Nepal & Bhutan - In Himalayas

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Day Place Highlights
1 Kathmandu Overnight at hotel
2 Pashupatinath Temple
Boudhanath Stupa
Bhaktapur City
Famous Shrine of Lord Shiva
World Heritage Site
Former capital of Nepal
3 Kathmandu-Pokhara Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, en-route Manokamana Devi Temple, Cable car ride to wish fulfilling temple
4 Sarangkot
Davis Falls
Gupteshwor Cave
Bindhyabasini Temple
Phewa lake
Sunrise over Himalayas
Waterfalls
Get set to climb a thousand steps to checkout the Shivalinga inside the cave
Goddess Bhagwati is worshiped here, through animal sacrifices
Boat ride
5 - 6 Pokhara-Chitwan Jungle activities Cultural show
7 Fly to Kathmandu
8 Fly to Kathmandu Paro is a small hamlet in Bhutan. Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan.
9 - 10 Thimpu Sightseeing, more of a culture exploration
11 - 12 PARO Departure
13 - 16 Fly to Kathmandu
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square
Dhakshinkali Temple
Thamel

Culture hub of Nepal
City of fine arts
Hindu temple
Urban tourist zone
17 Kathmandu Airport Departure

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination : Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan - Bhutan


Bhutan is another Indian neighbor which breathes in Himalayas. Capital city Thimpu is crowded, though charming. Paro, a small hamlet in Bhutan is cut off from the urban bustle and a must visit place, with paddy fields, streams, lakes. Tourists can visit famous Hindu temple, Pashupatinath in Kathmandu, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple homes an open-air crematorium beside river Bagmati, wherein cremations are conducted and believed to be auspicious. Royal courts, Nepal's center of arts, scenic caves, sacrificial shrines, gorges are covered in the package. Pokhara's diverse demographies, mostly unexplored, are fun to unravel. Nagarkot's virgin beauty and pollution free haven is much sought after.


Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
As you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be welcomed by our GeTS Holidays representative and escorted to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 02: In Kathmandu

After breakfast at your hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur City

Pashupatinath Temple: The most important Hindu Shrine in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva, on the banks of Bagmati River. The temple is shaped like a pagoda with a gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings. Raised platforms on the banks of Bagmati are cremation sites for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the Pashupatinath courtyard.

Next, Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa): One of the largest stupas in the world, most important and largest Buddhist shrine in Nepal. It is a World Heritage Site.
This Stupa, set in a pattern of a "Mandala" is encircled by houses and monasteries where Buddhist monks reside. Around the base is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur City (or City of Devotees): Bhaktapur City (or City of Devotees): Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu, it is referred to as City of Devotees, or the 'City of Culture'. The city is full of heritage buildings, monuments, palaces, pagodas and temples. Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 03: Drive Kathmandu-Pokhara (210 Km, 5-6 hrs drive), en-route visit Manokamana Devi Temple by Cable car

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Pokhara
Pokhara valley to the west of Kathmandu, is the second biggest city of Nepal. An unplugged view of lofty peaks from Pokhara, with snow fed lakes, make it a tourist's favorite. Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas. Pokhara his valley is the most famous trekking starting gateway for world famous trekking areas such as to Fishtail, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area.


Manakamana temple dedicated to Durga Bhawani, is a holy shrine. Hindus believe that Goddess Manakaman fulfills the wishes of ones who worship her with pure heart.
Visit Manokamana Devi Temple by Cable car.
Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be escorted to your hotel by our representative.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara


Day 04: In Pokhara

Sarangkot offers you panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range.. Situated close to Pokhara town, it is a semi developed village located on a hilltop.. It is a two hour walk up the staircase, or you can avail a car to reach the viewpoint. The landscape endowed with Nature's bounty will be etched in the mind forever.


Drive back to Pokhara, Breakfast at hotel
PM: Half day sightseeing of Pokhara city (including Bindhyabasini Temple, Davis Fall, Gupteshwor cave, Seti river gorge, Tibetan Village)
01 hour boating on Phewa Lake
Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara


Day 05: Drive Pokhara-Chitwan (175 km, 4-5 hrs drive)

After breakfast at your hotel, proceed for Chitwan
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Chitwan
The Chitwan National park is one of the finest national parks in Asia, and a World Heritage site since 1984. The park shelters some endangered species such as The Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Gaurs, as well as Sloth Bear.
Upon arrival in Chitwan, you will be escorted to a resEvening Jungle activities as per resorts program
Tharu Cultural Show, Dinner & overnight at Resort in Chitwan


Day 06: In Chitwan

Breakfast at your resort.

Full day Jungle activities as per resorts program (Elephant ride, Canoeing, Jungle Walk, Elephant bath, Visit Elephant breeding center & Crocodile breeding centre etc)
Dinner & Overnight at Resort in Chitwan


Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu (185 Km, 5-6 hrs drive)

after breakfast at your hotel, drive back to Kathmandu
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 08: Fly Kathmandu-Paro, drive to Thimphu

Early morning breakfast at your hotel, transfer to international airport for flight to Paro. Arrive by Druk air A319, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT member and transfer to Thimphu (54 kms, 1 & 1/2 hrs). O/N at Hotel River View or similar.


Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing

Morning after breakfast at your hotel,
Visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the market area.
Overnight at Hotel River view or similar.


Day 10: In Thimphu

After breakfast at your hotel, day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measures to ensure the safety of the Cranes.While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the Resort.


Day 11: Drive back to Paro

after breakfast at your hotel, free time at your own.
After Lunch drive back to Paro via visiting the first building built in Bhutan the Simtokha Dzong. It now houses the Buddhist university.
Overnight at Kichu Resort or similar


Day 12: Paro Sightseeing

Morning after breakfast at your hotel, commence on sightseeing of the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong.
Evening free time.
Overnight Kichu Resort or similar


Day 13: Fly Paro-Kathmandu

Morning after breakfast at your hotel, transfer to airport for departure to Kathmandu
After Lunch, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath Stupa


PM: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City & Swoyambhunath Stupa
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City.The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels an. It houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.


Swoyambhunath:
After visit, continue to Swoyambhunath stupa located at hilltop overlooking Kathmandu valley. Swoyambhunath stupa is also known as “Monkey temple” and is popular for view of Himalayas and entire valley floor.

The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati - the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the stupa complex.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 14: In Kathmandu

Morning after breakfast at your hotel, proceed for the sightseeing of Budhanilkantha Temple

Budhanilkantha Temple located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley is on the northern side. It is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple .Budhanilkantha literally means “Old Blue Throat”. is only nine kilometer away from the main city. It is a deity of Lord Vishnu; Lord Vishnu is also known as Narayan and also called Vishnu (Narayan) Jalasayan lying on Ananta Sesa, in the cosmic ocean. The deity is about thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meter (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty three fits) long tank, as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head.His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as conch shell, Chakra as disc, Gadha as club and Padma as lotusflower. It is believe that the deity was carved in the seventh or eighth century during the Licchavi period.


PM: Sightseeing of Patan City
Patan Durbar Square Also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts. Patan Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, a classic example of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 15: In Kathmandu

Morning after breakfast at your hotel, drive to Dakshinkali Temple.

One of Nepal’s moodiest tantric sacrificial shrines, dakshin or “southern” Kali, lies at the end of the Kathmandu Valley’s longest and most varied road. As it snakes its way along a fold in the valley rim towards the shrine, the Dakshinkali road passes a fine succession of Buddhist and Hindu holy places, offering an intense, half-day snapshot of Nepal’s religious culture. The road begins at the busy Balkhu junction of the Ring Road, at the southwest corner of Kathmandu, just short of Kirtipur (which would make a fine side-trip).


Drive back to Kathmandu, en-route visit Kirtipur & Chovar

Kirtipur(Kipu) is an ancient city in Nepal. It is located in the Kathmandu Valley, 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. It is one of the five municipalities in the valley, the others being Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Madhyapur Thimi.
Kirtipur is situated on a ridge with steep hillsides. The residents are reputed as being expert builders and weavers.
Chovar is located at Kirtipur municipality, a municipality rich is its own culture, way of life with having a splendid history. History says that when Prithvi Narayan Shah attacked the Kathmandu Valley, he started from Kirtipur and it was not a piece of cake to siege the town. Chovar, a place for the peace seekers, where you will surely have a good break from all your hectic way of life. The village has a superb panoramic view of whole Valley with an astonishing 160 degree view of mountains line-up.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 16: In Kathmandu

After breakfast at your hotel,enjoy leisure. Indulge in shopping at local markets.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 17: Kathmandu Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the leisure. You will be dropped at international airport to connect flight to onward destination.

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