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Duration
9
Days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Culture and City Tours
  • Min. Age: 6
Accommodation
  • 4 nights 3* hotel In Nepal
  • 4 nights 3* hotel In Bhutan
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

 Take this Nepal and Bhutan Tour and visit two Himalayan nations - Nepal and Bhutan - renowned for their dramatic landscapes, outstanding mountain views, generous hospitality and fascinating culture. Discover the cultural riches of these two Himalayan destinations. This unforgettable Nepal and Bhutan Tour will let you  experience unique customs and traditions that have remained untouched by modernity. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and step inside sacred temples and monasteries. Gain insight into the vibrant spiritual traditions. For centuries outsiders were forbidden to enter these two Himalayan kingdoms. While Nepal opened its doors to outsiders during the late 1960s, tourism in Bhutan was introduced only in the mid 1970s. Following a strict policy of sustainable tourism to safeguard its environment and culture, Bhutan allows only a handful of tourists to visit the country each year. Embark on an unforgettable journey and explore Bhutan and Nepal. In less than ten days you will get to experience the major highlights of these two fascinating destinations.   

Where does your journey begin and what will you see? Your Nepal and Bhutan Tour begins from Kathmandu. Stroll down the cobbled streets of a medieval palace square- Patan Durbar Square, filled with ancient temples and pagoda-roofed palaces. Witness the religious fervor of the devotees and mysticism at two of the most important sacred sites in Nepal - Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple. Get mesmerized by the endless stretch of snow-covered Himalayan peaks as you fly into Paro, Bhutan. Explore the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. Walk through its centuries-old dzongs (fortresses) and monasteries. Visit ancient lakhangs (Buddhist temples) and palaces. Interact with the friendly locals and seek blessings from the learned monks. Your Bhutan visit ends with an epic hike to the cliffside monastery of Tigers' Nest (tiger nest monastery). Before you finally head home, you sample more of Kathmandu’s cultural delights. Discover medieval Bhaktapur, Panauti and Sanga. Wind up your Nepal and Bhutan Tour with an unforgettable hike down the forested trail of Nagarkot to Changu Narayan, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the world. Find quick Insights of Nepal and Bhutan Tour.

Want to experience more of Nepal and Bhutan? If you want to focus on the spiritual aspect and are searching for a purely Buddhist experience then we have a special itinerary for you. Please check our Nepal and Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour - 12 days. More multi-country trips taht might interest you - Nepal Trek and Bhutan Cultural Tour - 12 days, Nepal and Bhutan Trek - 14 days and Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour - 14 days. 


Trip Highlights

  • Visit two remote Himalayan destinations hidden between great mountains
  • Enjoy a Himalayan panorama of the world’s highest peaks while flying into these countries 
  • Experience unique indigenous cultures, and get an insight about Hindu and Buddhist spiritual traditions
  • Explore places that has remained unchanged for centuries during this Nepal and Bhutan Tour
  • Discover Nepal’s iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Bhutan’s cultural hotspots
  • Take a hike to the cliffside Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), an architectural wonder 
  • Stroll down the streets of ancient medieval kingdoms in Kathmandu Valley
  • Find out why Gross National Happiness is more important  than Gross Domestic Income in Bhutan during your Nepal and Bhutan Tour

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • This trip is a combination of cultural tour and hiking
  •  Hike to Taktsang Monastery 4 to 6 hours walk on an uphill and downhill trail. Ponies to the halfway point are available on hire at additional cost.
  •  Nagarkot-Changu Narayan Hiking 3 to 4 hours hike downwards on a forested trail
  •  No technical climbing involved during hikes. Should be able to walk for an extended period without any difficulty. 
  •  Easy walking on level ground while exploring heritage sites 
  •  Overland transfers via clean and comfortable private vehicles
  •  Accompanied by experienced local guides 

Booking Note:

Please note international flights from Kathamdu-Paro-Kathmandu are not included in the package cost. If you have decided to book this trip, we urge you firstly to check whether flights to/from Paro-Ktm is available on the dates you will be travelling. It will be a hassle for you if you book your trip and later on discover there are no seats available on the day you are supposed to fly out. Do book this trip only after your flight tickets have been confirmed. Alternately, you can send us a request to book your flight tickets. Just let us know when you will be travelling and we will book your tickets in advance.


Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrive in Kathmandu expand

Transfer to Hotel

As you fly into Kathmandu, you will be greeted by an endless stretch of ice-covered mountains and green hills. Our representative will be there to meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. He will escort you to your hotel and help you check in. In the evening one of our travel consultants will brief you about your tour itinerary. Take rest or stroll around Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Later in the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Dinner

DAY 2:

Sightseeing in Kathmandu expand

Activities: Visit Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan Durbar Square

Your sightseeing commences with a drive to Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Festooned with colourful prayer flags, this ancient stupa is an important centre of Tibetan Buddhism. According to local legend the remains of Kasyapa Buddha (previous incarnation of Buddha) lie buried beneath this stupa. Join the pilgrims and walk around the stupa clockwise spinning the prayer wheels. Head to Pashupatinath Temple, an important Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The pagoda-roofed temple which dates back to 400 AD is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world. ‘Aryaghat’ the Hindu cremation lies nearby and you can observe Hindu cremation rites from the eastern bank of the river Bagmati(which flows beside the temple). Wind up your sightseeing tour with an interesting visit to the medieval city of Patan. Visit Patan Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Malla rulers, the palace square is filled with temples, Buddhist shrines and a pagoda-roofed palace(now converted into a museum). Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Fly to Paro (Bhutan) (1 hour), sightseeing tour in Paro and drive to Thimphu (55 km/ 1 hr and 30 mins) expand

Activities : Visit Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong

The scenic flight to Bhutan lets you experience the Himalayas from the comfort of your plane. Once you land in Paro, your guide will meet you and apprise you about your Bhutan Trip itinerary. He will take you for a sightseeing tour after lunch/refreshments.  Head to Ta Dzong, a traditional watchtower which dates back to the 17th century. This impressive building now houses the National Museum. The museum showcases the battle regalia of ancient Bhutanese warriors, traditional Buddhist paintings, old stamps, religious relics, bronze statues etc. Later head to Paro Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong (Heap of Jewels Fort). This ancient fortress was built by Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who is known as the founder of Bhutan. The old traditional fortress now houses administrative offices and a monastery. After your sightseeing tour drive to the capital city of Thimphu.  Check into your designated hotel and take rest. In the evening take a stroll down this picturesque capital and observe the locals or shop for souvenirs.  Overnight in Thimphu. 

Accommodation: Namgay Heritage Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (85 km/2-3 hrs) expand

Activities: Visit King’s Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma & Tashichho Dzong. Cross Dochula Pass

Wake up early and head to the King’s Memorial Chorten with your guide. This giant Chorten was built as a memorial to the third Bhutanese king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Afterward take a drive to the hilltop shrine of Buddha Dordenma, one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Bhutan. A giant metal statue of Buddha is placed on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley. The169 foot statue holds 1,25,0000 miniature statues inside its bronze body. According to locals, the Buddha statues outnumber the total human population of Thimphu which is around 1,00,000. Before leaving Thimphu, head to Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the Bhutan royal government. This magnificent traditional fortress houses the king’s throne room and government secretariat. Next, take a drive to Punakha en route the picturesque Dochula Pass. From the pass enjoy panoramic views of mountains and forests. The pass is decorated with 108 memorial Chortens(dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty). Once you reach Punakha head to your hotel and take a rest. Overnight in Punakaha. 

Accommodation: Drubbchu Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Drive to Paro (125 km/3-4 hrs) expand

Activities: Visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lakhang Temple

Punakha is the winter residence of Bhutan’s Chief Abbot (Je Khenpo) and his aides. It was the seat of the government before the capital was shifted to Thimphu. Coronation ceremonies of all the Bhutanese kings have been held here. Commence your sightseeing tour with a visit to Punakha Dzong. One of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong lies in a picturesque location, at the confluence of  Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. One has to cross a wooden cantilever bridge to enter this ancient fort. This majestic building is a classic example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. Besides ancient religious relics and historical artifacts, Punakha Dzong houses the sacred remains of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the founder of Bhutan) and Pema Lingpa. Later on, make your way past paddy fields and local farms to Chimi Lakhang Temple. Also known as ‘Fertility Temple’, the shrine is dedicated to the ‘Divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenley, the patron saint of Bhutan. Locals believe women who visit this temple are blessed with fertility. Parents also bring their newborn babies to this temple to seek blessings and receive an auspicious name from one of the monks residing at the temple. Afterward the visit is over, drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgyal Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Hike to Paro's Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest ( 9 km/5-6 hours) expand

Activity: Tiger's Nest Hike

Today you visit one of the most iconic places in Bhutan, the Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. Padmasambhava, also known as the Second Buddha, is believed to have flown on the back of a tigress and meditated at the site where this monastery is built. Taktsang Monastery is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Bhutan.

 Get up early in the morning and drive to the trailhead. Once you reach the trailhead you begin your hike to Taktsang Monastery. It is uphill all the way. If you don’t feel like straining yourself, you can take (hire) a pony ride till the halfway point. Ponies are only allowed up to a certain stretch. You will have to cover the remaining part of the journey on foot. The trail goes through a dense forest filled with pine trees. Once you reach the top, the views will mesmerize you and make you forget the hard climb. The close up view of the monastery perched on the side of the rocky cliff will take your breath away. Visit the monastery, take pictures and walk down back to the highway. Hop onto the waiting vehicle and head back to your hotel. Overnight in Paro

Accommodation: Tashi Namgyal Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Fly to Kathmandu (1 hour ), sightseeing in Bhaktapur, Panauti, Sanga and drive to Nagarkot (28km/1.5 hours) expand

Activities: Visit Bhaktapur, Panauti, Sanga and Drive to Nagarkot

Your guide will drive you to the airport well on time to catch your flight to Kathmandu. As the plane leaves Bhutan, feast your eyes for the final time on the verdant Bhutanese landscape. Savor breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains and rolling green hills. In less than an hour, you reach Kathmandu. Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Bhaktapur, one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu.

Stroll around Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and step inside centuries old pagoda-roofed temples and palaces.  Palace of 55 Windows, Nyatapol Temple, Golden Gate, Bhairavnath Temple etc. are some of the architectural wonders dotting this beautiful palace square.  Next up, your destination is Panauti – a medieval Newari town located south-east of Kathmandu valley. This atmospheric town is filled with ancient temples and Newari traditional houses. Walk through the narrow lanes and cobbled streets and interact with the locals. Afterward, take a delightful ride to Sanga and stand beneath the world’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva. Known as Kailashnath Mahadev, the statue is 143 feet (43.5 meters) tall and has been built using copper, zinc, steel and concrete. This magnificent statue stands amidst a picturesque landscape filled with rolling green hills and terraced farms.

Later drive to Nagarkot, a hilltop resort renowned for its panoramic views and stunning sunrises and sunsets over Himalayan peaks. The drive is a pleasant one filled with delightful sights of pine forests, rolling hills and traditional farms. Once you reach Nagarkot, head to your hotel and relax in your room, soaking in the picturesque mountain views from your private balcony. If you feel like it, you can take a stroll around Nagarkot. Don't forget to witness the incredible Nagarkot sunset from the Observatory or from your room's balcony  Overnight in Nagarkot.

Accommodation: Hotel Country Villa
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

DAY 8:

Enjoy sunrise view from Nagarkot and hike down to Changu Narayan Temple (3-4 hours) expand

Activities: Sunrise from Nagarkot Hill, Telkot to Changu Narayan Hike

Get up before dawn and head to the Observatory above Nagarkot to wait for the sun to rise. Witness an almost magical phenomena as the sun rises from behind dark mountains coloring and lighting up the whole landscape in hues of red, pink, orange and yellow. This incredible sight is sure to remain with you forever. Head down to your hotel and have breakfast.  After a short drive to Telkot, enjoy a leisurely morning hike through forests and along a rim line to the ancient shrine of Changu Narayan.

During the hike, you’ll walk through hillside villages where you can see up close how the locals live, all the while enjoying the fresh air and the stunning views of Kathmandu Valley below. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu the temple of Changu Narayan is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the world. Here you will find representations of the different avatars of Lord Vishnu in stone, wood and metal created by artisans living during the Lichhavi and Malla eras. Inside the temple, in a stone pillar is the oldest (464 AD) Sanskrit inscription found in Nepal.

Later on , you will be driven back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Late afternoon, consider taking a stroll around the unique Thamel neighborhood to shop for souvenirs. This evening be our guest at a special farewell dinner to celebrate the completion of your wonderful Himalayan adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

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Bid goodbye to Kathmandu. Our representative will drive you to the international airport three hours before your flight’s scheduled departure. If you feel like discovering more of this incredible country, just let us know. We have a range of products - tours and adventure holidays – for travel buffs like you.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast


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You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.


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What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Nagarkot with breakfast
  • Government-approved 3-star accommodation in Bhutan
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Bhutan
  • Guided sightseeing tour as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking, government licensed local tour guide for sightseeing
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour

  • Bhutan visa fee and special permit
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights (Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, bar bills, snacks, phone calls, internet etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation

Kathmandu, Nepal: In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated at Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel, a 3 star hotel. The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. Stay 1 night at Nagarkot's picturesque Hotel Country Villa. The hotel is located at an altitude of 2195 m/ 7200ft. and offers outstanding views of rolling green hills, mountaintop villages, terraced fields and snowcapped mountains (during winter).  Your room will have a private balcony from where you can enjoy the splendid mountain views. Featured amenities include free wifi, restaurant, cafe, bar, spa, gym etc.  

Bhutan: During your Nepal and Bhutan Tour you stay at the beautiful Tashi Namgyal Resort overlooking the Pa Chu River in Paro.  The resort lies close to the international airport and offers comfortable deluxe rooms, cottages and executive sites with attached bathrooms.  At Thimphu, you will be staying at the attractive Namgay Heritage Hotel. These hotels offer luxurious deluxe rooms and premium suites.

In Punakha you will be accommodated at Drubbchu Resort. At all these establishments, featured amenities include free Wi-Fi, multi cuisine restaurant, bar, spa, fitness center etc.

Meals

Kathmandu has a whole lot of high-end as well as mid-range and budget restaurants and eateries. In Thamel you will find a selection of specialty and multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries. Breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner will be complimentary.

Bhutan: In Bhutan, restaurants and eateries serve continental, Indian and Bhutanese dishes. Bhutanese dishes are usually made with chilies, cheese, meat, mushrooms, red rice and buck wheat. All meals are included in the trip price.


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Best Time To Travel

We recommend Spring(March-May), Autumn(September-November) and early Winter (December) as the best seasons to take this Nepal and Bhutan Tour. During these months the daytime temperatures are just right, neither too hot or cold. It may be a little chilly during the early mornings and evenings in Autumn and early Winter.


Nepal and Bhutan Tour FAQs

Yes, you can purchase local SIM cards for your cell phone at both these countries. You may have to fill up a form and submit a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport. The price for these SIM cards is nominal and may cost about a dollar (US). It will be easier for you to connect with your family and friends and access internet using these SIMs. 

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

Yes, for a first time traveller to Nepal and Bhutan, the Jewels of Nepal and Bhutan itinerary is the perfect one. This tour introduces you to the main highlights of both these countries. While you get to explore World heritage Sites at one of Nepal’s oldest cities Kathmandu, in Bhutan  you get to visit three major cities in Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. The exploration walks are easy and doable. The places and sites that have been incorporated in this itinerary are  an integral part of these countries cultural heritage. By visiting these sites with our knowledgeable guide you will get an insight of these Himalayan nations unique cultures and traditions. 

No, this is not possible. The government of Bhutan has made it mandatory for tourists (except Indian nationals) to book a tour with a registered travel agency. In order to get a tourist visa in Bhutan, you need to book a tour with an agency. Your guide is selected by the agency with whom you book your tour.


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Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
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Based on 13 reviews

Sara Rodriguez
flagsUnited States of America
Mar 10, 2020
Lifetime Memories
I did this Nepal Bhutan tour with Third Rock in February 2020. Bhutan is a beautiful country beyond words. It seems that tradition and culture for Bhutanese are a way of life than a part of life. If you wish to get a unique experience then visiting Bhutan is a must; culture and hospitality are amazing. Can’t gush enough about Bhutan’s overwhelming architecture! Bhutan is covered in green forests; you can see greenery everywhere. I battled with air pollution in Kathmandu while it felt like a privilege to breathe in the fresh air of Bhutan. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my stay at Nagarcoat near Kathmandu, and the sunrise from Nagarkot was breathtaking. A durbar square of Kathmandu, Poushpati, and Buddhnath deserve special mention.
Barbara Williams
flagsUnited States of America
Jan 10, 2020
An awesome trip in Himalayas
Words won’t do justice to my awesome experience in Bhutan and Nepal, however, I will try. Bhutan has been in my bucket list for a long time and the mystical country in the Himalayas left me mesmerized. You can feel their deep-rooted culture in every aspect of Bhutan. Hike to Tiger’s Nest perched in a hill is a must and trust me you will be in awe of its beauty! Dzongs are Bhutan’s architectural delight and it’s colorful. I saw monks in red monks near monasteries, happy children and warm locals. We live in a time where you need to make time for others, here I felt special as warm locals made me feel welcomed and special. I had fun on the winding roads of Bhutan. I think more people should talk about the amazing car journey in Bhutan; well it’s surely not for those with motion sickness. Our driver Doorjee did an amazing job and our tour guide was very informative. It was fun to walk on the busy streets of Kathmandu while Nagarkot was a stark different- peaceful. It was perfect to unwind and end the trip in the hilltop settlement. It is said you can spot Everest from Nagarkot; not kidding. Third Rock team was very responsive from the beginning couldn’t have asked for a more accommodating company than this one.
Good Value, I like itinerary
Imogen Beske
flagsDenmark
Sep 29, 2019
Nepal Bhutan Tour with family
Family vacation in Bhutan with Third Rock Adventures. We had a great time. Timely response from the team and good communication. Since we were travelling with kids it was good to know that we had a flexible itinerary. It was raining hard the day we were supposed to do the Nagarkot hiking and we had to cancel it. Since our kids are too active to remain cooped up for long, Naba suggested we take them wall climbing at a nearby wall climbing centre that was close to our hotel. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it and we did it too. It was an afternoon well spent. We did not have good weather in Kathmandu, but we were fortunate enough to enjoy clear weather in Bhutan. Bhutan was all that we dreamt of and more – green, serene, spiritually and culturally rich; a true Himalayan gem. We haven’t had enough of both Bhutan and Nepal and we will surely be back for more. We are already planning our Ghorepani trek and Bhutan festival tour with Third Rock. A word of thanks to our dear guides Deepa and Tenzing. They were knowledgeable as well as patient with our hyperactive kids (aged 7 and 9).
Book your Bhutan flight tickets in advance. it is very difficult to get a ticket during high season.
Will Macadam
flagsNetherlands
Sep 17, 2019
Bestest Tour- Spiritual and Magical
This tour is irreplaceable- Nepal and Bhutan are the two of the most beautiful Himalayan Country in the world. The name intrigued me and I researched for a day, watched video on YouTube and my excitement reached no bound, I could not wait another day, so I started searching for Nepal based Travel Agency and landed to the page of Third Rock Adventures and I am absolutely glad I chosed them. I have to talk about them , that's the least I can do here. I must say their service are professional, from guide to consultant to the president- everyone are professional. There is no room for improvement. Every day I was taken care, the guides were attentive and caring. My meals were delicious and timely. All I did was enjoy my walk through the magical Bhutan and heavenly Nepal. The moutains, culture and people of these two countries amazed me. I want to do one more trip to Nepal and Bhutan and without a doubt, I will be with Third Rock Adventures, you know it well, first impression is last impression.
I loved both the country and wanted to explore it.
The heart-warming people and their enticing culture.
Crystal Clarke
flagsCanada
Jul 16, 2019
One of the best holidays I have ever had - Nepal-Bhutan Tour
I undertook the Jewels of Nepal and Bhutan Tour with Third Rock Adventures five months ago. I had been meaning to post a review but I was kept rather busy, until now. From the moment I arrived in Kathmandu to the moment my trip ended, the team took very good care of me. The initial email communications were prompt and precise. As I am not too good with computers (I hardly use them), I had some issues booking the trip online. But Hari ironed out the problems and made the process very easy for me. Kemal introduced me to some of the oldest Hindu and Buddhist temples in Kathmandu. I found the Nepalese very friendly and open. In the west, strangers hardly make eye contact, but in Nepal it is not uncommon for virtual strangers to meet and talk like long lost friends. I met strangers who offered their help (when I suffered from a nasty fall while on a late evening stroll alone) without asking anything in return. Bhutan was lovely and peaceful. Ogyen, my guide had a wealth of information to share. The hike to Tiger’s Monastery left me huffing and puffing, but the views more than made up for the hard climb. It is hard to believe that this monastery, which lies straddled on a huge rock face, was built by humans. Faith does move mountains and this seems to particularly true in this part of the world. Bhutanese culture is very unique and I felt privileged to have the opportunity to experience it. I do hope that the Bhutanese people will retain their culture and not let western influence change their perspective. I highly recommend this tour and look forward to many more journeys with Third Rock Adventures.
Good Value,
Yes
Because I wanted to go where I have never been to.
Be open to new experiences. That's the only you get to enjoy your travel.
William Bach
flagsDenmark
Jun 10, 2019
A series of wonderful memories
I cannot thank the team of Third Rock Adventure enough for making my trip of Nepal and Bhutan series of wonderful memories for a lifetime. It was one of the companies that I sent inquiry during my research period of this trip. It kept up with my busy schedules with several follow up emails. After a few exchanges of emails and the phone call I felt the company can be trusted enough to go on an organized tour with them. The company was knowledgeable and provided us with detailed itinerary as well. The travel expert answered my queries and promised that the trip would be as promised; it was indeed. I always wanted to visit Nepal and Bhutan but my partner isn’t too keen about the Himalayas. So if you ask me why it took so long to visit then, you know now! I am glad that she enjoyed as much as I did. My partner didn’t believe that Nepal is much more than “trekker’s paradise” until she saw Nepal’s rich culture and tradition. Lucky to see a breathtaking sunrise from Nagacot, thanks to the pouring rain of previous night. We skipped the hike to one of the oldest temples of Nepal. In Bhutan sky is bluer, air is cleaner, forest is denser and ambience is spiritual. An architectural delight, temples dedicated to Buddhist masters and extremely warm and a bit shy people. Was stunned when our guide said the dzong was built with wooden block not a single nail used! I enjoyed the stayed at good hotels both in Nepal and Bhutan. I am not a finicky eater but my partner is and she didn’t like food in Bhutan much. Talking about the drivers of Nepal and Bhutan they were very skilled. In Nepal, our driver took us through the chaotic traffic which was, to be honest overwhelming. I don’t know how they drive in the capital city, Kathmandu. Ride to Baktapour was fun though. Talking about the roads of Bhutan, there wasn’t traffic but the sharp turns and winding roads are fun. My initial panic subsided when I realized I was in able hands. The vehicles are way better in Bhutan than Nepal. Touring with a local company is a hit and miss but this one is definitely a HIT!
Good Value,I like itinerary,
Yes
Always wanted to hike to Tiger’s Nest with her and it was an amazing hike. Made many memories but this was the most special one.
Consider opting for internal flights if you suffer from motion sickness.
Cecilie Bruer
flagsNorway
May 07, 2019
Delightful experience
Bhutan is a place where happiness is given priority. Tradition and culture aren’t simply followed but celebrated. Nature remains un-spoilt and isn’t overcrowded with tourist. In today’s time, when being busy is in trend and social media shows ‘how happening is your life?’. You see these people happy in small things of life; people, culture, and nature really impacted me. The cultural heritages of Nepal are fascinating and their craftsmanship is amazing. A few kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the city you feel like you are in a different palace. A stunning sunrise from Nagarkot and we hiked too. Warm hospitality. Overall an awesome experience.
If you are planning to visit Bhutan and Nepal then don’t delay any further…. it will be an experience to cherish!!!
Beatrice Schmidt
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May 02, 2019
Nepal and Bhutan tour
I've always wanted to visit the two Himalayan nations Nepal and Bhutan. Found the perfect itinerary on their website, booked it and flew to Nepal this spring. After two days, flew to Paro and then to Thimpu and Punakha. Paro was my favorite as I get to hike to Tiger Monastery. Nepal was equally beautiful with gigantic mountains, much higher and bigger then what we have in Germany. The road conditions were a little bad but the people were the best along with food. Everything was arranged perfectly and i am very satisfied with the overall service given
Best Destination,I like itinerary,
Yes
Perfect Itinerary
Tigers Nest and Bhaktapur
Come and Visit Nepal and Bhutan, you will be amazed by these Himalayan Nations.
Marcia Sundstrom
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May 01, 2019
Jewels of Bhutan and Kathmandu
Third Rock Adventures trip to Bhutan and Kathmandu was a wonderful and very well organized trip. Our Bhutanese guide Sonam Dawa was caring, flexible and very knowledgeable. The Kathmandu portion of the trip was very enjoyable and we liked our guide.
Yes
Emma Smith
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Apr 23, 2019
Incredible Bhutan Nepal tour
The medieval temples of Nepal are a treat to visit. I like to watch sunrises and the one from Nagarkot was a sight to behold. Bhutan is expensive agreed but it’s worth it!!! Bhutan is still so unscathed. People are really nice and warm. Locals wear their traditional dresses and more than that they treasure their culture. The roads with sharp turns were a thrill in itself. You wouldn’t find any traffic lights in the city and it doesn’t have any famous fast food chains like Pizza Hut or KFC or others. It’s a different world a better one where happiness is given a priority. Amidst the hustle and bustle of my life, I shall remember the peace and tranquility of Bhutan. Leaving these beautiful countries with a heart full of beautiful memories and want to thank Third Rock Adventures for handling this tour so well!
Best Destination,
Yes
I like the itinerary
The peace and tranquility of Bhutan and their warm people overwhelmed me!
Yes, I would.
Travis Goodman
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Jan 29, 2019
absolutely incredible
I had been planning to visit Nepal and Bhutan for a long time now, finally, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience these beautiful countries this December. If I had to summarize my entire experience to just one word, that word would be 'Phenomenal'. It was exactly this as these countries proved to be more beautiful and naturally more powerful than I had imagined. I am totally hooked and mesmerized. I would recommend everyone to take a tour of these Himalayan nations, atleast once in their lifetime.
I like itinerary
Yes
the itinerary suited my plans
Nepal and Bhutan were equally memorable.
just go for it!
Philip jordan
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Dec 13, 2018
The best Himalayan experience Nepal and Bhutan Tour
It was my privilege and honor to have a wonderful vacation in the Himalayan capitals of the world. I embarked on this journey with high hopes and at the end of the of it, i came back much more satisfied, awestruck and mesmerized. Back home we live in a world where there is cut-throat competition, in Nepal and Bhutan, all I saw was smiles and pure natural beauty. No worries, no tension, such wonderful laid back perspective towards life. No wonder these are the happiest nations in the world. I think I'll retire here. I am definitely coming back.
Best Destination,
Yes
I have always wanted to visit Nepal and Bhutan. I really liked the itinerary that Third Rock Adventures had.
To get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas!
Visit Nepal and Bhutan, it will boggle your mind! For good.
Noah Albrecht
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Aug 28, 2018
A taste of Himalayan hospitality, culture and amazing mountain views
We (my wife and I) plan to tour the whole of Asia in the next couple of months. So far we have visited almost all the countries in south-east Asia and now are exploring south Asia. We recently visited Nepal and Bhutan and enjoyed our tour immensely. As we are in our late sixties we find it easier to book an organized tour with an agency instead of going through the hassle of arranging everything ourselves. We booked our Nepal Bhutan tour with Third Rock Adventures. We wanted a customized itinerary and the staff at Third Rock Adventures worked with us closely to plan our perfect tour. We made a lot of changes in the itinerary and the sales staff were patient and gracious enough to incorporate all the changes. They also had some good suggestions up their sleeves. Kathmandu was chaotic but we loved the ambience of the city, which is a mix of both modern and traditional. We visited the Monkey Temple (Swoyambhunath), Boudhanth and Patan Durbar Square. All these places had an old world feel. Bhutan was like a wonderland. It is commendable how the Bhutanese are trying to preserve the environment and traditional culture. We enjoyed our visits to the old palaces, fortresses, and monasteries. It was a different experience and we loved it totally. Though we had viewed a lot of youtube videos on the Tiger’s Nest hike, doing this by ourselves had a different feeling. It was exhilarating to stand next to the monastery that was precariously hanging on to a rocky cliff. The views were magnificent. We would like to thank Third rock Adventures and all our guides for making this trip such a memorable one. As the guides were locals they had so much local information to share with us, information that we do not get to read in guidebooks. The stories and legends that they shared opened our eyes and gave us a better understanding of the local culture. We highly recommend this company and its guides.
Because we wanted to book a tour to Nepal and Bhutan tour with the same agency, and Third Rock Adventures seemed like a reliable company.
Yes.
We chose this trip because we are interested in Asian culture and wanted to visit Bhutan and Nepal.
The whole trip was memorable.
Nepal and Bhutan are two destinations that will leave a deep impression on your mind and heart, once you visit these two countries. I also recommend Third Rock Adventures for cross-country travel!
Recommendation

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