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Looking for happiness: Nepal and Bhutan

Looking for happiness: Nepal and Bhutan

Looking for happiness: Nepal and Bhutan

Looking for happiness: Nepal and Bhutan

Price
$2190
+ flight to Kathmandu and back home
Duration
11 days
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We will visit two ancient Buddhist countries, one of which - Bhutan, made happiness of its citizens a top government priority and is considered the happiest in the world. We will start in Kathmandu valley by exploring temples, and remains of ancient kingdoms, visit Buddha’s birthplace and the best national park of Nepal - Chitwan. Then we move to mysterious Bhutan where we will spend four days visiting three main towns - the ancient capital of Punakha, Paro valley and the modern capital of Thimphu. The highlight of the trip is a hike to Bhutan’s trademark cliffside monastery - Tiger’s nest.
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu, checking into a hotel near Boudhanath stupa. We will walk to the holy Hindu complex of Pashupatinath, visit several temples and caves of hermits.
  • Day 2-3
    We will visit Kathmandu Durbar square, the palace of Kumari, who is considered the living goddess in Nepal and the ancient Swayambhunath complex with its lovely view of the entire valley. We will also explore Patan kingdom, now a district of Kathmandu, dating back to 3 century B.C., the ancient kingdom of Bhaktapur and 13th century Shiva temple in Changu Narayan village.
  • Day 4-5
    We depart to Chitwan national park (6 hours on the way) where we check into a hotel with a view over a jungle. We will ride boats and enjoy picturesque sunset. Next day will be spent on a jeep safari in the park where we will see rhinos, crocodiles, elephants, a variety of exotic birds and, possibly, tigers. Those interested can visit an elephant farm.
  • Day 6
    Early in the morning we depart to Lumbini (4-5 hours on the way), the holy Buddhist town where Buddha Shakyamuni was born. Here we will visit several monasteries and the temple of Buddha’s mother. We will also see the pillar of emperor Asoka the Great dating back to 3 century B.C. Those interested can meditate below the holy tree. In the afternoon we go back to Kathmandu (4-5 hours on the way) and check into a hotel.
  • Day 7
    We fly to Paro, Bhutan. Here we visit Ta Dzong fort, the museum of Bhutan in the watch tower and Rinchen Pong Dzong fort situated on top of the hill over the Pachu river. Then we will go to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan (2.5 hours on the way), check into a hotel, visit Chorten memorial stupa and the biggest Buddha statue in Bhutan.
  • Day 8
    We travel to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan via the Dochula pass 3150 meters above sea level. On our way we enjoy stunning views of pine forests and small mountain villages and visit Chimi Lhakhang monastery, built in 15th century in honour of a Buddhist maverick saint, known as the Divine Madman. In the evening we arrive in Punakha and check into a hotel.
  • Day 9
    In the morning we will visit the grand winter residence of the main lama of Bhutan. Those interested can do rafting in this picturesque place. Then we travel to Paro (4-5 hours on the way) via the Dochula pass and check into a hotel.
  • Day 10
    In the morning we start our trek to Paro Taktsang monastery, known as the Tiger’s nest. This 17th century sacred Buddhist place is situated on the cliffside 1500 meters above sea level. According to the legend, the prominent teacher Padmasambhava flew here on the spine of the tigress and brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The ascend will take us approximately 4 hours. In the middle of our trek we will have lunch in the cozy cafe with a lovely view. Then we will visit a couple of ancient monasteries, one of which is known for being the location of the Little Buddha film by Bernardo Bertolucci. In the evening we enjoy dinner in a traditional Bhutan house and spend the night in a hotel.
  • Day 11
    We fly back to Kathmandu and then back home. Those interested can stay in Kathmandu or continue their travel in Nepal.
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At a Glance
Buddha's birthplace, Chitwan national park, Boudhanath stupa, House of Kumari Living Godess, Tiger's nest monastery, Rinchen Pong Dzong fort
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Trip deposit - $1550.
Group size 7-11 persons.
We will visit two ancient Buddhist countries, one of which - Bhutan, made happiness of its citizens a top government priority and is considered the happiest in the world. We will start in Kathmandu valley by exploring temples, and remains of ancient kingdoms, visit Buddha’s birthplace and the best national park of Nepal - Chitwan. Then we move to mysterious Bhutan where we will spend four days visiting three main towns - the ancient capital of Punakha, Paro valley and the modern capital of Thimphu. The highlight of the trip is a hike to Bhutan’s trademark cliffside monastery - Tiger’s nest.

Is this trip for you? 

This trip is dynamic, of medium difficulty level. It includes long walks in cities, boat rides and jeep safari in the national park. We will also do an easy 4 hour long trek to Tiger’s nest cliffside monastery. In Nepal we will stay in simple hotels and guesthouses, all will have hot water and wi fi internet. In Bhutan we will stay in 3 star hotels.

Price of the trip includes: 

  • Flight Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu;
  • All transportation including buses, boats and rented vehicles;
  •  Accommodation in double/twin and triple rooms of 2-3 star hotels in Bhutan and in good simple hotels in Nepal;
  • Visa to Bhutan;
  • All meals in Bhutan;
  • Entry tickets to museums, palaces, parks and other places of interest in Bhutan;
  • Professional guiding services

To be paid separately: 

  • Flight to Kathmandu and back home;
  • Medical insurance (mandatory);
  • Entry tickets to museums, palaces, temples and Chitwan national park in Nepal (approximately $50);
  • Rafting and optional excursions;
  • Food in Nepal (from $10 per person per day);
  • Visa to Nepal ($30)
At a Glance
Buddha's birthplace, Chitwan national park, Boudhanath stupa, House of Kumari Living Godess, Tiger's nest monastery, Rinchen Pong Dzong fort
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We will visit two ancient Buddhist countries, one of which - Bhutan, made happiness of its citizens a top government priority and is considered the happiest in the world. We will start in Kathmandu valley by exploring temples, and remains of ancient kingdoms, visit Buddha’s birthplace and the best national park of Nepal - Chitwan. Then we move to mysterious Bhutan where we will spend four days visiting three main towns - the ancient capital of Punakha, Paro valley and the modern capital of Thimphu. The highlight of the trip is a hike to Bhutan’s trademark cliffside monastery - Tiger’s nest.
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Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is obtained on arrival in Kathmandu airport and costs $30.

Citizens of all countries need a visa to enter Bhutan. Visa will be applied for in Kathmandu by the guide.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

At a Glance
Buddha's birthplace, Chitwan national park, Boudhanath stupa, House of Kumari Living Godess, Tiger's nest monastery, Rinchen Pong Dzong fort
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3G mobile internet in Nepal
  • Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card with 2GB internet package
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Buddha's birthplace, Chitwan national park, Boudhanath stupa, House of Kumari Living Godess, Tiger's nest monastery, Rinchen Pong Dzong fort
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