Day 1 → Arrive Kathmandu

An Elevated Trips representative will welcome you at the airport with a traditional  silk scarf called ‘Khadak’ and escort you to our 5 star hotel. After completing all the formalities to check-in at the hotel, you can spend the rest of the day on your own. Later, we might have a  regarding the trip at our office or your hotel lobby.

In case of early arrival, you go out for the afternoon on a guided sightseeing tour of  Kathmandu Valley’s historical and cultural landmarks such as the famous Boudhanath Stupa, the country’s largest Buddhist pilgrim site. As we enter the main gate of the site, the giant white dome with big Buddha eyes will greet us, offering our first taste of Buddhist worship.

After Boudanath Stupa, you will be transferred to the Pashupatinath temple on the Bagmati River's bank to observe the evening aarti ceremony. The temple is one of the most famous and important temples in the world, serving as the seat of a deity named Shiva. Open cremations of Hindus are done on the banks of the Bagmati River here.
In the evening, you can stroll around the Thamel and Thaity area and discover small temples around every corner and feel the true local flavor of the colorful Kathmandu streets.

Day 2 → Bhaktapur Square

Today our travels take us to the iconic Bhaktapur Durbar Square.  Bhaktapur town lies in the eastern part of the valley of Kathmandu and is the third largest town in the Kathmandu valley. The city is known for its beautiful markets, culture and art. Often known as "Bhadgaon" and known locally as Khwopa, Bhaktapur. King Ananda Dev Malla established the historically and culturally rich town in 889 AD. Bhaktapur’s main attraction is temples, palaces, ponds and historic buildings.

Our full day in Bhaktapur city covers nearly all of the city’s attractions. You will experience the traditional Newari culture, beautiful temples, wood-carved palaces, and spectacular 15th century architecture during your Bhaktapur day tour.

Bhaktapur City’s main attractions include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pottery Square, Nyatapola Square, and Dattatreya Square. In addition, unique monastery complexes are to be found throughout the labyrinthine alleyways of the large complex. The most magnificent is the Nyatapola Temple, which is potentially Nepal’s highest temple. This temple  has the most exquisite windows in which the frames are carved with decorative, detailed peacocks. Most of Nepal’s art produced in the Middle Ages was based on Hindu and Buddhist cultural traditions and this influence is easily seen in the architecture here. Bhaktapur Durbar Square’s Shiva Temple has the most spectacular wooden Kathmandu valley carvings with a spectacular palace containing 55 unique windows. The view of the Temple of Dattatreya is priceless. Go to the pottery square and learn from local experts how to make clay pots. Bhaktapur is also an excellent place to purchase handicrafts.

After our stunning day out in Bhaktapur Durbar Square we will return to our hotel to clean up and have an amazing local dinner in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.


Day 3 → Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, located in the Kathmandu Valley at an altitude of 2,175 meters above sea level. It's known for its scenic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, and is a popular hiking destination. The village is lined with hotels along a ridge that offers views of eight Himalayan ranges, including Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Everest, and Numbur. The best viewing seasons are October to December and March to May, when the skies are likely to be clear

Day 4 → Fly from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan then tranfer to Thimpu

After breakfast, your guide will brief you on your trip to Bhutan. Your flight will be with Bhutan’s national airline Druk Air, the only airline in Bhutan. This is the only way to get in and out of this little-seen country. If the weather is clear, you will have wonderful views of the Himalayas.

It’s a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom of Bhutan. Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu, passing by Tamchog Lhakang Iron Bridge en route. Hotel check-in then heads for the Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Takin Sanctuary, where you’ll see Bhutan’s unique national animal, the Takin.

Continue to meet the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery before going to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD $4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). Later visit Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu, and the central administrative center (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Day 5 → Thimphu to Punakha, Punakha Sightseeing

After breakfast, we head towards Punakha. On our way, we stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If the weather is clear, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. Then we proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman, a sacred place where people pray for children.

Next, embrace the highlight – Punakha Dzong, a very grand building of Bhutanese architecture, armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. You will also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan).

Day 6 → Punakha to Paro by car 3 hours, Paro Sightseeing

The next day, we drive back to Paro and start today’s tour with Paro Dzong, which is perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture, as well as a local religious and administrative center. Later we visit to Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant cultural relics.

Next, go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. This ends at a local farmhouse, where you can chat with local people, see how they live, and may taste some homemade wine.

Day 7 → Paro Hiking – Tigers Nest Monastery

Our final morning in Bhutan holds a most iconic sight in all of Bhutan: Taktsang Monastery, also known as the “Tiger’s Nest.” The famous subject of many photographs, this complex of 17th-century temples miraculously clings to the side of a precipitous cliff nearly 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Its name is derived from a myth, which holds that Guru Rinpoche, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism from India to Bhutan in the 8th century, landed here on the back of a flying tigress and stayed to meditate in a cave for three months. Gain an initial vista as we hike to a viewpoint opposite the monastery, while those who choose to tackle the entire challenging journey will have their effort well rewarded with unsurpassed views of the temples, surrounding peaks and the sprawling valley below. Afterward, there may be time to do some last-minute shopping before saying farewell to this most captivating country.

Day 8 → Fly back from Bhutan to Kathmandu

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the land of the Thunder Dragon. You will be escorted to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed back to Nepal and taken to your hotel. The remaining day is free. Rest or let our guide show you more hidden sights around Kathmandu.

Day 9 → Depart Kathmandu

The trip to these mystical countries comes to an end today. If your flight is scheduled for later in the day, you will have another chance to take a stroll around the streets. Then, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours before your flight back to your home.

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