Traverse through the Land of The Thunder Dragon
Arrive in Kathmandu (alt 1,355m) today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon. Afternoon tour of Bhadgaon, one of the four ancient capitals in the valley, with the atmosphere of a living museum. Attend a folkloric show this evening, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
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Full day tour of Kathmandu, beginning this morning with a visit to the hilltop Buddhist stupa at Swayambhunath, and Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple at Pashupatinath, along the Bagmati River. In the afternoon, visit medieval Patan, the “City of Art”, before ending the day strolling through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, always memorable despite the all too brief glimpse of the Living Goddess.
Fly to Pokhara (or drive, 200 km/6 hours), dramatically situated in the shadow of the Himalayas with the magnificent Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges as the backdrop.
Spend the day at Pokhara (alt 827m), breathing in the mountain air and visiting interesting local sites. A half or full day walk, with picnic lunch, will gladly be arranged on request.
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Fly or drive to Kathmandu, with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Fly to Paro (note: flights operate 3-4 times weekly on this route) and drive to Thimphu (54 km/1.5 hours, alt 2,400m). The first views of the mountains which are terraced rice fields are compelling. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatise before beginning your explorations of this medieval mountain kingdom.
A full day tour of the old and new capitals of Bhutan. Standing alongside one another, the dzongs (forts), monasteries, institutional buildings and markets are emblematic of the old and the ongoing Thimphu Structural Plan that epitomises the new while preserving the spirit and traditions of Bhutan.
Day excursion to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang (154 km roundtrip/3.5 hours drive each way), crossing the Dochu La Pass (alt 3,088m) before descending into the Punakha river valley (alt 1,300m). Visit the Punakha Dzong, the Wangdiphodrang Dzong and a rural settlement before returning to Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive to Paro (alt 2,200,). In the afternoon, visit the excellent Ta Dzong National Museum and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang monastery, oldest in the land and the harbinger of Buddhism.
Morning viewing of the awesome Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery, with an option to walk up to its breathtakingly precipitous location – an unforgettable accomplishment. Afternoon at leisure.
Depart for your onward destination aboard a Druk Air flight.
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