Bhutan is best known to the world as the last Shangri – la that has a rare combination of harmony and decree amidst a landscape of incredible beauty. It has also been known discreetly around the Globe and to most people, it is a hidden kingdom shrouded in mystery. It is cradled in the deep folds of the rich Himalayas which offer the flora and fauna, dazzling white peaks and lush valleys with stunning beauty and aesthetic grandeur. Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries on earth with friendliest people.
Staying in a homestay or Yoga retreat while traveling in Nepal allows you to experience a side of Nepal that no hotel can offer. Experience the ”real Nepal” and enjoy genuine hospitality in a beautiful family home with modern facilities.
A Nepali cooking class is something you can continue to use and share for a lifetime at home or at gatherings. And the best thing is: this souvenir from Himalaya is no extra luggage and your friends and family will love it too!
Nepali meal cooking course a qualified Nepali Ama chefs teach the secrets of preparing Nepali food. Lessons take place in a stylish fully-equipped kitchen, where classes are hands-on and of a small size – never more than six people. Instructors emphasize the importance of traditional Nepali / Indian technique, innovative use of ingredients and aesthetic presentation. You’ll learn about the seasonality of Nepali food, a range of dishes that includes starters, Momos, salads, curries, Paratha, Daal, Bhat dishes and desserts.
An element that is crucial in understanding the Bhutanese people is by getting a basic idea about Bhutan Buddhism Idealism which is enriched by the essence of Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism. It is a country that relies on farming and about 95% of the populations are subsistence farmers. But this factor only has an added value and in present times Bhutan is classed as one of the most exotic destinations in the world.
Bhutan has also made a name for itself for not having any traffic lights! It just adds a tad bit dynamism and this factor often arouses curiosity. Explore and unravel the untouched wonders of Bhutan for yourself. Witness the snow-capped mountains, emerald green landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and impressive Dzongs.
We arrive to Kathmandu. We will be met and picked up by an Earthbound Representative from airport and transferred to hotel. Later we meet for the orientation about our tour in details. - Evening can do Meditation class.
In the morning we do Yoga. After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes: Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture. then we drive to the Yoga Retreat. Enjoying the Green hills and the local life, we come to Nepal Yoga Retreat where we are staying for one night practicing Yoga and Meditation, helping ourselves to grow spiritual and healthier.
early morning we drive to Nagarkot for about 40 minute - Nagarkot is a beautiful hill station 32 Kilometers east of Kathmandu and famous for sunrise and Mountain View. We can enjoy the breathtaking view of Langtang range in the Himalaya and other magnificent mountains including Sisa Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar and also a tiny glimpse of Mt. Everest on a very clear day. Sunrise from here is as fascinating as it can be. The cool weather there makes us wish for more days there but so sad, we are checking out tomorrow. We enjoy sunrise in the morning and come for the breakfast. After having breakfast we hike to today’s destination. A 2.5 hours hike ( down hill mostly, people who don’t want hike have option of driving back) will take us to the local village area allowing us to experience the local life style. As we walk, we will be welcomed by a friendly hello of local people. Enjoying the Green hills and the local life, we come to Nepal Yoga Retreat where we are staying for two nights practicing Yoga and Meditation, helping ourselves to grow spiritual and healthier. After lunch, we can go visit organic farm, temple and explore the surrounding. Also can enjoy the spa and massage facility with extra cost at the retreat. In the evening, another meditation session will make us feel more peaceful and energetic.
Early morning we do Yoga for about 45 minute and later drive to Bhaktapur the UNESCO World heritage site, visit the old palace square. Drive to Hotel. Evening join meditation class.
Fly to Bhutan arrival at Paro and Drive to Thimpu The flight into Paro on Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world\'s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and depart to Paro town for lunch. After lunch visits the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan ). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. Late afternoon depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1.5 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Thimphu valley sightseeing and Punakha Valley Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, National Library, stocked with priceless ancient Buddhist manuscripts and also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Other high lights include a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. After lunch depart to Punakha. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochola pass (3050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu . The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu.
Continue your drive to Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong ( currenty may not show this due to the fire hit the DZONG last year) , the Dzong was dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers and then drive your way back to Paro.
In the morning drive towards the north of Paro valley to visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) and then drive to Satsam Chorten to hike to Paro Taktsang [3100m], the hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger\'s nest). The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the viewpoint enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point and then drive your way back to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. After lunch drive to visit Evening ends with a walk through Paro\'s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel . Evening Join Buddhist Meditation Class in Bhutan guided by the Monk.
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu, evening join Nepali cultural show and dinner
Transfers to the airport for final departure, Namaste!
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