Our Trips The Zen Masters
10 Nights/ 11 Days | 22 Sep 2020
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Experience the unique charm of two beautiful Himalayan countries – Nepal and Bhutan – largely untouched by the rapid urbanisation of the outside world.
Nepal is a country of sublime beauty, tucked away in the shades of the highest mountain range in the world, often called the “last paradise” on earth. Witness the magic and majesty of Nepal as you enjoy warm Newari hospitality and travel through its towns, exploring historic temples and monasteries. Then fly down to the small kingdom nation of Bhutan – one of the world’s last remaining Shangri-La’s, a place of untouched beauty and happiness. Visit the ancient fortresses and temples of Bhutan while you the enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty of its countryside and experience the largest and most significant Buddhist festival of the country.
: 22nd September 2020 • Arrive Kathmandu
Welcome to the capital of Nepal! When in Kathmandu, close your eyes and let the endearing madness of the Himalayan kingdom engulf you in its fold. Enjoy dinner and briefing by your journey expert.
: 23rd September 2020 • Kathmandu
After breakfast at the hotel, drive down to the old Newari city of Bhaktapur where you will visit the Durbar Square, Golden Gate and National Art Gallery. Thendrop by the home of a local Newari family, for a cooking session and home-cooked meal. Also visit Patan's Durbar Square, a collection of some of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture.
: 24th September 2020 • Kathmandu
Drive to the Budhanilkantha Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu and hike to the beautiful Namkha Monastery. The walk takes you through villages and fields, offering a peak into the peaceful life of the region, followed by lunch at a cottage on the hills. In the evening, attend a talk by an Everest summiteer and later, take a rickshaw ride around Thamel, the most popular tourist hub in the city of Kathmandu.
: 25th September 2020 • Kathmandu>>Paro>> Thimphu
Today, we take off for the kingdom of Bhutan. Our representative will meet you at the Paro airport with a traditional welcome. Drive down to Thimphu, the capital city. In the evening, visit Trashichhoedzong, an impressive fortress and monastery that houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of the king and various government offices.
: 26th September 2020 • Thimphu
Experience Buddhist culture at one of the largest festivals of the country, Thimphu Tsechu. Intricate masks, elaborate costumes, dancing monks, life-size picture scrolls and divine storytelling - this colourful spectacle is a great way to immerse in the Buddhist spirituality of the region and interact with the locals.
: 27th September 2020 • Thimphu
Start your day with a trek to the Tango Goemba monastery, passing through beautiful countryside. Learn the traditional art of Thangka painting and visit the Textile Museum to learn about the national art of weaving. End your day with spectacular views of Thimphu valley from Buddha Point, where you can also step inside a dedicated room for meditation.
: 28th September 2020 • Thimphu>>Punakha
Drive to Punakha, via the stunning Dochula pass, situated at a height of over 3000 meters. You will stop here for a refreshment and stunning views and explore the Royal Botanical Park nearby. After checking in at Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong, also known as the 'Palace of Great Happiness'. And enjoy a short walk across farmhouses and rice paddies to Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th-century fertility temple.
: 29th September 2020 • Punakha>>Paro
Drive to Paro, approximately 4 hours away, and explore the Paro valley. Home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, Paro is a great area to discover on foot. Visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong - “fortress of the heap of jewels”.
: 30th September 2020 • Paro
Hike up to the Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest, the most iconic site of Bhutan. The hike would be about 5 hours (both ways)crossing through dirt roads, with scattered views of the valley below, and prayer flags above. In the evening, watcha traditional mask dance and cultural show.
: 1st October 2020 • Paro>>Kathmandu
After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your own pace.
: 2nd October 2020 • Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to onward destination.