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Kathmandu & Bhutan

A 17 Nights / 18 Days tour of India and Nepal. Travel to Delhi, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Paro, Thimpu and Punakha.

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Kathmandu & Bhutan
17 Nights / 18 Days

Basic Itinerary: Delhi / Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chitwan – Nagarkot – Kathmandu / Paro –
Thimpu – Punakha – Thimpu – Paro / Delhi

DAY 01:                    Arrive DELHI
Welcome to India !!!!
Upon arrival at Delhi Airport you will be met with our Representative & Private transfer from Airport to Hotel. Check in at the hotel. The Rooms have been blocked from 1200 Noon hrs for Immediate Occupancy. Overnight.

DAY 02:                    DELHI
After Breakfast meeting with your Guide {Department of Tourism approved} at the lobby of the Hotel. Visit Old and New parts of Delhi - each with its specific charm and glory - makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. In the first half you will visit Old Delhi - including Jama Masjid (Mosque), Gandhi’s Cremation Site and a Rikshaw ride to Red Fort followed by the visit of Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and a drive past the government buildings in Delhi. Return to hotel. Overnight.

DAY 03:                    DELHI / KATHMANDU                                                             Noon Hrs Flt
After breakfast departure transfer to Inetrnational Airport to board on your Flight to Kathamndu. Upopn arrival mneet with our representative& transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free for exploring the area. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04:                    KATHMANDU
After breakfast, meet with your guide for the visit of Swayambhunath stupa followed by tour of Kathmandu city. Visit Durbar square, Basantpur square, Kumari temple etc. Afternoon guided tour of Patan city. Visit the king's old palace, hindu temples and Buddhist golden temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 05 :                     KATHMANDU
After breakfast meet with your guide for the visit of Pashupatinath temple, Boudhnath stupa and Bhaktapur city. After Visit by early evening return back to hotel & relax for the day. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06 :                    KATHMANDU – POKHARA                                                   200 Kms / 05 Hrs
Drive to Pokhra 'the valley of lakes' stopping enroute for river rafting (optional). Pokhra valley is scenic and exciting. It is covered by green hills, lakes, forests, rivers, water falls & terraced gardens. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07 :                    POKHARA
An hour's boat ride on Lake Phewa. Guided tour of Pokhra. Overnight at the hotel

DAY 08 :                    POKHARA – CHITWAN (National Park)                               270 kms / 06 Hrs
Early morning drive to Chitwan National Park. Check-in at the lodge. Afternoon elephant safari at Royal Chitwan Park for nature watch. Overnight at a wildlife resort

DAY 09 :                    CHITWAN (National Park)
Early morning park visit on an elephant / jeep. In the afternoon, set out for bird watching in the canoes. In the evening, a stick dance of the local people shall be organised (optional). Overnight at a wildlife resort.

Day 10 :                     CHITWAN – KATHMANDU
Early morning visit to the park . Thereafter buy Noon Hrs drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival Check in at the hotel & rest of the free to visit the city on own., Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 :                     KATHMANDU / PARO                                                           ETD 1145 / 1310 – 03 Days
After breakfast departure transfer to Airport to board on your Flight to Paro by Druk Air. Upon arrival meet with our representative & transfer to hotel. Time free to visit the monasteries or go birding at Paro chu. Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 12 :                    PARO – THIMPU                                                                   70 Kms / 02 Hrs
Morning birding tour along the river Paro chu. After breakfast, Visit Drukgyel Dzong ruins (Monastery Fortress); the Natural History Museum at Ta Dzong; the Taktsang Retreat (the Tiger's nest) & the 7th century Kyichu temple. Post Noon Hrs proceed to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. Upon arrival relax for the day.

DAY 13 :                   THIMPU
Today's full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visit of:  National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

DAY 14:                   THIMPU – PUNAKHA                                                             75 kms / 03 Hrs
After breakfast visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
Late morning drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
After checking into hotel proceed on to visit Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to local market.
DAY 15:                   PUNAKHA
Morning excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.
Afternoon visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: A beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.
Day 16:                    PUNAKHA- Wangduephodrang – PARO                            145 Kms / 05 Hrs
Morning an excursion drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Return drive to Paro. En route visit local farmhouse. On arrival in Paro proceed on to visit Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.
Day 17:                    PARO
After breakfast, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.
Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. While returning to hotel visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.
Day 18:                    Depart Paro / DELHI or KOLKATTA
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to Delhi or Kolkatta depending on your outbound Flight to Home country.  
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