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Nepal and Bhutan Tour – enjoy amazing views and culture

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12 Days

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14 people

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Overview

Explore two amazing South Asian Himalayan countries just in one go!

Earthbound Expeditions have designed a special 12 days Nepal and Bhutan adventure tour you will get to know the unparalleled natural beauty and aged old cultures of the two Himalayan Kingdoms. Bhutan is a Buddhist centered religious core whereas Nepal follows multiple religions with Hinduism as a major religion and all religions exist in harmony throughout both countries.

We at Earthbound Expeditions have combined these two popular Himalayan Experiences trips to Nepal and Bhutan which begins from Kathmandu and will lead towards Bhutan take spectacular mountain flight over the Himalaya seeing the entire 1200 Km mountain range including close up view of Mt. Everest. If you’re looking for just the tour of Bhutan only, we have got the Bhutan Luxury Tour package for you.

Nepal and Bhutan tour

This Nepal and Bhutan tour can be offered as private luxury travel packages for couples on honeymoon, baby boomers, for family holidays and it can be arranged to coincide with festival dates.

The two Himalayan kingdom’s offer you an incredible holiday experience in our amazing Nepal and Bhutan tour. The tour starts from Kathmandu, Nepal, and takes you around Kathmandu and Nagarkot for a wonderful heritage and natural touring experience. Exploring around Kathmandu valley visiting UNESCO heritage monuments will enlighten you on the arts, culture, history, architecture, spirituality, and religion.

When you go to Nagarkot you have an opportunity to see a breath-taking view of the Himalayan range and a beautiful sunrise. The tour then takes you to Bhutan to experience an abundance of Buddhist culture and practices. Explore and immerse into the local Buddhist culture and enjoy the natural beauty in mystical kingdom Bhutan including iconic Tiger’s nest hike.

After spending a wonderful time in Bhutan, we return back to Kathmandu again with an unforgettable Bhutan tour memory to treasure. The next day we go to Chitwan national park of Nepal for amazing jungle safari activities. In Chitwan NP, we will get the opportunity to witness different animals and species of birds. Going for an elephant safari or Jeep drive to spot the wild animals is the highlight accompanied by canoe ride, jungle walks, elephant breeding center visit, ethnic Tharu village walk, ethnic cultural show, and some free and relaxing time make your time a worthy to remember.

Inquire with the Earthbound Expeditions team to guide you on your way to Bhutan and Nepal luxury tour packages and benefit from the diverse thrilling world of its own in the midst of nature. You can view the mighty HIMALAYAS in a luxurious way.

What they said… who did Nepal and Bhutan tour with us in… Aug. 2015…” Earthbound Expeditions organized fantastic hotels and a wonderful tour of a 12-day trip that was a glimpse into Nepal and Bhutan. Cannot think of the trip as any better and if you do go with them be sure to get to know Rajan better, he is a Nepalese renaissance man and his stories are super interesting. The whole experience, highest quality, was also relatively cheap as I was choosing from a number of agencies….”

We are also happy to customize private treks of any lengths in Bhutan or in Nepal inclusive of all luxury facilities.

Note: Prince William and Kate from the UK recently traveled to India and Bhutan and enjoyed the beauty.
Similarly  Price Harry also recently visited Nepal to hike, homestay, wildlife viewing, and even did volunteering, so you can do a similar tour with us.

Nepal and Bhutan tour can also be customized to suit individual interests and schedules.
You can combine India ( Taj Mahal) – Nepal, and Bhutan tour or even Nepal – Tibet and Bhutan tour with us. Please contact us for details.

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Arrival Day - Kathmandu

You will be welcomed and received on your arrival by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport ( TIA), Kathmandu. Later on, you will be transferred to your hotel and you can take your relaxing time until we meet at some point in the evening for the trip briefing. You will be informed with the briefing time on your arrival at hotel.

Kathmandu - Sightseeing - Nagarkot

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. Later on, we drive to Nagarkot for about 1.5 hrs and stay overnight there. 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. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Nagarkot - Kathmandu

Early morning wake up for the sunrise. We will check out the hotel after breakfast and drive for about 40 minutes to Bhaktapur for a sightseeing tour of the world heritage town. After about 2 hours’ sightseeing of Bhaktapur, we come back to Kathmandu, check into hotel and free time. Prepare for the Bhutan Trip to start tomorrow.

Depart for BHUTAN - spectacular mountain flight over Everest

Fly to Paro Airport, on a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalayas are sensational including the Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steeps turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro International Airport. Upon arrival and completing your immigration formalities, you meet your tour guide. Drive to Thimphu the Capital City of Bhutan (1 and half hour). The drive to Thimphu follows the Pa Chu River and down to its confluence with the Wang Chu River, continues your drive up valley to Thimphu.Check-in at the hotel, later in the evening visit theMemorial Chorten (Stupa) built in memory of the late 3rd king, followed with a visit to Kuenselphodrang where the tallest statue of Buddha is built. The view of the Thimphu Valley is magnificent from this point. Visit TashichhoeDzong, “The fortress of the glorious religion” houses the throne room of His Majesty the King.

Thimphu valley sightseeing and Punakha Valley

After breakfast, drive to Punakha (around 3 hour),the road climbs a series of zigzags over the Dochula Pass (3050 meters) with its (weather permitting) spectacular views of the snowcapped Eastern Himalayas, continue driving to Punakhagradually descending through varied forest finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Upon arrival visit ChimiLhakhang(Temple) dedicated to DrukpaKuenley, popularly known to the west as the divine mad man. You will have to walk through the paddy fields and few local farmhouses for about 20 minutes to get to the temple.Visit the PunakhaDzong; this is one of the most impressive Dzong in the Country located at the confluence of the two rivers, Pho-chu and Mo-chu. Literally meaning male and Female River.Punakha was also the former Capital of Bhutan.

Punakha - Wangdue - Paro

After breakfast drive 4 hours to Paro once again over the Dochula Pass (3050 m).Upon arrival visit National Museum and RimpungDzong, 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.Visit Kyichu, the oldest temple founded in 7th century by Tibetan king SongsangGangpo on the way back to hotel.

Paro valley sightseeing and Tiger's nest hike

You may hike to the famousTaktsang Monastery, one of the most sacred place for Buddhist. Your 3-4 hour walk through the oaken and the pine forest is rewarding with an unforgettable view of the 1000 meters below and a chance to see the unusual temple clinging to the side of the cliff.A less strenuous pony ride to the temple is also available on extra payment.

Departure to Kathmandu

Drive to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. You will be received and checked into Hotel (Breakfast and Dinner Included) in Kathmandu. You will have the option of going sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square or Thamel area. In the evening we will invite you for a Nepali cultural show and dinner.

Kathmandu - Chitwan national Park

After breakfast early in the morning, we start driving to Chitwan National Park. It takes us about 5 hours to reach this beautiful National Park to the down south of Nepal. Chitwan national park was once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats. Today, the animals - elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard and deer - are protected, not shot. The greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an elephant. This national park is enlisted in the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage Site. Stay in Hotel near National park.

Chitwan Exploration Day

Full day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like: jungle walk, elephant riding, village visit, canoeing, visit to elephant breeding center, bird-watching etc. A nature guide will lead us through all the activities giving us more insights about the wildlife, flora and fauna in the national park. View of wild and aquatic life like rhinoceros, deer, bear, crocodile, and different birds can make our day there. In the evening we can enjoy the Tharu cultural show. Tharus are aboriginal people of the area who have their own language, culture and tradition.

Fly back to Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu and you will have the day to yourself for more exploration of the vicinity. In the evening, we go for a farewell dinner and a Nepali cultural show.

Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for the final departure of our Nepal and Bhutan tour.

Included/Excluded

  • All accommodations included within Nepal and Bhutan ( 3 star level good hotels) - Upgrade of the hotels possible at extra cost
  • Full broad meals included in Bhutan and Chitwan
  • Private transfers and Sightseeing tour
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guides.
  • All airports pick up and transfers.
  • Farewell dinner including a Nepali cultural show.
  • Round trip airfare to Kathmandu – Bhutan – Kathmandu with a great view of the mountains including Mt. Everest
  • Travel permits and Bhutan visa fee
  • Major monument entrance fee in Bhutan.
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance, All personal items.
  • A few lunches and dinners are not included.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Mountain and road rescue and other emergency evacuations will be charged if necessary.
  • Expenses incurred as a result of illness, landslides, political disturbances, re-routing, flight cancellations and any other unforeseen situations and events which is not under our control.
  • Any kind of Table drinks, telephone bills, laundry, postage etc.
  • Nepal Visa cost -USD 30
  • City monument entrance fees in Kathmandu USD 35 (approx) which is payable upon arrival.

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Olivia. C

04/23/2020

Best Nepal - Bhutan trip

Traveling to Nepal for the first time and making it back safe (and a better person) – I will have to say that I definitely made the right choice to travel with Earthbound Expeditions as my guide and agent. For first time travelers: the best way to start your adventure is to hire someone who can navigate the labyrinth of options for you. From finding and booking hotels to arranging (and changing) airline and bus tickets. Traveling in Nepal is not like anyplace else (that I have experienced). You will have to be patient and flexible. Having someone to take care of the formalities for you makes things much easier and can save you a lot of stress and time. If you are worried about being on a “tour” and being stuck with a schedule – don’t be. I have changed my mind about bus travel after my first trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Rajan got me on a flight – no problem. Last minute. I didn’t particularly like the hotel in Pokhara so I found a better one – I then called Rajan – he changed the hotel for me. No problem. As I got more comfortable in Nepal and still had time to spear I decided to add trekking to my repertoire. As usual – no problem. He even provided the guide I felt comfortable trekking with and some small things that I needed for the trek (since I was completely unprepared). I canceled (last minute) my trip to Tibet due to problem with my permit (I had to travel to Shanghai after Tibet and I didn’t have time to get a new Chinese visa) – no problem. It is not an easy task to manage people’s expectations while using very limited resources. Earthbound Expeditions and Rajan did absolutely amazing job. You will have to change your realities and standards – things are not the same in the mountains. But after a month I have to say that I had an incredible journey and memories to last me a life time. I will definitely return to Nepal soon. And even now though being able to manage the trip by myself - I would definitely chose to work with Earthbound Expeditions.
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roo514

04/22/2020

Wonderful Nepal and Bhutan trip

My friend and I booked a customized Nepal and Bhutan trip through Earthbound Expedition and it was a lot of fun. I can't say enough about how helpful Rajan was in organizing the trip for us. We were on a three-week trip and decided to detour at the last minute to the Himalayan region. I had been corresponding with Rajan about two weeks before we left and we ended up finalizing and booking about four days before going. To make things even more complicated, we were in Russia at the time, where we had a very limited internet connection. Rajan pulled it all off effortlessly and cheerfully. Our 13 hour time difference wasn't even an issue; he always responded promptly. Even though he's a busy man, we felt like we were his only customers. He even treated us to momos on our return to Kathmandu! We both loved this trip and are so appreciative of Rajan for making it happen.
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TomZacharski

04/21/2020

Best Tour Organizers

Absolutely blown away by the professionalism and flexibility shown by Earthbound staff and its president, Rajan. From the very beginning, they have shown interest in providing me with the best services related to my planned itinerary. They organized fantastic hotels, and a wonderful tour - a 12 day trip that was a glimpse into Nepal and Bhutan. Cannot think of the trip as any better and if you do go with them be sure to get to know Rajan better, he is a Nepalese renaissance man and his stories are super interesting. The whole experience, the highest quality, was also relatively cheap as I was choosing from a number of agencies. Also, they organized a very good tour operator in Bhutan (Country Travels) that provided me with a fantastic tour guide and driver. Keeping fingers crossed for continued success and for tourism coming back to Nepal after the events in April.
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Rautal

04/21/2020

Great adventures with great service in Nepal and Bhutan!

This August was already the second time we used Earthbound's excellent services in Nepal. In 2013 Rajan's team earned our trust and respect in their professional but friendly way of arranging days full of activities, including day hikes and sightseeing, rafting and such. This August we had a double agenda: Kathmandu and hiking in the surrounding area and a Bhutan tour. Again Nepal did not disappoint us: wonderful sights, friendly people, good food. Bhutan was an adventure! Also extraordinary sights, scenery, friendly people, and professional guiding and driving. Our day-hike to Tiger's Nest was the highlight of our tour. We will definitively be back to this corner of the world!
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