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Nepal-Bhutan SIC GTD Fixed Departure tour 2016 Itinerary Itinerary
 

Discover two of the most mysterious countries in the world with this spellbinding 11-day tour of Nepal and Bhutan. Located high in the Himalayas, their remoteness has helped preserved their heritage, cultures and independence. Explore Nepal’s priceless architectural treasures and breathtaking landscapes for the first leg of the adventure and then immerse yourself in the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan, where time seems to have stood still. Visit the most enchanting palaces and temples, and crisscross the verdant valleys and majestic mountains of the fabled ‘land of the thunder dragon’ before returning to Nepal for one final day in the gateway to heaven.

D1 KATHMANDU – BHAKTAPUR – KATHMANDU (30km – 1 hr)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet and greet by a Le Passage to India Journeys representative and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy lunch at the hotel before an afternoon tour of Bhaktapur, an ancient city 15km east of the capital. The city’s historic core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the well-preserved palaces and temples dating from the medieval Newar kingdoms. Bhaktapur’s key position on the trade routes between Tibet and India brought it great prosperity and glory, which can today be appreciated in its architectural heritage. Admire the 18th century Palace of 55 Windows, which also houses the National Art Gallery, the glittering golden gate leading to it and the dozen temples dotted throughout the square. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel on a full board basis.

D2 KATHMANDU – POKHARA (210km – 6 hrs)
Head northwest to Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalayas, passing through lush landscapes in the shadow of magnificent mountain ranges. Lunch at hotel on arrival with the remainder of the afternoon and evening free for you to either relax at the hotel or maybe explore Pokhara. Perhaps stroll over to the shoreline of Lake Phewa for a glance at the picturesque Taal Barahi temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and occupies a tiny tree-covered islet about 200 metres from the waterfront. Overnight in Pokhara hotel on a full board basis.

D3 POKHARA
Start the day on a high in every sense of the word by witnessing sunrise from Sarangkot, a 1,600-metre-high mountain in the northern shore of Lake Phewa. (This segment is subject to weather conditions.) In the flickering light of early morning, watch as the eight snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna range are bathed in a kaleidoscope of golden-hued shades – a truly awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. Breakfast is after the sunrise experience. Once replenished, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Pokhara city, heading to attractions such as the Mahendra Pool to view the milky white waters of the wild River Seti slalom through a gorge and the Bindabasini Bhagwati temple. Afterwards, explore Pokhara’s old town to get a sense of the city’s history and atmosphere. Lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon, head to the dramatic Devi’s Fall and the adjacent Gupteshwor Cave, which is sacred for Hindus. Continue to the old bazaar to admire the redbrick Newar-style shops and their wares. The bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara’s most important shrines, the Bindhyabasini Mandira, which is dedicated to the goddess Bhagawati. Overnight in Pokhara hotel on a full board basis.

D4 POKHARA – KATHMANDU (210km – 6 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure at about 08:00 to Kathmandu for an afternoon of sightseeing. Stop for lunch on the way to the capital. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and after check-in, proceed to visit the Pashupatinath temple. Located on the banks of the holy River Bagmati, the Pashupatinath is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. There are many eye-catching elements such as the large, gilded triple-roofed temple but there is so much going on around you, with the throngs of faithful and pilgrims, that the din of hustle and bustle becomes an attraction in itself. Continue to the beautiful Buddhist Boudhanath stupa, which traces its origins to King Mana Dev in the fifth century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s leading centres of Tibetan Buddhism and is bedecked with traditional prayer rolls and Tibetan prayer flags. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel on a full board basis.

D5 KATHMANDU – PARO – THIMPHU (70 mins’ flight time and 50km – 70 mins’ by road)
Rise early for one of the most breathtaking journeys imaginable. Head to Kathmandu Airport after breakfast for the 08:25 plane to Paro in Bhutan. The flight is just over an hour long but it feels like a journey to another world, as you leave behind mainly Hindu Nepal for predominately Buddhist Bhutan. Flying over the snowcapped Himalayas is an awe-inspiring experience that brings home the sheer majesty of Mother Nature, one which is reinforced when landing in the clean, fresh mountain air of the sparsely populated Kingdom of Bhutan. Meet and greet by a Le Passage to India Journeys representative after immigration procedures and transfer to your hotel in Thimphu, stopping en route at Chhuzom to see the famous three stupas at the confluence of the Paro and Wong rivers. One stupa is in the Tibetan style, one is Nepalese in design and the other has a local Bhutanese appearance. In the afternoon, visit the Thimphu Craft Bazaar to admire genuine locally made products. A special welcome dinner will be hosted by a local family at their home, where you can learn about Bhutan’s culture while savouring its cuisine. Overnight in Thimphu hotel on a full board basis.

D6 THIMPHU
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a day devoted to exploring the capital. Thimphu is more like a large town rather than a small city, with traditional Bhutanese architecture dominating the cityscape. The end of every street is usually framed by green hills, which stand in contrast to the whitewashed low rise buildings decorated with intricate window frames and cornices. The first visit of the day is to the National Library, which houses a priceless collection of rare Buddhist manuscripts. Continue the cultural immersion at the Institute for Zorig Chusum, which is Bhutan’s most prestigious art college. A visit to the Royal Textile Academy follows before dropping by the Simply Bhutan museum, where you can learn about ancient techniques for wood carving, weaving, sculpting, rice roasting and much more as well as partake in popular pastimes such as archery. Break for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the outskirts to visit the 16th century Pangri Zampa monastery, where Buddhist monks study Lamaism and astrology. Head to Motithang Takin Preserve to meet this unusual species of goat-antelope, which is Bhutan’s national animal. The takin has a legendary status in Bhutanese culture, with fantastical tales relating to its origins. The last visit of the day is to the Tashichho dzong, the ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, which is the epicentre of Bhutanese religious and civil life. This vast palace is the seat of both the king of Bhutan and the chief abbot. There is some free time in the early evening to explore Thimphu at your own pace before enjoying a Bhutanese cookery demonstration in a local restaurant followed by a traditional dinner. Overnight in Thimphu hotel on a half-board basis.

D7 THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (75km – 3 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Punakha cutting through the famous Dochu La pass at 3,080 metres above sea level. On clear days, the Dochu La offers spectacular views of the eastern Himalayas such as the 7,000-metre-plus peaks of Masagang, Terigang, Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, Zongphugang and Gangkar Puensum (at 7,497 metres, the highest in Bhutan). After a brief stop at the top of the pass to contemplate the rooftop of the world, continue through orchards, alpine forests and remote hamlets before arriving in Punakha, the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Visit the 17th century Punakha dzong, a beautiful palace lying at the junction of two rivers and framed by forested hills. Enjoy a 90-minute hike to and from Chimi Lhakhang temple, where couples who have been unable to have children come to pray for a baby. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, affording rare glimpses of the daily lives and lifestyles of the villagers. Lunch is served at open air restaurant right on the bank of a river with the backdrop of the lush greenery of the Punakha valley. Overnight in Punakha hotel on a full board basis.

D8 PUNAKHA – PARO (125km – 4 hrs)
Bid farewell to Punakha after breakfast at the hotel, returning to Paro via the Dochu La, towards the north of the valley. Stop en route to visit Simtokha dzong, the oldest dzong in the country. It now houses an institute dedicated to the study of the Dzongkha language. Check-in on arrival at Paro, which stands in the middle of a rice-producing valley dominated by the 7,314-metre Mount Chomolhari. After some free time, proceed to visit Ta dzong, originally a watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Its extensive collection includes antique Tibetan Buddhist paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts. Stroll to Rinpung dzong (‘fortress of the heap of jewels’) to wander along the wooden cloister illustrated with images from Buddhist lore. Later in the afternoon, head to a nearby village for a farmhouse excursion. Bhutanese farmhouses are very colourful and decorative, and are traditionally built without the use of single nail. Perhaps chat to the villagers over a cup of suja (salt and butter tea) or locally brewed ara rice wine. The rest of the evening is free to explore Paro at your own leisure. Overnight stay in Paro hotel on a full board basis.

D9 PARO – TIGER’S NEST – PARO (9km – 5 hrs hiking)
Today will take your breath away as you hike up the Paro valley to the magnificent Tiger’s Nest monastery. After breakfast at the hotel, take a brief drive to the Satsam Chorten, stopping en route at Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by seventh century Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marked the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan and there are many important religious and royal relics inside. Continue to the trailhead to start the hike to the monastery of Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Perched on the side of a cliff 900 metres above the valley floor, legend has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at a cave here. The monastery is the country’s most sacred site and is visited by Bhutanese Buddhists at least once in their lifetime. Explore the monastery’s four temples before enjoying lunch is at the Taktsang cafeteria, which boasts spellbinding views of the monastery hanging on to the face of the cliff. Return to Paro with the rest of the afternoon free at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner accompanied by a local band playing traditional music. Overnight stay in Paro hotel on a full board basis.

D10 PARO – KATHMANDU (70 mins’ flight time and 50km – 70 mins’ by road)
Early breakfast at the hotel is followed by transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Kathmandu for meet and greet by a Le Passage to India Journeys representative and transfer to Patan to explore its Durbar Square. This historic city just a few kilometres south of central Kathmandu is a traditionally Buddhist bastion boasting a fascinating architectural landscape in the Newar style. The square’s centrepiece is the palace of the Malla monarchs, who ruled Nepal for six centuries. Wander this stunning complex, which features a series of beautiful courtyards with ornamented windows and colonnaded arcades, temples and shrines, all noted for their exquisite carvings. Contemplate the square’s Krishna Temple and Rudra Varna Mahavihar Buddhist monastery. Overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel on a full board basis.

D11 DEPART KATHMANDU
Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to Kathmandu Airport to board onward flight. Breakfast included.

INCLUDED
Tour guide:
• Operated with local English-speaking guide throughout the tour
Accommodation:
• Ten nights as indicated on a full board basisr
Meals:
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Transport:
• Air-conditioned surface transportation in Nepal and non-air-conditioned surface transportation in Bhutan
Entrance fees and activities:
• All monuments and parks as indicated: Durbar Square in Bhaktapur; Sarangkot sunrise, Devi’s Fall, Gupteshwor cave, old bazaar and Bindhyabasini temple in Pokhara; Pashupatinah and Boudhnath in Kathmandu; craft bazaar, National Library of Bhutan, Institute for Zorig Chusum, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, Simply Bhutan museum, Pangri Zampa monastery, Motithang Takin Preserve, Tashichho dzong and cooking demonstration in Thimphu; dzong and Chimi Lhakhang temple in Punakha; Simtokha dzong; Ta dzong and Rinpung dzong, farmhouse visit, Kyichu Lhakhang and Taktshang monastery in Paro; Durbar Square in Patan
Taxes and levies:
• Government royalty and taxes as well as visa fees for Bhutan

NOT INCLUDED
• Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
• Any airfare, airport taxes, supplement for which are quoted separately if applicable
• tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff
• Return airfares for Kathmandu – Paro - Kathmandu (given as supplement) of approximately USD 465 return
• Any service not listed above
• Travel insurance or any extra cost arising from unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, landslides etc.
• Nepal visa fee of USD 45.00

DEPARTURE DATES
There are guaranteed departures on the dates highlighted below

RATES
Package rates per person sharing twin/double room in US dollars

 Period of departure

Category 

 Sharing twin/double

SUP class upgrade Bhutan 

 Single supp SUP upgrade Bhutan

Single supp SUP upgrade Bhutan 

January, February, June, July, August and December 2016


March, April. May, September, October and November 2016
March, April. May, September, October and November 2016

Standard


Standard


Standard

1564


1788


1788 

  461


488


488

167 

 165

THIRD PERSON/CHILD POLICY
• Rates for triple rooms are equal to those for the sharing twin/double room
• 50% discount on tour price for child 2-12 years, sharing a room with two adults

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

 Day

Destination  

 Hotel / resort

Room standard 

 category

 1

 Kathmand

Crown Plaza Kathmandu - Soaltee or similar 

Luxury 

5* 

 2-3

 Pokhara

Shangri - La Village or Similar 

Standard 

4* 

 4

 Kathmandu

Crown Plaza Kathmandu - Soaltee or similar 

Luxury 

5* 

5-6

 Thimphu

Hotel Gakyil / Hotel Kisa or similar


Ariya Hotel / Hotel Osel or similar 

Standard


 Standard

3*


4* 

 7

 Punakha

Dragon's Nest Resort / Punatshangchhu Cottages or similar


Green Resort RKPO /Deubchhu Resort or similar

Standard


Superior 

 3*


4*

 8-9

 Paro

Hotel Tashi Phintshok / Tashi Namgay Resort or similar


Village Lodge / Raven's Nest Resort or 

Standard


Superior 

 3*


4*

 10

 Kathmandu

Crown Plaza Kathmandu - Soaltee or similar 

Luxury

 5*

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
• Minimum 2 pax needed to guarantee departure
• Le Passage to India Journeys reserves the right to charge on to its business partners all eventual changes in air fare, fuel surcharges, additional security and insurance taxes in connection with flights
• Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you

CANCELLATION POLICY
• 30 days prior to departure date for low season and 45 days prior to departure date in high season, there will be no penalty charged in either high or low seasons
• No show or cancellation after the above cut-off period, 100% of package price will be charged

OPTIONAL EXTRAS
• A wide range of optional excursions and pre and post-programme extensions are available on request.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Comfortable and warm clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Nepal and Bhutan. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

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