Highlights of Nepal & Tibet
Fly to Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, an unforgettable melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. In the local markets and bazaars, we’ll rub shoulders with some of Nepal’s very diverse people; explore its wealth of Hindu and Buddhist sites, as well as charming valley towns like Bhaktapur, with its well preserved as well as visiting all highlights of Nepal.
A breathtaking flight over the Himalayas whisks us to the incomparable Tibet. In Lhasa, Tibet’s long-forbidden capital city at 12,000 feet, we’ll tour the major monuments, including the legendary gold-roofed, thousand-room Potala Palace. We’ll walk pilgrim trails, hike up to ancient ridge-top monasteries, meet a colorful array of people, from nomads to lamas, and relish in some of the most majestic mountain scenery on earth! Come take a step back in time and join us on this enriching, non-trekking journey for an eye-opening look into traditions and cultures far removed from those in the West!
- Experience Hindu and Buddhist cultures.
- Breathtaking flight over the Himalayas.
Arrive Kathmundu (D)
You arrive in Kathmandu airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel to unwind and relax. Welcome dinner in the evening.
Embark on tour of the day that begins in Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of holy Bagmati River, one of the principal tributaries of Ganges. Admission to temple courtyard is reserved for Hindues only but you would have a very good close up from the other side of the river. The temple is vibrant with the activities of the devotees. You will also get to see the Hindu Cremation Services on the bank of the River. From here, the giant Boudhanath stupa lies in 10 minutes distance. This has the fame as the largest Stupa in the world and one of the ‘must visit’ site for Tibetan Buddhists in their lifetime and Tibetan refugees inhabit the area.
Pilgrams circumambulate the stupa with spinning prayer wheels or counting beads and uttering sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Surrounded around the stupa are monasteries associated with different schools of Tibetal Buddhism. Have a break here for half an hour if you are thirsty or feel like some snacking.
In the afternoon, you will drive 14 km northeast to Bhaktapur – the best preserved medical Malla Principality where you can see intricate wood and stone works in the temples, monasteries and houses of Bhaktapur.
Kathmandu / Chitwan National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast, leave for Chitwan national park. One of Asia’s best preserved game parks. After refreshment, visit National park visitors center, acquire the information on flora & Fauna of the park and visit the village of Tharu Tribal people of Chitwan whose lifestyle ram in unchanged over the centuries.
Jungle Safari Activities (B,L,D)
You are busy all day today in Jungle safari actives such as elephant back safari, dug out canoeing, elephant breeding camp visit and Tharu cultural dances in the evening.
Chitwan / Pokhara (B)
Today, we have early breakfast and leave for Pokhara, the capital of nature, after refreshment stroll around the Fewa Lake.
Early morning drive to Sarankot Visit for sunrise. Check the weather before you set off! Sarangkot has the first views of the Western Range of Himalayas (subject to weather) and the valleys. Drive back to hotel, take breakfast and explore the Fewa Lake, take boating experiences, visit Gupteswar Cave, Davis Fall, Tibetan Camp, the famous Bindhebasini Temple, and Seti Gorges.
Pokhara / Kathmandu (B)
After breakfast in the hotel we drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We take flight today to Lhasa, upon arrival at Lhasa airport, you are met by a Tibetan Guide and transferred to the hotel in the city. Take rest for acclimatization. You will experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water. In the evening, you are invited for Tibetan welcome dinner with Tibetan cultural performance.
In the morning visit the Institute of Tibetan Medicine and visit Potala Palace, probably the principal target of most of the visitors, Sera Monastery, the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa, and the tour concludes in Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, the largest, richest and most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet, the ancient Jorkahng Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple.
Lhasa / Gyantse via Yamdro Tso Lake (B)
Drive to Gyantse, the least Chinese influenced city along the highway. The journey involves crossing of two high passes Kamba La and Karo La and then follows the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. check in hotel and take rest for the day.
Gyantse / Shigatse (B)
Visit the highlights of Gyantse such as Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. From the stupa, take rickshaw ride back to the parking and drive back to the hotel. Collect your luggage and set out for Shigatse. Check in hotel and after refreshment, visit the famous Tashilunbo Monastery, the principal seat of Panchen Lama, the second most venerated religious leader of Tibet.
Shigatse / Lhasa (B)
Today we will drive back to Lhasa via Yarlung Tsangpu River. Overnight in Lhasa.
Depart Lhasa (B)
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for departure flight to final destination.
- Meet and greet on arrival at Airport.
- Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
- Entrance fees where applicable.
- Tours as indicated in the itinerary.
- Professional English-speaking guide/driver guide.
- Travel Protection is offered on all packages at an additional cost.