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Stupa and Dzongs - 14 days | 13 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • Visit Patan, the city of Fine Arts
  • Chitwan National Park in the Terai
  • The sumptuous Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
  • The Lair of the Tiger on Paro heights

ITINERARY

 

Day 01 Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. And transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu
Located at 1365 meters altitude, Kathmandu, the "City of Glory" was still the capital of Nepal kings and reached the peak of his artistic development in the late 18th century. The very religious character of the people favored over the centuries the construction of many religious monuments of all sizes. Morning tour of the old city of Kathmandu Hanuman Dhoka, the former Royal Palace, Durbar Square, the historic Place Royale. The residence of the child goddess Kumari, the wooden building is one of the finest in the city. Then, drive to the stupa of Swayambhunath Buddhist shrine located on the heights of the city. 2500 years old, it is one of the oldest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, drive to Patan, ancient city called the city of Fine Arts, with its medieval streets, strewn with palaces and red brick pagodas. Continue to the Tibetan refugee camp and craft center where you can admire the art of weaving and carpet factory. Back in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Kathmandu - Pashupatinath - Bodnath - Bhaktapur - Nagarkot
Morning drive to the Pashupatinath Hindu site. His temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, with roofs covered with gold and finely crafted silver doors is famous for its beautiful architecture. On to Bodhnath stupa and its huge white, center of Tibetan Buddhism, the second after Lhasa attracts believers worldwide. Built in the 7th century, the stupa is surrounded by countless prayer flags shimmering and about 650 prayer wheels. The picturesque Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, shaped like a conch, is considered an open air museum where all the streets are amazing as each other. A stroll through its streets is needed to discover monuments and live workshops of pottery, weaving and woodcarving. Then, towards Nagarkot, a small village perched at 2190 meters, which is by far the site that offers the most breathtaking view of the majestic surrounding mountains because of its exposure: 300 km of snow-capped peaks of sight during nice weather. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Nagarkot - Pokhara
Morning drive towards the famous city of Pokhara 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. This is one of the most scenic places in Nepal. The scenery along the route are spectacular. Arrival in the enchanting city located 900 meters above sea level, known for his views on the Annapurna range just 40 kilometers as the crow flies. The city is magnified by its majestic lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa that have their sources in the glacier region of Annapurna. Lakeside around Lake Phewa, is the most picturesque place of the city's most vibrant neighborhood. We also can take pleasant walks or bike along the lake. Ride an hour in a small rowboat (Doonga) on the lake, one of the most extensive of Nepal. Overnight at hotel.
JDay 05 Pokhara - Sarangkot - Pokhara
Early Sunrise and management Sarangkot to attend the magnificent spectacle of the sunrise. The view around is superb, mixing mountains, snowy peaks, sunken villages and lakes scattered throughout the landscape. The ridge, you can see all the Pokhara Valley and Lake Phewa. In the afternoon, visit Pokhara and its surroundings. The cascade of Davy, Bindebashini the temple, one of the oldest temples in Pokhara, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave, one of the most extensive in the country and the beautiful cave Mahendra, also one of the main attractions of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Pokhara - Chitwan
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park, located in the Terai region in the south, in the heart of one of the major forest regions of Nepal. Chitwan, the oldest game reserve of the kings of Nepal, was created in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem and extremely valuable to the world. This place of preservation of endemic species home to the last-horned rhino, white rhino, Bengal tigers or the Gharial crocodiles, crocodile Asian recognizable to its highly elongated jaws. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Chitwan
Day in the Chitwan Park to discover the jungle safari, hiking, ride an elephant or canoe. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Chitwan - Kathmandu
In the morning, return to Kathmandu. Afternoon stroll in town to enjoy these streets with countless boutiques, these houses with carved balconies and these beautiful temples and palaces. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu and Paro in Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Before arriving in Thimphu, stop at Kuensel Phodrang, the "Buddha Point" overlooking the entire valley where the country's largest statue of Buddha is located. A Thimphu, visit the mini Takin zoo, which houses the National eponymous animal, exclusively present in Bhutan. Then walk in Norzim Lam, the main street lined with craft shops. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Thimphu
In the morning, visit the National Textile Museum where is preserved a collection of antique fabrics, rich colors and original and varied reasons. Then visit the Folk Heritage Museum which recreates traditional rural life and habitat. Then the Traditional Arts school where young people learn the ancient craft techniques to protect and bequeath the country's cultural heritage for future generations. The National Library, rich in a large collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts is also worth visiting. Visit the Memorial Chorten with beautiful paintings and sculptures, then Tashichhoe Dzong, quadrilateral impressive fortress that houses the splendid administrative buildings of the kingdom. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 11 Thimphu - Punakha
Road to the smiling Punakha valley through the pass of Dochu it to almost 3100 meters. From there on a clear day, the view of the Himalayan ranges is breathtaking. Stop at 108 chortens, stupas, built on the hill to the King of Bhutan and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang visit a temple built in homage to peace and stability provided by the fourth king. Then visit the Monastery of the Divine Madman, Chhimi Lhakhang, famous for its sanctuary of the 15th century. This professor owes its reputation to the various types of education. Continue to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan from 1637 to 1907, when the civil architecture is remarkable finesse, sobriety and elegance. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 12 Punakha - Wangdue - Paro
Continue to Paro, the second largest city of Bhutan. Stop to visit the Dzong Wangdue Phodrang, crowning a rocky spur at the confluence of two rivers: the Pochu the river Mochu Man and the Woman River. Built in 1637, this fortress was used as administrative and religious headquarters in the region and has long been the winter residence of the kings of Bhutan. Arrival at Paro and visit the National Museum, housed in the former Ta Dzong, ie the Watchtower, which in itself has an excellent summary of the Tibetan culture. Then along a hillside trail ride to Rimpong Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It has remarkable paintings illustrating the legendary cycles of Buddhism. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 13 Paro
Ascension by a steep path up to the assault of the cliff where clings, defying the vacuum, the Monastery of Taksang dubbed the Lair of the Tiger. Perched at 2 800m above sea level, this is one of the most revered shrines in the Himalayan world. It is possible to play a game of Wasps (payable locally) but the descent is not done on foot. Back in the Paro valley and on the way visit the monastery Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the country reflecting the introduction of Buddhism. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 14 Paro - Delhi
Morning transfer to Paro airport for flight to Delhi.
 

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Hotel Friend's Home - Kathmandu

Centrally located, just minutes from great shopping malls and restaurants. Very welcoming and helpful staff. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Breakfast is fantastic. A good 3 * + to stay in Kathmandu.

Club Himalaya Resort - Nagarkot

Nice hotel with a magnificent view of the Himalayan chain. The rooms are large and comfortable and also being luxurious. Friendly restaurant with good quality food. Pool and jacuzzi facility with a very effective massage parlor, all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fish Tail Lodge Resort - Pokhara

Calm and serene idyllic location with nature setting. At the foot of the mountains, on an island . Crossed by boat to the hotel. Spacious rooms elegantly decorated. Warm welcome and excellent service. Swimming Pool.

Kasara Resort - Chitwan

A paradise in the middle of the jungle. The cottages have all the amenities and the food is superb. The rooms are bright, spacious and nicely decorated. The staff is attentive and very helpful. Pool and spa.

Pedling Hotel - Thimphu

Very central location with shops and restaurants within walking distance. Clean and comfortable rooms with modern decor and gargantuan breakfast. Staff very friendly, courteous and always willing to help.

Uma by COMO - Punakha

Spacious rooms with an exceptional view of the Punakha valley and the river. Warm, attentive staff. The hotel has a spa.

Gangtey Palace - Paro

Bhutanese traditional hotel located in a beautiful spot overlooking the Paro valley. Large rooms with traditional décor. Very nice welcome.

Suggested Activities

You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage  on the eye  helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Yoga

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of "pranayama" (breathing), "asanas" (positions) and 'dhyana' (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to  learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Rafting

A whitewater adventure, or Rishikesh to Haridwar? Accompanied by a qualified guide, you will live a unique experience down the rapids of Ganga. Several levels of difficulty make this activity accessible to everyone.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.

Motorcycle ride

Wander through India or Nepal aboard the legendary Royal Enfield. This breakaway motorcycle delight lovers of nature and you will discover the diversity of landscapes.

Trekking

Trekking lovers will be amazed by browsing through the valleys of the Himalayas, with fantastic views of the highest mountain in the world and a dive in the Buddhist culture, monasteries preserved villages and several levels of difficulty.

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