On arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met with a floral welcome and then transferred to your hotel.
This morning you will enjoy a city tour of Kathmandu and then visit Swayambhunath, one of the oldest Buddhist stupas overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon, you will visit Hindu Temples and other impressive sites in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhadgaon. B
This morning, enjoy the scenic flight to Paro over the great Himalayas. On arrival in Paro you will be transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon guided tour includes a visit to the Ta Dzong, the National Museum and involves a walk down a trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong, literally meaning ‘fortress with heap of jewels’.
Today, enjoy an excursion to the Taktsang monastery. Set on the edge of a cliff, it is believed that the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew here on the back of a Tigress and meditated at this monastery. For this reason, the monastery is famously known as “Tiger’s Nest”.
Drive to Thimpu (2 hrs), the capital town of Bhutan. En route make a brief stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Paro and Thimpu Rivers and visit the 16th century Simtokha Dzong, the oldest in Bhutan. The guided tour of the bustling town of Thimpu includes a visit to Thimpu Dzong, the place where the 1st king, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned in 1907.
Today you will enjoy morning and evening game drives to search for the elusive Bengal tigers and view the varied wildlife of the national park.
Today you will visit the National Library, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich literary, culture and religious heritage of Bhutan. This is followed by a visit to the Arts & Crafts School. This afternoon you will visit the Textile Museum and the folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to the Bhutanese rural past, providing a record of rural life.
Today you will visit the Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to 15th century Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as “Divine Madman”, for his unique way of dramatising his teachings through humour, songs and outrageous behaviour. You will then enjoy an excursion to Wangduephodrang, famous for its fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Drive to Paro (4 ½ hrs). En route visit the Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago; and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, marking the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
Fly to Kolkota. In the afternoon your guided sightseeing will include the major sites of Kolkota.
Free day for shopping. This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.