9-DAY NEPAL AND BHUTAN DISCOVERY TOUR
KATHMANDU - PARO - THIMPHU - PUNAKHA
Explore the uniqueness of Nepal and Bhutan as you visit UNESCO listed world heritage sites, temples and sacred monasteries. Discover all the rich history and culture Nepal and Bhutan has to offer.
Trip code : NEP549
Duration : 9 days
Destination : Nepal, Bhutan
Travel Dates : 2020/2021
- Explore Kathmandu’s hidden cultural treasures and ancient traditions, you may even have a chance to see local procession
- Take an Everest Scenic flight see the stunning beauty of nature; raw, undiluted and truly majestic up close
- Explore Thimphu’s capital city at 2320 metres above sea level
- Walk to Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town. Turnthe prayer wheels or just marvel at the beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold
- Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges from Dochu La pass
After sightseeing, you will return to your hotel in the afternoon. Free on your own and overnight at Everest Hotel.
Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom.
Your guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres.
You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder.
Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Overnight in Thimphu.
Devotees flock throughout the day to turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD).
If you prefer to stay closer to town you could visit the huge statue of Buddha Dordenma, which commands a tremendous view of Thimphu valley.
The huge 3-story throne holds several chapels and the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. You can also visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum.
You may also like to visit the newly opened postal museum, detailing the history of Bhutan’s postal system and showcasing Bhutan’s rich assortment of interesting stamps.
If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely home made articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest. Overnight in Thimph.
Take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across the terraced fields of Sopsokha village to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).
Then we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu. Overnight in Punakha.
You can also visit the National Museum. This was previously housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower) built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. Unfortunately, an earthquake in September 2011 damaged the Ta Dzong and the contents of the museum were moved to a neighboring building.
You can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts – costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps.
The National Museum is due to reopen in the Ta Dzong in 2018.
Near to the museum you may also be able to see a demonstration of traditional woodturning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups – and you can try your hand as well if you wish. Overnight in Paro (Zhiwaling).
Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighboring Buddhist countries.
You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. Afterwards if there is time you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951.
Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
Alternatively you may be interested to visit a manor house turned museum in a local village. The house dates from the 17th Century and the museum is designed to showcase the culture of medieval rural Bhutan.
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing]
- All transportation including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
- Sightseeing, Entrance fees for Museums & Monuments.
- Visa Fee.
- English speaking Local guide.
- Bouddhanath, the largest & ancient Stupa and Bhaktapur, a living heritage city and one of the many UNESCO listed world heritage cultural site of Nepal.
- Sightseeing of Shyambhunath (monkey temple) and Patan.
- Sight seeing in Thimphu.
- Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery
*Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.
Travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan is highly regulated under the policy "High Value, Low Impact Tourism" in order to minimize the impact on the country's unique society and environment. Bhutanese policy ensures that only a limited number of tourists enter the country at any one time, preventing it from being overwhelmed by mass tourism and thus altering its character, and that the tourists who do come get the most out of their visits.
All foreigners (except for citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives) must obtain a visa before visiting Bhutan. If approved, they are given a visa clearance letter, and must present it at the port of entry. The visa is then stamped into their passport. Foreign tourists must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners to pre-arrange their visa and book their holiday. A daily fee is also charged for every day of stay. For most foreign tourists, it amounts to $250 a day during tourist high season, and $200 a day for low season.
Discounts also apply for minors and larger groups while surcharges exist for groups smaller than 3. The minimum daily package required for visa processing covers accommodation, food, guide and vehicle with driver. Part of it goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation in Bhutan. Licensed tour guides accompany tourists during their trips and arrange accommodations - independent tourism by foreigners (except for citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives) is prohibited.
The only exceptions for having to book a tour as a condition for being allowed to visit are for those who receive a formal invitation to Bhutan from "a citizen of some standing" or a volunteer organization and those who come as guests of the Bhutanese government.
You'll need a visa to enter Nepal. If you're visiting Nepal for tourism, you can get a visa-on-arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport and at land borders. A single-entry visa can be for 15, 30 or 90 days. At Tribhuvan International Airport, the fee is payable in major currencies. Land borders only accept US dollars.
Children under 10 years of age require a visa but aren't charged a fee.
You may be able to extend your visa by applying to Nepal's Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. The maximum stay in Nepal on a tourist visa is 150 days per calendar year, regardless of the number of entries made or visa extensions received.
You must have a valid visa in your passport to leave Nepal. If your visa has expired, you'll need to extend it at the Department of Immigration before you depart. If you overstay your visa, you can be detained or refused permission to leave until a fine is paid. The amount of the fine is based on the number of days you overstayed your visa.
If your passport is lost or stolen in Nepal, you'll need to transfer your visa to your new passport before departing the country. To do this, present to the Department of Immigration a police report, two current passport size photographs and a letter from the Australian Embassy advising of your lost or stolen passport. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia.
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- Private Tours or small Group Tours is $500 Per Person
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7.1 Cancellation by customer
Before the travel date the following fees will be apply:
Private Tours or Group Tours/ Packages
Large Group Tours & School Tours
(More than 15 people)
65 days or more before departure – loss of deposit
90 days or more before departure – loss of deposit
64‐40 days before departure – 55%
89‐79 days before departure – 65%
39‐31 days before departure – 75%
78‐61 days before departure – 85%
Within 30 days of departure – 100%
Within 60 days of departure – 100%
Any 'no show' – 100%
Any 'no show' – 100%
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
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For group set departure date tour, if the minimum number of the group is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel or vary the tour 30 days prior to departure. If this event occurs, an alternative guaranteed travel date will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable Tweet World Travel will refund the full price paid, less visa cost.
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