Bhutan
A panoramic flight will transport you back in time to the tiny 17th century Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. You will get to explore the pastoral back roads of Dragon Kingdom, a true bastion of tradition in an uncertain world, where you will encounter an independent people who have not rejected their ancient spiritual heritage for modern ways. You will also visit the Shangri-La setting of the Paro Valley, the central Bhutanese town of Punakha with its spectacular monastery on the riverside, and Bhutan’s capital of Thimphu.

Modern Planes

flies over Bhutan and Nepal himalayas

Extra luggage

20 kg check in and 5 kg hand carry

Cancellation

to cancel Bhutan and Nepal trip it is free if you inform 90 days before the trip date.

Flight FromDestinationDateDepartsArrives
Los AngelesRome11 Dec 2016 10:0015:00
RomeLos Angeles18 Dec 201616:3019:00

Sightseeing

Nepal
In Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, you will encounter an unforgettable melting pot of ancient Hindu and Buddhist cultures. You will get to explore local markets and bazaars in the center of centuries old, UNESCO heritage sites, including a wealth of temples, palaces and shrines. You will also get to tour charming villages like Bhaktapur, with its well-preserved 15th century Malla architecture.

spritual Trips

Day 01 – Arrive in Bangkok.

Day 02 – Morning flight to Paro, Bhutan.  At Paro, our guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in the capital city of Thimphu.  On the way, we will visit temples and bridges, according to your interest. If time permits, we will visit Thimphu Memorial Chorten (stupa) of the third King of Bhutan and a local market.

Day 03 – Sightseeing tours of Thimphu.  Today we stop by the National Library of Bhutan, which houses a valuable collection of Buddhist manuscripts; the Folk and Heritage Museum; the traditional Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory; the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (“Painting School”), which preserves Bhutan’s traditional painting, sculpturing and wood carving; and the National Handicrafts Emporium, known for its superior collection of Bhutanese artworks. We also visit the majestic Tashichhodzong, which houses offices for the king and government ministers.
Day 04 – Thimphu to Punakha Valley. After breakfast, we take a two-hour drive through villages and pine forests to Dochula Pass at 3090m/10159ft, with views of the famed 108 Buddhist Stupas and devotees’ flags. Hopefully, we will enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas on the way, weather permitting. We then reach Punakha village (1300m/4265ft). Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and is still the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the chief abbot.  After lunch, we take an hour-long excursion through villages and rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, commonly referred to as the “Divine Madman” or fertility temple. Later, we visit the district’s administrative center, Punakha Dzong, built in 1638 and located at the riverbank.

Day 05 – Drive to Paro Valley. Optional hike in the morning, if you wish. Drive back to Paro after hike.

Day 06 – Trek to Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro. Taktshang, or “Tiger’s Nest”, is one of the most honored and renowned of Bhutan’s monasteries. The impressive, not-to-be missed site is located on the face of an 890m/2920 ft cliff, reachable only on foot or by horseback. Established in the 17th century, the main temple structure and contents were destroyed by fire in 1998. Taktshang was rebuilt by the people of Tsento village through international donation and government support, being re-consecrated in 2005.

Day 07 – Fly from Paro to Kathmandu. Today we will take a one-hour flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Weather permitting, we will see the Himalayan Range, including views of Mount Everest, on the way. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, and after immigration formalities, you will meet your Nepalese guide and transfer to your hotel. Today you visit Kathmandu Durbar Square (old palace complex), a UNESCO-designated site; the old town and market; the 18th century Kumar Ghar, or “living goddess” temple; and Swyambhunath Stupa, or “monkey temple”, thought to be established in the 6th CE and also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 08 – Explore Katmandu valley, including Lalitpur (historically Patan).  In the morning, we visit Pashupatinath Hindu Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, both UNESCO sites. In the afternoon, you will get to experience the old palace complex in Lalitpur known as Patan Durbar Square, again a UNESCO-designated site.

Day 09 – Optional activities in Kathmandu valley.  Take a one-day hike to Shivapuri National Park or Nagarkot. Should you prefer not to hike, we will visit the old town of Bhadgaon, known as Bhaktapur Durbar Square UNESCO site.

Day 10 – Further experience Kathmandu history and culture.  Today we will explore the ancient village of Kirtipur, the Pharping monastic zone, and the 12th century Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana.