NEPAL & BHUTAN TOUR [BHTNAB]

Two of China's and India's most appealing neighbors are Nepal and Bhutan. Both have lengthy histories, influences from the Tibetan and Buddhist religions, views of Mount Everest, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and much more.

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Overview

There is no better journey to combine the two significant landlocked Himalayan Kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan than to visit the breathtaking site of Buddha's birth and go to the Land of the Thunder Dragon, where the Dragon King reigns supreme. This journey provides you with an incredible opportunity to experience the genuine Nepalese people and culture. It begins in the stunning Kathmandu Valley, where you can explore the area's outstanding temples and monasteries as well as the bustling and hectic city center of Asia's most unique city. This ancient, long remote kingdom known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon presents a very different view of a truly Buddhist country.

Hotel Details
Included Flights
Flight Details
  • KATHMANDU

    12:00 am

  • CHITWAN

    12:00 am

  • CHITWAN

    12:00 am

  • POKHARA

    12:00 am

  • POKHARA

    12:00 am

  • KATHMANDU

    12:00 am

  • KATHMANDU

    12:00 am

  • BHUTAN

    12:00 am

  • BHUTAN

    12:00 am

  • KATHMANDU

    12:00 am

Altitude Map


Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu and Half Day Sightseeing
  • Airport Pick up & Drop

    We’ll assist you at the airport upon arrival and transfer you to the hotel.

    Half-Day Sightseeing of Pashupatinath And Guheshwori Darshan. Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s important Hindu temples. The present pagoda-style temple was constructed in 1696 A.D. The Pashupatinath Temple complex resembles a life-size collage of life: faith, generosity, poverty, life, and death mingle here in an unceasing flow. Regarded as a Shakti Peetha, Guheshwori Temple was built by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva).

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel.


Day 2 - Full day sightseeing of UNESCO site of Kathmandu valley
  • Full day sightseeing

    Breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll visit the durbar squares of Kathmandu and Patan.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square
    At Kathmandu Durbar Square, you’ll experience wonders, eccentricities, and diversity of Nepali temples. Take a trip back in time when you enter Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Inside, there are residential quarters of kings of the Malla Dynasty (1200 - 1769 A.D). When Nepal was a kingdom, kings were crowned at Hanuman Dhoka.

    Patan Durbar Square
    Patan Durbar Square is a medieval palace that serves as a museum, livings are made by fashioning Gods, and festivals are held in the same courtyards where at other times, children play football. Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the low, anonymous doorways.
    Swayambhunath
    Then, we’ll drive you to Swayabhunath Stupa - one of Kathmandu’s major Buddhist stupas. The white-domed stupa with its all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha beckons you. From the top of Swayambhunath Stupa, you get to see panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit Swayambhunath which are one of the best places to observe religious harmony.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay at 3-star hotel.


Day 3 - Fly to Bharatpur, Chitwan and Complete Jungle Plan
  • Kathmandu - Chitwan

    Kathmandu To Bharatpur
    Get on a direct flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur. Once you land at Bharatpur, you’ll transfer to the hotel for check-in and have lunch at the hotel.

    Visit Tharu Village And Visitor Centre
    In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of an authentic Tharu village.

    Sunset View From Bank Of Rapti River
    We can clearly see sunset view just above the jungle sitting at the bank of Rapti river.

    Dance Presentation
    When you get back to the hotel, you’ll enjoy a beautiful Tharu cultural dance presentation. The dance will feature traditional Tharu songs, including stick dance. Try to learn the steps as you move along with the beat.
    Jungle Safari Lodge

    Enjoy dinner after the cultural presentation and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 4 - Full day sightseeing in and around Chitwan National Park
  • Chitwan

    Breakfast at Hotel

    Canoeing
    The canoe ride will take you on a Rapti River. It is one of the best ways to view the aquatic wildlife of Chitwan. As you ride deeper into the wilderness, the wisps of mist rise from the water service, creating a dramatic effect.

    [Optional: Jeep Safari]
    All the jungle activities can be done by Jeep but can be added as per the request of the guest.
    You’ll have to rise up early in the morning to take part in the wilderness adventures.

    Elephant Bathing + Jungle Walk, Bird Watching
    Talk about a walk on the wild side as you go deep into the jungles of Chitwan National Park. The guide will warn you to walk silently so you don’t scare the animals. Your eyes will widen as you frantically point at all the wildlife you’ll see.

    After a fulfilled wildlife adventure, you’ll return to the hotel for a much-needed overnight stay.
    Enjoy dinner after the cultural presentation and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 5 - Fly from Bharatpur to Pokhara and Full Day Sightseeing at Pokhara
  • Chitwan - Pokhara

    Bharatpur To Pokhara
    Breakfast at the hotel and we will take direct flight to Pokhara. Check in at hotel and full day sightseeing.

    Gupteshwor Cave
    Located close to Davis Falls on the other side of the World Peace Stupa in Pokhara the Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is Nepal’s most famous cave. It’s also rumored to be the longest cave in Nepal (2950 meters). The cave is said to be have been discovered in the 16th century.

    Davis Fall
    Also known as Patale Chhango, this waterfall marks the point where the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. When the stream is at full bore after monsoon rains, the sound of the water plunging over the falls is deafening.
    Taal Barahi Darshan
    Boating on Phewa Lake becomes a pilgrimage when you go its famous Hindu Temple - Tal Barahi Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was built during the 18th century. You can also take a walk around the lakeside where there are a myriad of souvenir shops and restaurants.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay at 3 star hotel.


Day 6 - Drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view and Bindhyabasini Temple Visit
  • Pokhara

    Sunrise View
    Get up early in the morning for a drive to Sarangkot where you’ll get an unadulterated sunrise view against the backdrop of the Himalayas.
    Bindabasini Temple

    One of the most popular and most visited of these is the intriguing Bindabasini Temple, known locally as Bindhyabasini Mandir. Standing proudly atop a hill, this striking temple looks calmly over the bustling city of Pokhara.
    Free Time Around The City
    Last day at Pokhara , travellers can have free time around the City on their own.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay at 3 star hotel.


Day 7 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Full day Sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Pokhara - kathmandu

    Pokhara To Kathmandu
    After staying 2 Nights in Pokhara its time to return back to the cultural capital of Nepal.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    Dating back to over 3000 years, Changu Narayan Temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples of Nepal. Steeped in religious and architectural history, you’ll be received by Hindu idols that are over 1000 years old.
    After admiring the skilled craft of the metal, wood, and stones of Changu Narayan Temple, you’ll head over to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur truly lives up to its name of ‘City of Devotees’. Its square is filled with religious temples and medieval ponds like Nyatapola Temple, 55 Window Palace, Gold Gate Temple Siddha Pokhari, etc.

    Changu Narayan Temple And Bhaktapur Area
    The ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan is located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. The temple was surrounded by champak tree forest and a small village known as Changu.
    Evening: Nepali Dinner With A Live Cultural Show
    During dinner time, you’ll enjoy an authentic and organic dinner at a Nepali restaurant. There will be Nepali folk music and you might even join in the dance too.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay at 3-star hotel.


Day 8 - Depart from Kathmandu to Bhutan
  • Kathmandu - Bhutan

    ARRIVE IN PARO BY AIR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (55 KM / 1½ HRS DRIVE)

    After breakfast at the hotel, you'll be transferred to the airport for your international flight departure.

    The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift, as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with enroute stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left TschogangLhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse”. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha.


    On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.
    Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area.Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Thimphu.


Day 9 - Thimpu
  • Thimpu

    After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Also visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.

    After lunch take a short drive (15 km) to PangriZampa, 16th century one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist student’s monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy.
    Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.



    King's Memorial Chorten is continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

    Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Thimphu.


Day 10 - Thimpu - Gangtey (150 KMS / 05 HRS Drive)
  • Gangtey

    After breakfast, check-out from the hotel & drive Gangtey (Phobjikha) enroute visiting Dochula Pass (Altitude 3080m). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. And also via WangduePhodrang, where you can visit the local market and explore newly developed town. The district of WangduePhodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha).

    The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valleys are tightly enclosed.



    After lunch, take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Goempa.Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’sGangtey valley, Bhutan and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Gangtey


Day 11 - Gangtey - Punakha (75 KMS / 03 HRS Drive)
  • Punakha

    After early breakfast, enjoy the Gangtey Nature Trail (Distance: 5.5 km, Time: approx. 2 hours, Difficulty level: Easy).

    This pleasurable walk provides opportunity to get nice feel of Phobjikha valley. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, you head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful forests and into open valley. The trail ends at the local community school after passing a chorten and Khewal Lhakhang.

    Later continue drive to Punakha, upon arrival; check into the hotel. Later visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.



    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Punakha


Day 12 - Punakha – Paro (120 kms / 4½ hrs drive approx)
  • Paro

    After breakfast, proceed for a short walking excursion to ChimiLhakhang, from the hotel it is about 15 mins drive to the motorable road, and then the walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is a total of about 1½ hrs' walk, including both ways). The ChimiLhakhang, situated on a hillock in the center of the valley, is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and want one if they pray at this temple, are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.

    Continue to drive to Paro along the scenic highway, en route visit SimtokhaDzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies.

    On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

    Ta Dzong's visit is immediately followed by a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (ParoDzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, and scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandalas.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.


Day 13 - Paro
  • Paro

    After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.


    Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

    Evening, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, SongtsenGampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

    Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.


Day 14 - Depart Paro by air
  • Trip ends at Paro

    After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for a flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

Inclusion/Exclusion
inlcusion
  • International (KATHMANDU- PARO) and Domestic Flights in Nepa
  • Assistance on arrival
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary, and where possible, Indian cuisine
  • All excursions as per the itinerary
  • Transfers and sightseeing by a good air-conditioned transport
  • Visa fee for Bhutan Nepal
  • 03 nights’ accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • 02 nights’ accommodation at 3-star Chitwan on full board (includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner) along with all the jungle plan
  • 02 nights’ accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • All the surface transfers and the sightseeing tours as specified in the above itinerary
  • All the sightseeing tours by English speaking professional guide in Kathmandu, a local English-speaking guide in Pokhara, and Senior Naturalist in Chitwan
  • Entrance fees and the monumental fees during the sightseeing tours
  • Prevailing government taxes and Chitwan National Park fee
  • Mineral water during sightseeing tours in Bhutan
  • 06 nights’ accommodation at a 3-star hotel
  • 18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, & 6 dinners
  • Local English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Private vehicle transfers
  • Entrance fees to all monuments
  • Mineral Water bottle during sightseeing
 
exclusion
  • All personal expenses and Optional activities
  • Expenses are caused by factors beyond our control like flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, etc.
  • Alcoholic / Non- Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Camera fee
  • Tips, laundry & phone call
  • Additional Sightseeing or extra usage of Vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Anything which is not included in the inclusion.
Trip Notes

Passports, visas, and entry requirements

 PASSPORT

A valid passport is required for you to travel internationally. Similarly, your passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity remaining to travel in most countries. We recommend you take copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well. And also please ensure that the name on your passport and airline ticket matches exactly.

 VISAS

Entry necessities can alternate at any time. Visas can take several weeks to process, so make sure you research the requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for obtaining any necessary documents as well as the application and processing time.

 NEPAL :

All foreign nationals (except Indian passport holders) require a visa to enter Nepal. In the arrivals hall, you’ll find electronic kiosks that read your passport, take your photo, and print out a completed form. Take your completed form to the payment counter where you'll pay for your visa, and then head to the immigration line for "Visa on Arrival". You may also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars (subject to change, cash only). Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at the time of writing:

- Multi-entry visa valid for 15 days - US$30

- Multi-entry visa valid for 30 days - US$50

- Multi-entry visa valid for 90 days - US$125

Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country.

 

Medical and health information

GENERAL HEALTH

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19. See your doctor or travel clinic to have a basic health check-up, ask if your travel plans may affect your health, and plan any vaccinations you need. Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

Vaccination Policy

All travelers on Nepal trips (outside Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travelers on trips, including in Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

AIR POLLUTION:

Air quality in Nepal can be poor, especially in winter. Some towns, including Kathmandu, experience very high levels of seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution. Seek medical advice if you're concerned about the effects of air pollution.

MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES:

Malaria and Dengue fever are a risk in various parts of Nepal. Mostly, during the monsoon season. Protect yourself against insect bites by wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible, including repellent while sleeping under a net.

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND TREATMENT:

Healthcare services are unevenly distributed across the country and access to care in some areas may be limited. Healthcare in Kathmandu generally meets international standards but healthcare throughout the rest of the country may be inadequate. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Hospitals in Nepal typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance.

 

Food and dietary requirements

FOOD IN NEPAL:

In Kathmandu and Pokhara there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for all tastes and budgets. Nepal caters very well to vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a veg section on the menu.

Accommodation

 

Transport

LUGGAGE LIMITS:

Domestic flights in Nepal have strict weight limits - 10kg of check-in luggage and 5kg of carry-on hand luggage per person is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.

ROAD TRAVEL:

Roadwork and infrastructure projects can cause significant delays on major roads within cities and highways between destinations. Road travel can also be disrupted due to demonstrations and strikes without warning. Major roadworks are currently ongoing in and around Kathmandu and the roads to Chitwan National Park. Delays, heavy traffic, poor road conditions, and dust are a reality of road travel in Nepal.

MONSOON:

The monsoon season is from June to September and weather conditions can disrupt travel during this time due to flooding and landslides. Disruption of air travel and airport closures are also possible. Be prepared that the itinerary may need to change at short notice.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS:

There have been a number of air accidents in Nepal. We only use airlines that have passed strict safety audits for including internal flights in Nepal, including Buddha Air, Yeti Air & Tara Air.

Money matters

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Bhaktapur. Make sure you carry sufficient cash to cover your needs when traveling outside of these cities. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Namche, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park), and Bhaktapur. Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Packing

You are responsible only for the personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

- Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, trip notes

- Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance, and air tickets

- Spare passport photos

- Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card

- Money belt

- Small padlocks

- Personal first-aid kit

- Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)

- Electrical adapter plug

- Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes

- Insect repellent

- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat, and sunglasses

- Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)

- Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)

- 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)

- Refillable water bottle

- Phrasebook

- Warm clothes - when traveling in cooler climates

- Wind and waterproof jacket

- Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks

- Camera/phone (with charger)

- Binoculars

Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress in a modest fashion. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly and possibly foggy in the early mornings, with temperatures dropping down to a minimum of around 0ºC on some days. A warm, windproof jacket will be required.

Climate and seasonal information

Nepal's climate varies greatly depending on the season:

JUN - SEP: the monsoon rains (mostly at night) bring landslides in regional areas. Cloud cover often obscures mountain views with rain, mud, and leeches deterring most trekkers at this time of year. Treks running in September can be hot and very humid at lower altitudes.

MAR-APR: Spring brings warm weather and spectacular rhododendron blooms. A popular time to visit and one of the peak times to trek.

OCT - NOV: Clear skies and warm days make autumn the peak season.

DEC - FEB: Winter brings cold temperatures and snow to the mountains. Good trekking, but remember to rug up.

Phone and internet access

Hotels in Kathmandu generally have excellent WiFi connections. Most hotels offer free WiFi in public areas, with some also offering in-room WIFI, sometimes for an additional fee.

Group Leader

The goal of the group leader is to make your travels easier and to help you have the best trip possible. Have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

Safety

We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash, and other valuable items. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy.

Strikes :

Strikes happen on a very frequent basis in Nepal. Most, but not all, of the recent strikes are political in nature and are generally called for the night before with little or no warning. If you arrive as a tourist during a busy political time of year there's a strong chance you might not be able to travel the country as much as you would normally.

 

INSURANCE:

 Travel protection is highly recommended to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may occur during or before your trip. Make sure your insurance covers you for your intended activities, including travel and trekking above 3000m if this is included on your itinerary, mountain rescue services, and helicopter evacuation costs.

FESTIVALS:

The weather is not the only factor when thinking about when to go to Nepal. This Himalayan nation has a rich history, which can be discovered through its festivals. Nepal’s festival calendar fills every month of the year with colorful celebrations that offer interesting insights into the local culture. Stumbling onto a local festival may prove to be the highlight of your travels in Nepal – and given the sheer number of them, you’d be unlucky not to. Festivals may be Hindu, Buddhist, animist, or a mix of all three. Traveling in Nepal during Holi Festival (28-29 March 2021, 27-28 March 2022), can at times be dangerous due to revelers consuming intoxicating substances. The day is often associated with physical violence and danger. Traveling during the Hindu festival Diwali (4 November 2021, 24 November 2022) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks.

Culture shock

Not all cultures share the same beliefs and values. These differences can cause severe culture shock. Some culture shocks that travelers might find while traveling in Nepal are:

 Don’t assume people speak your language. In cultures where you don’t speak the language, simple tasks suddenly become more complicated- like riding a bus or ordering food at a restaurant.

Some Asian cultures such as Indian, Korean, and Chinese openly spit on the sidewalk same with Nepal.

In some Asian countries such as Thailand, India, Nepal, and some Muslim countries such as Morocco, using water and your hands, not toilet paper, is considered much cleaner than using toilet paper.

There is poverty all over the world but it never seems real until you experience it firsthand. There is a number of homeless beggars and slums in Nepal. There are piles of garbage next to rivers, people sleeping in gutters, and meat being butchered on a tarp next to the street.

 After your arrival, you will run into people who will offer you a taxi ride or a cheap hotel. When you hop into a car and leave through the gate of the airport you will see the snake driving vehicles. There are dividers but the car might go to the wrong side to overtake, which is very normal here, and therefore no reason to worry.

When in Nepal, don’t expect things to go on time. You will face delays almost in all activities. There is even a phrase “Nepali Time” which is used sarcastically to point out delays in activities.

You might see guys holding hands when they are walking down the street. Guys holding hands in Nepal is a sign of good friendship and brotherhood.

At monuments, museums, Durbar Squares, etc if someone starts following you and explaining things, they are hiring themselves as your guide and expecting to be paid at the end. Tell them clearly their services are not required pronto, or things are going to get awkward.

 

(Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

Vaccination Requirements: Nepal is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. However, vaccinated individuals can bypass the testing rules that require travelers to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. All travelers regardless of vaccination status must have travel insurance that covers health, immediate crisis, or rescue for the duration of the trip; proof of accommodation in Nepal; a completed International Travel Arrival Form; and either a Nepalese visa or a recommendation from the tourism board.

1. Passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. This does not apply to Nationals of Nepal, Passengers of Nepali origin (Non-Resident Nepali (NRN)), and their family members, or Passengers with a visa issued by a diplomatic representation of Nepal.

2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are Gene X pert, NAAT, and RT-PCR. This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

3. Passengers must obtain an International Traveller Online Arrival Form at https://ccmc.gov.np/

4. Passengers must have a hotel reservation confirmation. This does not apply to nationals of Nepal, Spouses of Nepali nationals, Passengers of Nepali origin, and their family members.

5. Passengers could be subject to hotel quarantine for 10 days at their own expense. This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

6. Visa-on-arrival facilities restarted for eligible passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. This does not apply to passengers traveling with an emergency passport, a temporary passport, or a temporary travel document.

Documents require for Bhutan visa:

-      Valid passport copy

-      Recent passport-sized photos one each guest

-      Copy of Insurance certificate including coverage for COVID 19

 

 

Policies
Payment Policy

The company accepts all major credit cards (MasterCard and Visa Cards). 

The client also has the option to wire transfer the payment of booking the package to the following bank account in Nepal: 


Name of Account Holder: Buddha Holidays Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd., Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Account Number (USD):        006 08082190011
Account Number (NPR/INR):  006 08082190019
Name of the Bank: Himalayan Bank Ltd, Patan Branch, Lalitpur
Swift Code: HIMANPKA

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies are applicable under the following scenarios: 

1. If cancelled by the Company:

 

The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances. The company will not cancel a tour less than 30 days before the start date of the tour except for force majeure or failure on the client’s part to make all due payments or if the client fails to comply with any requirements of the booking conditions. 

 

If the Company has to cancel, you will be informed as soon as possible. 

 

If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure, then the Company will offer you a choice to purchase an alternative tour as a result of consolidation or another available tour offered by the company. In either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of difference in price or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to the Company. 

It is advisable to only book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charges, as the Company is not liable to pay the Client any cancellation, amendment or other changes the Client may need to make as a result of the cancellation of the tour. 

As a minimum, the Company, where compensation is due will pay a compensation of USD 100 per confirmed passenger. The Company is not liable for compensation if the booking is cancelled as a result of force majeure. 

 

2. If Cancelled by the Clients 

 

Clients have the option to cancel their booking as per the following policies of the Company: 

  • 10% of the advanced payment will be retained by the Company if cancellation is done 30 days prior to the start date of the tour. 
  • 50% of the advanced payment will be retained by the Company if cancellation is done 2 to 3 days prior to the start date of the tour. 
  • 100% of the advanced payment is retained by the Company is the cancellation is done less than 2 days before the start of the tour date. 

 

In case of non-payment of the remaining balance before the due date, the Company reserves the right to treat your booking as cancelled and 100% of the advanced payment will be retained as a cancellation charge by the Company. 
 

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