Kathmandu & Bhutan

Bhutan
Destination
8 Days
Duration
Kathmandu
Arrival
Kathmandu
Departure
Activity
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 04: Kathmandu to Paro
Day 05: Thimpu day Excursion
Day 06: Paro
Day 07: Paro To Kathmandu
Day 08: Departure

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Welcome to Nepal! On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a Yeti Holidays representative will greet you with garlands or Khada at the airport and escort you to your hotel. A very warm welcome by Panchakanya and Monks with music and welcome drinks and help you check in. You will then be briefed about your daily activities. Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city in the afternoon.

Kathmandu City: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means made from the timber of a single tree. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal’s art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation.

After the sightseeing tour of Durbar Square you will ride a rickshaw for 20 minutes to Thamel.

Thamel: Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, travel agencies, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which makes it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching.
Dinner at Cafe.*1
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
Commence on a tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Patan after breakfast.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is one of the holiest structures imposing a height of 36 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
Lunch at the Cafe*2

Patan City: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Lichhavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting melange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum.
Dinner at Nepalese Restaurant. *3
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast at hotel.

Swayambhunath: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.
Lunch at the hotel.
Leisure at evening
Gala Dinner at Bhaktapur *7

Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon): Also known as city of devotees, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 kilometers/9 miles east of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th Century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4,600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon, you will visit the Durbar Square with the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The famous five-storied Nyatapol temple on the terraces of which stands a pair of figures – two goddesses, two strong men, two elephants, two lions and two griffins is the tallest temple in the valley and was also built by King Bhupatindra Malla. It is one of the best examples of Pagoda styled temples.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04: KATHMANDU TO PARO
Arrive by Druk Air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities transfer to hotel in Paro. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks.

DAY 05: THIMPU DAY EXCURSION
Drive 1 hour to Thimpu. Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. Visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft center.
Drive back to Paro. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: PARO
Paro Sightseeing – visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong.

Hike to Taktsang Monastery (4-5 hours). Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest),[1] a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the Cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: PARO TO KATHMANDU
Breakfast at hotel. Take a scheduled flight back to Kathmandu.
Special cocktail OR Theme Dinner* & Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure.

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Nepal is an ideal destination for special incentive tours. Depending on the number of days on hand, programs can be tailor made to suit the requirements of the participants. Special venues for lunch, with unique locations, dinner with cultural folk dances and special menus can all be provided for.