NEPAL, TIBET AND BHUTAN - HOPPING THE HIMALAYAS
Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha – Paro
Explore Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet—three Himalayan regions all rapidly changing in the 21st century. Walk through palace squares and temples in Kathmandu; join Tibetan pilgrims in their kora around Jokhang monastery in Lhasa; hike to the Tiger's Nest in Paro and stroll the bazaars in Thimphu. On this 14-day tour you will see some of the most amazing mountain scenery in the world from your flights between the cities of Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Paro.
You have the option of beginning and ending the trip in Delhi (India). All hotels, transfers, private guides and vehicles will be arranged from Delhi to Delhi and are include in the price.
- Monkey Temple and Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu.
- Potala Palace and the pilgrims’ circuit around Barkhor square, Lhasa.
- Drukgyal Dzong and Tiger's Nest, Paro.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Day 02: Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Day 03: Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Day 04: Kathmandu to Lhasa ( 11,800 ft.)
Day 05: Lhasa (11,800 ft.)
Day 06: Lhasa (11,800 ft.)
Day 07: Lhasa to Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Day 08: Kathmandu to Paro (7,300 ft.)
Day 09: Paro to Thimphu to Punakha (4,300 ft.)
Day 10: Punakha to Paro (7,300 ft.)
Day 11: Paro (7,780 ft.)
Day 12: Paro / Departure
Fly to Kathmandu where you will be welcomed by our Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to take you on a private tour of Kathmandu. Visit the Bodhnath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, and one of the several monasteries neighboring the stupa. After this Buddhist experience, visit Pashupatinath, the holiest of temples for the Hindus in hopes of witnessing a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then head to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and enjoy lunch at the museum garden. After lunch visit the Patan museum to view ancient Nepalese art. Overnight in Kathmandu.
In the morning visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, overlooking Kathmandu city then continue onwards to Kathmandu Durbar square to explore a maze of temples and palace complex. After lunch, visit Patan Durbar Square. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly to Gongar where you will be welcomed by our Tibetan representative and driven to Lhasa. Enjoy the rest of the day free. Overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, visit Drepung Monastery and continue on in the afternoon to Sera Monastery and witness monks carrying out a traditional debate. Be part of the evening prayer ceremony at Jokhang temple and merge with pilgrims making the circuit of Barkhor Square. Overnight in Lhasa.
In the morning visit the Potala Palace and continue on in the afternoon to Norbulinkha palace - the summer location of the Dalai Lama. Enjoy a free evening to relax and explore the city on your own. Overnight in Lhasa.
In the morning transfer to Gongar for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, enjoy a free day to relax and explore the city on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro where you will be welcomed by our Bhutanese representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the afternoon touring Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.
After breakfast, depart by car to Thimphu. Visit the school of Traditional Medicine and the Thimphu Painting School. After lunch stroll the Thimpu market, and then drive to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, the current home of the Bhutanese clergy. Take a five hour drive back to Paro, stopping to visit Chimmi Lakhang (temple of fertility) along the way. Overnight in Paro.
After breakfast, hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest, a stunning monastery that rests on the side of a cliff. In the evening, visit Ta Dzong. Overnight in Paro.
In time transfer to airport to board on flight for onward destination.
- Private airport transfers.
- Daily accommodations with breakfast.
- Meals as indicated in itinerary.
- Meals in Lhasa and Bhutan are included at local restaurants.
- Sightseeing and transportation with private English-speaking guide.
- Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary.
- Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions.
- All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees.
- Bhutan tourism development fee.
- Bhutan visa application fee.
- Tibet Entry Permit.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Any International & Internal airfare.
- Travel insurance
- Beverage during included meals
- Tips for drivers and guides
- Expenses of personal nature