Bhutan Nepal Tour

Price

USD 1857

Trip Duration

9 Days

Trip Grade

Easy

Highest Altitude

3120m

Accommodation

Hotel

Transportation

Car, Van, Flight

Group Size

1-20

Best Season

All around the year

Bhutan Nepal Tour Introduction

Bhutan Nepal Tour The Land of Thunder Dragon is a small landlocked country located in the eastern Himalayas of South Asia. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east, and west. The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Bhutan, and its capital and largest city is Thimphu.

Bhutan is known for its unique approach to measuring the country’s progress through the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, which takes into account not just economic factors but also social, cultural, and environmental factors. Buddhism is the predominant religion in Bhutan, and it plays an important role in the country’s culture and traditions.

Bhutan is a mountainous country with a diverse range of flora and fauna. It is home to many rare and endangered species, including the Bengal tiger, the Himalayan black bear, and the snow leopard. The country is also known for its traditional arts and crafts, such as weaving, painting, and sculpture.

Tourism is a growing industry in Bhutan, with visitors attracted to the country’s natural beauty, culture, and commitment to sustainable development. However, the Bhutanese government limits the number of tourists allowed in the country each year to preserve its unique culture and environment.

Highlights

Visiting Bhutan the Land of Happiness

Visiting Kathmandu valley city of art & architecture

Visiting many Buddhist Monastries 

Buddha Dordenma Statue

Visit Tashichho Dzong Monastery

Visit Thimpu &Hike to Cheri Monastery

Visit Punakha the oldest capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang)

Outline Itinerary

  • Day1:- Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 2: Kathmandu: trip preparation/Sightseeing (1300m)
  • Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro Bhutan (2262m)
  • Day 4: Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue & Cheri Monastery (2262m)
  • Day 5: Drive to Punakha & Sightseeing(3100m)
  • Day 6: Drive back to Paro & Sightseeing(2262m)
  • Day 7: Fly Back to Kathmandu(1300m)
  • Day8:- Free Day in Kathmandu(1300m)
  • DAY 9:- Departure Day

Detailed Itinerary

Day1:- Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal Known as the city of temples & UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon your arrival, our local representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest at the hotel. We will meet for the trip briefing around 5 PM. Stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu: trip preparation/Sightseeing (1300m)

It’s an exhilarating day’s adventure today as you set out the explore of the cultural and traditional capital city of this Himalayan country. Out of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 7 of them are inside this beautiful capital city. As visiting all of these historic and religious landmarks in a single day are not possible, you will explore 3-4 of these magnificent marvels in this day’s adventure. Visit Swyambhunath Stupa, Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath  Bouddhanath Stupa. Our local professional city guide will give you a brief insight of each places at the spot. Stay in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro Bhutan (2262m)

Our representative will receive you at the airport in Paro, then transfer you to your hotel (1.5 Hours Drive) in the capital of Bhutan Thimpu, after checking in at the hotel you can have some rest & relax than your Guide will pick you up for the Sightseeing. Visit Tashichho Dzong Monastery our guide will be providing beautiful insight into the place. After the Monastery visit you can visit the local market & shops in the town & experience the local life in Bhutan. Overnight stay at the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu

Day 4: Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue & Cheri Monastery (2262m)

After breakfast at your hotel in Thimpu, we will be taking you to see one of the most beautiful places Buddha Dordenma Statue which is well known for being one of the most beautiful & largest Buddha statues on Earth. Then Hike to Cheri Monastery also visit the Museum of Bhutan to learn about the culture, history & traditions. Overnight at Thimpu.

Day 5: Drive to Punakha & Sightseeing(3100m)

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to Punakha (about 3 hours drive). Punakha is the oldest capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan & very famous for its rich culture, Monasteries & religious mask dance festivals.  Visit Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of two rivers like Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. After Lunch, you can hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a beautiful temple with stunning views of the Punakha & surrounding valley. Overnight stay in Punakha

Day 6: Drive back to Paro & Sightseeing(2262m)

After your breakfast at Punakha Hotel, We will be driving back to Paro(about 4 hours). Then visit beautiful Paro Rinpung Dzong which is famous for its fortress and monastery then hike to the most scenic, famous & iconic The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang), located on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro valley, take your time drinking plenty of water, take multiple breaks than reach your dream destination of Tigers Nest. After a rewarding view & successful climb, you will be coming back down to the hotel at Paro. Overnight stay in Paro

Day 7: Fly Back to Kathmandu(1300m)

After your breakfast at Paro, you will be Transfer to Paro International Airport for departure. Then our representative will be picking you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and than take you to your respective Hotel in Kathmandu, check-in & rest. We will be meeting for dinner this evening & we are egger to hear all the story & feedback from you about your Nepal Bhutan Adventure

Day8:- Free Day in Kathmandu(1300m)

After finishing your Bhutan adventure you are having well deserve rest in Nepal. Today you have a rest & free days for shopping, massages, and laundry or if you wish to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square(the oldest capital city of Nepal) we will take you there. It will be around 3-4 hours. Stay in Kathmandu

DAY 9:- Departure Day

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our see you again and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones

Includes

  • All travel permits and all other necessary permits to Bhutan
  • Bhutan Sustainable Development Fund(SDF) US$ 200.00 Per Person Per Day
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary Nepal & Bhutan both
  • Whole 9 days Kathmandu, Bhutan all-inclusive trip
  • Kathmandu-Bhutan-Kathmandu Flight Ticket
  • All ground transportation by private transport
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide in Bhutan throughout the trip & in Nepal
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing
  • 3-star standard category hotel accommodation in Bhutan on a twin/double/Triple sharing basis
  • Personal comfortable, clean, and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size in Bhutan
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary on a sharing basis
  • All meals(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) listed in the above itinerary
  • First aid kit

Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary(Kathmandu)
  • Tips and gratitude to the tour guide and driver
  • Upgrading accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal shopping, gear, laundry
  • The cost was raised by due to the cancellation, bad weather, political disturbance, changes in the government policy in Bhutan etc.

Trip Map

Clothing and Gear

On your Bhutan Tour, packing the right clothing and gear is essential to ensure comfort and enjoyment as you explore the varied landscapes and cultural settings of Bhutan. Here’s a guide to help you prepare:

Clothing

  • Layers: Weather in Bhutan can vary greatly between day and night and between different elevations. Pack lightweight, breathable layers that you can easily add or remove.
  • Warm Clothing: Even in summer, evenings can be cool, especially in higher altitudes. Include a fleece or a warm jacket.
  • Waterproof Gear: A waterproof jacket or poncho is crucial, as rain showers can occur unexpectedly, particularly during the monsoon season (June to August).
  • Comfortable Footwear: Sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes are a must for the uneven terrain and the hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
  • Cultural Respect: When visiting temples, dzongs, and monasteries, dress modestly. Shoulders and legs should be covered. Packing a scarf or shawl can be useful for covering up as needed.

Gear

  • Backpack: A comfortable, daypack is essential for carrying water, snacks, your camera, and layers during hikes and city tours.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: High UV levels, especially in higher altitudes, make sunglasses and sunscreen crucial to protect your skin and eyes.
  • Hat and Gloves: A hat for sun protection and gloves for cooler mornings or evenings can enhance your comfort.
  • Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important. A reusable water bottle is environmentally friendly and can be refilled with clean water provided by your accommodation or guide.
  • Camera: Bhutan’s stunning landscapes and vibrant culture are incredibly photogenic. Don’t forget your camera and extra batteries/memory cards.
  • Personal Medications: Along with a basic first aid kit, carry any personal medications you might need, as pharmacies in remote areas might not stock everything.
  • Adaptors: Bhutan uses the Type D, F, and G plug sockets. Bringing a universal travel adaptor will ensure you can charge your devices.

Optional

  • Binoculars: For nature enthusiasts, a pair of binoculars can enhance bird watching and the viewing of distant landscapes.
  • Journal: For those who like to document their travels, a journal can be a great companion to record your experiences and reflections.

Packing smart for your Bhutan Tour means being prepared for all activities and weather conditions while respecting local customs. With the right clothing and gear, you’re set to enjoy everything Bhutan has to offer, from its majestic mountains to its profound cultural heritage.

Best Time for Bhutan Tour

The best time for the 5-day Bhutan tour depends on your preferences and interests. However, generally, the best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring and autumn seasons, which offer pleasant weather and clear skies for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

  • Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times to visit Bhutan as the weather is mild, and the valleys are filled with colorful blooms of rhododendrons and other wildflowers. The temperatures are comfortable, making it ideal for trekking and exploring the scenic landscapes.
  • Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another excellent time to visit Bhutan when the weather is dry, and the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. The valleys are lush green after the monsoon season, and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, and sightseeing.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter in Bhutan is cold, especially in the higher altitudes, but it offers clear skies and sunny days, making it suitable for exploring cultural sites and enjoying panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Winter is also the time for various festivals, including the famous Paro Tsechu and Punakha Drubchen, offering a unique cultural experience.
  • Summer (June to August): Summer in Bhutan coincides with the monsoon season, bringing heavy rainfall, especially in the southern regions. While the lush greenery and blooming flowers make the landscapes beautiful, the frequent rains can hinder outdoor activities such as trekking. However, if you don’t mind occasional showers, summer can be a good time to visit as it’s less crowded, and you can enjoy discounted rates on accommodation and tours.

For the 5 days Bhutan tour, the best time to visit is during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and ideal conditions for exploring the country’s scenic landscapes and cultural treasures. While winter (December to February) can also provide beautiful views and cultural experiences, summer (June to August) may be less favorable due to heavy rainfall. Ultimately, choosing between spring and autumn will ensure a memorable and enjoyable trip to Bhutan.

Preparation for Bhutan Tour

Embarking on your 5 Days Bhutan Tour is an exciting journey into the heart of the Himalayas, offering a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and spiritual exploration. Here’s how you can prepare for this unforgettable adventure:

  • Visa and Passport: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended travel dates. Begin the visa application process well in advance.
  • Travel Insurance: Secure comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost luggage.
  • Health Check-Up: Consult with your healthcare provider for a general check-up and any recommended vaccinations for travel to Bhutan.
  • Fitness Preparation: Engage in regular physical activities, such as walking or hiking, to comfortably participate in treks and explorations, especially for the hike to the Tiger’s Nest.
  • Packing Essentials: Pack for variable weather conditions including layers for warmth, comfortable hiking boots, rain gear, sun protection, and any personal medications.
  • Cultural Research: Familiarize yourself with Bhutan’s rich cultural customs and traditions to enhance your respect and appreciation for the local lifestyle.
  • Financial Planning: Carry local currency for small transactions, as credit and debit card acceptance might be limited in less urbanized areas.
  • Electronics: Bring additional batteries or power banks for your electronic devices, considering that some remote areas may have limited access to electricity (if you trek).
  • Documentation: Keep copies of important documents such as your passport, visa, insurance policy, and emergency contact information readily accessible.
  • Open Mind: Embrace the opportunity to experience new things, from tasting unique local dishes to participating in traditional activities.

Concluding your preparations, you’re ready to embark on the 5 Days Bhutan Tour, promising not just a trip, but a journey filled with life-enriching experiences. With thoughtful preparation, each day in Bhutan is set to unfold into a memorable adventure, weaving together the natural beauty, cultural richness, and spiritual depth of this unique Himalayan kingdom.

Accommodations in Bhutan Tour

During your Bhutan Tour, your accommodation is carefully selected to enhance your experience of the Himalayan kingdom, blending comfort with cultural immersion. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Authentic Bhutanese Lodgings: Stay in hotels and guesthouses that reflect the traditional architectural and artistic heritage of Bhutan, offering a unique and authentic experience.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Regardless of location, all accommodations are chosen for their quality of service, comfort, and convenience, ensuring a restful stay after a day of exploration.
  • Strategic Locations: Lodgings are strategically located to provide easy access to major attractions and beautiful views of Bhutan’s stunning landscapes, from serene valleys to majestic mountains.
  • Local Cuisine: Enjoy the flavors of Bhutan with meals prepared at your accommodations, offering a taste of local cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Modern Amenities: While embracing traditional aesthetics, accommodations also provide modern amenities such as en-suite bathrooms, hot water, and Wi-Fi access, ensuring a comfortable stay.
  • Sustainable Practices: Aligning with Bhutan’s commitment to sustainability, accommodations follow eco-friendly practices, contributing to the conservation of the environment and local communities.
  • Peaceful Retreats: Each lodging serves as a peaceful retreat, allowing you to relax, reflect, and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Bhutan.

By ensuring quality accommodation throughout your journey, your Bhutan Tour promises not just a visit to Bhutan but a true immersion into the heart and soul of this magical country. The selected lodgings offer the perfect blend of Bhutanese hospitality, comfort, and cultural richness, making each night a restful preparation for the day’s adventures ahead.

Foods during Bhutan Tour

Throughout your 5 Days Bhutan Tour, you will embark on a culinary journey that mirrors the rich tapestry of Bhutan’s culture and traditions. Here’s what to anticipate in terms of food:

  • Traditional Bhutanese Cuisine: Experience authentic Bhutanese dishes that are a harmonious blend of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. Key ingredients include chili, cheese, red rice, and an array of locally grown vegetables and meats.
  • Ema Datshi: No visit to Bhutan is complete without trying its national dish, Ema Datshi, a spicy stew made with chili peppers and local cheese. It’s a staple in every meal and a must-try for those looking to experience the true essence of Bhutanese cuisine.
  • Variety of Dishes: Meals typically consist of a variety of dishes served with red rice, including vegetables, meats (chicken, beef, pork), and lentils, offering a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Locally Sourced Ingredients: Emphasizing freshness and sustainability, most ingredients are locally sourced, supporting local farmers and reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Vegetarian Friendly: Bhutan’s cuisine offers a plethora of vegetarian options, thanks to the country’s Buddhist culture and the abundance of fresh vegetables.
  • International Cuisine: For those with a preference for less spicy food or different tastes, international cuisine options are also available, ensuring that every palate is catered to.
  • Traditional Bhutanese Tea: Enjoy the traditional Bhutanese tea, Suja (butter tea), which is a unique blend of tea leaves, butter, and salt, offering a comforting and energizing drink throughout your journey.
  • Culinary Experiences: Beyond just dining, you will have opportunities to engage in culinary experiences such as attending a traditional Bhutanese cooking class or visiting local markets to learn about the ingredients that make up the local cuisine.

By exploring Bhutan’s culinary landscape, your Bhutan Tour becomes not only a journey through the stunning landscapes and rich culture but also an exploration of the flavors that define Bhutanese identity. Each meal becomes an adventure, reflecting the harmony between Bhutan’s culinary traditions and its commitment to sustainability and wellness.

Transportation during your Bhutan Tour

During your Days Bhutan Tour, transportation is thoughtfully arranged to ensure your journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan is as seamless and comfortable as possible. Here’s what to expect regarding transportation:

  • Private Vehicles: Travel between destinations in private vehicles, which are comfortable, well-maintained, and suited to the terrain of Bhutan. This ensures a personal and flexible travel experience, allowing you to explore Bhutan’s stunning landscapes and cultural sites at your own pace.
  • Professional Drivers: Your safety and comfort are paramount. Drivers are experienced professionals familiar with Bhutan’s roads and driving conditions. Their expertise ensures a smooth journey, navigating the mountainous terrain with ease.
  • Airport Transfers: From the moment you arrive in Paro, transportation to and from the airport is included. This hassle-free service ensures a smooth start and end to your Bhutanese adventure.
  • Scenic Routes: Traveling from one location to another offers more than just movement; it’s an integral part of your Bhutanese experience. Routes are carefully chosen to offer breathtaking views of the Himalayas, serene valleys, and lush landscapes, making every journey a scenic adventure.
  • Cultural Exploration: Vehicles not only transport you between your accommodations and key sites but also allow for spontaneous stops at local villages, markets, and points of interest. This flexibility enhances your cultural immersion and allows for a more personal exploration of Bhutan.
  • Sustainability Commitment: In line with Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation, transportation options are chosen with a mind toward minimizing carbon footprints, aligning with the country’s sustainable tourism practices.
  • Comfortable Commutes: Despite the rugged terrain, efforts are made to ensure your travel within Bhutan is as comfortable as possible, with stops for rest, photography, and exploration included in your journey.

Transportation during your tour is not just about moving from point A to point B; it’s an integral part of your Bhutanese experience, designed to enhance your comfort, safety, and enjoyment of the journey. Each journey promises new sights, sounds, and opportunities to delve deeper into the heart of Bhutan.

Currencies Accepted during Bhutan Tour

During your  5 Days Bhutan Tour, understanding the currency situation is crucial for a smooth travel experience. Here’s a concise guide on the currencies accepted and tips on handling money in Bhutan:

  • Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN): The primary currency accepted throughout Bhutan. It’s pegged to the Indian Rupee (INR), making it stable and widely used for all transactions.
  • Indian Rupee (INR): Widely accepted across Bhutan, except for denominations of INR 2,000, which may not be readily accepted due to counterfeit concerns. Smaller denominations are preferable.
  • Credit and Debit Cards: Major hotels, restaurants, and some shops in urban areas accept credit and debit cards, though it’s less common in rural areas. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted.
  • US Dollars and Other Major Currencies: While some tourist-oriented businesses may accept US dollars or other major foreign currencies, it’s not widespread. It’s advisable to exchange some money into BTN or INR for everyday purchases.
  • ATMs: Available in major towns and cities like Thimphu and Paro, but they may not always be reliable. Ensure you have enough cash when traveling to remote areas.
  • Currency Exchange: It’s best to exchange currency at Paro International Airport, banks, or authorized foreign exchange counters in Bhutan for the best rates.
  • Cash is King: For small purchases, local markets, and in rural areas, cash in BTN or INR is essential. Always carry a sufficient amount of cash for day-to-day expenses.
  • Receipts and Exchange Rates: Keep receipts of currency exchanges and be aware of the current exchange rates to manage your spending effectively.
  • Traveler’s Cheques: Not commonly used or accepted due to the difficulty in cashing them. Relying on cash and cards is more practical.
  • Budgeting: While your tour package may cover major expenses, having a daily budget for souvenirs, snacks, and optional activities is a good idea.

Understanding and preparing for the currency situation in Bhutan ensures a hassle-free and enjoyable travel experience, allowing you to focus on the beauty and culture of this unique Himalayan kingdom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to visit Bhutan?
Yes, all foreign nationals except citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives require a visa to enter Bhutan. Visas are processed through licensed Bhutanese tour operators.
What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
The ideal time to visit Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.
What is the currency used in Bhutan?
The currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Indian Rupees (INR) are widely accepted as well, especially in border towns.
What should I pack for my Bhutan tour?
Pack according to the season you're traveling in. Lightweight clothing is suitable for summer, while warmer layers are necessary for winter. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended for outdoor activities.
What is the altitude sickness risk in Bhutan?
Bhutan has varying altitudes, and some areas, such as Paro and Thimphu, are at higher altitudes. Visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. It's advisable to acclimatize slowly, drink plenty of water, and consult a doctor if you have concerns.
Is travel insurance necessary for Bhutan?
It's highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before visiting Bhutan. Travel insurance can cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
What are the must-visit places in Bhutan during a 5-day tour
Some popular destinations for a 5-day Bhutan tour include Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and possibly Wangdue Phodrang or Haa Valley. These places offer a glimpse into Bhutan's rich culture, history, and natural beauty.
What type of accommodation can I expect in Bhutan?
Bhutan offers a range of accommodations, including luxury hotels, boutique resorts, guesthouses, and homestays. The quality and facilities vary depending on the location and your budget.
Is it necessary to book a tour guide for exploring Bhutan?
Yes, all tourists visiting Bhutan are required to book their travel through licensed Bhutanese tour operators, who will arrange transportation, accommodation, and a licensed tour guide for the duration of the visit.
What is the food like in Bhutan?
Bhutanese cuisine is flavorful and often includes rice, meat (such as pork, beef, or chicken), vegetables, and spices. Ema datshi (chili and cheese stew) is a popular dish. Indian, Tibetan, and Continental cuisine are also available in many restaurants.

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