Kathmandu – Pokhara – Bandipur – Chitwan National Park – Bhaktapur – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
Spend the later part of the morning exploring Kathmandu. Start with the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. Pay homage at Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, based alongside the Bagmati River. Observe, Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and a general hustle bustle. Spend the remaining afternoon in Kathmandu at leisure, sightseeing and exploring the city on your own. You could go to Durbar Square, near the old royal palace, which his home to numerous beautiful temples.
Fly to Pokhara and enroute soak in the spectacular view of the main Himalayan chain. Start your trip with a boat ride across the lake (Phewa Tal), the second largest in Nepal. Head to Peace Pagoda to check out the stunning view of the mountains. You can also see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare. Explore the fascinating International Mountain Museum and get to know about past climbing expeditions.
Spend a day in Kathmandu exploring on your own. You could look at the range of optional Urban Adventures or walk down the buzzing streets of Thamel.
Reach, Cheri Dorji Dhen, built in 1620 by Shabdrung, the first ruler of Bhutan. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the riverside.
Drive back to Thimphu and indulge in some sightseeing, including the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the 3rd King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Afterwards, visit Dubthob nunnery, and then the School of Arts and Crafts where you learn about traditional arts. No tour of Thimphu is complete without a visit to the Textile Museum. You can buy some things from the Thimphu Handicraft Emporium as gifts.
Head back to Thimphu. (approx. 4 hrs). After lunch in Thimpu, continue to the Paro Valley. Spend the night at a home stay in Paro, enjoying the warm hospitality of the locals.