Nepal Bhutan Tour
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Cultural Tour Nepal and Bhutan Tour

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Price
$2850 per person
Duration
12 Days
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Max Altitude:
3215 m
Arrival City:
Kathmandu
Departure City:
Kathmandu
Activity:
Multiple Activities
Route :
Pokhara, Bandipur, Paro, Punakha
Group Size :
1-16
Tour Customize :
On Request
Trip Grade :
Easy
Best Season:
Feb-May/Sept- Nov

Highlights

  • Sightseeing the Kathmandu valley.
  • Rafting in the Trishuli River.
  • Participating in paragliding and skydiving while exploring Pokhara valley.
  • Visiting the monasteries and museum of Thimpu.
  • A trip to Taktsang monastery ” Tiger Nest”.

Nepal and Bhutan are two landlocked countries of Southeast Asia. These two are small nations. They have a unique religion, tradition, and culture. Nepal and Bhutan Tour lets people explore these countries.

The trip starts and ends in Kathmandu. The entire duration of the tour is about 12 days. We dedicate the first half of the trip to explore Nepal while the remaining part of the trip is to sightsee Bhutan.

Kathmandu Valley has several world heritage sites. When in Kathmandu, exploring the world heritage site is obvious. We visit these ancient palaces and witness the breath-taking sculptures and the architecture of ancient Nepal. Along with the palaces, the city holds holy pilgrims of both Hindus and Buddhist religions, which are the places not to miss for. Now, we head for Pokhara the next day. While on our way to Pokhara, we immerse ourselves with rafting along the Trishuli river. Pokhara is the adventure capital of Nepal. It is rich in natural beauty. Natural caves, lakes, and mountains are must-see places in Pokhara. We return to Kathmandu the following day. While on the way, we explore the ancient hilltop city Bandipur.

After travelling to Nepal, we now fly to Paro, Bhutan.  The tour then leads to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Like Kathmandu, Thimpu is the political and economic hub of Bhutan. It has a lot of monasteries and museums. These reflect the Buddhist culture of Bhutan. Leaving Thimpu, we head to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. We spend a day and sightsee the place. Next, we return to Paro via Thimpu. An excursion to Taktsang monastery follows next. With this wrapped up, we fly back to Kathmandu and depart to our place the following day.

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  • Itinerary
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  • Review

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. (B)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Rafting in Trishuli River. (B/L)

Day 04: Full Day Sightseeing in Pokhara Valley. (B)

Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu via Bandipur Village. (B)

Day 06: Fly to Paro and transfer to Thimphu. (B/L/D)

Day 07: Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu. (B/L/D)

Day 08: Transfer to Punakha and sightseeing. (B/L/D)

Day 09: Transfer from Punakha to Paro. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Full day Sightseeing in Paro. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Departure from Paro to Kathmandu & Sightseeing. (B/D)

Day 12: Departure to Airport. (B)

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport.
  • Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. (B)
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Rafting in Trishuli River. (B/L)
  • Day 04: Full Day Sightseeing tour in Pokhara Valley. (B)
  • Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu via Bandipur Village. (B)
  • Day 06: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro and transfer to Thimphu. (B/L/D)
  • Day 07: Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
  • Day 08: Transfer to Punakha and sightseeing. (B/L/D)
  • Day 09: Transfer from Punakha to Paro. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10: Full day Sightseeing in Paro. (B/L/D)
  • Day 11: Departure from Paro to Kathmandu & Sightseeing. (B/D)
  • Day 12: Departure to Airport. (B)
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport.

Your arrival in Kathmandu will be marked by landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). A company representative of Himalayan Adventure Treks & Tours will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Evening you can meet the participants and the tour members. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. (B)

After breakfast, we start for Kathmandu city tour which includes four of the UNESCO world heritage site in the valley.

Pashupatinath: The temple is one of the most sacred pilgrims’ sites for Hindus all over the world. It is the temple of Lord Shiva, the temple where the dead bodies are criminated on the bank of Bagmati River.

 Boudhanath Stupa: which is one of the biggest stupas in Asia and the holiest Buddhist Pilgrims and famous tourist destination in Valley. It is also famous for over 50 Tibetan gompas or monasteries.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: It holds the places of the ancient king who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom.

Swayambhunath(Monkey Temple): It is located in the heart of the valley. it is another famous tourist destination and holiest Buddhist pilgrims. it is also known as Monkey temple among tourist.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Rafting in Trishuli River. (B/L)

After breakfast drive to Chauradi ( rafting starting point) takes about two hours 30 minutes. After 3/4 hours rafting in Trishuli River with professional rafting guides and equipment will be provided. After rafting, you will have lunch then start drive to Pokhara which takes around 3 hours.

The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Fishtail Peak rising behind it create an ambience of peace and tranquillity. Pokhara is a perfect place to see a panoramic view of the Himalayan region including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Evening you can visit the Lakeside in Pokhara.

Day 04: Full Day Sightseeing tour in Pokhara Valley. (B)

Early morning, we will drive to the Sarangkot viewpoint for a great sunrise view over the Annapurna mountain range. Then we will drive back to the hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our sightseeing including Davis fall & Gupteshowar Mahadev & Peace pagoda stupa where you can see the amazing view of Annapurna ranges, Pokhara valley, and Fewa lake.

Evening you can enjoy the boating in Phewa lake and visit the Tal Barahai Temple.

Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu via Bandipur Village. (B)

After breakfast drive to Bandipur which is an ancient town with traditional houses and ethnic people. They still keep their historical monuments in the same way. You will enjoy the lovely deep valley, lots of Mountain ranges view from Bandipur Village. We will have lunch there and start driving to Kathmandu.

Day 06: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro and transfer to Thimphu. (B/L/D)

Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along with the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport, received by our representative and then transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.

Day 07: Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu. (B/L/D)

Visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress-monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangka paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing the intricate design on cloth. After lunch visits Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as the Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Day 08: Transfer to Punakha and sightseeing. (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the Chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags that decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Managing (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m ), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongphugang (7, 060m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar plenum, the highest peak in Bhutan at (7,497m).

Later visit Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored.

After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate, and stone carvings.

Day 09: Transfer from Punakha to Paro. (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies. Afternoon in Paro visits Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower in 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holding a fascinating collection of art, artefacts, thangka paintings, and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps.

Afterward, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built-in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.

Day 10: Full day Sightseeing in Paro. (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive north of Paro valley to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. From this fort, Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers a good insight into the lifestyle of local people. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries.

It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to the monastery takes about 5 hours for a round trip. While the return to Paro town visits en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

Day 11: Departure from Paro to Kathmandu & Sightseeing. (B/D)

After breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu. Then after refreshment, we will go Sightseeing on a tour in Kathmandu valley.

Patan Durbar Square: Explore the Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other places of Patan, you feel as if Patan has been unveiled before you as an open museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in pagoda style with erotic carvings and prepossess metalwork facades and many other exquisite facets. You will also get to see the handicraft centre in Patan.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: where you will witness unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by western culture. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple, and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace are the living pride of Bhaktapur.

Evening you can do shopping in Thamel for your friends & family and if you have any other tour then we will continue from the next day. In the evening, we will have dinner in the Nepalese Restaurant along with the cultural dance program.

Day 12: Departure to Airport. (B)

A representative from Himalayan Adventure Treks and Tours will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

What’s included?

  • Pick up & drop from Airport and Transfer to the hotel.
  • Four Nights 3* hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Two Nights 3* hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Five Nights 3* hotel in Bhutan with full board meals.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by private vehicle with an experienced tour guide.
  • All tour by private vehicle.
  • Visa fee for Bhutan.
  • Entrance fee in Bhutan
  • Permits in Bhutan.
  • Lunch in Rafting.
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly Guide in Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Last Night farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.

What’s excluded?

  • Nepal Visa fee you may obtain easily in Kathmandu airport.
  • Entrance fee in Nepal.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Bhutan because of early arrival, late departure, early return  (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.

 

Entrance fees of Heritage Sites of Nepal:

Nepal is famous for world heritage sites, Tourist attractions places, and monuments areas. Tourism is the second income source of the country. Entrance fees, National park fees, climbing royalties are the backbone of the Nepalese economy. Foreigner tourists visiting heritage sites, attraction places and monuments of the country and have to pay a certain entrance fee to get inside the area. The people of South Asian countries (SAARC) have to pay fewer entrance fees in comparison to tourists from other countries. Many tourists want to see the typical Nepalese art and cultural places, happily paying the entrance fee because it is worth paying to visit.

The 7 heritage sites of Kathmandu valley are amazing. Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan have their own history. They are not only rich in art and architecture but also fountain spiritual places of Hinduism and Buddhism. Most of the constructions made have a tantric background and old history. Not only the Kathmandu valley but other parts of the country are also rich in nature and history. Lumbini (Birth Place of Gautam Buddha) Chitwan National park, Pokhara, Nagarkot, Trekking trails, Peak climbing, Expedition are the main tourist destination in Nepal and main income sources of the country. It is the government that keeps the price of priceless monuments and makes some money from tourists who visit it.

Please find the attached PDF file for the Entrance fees of World heritage and other attraction places in Nepal.

Entrance Fees of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal

 

Nepal 

About Country 

Popularly recognized worldwide for its majestic sky dominating peaks, Nepal is one of the most sought-after nations for trekking and other adventure activities. This tiny Himalayan nation is home to eight of the world’s tallest peaks, including the Mt. Everest (8848m)- the highest mountain in the world. Moreover, the rugged and rural trekking trails to the massifs along the dense forest which is filled with exotic floras and faunas instills excitement and adventures to the travelers. However, traveling to Nepal is not only about the mountains and natural beauty. Unraveling the beauty that lies in the old monuments, palaces, and temples. Nepal has a diverse array of cultures, traditions, languages, and history which are reflected in the lifestyle of the people.

Key Facts 

Location: Nepal is located in South Asia; between two great giants the Republic of China to the north and India to the south, east, and west.

Geography:  A landlocked country, Nepal is divided into three geographical regions, namely, the Himalayas, the Hills, and the Terai.

Capital: The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu.

Area: The total area of Nepal is 147,181sq km.

Population: The current population of Nepal is 29 million.

Political system: Nepal is a federal republic country with a multi-party system.

Major religion: Nepal is a secular state but the majority of people follow Hinduism, followed by Buddhism and Christianity.

Time zone: The time zone of Nepal is GMT +5:45.

Official Language: The official language of Nepal is Nepali.

Working hours: The working hours in Nepal are from 10 am to 5 pm.

Electricity: Currently, all the major cities have electricity while electricity supply in some rural areas is limited. The standard voltage of electricity in Nepal is 220V.

Visa Information 

All tourists visiting Nepal except tourists from India should have a valid passport and visa. An On-Arrival visa to enter can be obtained at the Tribhuvan International Airport or any other land entry/exit points at the Nepal-Tibet and Nepal-India border. During the peak season, there will be a long line of tourists here trying to get their visa. So, to avoid the endless waiting you should visit the nearest Nepalese diplomatic missions stationed in your country before your arrival.

An On-Arrival Tourist Visa costs USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days. Find more information regarding the updated visa fees at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-visa-fee-updates.

You can also extend your visa within a valid period which will cost you USD 3 per day. However, if you are visiting Nepal from SAARC countries you don’t have to pay visa fees as gratis fee or free visa is applicable for 100 days. Regarding information about the tourist visas, you can head to the information on the official website of the Department of Immigration at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa.

How to reach the country

Nepal is very well accessible via air, rail, and road. Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport and the entry point for those arriving by air. Nepal Airlines is the main operator in the nation. Other international airlines here are Air Arabia, Air Asia, Etihad airlines, Fly Dubai, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, and Thai air. The rail and road service can only be used by those arriving from India.

In terms of land transport, there are several land entry/exit points at the Nepal-Tibet and Nepal-India borders. Kerung and Kodari are the entry/exit points at the Nepal-Tibet border whereas

Janakpur-Jainagar railway is the sole railway that connects Nepal with India, several buses connect Delhi and Kathmandu.

Popular destinations to visit 

There are many places you can visit in Nepal. Nepal is not only gifted with natural beauty but it is also culturally rich which means there are many heritages and sites you can visit. Kathmandu Valley is the first and foremost destination that you should not miss out on. The seven UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley, namely, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Changunarayan.

Other places you must visit while in Nepal are Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. Pokhara is a scenic lake city, located 6 hours’ drive away from Kathmandu city. There you will be able to enjoy the serene and peaceful nature with the Annapurna ranges in the backdrop. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is a historic destination whereas the Chitwan National Park is a natural haven for exotic flora and fauna. Both of these are also enlisted as world heritage sites by UNESCO. Palpa, Bandipur, Bardia National Park, and Ilam are some of the popular destinations.

As for trekking and mountaineering activities, Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Manaslu, Upper Mustang, and Dolpo regions are some of the most popular ones in Nepal.

Internet and Communication in the country

You do not have to worry about not getting communication service or Internet service in Nepal. In recent years, the internet and communication services have drastically progressed and developed. While in the major cities and tourist destinations, you can use free Wi-Fi including many of the cafes and restaurants. Similarly, almost every hotel and some public areas provide Wi-Fi services. However, Wi-Fi is not always available in remote areas in the Himalayas and rural Hilly regions.

In such situations, cellular connection is the best option for both Internet access and communication. NTC and Ncell at two of the biggest telecommunication corporations and offer sim cards with various packages at a reasonable price. These service providers have a wide reach over many parts of Nepal. You will easily be able to purchase any sim card with your passport or identity card.

Local currency and foreign exchange  

While in Nepal, you should use Nepali rupees (NRs) which is also the official currency of Nepal. You can easily exchange your currency into Nepalese Rupee at the Tribhuvan International Airport or the exchange counters and banks around the major cities. Also, the major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini have a great availability of banks and ATMs. However, their availability becomes quite scarce when you head to the Himalayas and remote areas.

So, it is best if the travelers perform all their money-related activities while they are in the major cities.

Weather and climate 

The climate in Nepal varies according to altitude and the current season. The lowland of the Terai region in the southern part of the country is very hot and humid during the summer. The temperature there can get as high as 45 degrees Celsius. The middle part is also known as the hilly region has a pleasant and bearable climate all year long. However, in winter the nights and early mornings can get quite chilly. The Himalayan region is the northernmost part of the country and is above 3300m. This region usually has alpine climatic conditions and during the winter season, it experiences adverse weather conditions.

Nepal generally has four seasons, namely, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The spring here means every part of the country has flowers blooming and summer means a lot of humidity and rainfall. While the autumn is neither too hot nor too cold and the skies are always clear. The winter season brings snow in the Himalayan region and some parts of the hilly region as well. Finally, during the monsoon season, the entire country experiences heavy rainfall except in the rain shadow areas of Upper Dolpo and Mustang.

People, culture, and festivals

Nepalese are known to be one of the kindest people all over the world. With a smile on everyone’s face, you will be warmly welcomed and greeted. The word “Namaste” is used while they join their hands together which means a respectful greeting. Nepal is a culturally rich country with many different castes, languages, and traditions. The diverse culture and tradition results in many different festivals celebrated all around the nation. The major festivals celebrated are Dashain, Tihar, Holi, Sonam Losar, Gyalpo Losar, and many more. Especially in Newari settlements, people celebrate many colorful and radiant festivals. You will be able to experience wonderful and lifelong memory if you visit Nepal during the time of festivals.

 

Bhutan 

About the country

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, was off-limits for tourists up until the seventies. Enveloped in mystery and magic, this soulful country is deeply rooted in its past. Resting in the Himalayas, this country is also known as the last Shangri-La. With the pristine Himalayan landscape, Bhutan also has a lush green forest, mesmerizing traditional villages, temples, and fortresses. To avoid any impacts of tourism on the country’s culture and environment, Bhutan limits its visitors to pre-planned tours. Foreign visitors here pay a minimum tariff of USD 200-250 daily which includes meals, accommodation, food, transport, and official guides. With its extraordinary culture, traditions, and history, Bhutan is a place you must visit at least once in your life.

Key Facts

Location: Bhutan is located in South Asia, and is bordered by the Autonomous Region of Tibet and the Republic of India.

Geography: It is a sovereign nation located toward the eastern extreme of the Himalayas.

Capital: The capital city of Bhutan is Thimphu.

Area: It covers an area of 38,394km2.

Population: The current population of Bhutan is 827,403.

Political system: The political system of Nepalis a constitutional monarchy and the current King is Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk.

Major religion: Bhutan is a Buddhist country and more than half of the population follows Vajrayana Buddhism.

Time zone: UTC+06:00

Official language: Dzongkha or Bhutanese language is the official language.

Working hours: The working hours in Bhutan are differentiated into summer timing and winter timing, 8 hours and 7 hours respectively. During summer, the timing is from 9 am to 5 pm and, during winter, it is from 9 am to 4 pm.

Electricity: Most parts of the country are well connected with electricity. The standard voltage of electricity is 230V.

Visa Information 

All the tourists except India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives require a valid visa to enter Bhutan. You can process your visa to Bhutan through the licensed Bhutanese tour operator or foreign travel agency. With a photo sample of your passport and USD 40, you will be able to apply for a visa. As soon as you provide the required documents and full payment of the tour, the tourism council of Bhutan will process your visa. Within 72 hours, you will get your visa cleared and, now, you can head to Bhutan.

How to reach the country 

Bhutan was recently opened for tourism and, recently, it has been made easier to access through planned economic development. You can reach Bhutan through land or air as there are well-connected networks of roads and an international airport. Visitors can enter Bhutan by land through Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkar. These are the only open borders for those entering Bhutan by land. For those who are traveling by air, there are currently two operators Druk Air and Bhutan airlines. Paro International Airport is the only international airport to reach Bhutan.

Popular destinations to visit 

Bhutan is known for its unique and amazing landscapes, cultural heritage, and historic fortresses. The well-preserved authentic culture, history, and traditions spring out admiration towards the country. While visiting Bhutan, there are few places you should certainly see. You should start with the unbeatable Tiger’s Nest monastery also known as “Paro Taktsang”. This monastery resting on a 3000m vertical cliff is something you should not miss out on. If you are on time, you can also observe the Punakha festival in Punakha Dzong. The capital city of Thimphu should also be on your list as it boasts of an array of traditional arts, cultural sites, markets, and fortresses. From Dochu La pass, you can visit the 108 chortens(stupas) which were built in the memory of Bhutanese soldier who died fighting against the insurgency in 2003. Finally, you can tour the Phobjikha valley where you will witness the wildlife of Bhutan.

Internet and communication in the country 

Within recent years, communication services have improved in Bhutan. The country has a good network of telecommunication facilities. The major cities are filled with hotels, restaurants, internet cafes, domestic, and international phone booths where you can make phone calls and use the internet. Wi-Fi is widely and easily available in the major cities. However, in the remote area, the availability and reliability are both quite poor. You can also acquire a sim card to access the internet or for communication purposes. Having said that, some rural areas do not have proper connectivity.

Local currency and foreign exchange 

The official local currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. The Bhutanese currency is equivalent to the value of the Indian rupees. The Indian currency is also widely accepted in Bhutan. You can exchange dollars and other foreign currencies at the bank in Thimpu and a few other major cities. In such situations, you need to be updated to exchange your currency. This information is available on the official website of Bank of Bhutan at https://www.bob.bt/forex-all/.

However, you will not be needing a lot of cash as everything is prepaid and included within the mandatory price of USD 200-250.

Weather and Climate 

The climate in Bhutan depends upon the season, altitude, and the influence of northern Indian monsoons. Bhutan also possesses four seasons, namely, autumn, spring, winter, and monsoon. Autumn offers pleasant weather for exploration and sightseeing whereas spring season brings in the colorful flora and vibrant fauna. Winter experiences cold and harsh weather conditions whereas monsoon welcomes rainfall across the country.

Likewise, the country is divided into three parts mainly southern, central, and northern. Southern Bhutan is hot, humid and unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary from 15-30 degrees Celsius. The central part of the country is engulfed in the deciduous forest which results in a fair temperature, with warm summers and cool dry winters. However, in the far northern part of the kingdom, the weather is much colder during the winter and cooler during the summer. Mountains peaks are perpetually covered in snow while the lower green lands blossoms during the summer.

People, culture, and festival

Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world and Buddhism is the official religion of the nation. Hence, Bhutanese culture and traditions are heavily influenced by Buddhism. Bhutanese people are very warm and welcoming resulting in the boost of your gross domestic happiness. You will see many elderly and middle-aged people draped in Bhutanese dress as it is the national dress of the kingdom. Bhutan is rich in cultural diversity which leads to a wide variety of colorful and elaborate festivals. The widely celebrated festival is Tshechu which marks the important events in the life of Guru Rinpoche. Likewise, Paro Tshechu, and Wangduephodrang Tshechu. Punakha Drubchen and Haa Summer Festival are some other popular festivals in Bhutan.

Checklist for Tour in Nepal

Nepal is not only famous for adventure trekking and expedition but also the popular destination for Cultural, Historical, and natural tours. Budget to luxury tours can be done in this beautiful Himalayan nation. Nepal’s towering great Himalayas range and ages of old temples monuments, it’s no surprise from any point of view that so many people have first choice, this small South Asian country on their travel bucket list. Dozens of best trekking trails in the world, Buddhist and Hindu famous religious sites, Natural, Cultural diversity, and delicious local food, travelers either young or old fall in love with Nepal every year. That’s what’s we can’t say that Nepal is not the best destination for the tourism hub. Either a short tour or long tour we always welcome the guest from all over the world.

Before you pop on the first plane to Kathmandu, Nepal, it’s important to think about what you’ll put in your backpack list for your amazing holiday. Any type of tour either private car tour, Luxury tour, Honeymoon tour, adventurous tour need the certain types of equipment to help you out, here’s a list of packing essentials for Nepal, as well as what you should buy or rent in Nepal.

What to Bring to Nepal for my Package Tour:

Passport:

This may seem obvious important documents, but don’t lose your passport! This is your ticket in and out of Nepal with min 6 months valid passport required. Bring along some photocopies of your main passport page too, just in case and bring few Passport sizes photos for trekking permit or for a local SIM card.

Guidebook for Nepal:

Lonely Planet guidebook to Nepal provides an excellent overview of different places to explore in Nepal, as well as essays on social and cultural norms, a few useful and common Nepali phrases, and tons of hotels, restaurants, and Places recommendations. A guidebook is a great way to learn more about the particular country you’re visiting, and it can help orient you when you’re feeling lost.

Camera and charger:

Photos make your memory recall after many years of your holiday. It keeps your past fresh and unforgettable. During the tour in Nepal, there are so many things that you should keep on your camera. Chances are that you’ll get mountains, Landscape, wild Animals, River and so many attractive views during your visit and you’ll want to have a camera at the ready to make sure you capture the scenery. The Canon EOS Rebel Digital T5 is a good option for beginning photographers who still want quality photos. Alternatively, you can take some pretty great photos with high mega pictures iPhone these days use whatever you’re comfortable with. All hotels during the tour can charge your camera cell.

Cell phone and charger:

Bring your cell phone with you, especially if you know that it’s unlocked (Verizon phones, for example, are generally unlocked). SIM cards in Nepal cost less than $3.00, and a data package is also relatively inexpensive. If you think being able to make calls and have data will be useful, I definitely recommend that you purchase a Local SIM to contact with your friends & family. Wi-Fi is also available in most of the places in Nepal.

Travel insurance:

Travel insurance is important for anyone going overseas. Package Tour in Nepal also required travel insurance and it can be purchased prior to arriving in Nepal. World Nomads and other insurance companies offer excellent, affordable, and flexible travel insurance.

Water bottle or Camelbak:

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative during on holiday. When visiting the less developed countries like Nepal it is a concern that all travelers should consider. Camelbak water sack has come in handy countless times during my travels in Nepal. It’s important to carry potable water with you. Bottle water is the main option during the tour and available to all the destinations.

Water purification tablets or water filter:

Nepal does not have potable drinking water (although it’s much worse in urban areas than up in the mountains), so it’s important that you bring along a water filter or purification pills for the trekking but bottled water is also available during the tour, but I would recommend avoiding creating all that plastic waste!

Sandals:

Although most of the time we travel by private car even we need comfortable sandals. Sports sandals definitely come in handy in Nepal, particularly if you’re traveling during hot weather or the monsoon. You’ll be doing a lot of walking during the tour time, so you want something comfortable; Kathmandu is also quite dusty, so something that can be cleaned easily is important.

Non-hiking clothing:

You’re going to explore the sights and sounds of Pokhara, Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Lumbini, Chitwan, or whatever other places you’re visiting. Nepalis avoid dressing shabbily, and few wear athletic clothing on the street. You probably won’t need anything fancy, but I would highly recommend bringing one reasonably modest and nice outfit that you can wear out and the season-wise September to February winter clothes and March to August summer clothes.

Rain jacket/ Raincoat:

Bring a windbreaker/rain jacket to keep you warm and dry, particularly if you’re traveling between June to August when it rains more consistently. Monsoon season is more active these 2/3 months so nice umbrella also works for the tour.

Credit and debit card:

While Nepal is a primarily cash-based society, ATM s are regularly available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and other large towns. Bring a credit or debit card so you can withdraw cash when you’re in urban areas. I would recommend withdrawing some little expenses like water, entrance fee, souvenir, and meals amount in Kathmandu. Sometimes all the ATM doesn’t accept the international card. Max Rs 35000 per transaction and charge Rs 500 per transaction.

Money belt:

While petty thievery is not rampant in Nepal, it does happen but Protects yourself and your belongings by wearing a money belt, which you can use to conceal cash for your daily expenses and important documents like your passport. This particular belt also protects you from thieves who might try to scan your card electronically!

Shampoo and Soap:

Most of the hotels and resort provide the soap and shampoo during your tour but maybe less quality or you might have an allergy issue so highly recommend to bring your own and your favorite.

Power adapter:

Nepal uses plugs from India, Europe, and the United States, so it’s a good idea to bring a converter along with you to make sure you’re able to charge all of your devices without any trouble.

Personal medications:

It should go without saying that you should bring any prescription medication you use with you to Nepal. While certain pharmaceuticals are available at the small pharmacies commonly found in Kathmandu and other parts of the country.

Toiletries:

Razor, razor blades, shaving cream, aftershave toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, sunscreen, toilet paper, small towel, and period pads (for women).

Medication:

First Aid Medical Kit box also available on the tourist plate car/ jeep during the tour. Altitude Medicines (Diamox), Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Anti-diarrheic, Powerful antibiotics, and Nasal Spray or Drops can buy in Thamel or in Pokhara lakeside areas.

Sunscreen:

It’s likely that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors during your tour in Nepal, and it’s important to make sure that your skin doesn’t get burned. I like Neutrogena’s sunscreen because it’s creamy without being greasy, and at 85 SPF provides pretty strong protection. It is possible to buy sunscreen in Nepal tourist areas like Thamel, Pokhara, and Chitwan, but you may not be able to find higher-quality brands.

Power bank:

Until recently, power outages (referred to in Nepal as ‘load shedding’) were very common, particularly in Kathmandu and other parts of the country so it’s a good idea to keep your devices charged and to carry around a power bank just in case.

Other packing list items for Nepal:

Sleep mask

Scarf

Sunglasses

Travel-sized umbrella

Flash drive

Kindle or paperback novel

Journal

Small lock

Toiletry bag

Daypack

Sewing kit

Travel pillow

Travel sheet/sleeping bag liner

Photos from home

Feminine products

Laundry detergent

Headphones

 

Checklist for Bhutan Tour:

Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)

One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet

Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)

Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)

MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However, travelers’ cheques and some cash are highly recommended.

Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Bhutan.)

What to Bring During the Tour in Bhutan:

Warm Jackets with waterproof or raincoats

Hiking shorts (for men) or skirt

Winter clothes

Hiking/trekking boots

Socks for hiking boots Sunscreen for lips and face

Sunglasses

Sneakers

Long and short T-shirts or cotton shirts

Sun Hats

Walking Sticks

Backpack or Suitcase

Dress Code for Visiting Fortresses, Monasteries, and Temples in Bhutan:

Shirt (either half or full sleeve)

Full pants/long skirts

Any type of shoes with socks

No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants

Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

 

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