Experience the pristine natural beauty of the Himalayas and the tranquility of the traditional Buddhist way of life with an escorted tour through the countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Guests will enjoy the unique experience of traveling to these spectacular regions of the world, which few travelers are fortunate enough to see, in true VIP style with private guides and tour leaders who will ensure your time spent is memorable.
This trip is for the nature lover and culture buff that resides in everyone. Expect a dramatic landscape and stunning views at your every turn along with the special experiences traveling with an Admiral Travel guide affords.
October 16, 2017
Arrive in Kathmandu. An Admiral Travel Representative will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your accommodations.
Overnight at the Dwarika hotel
October 17, 2017
This morning transfer to the airport for flight to Bharatpur (near Meghauli) Airport.
On arrival transfer to the Meghauli Serai, Chitwan National Park.
The spectacular landscape, covered with lush vegetation and the Himalayas as the backdrop makes the park an area of exceptional natural beauty. The forested hills and changing river landscapes serve to make Chitwan one of the most stunning and attractive parts of Nepal’s lowlands.
Overnight at Taj Meghauly Sarai
October 18, 2017
Today, the group enjoys "jungle activities". In customized 4x4 safari vehicle, guided by skilled expert naturalists you will explore the forests learning how to interpret the sights and sounds of the surrounding wilderness.
The group will also have the opportunity for the other activities:
• Walking safaris amidst tall elephant grass accompanied by our naturalists.
• Canoeing on the Rapti river to spot rich wildlife.
• Village visits—explore the quaint lifestyle of the Tharu tribals
• Elephant bathing and feeding
• Safari Shop
Overnight at Taj Meghauly Sarai
October 19, 2017
Fly from Bharatpur to Kathmandu
On arrival, you will be transferred back to the Dwarika Hotel where your accommodation is reserved.
Following time to freshen up - enjoy a visit to Patan city - the second largest city in the Valley and also referred to as Lalitpur which means “City of beauty”- it is protected by UNESCO world heritage site. The whole city is full of Buddhist monuments and has long Buddhists history and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas.
Afternoon – we recommend visit to Thamel where they have good Nepalese restaurants and a great place to pick up Buddhist Thankas (painted scrolls) and other gifts.
Overnight at the hotel.
October 20, 2017
Travel to Paro
The Flight into Paro valley is a spectacular journey over the Eastern Himalayas (weather permitting).
At the airport in Paro, an Admiral Travel representative will greet and transfer you to Thimpu, the capital where you will check in to your accommodations at the Taj Tashi.
5 PM Visit the Tashichhodzong or the ‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion’, Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, government ministries, the nation’s largest monastery and headquarters of His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the monk body. As the summer residence of the Je Khempo the central monastic body will be in Thimphu during the month of April. The attention to detail and finish given to this building adds to its grand appearance – the outer walls are built of trimmed neatly fitted granite blocks, unlike other Dzongs, which were made of roughly dressed stones. Similarly, the courtyard is paved with rectangular stone slabs.
Overnight at Taj Tashi.
October 21, 2017
Today, visit the Memorial Chorten - conceived according to the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Built by the King’s mother, Her Majesty the late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck, the architecture of the chorten has been designed to present it as “one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu”.
We will also visit the local weekly market in Thimpu which is a wonderful photography experience.
If time permits, we will visit the School of Traditional medicine. Bhutan has long and rich tradition of medicine based on natural remedies derived mainly from plants and earth, and some animals. This institute has facility for out patients, training, research and production of traditional medicine.
After the visit of Thimpu, its time for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La and on to the Punakha Valley (Driving time approx 3 to 4 hrs.). Sights on the way include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050 m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. After a stop for a picnic lunch *Special ATI Group Event we continue on to Punakha which sits on an elevation of 1,250m (4,100ft) m in a fertile and warm valley at the junction of the MoChhu (Female River) and Pho Chhu (Male River). The sub-tropical environment allows the cultivation of rice and numerous fruits such as oranges, mangoes and bananas.
Enjoy the evening at the Resort or unwind with a massage or a facial, Punakha’s signature treatment.
Overnight at the Uma by Como, Punakha, Bhutan
October 22, 2017
Today, start the morning with a hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Following the hike you can visit the Punakha Dzong. The impressive Punakha Dzong is home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal, and the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks.
In the afternoon you can try your skills in archery, the national sport of Bhutan, or sign up for a Bhutanese cooking class to learn how to make Momos, the traditional Bhutanese dumplings, and the famous Ema Datse .
Overnight at the Uma by Como, Punakha, Bhutan.
October 23, 2017
This morning, transfer to Paro - The four-hour journey to Paro takes you again across the impressive Dochu Lapass. For lunch enjoy picnic lunch at any beautiful spot on your way back along the dramatic Wang Chhuand Paro Chhu valleys.
In the afternoon, there is time for a short stroll from the lodge, walking across open fields and past village houses. Before the sunsets, sit down by the big prayer wheel below the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong, and relax whilst admiring the rural scenery and changing sky.
Overnight at Uma by Como, Par
October 24, 2017
Van and guide will report to hotel and transfer to starting point for hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most dramatic monuments, the Taktsang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the Tiger’s Nest, built on a sheer cliff face at a height of 2,950 m (9,678ft). The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900 m above the valley floor.
This evening, soak in the Hot Stone Bath and relax your body with a Tibetan Ku Nye massage where warm oil is applied on specific points and joints to release energy blocks (chargeable activity).
Overnight at Uma by Como, Paro.
October 25, 2017
Today, transfer to the airport for departure on your onward flight