Magical Himalayan Adventure in Nepal and Bhutan

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October 4

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. After passing through customs you will be escorted to your hotel. After your long journey you will be have time to rest and to get acclimatized Say something interesting about your business here.

Pashupatinath Temple

October 5

  

After breakfast you will tour Kathmandu’s lovely temples. You will visit Pashupatinath Temple which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although non-Hindu visitors are strictly prohibited to enter the temple, you can see the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati River. The Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most renowned Hindu cremation site. You might even witness a traditional ceremony. You will next see the Boudhanath Stupa one of the most important landmarks in Kathmandu. It is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. The ancient stupa is one of the largest in the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By now it’s time for lunch. After lunch it’s off to visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. The stupa is atop a hillock on the western edge of Katmandu. It is an extremely important and one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in Nepal. 

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October 6

Today you will fly to Bhutan after breakfast. You will be greeted upon arrival at Paro Airport which is at an altitude of 7480 feet. From the airport you will be driven to Thimpu which is at 7600 feet with stunning views along the way such as the Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by the famous                      Lama Chazampa, Thangthong Gyalpo (the Iron Bridge Builder). He was a very interesting man, 1385-1464. He was a wandering saint who came from Tibet to Bhutan in 1433 looking for iron ore. He used iron to build bridges and over his lifetime he constructed 108 bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan. Eight of them were built in Bhutan. Today one bridge remains. It is in Buksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan). Lunch. After lunch you will visit the Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The paintings inside the Memorial Chorten provide a rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. From there you will see the Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve Center, Sangay Gang viewing area, the largest and tallest Buddha statue in the world and the Tashichho Dzong. Dinner and overnight in the hotel Migmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com. 

Royal Botanical Garden Park at Lamperi

October 7

After breakfast it’s off to Punakha which will take about 3 hours and descend to 4300 feet. The drive includes the beautiful Dochula Pass, with 108 stupas and fantastic vistas. In good weather you will see the Higher Himalayas. Next stop will be the lovely Royal Botanical Garden Park at Lamperi, which is known for its 46 species of rhododendrons. While there you may hear the bellow of Bhutan’s barking deer. In addition there are musk deer, tigers, leopards, red pandas and the leopard cat. The biodiversity of the park is amazing. Toward evening you will return to Thimpu. Overnight Thimpu.  

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October 8

  

In the morning you will go to Punakha Dzong, which was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637. A Dzong is like a walled community surrounded by thick tall walls. Housed inside are religious, military, religious and social centers for the area. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Battle artifacts from conflicts with the Tibetans are preserved in the Dzong. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khempo, a high-ranking religious person. In 1952 the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly in this Dzong. After lunch you will visit the Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu cottages or similar www.punastshangchhucottages.bt.  

Wangdue Phodrang Valley

October 9

  

Punakha – Paro Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455-1529) is one of Bhutan’s favorite saints who was a well-known Yogi. He used songs, humor and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings of Salvation through sex. 

You will travel through the Wangdue Phodrang Valley which was scarred by fire in 2012 and is now being rebuilt. You will see the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong which was built in 1638. This Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and the Tang Chu rivers. After lunch you will continue the drive to Thimpu where you will have the evening free. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel Migmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Chitwan National Park's One Horned Rhino

October 10

 Bhutan – Katmandu – Chitwan After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. Once back in Katmandu you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 20 minute flight to Bharatpur. Aerial views include: hills, jungles and villages. From the Bharatpur airport you will be escorted to a Jungle Resort in the Royal Chitwan National Park which covers nearly 1000 square kilometers.    

Royal Chitwan National Park is the home of about 25% of the world’s rare one-horn rhinos and Bengal Tigers. The Park is home to 46 species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds, 100 species of fish and 2 species of crocodiles. Royal Chitwan National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Once you check in you will meet your nature guide as you prepare to explore the park and its critters. Lunch and dinner at the resort. Overnight at the Royal Chitwan National Park Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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October 11

  

Jungle Safari Today is a jungle safari day for you. You will be awakened early. After breakfast you will have a full day of jungle activities. You can select from: boating in the Rapti river, jungle walk, bird watching, elephant back safari and more. 

Overnight at the Royal Chitwan National Park Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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October 12

  

Chitwan – Kathmandu – Nagarkot After breakfast you will fly to Kathmandu and then driven to Nagarkot which is merely an hour away. Nagarkot is a hill with spectacular views. From Nagarkot it is possible to see Mt. Everest, the highest spot on earth. You will then check in at the hotel Club Himalaya. You will have free time to explore the area on your own. Dinner is at the hotel. Overnight Club Himalaya. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Patan Durbar Square

October 13

  

Nagarkot – Kathmandu Today you will visit the ancient Kingdom of Bhaktapur where you will experience Nepalese ancient art and architecture. Your next stop is Patan also known as Lalitpur, an art and artists’ colony. Patan Durbar Square within the city is an area filled with ancient, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, engravings and bronze carvings. Patan Durbar Square In the square is a fantastic Museum which was formerly a Malla Palace. The museum houses artifacts going back to the 11th Century. After leaving Patan you will be taken to your hotel. You will have free time to pick up souvenir items. Your last evening in Nepal includes a farewell dinner with Nepalese cuisine and a Nepalese culture program. 

Overnight Katmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tribhuvan International Airport, Katmandu, Nepal

October 14

 Nepal – Homeward Bound After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to begin your homeward journey. Along with your luggage you will have fantastic memories of your Magical Himalayan venture.  

Fly Home with Incredible Memories

  

Cost for your 11 Day/10 Night Mystic Himalayan Adventure to Nepal and Bhutan $4199 per person double occupancy. 


This will be a small, like minded group with a limit of 10 guests. A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person is required at the time of booking.

Price does not include over-the-ocean air fare. It does include international air Nepal-Bhutan-Nepal.  


Cost Includes 

1. Highly trained and licensed English-speaking guides

2. 3 Nights in hotel Radisson or similar with breakfast 

3. Rates are per person based on twin/double sharing basis 

4. 4 Nights in Bhutan on full board 

5. 2 Nights in Chitwan National Park on full board 

6. Chitwan National Park fees 

7. 1 Night in Nagarkot Club Himalaya with dinner and breakfast 

8. All ground transfers as per itinerary by private vehicle 

9. Government Licensed English speaking tour escort/guide 

10. Round trip internal flight with airport transfers 

11. Meals as per the itinerary 

12. All applicable entrance tickets for monuments 

13. Staff insurance and allowances 

14. 2 Bottles of mineral water per day per person 


Cost Excludes 

1. Personal expenses 

2. Any alcohol or alcoholic beverages 

3. Any optional programs that are not included in this itinerary 

4. Client’s travel insurance 

5. International flights and entry visa fee for both Nepal and Bhutan 

6. Gratitude for staffs (Up to 10 Person – UD$10:00 P.P per day, 11-15 Person – US$8:00 per person per day, 16- 20 person- US$6:00 per person per day, 21 and above – US$5:00 per person per day) 

 

For joining this unique journey or for more information please contact Dan Presser at FourWinds Travel in Carmel, CA at 831-622-0800. FourWinds Travel was founded in 1994 and believes in travel with the personal touch. That’s why reservations cannot be made on line.