FOOT AND SHADOWS WALKING HOLIDAY TOURS

Nepal and Bhutan kingdom of happiness tours (12 days)

 

“cultural and scenic tour in the country of great happiness”

Trip Outlook:

Trip Mode:                  Hotels / Guesthouse.

Tour grade:                 Leisure to Moderate

In Bhutan:                    09 nights & 10 days
Total Trip:                   11 nights and 12 days from Kathmandu to final departure.

Season:                        March to November.

Introduction:

Welcome to the country of impressive Bhutanese Buddhist cultures with fantastic views of high Himalaya, on Kingdom of Happiness Tour with Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours. Kingdom of Happiness Tour starts with a scenic flight over great chain of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest to reach at Paro Airport in Bhutan. Kingdom of Happiness Tour exciting visit of more than a week holiday, includes beautiful areas of Bhutan covering isolated traditional villages and towns including Paro, Thimphu cities includes Punakha, Trongsa, Jakar and Phobjikha with unique landscapes and mountain views. This fascinating Kingdom of Happiness Tour includes scenic drive to beautiful Phobjikha valley with beautiful landscapes where rare black neck crane migrates every year in the spring / summer seasons. Beside wonderful tour of Thimphu and Punakha, Kingdom of Bhutan Tour includes a short hike to famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest, 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and Druk Gyaldzong. Kingdom of Happiness Tour completes at Paro for flight back to your respective countries or back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03:            Fly to Paro airport 2,200 and transfer to Thimphu 2,300m.
Day 04:            Drive to Punakha 1,350 m via Dochu-La 3,200 m – 04 hrs.

Day 05:            At Punakha with interesting tour.
Day 06:            Drive to Trongsa 2,900 m – 05 hrs.

Day 07:            Drive to Jakar 2,650 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08:            Around Jakar tour of places of interest.
Day 09:            Drive to Phobjikha – 06 hrs.
Day 10:            Drive to Paro – 08 hrs.
Day 11:            Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest
Day 12:            International departure towards respective countries.

Trip detail:

 

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines and countries, received by Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday staff and transfer to hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide will brief with information on hotel, culture, do’s and don’ts and Kingdom of Happiness Tour with welcome dinner.

Day 02:  Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
After breakfast our city guide will take you on sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites with temples, monasteries, stupa’s and old king’s palace after an enjoyable interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Kingdom of Happiness Tour.

Day 03:  Fly to Paro 2,280 m and drive to Thimphu 2,300 m – 02 hrs journey.
On arrival at Paro-Bhutan’s international airport after going through visa formalities our guide of Bhutan and representative will receive you with warm welcome and then drive for two hours through countryside dotted with farm villages and terraces with typical Bhutanese landscapes and Buddhist culture architecture villages. On reaching Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan, interesting to know that Thimphu the only city in the whole world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with their whistle. In Thimphu in the best hotels, afternoon at leisure with time for a walk around the market and observe the Bhutanese way of life.

Day 04: From Thimphu drive to Punakha 1,350 m- 03 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Thimphu a scenic short drive to Punakha through Dochu-la pass at 3,200 m, in fine clear weather a fantastic view of Bhutan’s highest mountains Chomolhari / Jumolhari can be seen with other snowcapped peaks extending almost 180 degrees. Walk around 108 stupas and continue drive to sub tropical valley of Punakha, on arrival, if time permits hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.

Day 05: At Punakha with interesting tour.
At Punkakha a short hike for less than 2 hours to Tashigang Hongtso Monastery, located into a clearing at the edge of a serene forested area overlooking the town of Hongtso, Tashigang has been one of our favorite visits for well over a decade.  In the surrounding buildings are pilgrims practicing silent meditation, and a peaceful calm pervades the area. The monastery houses about 40 orphans, who receive language, religious and general education from the monks an interesting tour of the Gompa (monastery), observe a private ceremony with chanting using ceremonial instruments in the main temple room, here you can interact with head lama.  A nice drive at the top of Dochu-la for superb views of Himalaya peaks, including the unclimbed peak Gangkhar Puensum, 7570 m (24,836 feet). Then back to Punakha Valley, a subtropical Shangri La carved by the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (Mother and Father River), arriving at the lodge with another short hike through the Royal Botanical Forest.

Day 06:  Drive to Trongsa 2,,200 m – 05hrs.
Morning starting with an interesting drive to Trongsa leading past Wangdi province and short tour around the ruins of Wangdi Dzong (Fortress), which has been destroyed by fire recently. From here continue drive to Trongsa over Pelela Pass at 3m300 m which forms the part of Black Mountain range that divides the country from east and west. On route this picturesque journey with short break for a hike to remote village of Rujubji. On reaching at Trongsa after a good drive of 5 hours or more with tours in between drive relax and refresh in the local nice hotel.
Day 07:            Drive to Jakar 2,650 m – 04 hrs.
Morning after breakfast tour around Trongsa town visit of majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), an earlier royal resident and the unique watchtower which houses a newly converted museum after a nice tour drive towards Yotong La pass at 3,425m and on route stop over the weaving place, beside the road where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is done which the valley of Bumthang is famous for and then continue drive to Jakar on arrival transfer into a nice local lodge / guesthouse.

Day 08:  Around Jakar tour of places of interest.

Starting the morning with a visit of Jampay Lakhang, one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country. Tour of Kurjey lakhang Temple, the site where royals are cremated, from here walk across the suspension bridge visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there and then concluding the day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Most of the activities can be done on foot. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Day 09: Drive to Phobjikha 2,900 m – 04 hrs.

After a great wonderful time around Punakha, drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley protected for endangered and rare Black Necked Cranes visits Bhutan every winter (early Nov to end of February). The drive is very scenic and exciting with everlasting views, on reaching at Gangtery visit the famous old Gompa (monastery), the only Ningma-pa sect  of Buddhism monastery and largest around western Bhutan. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for trekkers and hikers with afternoon at leisure for short walks.
Day 10: Drive to Paro – 08 hrs.
Today a long and interesting overland drive to Paro an opportunity to marvel the countryside and rural farm villages, after a great drive reaching Paro with a stroll around the old Paro town with local handicrafts stores. Here an opportunity to watch traditional game of archery the national sports of Bhutan.
Day 11: Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest
Morning after breakfast, our expert guide will take you on a pleasant walk or short drive with an hour uphill hike to Bhutan’s famous landmark old Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest. A place for retreats and meditation of many Buddhist monks and high priest of Bhutan, the monastery located within the overhanging rock cliff with superb views of Paro town and snow capped peaks towards north, from here with steep downhill a short drive to visit 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967, afternoon free at leisure for stroll around Paro shops and markets.


Day 12: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.

As per the flight time to respective countries with great time in Bhutan and great service of Foot and Shadows Holiday Tours, our Bhutanese guide transfer you to Paro airport for the flight to connecting Kathmandu, Indian cities or to other next countries.


Price Includes

  1. All pickup and drop from International airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu ( Breakfast included.)
  3. Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
  4. All ground Transportation by Private Tourist Vehicle.
  5. English speaking government license holder tour guide in Kathmandu.
  6. All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
  7. Temple and monasteries entry Permit fees in Kathmandu.

The Tour Cost Includes in Bhutan :

  1. All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing Basis ] .
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. Visa Fee.
  7. English speaking Local guide.
  8.  Sightseeing.

Price Excludes

  1. International Airfare.
  2. Druk Air ticket price not include this package sometimes change airfare so but we will arrange your Druk Air ticket you need to pay separately .
  3. Any others expenses which are not mentioned above Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  4. Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu. ( you can eat verity Food in your choice)
  5. Travel Insurance.
  6. Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, Camera Chargers , Bottle water laundry, bar bills etc.)
  7. All alcoholic and cold drinks.
  8. Tips for guides and Staff.
  9. Single supplement fee USD.$500
  10. Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control anything not included in service includes column.

Please Note:

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours with extension trip in Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting Bhote Kosi River – Sun Kosi River- Trisuli River- ( Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park .sightseeing tour and tours  in Pokhara or short hike.

 

 

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Bhutan has different climatic conditions so warm clothes are required during winter (pullovers or thick jackets) and in summer cotton clothes are preferably better and a light jacket.

NOTE  :-

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours with extension trip in Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting Bhote Kosi River – Sun Kosi River- Trisuli River- ( Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park and sightseeing tour in Pokhara  or short hike. )