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10-Day Nepal & Bhutan Tour

Tour route: Nepal : Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara, Bhutan : Thimphu - Paro

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  • Tour code: INOT-SA-007
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival you are greeted by our guide. Transferred to hotel where your tour guide helps you check in and brief you about the following tours. Relax and recover from jet lag in the afternoon. 

Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu - Patan (Lalitpur) - Kathmandu

After breakfast, firstly drive you to the city for an exploration in the medieval city of Kathmandu to discover the rich culture of the Newari people with bustling narrow streets. You will visit the vegetable & spice market in Ason and many courtyards there that forms the base of living in Kathmandu. And continue to jammed bazaars and Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess. After that, move to have an external view of Taleju Temple and then visit Kal Bhairab. 

Afternoon, step into the temple of Swayambhunath - a stupa on the top of hill - for an overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. Later proceed to Patan city (about 15min driving) to visit the Panta Durbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Kathmandu - Chitwan(By Car, Approx. 4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, head to Chitwan National Park by private A/C car, stopover for break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival helped settle down at lodge, you’ll be briefed on the jungle activities and facilities applicable in the lodge.
Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is the Nepal’s oldest national park and a perfect place to spot one-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and the rare Bengal tigers.

Tips: The accommodation in Chitwan is very basic, simple facilities, no laundry service. Please take enough clothing and other articles of daily use. Be sure to carry a crutch and some Mosquito repel for walking in jungle.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Chitwan
Meals: full board

Day 4: Chitwan, Jungle Activities
Early this morning take an Jeep Safari to travel through dense grasslands and spot a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat, the rest of the day you will enjoy this wildlife heaven in different ways including nature walk, bird watching and boat cruise.
You can opt in an enhanced jungle trekking or canoeing if you are searching for a deeper interaction with the wild. 

Overnight: Chitwan
Meals: full board

Day 5: Chitwan - Pokhara(By Car, Approx. 3.5 Hrs)

Today after breakfast we will drive to Pokhara which boast the rare combinations of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers. Upon arrival helped check in at Hotel, grab some rest before your guide show you around this quiet and beautiful town. You will also cruise on the serene Phewa Lake with the company of the majestic vistas.

Overnight: Pokhara
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Pokhara - Kathmandu(By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs)

Today start a bit earlier for your journey to Sarangkot viewpoint to for the unforgettable sunrise over the mountain peaks. Rest at one of the cafes atop the mountain, relax and enjoy the unforgettable sunrise over the mountain peaks. A cup of tea or coffee will be served by INOT.
Then we drive back to Kathmandu, rest of the day relax at hotel or spend some time exploring the narrow streets of Kathmandu before your farewell dinner with authentic Nepali folk dance performances.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Kathmandu - Paro(By Air)/Paro - Thimphu(By Car)
Transfer via: International flight arranged by Odyssey Tours
Head for Bhutan from Kathmandu. Upon arrival, greeted by your local guide and transferred to the capital Thimphu. View Tamchog Lhakhang iron bridge on the way.
After hotel check-in, visit the gorgeous National Memorial Chorten built in honor of 3rd king and visit Buddha Dordenma Statue where Asia's biggest bronze Bhudda statue sits. Takin Sanctuary will show you the National animal Takin which only can be found in Bhutan. Proceed to the Zilukha Nunnery and Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu and the seat of central administrative centre (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday)

Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Thimphu Valley Sightseeing, Thimpu - Paro(By Car, 1.5 Hrs, 55 Km)

After breakfast, visit the Folk Heritage Museum to see the rural life of Bhutanese and the National Painting School where you'll see how the amazing traditional sculptures and paintings are made. Next come to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD 4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). After lunch, drive back to Paro and then visit a farm house, to chat with local people, look into their lives and may taste some homemade wine. 

Tips: It is highly suggested to store some photos beforehand in SD card or USB device for stamps printing, or else you may need to line up for taking photos.

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Paro Sightseeing and Hiking to Tiger’s nest.

In the morning,  hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) built on the rocky cliff, visit this sacred monastery and take in the stunning view of Paro valley. Coffee break on the way up and lunch on way down at a cafeteria. After that, visit the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, built in memory of the victory over Tibetan invasions. Evening ends with a walk through the main street of Paro. 

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Paro Departure

Transfer via: International flight on your own arrangement.
Say goodbye to Bhutan. After breakfast, we will escort you to the airport for your onward flight. 

Meals: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Nepal & Bhutan Tour

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Clients: Ping Wu

Travel Consultant:
Miranda Zhang
great services, we enjoyed the trip. Thank you.Ping
Rating: December 7th, 2016

Clients: John Beaton

Travel Consultant:
Mavis Jiang
My wife and I were so impressed with our 2014 Cambodia tour arranged by Kelly Lu (Indochina Odyssey Tours), we contacted India Odyssey Tours for our 2017 Nepal/Bhutan/India tour needs. Mavis Jiang promptly responded to our inquiry and answered all our questions. Mavis has done a wonderful job customizing the tour to meet our specific needs. We are confident that our tour will be wonderful and wholeheartedly recommend Odyssey Tours to all of our friends.
Rating: December 7th, 2016

Clients: 70leelm

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Queenie Yang
My daughter, grand daughter and sister had 11 days exploring Bhutan. Our driver and guide were wonderful helping us to enjoy such a beautiful place. Odyssey Tours catered so well for all our needs. A wonderful mix of culture, nature, walking and exploring local food. The Bhutanese people are gentle and kind. Thanks for a wonderful travel experience.
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: bompity

Travel Consultant:
David Li
We just spent 7 amazing days traveling between Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha. We hiked every day to gorgeous monasteries and fortresses through many scenic landscapes. Our guide, Kinley, was professional, engaging, and willing to accommodate our wishes. Our driver, Tshering, was wonderful. We felt safe with him behind the wheel and entertained by his humor. Odyssey was impressive for checking in with our guides and with us throughout the stay to make sure things were going well. I would recommend this tour to anyone seeking an active cultural adventure.
Rating: December 1st, 2016

Clients: Jeremy G

Travel Consultant:
David Li
Wonderful 7 day trip with Odyssey. Our guide Kinlay was very knowledgable and flexible for our requirements, adjusting the itinery to accommodate our active lifestyle. We visited many monasteries, temples and shrines along with some fantastic hiking. Our driver Shering was expert and professional, much better than the average driver in USA, and also very knowledgable along with a great sense of humor. We left Bhutan regretfully, a beautiful country with beautiful people, leaving behind two new friends who I hope to spend time with again.
Rating: November 27th, 2016
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