Embark on an extraordinary journey to South Asia, beginning with your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Renowned for its ancient temples, monuments, monasteries, ethnic diversity, and abundant flora and fauna, Nepal captivates visitors with its breathtaking vistas of lush green hills and forests. Its cultural and natural wonders are so captivating that one visit is simply not enough.
As part of this delightful tour, you will also venture from Kathmandu to Bhutan for a unique cultural experience lasting four days. Nestled between the colossal nations of China and India, Bhutan is a small, landlocked country like Nepal. Bhutan has embraced and preserved Buddhism, providing an opportunity to delve into the teachings and witness the harmonious way of life among its people. Bhutan’s commitment to Gross National Happiness rather than GDP sets an admirable example of environmental preservation and cultural heritage, making it a country that strives to protect its pristine surroundings.
The 7-Day Kathmandu Bhutan wonderful tour offers convenient travel arrangements to these two Himalayan nations. Your journey commences in Kathmandu, where our representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. During this Nepal Bhutan Tour Package, you will have the opportunity to explore the prominent attractions of Kathmandu, including the Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can witness the temple of the living goddess and participate in the Kora at Boudhanath Stupa. Additionally, you will embark on a hike to the Swoyambhunath Temple, affectionately known as the Monkey Temple.
Once you have thoroughly explored the sights of Kathmandu, your Bhutan adventure from Kathmandu begins with an exhilarating short flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Paro International Airport. In Bhutan, you will have the chance to visit remarkable landmarks such as Tashicho Dzong (Fortress), Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery), Kuenselphodrang, National Textile Museum, Craft Bazaar, Rinpung Dzong, and other notable attractions. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is a highlight of the Bhutan tour package, taking approximately four to five hours round trip.
Obtaining a tourist visa for Nepal is a simple process. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you can fill out the Nepal visa application form at the provided machine at the airport or fill it out online at home before you start your journey, print it, and present it for access. The tourist visa fee for a 15-day stay with multiple entries is USD 30.
For Bhutan, the tourist visa process is different. It needs to be arranged through the tour operator, and approval is granted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB). Rest assured, we will take care of the visa process and provide you with an e-Visa Clearance Letter before you embark on your Bhutan trip.
When it comes to flights, during peak seasons, two operators, Druk Air, and Bhutan Airlines, offer daily flights from Kathmandu to Bhutan. They ensure convenient travel between the two destinations.
The best time to take the 7-Day Kathmandu Bhutan Wonderful Tour Package is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.
In spring, both Kathmandu and Bhutan experience mild temperatures and blooming landscapes. It’s a great time to explore the cultural attractions in Kathmandu and witness the Vibrant festivals and celebrations. In Bhutan, you can enjoy pleasant weather by visiting landmarks like Tiger’s Nest monastery and immersing yourself in the local culture.
Autumn is another fantastic season for this tour. The weather is generally clear, providing excellent visibility of the Himalayan peaks and allowing for memorable experiences in both countries. Kathmandu’s pleasant temperatures make it ideal for sightseeing, while Bhutan’s cultural heritage and natural beauty shine during this time.
The above seasons are popular for the 7-Day Kathmandu Bhutan Wonderful Tour due to their favorable weather conditions and the optimal experiences they offer. However, it’s important to consider your specific preferences and interests. If you have festivals or activities in mind, it’s advisable to check the event calendars and plan accordingly. Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivals of Nepal and the festivals of Bhutan for a truly life-changing experience. Discover the rich cultural heritage of these two Himalayan nations by participating in their colorful and captivating celebrations.
Join us on the 7-Day Kathmandu Bhutan Wonderful Tour for a remarkable experience in these breathtaking Himalayan nations. If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to make your dream trip a reality.
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Upon arrival at Kathamndu’ Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will receive a warm meet and greet before being transferred to your hotel. If you arrive early, we can organize exciting activities such as city sightseeing or a cooking class to make the most of your time in Kathmandu. Rest and relax overnight at your hotel.
Our knowledgeable guide will pick you up from your hotel and provide transportation for the day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu. After enjoying your breakfast, we will embark on a journey to visit four major landmarks in the city: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Swoyambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple)
We begin with a visit to Swoyambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. This ancient landmark, with a history of 2500 years, is considered the Radiant Lotus of the Valley. It holds great religious significance for Buddhists and is located atop a picturesque hill within the Kathmandu valley. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire valley. Keep an eye out for the monkeys that inhabit the area, learning the temple its nickname.
After exploring the Monkey Temple, we will drive to Boudhanath Stupa. This renowned stupa, which underwent restoration after the 2015 mega earthquake, is the largest of its kind in the world. It serves as a representation of Tibetan Buddhist culture in Nepal. Surrounding the stupa, you will find antique shops offering a variety of items related to Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
Nest, we will visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple holds immense religious significance for Hindus, attracting devotees from around the globe throughout the year. During the auspicious festival of Shiva Ratri, hundreds of thousands of devotees and Sadhus gather here to pay their respects.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Our final stop for the day is Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can explore Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, as well as the Mahadev Parvati Temple and the temple house of Kumari, the Living Goddess. Take a leisurely walk through the local bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Relax and unwind overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu, reflecting on the captivating sights you have experienced.
Experience the most breathtaking mountain flight of a lifetime, where you will witness the world’s highest peaks from the comfort of your aircraft window. As you fly in from the Indian plains, the pilot will announce the names of the majestic peaks, provided the weather is clear. Descending into the high mountains, you will be enchanted by the stunning valley of Paro, adorned with alpine forests, monasteries, temples, and charming farmhouses. Just before landing, catch a glimpse of the fertile valley, the Paro Dzong (Fortress), and the flowing Paro Chu (River).
Upon arrival, our representative will warmly welcome and assist you. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Paro before embarking on a scenic drive to Thimphu, the unique capital of Bhutan. Prepare to be surprised as you will explore the city that has no traffic lights but instead employs traffic policemen following the British-Indian colonial tradition. In the evening, you can leisurely explore the city or take a stroll from Clock Tower Square for some shopping.
For early arrivals, we can organize a tour of some of the popular landmarks in Paro and Thimphu. Relax and unwind overnight at your hotel in Thimphu, cherishing the memorable experience of the day.
Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, offers a range of attractions and sights to explore. Here are some highlights of Thimphu sightseeing:
Tashichho Dzong: Tashichho Dzong is a magnificent fortress-like structure that serves as the seat of Bhutan’s government and the central monastic body. It is an impressive architectural landmark with beautifully painted walls, golden roofs, and intricate woodwork. Visitors can witness the changing of the guard ceremony held outside the dzong.
Buddha Dordenma: Located atop a hill overlooking Thimphu, the Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. It stands at a height of 51.5 meters (169 feet) and is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. The site offers panoramic views of Thimphu City and the surrounding mountains.
Memorial Chorten: The Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a sacred shrine built in memory of Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a popular place of worship for locals, who circumambulate the chorten while reciting prayers. The site offers insights into Bhutanese religious and spiritual practices.
Folk Heritage Museum: This museum provides a glimpse into traditional Bhutanese rural life and culture. It showcases various artifacts, tools, and household items that depict the country’s rich heritage. Visitors can explore a typical Bhutanese farmhouse and learn about traditional Bhutanese customs, costumes, and practices.
National Textile Museum: Bhutan is known for its intricate and vibrant textiles, and the National Textile Museum showcases the country’s textile traditions. The museum displays a wide range of traditional textiles, including hand-woven fabrics, costumes, and intricate embroidery. Visitors can learn about the techniques, symbolism, and significance of Bhutanese textiles.
Changangkha Lhakhang: This ancient temple is perched on a hilltop overlooking Thimphu. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Bhutanese parents who come to seek blessings for their newborns. The temple offers panoramic views of Thimphu City and the surrounding valleys.
Craft Bazaar: The Craft Bazaar in Thimphu is a vibrant market where local artisans and craftsmen display and sell their handmade products. Visitors can find a wide variety of traditional handicrafts, textiles, paintings, and souvenirs that showcase Bhutanese craftsmanship.
These are just a few of the many attractions and experiences Thimphu has to offer. The city also has several monasteries, temples, markets, and restaurants where you can immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture, cuisine, and way of life.
Later in the afternoon, take a drive back to Paro.
A day trip to Tiger’s Nest (also known as Taktsang Monastery) is one of the most iconic and popular excursions in Bhutan. Here’s what you can expect during the hike to Tiger’s Nest:
Start of the Hike: The hike begins from the base of the mountain, located near Paro. You’ll have the opportunity to witness the majestic Taktsang Monastery perched on a cliff in the distance. The monastery is one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites and holds great cultural and religious significance.
Scenic Views: As you ascend the trail, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, including lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and the Paro Valley below. The hike offers numerous photo opportunities to capture the natural beauty of Bhutan.
Prayer Wheels and Mani Walls: Along the trail, you’ll pass by colorful prayer wheels and mani walls, which are stone structures inscribed with Buddhist mantras. Locals and pilgrims spin the prayer wheels and offer prayers as they make their way to Tiger’s Nest.
Cafeteria: About halfway through the hike, there is a cafeteria where you can take a break, enjoy refreshments, and soak in the panoramic views. It’s a great spot to rest, regain energy, and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery: The highlight of the hike is reaching Tiger’s Nest itself. Perched dramatically on a sheer cliff, the monastery is an architectural marvel. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, meditated in a cave here in the 8th century. Visitors can explore the monastery complex, including its temples, shrines, and meditation halls.
Meditation Caves: Within the Tiger’s Nest complex, there are several caves where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. These caves hold immense spiritual significance and are revered by devotees. You may have the opportunity to visit some of these sacred caves.
The hike to Tiger’s Nest is moderately challenging, with steep sections and a total elevation gain of approximately 900 meters (2,950 feet). It takes around 4-6 hours to complete the round trip, depending on your pace and the time spent exploring the monastery.
Note: Make sure to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes, dress in layers as the weather can change, and carry water and snacks for the hike. Remember to respect the monastery’s rules and customs, such as removing your shoes and covering your shoulders and knees while inside.
The hike to Tiger’s Nest is a rewarding and memorable experience, combining natural beauty, cultural heritage, and spiritual significance in one breathtaking location.
After hiking to Tiger’s Nest, you will be witnessing the following places until the time permits:
Paro Rinpung Dzong: This impressive fortress-monastery is a prominent landmark in Paro. It houses administrative offices, religious shrines, and beautifully painted murals. Visitors can stroll through its courtyards and experience the spiritual atmosphere.
National Museum of Bhutan: Located in a historic watchtower, the National Museum offers insights into Bhutanese history, culture, and art. The museum houses a rich collection of artifacts, including traditional costumes, religious paintings, weaponry, and ancient manuscripts.
Kyichu Lhakhang: This ancient temple is one of the oldest and most sacred in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu Lhakhang is known for its spiritual significance and serene surroundings.
Drukgyel Dzong: Although in ruins, Drukgyel Dzong holds historical significance as a former fortress defending against Tibetan invasions. It is located in the upper Paro Valley and offers a glimpse into Bhutan’s military history.
Paro Town: Take some time to explore the charming streets of Paro Town. It offers a blend of traditional Bhutanese architecture, colorful shops, and local markets. You can browse for handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs while immersing yourself in the local atmosphere.
Farmhouses: Paro Valley is dotted with traditional farmhouses, many of which offer homestay experiences. You can get a glimpse of rural life, engage in traditional activities, and enjoy Bhutanese hospitality.
We can also offer you the traditional dinner at the farmhouse if you prefer.
After an early morning breakfast or a packed breakfast, you will make your way to Paro International Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. If possible, request a right-side window seat during the flight to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains, including the magnificent Mount Everest.
At this point, the tour comes to an end. I hope you had a wonderful time exploring Bhutan and experiencing its unique culture, landscapes, and traditions. Safe travels back to Kathmandu!
Note: You can also choose to depart to other destinations from Bhutan such as Delhi, Bangladesh, Bangkok, Singapore, etc.
We will provide a transfer service on the last day to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight back home.
I just returned from a tour, impeccably organized by Anup and his company, of Kathmandu, Nepal and Paro/Thimphu, Bhutan. From Anup’s first timely response to my initial inquiry email to the day I departed to come home, he provided exceptional, personal customer service unlike any I have ever received before. As a solo woman traveler, I felt cared for, safe and well taken care of. Anup himself greeted me when…
I just returned from a tour, impeccably organized by Anup and his company, of Kathmandu, Nepal and Paro/Thimphu, Bhutan. From Anup’s first timely response to my initial inquiry email to the day I departed to come home, he provided exceptional, personal customer service unlike any I have ever received before. As a solo woman traveler, I felt cared for, safe and well taken care of. Anup himself greeted me when I arrived in Kathmandu and, to my surprise, also took time out of his busy day to personally see me off on my last. I also received numerous texts and emails from him throughout my tour, as he checked up on me to be sure I was enjoying myself and that everything was going as planned. He genuinely cared about “little things” to a busy tour organizer, but that were of great importance to me, such as booking me a seat on my requested side of the plane from Kathmandu to Paro to ensure I had the chance to get that perfect picture of Mount Everest from the window (‘got it!). The tour guides and drivers that he booked for me were courteous and caring and I couldn’t have asked for better. The hotels were perfectly fine. I am happy to answer any questions that future travellers to beautiful Bhutan and fascinating Nepal may have. I very highly recommend Anup and his company, Himalayan Windows, for any tours to this part of the world.
Payment: A deposit of 30% of the total tour cost is required to book the tour with Himalayan Windows (HW). The remaining balance is to be paid three days prior to the departure date. Payment can be made via Wire Transfer or Credit Card. All credit card payments are securely processed and a bank fee applies.
Cancellation: For cancellations more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, there will be no cancellation fee. If the cancellation happens within 29-4 days prior to the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount will be applied. Cancellations occurring within 3 days or less of the start date or in the case of a no-show, 100% of the total invoice amount will be charged. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.
Accommodation: Accommodation is typically provided in twin rooms in cities, though a single supplement can be requested for an additional fee. During peak season, it can be difficult to find single or twin rooms in the mountains, so our lodges usually offer dormitory-style accommodation. Our priority is always to provide clean and safe rooms for our guests.
Meals: Our packages in Bhutan include full board meals, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. For treks, all meals are provided, but you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: If you are planning a trip to Nepal, you must have a valid passport and Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from your Tour Start Date. If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries on your trip, make sure to get a multi-entries Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: All visitors to Bhutan must have a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance before their trip. To obtain it, you must submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will send you a Visa Clearance prior to your departure, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Once you arrive at Paro Airport, your passport will be stamped with the original visa.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): All travelers from any nation intending to go to Tibet from Nepal must obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu with the help of a tour operator. To ensure the successful application of the TGV, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before your travel date. If you are coming from China, you will not require a TGV; instead, you will need a Chinese Visa and Permit. To find out more about the process of entering Tibet, please look into the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Visiting Nepal and Bhutan at the same time is ideal as they share a similar climate. From high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles, the two countries have similar weather. The best time to visit is from March to April (spring) and October to December (autumn and early winter). During these months, the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder months, while June, July, and August (summer) are typically monsoon seasons.
Tibet: It is best to visit Tibet between April and October when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. However, from November to March, it is still possible to explore certain areas like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, as long as the roads are not blocked by snow. Temperatures during this time may be quite cold.
HimalayanWindows strongly recommends that anyone planning to travel in the Himalayas purchase Travel Insurance. This policy will provide coverage in the case of medical emergencies, evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, and last-minute tour/ticket cancellations. Having this protection in place will help ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Bhutan tour Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country, and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a… Read More »
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nepal Tour and Trekking Do I Need A Visa To Enter Nepal? Yes, all foreigners, Except Indians, need a Nepalese visa to enter Nepal. Most nationals can get an on-arrival visa at the TIA airport. However, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal. What do I need to get my visa? You need to have a valid passport, some… Read More »