Best of Bhutan & Nepal Holiday
Nepal and Bhutan tour is a classic tour for travellers who like to visit the highlight destinations in each country. We’ve combined two beautiful Himalayan countries in one magical tour for you to experience their rich histories and unique cultural heritages. From the brightly coloured fluttering prayer flags of Nepal to the elaborate traditional dresses of the Bhutanese people, these captivating lands cannot fail to enchant.
This private tour is the perfect introduction to the Himalayan countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Spend one week each in Nepal and Bhutan and experience the rich local culture and traditions, and see incredible landscapes and wildlife. In Nepal, visit the Chitwan National Park while in Bhutan take a day trek in Punakha valley. The peaceful pagodas, temples and stupas of Nepal & the magnificent mountains and quaint valleys of Bhutan are truly magical. All touring is private, with your own private guides and drivers.
Best of Bhutan & Nepal Holiday Experience rich local culture, incredible landscapes and wildlife in Nepal and Bhutan.
(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Kathmandu, Chitwan, Thimphu, Punakha, Trek, Paro.
Begin in Nepal in Kathmandu, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley – Patan and Bhaktapur.
Explore the city’s atmospheric streets lined with boutiques selling jewellery, prayer wheels, Buddhist thangkas and more. See spectacular squares featuring traditional architecture. Visit Hindu temples, with its erotic carvings and assortment of marigold sellers, and Shiva Parvati, where a likeness of the god and his consort peer down over the square. Also enjoy excursions to the much-photographed Buddhist temples at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, with their massive white stupas and fluttering prayer flags. One day, if desired, take a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest.
Next, take a scenic drive to Chitwan National Park. Home to a variety of species, the park is most famous for its sizeable population of endangered one-horn Indian rhinos, as well as tigers, sloth bears and wild elephants. From the comfort of your jungle lodge, take an elephant back safari and enjoy opportunities to spot and photograph these animals during a variety of activities, including nature walks, dug-out canoe cruise over the Rapti river and dinner around a camp fire.
Return to Kathmandu for an overnight stay before flying to Bhutan. Stay in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and enjoy comprehensive touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Meet local people, learn about local traditions, explore a bustling market, and visit various small museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
Next, take the scenic drive to Dochu-la pass (3080m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Continue to Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farming villages, receive a blessing from a monk, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.
Embark on a return drive to Paro, a resort town nestled among the Himalayas. Visit the National Museum, browse shops for Himalayan crafts and Buddhist items, and hike to Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a cliff that is one of the most important icons of Bhutan.
Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu, Nepal Meet and greet on arrival.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Explore
Kathmandu Valley Full-day private touring with guide and driver.
Day 3 – Explore
Kathmandu Valley Continue private touring in the valley.
Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks.
Day 4 – Transfer
Chitwan National Park Private transfer and flight to Chitwan for 2 nights.
Afternoon jungle tour.
Day 5 – Safari
Chitwan National Park Lodge-based activities, such as an elephant-back or jeep safari, canoeing, nature walks.
Day 6 – Transfer
Kathmandu Morning lodge-based activities. Transfer and flight to Kathmandu. Private transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 7 – Transfer
Paro/Thimphu, Bhutan Transfer and business class flight to Paro.
Private arrival transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights.
Begin private touring.
Day 8 – Tour
Thimphu Private full-day cultural touring.
Day 9 – Transfer
Punakha Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 10 – Explore
Punakha Private full-day gentle hikes and cultural touring.
Day 11 – Transfer
Paro Private transfer to Paro for overnight stay.
Afternoon private touring.
Day 12 – Trek
Paro Morning private cultural touring.
Afternoon begin private trek adventure.
Overnight in private camp.
Day 13 – Trek
Paro End trek and return to Paro hotel via Tiger’s Nest.
Day 14 – Depart
Bhutan Private airport transfer and business class flight to Delhi or Bangkok
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There Flights are available to Bangkok or New Delhi from major UK cities on a variety of carriers. From there flights are with Druk Air. We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance details and forward them to the Druk office at the airport from which the flight originates.
If you are travelling by road, our representatives will meet you at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal, India to escort you to the land border at Phuentsholing and handle entry formalities for you.
When to go Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. During the spring months of March, April and May, Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan.
By the middle of June, clouds begin to build up for the monsoon that arrives in July. By mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can be cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking deep into the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.