Magnificent Nepal & Bhutan - Insight Vacations

Magnificent Nepal and Bhutan (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Bhutan, Nepal

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With its ancient culture and the Himalayas as a backdrop, mountainous Nepal is a wealth of centuries-old stupas and temples. Bhutan, with the happiest citizens on earth, is an oasis of tranquillity.

Enjoy VIP treatment at a traditional mask dance and cultural show

Explore the bustling streets of Thamel by rickshaw

Flex your culinary skills preparing some Bhutanese delicacies

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Kathmandu

    On arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. At 17:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests for an evening visit to the bustling Thamel region by rickshaw. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with delicious meal at a local restaurant.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Kathmandu Sightseeing

    (Relaxed Start) The beating heart of Kathmandu is Durbar Square and ancient Royal Palace complex, laced with myriad temples, courtyards, statues and home of the ‘Living Goddess'. Visit the holy shrine of Swayambhunath then head on to Patan's temple of Teleju, Statue of Yogendra Malla and Tibetan Handicraft Centre, before enjoying lunch.

  4. Day 4

    Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu

    Transfer to the airport for your flight over the Himalayas. You are welcomed on arrival in Paro and transferred to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a walk through the centre of town to experience your first taste of Bhutan life up-close.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Thimphu

    (Relaxed Start) Head to Thimphu, the centre of government, religion and commerce for this small mountain kingdom. Home to civil servants and the monk body, Thimphu is an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity. Visit the National Library to see a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum and the Institute for Zorig Chusum - the School for the Arts - to see students learning the 13 traditional arts of Bhutan. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument to world peace, and Tashichhodzong, the 'fortress of the glorious religion'. Later, visit the bustling weekend market, full of photo opportunities and the chance to mingle with locals. In the evening, you join a local family to share a home-cooked meal.

  6. Day 6

    Punakha sightseeing

    Visit Punakha Dzong, the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still the winter residence of the monk body.

  7. Day 7

    Punakha Sightseeing Day 2

    In the morning, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a sacred destination for Buddhists. The temple was built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley, who travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet using outrageous antics to provoke people to discard their preconceptions. The views from the temple are spectacular and are worth the walk! The afternoon is at leisure.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Punakha to Paro

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, head to Paro for a tour of Ta Dzong, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during the 17th century and now serving as Bhutan's National Museum. Later, walk down a hillside trail to see Rinpung Dzong, ‘fortress of the heap of jewels'. Also visit Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in the kingdom, and Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate the 1646 victory over the Tibetan invaders.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Paro and Tiger’s Nest Hike

    (Relaxed Start) Embark on a leisurely hike to Tiger's Nest. In the evening, join a local chef for a cooking demonstration of how local Bhutanese delicacies are prepared. Try your hand at the preparation and taste Buthan's national dish. After dinner, enjoy a private traditional mask dance and cultural show, the leading way Bhutanese transmit social values.

  10. Day 10

    Kathmandu Sightseeing - Pashupatinath Temple

    After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, spend the day sightseeing in this fantastic capital. See one of the holiest Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple, on the banks of the Bagmati. Visit Bodhnath, a colossal stupa, and Nepal’s most important Buddhist site. Continue on to visit the ancient capital of Bhadgaon. Learn about the traditional pottery making process and try your hand at a pottery making class, with a local craftsman. In the evening, toast your newfound friends at a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

  11. Day 11

    Depart Kathmandu

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flights.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • Kathmandu: Ride by rickshaw through the bustling streets of the Thamel district.
  • Paro: Join a leisurely hike to Taktshang Monastery known as the Tiger's Nest. The hike will take about five hours round-trip, so it's a good idea to bring comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear.
  • Paro: Have VIP treatment at a special traditional mask dance and cultural show. A key way that Bhutanese people pass on their social values to the next generation, this show includes a spectrum of entertainment bringing elements of folk, song, music all in ornate costumes and masks.
  • Ta Dzong: Visit Bhutan's National Museum to see the impressive collection of art and relics.
  • Thimpu: Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes the National Library, Zorig Chusum (Arts and Crafts School), Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten and Tasichhodzong, the fortress of the glorious religion.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Kathmandu: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception and dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Paro: Try your hand at cooking some local Bhutanese delicacies in our cooking demonstration with a local chef. See if you can handle the hot red chillies or perhaps the local Bhutanese cheese would be more to your taste?
  • Kathmandu: The mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with drinks features the best of Nepalese cuisine.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon tea (AT), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, beer and soft drinks. 21 Dec: This departures has a Christmas Highlight Dinner included.

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • Thimphu: The Dhensa Boutique Resort sits in lush Punakha Valley and offers spectacular views.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure.
  • This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned coach in Nepal.

  • It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • (Due to narrow roads, Bhutan will use a 16 seat mini-coach which does not have on-board facilities.
  • Alternate coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities or 40 seats, may be used on occasion).

    Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to inside your door at every hotel.

    Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.

  • Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary hotel WiFi (where available).

    Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

    Included airport transfers between the airport and your Insight tour hotels.

    Return flights Kathmandu - Paro.

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Accommodation

 

Dwarikas Hotel Kathmandu

Kathmandu (Central) - Nepal

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Taj Tashi Thimphu

Thimphu (Central) - Bhutan

Dhensa Boutique Resort Punakha

Punakha (Scenic) - Bhutan

Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha

Zhiwa Ling Paro

Paro (Scenic) - Bhutan

Complimentary Wifi

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