Day 1 As our aircraft approached Bhutan’s Paro International Airport we were amazed at the scene the snow-clad slopes gave way to beautiful forests of pine and rhododendron trees, and just below the tree line, verdant valleys and white water rivers gave way to fields of green. There is a sense of timelessness as the plane makes a perfect landing. We knew then that our trip to Bhutan was going to be an experience of a lifetime. After proceeding through customs which was a breeze compared to other countries we were then greeted by our guide and driver who were dressed in traditional costume. We proceeded to our vehicle and taken to the Drugyl Fort, Paro Dzong and Museum. Our first meal in Bhutan was a feast to behold and even after 6 meals on our long journey from Sydney we were still able to consume this wonderful meal. Our drive to the capital of Thimpu took 1-1/2 hours on a new highway which was completed last year.

Day 2 After breakfast our Bhutanese host joined us and we continued on our drive through beautiful scenery to the start of our hike to the Cheri Monastery one of the most popular monastery’s in Bhutan, on the return journey we were taken to see Bhutan’s National animal the Tarkin. After another scrummy lunch we managed to do some retail therapy visiting the many arts and crafts shops in Thimpu. The evening was spend witnessing a wonderful Cultural Performance.

Day 3
After breakfast we departed for Punarka and en route we stopped at Dochula Pass (3050 m) where we had were expecting fabulous views of the snow capped eastern Himalayan mountain peaks but unfortunately bad weather prevailed.. In the afternoon we visited the sacred Punakha Dzong, a superb example of Bhutanese architecture.

Day 4 Today we took an easy days hike through villages and visit Chimi Lhakdang, the divine mad monk’s temple. It was a beautiful walk through a lovely village.

Day 5 Today we returned to Paro via Thimpu, our afternoon we had time to take in some more shopping, and treated to a very relaxing stone bath.

Day 6 Today was our big hike to the Taksing Monastery some of the girls decided to take the alternative option of riding a pony to the viewpoint. Then it was a short hike to get a closer look at this spectacular view of the monastery. We even managed a visit inside and were blessed by the monks. Sadly tonight is our last night in this wonderful country of which we have very fond memories to take home with us.

Day 7 PARO – KATHMANDU After breakfast we will departed for the airport and our flight to Kathmandu. On arrival and after all formalities our Nepal guide and driver greeted us and we travelled by vehicle to Bhaktapur. BHAKTAPUR: Bhaktapur meaning the City of Devotees, this place is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14km/9 miles east of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 5,600ft above sea level. In Bhadgaon you will visit the Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 Windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla, The Nyatapola Temple. This temple also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of the Pagoda style and stands on five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures, two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses. Dinner at your hotel.

Day 8
Early morning guided tour of Baktapur lunch and then we hiked to Nargakot which is a hill station approx. 2 hours drive from Kathmandu at an altitude of 2073mtrs. This very popular place if excellent for its superb views of the Himalayan range especially at sunrise and sunset

Day 9 After breakfast we will depart for Kathmandu by flight for The next 2 days will be full of adventure, either riding on the back of an elephant, jeep safari, canoe and jungle walking. We will see rhino, many species of birds, deer, crocodile and if you are lucky maybe the odd sloth bear and tiger.

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