 (subject to change)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for the flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and start with visiting the the world's biggest stupa located about 2 kilometers to the north of Pashupatinath temple, then Kathmandu Durbar square, (World Heritage Site). Most of the interesting things to see in Kathmandu are clustered around the old part of town between Thamel and the new shopping areas along New Road. Around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace, a number of interesting Pagoda and Indian style temples and the Kumari Devi, residence of the living goddess, then visiting Monkey Temple Thamel. Tonight we will have Nepali dinner with local couture programs. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 10, 26 Oct: Chitwan (B.L.D)     

Break fast at hotel drive to Chitwan 4 to 5 hours, one of the most attractive national parks located at southern central Nepal. Arrive at chitwan and check into the Resort. In the evening visit to Tharu village, see the sun set view over the Bhudi Ghandaki River. Back to resort for dinner and stay overnight at resort in Chitwan.

Lunch and visit Local village and see the sun set view on Rapati River back to resort dinner and overnight at resort in chiwan.

 

Day 11, 27 Oct: Chitwan (B.L.D)     

After Breakfast Canoe ride around 45m. Then short walk throw the National Park to see the Elephant bidding center to see the baby elephants and know more about the Asian Elephants. Back to hotel by the OX Cart. Lunch at the resort rest time afternoon Elephant Ride Inside the national park to see the wild animals and birds back to resort short time for be fresh then cultures’ show (Tharu local Dance) with BBQ. Dinner and overnight at resort in Chitwan.

 

Day 12, 28 Oct: Chitwan – Pokhara (B.L.D)                                                                                     

After breakfast at the resort, drive around 3 ½ hours to Pokhara, a tourists’ paradise in Nepal. Arrive at Pokhara, check into hotel sometime after visit Tibetans Camp and Davis fall and then drive to lakeside booting on Fewa Lake around an hour. You will have free time around Lake Side. Enjoy an hour boat ride in the evening at outstanding Phewa Lake with Mt. Macchhapuchhre on the background. You will have your dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

 

Day 13, 29 Oct: Pokhara (B.L)

Morning drive to Sarangkot to see the sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan range on the way visit Bindabasani temple and old Market back to hotel. Breakfast and visit to SantiStupa its god view Pokhara Lake and Himalayan. Back to hotel for Lunch after lunch visit Mountains Museum and back to lakeside and free time. Today you can have dinner by yourselves. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

                                                              

Day 14, 30 Oct: Pokhara – Kathmandu - Nagarkot (B.L.D)                                                                                         

Breakfast at hotel, then drive back to Kathmandu (around 6 hours). After that, drive to Nagarkot, a beautiful hill station situated 32 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 m above the sea level. The place is famous for the view of Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west and Everest to Kanchanjunga in the east. Nagarkot is famous for sunrise and sunset viewing. Upon arrival at Nagerkot, go to see the sunset view. Have your dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.

 

Day 15, 31 Oct: Nagarkot – Kathmandu – Guangzhou (B.L.D)

CZ3068, 31 Oct. Kathmandu – Guangzhou 23:15 / 05:43 (01 Nov.)

Morning see the sunrise over the Himalaya range and Langtang Himalayan range.  Breakfast drives to Bhaktapur durbar square visit Bhaktapur, which, also known as Bhadgaon, is both the most medieval and least transformed by progress of the three valley cities. Perhaps its distance from Kathmandu at the far end of the valley accounts for the slower pace of change here. King Bhupatindra Malla, one of the famous Malla Kings who ruled the valley at that time, constructed much of the artwork in this town at the end of the 17th century. Bhaktapur is well known for pottery and for its delicious curd. This city also has one art gallery and two museum- woodwork and bronze. In Bhaktapur, you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square (world heritage Site), Golden Gate, Fifty-five Windowed Palace, Dattatraya Temple and Bhairavnath Temple. And then drive to Changunarayan (Wold heritage Site), visit the Changu Narayan temple and then have hiking in Tallkot. After lunch drive to Patan visit and dinner at Nepali restaurant and drive to Kathmandu airport at the flight time.

 

Day 16, 01 Nov: Guangzhou – Sydney

CZ 301, 01 Nov. Guangzhou  Sydney 08:20 / 20:40                 

Arrive in Guangzhou in the morning. Connect your flight to Sydney and arrive in Sydney in the evening. Your unforgettable Nepal and Bhutan tour ends.

 

Tour price: It was $6,180, now $5,580 per person, twin or double share based on minimum 10 people.

Single supplement: $890

 

This price includes:

China Southern Airlines return economy class ticket: Sydney – Guangzhou – Kathmandu;

Airport taxes (currently $320, subject to change);

Return air-ticket with taxes from Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan;

7 night accommodation at 4 star hotels with breakfast in Nepal;

7 night accommodation at 4 star hotels with breakfast in Bhutan;

Meals as indicated in the itinerary (L = lunch & D = dinner);

Transfers and transport by luxury coach all through;

Sightseeing tours with entrance as mentioned in the itinerary;

Professional English speaking guide;

 

Tour price excludes:  

Travel insurance;

Gratuities to guides and drivers;

Nepal visa fee ($70 per person and subject to change);

Bhutan visa fee ($55 per person and subject to change);

Any meals or services not stated in the itinerary;

Personal expenses. 



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