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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu.

Pass By: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
On arrival at Kathmandu airport you're met by or representative. Drive to your hotel. After some time to relax and recover from the flight, your local guide will show you around the chaotic metropolis of Kathmandu. Starting off in Durbar Square, visit the market quarter on Thamel and the House of the Living Goddess before exploring some of the more off-beat areas that you would only find with a local.

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu-Paro to Thimphu

Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu airport, take a short one and a half hour flight to Paro. On arrival, meet with your guide and driver who will stay with you for the rest of your trip. Getting to know your personal preferences, they can suggest stops along the way that suit your personal interests. Driving the one and a half hour journey from Paro airport to Thimpu, you can stop at Simtokha village which is home to a Dzong said to guard the locals from a daemon who vanished into a nearby rock. The road into Thimpu closely follows the Paro Chhu (river) with scenic views back across the Paro valley

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Thimpu Sightseeing

Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
You have the whole day today to discover Thimpu with your driver and guide. The city is best explored on foot, but your driver is on hand if you wish to visit one of the sites of interest located on the surrounding hills. The King's Memorial is of particular interest, built in honor of the third king. Each day many Bhutanese come to pray and spin the vibrant prayer wheels - it's a great spot to people watch

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 4: Drive to Punakha

Pass By: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
A scenic drive today to Punakha, over the Dochu La, pass offering stunning views. The drive takes about three hours but it's worth stopping to visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple before reaching Punakha. The temple can't be reached by road so your guide will lead you on a short walk through rice paddies to the temple itself, a particularly memorable way to arrive. On arrival in Punakha check in to your hotel and have the remaining part of the day free to relax

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 5: Punakha Sightseeing

Pass By: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
The Punakha Dzong is situated on the confluence of the Mo (Mother) and Pho (Father) river, and today your guide can show you around the temples, towers, and courtyards. Over the years it has suffered from several fires and flooding but it's still one of the most impressing dzongs in Bhutan.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 6: Return to Paro

Pass By: Paro, Paro, Paro District
Return to Paro by road today which takes about five hours. Your guide can suggest places to stop along the way to enjoy the scenery and take light refreshments. On arrival in Paro, you have the rest of the afternoon to relax. Your hotel has an open-air terrace with views right across the valley.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 7: Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Pass By: Paro, Paro, Paro District
This morning we enjoy a hike to the famous cliffside hermitage called Taktsang - "Tiger's Nest" - a monastic retreat built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro Valley. Our hike begins on the valley floor and is a steady uphill climb on a wide hiking trail that switchbacks through pine forests, with glimpses of Tiger's Nest along the way. We pass water-powered prayer wheels and mani stones (sacred stone walls with Buddhist prayers etched into them), as well as a shrine where a high lama was supposedly born - all reminders that this is not just a hike, but a spiritual pilgrimage for many.

As we near the monastery, we stop by a small teahouse for snacks and tea and take in our first up-close view of Taktsang. From here our hiking trail levels out for a short while before we begin climbing down steps and cross a bridge, eventually leading us to this most impressive sacred site.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 8: Fly back to Kathmandu, Nepal

Pass By: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
After breakfast drive to Paro airport catch the short flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu meet with our representative and drive to the hotel. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have some extra time to explore Kathmandu.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Day 9: Return home

Pass By: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
Our representative takes you to Kathmandu international airport for your onward flight 3 hours before your flight time.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please, send us your flight details and we will arrange an airport pick up.

Airports

  • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
Duration
9 days
Inclusions
  • 8x Breakfast
  • 8x Dinner
  • 8x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • All accommodations
  • All on-tour ground transportation
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Bhutan visa
  • Kathmandu-Bhutan flight
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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