Introduces the three Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet in one single trip! Spectacular flight brings us to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan where we will feel time has moved back. Explore the pastoral back roads of Bhutan, a true bastion of tradition in an uncertain world, where we find an independent people who have not rejected their ancient spiritual heritage for modern ways. We’ll visit the Shangri-La setting of the Paro Valley, the central Bhutanese town of Punakha, with its huge, spectacular monastery set by the river, and the capital city of Thimphu.
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 17th-Century architecture.
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!
Altitude: 2350m/7710 ft, distance 60km/38 miles, 1 hr It’s a spectacular flight offering views of snow capped mountains of the eastern Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro airport, we are met by representative and transferred to Thimphu-the capital city of Bhutan. We attend in the festival today. Accommodation Hotel Jhumalhari- A grade.
In the morning we attend the Tsechhu festival and after explore the wonders of Thimphu that includes King’s Memorial Chorten, Takin Zoo, Bhutanese Textile Museum, School of Arts and Crafts, Heritage Museum, traditional paper factory, Tasicho Dzong etc. Accommodation in Hotel Jhumolhari- A grade
After breakfast proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). The pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including highest peak of Bhutan. Enroute make short excursion about an hour to the temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. It is fascinating to walk through villages and the rice fields. Arrive Punakha the capital city of Bhutan till 1955 and still the Je Khenpo, the Chief of Abbot resides there during the winter season. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1638 and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Overnight at Punatsangchu Resort.
Morning short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. This chorten is dedicated to our present crown prince and for the world peace. Hike will take you around 45 minutes each way. Proceed to Thimphu for lunch. Before entering to Thimphu, you can visit farmers weekend market, where local villagers around Thimphu sell their agro products. Later visit nunnery temple, Sangaygang view point and takin. Free walk in Thimphu City, the best place to buy souvenir from Bhutan and evening drive to Paro. overnight at Tenziniling Resort
Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery which takes about 15 minutes drive to the starting point. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to monastery. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. Lunch at Cafeteria.
PM visit to Ta Dzong (national Museum), the best place to familiarize about Bhutanese religion, customs and traditional arts& crafts. Overnight in hotel at Tenziniling Resort.
We fly over the sea of snow capped mountains to Kathmandu-the capital city of Nepal. We will be able to see Mount Everest-the highest mountain on earth. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel Shanker 4*/Similar.
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 Hindus 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 life time and the area is inhabited by Tibetan refugees. Pilgrims 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 Tibetan 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 north-east to Bhaktapur-the best preserved medieval Malla Principality where you can see the intricate wood and stone works in the temples, monasteries and houses of Bhaktapur. The sightseeing tour concludes in the late afternoon and drive to Nagarkot. Overnight in Nagarkot at The Fort Resort/Similar.
Early morning, room service will knock at the door with a warm cup of coffee or tea and he will invite you for sunrise view. Its special and you are not supposed to miss it. If the weather favors you, you will have spectacular views of eastern to middle range of Himalayas, gleaming with the first rays of light. It's marvelous! After breakfast, hike to Nala and meet car here,drive to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a scenic and ancient town situated 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu on the Arniko Rajmarg (Kathmandu Kodari Highway). From here one has a panoramic view of the Himalayan range. Overnight in Dhulikhel at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort.
After breakfast in the hotel drive to kathamndu. Sightseeing of Patan the city of art and craft in route. After boon drive into the heart of City and visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu where the former palaces of Kathmandu lie. There are a culture of ancient and medieval temples and shrines. The most dominant are the Kumari Temple-the temple of the Living Goddess of Nepal, Legendary Kasthamandap Temple and Hippy Temple! The temples, palaces and shrines are rich in arts and architectures.
From here, you will continue to Swayambhunath Stupa-that lies near you hotel. The 2000 year old stupa is situated in 80 mabove the average level of Kathmandu and is a spectacular view point. The stupa was also nick-named as "Monkey Temple" by the Hippies in 70s. Overnight at Hotel Shanker/Similar- 4*.
Guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Lhasa. On your arrival at Lhasa airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa city (75km/47 miles, 1 hr). On the way, we stop to visit Drolma Lakhang temple and the blue rock engraving of Medicine Buddha at the base of a cliff. Overnight in Lhasa at Dekang Hotel/Similar 3*.
Visit the World Heritage formidable site of Potala Palace in the morning. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery. Towards the late afternoon, visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s holiest site. In the evening, take a walk in a clock-wise circuit or Kora around the temple grounds, along with the stream of humanity. Stroll through Barkhor market square. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with Tibetan dance and music in local tourist restaurant. Overnight in Lhasa at Dekang Hotel.
In the morning, visit Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery of Tibet. Later visit Mentsekhang (traditional Hospital). In the afternoon visit Norbulingkga Palace. The rest of the afternoon is free for rest or stroll around. Overnight in Lhasa, Dekang Hotel.
Embark on the ride of a lifetime along the Lhasa-Kathmandu Southern Highway that runs parallel to the Himalayas. After half an hour from the city, you will drive across the Yarlungdzangbo River and the road gradually climbs to Kamba La (4797m / 15,820ft) from where you will have the fi rst view of brilliant turquoise blue Yamdrok Tso Lake that lies several feet below the road. This is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and the home of wrathful deities. Along with the lake, the view in the distance massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) can be seen. We visit the lake and return to Lhasa by late afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa, Dekang Hotel.
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