Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
upon arrival, a representative from Amazing Himalaya will receive you at the airport to take you to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: In Kathmandu:
Today, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunathstupa and Bouddhanathstupa which are all in UN World Heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple, it is on top of a hill, and has historical significance associated to the foundation of Kathmandu valley. BaudhanathStupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Paro:
Transfer to the airport and departure to Bhutan. After an hour of flight through magnificent landscapes on laps of beautiful hills and mountains, we will finally reach Paro. We will be immediately transferred to hotel once we land. In the afternoon we will go to Drugyel, where we will see Dzong ruins—the place of great historical significance. Overnight in Paro.
Day 04: Paro – Taktsang
We will depart to the famous monastery Taktsang in the morning. The monastery also known as “Tiger’s Nest” seems to be glued to the rock on the mountains. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, messenger of Buddhism, came here on a tiger all the way from Tibet. There’s a rich history that surrounds this mythology. This place is very popular pilgrimage place for Bhutanese. From Takstang we will return to Paro to visit Ta Dzong National Museum. We will then walk to Rngpung Dzong—almost four hundred years monastery built by the founder of Bhutan. Overnight in Paro
Day 05: To Thimphu:
After morning breakfast we will drive to Thimpu—situated at 2400m above sea level, it is capital of Bhutan. On our way we will drop by Simtokonha Dzong. Simtokonha Dzong was built by the 17th century Bhutanese spiritual and secular head named Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. We will also visit Tashicho Dzong, the building was rebuilt later in 1961 after it was dismantle by earthquake. Today Tashicho Dzong is premier administrative and religious center. It is country’s biggest palace/monastery with 100 large halls that has country’s ministries, National Assembly hall, and King’s court. The place is also home to Je Khempo and 200o of his monks over summer. Post office and school for Thankamaler is also nearby, here you can buy the coveted Bhutnese stamps. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 06: Thimphu – Punakha:
After breakfast we will head towards the Memorial Chorten—the National Library of handicrafts and trade Center. From here we will drive to Punakha, during an hour drive alongside river on the lap of hills and mountains. Punakha Dzong strategically placed between Po Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) river, the Dzong was built in 1637 and is open to visitors during summers and during Punakha festival (spring). On our way to Punakha we will stop by Duchulapass. At 3050m altitude, Duchulapass is ideal place for mountain viewing. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 07: Punakha-Trongsa / Bumtang.
We will head towards Trongsa after breakfast, on our way we will go through Wangdiphodrang. It is believed that Wangdiphodrang Dzong was built such that the four ravens could easily fly towards it, and has its own religious significance. It is at the place where Mo Chu and Tang Chuu river merges. From here we will drive to Trongsa via Pelela Pass at an altitude of 3250m. Here we will stop for a lunch in the famous restaurant. After lunch we will visit Chendebji Chorten—this monastery is built in a style like that of Boudhanath in Nepal in 19th century by Lama Shida. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 08: Trongsa-Gangtay.
After morning breakfast we will head towards Trongsa Dzong. The first two kings of the current Royals had their residence and administration here. From here we will proceed to beautiful Gangtay Valley, where we will visit the periphery of Gangtey Gompa. We will also drop by Phobjikha Valley, this place is known for endangered Swerzer Neck Cranes. These cranes come during winter, flying over the beautiful Phobjikha Tal, circling over Gangtey Gompa three times before landing on the valley. They do the same ritual before flying back to Tibet. We will stop at several places to take pictures with these cranes. Overnight in Gangtay.
Day 09: Gangtey-Thimphu.
After morning breakfast we will head towards Thimpu. We will visit Simthokha Dzong—famous for being the oldest Dzong in Bhutan We will have our lunch here and head towards Thimpu. We will stroll around the markets of Thimpu and explore the local people, culture, and traditions of Bhutan which is otherwise encompassed by monasteries and its religious history. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 10: Today we will fly back to Kathmandu after morning breakfast.
After breakfast transfer to the airport and flight to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: In Kathmandu:
After breakfast we will go for sightseeing tour to the most beautiful city in Kathmandu valley called Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is also listed in UN world heritage site. Here you can see the Durbar Square, the pottery market, the famous peacock window, as well as the five-storey Nyatapola: Nepal’s highest pagoda. The tour proceeds to Patan in the afternoon. Patan is enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site.It is one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world and is also home to ancient temples and palaces. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, which means beautiful city in an ancient local language. Here you can see the Durbar Square, the Golden temple, Mahabouddha Temlee, also known as Thousand Buddha Temple, as well as the another five-storey Kumbheshwor Temple: Nepal’s second highest pagoda. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Final Departure: Transfer to the airport and flight back home