Nepal: The land of God mountains and exile
Kathmandu – Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Shakya – Rongbuk – Zhangmu – Dhulikhel – Nagarkot - Kathmandu
Highest, oldest and largest- some of the synonyms which can describe this journey of Nepal and Lhasa. Wake up with the view of HEIGHEST peak on earth- the Mount Everest, walk in the corridors of once LARGEST monasteries of world – the Drepung Monastery, stroll in the OLDEST streets of Lhasa –the Barkhor Street. And all this with breathtaking beauty of nature, which leaves one speechless and astonished every time one becomes a part of it. An amalgamation of nature and religion, which grew in nature, makes one realize the insignificance man has in this world designed by the GREATEST BEING. Accomplishing life of human, would be meaningless. Welcome to Nepal and Lhasa !!
After clearing immigrations and customs, you will be met & assisted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines which are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture). The valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art – reminders of the golden era in Nepal’s architecture.More
Morning: Visit Patan, the old Newar city, where you will see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabiar (the golden temple), and Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars.
Afternoon: Visit Swayambhunath a (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - it literally means 'Self-Existent One' and it is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Later visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Nasal Chowke.More
Kathmandu - Lhasa (by flight)
Morning: fly to Lhasa. Rest of the day is at leisure for acclimatization.
Lhasa, the capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has a history of more than 1,300 years. It is the political, economic, cultural and transport centre of the region. The ancient city of Lhasa stands by the Lhasa River. Inside the city towers the Potala Palace. The city features a combination of traditional and modern things, including prayer wheels and computers.More
Morning: Visit Potala Palace, which dominates the city of Lhasa and a spectacular building, containing the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels.
Afternoon: Visit Jokhang Temple in the heart of old Lhasa, the most sacred temples in Tibet established in 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo, the King who brought Buddhism to Tibet. Barkhor Bazaar is the market place where everything is available, also good for watching the activities of local people. Tibetans spin prayer wheels and shop as they circumambulator. Its a good place for shopping everything from trinkets to tantric ritual objects.More
Morning: Visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century & was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. Drepung, one of the world's largest monasteries was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect.
Afternoon: Visit Sera Monastery, one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet, where several hundred monks live and study within its whitewashed walls & golden roofs. You would witness the monks debating out in the courtyard. Later visit Norbulingka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as administrative centre and religious centre, a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture.More
Lhasa - Gyantse (262 Kilometres / 6 hours approximately)
Drive to Gyanste and on way, cross Khamba La (4794 metres) from which there are stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso and snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252 metres).
Drive through Karo La (5045 metres) pass, where one can view the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After few hours, arrive Gyantse passing the beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages.More
Gyantse - Shigatse (93 Kilometres / 2 and half hours approximately)
Morning: Visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum, which is a large gold-domed stupa. Its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.
Afternoon: Drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.More
Shigatse – Shakya (130 Kilometres / 4 hours approximately)
Morning: Visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lama, with name possessing the meaning "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".
Afternoon: Drive to Sakya Monastery built in 1073 by Khon Khonchong Gyalp, in the Tibetan region of Tsang. Sakya,which means “Grey Soil”in Tibetan because the soil surrounding it is grey. The walls are painted in red, white and grey strips, representing Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani.More
Shakya -Rongbuk (390 Kilometres / 8 hours approximately)
Morning : Drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk is the home of the highest Monastery in the world, which is located 8 kms from Everest Base Camp. There are magnificent views up the valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu which can be seen from the guest house.
Afternoon: Visit Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the intoxicating view of Mount Everest [subject to weather] and praise the natural surroundingsMore
Rongbuk - Zhangmu (240 Kilometres / 7 hours approximately)
Wake up this morning below the stunning north face of Mount. Everest, (8,848 Metres) the highest mountain on earth.
Afternoon : Drive to Zhangmu. Get rewarded by the magnificent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar.Then, you will rejoin the journey towards the arid Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu on the Nepalese border.More
Zhangmu - Dhulikhel (60 Kilometres / 1 and half hours approximately)
Morning : Transfer to Nepal / China border. Leaving Zhangmu, you will join the Friendship Bridge passing the Bhote Koshi River and mark the Chinese - Nepalese border.
After completing all the re-entry formalities, drive towards Dhulikhel. Located on a hilltop surrounded by lush greenery, the place has become a major tourist attraction. The proximity to both natural beauty and historic town has added to Dhulikhel's charm.More
Dhulikhel - Nagarkot (20 Kilometres / 40 minutes approximately)
Morning: Proceed to Nagarkot en route visiting Bhadgaon, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Square is one of the most charming architectural show pieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. The main items of interest in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate and the statues of kings on stone monoliths.
Afternoon: Drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Many wish upon arrival they would have planned for more than one day to stay.More
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English Speaking local guide in Lhasa and Kathmandu
Assistance on arrival and departure at airport.
All currently applicable taxes
Accommodation of 05 nights in Twin / Double bed sharing room on Bed and Breakfast basis
Tibet Travel Permit and monument entrance fee at Tibet tour as per itinerary
Transportation by air-conditioned car with chauffer
Tips, porterages and items of personal nature such as telephone calls, table drinks, laundry, camera / video-camera fee etc.
International or Internal airfare
Any lunches or dinners
Visa Fees, Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance
Entrance fees to monuments
Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Swaymbhunath.
Discover the 17th century monastery in Lhasa, standing above the 300 metres above the valley.
7th century temple of Jokhang, which marked the beginning of Buddhism in Lhasa.
Visit to a monastery so big that it housed 10000 monks at a time, Drepung Monastery.
Drive past some of the beautiful glaciers on your journey to Gyanste from Lhasa.
Get astonished by seeing the gold domed stupa in Gyantse.
Wake up in morning below the stunning north face of Mount. Everest in Rongbuk.
Explore the 9th century city of Bhaktapur by seeing some charming pieces of architecture.
Prices are subject to change in case of change in Government taxes.
Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the tour. We reserves the right to amend any aspect of the itinerary including transportation and accommodation without notice in the interest of the trip, participants' safety, comfort and general well-being without making any rebate, allowance or refund. The additional cost incurred, if any, due to such unforeseen circumstances which beyond our control, would be payable by the client.
We shall not be responsible for any delay or change in programme or expenses incurred or special / consequential loss, injury and damage - directly or indirectly - due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, accident, breakdown of machinery or equipments, breakdown of transport, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures, acts of God, perils incident to the sea, floods, fire, acts of Government or any other authorities, wars, civil disturbances, riots, theft, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or custom department regulations, defaults, or any other causes beyond our control or any untoward incidents or any such causes whatsoever including any liability or extra expenses sustained by the Clients.
For Airlines bookings: Bookings are subject to full payments and attract cancellation charges. The revised check-in baggage allowance for domestic flights in India for Economy class is 15 kg only.
Irrespective of the process charged by the Chinese/Tibetan Tourism authorities the tour to Tibet are neither luxurious nor gourmets' delights.
Similarly the details on weather conditions, altitude sickness and suggestions for items to be carried by travelers provided elsewhere in this manual must be brought to the attention of travelers.
We recommend that for all those itineraries that begin from Kathmandu, travelers should plan to reach Kathmandu at least 3 nights (more if it is before a Saturday and Sunday) before the scheduled departure for Tibet in order to obtain visa for China as also for acclimatization for the tour.\
Professionalism in tourism in Tibet and China is still far below the western travelers expectations. Sometimes travelers having booked to stay on twins are given triple rooms and similarly ones having booked a single room end up sharing a room. It is natural that such travelers will complain and ask for differences to be paid back to them. Although we shall definitely take up such cases with the Tibet/China authorities, it is to be clearly understood that until and unless we get a refund from them on these accounts the claims could not be entertained by us.
Check-In Time at hotels varies between 1200 - 1500 Hours. Early check-in is subject to availability. For guaranteed early check-in, reservation needs to be made starting from the previous night.
Check-Out Time at hotels varies between 1000 - 1200 Hours. Late check-outs are available on request and subject to availability / supplement cost.
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BE CARRIED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT:
Clothing should be simple and consist of layers which can be added or removed at temperatures vary during a day.
Down jackets with attached hood, sweaters, a wind cheaters/breakers to wear over sweaters, earmuffs, woolen long johns worn under corduroys, T-shirts, socks, gloves, stout and comfortable walking shoes are especially recommended. Formal attire such as a necktie or dress is never needed – slacks and sweaters are the style.
A wide brimmed sun hat (available in Lhasa) is a good protection against the mid-day sun.
Sunscreen cream and lotion, a salve for the lips, personal medicines including aspirin, multivitamin tablets, cough and cold medicines must be carried.
Sunglasses and flashlight could come in handy.
Plenty of films of the type that your camera uses and a small binocular.