Welcome to Nepal! Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative. After checking in to the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Activities for today: Asan Tole Vegetable & Spice Market , Kathmandu Durbar Square , Kumari Ghar Living Goddess Temle (located in Kathmandu Durbar Square) , Taleju Temple (located in Kathmandu Durbar Square) , Kala Bhairav (located in Kathmandu Durbar Square) , Patan Durbar Square , Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
After breakfast, start your exploration of the Kathmandu Valley from Ason Tole Vegetable & Spice Market to see the vivid local life of Nepali people. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square to see Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess, and have an external view of Taleju Temple and Kala Bhairav. Later, pay a visit to Patan Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. The last stop of today is Swayambhunath, a hilltop stupa also known as "Monkey Temple".
Optional: 1 hour schedule Mount Everest Flight USD 198 per person, Air ticket with return airport transfers
Activities for today: Boudhanath Stupa , Pashupatinath Temple , Bhaktpur Durbar Square
This morning, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa, followed by a visit to Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country. In the afternoon, you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Later, visit Changu Narayan Temple, which is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings and is said to be the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
Activities for today: Bandipur
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred by private vehicle to Pokhara. En route, visit Bandipur, a hilltop settlement in Tanahu District and a living museum of Newari culture. Arrive in Pokhara in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. For the rest of the day, you can explore Pokhara Bazaar on your own or get some rest at the hotel.
Activities for today: Boat Ride at Phewa Lake , World Peace Pagoda , Devi's Fall , Gupteswor Mahadev Cave , International Mountain Museum
Surrounded by the spectacular Annapurna Range and located by the picturesque Phewa Lake, Pokhara is a paradise for adventure and leisure.
First, take a private boat ride to experience the charm and serenity of Phewa Lake. Then ascend to World Peace Pagoda, a perfect viewpoint that provides a panoramic view of Pokhara and Phewa Lake. Afterward, visit Devi's Fall, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave, and the International Mountain Museum.
Activities for today: Thamel , Nepali Dinner with Dance Show
Rise early and proceed to Sarangkot viewpoint for the unforgettable view of the Annapurna Range's snow-covered peaks at sunrise. Later, you will fly back to Kathmandu. Spend the afternoon wandering around Thamel district, which boasts handicraft shops and restaurants, then unwind with a traditional Nepali dinner and dance show in the evening.
Activities for today: National Memorial Chorten , Takin Sanctuary (Motithang Mini Zoo) , Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong)
In the morning, you will bid farewell to Nepal and fly to Bhutan. Upon arriving in Paro, be greeted by your local guide and be transferred to the capital Thimphu. En route, you will pass by Tamchog Lhakhang iron bridge. Check in to the hotel, then visit the National Memorial Chorten, the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Takin Sanctuary. Finally, pay a visit to Thimphu Dzong, the largest religious building in the city as well as the seat of the central government.
Activities for today: Chimi Lhakhang , Punakha Dzong
Today, leave Thimphu behind and head to Punakha. En route, stop at Dochula Pass to admire its grand 108 stupas. If the weather is fine, you can see the Himalayas in the distance. Upon arrival, take a 1.5-hour walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a sacred place where people pray for children. Next is the highlight of today—Punakha Dzong, a beautiful Bhutanese architecture boasting rich Buddhist collections. You can also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby to see this elegant dzong from a different angle.
Activities for today: Paro Dzong (the Rinpung Dzong) , Ta Dzong National Museum , Kyichu Lhakhang , Archery Ground , Farm House
Drive about 4 hours back to Paro and start today's tour from Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. Later, visit Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and boasts rich cultural relics. After that, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, and a farm house to see the local lifestyle.
Activities for today: Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) , The Ruin of Drugyal Dzong
This morning, hike to Taktsang Monastery, the landmark of this country. Be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. If in good weather, you'll capture a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari.
Say goodbye to Bhutan and board your flight home.