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Nepal and Bhutan. Himalayan happiness

On this tour you will visit the sacred sites of Nepal and Bhutan! These are two amazing little countries located in the Himalayas.

Bhutan is a mysterious kingdom in which we will see the phenomenon of a country untouched by the achievements of modern civilization. Limited access to the country for tourists and its isolation from the outside world allows it to preserve its national identity and authenticity, not for nothing it is called the “Last Shangri-La” . Bhutan is the last place on the planet where nature and wildlife remain pure and unspoiled, people are simple and open. People there wear national costumes, and until a few years ago there was no television or radio in Bhutan. Tibetan culture has been preserved here in its purest form. This is the land of Buddhism, purity and enlightenment.

Bhutan is often rated as the happiest country in the world, and the economy here is not measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but by Gross National Happiness.

The doors to this marvelous realm were not opened until 1974. It is still forbidden to travel to Bhutan on your own, and you can only get here by buying a tour.

In Bhutan you will visit the sacred sites of Bhutan: the magnificent Punakha Dzong, the ancient pilgrimage site of Kichu Lhakang, and of course the famous Paro Taksang (Nest of the Tigress).

You will witness the Talo Tsechu festival in Punakha dedicated to Guru Rinpoche.

The colorful and exciting festival reflects Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions. We will see the famous sacred mask dances accompanied by Astar, the Bhutanese “jester,” and hear the sacred songs of the festival.

We will spend one night in a Bhutanese farmhouse. This will give us the opportunity to learn more about Bhutanese culture, everyday life and cuisine. We can even take a bath with river stones and Himalayan herbs heated in a fire. The baths are on the banks of a small mountain stream and waterfall.

In Nepal, you will see the Ancient Stupas of Kathmandu Valley, little-known monasteries and temples, visit distinctive artisan towns and participate in pujas.

Mini-group of up to 10 people.

  1. Tour dates: March 25 – April 3, 2023.
  2. Number of days: 10 days / 9 nights.
  3. Where to: Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
  4. What we do: We visit different places of power and learn about culture and Buddhism.
  5. Visa and conditions of entry: to Nepal is given on arrival, and to Bhutan through us. Bhutan is open for entry from September 22, 2022. No quarantine and vaccination certificate is not required (but welcome), PCR can be done selectively on arrival.
  6. Accommodation: 3* hotels.
  7. Insurance: Med. insurance for traveling abroad (optional).
  8. Cost of the tour: for a group of 6 or more people. – 3930 $. (if flying to Bhutan only – $3400) per person for double occupancy.
  9. Accompanying: Natalia Sander, a Russian-speaking guide who lives in the Himalayas.
1 day. March 25 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2. March 26 Patan, Swayambhu
Day 3. March 27 Kathmandu – Namo Buddha
Day 4. March 28 Parping
Day 5. March 29 Flight to Paro, transfer to Thimphu (59 km, 1.5 – 2 hours)
Day 6. March 30, Thimphu to Punakha (77 km, 3 hours). Talo Tsechu Festival
Day 7. March 31 Gangtei (78 km, 3 hours)
Day 8. April 1 Gangtei to Paro (6 hours)
Day 9. April 2 Paro Taksang
Day 10. April 3 Departure from Paro


Kathmandu (1350 m)
Parping - New Tibet
Paro (2400 m)
Thimphu (2320 m)
Punakha (1274 m)
Gangtey (2840 m)
Paro (Taktsang-lhakang (3120 m)

Group facilitator: Natalia S.

Natalia was born in 1974 in the Volga region. Translator, guide, journalist (published in Yoga, Empire of Spirit, Wild Yogi magazines).
In 2006 Natalia met her Buddhist Guru in Kathmandu – Lama Rinchen Phuntsok, a heart disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche. In 2008 Natalia finished teaching courses at Ashtanga Yoga Center in Moscow. In 2011 she studied the basics of the Tibetan language at the Manjushri Institute (Darjeeling, India). She studied and practiced the Buddhist tradition of Charya Nitya ritual dance under the direction of Leanne Hunt. Natalia has been living in Nepal and India since 2006, working as a guide. Natasha’s enveloping gentleness and kindness help guests to open up and relax in an unfamiliar land.


Travel program


Nepal and Bhutan travel program.

1 day, March 25. Kathmandu. Arrival.

Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel accommodation within walking distance of the famous Boudha Stupa. Rest, meet the guide, dinner. Stupa bypass.

Day 2, March 26. Kathmandu. Namo Buddha.

In the morning we will do a kora around Boudha. After it we will go to Namo Buddha, one of the 3 central Buddhist Stupas of Nepal. It is famous for being the site where, according to legend, Buddha in one of his incarnations gave his body to a tigress. Today it is a monastery where tourists and pilgrims come for meditation and spiritual practices. Nepal is the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism, Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

Lunch at the cafe at the Stupa, walk through the neighboring village.
Return to Boudou.


Day 3, March 27. Kathmandu – Patan – Swayambhunath.

Excursion to Patan, Sanskrit name Lalitpur, located in the southern part of Kathmandu, on the banks of the Baghmati River. One of the oldest cities in Nepal, founded in the 3rd century. BC. Today it is a center of art and culture, a city of Masters and artisans.

Here we will visit the most important Buddhist sites. Golden Temple, Bodhi Temple (a miniature of the famous Temple and Stupa in Bodhgaya, the place of Buddha’s enlightenment), Tara Temple. Also, we will take you to sacred places that are hidden among residential areas and are not known to tourists.

Lunch at a traditional Nevar restaurant.

Afterwards, we will head to Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest, said to be the self-built Stupa of Kathmandu Valley. With it begins the story of the development of civilization in the Valley.

Day 4, March 28. Kathmandu – Parping.

A walk around the Tawda Lake, where the history of Kathmandu Valley began. Parping is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Here we will visit the cave where Tara self-proclaimed. The next cave is where Guru Rinpoche meditated and left a palm mark on the stone. The Vajrayogini (Red Tara) temple is also located here.

Return to the hotel.

Day 5, 29 Matrt. Flight to Paro. Transfer to Thimphu.

Arrival in Paro.

You will be met at Paro airport by your guide. The transfer to Thimphu town will take 1.5-2 hours. On the way, we will stop at Tamchog Lhakang Monastery.

Hotel Accommodation. Lunch. Vacation.

Then we will go to Tashicho-dzong, the city’s main monastery and royal secretariat. Tashicho Dzong is picturesquely located near Thimphu town on the banks of the Wang Chu River. It is an imposing, massive and very photogenic structure surrounded by neat lawns and idyllic gardens.

We’ll be spending the evening downtown. We’ll stroll the main streets, and at sunset we’ll join people heading to the Memorial Stupa, built in honor of the third King in 1974 by his mother. We will do a “kora” (circumambulation around the stupa) and recite mantras. The Stupa always feels like the whole town has gathered there. Both morning and evening people come here to pray or just to discuss the events of the day.

Dinner at the hotel.

* The final program of the first day depends on the time of arrival .



Day 6, March 30. Thimphu to Punakha. Talo Tsechu Festival.

After breakfast, we will set out to explore the Punakha valley.

Two major Bhutanese rivers, the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu, meet in the Punakha valley. Where they merge, and stands the famous Punakha dzong. It is a very picturesque place, especially on clear days, when the sun, reflecting off the water surface, illuminates the whitewashed walls of the ancient monastery. Punakha dzong was built in 1637 thanks to Ngawang Namgyal Shabdrung. Punakha was the capital of the kingdom until 1955, and is now the winter residence of the country’s supreme clergy.

Today we will participate in the Talo Tsechu festival dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. The colorful and exciting festival reflects Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions. We will see the famous sacred masked dances accompanied by Astar, the Bhutanese “jester” and hear the sacred songs of the festival.

We’ll spend the night at the farmhouse. In the evening, those who wish will be able to take baths with heated river stones.



Tonight we’re spending the night at the farmhouse. We will meet the kind-hearted hostess and she will show us around the house and farm. Ama Wangmo was born in this house and several generations of her family have grown up here. The main house is about 300 years old and has been added on and changed. There are 5 acres of land surrounding the house, the lot is adjacent to a river with wooden tubs on the bank. It’s a Bhutanese bath. Those who wish will be able to take baths and take a dip in a small waterfall here. Or just to be secluded in nature, there is plenty of space in the estate. We have a dinner waiting for us at the house with the family.


Day 7, March 31. Punakha to Gangtey.

In the morning we will visit Chimi Lhakhang. This monastery is built in honor of Drukpa Kyunle, who is also known as the Divine Fool. Chimi-lhakang is believed to have miraculous powers – curing infertility. Many childless couples come to Chimi for a blessing.

After that, we will be transferred further to Phobjikha valley. Today we are offering you a hike on the Gangtey Trail. You will walk along a trail that winds among moss-covered pine trees and see the delightful mountain scenery with your own eyes. If you’re lucky, you’ll see pheasants and even black-necked cranes. We’ll reach Gangtey-gompa. On a small hill in the Phobjikha valley sits Gangtey gompa (Gangtey). It is the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan and the only monastery of this school lying west of the Black mountains range. The monastery is surrounded by a large village and is home to 140 gomchens who take care of the monastery as well as their families. We will visit the monastery as well as the village.

In the evening a walk around the village.



Day 8, April 1. Gangtey – Paro.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Long transfer to Paro (about 6 hours). In Paro, we will visit Kichhu Lhakang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It was founded in the 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, through whom Buddhism spread in the Himalayas. According to legend, Songtsen Gampo, with the help of Kichu, exorcised a demoness who had settled in the Himalayas and was terrifying people.

Walk around the center, optional souvenir shops. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 9, April 2.. Paro. Paro Taksang.

Early check-out from the hotel. Hike to Paro Taktsang.

Paro Taktsang is located north of the city of Paro at a dizzying altitude of 3120 meters. To reach the monastery, we will make a 2-3 hour trek through shady pine forests.

It seems incredible, but Taktsang Lhakang is located on sheer cliffs 900 meters above the Paro Valley. The name “taktsang” translates to “tigress’ nest” and there is an explanation for this. The monastery was built in 1692 in a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated in the 7th century. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche came here riding a tigress and meditated for 3 years 3 months 3 days and 3 hours to defeat the demons living in the cave. Since then, the cave has been considered sacred, and many famous Buddhist practitioners have traveled quite a distance to be able to meditate in it.


Day 10April 3. Departing from Paro.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Flight from Paro to Kathmandu.

Have a safe trip!




Cost of travel


$3750 For double occupancy

A clear color copy of your passport is required for Bhutan visa application. Passport validity – at least 6 months from the date of travel. Before the trip, we send the e-visa and itinerary to your email. These need to be printed out and presented at the counter of the airline carrier to Bhutan. An up-to-date visa is put in your passport upon arrival.

The cost of the tour includes:

  • 3* hotels in Bhutan (double occupancy);
  • 3* hotel in Kathmandu (double occupancy);
  • transportation per group according to the program;
  • breakfasts at the hotel in Kathmandu;
  • three meals a day in Bhutan;
  • English-speaking butanese guide;
  • entrance tickets to monasteries, monuments, museums according to the program in Nepal and Bhutan;
  • Bhutan visa;
  • daily government tax to stay in Bhutan – 200 dollars per day per person;
  • Russian guide – Natalia Sander.

Not included in the tour price:

  • Single occupancy supplement ($260);
  • Kathmandu – Paro – Kathmandu airfare (from $475);
  • Nepal visa (in advance or on arrival);
  • Lunches and dinners in Nepal;
  • Health Insurance;
  • Personal Expenses.