Bhutan Tour from Kathmandu offers you once in a lifetime opportunity to visit two beautiful tourist destinations of South Asia in a single trip. 5 days of the tour allows you to explore the pristine landscapes of the Himalayan nations of Nepal and Bhutan. This Bhutan Tour package takes you on an incredible journey through the untouched places of Nepal and Bhutan nestled in the laps of some mightiest peaks of the world.
The tour begins from Mt. Everest, Nepal, where you explore some popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Famous as the ‘Land of Lord Buddha,’ Nepal offers surreal natural views and cultural richness. Witness dramatic mountain views as you fly to the ‘Land of Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan. Next, explore two of the most astounding cities of Bhutan, namely Paro and Thimphu. Finally, get an insight into the rich and soulful Vajrayana Buddhist culture and happy Bhutanese lifestyle. Bhutan Tour from Kathmandu is indeed perfect for visiting the iconic landmarks of two neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan, all at the same time.
|Day 1||Arrive in Kathmandu and Sightseeing in Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Drive to Bhaktapur (13km/20-30 minutes) and Sightseeing in Bhaktapur|
|Day 3||Arrive in Paro and Drive to Thimphu (55km/1hour and 30mins)|
|Day 4||Drive to Paro (55km/1hr and 30mins), Hike to Taktsang (Tiger Nest’s) Monastery (3,120m/10,260ft, 5 to 6hrs) and Paro Tour|
|Day 5||Final Departure from Paro|
Embrace the jaw-dropping natural beauty and rich culture of two beautiful landlocked nations of Nepal and Bhutan on the same trip. In 5 days of this tour, you will set out on a scenic adventure and get an exceptional opportunity to explore the mesmerizing monuments, heritages, fortresses, and tourist hubs of Nepal and Bhutan. The Bhutan Tour from Kathmandu begins from the ‘Land of Truth,’ Nepal, and ends in the ‘Last Shangri-La on Earth,’ Bhutan. First, visit the city of temples, Kathmandu, and explore the gorgeous Buddhist Stupas and Hindu Temples. Then, reward yourself with a visit to the largest stupa of Kathmandu valley, Boudhanath stupa. Built as the replica of the Gyangtse of Tibet, the Boudhanath stupa is one of the major pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and local Nepalese.
Explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Swayambunath stupa. Famous as the ‘Monkey Temple, the stupa offers a stunning panoramic view of the entire city. Moreover, Swayambunath is home to different Buddhist as well as Hindu temples. Drive to the largest temple complex of Nepal, Pashupatinath, and discover the real reason why it is enlisted as one of the world heritage sites. The Pashupatinath temple is believed to have existed from the beginning of the millennium, and the entire site of the temple imparts a holy vibe into the air. The temple welcomes thousands of devotees and tourists every year and never fails to captivate its visitors. Explore the temple complex of Pashupatinath and sit back for the surreal evening aarti for an out-of-the-world experience.
Explore the alleys of the city of devotees, Bhaktapur, and witness typical Newari settlements. Next, drink in the remarkable history of Nepal with a visit to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Along with other temples in the area, the durbar square artistically incorporates the Pagoda and Shikhara styles. Interact with the indigenous Newari people and treat yourself with mouthwatering Newari dishes. Finally, witness an iconic landmark of distinctive Nepalese architecture with a visit to the Changu Narayan Temple. Believed to be more than a thousand years old, the temple encompasses genuine masterpieces of sculptures and carvings.
Drive to the top choice destination of Bhaktapur for Himalayan views, Nagarkot. Embrace the breathtaking beauty of the Nagarkot district as you drive up the hill. Nagarkot is believed to offer the best panoramic view of the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Moreover, the place allows you to witness eight out of thirteen Himalayan ranges, including Everest. So relish the magical view of the pristine Himalayas and soak in the epic beauty of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.
Experience a thrilling yet scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro. Drive to the capital city of the happy kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu. Visit the famous tourist attraction of Thimphu, King’s Memorial Chorten. The beautiful white Stupa with a shining golden shrine has stood as a hallmark of world peace since ancient times. Discover gorgeous paintings and sculptures that showcase notable Bhutanese architecture. Finally, visit the 12th century top choice temple of Bhutan, Changangkha Lhakhang. The Buddhist temple is incredibly perched like a fortress residing on a ridge.
Soak in the rich culture of Bhutan with a visit to the 169 foot colossal Buddha Dordenma Statue residing on top of a small hill. The mesmerizing golden statue is home to 125 000 smaller Buddhas. Witness one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture, Tashichhoedzong. Next, hike through dense pine forest to one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery. Famous as the ‘Tiger Nest’s Monastery,’ the Taktsang monastery was built in 1692 by legendary Guru Rimpoche himself. Moreover, the monastery offers a stunning view of the entire Paro valley.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival, our representative from Third Rock Adventures will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Freshen up and brace yourself for exciting sightseeing in the city of temples, Kathmandu. Immerse in the magical aura of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal namely, Swayambunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
Witness the pristine Boudhanath Stupa that gracefully symbolizes the path towards enlightenment of Buddha. Let the peaceful energy of the colossal 36 meters high Boudhanath stupa seep in. Explore the entire area of the stupa which always seems to be full of life and grab some authentic Nepalese souvenirs. See for yourself why Boudhanath is regarded as one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu.
Drive to one of the most sacred sites of Nepal, Swayambunath Stupa. With a history that dates back to the 13th century, the mesmerizing stupa with a shining golden shrine resides atop a hill. Swayambunath is an intricate symbol of harmony among the different religions followed by Nepalese as it encompasses Hindu temples and idols within the Buddhist site. Overlook the entire Kathmandu valley and discover your inner peace.
Drive to the oldest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath which is home to the national deity of Nepal, Lord Shiva. The site of Pashupatinath stretches along the Bagmati River and houses several smaller temples and deities built in several different sites. Witness the magical Pashupatinath Bagmati aarti for a close to heaven experience.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to the largest city of Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur. Walk through the alleyways and witness some finest examples of medieval Nepalese architecture. Visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bhaktapur Durbar square which served as the Royal’s residence until 1769. Located right at the heart of Bhaktapur city, the durbar square remains intact and offers a pure feel of medieval Nepal.
Visit the oldest Hindu temple of the valley, Changu Narayan. Built in the 4th century, the temple is remarkably built in Pagoda style and is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Drive to one of the most scenic places of Bhaktapur, Nagarkot. Witness panoramic views of eight Himalayan ranges out of thirteen ranges of Nepal. Overlook the beautiful city of Kathmandu. Soak up the freshness of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and see for yourself the surreal sunset from Nagarkot.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Enjoy astounding views of some highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest as you fly from Kathmandu to Paro. Arrive at Paro International Airport, Paro which is regarded as one of the most daring international airport in the world. Upon arrival, our Bhutanese guide will welcome you and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, drive to Thimphu, the capital and largest city of Bhutan.
Check in to the hotel and embrace the warm welcome from the hospitable hotel staff. Freshen up and brace yourself for visiting some major tourist attractions of Bhutan. Visit the famous King’s Memorial Chorten and feel the holy vibe imparted by the place. Pay a visit to the top choice Buddhist temple in Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang.
Step into the peaceful world of Buddha point while relishing the stunning view of the Southern entrance of Thimphu. Visit Tashi Chhoedzong in the evening. Famous as the ‘Fortress of Glorious region’, the fortress is a noteworthy masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.
Take a quick walk through the lively streets of the city. Grab some authentic Bhutanese souvenirs from the weekend market. Feel the calming vibe of the town away from the chaos of other cities around the world. Overnight in Thimphu.
This day marks the most exciting part of the trip as you will hike to the iconic tourist hub of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is built on the side of a rocky cliff about 900m above the Paro valley. Famous as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the Taktsang monastery falls under the top 20 must-visit places in the world.
Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding lofty mountains and the Paro valley from the peak point of the monastery. Explore the beautiful paintings depicting the stories of the eternal deities. Discover the great Bhutanese history and the famous belief of the monastery's formation by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).
The hike to the Taktsang Monastery is a moderate graded hike. Anyone with a good health condition and average fitness can easily do this hike. The trail is quite steep at some places but does not require any technical climbing. The entire hike can be completed within 5 to 6 hours. Make sure that you walk at your own pace, and bringing hiking poles can be helpful. Wear sturdy hiking boots and keep yourself hydrated.
Visit one of the most beautiful dzongs in Paro, Paro Dzong. Commonly known as ‘Rinpung Dzong’, the fortress was constructed on the foundation laid by the acclaimed Guru Rinpoche under the command of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The fortress was actually built to keep an eye on the invasion activities of Tibet.
Stroll through the old town of Paro. See the enthusiasm of the locals for their national sports, archery, with a visit to a local archery ground.
Overnight in Paro.
On this day, our Bhutanese guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport as per your departure flight schedule. Take a flight back to your destination with a handful of memories that you will cherish forever.
Third Rock Adventures is always prepared for tour extension in Nepal, Bhutan and other neighboring countries if required. If the given itinerary does not suit you, you can also opt for other tour packages such as Nepal and Bhutan Classic Tour – 8 days and Nepal and Bhutan Tour Package – 6 days.