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Gov. Reg. No.: 93044/2068/69
Duration: 15 Days
Destination: Nepal-Tibet - Bhutan ( Three Himalayan countries)
Trip Start From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Activity Per Day: Daily Driving – 3 - 5 hours
Duration: 15 days
The combination of Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan tour is complete program for True mountain lover in the Himalayan countries of the Region. The itinerary takes you to Culturally rich Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu, to Lhasa capital city of Tibet Autonomous region (Roof of the world) and peaceful Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Visiting World heritage sites in Kathmandu, Taking the flight crossing the tallest mountain range to Tibet, Driving from Lhasa to Kathmandu crossing high passes on the way and visiting to beautiful monasteries, Lakes makes your trip everyday a special day of the tour. Visiting splendid peaceful Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is awesome experience of life. This trip is something special for those who truly love mountains.
Insurance: - We suggest our clients to make insurance in home country covering lost of baggage, emergency evacuation etc. Our entire trekking crew is insured by us.
Rescue: - Our Company will help with best possible way to rescue if needed at clients own cost. All the clients are requested to insure their trip/Trekking to cover the expenses for Rescue or any such condition due to any unforeseen reason.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, upon arrival meet assist and transfer to the Hotel.
O/N at Kathmandu (Sunday or Thursday)
Day 02: Full Day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square ( Monday or Friday ) -> We can apply urgent Tibet visa only on Monday, Wednesday or Friday )
Kathmandu Durbar Square
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. Kumari Temple: Kumari temple is the residence of the Living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with no body marks & injuries & will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty. Kasthamandap: Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple.
The four seeing eyes of Swoyambhunath Stupa watch over the valley from the top of 77-m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swoyambhunath are covered with small Chaityas & monasteries as well as some Hindu temples.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting mélange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious monuments. One remarkable monument here is 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Tibetan Refugee Camp: This camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation with HMG of Nepal. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan Refugees to do something nice & support themselves & some carpet industries & handicrafts have been operating.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu-Lhasa.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport & fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gongar Airport, drive to Lhasa.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
After breakfast, explore the Lhasa city. Today, we will visit:
The Potala Palace:
The Potala is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of eastern architecture. The Potala is a structure of massive proportions, an awe-inspiring place to explore as Potala lies dormant like a huge museum, and this nine storey structure was completed on 3 years. You can see Throne Room, Meditation Room, Bedroom of the Dalai Lama, Chapels of different Buddhist Gods & Goddesses.
Drepung Monastery is situated about 8 KM to the west of central Lhasa, and was one of the world's largest monastery, with a population of around 10000 monks. Drepung was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk. Inside the Drepung Monastery you can observe: Ganden Palace, Main Assembly Hall, Ngagpa College, Loseling College & other Colleges.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Jokhang is the most revered religious structure in Tibet. Although little remains Of its 7th century origins and most of the sculptures that adorn its interior post date the Cultural Revolution, the Jokhang bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, is an unrivalled Tibetan Experience.
Inside the Jokhang temple are the Four Guardian Kings, two on either side. Beyond this point is the main assembly hall or Dukhang, a paved courtyard that is open to the sky. At the end of the courtyard and just before the entrance to the interior of the Jokhang itself is a long altar marked by a row of flickering butter lamps. You can also find the chapels of different gods & goddess inside the Jokhang.
The Norbulingkha, the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas, situated in the western part of the town. The first summer palace was founded by 7th Dalai Lama in 1755. You can see the Palace of 8th Dalai Lama, Summer Palace of 13th Dalai Lama inside the Norbulingkha. Norbulingkha means Jewel Park.
Day 06: Lhasa-Gyantse.
Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's holiest lakee & important centre for pilgrimage. Gyantse (3950 m), in the Nyang Chu valley 254km south-west of Lhasa, is one of the least Chinese influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone Visit the main attractions:
The town's principal attractions are the Gyantse Kumbum, a magnificent tiered structure that has only one ruined and remote contemporary in the Buddhist world, Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Dzong. It is easy to spend a couple of days in Gyantse.
Day 07: Gyantse-Shigatse (3900m).
Drive to Shigatse & en-route visit Shalu Monastery. Shigatse (3900m) is the second largest town in Tibet and the traditional capital of Tsang. Visit Tashiluhnnpo Monastery, spectacular chapels and tombs of the Panchen Lamas & the Shigatse Free Market.
Day 08: Shigatse-Shegar (4350 m)
Drive to Shegar via Lhatze.
Day 09: Shegar-Zhangmu (2300 m)
Drive through the nomad and Yak hightablends. to Zhangmu via Nyalam (3800 m), Lalung La pass (5050m) with panoramic view of Himalayan Peaks. With good weather
conditions is possible to see the Mt. Everest, Cho Oyo, and the Shisha Pangma.
Day 10: Zhangmu - Kathmandu 116 km
Drive to Kathmandu through the Sunkosi river valley, following the old salt route from India to Tibet
Day 11: After breakfast at Hotel Transfer to Airport then Fly Kathmandu to Paro
During your flight to Paro, you will experience breathtaking views of the Himalayan Peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by our representative . Drive for 1 Hr 30 Min to Thimphu
Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu, visit the King's Memorial Stupa built in 1974, Changangkha Lhakhang and the Tashichhodzong, beautiful medieval fortress built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal. Evening, take some time for Shopping in Thimphu.
Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 12: Thimpu - Punakha
Morning continue sightseeing in Thimphu. visit National Library that houses the worlds largest book and many ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, Painting School famous for traditional thangkha paintings, Traditional Medicine Institute where the centuries old herbal medicine are still practiced and the folk heritage museum. After lunch, drive from Thimphu to Punakha crossing Dochula pass at 3100mtrs where you can see the 108 beautiful chortens built by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. From this pass, on a clear day, you can have a superb view of the highest peaks in Bhutan. Punakha is a low lying sub tropical valley, it served as the capital of Bhutan untill 1955 and still it is home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendour. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 13: Drive to Wangdiphodrang and then to Paro.
After early breakfast drive to Wangdiphodrang and visit Wangdiphodrang dzong built in 1638 and then drive to Paro. After lunch, Sightseeing in Paro. Visit the Drugyel Dzong, a ruined Fort, which once defended this valley from the Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burned shell, was once strategic in Bhutan's defense against the Tibetan invasion. Visit Ta Dzong, built in 17th century as a watch tower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into the National Museum in 1967, and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of monastic community.Overnight in Paro.
Day 14: Drive to Paro international Airport. See off by our representative.
Arrive Kathmandu then proceed for Half Day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. O/N at Kathmandu
Pasupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. Located on the banks of the Bagmati river, this two tiered magnificent golden temple with four triple silver doorways is unique example of the Nepalese temple architecture. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complex in South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu god and goddess insides. This temple site occupies an area of 281 hectares in total. The main entrance of this temple is in the western side facing a small street of Deopatan market. As non Hindus are not allowed to enter this temple courtyard. They are advised to go on the other side of the river in the East to have a glimpse of the temple complex. In the middle of the spring (Feb.-March) every year there occurs a festival called Shivaratri. The world Shivaratri means the holy night of Lord Shiva. On this day many devotees visit the Pashupati Nath temple and make the ceremonial fire. Most of the devotees spend the night offering prayers to Shiva. This festival attracts tens of thousand of pilgrims from India besides the locals. Historically pre-Christian era this temple seems to have its origin away back to the early Kirat period. Stone sculptures found in the vicinity support the antiquity of this place. This holy site is 6 km. east oil down town Kathmandu.
Bouddhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal, Bouddhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyapa sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. The Bouddhanath lies about 09 K.M. from the Kathmandu city centre. The Stupa stands on the massive three level Mandala style platform surrounded by colorful private family houses. The basic feature of this great stupa is very much like those of Swoyambhunath stupa except its finial displaying. It is much bigger than Swoyambhunath Stupa and lies on the valley floor where s former one stands on the hilltop. This stupa is said to have been built in 5th century AD.The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Along with Swayambhunath, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.
Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath.
Day 15: Transfer to Airport to connect flight to onward destination.