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Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Meals

37 x Meals
14 breakfasts, 9 lunches
and 14 dinners


Transport
Flight from Paro to Kathmandu and all overland transport in a private vehicle

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Accommodation
14 nights accommodation in hotels of your choice of rating

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Tour guides

Tour Guide
Your own personal tour guides and private driver


Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Included activities

Included activities
The highlight of any trip to Bhutan, the Taktshang Monastery also known as "Tiger's Nest Monastery" ~ Sightseeing in Thimphu including Buddha Point, the biggest Buddha in Bhutan ~ Travel over the Dochula pass with spectacular views of the Himalayas ~ Enjoy a walk in Gangtey on the Nature Trail ~ Discover the Phobjikha Valley ~ Visit the dzongs and temples of Punakha ~ Explore Paro with your guide including Kyichu Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong and more ~ Explore Kathmandu with a full day city tour including Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and more ~ Take 3 game drives in Chitwan National Park where you can spot the one-horned rhino and other wildlife ~ Visit the local elephant breeding centre ~ Enjoy sightseeing in Pokhara and in Pokhara valley including Sarangkot ~ Take a boat trip on Phewa Lake


Itinerary

A Himalayan holiday that is sure to have you falling in love with the region. Experience the beauty, grace and charm of Bhutan combined with Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park and Pokhara in Nepal. Amongst prayer flags, temples, wildlife, spectacular scenery and Buddhist life, this 15 day Private Tour is a fantastic holiday.

Tourism is regulated by Bhutanese government and all foreigners (except Indians) are required to travel with a registered guide, transport and on an organised tour. Only then are visa permits issued (Travelbay will take care of your visa and entry details after booking).

A certain level of fitness is required for this tour as there is some walking involved (see Day 7 in particular). We can adjust the itinerary to suit your requirements.

Click on the headings below to see details for each day.

Day 1: BHUTAN ~ Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimphu

Upon arrival in Paro, you will be met by your guide and driven to Thimphu the capital town of Bhutan.

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Tachogang Lhakhang, Thimphu

Along the way visit Tachogang Lhakhang “the temple of the excellent horse” - a private temple built in the 15th century with its bridge across the river. Continue on to Chuzom where the Thimphu and Paro rivers join. Here you can see 3 different styles of stupas: Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese.

On arrival in Thimphu, check-in to your hotel. The capital of Bhutan is a unique city with an unusual mix of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With a population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light and is described as the heart of Bhutan.

In the late afternoon drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) and see the largest statute in the country. Then take a short walk around the Point enjoying the views of the valley.

Return to the city and stroll through the local crafts bazaar browsing the traditional fine arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate, wood carvings, jewellery and much more.

At dusk, continue with a short tour around some of the most popular sites of Thimphu to experience the beauty of this city at night.

Please note: If your flight arrives later in the afternoon, todays' sightseeing will be added to Day 2.

Overnight in Thimphu: Phuntsho Pelri or similar (Standard); Druk Hotel or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: BHUTAN ~ Explore the Thimphu Valley

Today discover the sights of the Thimphu Valley. Visit the National Library where You will find an extensive collection of Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; and the Textile Museum, which provides insight into one of the most distinct art forms of Bhutan. Continue on to Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.

After lunch, drive to Sangaygang (also known as the hill of Buddha) where you can enjoy the views of Thimphu valley and take a walk through the hundreds of colourful prayer flags.

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Takin Reserve Center, Thimphu

Continue on to the Takin Reserve Centre home to the national animal of Bhutan (the Takin). This is a wildlife reserve area for the takin. Formerly a zoo, the King of Bhutan declared animals were not to be kept in such confinement and so were set free. They then discovered that the takin didn't wander far and stayed within the area.

After your time here, visit the Changangkha Monastery overlooking the Thimphu valley. The Monastery was built in the 15th century and is known to the locals as the "name giving temple", When a new baby is born into the community the locals take the baby to the temple to be named and blessed.

Stop at the King's Memorial Chorten - a stupa continuously circumambulated by people murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. End the day at Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the centre of government and religion, and the site of the monarch’s throne room.

Overnight in Thimphu: Phuntsho Pelri or similar (Standard); Druk Hotel or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: BHUTAN ~ Travel to Gangtey via the Dochula Pass

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Dochula Pass

After breakfast begin the drive to Gangtey (around 5.5 hours) via the Dochula pass. There are 108 memorial stupas known as Druk Wangyal Chortens en route and on a clear day the views of the Himalayas are spectacular.

Visit the rural village of Rinchengang in Wangdue Phodrang. Rinchengang is a small village famous for its stonework and the houses being built so close together.

After lunch, drive onto Gangtey through oak and rhododendron forests and to the Phobjikha Valley, a beautiful and remote valley. The vast wide open space is extremely rare in Bhutan as most parts are densely populated with trees making it a welcome delight of expansiveness.

Overnight in Gangtey: Gangtey Lodge or similar (Standard); Hotel Dewachen or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: BHUTAN ~ Walk the Gangtey Nature Trail and explore the Phobjikha Valley

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Gangtey Monastery

This morning your driver and guide will collect you and take you to the Gangtey Monastery and surrounding village - home to the people who look after the monastery.  

Take a walk on the Gangtey Nature Trail (around 2 hours). Head downhill from the Gangtey Monastery on foot through the scenic valley to Semchubara village and onto the open valley. The trail ends at a local school where you can stop and have a rest.

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Phobjikha Valley

After lunch explore the Phobjikha Valley - the winter home of the black necked cranes that migrate from the North to enjoy a milder climate in the winter months (from late October to mid-February). Visit the Black Neck Crane Information Centre and learn all about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Overnight in Gangtey: Gangtey Lodge or similar (Standard); Hotel Dewachen or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: BHUTAN ~ Travel to and explore Punakha

Today after breakfast your guide and driver will collect you for the 3 - 4 hour drive to Punakha. Until 1955 Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and still today is the winter residence of the monk body.

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Punakha Dzong, Punakha

In the afternoon visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness) built at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers in 1637. In the past, this majestic dzong served as both the religious and administrative centre of Bhutan.

It measures some 180 by 70 metres and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside you can explore the courtyards and religious statues.

Later in the day visit Chimi Lhakhang - a monastery situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley and known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that if couples who do not have children and want one, pray at this temple, they will be blessed with a child. 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 a rare glimpse into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.

In the evening explore Wangdue town and its local market.

Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue: Damchen Resort or similar (Standard); Zhingham Resort or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: BHUTAN ~ Travel to Paro and explore its charm

After breakfast, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang a temple and nunnery overlooking the valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. The temple houses many magnificent statues - one of them is a 14-foot bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara made by local Bhutanese artisans. The temple is also home to around 70 nuns.

Continue the drive back to Paro descending from the Dochula pass and Wang Chhu & Paro Chhu river valleys. On the way visit Simtokha Dzong, a place of profound tantric teachings and a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Ta Dzong, Paro

Visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a Watchtower, it now houses a National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts.

Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”) which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard you will see 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.

In the evening enjoy a walk around main street and market area.

Overnight in Paro: Olathang or similar (Standard); Paro Eco Lodge or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: BHUTAN ~ Visit the iconic Taktshang Monastery

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Taktshang Monastery, Paro

After breakfast visit the iconic Taktshang Monastery, also known as "Tiger's Nest Monastery". It is approximately a 5 hour walk and is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries - you'll see why when you get there!

Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor, this site has been recognised as the most sacred place in Bhutan and is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. Enjoy the views along the walk which you can take at your own pace.

A decent level of fitness is required for the trek. The hike to the first view point is through the forest and there is an option to hire ponies for this section (around USD20 per person and payable directly). This part of the walk is 1.5 hours and there is a cafeteria with a good view of the Monastery. If you are unable/not wanting to do the full climb you can return from this point. Ponies are not permitted from this point onwards.

On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The spectacular snowy dome of Chomolhari can be seen from the road to the dzong.

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

Overnight in Paro: Olathang or similar (Standard); Paro Eco Lodge or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: NEPAL ~ Fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu.

On arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight in Kathmandu: Hotel Vaishali or similar (Standard); Hotel Shangri La / Hotel Mulberry or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: NEPAL ~ Delight in the sights of Kathmandu 

This morning your driver will collect you from your hotel for a tour of Kathmandu and the surrounding area.

Travelbay Nepal Tours - Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

Visit the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River - one of the most important sites for Hindus all over the world. Continue on to Boudhnath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal with its famous giant eyes.

Visit Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square with its huge Royal Square and several temples and shrines.

After your day of touring, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Please note: Today you will have a local guide.

Overnight in Kathmandu: Hotel Vaishali or similar (Standard); Hotel Shangri La / Hotel Mulberry or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10: NEPAL ~ Travel to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast depart Kathmandu and drive to Chitwan National Park (around 5 hours).

Please note: on the drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan you will have a driver only (no guide).

Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage listed reserve comprised of forests, grassland and marshland. It is home to many animals - including the one-horned rhino, deer, monkeys, many birds, and more. Sightings of the above animals are common, elephants and sloth bears less common and the royal Bengal tiger a rarity.

Travelbay Nepal Tours - Elephants, Chitwan National Park

In the afternoon (time permitting) enjoy a game drive in Chitwan National Park or visit the local Elephant breeding centre.

You have the option to choose how you would like to take each safari - by elephant, boat, on foot or by jeep. This can be arranged at the time via your accommodation. A park guide / lodge naturalist will accompany you on each safari.  

Overnight in Chitwan: Landmark Forest Park or similar (Standard); Machan Country Villa / Tigerland Safari Resort or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: NEPAL ~ Games drives in Chitwan National Park

Travelbay Nepal Tours - Rhino, Chitwan National Park

Explore Chitwan National Park and go wildlife spotting with a morning and afternoon game drive.

Spend the rest of the day, and in between game drives, at your leisure.

Overnight in Chitwan: Landmark Forest Park or similar (Standard); Machan Country Villa / Tigerland Safari Resort or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: NEPAL ~ Travel to Pokhara

This morning you will be collected from you hotel for the drive to Pokhara (around 5 hours).  

Travelbay Nepal Tours - Pokhra

Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake in central Nepal, and has spectacular views of the Himalayas. It's a tourist hub due to its beauty and location - also a gateway for various treks in the region.  

On arrival your driver will take you to your lodge. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Please note: on the drive from Chitwan to Pokhara you will have a driver only (no guide).

Overnight in Pokhra: Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Queen's Park (Standard); Mount Kailash Resort / Kuti Resort & Spa or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13: NEPAL ~ Pokhra sightseeing and boat ride on Phewa Lake

This morning wake up early and drive to Sarangkot (around 1 hour) to watch the sunrise from the Annapurna Himalayan range - a very special experience.

Travelbay Nepal Tours - Lake Phewa

Continue the morning with sightseeing of Pokhara Valley including Devi's Fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti River Gorge, the Peace Stupa and Tibetan Refugee Camp that was built for the Tibetan refugees that came to settle in Nepal after the Chinese takeover of Tibet. Later enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake.

Please note: Today you will have a local guide.

Overnight in Pokhra: Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Queen's Park (Standard); Mount Kailash Resort / Kuti Resort & Spa or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14: NEPAL ~ Return to Kathmandu

After breakfast drive to Kathmandu (around 6 hours). If you would prefer to fly back to Kathmandu, please let us know and we can get you a quote.

Please note: on the drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu you will have a driver only (no guide).  

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel for check-in .

Overnight in Kathmandu: Hotel Vaishali or similar (Standard); Hotel Shangri La / Hotel Mulberry or similar (Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today when it is time for your departure flight your driver will take you to the airport. If you would like to stay on in Kathmandu, we can arrange this for you and provide a quote.

Additional details

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard will be booked.

This is a Private Tour and on arrival you will be met by your personal guide. For the duration of your time in Bhutan you will have the same guide and driver. In Nepal you will have local guides in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a park guide / lodge naturalist for your safaris in Chitwan National Park.  

If you would like a quote for your international flights to and from Bhutan / Nepal, please let us know. Likewise, if you would like any stopovers or travel insurance, we would be happy to provide you with a quote.

Click here to download printable itinerary.

This is a Private Tour with your own private vehicle, guide and driver.

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If you would like to change anything on this tour or customise it in any way, please contact us and we can assist you and provide you with a quote.

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Dates, Availability & Pricing

This tour can start on virtually any day of the year.

When booking online you will have the option to specify the date you would like to commence your tour. Please do not book any flights until you have received confirmation from us.

Low season pricing: applicable for travel in the months of January, February, June, July, August and December.

High season pricing: applicable for travel in the months of March, April, May, September, October and November.

The stated pricing is valid for travel until 31st December 2021. If you plan to travel after this date, please contact us for a quote.

The above pricing options for Standard and Deluxe are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is also available. If you would like triple share, a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Hotel Information

Click below to see names of the selected hotels.

Hotel details

Thimphu

Standard: Phuntsho Pelri or similar
Deluxe: Druk Hotel or similar

Gangtey

Standard: Gangtey Lodge or similar
Deluxe: Hotel Dewachen or similar

Punakha / Wangdue

Standard: Damchen Resort or similar
Deluxe: Zhingham Resort or similar

Paro

Standard: Olathang or similar
Deluxe: Paro Eco Lodge or similar

Kathmandu

Standard: Hotel Vaishali or similar
Deluxe: Hotel Shangri La / Hotel Mulberry or similar

Chitwan

Standard: Landmark Forest Park or similar
Deluxe: Machan Country Villa / Tigerland Safari Resort or similar

Pokhara

Standard: Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Queen's Park or similar
Deluxe: Mount Kailash Resort / Kuti Resort & Sa or similar

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard will be booked.

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Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

We had a fantastic time. The Tiger Nest Monastery was the highlight for me. It was a 12km trek and took 5 hours. Bhutan is certainly a hidden gem. I have been spreading the news about Travelbay and hope more people will venture to Bhutan. Thank you for putting this trip of a lifetime together - it's been on my list for some time now.

 

Cheryl White

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

Thank you!! We had the most amazing trip…Bhutan was just so beautiful, scenic & unspoilt…the guides & accommodation, staff could not do more for us. Thanks again until our next trip.

 

Debbie Richardson

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Thanks so much for all your wonderful work in regards to planning our trip. You have been so helpful and I would be very happy to recommend you to anyone.

 

Lesley Marles

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Booking process

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.


Terms & Conditions

Click on the heading below to see the Specific Terms and Conditions for this tour.

Specific Terms & Conditions

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 45 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: Please contact us for rates.
  • There are various festivals in Bhutan and Nepal. During festival times there may be a surcharge for accommodation - please check with us upon booking for any festival dates and applicable surcharges.
  • Low season dates: January, February, June, July, August and December.
  • High season dates: March, April, May, September, October, November.
  • The pricing options are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is available. If you would like triple share, a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

Inclusions:

  • 14 nights' accommodation.
    • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
  • 37 meals as per itinerary - 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 14 dinners.
  • Internal flight from Paro to Kathmandu.
  • All airport transfers - a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and take you to the airport in time for your departure.
    • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
  • All transportation throughout the tour in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The vehicle used will depend on the size of your group. For groups of two, in Bhutan you will travel in a Hyundai Tucson or Santa Fe. In Nepal you will travel in a Swift Dzire or similar. If you wish to upgrade the vehicle in Nepal, to a Suzuki Ertiga or similar, please contact us for a quote.
  • Local sightseeing with entrance fees wherever applicable.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide. In Bhutan you will have the same guide for the duration of your time in Bhutan. In Nepal you will have local guides in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in Chitwan you will have a park guide / lodge naturalist for your safaris.  
  • Bhutan visa fee of USD40.
  • Applicable hotel taxes & service charges calculated at 20%, subject to change.
  • All inland travel permits.
  • Royal Government of Bhutan royalties and taxes.

Exclusions:

  • International airfares to and from Bhutan (if you would like a quote, please contact us).
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote.
  • Nepal visa.
  • Surcharge for high season.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Optional activities and attractions as stated in the itinerary.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the tour?

You can pretty much choose any date (subject to availability) and we can usually accommodate everyone including short notice and long term bookings.

Is my departure guaranteed?

Once you have paid for your booking and received confirmation of your travel dates from Travelbay, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

How much is the tour?

Travelbay provides Standard and Deluxe pricing options, based on twin share (2 people per room). Please see the pricing at the top of the page.

In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price. If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Can I add extra nights?

Yes, of course. Just let us know how many extra nights you would like either before or after and we will arrange for you to stay at the same hotel and let you know the cost of the extra nights.

Arriving early or staying on won't affect your airport transfers - if you're staying at the same hotel and we book it for you, we'll collect you when you arrive and take you to the airport when it's time for your departure flight.

Can I change the itinerary?

Yes, we can alter the itinerary for you so that you get exactly what you are after.

We can provide you with a quote for any changes you wish to make.

What is the size of the group?

This tour is a Private Tour. It will be only you and your travel companions in the group and you will travel in a private vehicle with your own personal driver and guide.

Do you have single traveller pricing?

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Can we do triple share?

Yes, triple share is available at most hotels.

Do I need any vaccinations?

We recommend you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Do I need a visa for Bhutan & Nepal?

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel.

Bhutan

A tourist visa is required for travel in Bhutan. This needs to be done via the tour operator - once you have booked your tour with us, we will take care of your visa for you in conjunction with our colleagues in Bhutan.

We will need a clear, readable colour copy of the photo page of your passport showing your passport number and photo. We will need this in JPEG or PDF format at least 30 days prior to your date of entry into Bhutan. Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you return home.

Please note: If you are travelling to Bhutan from India and plan to re-enter India again (for more than transit) you will need a multiple entry visa for India. Please also check if your India visa has "2 months entry restriction" meaning there must be a gap of at least 2 months between two separate visits to India - if this has been stamped in your passport then you will need to get it endorsed by the Indian embassy in Thimphu for a nominal charge. This will need to be done in Thimphu on working days during office hours. You will be asked to provide your travel documents and of course our tour guides in Bhutan will help if you do need to do this.

Nepal

A tourist visa is required for travel in Nepal.

You can apply for your visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need one passport sized photo and a completed application from (usually given out on the flight into Kathmandu or on arrival). Alternatively you can apply before you leave Australia via the Nepalese embassy or consulate.

To find out the visa requirements for Bhutan and Nepal, you can check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

Is tipping customary and how much do I tip?

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

However, it is usual to tip the guides, drivers, porters and waiters.

It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable.  

Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers and are given in Australian Dollars.

  • Guide (Full Day): AUD 8 - 16 per day
  • Driver for the tour: AUD 6 - 10 per day
  • Bell Boy: AUD1 per person
  • Restaurants: About 10% of the bill total (unless service charge is mentioned as included)

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.

What is internet access like in Bhutan & Nepal?

You can find internet cafes in Paro and Thimphu in Bhutan and Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal. Most large hotels will have internet access. Outside of the cities and in more rural areas, internet access may be less common.

Can I use my mobile phone in Bhutan & Nepal?

In some of the main cities you will be able to use your mobile phone. More remote areas may not have network coverage.

You will need to check with your mobile carrier at home about roaming and charges and make sure global roaming is activated before you leave home or purchase a local Sim card on arrival..

What currency do they use in Bhutan & Nepal and can I get money out of an ATM?

The currency used in Bhutan is the Ngultrum and the Indian Rupee is also accepted all over Bhutan.

Please note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan or Nepal .

The US dollar is readily acceptable at major handicraft emporiums and some large hotels. AUD is not generally accepted in Bhutan nor are international credit cards widely accepted. ATMs are not common and we recommend carrying enough cash to cover your expenses.

The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

The US dollar is widely accepted in Nepal. ATMS can only be found in Kathmandu and Pokhara and money exchanging facilities can be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and outside the park in Chitwan. Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Bhutan & Nepal to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

What type of adaptor plug do I need for Bhutan & Nepal ?

In Bhutan there are 3 plug types: D, F and G; and in Nepal also 3 types: C, D and M.

A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

Travel tip: Take a power board with multiple outlets. This way you can use the one adaptor and plug in multiple devices or electronics.

What happens on arrival?

When you arrive into Bhutan your guide will be waiting for you after you clear customs at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you can’t see them inside the arrival lounge, they will be waiting just outside the doors. Sometimes they have the Travelbay logo but it is your name that you will most likely notice.

When is the best time to visit Bhutan & Nepal?

Bhutan

Trips to Bhutan can be planned throughout the year. Spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November) are great times to visit Bhutan as the weather is ideal. It is also the most popular time and flights and accommodation can fill up quickly - we recommend booking well in advance. The Rhododendron blooms peak in March and April, making the views of the Himalayas incredible.

The shoulder season runs from December to February (the winter months). There are less tourists and the weather is still pleasant. Whilst December and January can be cold (especially at night) it makes for great scenery and panoramas.

Nepal

In particular for those wanting to trek, the best time to visit Nepal is considered September to November (autumn) For those wanting to trek. Other popular times to visit are the spring months of March, April and May.

Is travel in Bhutan controlled or regulated?

Tourism is regulated by Bhutanese government and all foreigners (except Indians) are required to travel with a registered guide, transport and on an organised tour. Only then are visa permits issued (Travelbay will take care of your visa and entry details after booking).

Do I need travel insurance for Bhutan & Nepal?

Travelbay strongly recommend travel insurance – we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

Can I contact you?

You most certainly can.

Whilst our official office hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm AET (Sydney time) we are regularly in the office outside of these hours and at weekends.

Feel free to ring at any time before 7:30pm - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. If we are busy on other calls or not available please leave a message including your phone number and area code and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

You are also very welcome to email us on team@travelbay.com 24/7 - we check our emails regularly. We look forward to hearing from you.


Bhutan & Nepal Holiday Information

Bhutan & Nepal Facts

Capital City: Thimphu (Bhutan); Kathmandu (Nepal)

Population: estimated 763,092 (Bhutan); 29.13 million (Nepal)

Languages: There are 19 different languages and dialects spoken in Bhutan. Dzongkha (or Bhutanese) is spoken by over half a million people.  

The official language of Nepal is Nepali.

Currency: The currency used in Bhutan is the Ngultrum. The Indian Rupee is also accepted all over Bhutan. In Nepal, the Nepalese Rupee is used.

Time Zone: Bhutan: (GMT +6); Nepal: (GMT + 5:45)  

Dialling code: +975 (Bhutan); + 977 (Nepal)

Religion: The official religion of Bhutan is Buddhism; in Nepal the predominant religion is Hinduism.


Bhutan & Nepal weather

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Bhutan Weather

Bhutan

You can visit Bhutan any time and it is a country of contrasts - from the tropical Southern border with India to the Northern snow-capped mountainous border with Tibet. Temperatures vary greatly between day and night and at different altitudes - we recommend taking clothing that is good for layering.

There are four distinct seasons - each one has its merits.

  • Summer: (June - August) Temperatures are in the high twenties - this also coincides with the monsoon season. In the central valleys the rains are not as heavy as the South.
  • Autumn: (September - November) Temperatures can reach the mid to high twenties and drop below 10°C.
  • Winter: (December - February) The temperature highs range between 10°C and 15°C and drop below 0°C in some places.
  • Spring: (March - May) Temperatures range from 15°C to 28°C and this is the dry season in Bhutan.

Nepal

The climate in Nepal is largely dependent on altitude. The jungle areas (such as Chitwan) can be humid, the Kathmandu Valley has year round warm temperatures (but can be chilly morning and night in the winter months) and the Himalayan ranges can be chilly throughout the year.

  • Summer: (June - August) This is the rainy season in Nepal where whilst it can rain daily, it generally only rains for a few hours, often at night. In Kathmandu the temperatures are in the high twenties.
  • Autumn: (September - November) The rains have generally stopped by November and the autumn months are a popular time to visit Nepal with the temperatures dropping slightly.  
  • Winter: (December - February) Winter is generally dry with clear skies. Temperatures drop to around 7°C in Pokhara and 11°C in Chitwan.
  • Spring: (March - May) The hillsides bloom, in particular the pink and red rhododendrons. This is also a popular time to visit with mild temperatures and little rain.

How to get to Bhutan / Nepal

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - How to get there

This tour starts in Paro (Bhutan) and ends in Kathmandu (Nepal).

Usually flights to and from Paro are booked on local Bhutanese airlines (Tashi Air and Druk Air).

Flights from Australia to Bhutan/Nepal are approximately $2,000 - $2,200 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a free quote.

If you choose to book your flights with Travelbay, we charge a $50 booking fee for this service.


Interesting facts on Bhutan & Nepal

  • In Bhutan, by law, 60% of the country must remain forested for all future generations (it's currently above 70%).

  • Thimphu (Bhutan) is the only capital city in the world without traffic lights (if you find another - let us know!)

  • Bhutan is the only nation in the world where the sale of tobacco is banned.

  • The Sanskrit name for Mount Everest is Sagarmatha which translates to Peak of Heaven.  

  • The Yeti, or the Abominable Snowman, is said to roam the area of Nepal (if you find one, you'll be the first!)

  • 8 out of 10 of the world's highest mountains are found in Nepal.  

Bhutan & Nepal visa information

Bhutan

A tourist visa is required for travel in Bhutan. This needs to be done via the tour operator - once you have booked your tour with us, we will take care of your visa for you in conjunction with our colleagues in Bhutan.

We will need a clear, readable colour copy of the photo page of your passport showing your passport number and photo. We will need this in JPEG or PDF format at least 30 days prior to your date of entry into Bhutan. Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you return home.

Please note: If you are travelling to Bhutan from India and plan to re-enter India again (for more than transit) you will need a multiple entry visa for India. Please also check if your India visa has "2 months entry restriction" meaning there must be a gap of at least 2 months between two separate visits to India - if this has been stamped in your passport then you will need to get it endorsed by the Indian embassy in Thimphu for a nominal charge. This will need to be done in Thimphu on working days during office hours. You will be asked to provide your travel documents and of course our tour guides in Bhutan will help if you do need to do this.

Nepal

A tourist visa is required for travel in Nepal. 

You can apply for your visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need one passport sized photo and a completed application from (usually given out on the flight into Kathmandu or on arrival). Alternatively you can apply before you leave Australia via the Nepalese embassy or consulate.

To find out the visa requirements for Bhutan & Nepal, you can check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.


Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable.  

Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers and are given in Australian Dollars.

  • Guide (Full Day): AUD 8 - 16 per day
  • Driver for the tour: AUD 6 - 10 per day
  • Bell Boy: AUD1 per person
  • Restaurants: About 10% of the bill total (Unless service charge is mentioned as included)

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.


Currency

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Currency

The currency used in Bhutan is the Ngultrum and the Indian Rupee is also accepted all over Bhutan.

Please note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan or Nepal .

The US dollar is readily acceptable at major handicraft emporiums and some large hotels. AUD is not generally accepted in Bhutan nor are international credit cards widely accepted. ATMs are not common and we recommend carrying enough cash to cover your expenses.

The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

The US dollar is widely accepted in Nepal. ATMS can only be found in Kathmandu and Pokhara and money exchanging facilities can be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and outside the park in Chitwan. Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Bhutan & Nepal to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.


Shopping in Bhutan & Nepal

Travelbay Bhutan Tours - Holiday Information - Shopping in Bhutan

Bhutan & Nepal are both great places to buy colourful textiles and the souvenirs and handicrafts are unique to the area.  

  • Handicrafts - from wooden bowls to hand made paper, rugs, wall hangings, jewellery and more, you can find some great locally made traditional souvenirs.
  • Hand-woven textiles and fabric - Traditional weaving is common in Bhutan. They use a combination of cotton, wool and silk and you can choose from rugs, clothing, blankets and more.
  • Prayer flags - You'll see prayer flags all over Bhutan and what better place to buy some than in Bhutan itself!
  • Pashmina shawls - Nepal is famous for its pashmina shawls. You can find not only beautiful shawls, but ones of excellent quality.


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