Stupa and Dzongs

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Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights

Location: Kathmandu - Patan - Pashupatinath - Bodnath - Bhaktapur - Nagarkot - Pokhara - Sarangkot - Chitwan - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdue - Delhi

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

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

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 RoyaleThe 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 oldit is one of the oldest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, drive to Patanancient 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 factoryBack in KathmanduOvernight at hotel.

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.

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 fliesThe city is magnified by its majestic lakes PhewaBegnas and Rupa that have their sources in the glacier region of AnnapurnaLakeside around Lake Phewais 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.

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.

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 in the Chitwan Park to discover the jungle safari, hiking, ride an elephant or canoe. Overnight at hotel.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 RiverBuilt 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 BhutanArrival at Paro and visit the National Museumhoused 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. 

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 Lhakhangone of the oldest monasteries in the country reflecting the introduction of Buddhism. Overnight at hotel. 

Morning transfer to Paro airport for flight to Delhi.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

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.


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.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

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.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

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.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


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.

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!

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.

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.