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Cultural Tour of Bhutan and Nepal

Peaceful monasteries, jagged Himalayan mountains and deep valleys are all part of this fascinating journey through the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. We meet the welcoming locals for whom tradition and ritual are still a way of life. After discovering this unique country's rich cultural heritage we return to Kathmandu to sample bustling Nepalese city life.

Tour Highlights

  • Punakha - The ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong and hike in the Punakha Valley
  • Phobjika Valley - Look out for the rare black-necked crane
  • Paro - Climb up to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, perched high on the cliff side
  • Thimpu - Walk through the most relaxed capital in the world
  • Kathmandu - Explore the old city on foot before visiting the Pashupatinath temple complex

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour in Kathmandu

  • 2
    Fly to Bhutan and explore the peaceful city of Paro

  • 3
    Cross the Dochu La Pass en route to Punakha

  • 4
    Visit Punakha's dramatically located riverside Dzong

  • 5
    Drive to the beautiful farming valley of Gangtey

  • 6
    Travel to Thimpu, Bhutan's relaxed capital city

  • 7
    Share the celebrations at the annual Thimpu Festival

  • 8
    Watch the closing displays of the Thimpu Festival

  • 9
    Return to Paro and hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery

  • 10
    Fly to Kathmandu. Walk through the Durbar Square

  • 11
    Free time to explore Kathmandu's temples and bazaars

  • 12
    Tour ends in Kathmandu

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Why Book this tour
Thimpu Festival
This tour is planned to coincide with Bhutan’s biggest and most spectacular Tshechu (festival). This three day event attracts thousands of people from all over Bhutan and takes place within the confines of the magnificent Tashichho Dzong monastery that dominates the skyline of Thimpu. Ideal for those who wish to immerse themselves in local culture and witness dancing monks, along with the fabulous masks and costumes of performers in the courtyard of this ancient place, amongst throngs of local Bhutanese.
Included meals 11 8 8
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Flight
Accommodation
3 nights Comfortable Hotel
8 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Explore Representative
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16