Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Nepal Tibet Bhutan TourNepal Tibet Bhutan tour will take you, three fabled Himalayan countries of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. After admiring the graceful pagodas, temples and stupas of the Kathmandu valley in Nepal, fly over Mt Everest to Tibet. In Lhasa,  historical and cultural highlights along with the awesome Potala Palace of the Dalai Lamas, the Jokhang temple, Norbulinka Summer Palace, the great Drepung and Sera Monasteries before flying back to  Nepal.  From  Kathmandu, fly  to  Paro, Bhutan. In the 'land of the peaceful dragon,' Bhutan, your visit includes the valleys of Paro and Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, and the picturesque Punahka and Wangdu valleys. A wonderful kaleidoscope of Himalayan cultures, religions.

 

Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour - Option I

Day  01:: Arrival in Kathmandu  & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02 : Flight to Paro
Nepal Tibet Bhutan TOurThe first thing you will notice as you disembark is the transparent purity of air and the absence of noise. The Paro valley has kept its bucolic nature inspite of the airport and the existence of development projects. Fields, brown or green depending on the season, cover most of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro valley are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. Paro is believed to be one of the first valleys to have received the imprint of Buddhism.
Afternoon : Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory.

Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guardhouses, to the Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.Check in at Hotel.

Day 03 :Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is unlike any otherworld capital. Small and secluded the city is quiet and there are never the traffic jams familiar in other Asian Capitals. It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu's main shopping street is a delight not so much for what you can buy there, but for the picturesqueness of the architecture and national costume. Beautiful weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available in various Handicraft Emporiums.

Morning : Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Visit the Weekend market where vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain till Sunday. Here you will find indigenous goods, handicrafts, locally produced goods, etc.

Afternoon : Visit Semtokha Dzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It also houses the largest monastic schools in the country.Visit Tashichho Dzong - the main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer.

Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5 km. from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Narngyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung, built it during the first quarter of the 16th century.

Day 04 :Thimphu sightseeing / Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang
After breakfast transfer to Punakha/Wangdue. En-route stop at Dochula Pass (3150 m), 30 km from Thimphu, for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. From Dochula to Wangdue, it's another two hours drive.

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of 02 rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west roads. The main road climbs the length of the spur and on the left, across the river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.

After lunch in Lobesa, visit the Punakha Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutan's spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as "Phochu" (Male River) and "Mochu" (Female River). Return to Thimphu.

Day 05: Thimphu / Paro sightseeing ( Excursion to Taktsang Monastery )
Transfer to Paro for 03 hrs hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is the most famous of all Bhutanese monasteries. It is perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the floor of the Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of the wind, and water and the chanting of the monks. The name Taktsang means 'Tigers Nest'; the Guru is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to the site of the monastery where he meditated in a cave for three months.The monastery itself is closed to tourists except by special permit. However the one-hour walk to the viewpoint, where there is a small wooden teahouse provides a close-up view of the monastery. It's also a good warm-up hike if you are going trekking. In the evening visit a farmhouse for "traditional hot stone bath" and local hospitality. Overnight at Paro.

Day 06 :  Flight Back to Kathmandu.

Day 07: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Sightseeing Spots are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa,Swyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square & Patan Durbar Square

Day 08: Fly to Gonggar airport of Lhasa, afternoon free for acclimatization.]

Day 09: Sightseeing in Lhasa :Potala Palace,Jorkhang Temple & Barkhor 

Day 10: Sightseeing in Lhasa : Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka

Day 11:Drive to Tsedang. Tsedang sits on the south bank in the middle section of the YarlungTsangbo River with a moderate climate at an altitude of 3,600 meters. Tsedang is the birthplace of earliest Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness, so Tsedang literally means "monkey's playground". Here's a legend. People said that genius had lived here long before human being resided in Tibet. After the Gods of the genius got married, they had six sons who became the ancestors of the six tribes of Tibet respectively. Tsedang is the hometown of tribes and an important place of origin of the Tibetan culture. Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize

Day 12: Sightseeing of Yambulaghang and Samye. Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet. It is also notable as the site of the "Great Debate" (792-794) between the Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Chán (Zen) Buddhists.Samye is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it. Afternoon Drive back to Lhasa.

Day 13 :After breakfast, Flight Back to Kathmandu.

Day 14 :Warm Departure

Nepal-Tibet- Bhutan Tour - Option II

Nepal Tibet Bhutan TourDay 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Our guide will help you to get transferred to the hotel as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 – Kathmandu
On your second day of the tour you will explore the attractions of the stunning city of Kathmandu. Visit the famous and fascinating sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swayambhunath, Patan and Darbar Square. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3 – Kathmandu – Paro
In time, transfer to airport to board flight KB 205 which departs at 0925 hrs from Kathmandu and arrives at Paro at 1005 hrs. Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. After getting yourself refreshed, visit the renowned Rimpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Drgyel Dzong, Dungtsey Lhakhang and Taktsang Monastery. Do not forget to take a calm stroll down the streets of Paro Town. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 – Paro – Thimpu
Your day starts with a visit to National Museum. Later, drive to Thimpu which is around 65 km away and it takes around 1 hr to cover the distance. On arrival, check in at hotel. There is still ample of time left in the day, so visit the Memorial Chorten, Tashicho Dzong, Handicrafts Emporium, National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute, City View Point, Traditional Paper Factory, Mini Zoo and folk Heritage Museum. After the hectic day of city tour, back to the hotel for a rejuvenating night sleep.

Day 05 – Thimpu – Punakha Wandue Phodrang
The day is for your relaxation and city exploration. After a delicious breakfast, drive to Punakha Wandue Phodrang which is located at a distance of 70 km from here and it will take around 1 hr to cover the distance. After you check into the hotel, spend the day as you like. We suggest you to spend some quality time exporing the town on foot, experiencing the city life and its people. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 - Wandue Phodrang – Paro
Drive back to Paro which from this town is at a distance of 135 km. Ready yourself for a mesmerizing 3 hrs journey through the beautiful landscapes. On arrival, check in at hotel. The rest of day, you can spend as per your will. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 – Paro – Kathmandu
After the breakfast, transfer to airport for boaarding the flight KB 206 which leaves Paro at 1140 hrs and reaches Kathmandu at 1225 hrs. You will be picked up by our guide and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08.  KATHMANDU-LHASA (3650 M), 90 KMS
Transfer to airport Kathmandu to Lhasa flight. Our Tibet representative will transfer to Hotel.

Day 09.  LHASA
Sightseeing tour of Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; Drepung, the biggest monastic university of Tibet & Nechung Monastery, temple of the State oracle of Tibet with Guide.

Day 10.  LHASA
Sightseeing tour of Jokhang, the central cathedral of Tibet, Barkhor, the bustling Lhasa market encircling the Jokhang Temple, Tibetan Medical Center & Norbulinka Palace with Guide.

Day 11. LHASA-GYANGTSE ( 3990 M )
Drive via Yamdrok, the Turquoise Lake to Gyangtse across Kampa la pass 5050 m & Karo la (5045 m)passes. Visit Kubum stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery.

Day 12. GYANGTSE-SHALU-SHIGATSE ( 3860 M )
Drive to Shigatse. Visit Shalu Monastery. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Buddhist religious hierachy & Shigatse Market.

Day 13. SHIGATSE-SAKYA-SHEGAR/DINGRI ( 4350 M )
Drive to Shear across Tsoula pass ( 4500 M ) & Gyatso la pass ( 5220 M ). Visit Sakya Monastery.

Day 14. SHEGAR-ZHANGMU ( 2300 M )
Drive to Zhangmu. Visit Milarepa Cave.

Day 15. Zhangmu-KATHMANDU
Walk across Friendship Bridge & transfer to Kathmandu by

Day 16 – Departure Kathmandu
You will be transferred to airport in time for your flight to next destination

Nepal- Tibet –Bhutan Tour - Option III

DAY 01 : Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and get transferred to a hotel.

DAY 02 : Kathmandu
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Kathmandu visiting Durbar Square, complex of palaces, courtyard and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries use to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. In the afternoon visit the Swoyambunath Stupa and Patan City. Swoyambhunath Stupa, atop the hillock is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal enlisted in the World Heritage Site. Patan City is an enchanting melange of palace buildings, artistic courtyard and former palace complex. One remarkable monument here is a 16th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna, built entirely of stone.

DAY 03 : Kathmandu - Chitwan
After breakfast drive to Chitwan and check in upon arrival. Lunch will be served at the resort/lodge. In the afternoon proceed for a tour to Tharu Village and witness the Tharu Cultural Performance.

DAY 04 : Chitwan
After breakfast, your adventure holiday starts off with canoeing in the Rapti River where you can see Gharial and then, a visit to the Elephant breeding centre. After Lunch proceed to the jungle for a guided safari on Elephant where you are free to see animals such as rhino, antelope and other wildlife as you move through the jungle.

DAY 05 : Chitwan - Pokhara
After breakfast take a quick tour of Birdwatching after which we drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Fishtail Peak rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and tranquility. Pokhara is a perfect place to see the panoramic view of Himalayan region including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

DAY 06 : Pokhara
After breakfast, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara City and 1 hour boating at Lake Phewa. Free at leisure for the remainder of the day. (BLD)

DAY 07 : Pokhara - Kathmandu
Free time at Kathmandu after arriving from Pokhara

Day 09 : Flight to Paro
The first thing you will notice as you disembark is the transparent purity of air and the absence of noise. The Paro valley has kept its bucolic nature inspite of the airport and the existence of development projects. Fields, brown or green depending on the season, cover most of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro valley are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. Paro is believed to be one of the first valleys to have received the imprint of Buddhism.
Afternoon : Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory.
Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guardhouses, to the Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.Check in at Hotel.

Day 10 :Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is unlike any otherworld capital. Small and secluded the city is quiet and there are never the traffic jams familiar in other Asian Capitals. It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu's main shopping street is a delight not so much for what you can buy there, but for the picturesqueness of the architecture and national costume. Beautiful weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available in various Handicraft Emporiums.
Morning : Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Visit the Weekend market where vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain till Sunday. Here you will find indigenous goods, handicrafts, locally produced goods, etc.
Afternoon : Visit Semtokha Dzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It also houses the largest monastic schools in the country.Visit Tashichho Dzong - the main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer.
Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5 km. from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Narngyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung, built it during the first quarter of the 16th century.

Day 11 :Thimphu sightseeing / Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang
After breakfast transfer to Punakha/Wangdue. En-route stop at Dochula Pass (3150 m), 30 km from Thimphu, for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. From Dochula to Wangdue, it's another two hours drive.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of 02 rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west roads. The main road climbs the length of the spur and on the left, across the river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.
After lunch in Lobesa, visit the Punakha Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutan's spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as "Phochu" (Male River) and "Mochu" (Female River). Return to Thimphu.

Day 12: Thimphu / Paro sightseeing ( Excursion to Taktsang Monastery )
Transfer to Paro for 03 hrs hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is the most famous of all Bhutanese monasteries. It is perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the floor of the Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of the wind, and water and the chanting of the monks. The name Taktsang means 'Tigers Nest'; the Guru is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to the site of the monastery where he meditated in a cave for three months.The monastery itself is closed to tourists except by special permit. However the one-hour walk to the viewpoint, where there is a small wooden teahouse provides a close-up view of the monastery. It's also a good warm-up hike if you are going trekking. In the evening visit a farmhouse for "traditional hot stone bath" and local hospitality. Overnight at Paro.

Day 13 :  Flight Back to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Fly to Gonggar airport of Lhasa, afternoon free for acclimatization.]

Day 15: Sightseeing in Lhasa :Potala Palace,Jorkhang Temple & Barkhor 

Day 16: Sightseeing in Lhasa : Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka

Day 17:Drive to Tsedang. Tsedang sits on the south bank in the middle section of the YarlungTsangbo River with a moderate climate at an altitude of 3,600 meters. Tsedang is the birthplace of earliest Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness, so Tsedang literally means "monkey's playground". Here's a legend. People said that genius had lived here long before human being resided in Tibet. After the Gods of the genius got married, they had six sons who became the ancestors of the six tribes of Tibet respectively. Tsedang is the hometown of tribes and an important place of origin of the Tibetan culture. Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize

Day 18: Sightseeing of Yambulaghang and Samye. Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet. It is also notable as the site of the "Great Debate" (792-794) between the Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Chán (Zen) Buddhists.Samye is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it. Afternoon Drive back to Lhasa.

Day 19 :After breakfast, Flight Back to Kathmandu.

Day 20 :Warm Departure