Nepal, Bhutan & Darjeeling Trip

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and the country's largest metropolis.

Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized.

By some measures, Hinduism is practiced by a larger majority of people in Nepal than in any other nation. Buddhism, though a minority faith in the country, is linked historically with Nepal. Many Nepali do not distinguish between Hinduism and Buddhism and follow both religious traditions. There are 3 different Buddhist traditions: Himalayan Buddhism, Buddhism of Kathmandu Valley (mostly Mahayana and Vajrayana), and also the Theravada Buddhism.

Itinerary at a glance

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Kathmandu – Swoyambhu
Day03: Pashupatinath Temple – Boudhnath Stupa
Day04: Kathmandu – Paro
Day05: Paro – Thimpu
Day06: Thimpu - Phuntsoling
Day07: Phuntsoling - Darjeeling
Day08: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Day09: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Day10: Darjeeling – Bhadrapur - Kathmandu
Day11: Kathmandu – Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
Day12: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu:
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below makes one almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time- That is NEPAL!

Our professional guide will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Overnight at The Hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Shrine

Shrine

Kathmandu – Swoyambhu:

AM: After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Kathmandu City and Swoyambhunath Stupa

Kathmandu City: The seat of royalty till the last century, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. Kumari, the living Goddess, the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, erotic carvings glorifying the art works in the temples, the giant temple of the Goddess Taleju and image of Shiva and Parvati peering outside through the window are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions in the area. One can't help but admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues and buildings that is cluster in the area.

Swoyambhunath Stupa: A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Katmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. It is believed that during ancient times when the Kathmandu valley was a lake the point of the Swoyambhunath was the only object visible and here a Lotus flower grew.

PM: At leisure.

Overnight at The hotel in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple – Boudhnath Stupa:

AM: After having breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa:

Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies in the bank of river Bagmati. The two-storied pagoda houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors. Sadhus and sages, who follow the lifestyle of Lord Shiva, are seen covered with ashes and loincloths. The banks of the river Bagmati, is also considered one of the most holiest places in which to get cremated and cremations can be witnessed here. All tourists are requested that respect is shown for the grieving.

Boudhnath Stupa: Also known as Khasti Chaitya, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the world's largest stupas. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal Mandala design. Hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around this huge structure make it even more mesmerizing. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century and is said to entomb the remains of Kasyap Rishi, a sage respected by both Buddhists and Hindus. Another notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four dozen monasteries around it. It lies some eight km to the east of the city center.

PM:  At leisure

Overnight at The hotel in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath

ktm-paro

Ktm Paro

Kathmandu – Paro:

After having breakfast, transfer to the international airport to connect the flight to Paro (Bhutan):

Arrive by Druk Air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes.  On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and transfer to the hotel in Paro. Lunch will be served at the hotel.

Bhutan, the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked state in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People's Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby country of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan’s landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, with Hinduism the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. In 2007, Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy, holding its first general election. Bhutan is a member of the United Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); it hosted the sixteenth SAARC summit in April 2010. The total area of the country has been reported as 38,394 square kilometres (14,824 sq mi) since 2002. The area had previously been reported as approximately 46,500 km2 (18,000 sq mi) in 1997.

Evening: Take a stroll around the area.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at The hotel in Paro.

Paro – Thimpu:

After having breakfast, proceed to the Tiger’s Nest, also known as Taktsang Monastery:

Paro Taktsangis the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as The Tiger's Nest),a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which he meditated.

Afterwards, proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. 

 Lunch will be served at tourist class local restaurant.

Later drive to Thimphu (65 Kms) which is the capital of Bhutan.

Thimphu, is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961.

Take a stroll around the area in the evening.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at The hotel in Thimpu.

thimpu

Thimpu

national memorial chorten

national memorial chorten

Thimpu - Phuntsoling:

After having breakfast, proceed on sightseeing  visiting  the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 12 century Changangkha Lhakhang.

Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, Late Majesty, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, regarded as the "Father of Modern Bhutan". The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Tantric Buddhism. In an auspicious day in the Bhutanese calendar, most of the Bhutanese visit the Chorten to offer the butter lamps and to make a circumbulation. Paying homage to the god and almighty is a good way of accumulating merits.

Changangkha Lhakhang, built in 12th century, Changangkha Lhakhang is oldest temple in Thimphu. It is hovering over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue. The prayer books in this Lhakhang are larger than the usual Buddhist texts. There are large prayer inside the Lhakhang and small on the walls outside the lhakhang. The Lhakhang was last renovated in 1998.

Lunch will be served at the tourist class local restaurant.

Later drive towards Phuntsoling:

Phuntsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan, and is the administrative seat (dzongkhag thromde) of Chukha District. The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog. Phuentsholing lies opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. The town serves as headquarters for the Bank of Bhutan

Late evening, take a stroll to the surroundings.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at The hotel in Phuntsoling.

Phuntsoling - Darjeeling:

After having breakfast, proceed towards immigration counter at the border and after the immigration formalities cross the border, meet with our representative and drive to Darjeeling.

Lunch will be served at a tourist class restaurant on the way to Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is a Himalayan city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, along with its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is "hill town headquarters" of Darjeeling district with a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. The town is located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,710 ft (2,050 m).

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at The hotel in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling

ntpc railway

ntpc railway

Sightseeing in Darjeeling:

Early morning sightseeing tour to Tiger Hills (8364 Ft / 2550 Mts at around 4 AM) to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather):

Tiger Hill is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas. Leveling out at 8,500 ft (2,600 m), Tiger Hill is the highest hill in the immediate surroundings.

It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling.

Visit to Ghoom Monastery on the way back to hotel.

Ghum Monastery or Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of the Sampten Choling Monastery or Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghum at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 11 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa. It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is the largest of the three monasteries in Ghum.

After having breakfast, drive to Darjeeling Railway station to board Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This joy ride will be for 02 hrs from Darjeeling to Ghoom.

Lunch will be served at a tourist class restaurant.

Later, transfer to the hotel .

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at The hotel in Darjeeling.

 

 

 

Sightseeing in Darjeeling:

After breakfast visit to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park(also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The Zoo was opened in 1958. At an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), it is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The park is named after Padmaja Naidu (1900–1975), the governor of West Bengal (1956–1967) and the daughter of Sarojini Naidu, the nationalist leader, poet, and orator who was sometimes called the 'Nightingale of India'.

The Zoo serves as the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 Visit to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was established in Darjeeling, India on November 4,1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected endeavour for people in the region. With the impetus provided by the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, HMI was established in Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI.

Visit to Tibetan Refugee self-help Center:  Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center in Darjeeling, India is a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees in the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region. It was established in 1 October, 1959. The production of Tibetan handicraft is the centre's main activity.

Lunch will be served at a tourist class local restaurant.

Visit the Tea Garden & Factory. (Tea Factory will be closed from November to March every year):

Darjeeling Tea is the tea from the Darjeeling region in West Bengal, India. It is available as black, white or oolong. When properly brewed, it yields a thin-bodied, light-colored infusion with a floral aroma. The flavor can include a tinge of astringent tannic characteristics, and a musky spiciness sometimes described as "muscatel”. Although Darjeeling teas are marketed commercially as "black teas", almost all of them have incomplete oxidation (<90%), so they are technically more oolong than black. Unlike most Indian teas, Darjeeling is normally made from the small-leaved Chinese variety of Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, rather than the large-leaved Assam plant (C. sinensis var. assamica). Traditionally, Darjeeling tea is made as black tea; however, Darjeeling oolong and green teas are becoming more commonly produced and easier to find, and a growing number of estates are also producing white teas.  After the enactment of Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection Act, 1999) in 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag, in 2004-05 through the Indian Patent Office.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at The hotel in Darjeeling.

Restaurant

Restaurant

ilam tea garden

ilam tea garden

Darjeeling – Bhadrapur - Kathmandu:

After having an early breakfast, drive to Kakadvitta, the Nepal – India border. After immigration formalities cross the border and derive towards to Bhadrapur airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu.

Receive upon arrival in Kathmandu airport by our English speaking professional guide and transfer to the hotel.

Kathmanduis the capital and the largest metropolitan city of Nepal. The city is the urban core of the Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas, which contains two sister cities: Lalitpur (Patan), 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to its south and Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to its east, and a number of smaller towns.

Evening: Take a stroll to the surrounding area in Kathmandu.

Overnight at The hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu – Bhaktapur - Kathmandu:

AM: After having leisurely breakfast, proceed on sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur city:

Bhaktapur city: also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. It is located in Bhaktapur District of the Bagmati Zone and situated about 14 Kms to the east of Kathmandu. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. It is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, rich local customs, culture, religion, festivals, musical mystic and so on. Bhaktapur is still untouched as well as a very well preserved ancient city, which in fact, is itself a world to explore for tourists. Afterwards, drive further to Patan city:

PM: At leisure

Overnight at The Hotel in Kathmandu.

bhaktapur

Bhaktapur

Tribhuvan International airport

Tribhuvan International airport

Departure:

Free till departure and later, transfer to the International airport to connect the flight to onward destination.

includes

Traditional welcome on arrival at the airport of a flower garland

Guests will be bid farewell by placing of the Khada (Traditional Tibetan Scarf) to the guests on departure.

excludes

Any international airfares, Airport tax, Visa fees etc.

Any other services which is not specified in the COST INCLUDES section above.

Expenses of personal nature such as alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages, telephone & laundry bills, camera fees etc.

Any extra cost arises due to unforeseen circumstances, any incidentals and due to force majeure, which is beyond the control of yacca travels & tours.

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