A combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan

  • Jan 21, 2024
  • Rajan Dahal
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A combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan offers a comprehensive Himalayan adventure, blending the thrill of trekking in Nepal with the cultural immersion of Bhutan. Travelers can explore ancient temples, engage with local communities, and witness the majestic beauty of the Himalayas from both sides of the border.

A tour of Nepal and Bhutan offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing travelers to explore the rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant traditions of these two Himalayan countries.


Nepal, nestled between India and China, is a landlocked country characterized by diverse topography, ranging from the flat plains of the Terai region to the towering peaks of the Himalayas, including the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest.

Nepal is a melting pot of cultures and religions. Kathmandu, the capital, is home to ancient temples and palaces, while the city of Bhaktapur is a well-preserved medieval gem. The country boasts a rich tapestry of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, with pilgrimage sites like Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Nepal is renowned for its trekking trails, attracting adventure enthusiasts from around the world. The Annapurna base camp trek, Everest base camp trek, Langtang valley trek, and Manaslu circuit trekking offer some of the most breathtaking trekking routes, providing a close encounter with the majestic Himalayan landscapes.


Bhutan, a small kingdom nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, is often referred to as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon." Known for its pristine landscapes and commitment to Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a haven for those seeking a unique cultural and spiritual experience.

Bhutanese culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism, and monasteries, dzongs (fortresses), and traditional architecture dot the landscape. The capital, Thimphu, and the ancient capital, Punakha, showcase the country's cultural richness. The annual Paro Tsechu festival is a vibrant celebration of Bhutanese traditions. Most of the Bhutanese people speak the Nepali language and are dominated by its culture as well.

Bhutan is renowned for its commitment to environmental conservation. The country has a unique approach to balancing modernization with environmental sustainability, with a focus on maintaining a carbon-neutral status.


Table of Contents

Day-01 Arrival at Kathmandu Airport: Hotel Malla

When your flight lands at Kathmandu Airport (Kathmandu International Airport), proceed through

Immigration and collect your luggage if you have checked bags. Make the customs clearance and

Come out through the arrival gate. Look for a representative holding a sign or placard with your name.

This is your designated airport representative who will assist you. Overnight at Hotel Malla or similar

Day-02 Kathmandu City Tour- Hotel Malla

A Kathmandu Day Tour is a fantastic way to explore some of the most culturally and historically

Significant sites in Kathmandu.

Bouddhanath Stupa:

Start your day early at Boudhanath Stupa. It’s a serene and spiritual place in the morning, with locals and pilgrims circumambulating the stupa. Take time to explore the stupa’s intricate details and watch monks and devotees perform rituals. Visit the surrounding shops and enjoy a traditional Tibetan atmosphere.

Pashupatinath Temple:

Head to Pashupatinath Temple, which is just a short drive away. Explore the temple complex,

Including the main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Observe the cremation ghats by the Bagmati River

And learn about Hindu funeral traditions (respectful photography is usually discouraged in this area.

Kathmandu Durbar Square (Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square):

After lunch, make your way to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Explore the historic palace complex,

Courtyards, temples, and museums. Take in the intricate woodwork and architecture that showcases

Nepal rich heritage.

Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple):

Head to Swayambhunath Stupa, situated on a hill. You can take a taxi or climb the steep steps if

You are up for a short hike. Explore the stupa, its shrines, and the stunning views of Kathmandu Valley

From the top. Keep an eye out for the resident monkeys that give the site its nickname.

Stay at Swayambhunath Stupa to witness the sunset over Kathmandu if you have time. Alternatively,

Return to your accommodation or explore the nearby Thamel area, known for its bustling nightlife, Shops, and restaurants. Please note that this itinerary provides a comprehensive overview of Kathmandu.

Day- 03 Patan and Bhaktapur City Tour and overnight at Bhaktapur Heritage Hotel

Exploring the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley makes for an enriching day tour filled with history, culture, and architectural wonders. Here is a suggested itinerary for a day tour covering both Patan and Bhaktapur:

Start in Patan Durbar Square:

Begin your day tour in Patan at the famous Patan Durbar Square. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is

Known for its stunning Newar architecture and historic significance. Explore the intricately carved

Temples, courtyards, and palaces that make up the square.

Visit the Patan Museum located near the Durbar Square. This museum houses a rich collection of

Traditional Nepali art and artifacts. Spend some time admiring the exhibits that provide insights into the history and culture of the Kathmandu Valley. Lunch in Patan, enjoy a traditional Newari lunch at a local restaurant in Patan. Newari cuisine is known for its unique flavors and is a must-try while in the region. But you can choose your lunch from the menu.

Drive to Bhaktapur:

After lunch, drive to Bhaktapur, which is approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) east of Patan. The

The journey takes around 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:

Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This square is larger than

Patan is equally mesmerizing. Marvel at the 55-Window Palace, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple (the tallest temple in Nepal), and the intricately carved Peacock Window. Stroll through Bhaktapur narrow streets, which are well-preserved and offer a glimpse into traditional Newari life. Evening, Spent the night in the Bhaktapur at Bhaktapur Heritage Hotel or similar

Day- 04 Nagarkot hike 3 hrs. 2150 m.

After your breakfast, you can proceed for the day hike to Nagarkot. First, we will have a short drive to

Changu Narayan Temple and then hiking up to Nagarkot is a fantastic way to experience the cultural

And the natural beauty of the Kathmandu Valley. Arrive at Changu Narayan Temple, which is one of the oldest and most important Hindu temples in the Kathmandu Valley. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its intricate stone carvings and historical significance. Spend some time exploring the temple complex and admiring the ancient artwork and architecture. Hike to Nagarkot: Begin your hike to Nagarkot in the afternoon. The trail is well-marked and provides scenic views of the

Countryside, terraced fields, and local villages. The hike typically takes around 3-4 hours, so make sure to start early enough to reach Nagarkot before sunset. Along the way, you can stop at local teahouses for refreshments and take in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Sunset in Nagarkot:

Arrive in Nagarkot in time to catch the stunning sunset over the Himalayan mountain range, including

Views of Mount Everest, weather permitting. Nagarkot is known for its breathtaking sunset views, so

Find a good vantage point and enjoy the spectacle.

After witnessing the sunset, you can enjoy dinner at the restaurants in Nagarkot. You will be served

With both local and international cuisine. Spend the night at the Hotel Country Villa or Similar

Day-05 Nagarkot to Kathmandu- Hotel Malla

Wake up early to catch the sunrise and mountain views in Nagarkot and then return to Kathmandu for a free day of leisure and preparation for your next destination to Bhutan. Take your time to soak in the Serene Beauty of the mountains as the first rays of sunlight touch their peaks. After enjoying the sunrise, have breakfast at your accommodation. Drive back to Kathmandu, which typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. Have lunch at a restaurant in Kathmandu. You can choose from a variety of cuisines, including Nepali, international, or Bhutanese cuisine if you want to get a taste of what to come in Bhutan.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You can use this time to relax, and explore Kathmandu on your own

Pace, or do some last-minute preparations for your upcoming Bhutan tour. Spend the night at the Malla Hotel or similar




Day 06: Kathmandu to Paro by Druk Air and Transfer to Thimphu:

Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport received by our representative and transferred to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. Terma linka Resort/ Hotel Dusit D2


Day 07: Thimphu / Punakha (75 Km, 3 Hours):

 After breakfast proceed on to visit Thimphu valley. Visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate designs on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King who is popularly regarded as the Father of modern Bhutan. Dhense Boutique Resort/ RKPO Green Resort.

Day 08: Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Paro (150 Km, 5 Hours):

After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate, and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula Pass. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist Studies.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Naksel Boutique Resort/Heavenly Resort


Day 09: Paro:

After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". The excursion to the monastery takes about 5 hours for a round trip. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower in 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holds fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings, and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has an overnight in Paro at Naksel Boutique Resort/ Heavenly Resort

Day 10: Depart Paro:

After breakfast drive to the airport for a flight to Kathmandu. Hotel Malla

Our airport representative will pick you up from the International Airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel Mall. You will have leaser time to do last-minute shopping in the tourist town of Thamel. In the evening we will invite you for the farewell dinner in the tropical Nepali restaurant.

Day 11: We will dope you at the international airport for your final destination.


Cost Includes for Nepal Tour

Airport pick up and drop off by private Car/Jeep/Van

4-Night accommodation in Kathmandu- the Mall Hotel

Kathmandu guided city tour

Patan/Bhaktapur guided City Tour- Bhaktapur Heritage Hotel

Nagarkot Hiking- Country Villa Hotel

Tour guide


World Heritage Sights entry fees

Lunch as per itinerary in Nepal tour

Farewell dinner

Cost Include For Bhutan Tour-

Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu air ticket

Private transportation throughout the tour.

All necessary travel permits.

An English-speaking local guide.

Twin room accommodation as per the itinerary

Sightseeing and entrance fees are as per the itinerary.

Full board meal plan.

Cost Excludes:

Any kind of insurance.

Additional costs arising from natural disasters or unforeseen circumstances.

Personal expenses such as beverages and tips for guides.

4* Luxury Hotels in Bhutan

Thimphu              Termalinka Resort or Dusit D2

Punakha               Dhensa Boutique Resort or Green Resort

Paro       Naksel Boutique Hotel or Heavenly Resort

You can contact us for the details information and cost.