Nepal & Bhutan in 20 Days

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Kathmandu Valley & Forbidden Kingdom

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Chitwan
Everest
Kathmandu
Nagarkot
Patan
Pokhara
Paro
Punakha
Thimphu
Tiger's Nest
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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until December 2022
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From + £ 470
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luxury
From + £ 600
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In Kathmandu, discover the ancient history of the capital, before visiting the breathtaking temples of Patan and Pokhara. Explore the wild side of Nepal in Chitwan and soak up the views of the Himalayas in the mountain village of Nagarkot. Arrive in the Forbidden Kingdom of Bhutan and discover the ancient capital, Thimphu, the dzongs of Punakha and Paro and the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery.

20 days trip including flights*

18 days and 17 nights in destination

1

LON - KTM

2

LON - KTM

Kathmandu

3

Kathmandu

4

Kathmandu

5

Chitwan

6

Chitwan

7

Pokhara

8

Pokhara

9

Kathmandu

10

Nagarkot

11

Nagarkot

12

Kathmandu

13

Thimphu

14

Thimphu

15

Punakha

16

Paro

17

Paro

18

Kathmandu

19

KTM - LON

20

KTM - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Arrival at UK or Ireland departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Kathmandu. Night on board.

2nd Day: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The largest urban area in Nepal, with 2.5 million inhabitants, consists of the core of the metropolitan city of Kathmandu and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi and Bhaktapur, including the urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, Champapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel and Panauti. The capital of the country is located at 1,400 meters above sea level in a picturesque bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal. If time allows, spend the rest of the day discovering the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

3rd Day: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit "the city of the devotees", Bhaktapur, to admire the great architectural beauty of the third of the three royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley, also declared a World Heritage Site and whose Durbar Square is the best preserved in the valley. The Royal Palace stands out, whose entrance door is a masterpiece in embossed art, as does the Nyatapola Temple, known as the Temple of the Five Roofs, which is a pagoda of five magnificently sculpted floors and one of the highest in the country. Later, continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, the Changu Narayan Temple located in the Changu village and dedicated to the god Vishnu. From here there is a beautiful view of the surroundings. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

4th Day: Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the Kathmandu Valley through Asan Tole, the main street of the capital's oldest shopping area, which offers a vivid display of local Nepalese life. Discover the rich Nepalese culture and everyday life through the bustling and narrow streets and courtyards. Visit Durbar Square in Kathmandu, where you can see the Kumari Temple, which houses the living Goddess and the exteriors of the Taleju Temple and Kala Bhairav. In the afternoon, explore Swayambhunath Stupa, located at the top of a hill, to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the Kathmandu Valley. Later, discover the old city of Patan and visit it's Durbar Square, the oldest of the three in the valley. See the Royal Palace, home to beautiful patios and ornate windows and sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh and Vishnu. Also visit the Temple of the living goddess Kumari, who looks out onto the balcony to receive the greetings of the devotees. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

* Optional Mount Everest Flight-seeing Excursion: One-hour long sightseeing on a fixed-wing aircraft for an experience of a lifetime. All the spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gorges glide below as you fly towards Mt. Everest. Includes a flight certificate awarded at the end of the excursion. Return to Kathmandu to begin the rest of the days sightseeing. 

Optional
Mount Everest Flight-Seeing
5th Day: Kathmandu - Chitwan

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off by road to Chitwan, passing by scenic landscapes during the approx. 4-hour journey. Arrive in time for lunch and get settled at the hotel. In the afternoon, head out on a 1-hour nature walk to explore the beautiful surrounding area, scattered with cabins inhabited by the indigenous Tharu tribe, who have lived in the forests surrounding Chitwan for hundreds of years. After a delicious dinner, enjoy a Tharu Stick Dance Show, performed by local farmers, for an insight into Chitwan’s cultural roots. Overnight stay in Chitwan.

6th Day: Chitwan

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off for magical Chitwan National Park, one of the richest national parks in Asia, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Enjoy an exciting photographic jeep safari in the heart of the jungle to discover a lost world of towering prehistoric trees, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, brightly coloured birds and, of course, the majestic Bengal Tiger. Inside the park, visit the Gavial Crocodile Breeding Centre, dedicated to the breeding of this species in order to boost the local population. Lunch included. Afterwards, enjoy a tranquil boat ride on the river to soak up the views of the sunset. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Chitwan.

7th Day: Chitwan - Pokhara

Awake early to enjoy a quiet walk through the village to soak up the sights and watch as the village comes to life in the morning. Return to the hotel for breakfast before setting off for Pokhara, a journey of around 3.5-hours long. En route, visit Bandipur Village, a small hilltop settlement and an amazing example of Newar culture. This charming village is home to precious 18th-century architecture, a number of small cafes and shops. Continue to Pokhara, nestled in a quiet, forest-covered valley. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the fantastic views of the Himalayas and the five Annapurna peaks. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

8th Day: Pokhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Sarangkot to see the sunrise over the Himalayas if weather conditions permit. Located at 1592 meters high, it is the most popular spot to enjoy the magnificent views of the Pokhara valley and the mountains. Afterwards, take a boat ride on Phewa Lake and see the beautiful Devi Waterfall and explore the Sacred Cave of Gupteshwor, almost 3 km long. Continue to the traditional Old Bazaar of Pokhara, a pleasant traditional place, which is full of merchants of diverse ethnicities that sell fabrics, food and gold among many other products. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Pokhara.

9th Day: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to Kathmandu and enjoy the scenery along the way. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to enjoy the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

10th Day: Kathmandu - Nagarkot

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Nagarkot, a village nestled in the beautiful mountains which is famed for its amazing views of the Himalayas. Arrive at the hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Nagarkot.

11th Day: Nagarkot

If the weather permits, enjoy watching the sunrise over the Himalayas. Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy guided walks through the hills surrounding Nagarkot. It is the best way to explore and experience the spectacular natural landscape, countryside and terraced farmland and also understand the lifestyle of local people. Overnight stay in Nagarkot.

12th Day: Nagarkot - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Kathmandu by road. Arrive and enjoy a guided visit to Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world and icon of Nepal, sits on an octagonal base and is surrounded by the houses of the Lamas. Discover Pashupatinath Hindu Temple from the east bank of the river, the most important and oldest of the Kathmandu Valley, which is dedicated to Shiva and built-in an exuberant natural environment. Free afternoon to stroll through the city or make last-minute souvenir purchases. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

13th Day: Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Paro, Bhutan. Transfer to Thimphu, the capital of this mythical and spiritual country, located in a verdant valley, and catch sight of the iconic River Thimphu. Arrive at the hotel, check-in, dinner and overnight stay in Thimphu.

14th Day: Thimphu

Full-Board. Today, set off on a tour of the city of Thimphu. Visit the spectacular Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the King, and the Craft Centre School, renowned for its stunning Thangka paintings and other traditional arts. In the afternoon, visit Changgangkha Monasteryfor sweeping views and to see the iconic prayer wheel, and the radio tower before exploring the National Institute of Tree Medicines, the Paper Factory and two of Thimphu's most exquisite traditional Dzongs, the Tashicho Dzong and Simtokha Dzong. Overnight stay in Thimpu.

15th Day: Thimphu - Dochula Pass – Punakha

Full-Board. Today, set off towards Punakha and en route, walk along the stunning Dochula Pass, which offers a great view of the eastern mountains of the Himalayas. Arrive in Punakha and visit Dzong Punakha, the imposing winter residence of the spiritual leader of Bhutan and thought to be one of the most beautiful constructions in the country. Afterwards visit the Buddhist temple dedicated to Fertility, the Chimi Lhakhang, and enjoy the interesting murals. Overnight stay in Punakha.

16th Day: Punakha - Wangdue Dzong - Semthoka Dzong - Paro

Full board. Today, head towards Paro and en-route visit Wangdue Dzong and Semthoka Dzong, both set within captivating landscapes. Learn about the history and significance of these spiritual buildings before continuing to Paro. Visit the Drukgyel Dzong and walk amongst the ruins of this ancient fortress. Finally, discover the temples of Kichu Lhakhang, whose white and facade stands out against the surrounding hills. Arrive in Paro, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.

17th Day: Paro

Full board. Today, set off to visit the highlight of Bhutan, the famous Taktsang Monastery, known as the Tiger's Nest. Taktsang Monastery is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas and contains 13 sacred sites. Make the trip up to the sacred site, perched on a cliff overlooking the outstanding natural landscape. Notice the colourful prayer flags and soak up the unique atmosphere. In the afternoon, visit Ta Dzong, now a national museum home to an extensive antique collection of paintings, textiles and weapons. Overnight stay in Paro.

18th Day: Paro – Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Kathmandu, Nepal. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

19th Day: Kathmandu - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

20th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK or Ireland and end your trip.

Accommodation: 17 Nights

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Mount Everest Flight-Seeing

One hour long sightseeing on a fixed-wing aircraft. All the spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gorges glide below as you fly towards Mt. Everest. Includes a flight certificate awarded at the end of the excursion.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Kathmandu - UK/Ireland.
  • International flights: Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu. *
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  • 17 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 12 Breakfasts and full board in Chitwan and Bhutan.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Bhutan Visa included.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Nepalese Visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

If you are travelling to Nepal with a UK passport, you will require a Nepalese visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Nepalese Embassy for further details:
http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/tourist-visa/

* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    A visa is required. Issued on arrival in the country. Price approximately $25.
  • Currency
    Nepalese Rupee.
  • Language
    Nepali.
  • Electricity
    220 V. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 05:45.
  • Other useful information
    People drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://welcomenepal.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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