Gay Group Trip: Nepal And Bhutan Exploration
About this Trip
Ready to experience the Himalayas? During this gay group trip, you’ll see the major sites of these fascinating countries. From mountainous monasteries to the sensory overload of the streets of Kathmandu, this mind-expanding trip will be unforgettable.
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Arrival At New Delhi
You will be welcomed at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, where you will spend your first night.
Day 2: Kathmandu To Pasupatinath
You’ll be transferred to the New Delhi airport ready to fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. When you have arrived in this eye-popping city you’ll be taken to the hotel for check-in. Once you are all settled in, the sightseeing tour will begin, taking you to one of the most important Hindu Temples, Pashupatinath – a key pilgrimage destination.
The tour will continue on to the city of Boudhanath, where many holy rituals and celebrations occur, and Buddhists from far and wide across Nepal and Bhutan come together.
Day 3: Patan City To Bahktapur
Patan City has a reputation for producing the finest artists and craftsmen, and it dates back to around 299 AD. You’ll see the magnificent Golden Temple and Krishna Temple in the Patan Durbar Square.
After enjoying a hearty lunch, the tour will continue to Bhaktapur. The city is famous for its grandiose palace complex situated right in the centre, surrounded by many equally stunning traditional temples. The former King’s residence, “Pachpan Jhyaley Mahal” (Palace of 55 Windows) in the middle of Durbar Square is a must see. More sights include the Big Bell, the Golden Gate, five-tiered Nyatapola Temple and Bhairab Temple.
Day 4: Kathmandu To Swayambhunath
On the fourth day, you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu Durbar Square; the Nepalese royal family used to reside in Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Surrounding the palace are plenty of temples dedicated to different gods such as Shiva the Destroyer, Vishnu the Preserver, Indra the God of Rain and Goddess Taleju, the latter of which is only open one day a year on the widely celebrated festival Dashain.
You’ll also find the temple of the Virgin Living Goddess. Afterwards, you’ll visit the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world – Swayambhunath. This extraordinary monument sits on the top of a hill, gazing over the city of Kathmandu and is said to be where the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha watch over the world.
Here you’ll find many monkeys frolicking around, which has given rise to the inevitable nickname: “Monkey Temple”.
Day 5: Paro To Thimphu
On the fifth day, you’ll be transferred to the airport for a flight to Paro. From here, you’ll be driven to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital and largest city. We have scheduled this day as a rest day, but you are free to take on individual or group activities.
Day 6: Thimphu
On the sixth day, you can expect a spectacular showcase of the best of Bhutan’s capital city. In the morning, you’ll start with a trip to the Arts & Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, a traditional house that showcases rural life.
You’ll also find one of the oldest temples in the valley, dedicated to the Buddhist emanation of compassion – Avalokiteshvara, where you will find spectacular views. After lunch, you’ll visit the Memorial Chorten, which has beautiful structures featuring golden spires, bells and a wildlife reserve area for the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin.
Day 7: Thimphu To Punakha
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan up until the 1960s and still retains its regal atmosphere. You’ll visit the 108 memorial Stupas that were built by the eldest Queen Mother of the country, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.
After this, a visit to the fertility temple of ChimiLakhang in the Punakha Valley will take place. You’ll also visit the beautiful ancient fortress of Punakha Dzong. This fortress contains many well-preserved treasures from Bhutan’s distant past.
Day 8: Punakha To Paro
Paro is distinguished by many sacred and historical buildings. The Valley of Paro is also a must-see.
Here you’ll visit the National Museum, Ta Dzong, where you’ll find significant artworks and a national history collection. The tour will also take you to the large Buddhist monastery and fortress of Rinpung Dzong, otherwise known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels”.
The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 9: Paro
Today we’ll take a hike up to the Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastic retreat is built 3120m high on a cliff face above the Paro Valley. This is the most famous temple in Bhutan and is a well-respected pilgrimage site. To close off the day, you’ll experience a lunch at a traditional teahouse with unrivalled views of the monastery.
Day 10: Departure
You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport, ready to take your flight back home.