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Best of the Himalaya Tour Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Northern India 26 days

This is the best trip in the Himalayas and comprises of all major destinations in the lap of the youngest mountain range, mostly in the central and the eastern part of the Himalayas. This almost a month trip in the Himalayan region comprises of 4 countries Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Besides India all the other places were known to foreigners recently. Tibet and Bhutan are still mystic and mysterious for many people in the world. The places we visit include Paro and Thimpu in Bhutan, Kathmandu Pokhara in Nepal, Lhasa and Shigatse and Everest Base camp(Rongbuk) in Tibet and Darjeeling and Sikkim in India. This trip includes all kinds’ climate, people, culture, Traditions and natural beauty of the South Asian region. It might be a long trip for many but combined with each other it provides a amalgam of entire experience you can gain from 4 different trips in a very reasonable cost and involving one flight cost !

Tour Highlights

  • Trip duration-25 nights/26 days Nepal, Tibet India and Bhutan Tour.
  • Tour code- Best of the Himalayas tour/ Nepal Tibet and Bhutan 4 weeks tour.
  • Places to see- Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Kathmandu, Darjeeling, Sikkim and Lhasa.
  • Group size-1 -10 persons
  • Tour category- Standard and Deluxe.
  • Click for visa information about Bhutan, Nepal, India and Tibet.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Sightseeing.
Day 02: Full day city tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Gongar Airport and transfer to Lhasa.
Day 04: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.
Day 05: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
Day 06: Drive to Tsurphu Monastery and Yangbachen hot spring.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse. Sightseeing of the area in the afternoon.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse and sightseeing.
Day 09: Drive to Shegar.
Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk and visit Everest Base and continue driving to Zhangmu.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 12: After brief rest we go head for the sightseeing of Patan Durbar Square and twin Newari villages Khokana and Bungmati. They are situated 14 KM south of Kathmandu city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Full day sightseeing including Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Day trip to Nagarkot.
Day 14: Morning Flight from Kathmandu to Paro. Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
Day 15: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Day 16: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
Day 17: Drive to Punakha (1250m) 3 hours/77 km
Day 18: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
Day 19: Drive to Phuntsholing (234Km/7 hrs)
Day 20: Phuntsholing to Darjeeling.
Day 21: Full day sightseeing of Darjeeling.
Day 21: Drive to Gangtok.
Day 23: Full day sightseeing Gangtok and drive to Martam.
Day 24: Drive to Kalimpong.
Day 25: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Day 26: Take connecting flight from bagdogra airport to Delhi and fly home.

Itinerary in Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Sightseeing.

Our staff with your name plate will be waiting for you in the airport. After check in at the hotel in Kathmandu we transfer you to Pasupatinath and Boudhanath, two world heritage sites in Kathmandu city among the 7. Your first sight of Kathmandu might not be very pleasant because of the long queue in the airport for visa as most of the people get visa on arrival we advise our guest to get visa from their home country.

Pasupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath is the biggest shrine of Lord Shiva in Nepal and is the most scared temple for Hindus all over the world. The present structure is not very old but the site of Pasupatinath has been holy since last 2000 years. The cremation site beside the temple is a unique site for visitors as you see the burning of the dead bodies is interesting but not a pleasant site. The holy men with all kinds of makeup and ashes all over the bodies are also central attraction besides the Pasupatinath temple and the Holy River Bagmati.

Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath Stupa is also known as the Little Tibet in Kathmandu as more than 50 thousand Tibetan refugees took refuge in Boudhanath area after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949. This is a spiritual place with the two eyes of Buddha conveying the message of peace to you. Make sure you go through the Thanka painting galleries around the area to better understand the concept of Tibetan Buddhism and its practices.

Day 02: Full day city tour of Kathmandu.

You can decide the time to start the day after discussing with your city guide. We suggest starting sightseeing of Kathmandu before 9 so that you skip the busy traffic of Kathmandu.  We head towards the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square today. A walk from Kathmandu Durbar Square to Thamel is interesting as it goes through the oldest settlement of the Kathmandu valley and has the local market with clothing’s, spices and groceries etc.

Kathmandu Durbar Square- Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- Bhaktapur is on the eastern side of the Kathmandu city and is also referred as the city of Devotees and the fact is justified by hundreds of temples in the area. The home to the vibrant Newari culture, this is also the city of festivals. The 55 windows palace, the tallest pagoda in Nepal, the Pottery square and the museums in Bhaktapur has made it the best palace area in Nepal and also a must visit place in Nepal when you are here. The entrance fee 15 USD is a bit on the higher side but once you go in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square you will be happy for the price you have paid.

Day 03: Fly to Gongar Airport and transfer to Lhasa.
After a 2 and half hours flight we will arrive in Gongar Airport and half an hour drive from there we will reach Lhasa.

Day 04: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.

After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Day 05: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions

The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.

Day 06: Drive to Tsurphu Monastery and Yangbachen hot spring.
After breakfast we will take a drive of one hour/70km west to reach the Tsurphu Monastery which resides in a valley floor. This famous monastery of Tibet is seat of Karmapa branch of the Kagyugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. If you feel acclimatized you can do the Tsurphu Kora which provides excellent view of Tsurphu below. We will drive to Yangbachen hot spring before we return back to Lhasa for overnight.

Day 07: Drive to Gyantse. Sightseeing of the area in the afternoon.
The drive from Lhasa to Gyantse is about 275 k. It is a exciting drive as we drive past the Khamba La pass (4794 m), Yamdrok Tso Lake, Karo La pass (5045m) and many Himalayan peaks from the road. By the late afternoon we will reach the Tibetan settlement of Gyantse and take a walk around it.

Day 08: Drive to Shigatse and sightseeing.
After breakfast we will visit the Gyantse Dzong, which dates back to the 14th century and overlooks the Gyantse area. Kumbum literally means one hundred thousand images in the local language, famous for its gold dome. After the morning sightseeing we take a drive to Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet, which is little more than one hour and is 90 km away. After arriving Shigatse we will visit the Tashilumpo monastery.

Day 09: Drive to Shegar.
A 6 hours drive from Shigatse along the Friendship highway takes us to Shegar today. The drive is full of beautiful scenery .We will drive past the settlement of Lhatse and also drive past the Gyamtso La pass. A brief stop at Natang Monastery is a must. Driving further ahead we will stop at the Shakya monastery with the biggest gold book in the world.

Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk and visit Everest Base and continue driving to Zhangmu.
We start the day a bit early as today is the most exciting and the most interesting day in the trip. Since the morning you will see many Himalayan peaks from the road. When we drive about eighty five kilometers from Shegar we reach Rongbuk, famous for the view of Mt Everest. We can’t take our jeeps to the base camp of Everest so we need to walk 16 km, both ways.  There is a bus service but is not very reliable, the other option is to take a horse for the trip if you can’t walk. We will also visit the Rongbuk monastery, time permitting.

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
We ahead towards Kathmandu today which is 130 km from here. We will cross 3 high passes Tingri Lalung La pass at (5124 m), Shung La pass at (5200 m/ 17056 ft), Nyalam Pass (3800m) along the high way that offers majestic view of some of the highest mountains on earth. Upon reaching the Nepal-China border our representative from Adventure Mission Nepal will drive you to Kathmandu. Free time for rest in the afternoon.

Day 12: After brief rest we go head for the sightseeing of Patan Durbar Square and twin Newari villages Khokana and Bungmati. They are situated 14 KM south of Kathmandu city. Overnight at hotel.
Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 13: Full day sightseeing including Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Day trip to Nagarkot.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square- Bhaktapur is on the eastern side of the Kathmandu city and is also referred as the city of Devotees and the fact is justified by hundreds of temples in the area. The home to the vibrant Newari culture, this is also the city of festivals. The 55 windows palace, the tallest pagoda in Nepal, the Pottery square and the museums in Bhaktapur has made it the best palace area in Nepal and also a must visit place in Nepal when you are here. The entrance fee 15 USD is a bit on the higher side but once you go in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square you will be happy for the price you have paid.

Nagarkot- Nagarkot is situated at 2100m from sea level and is famous for the sunset and sunrise view. It is 32 km away from Kathmandu city and is a one night destination for hikers and trekkers as well as people who love to see mountains from distance, from the hotel room or with a beer or coffee in hand. The drive is also very interesting as it winds through the swirling road from Bhaktapur. You can see the Langtang Lirung, Annapurna 2nd, Ganesh Himal range and also Everest on a very clear day.

Day 14: Morning Flight from Kathmandu to Paro. Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 15: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

Day 16: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 17: Drive to Punakha (1250m) 3 hours/77 km
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Day 18: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha

Day 19: Drive to Phuntsholing (234Km/7 hrs)
Today we have a long and scenic drive to the town of Phuntsholing, a bordering town near the Bhutan-India Border. The drive goes pass hilly road for 234 km and on the way we will make few stops, one for lunch and others for photography.

Day 20: Phuntsholing to Darjeeling.
We have a cross country drive of 6hours, about 200 km from Bhutan to Darjeeling in India. It is a scenic drive from the plains to the hills with many rivers and streams. As we approach near to Darjeeling we see lot of tea plantation and the railways from the time of British India.

Day 21: Full day sightseeing of Darjeeling.
Our day starts before sunrise as we take a short drive to the Tiger Hill for Sunrise view. This famous hill also offers the view of some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas including Mt. Kanchenjunga. After the sunrise trip we will drive back to the hotel and have breakfast. After a brief rest we visit the famous landmarks and monuments of Darjeeling including Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden, Tea Factory, and Peace Pagoda.

Day 21: Drive to Gangtok.
Today after breakfast we drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim which lies 115 km from Darjeeling and need about 5 hours because of the hilly road. After completing the formalities at the Tista Bridge, we enter into Gangtok.

Day 23: Full day sightseeing Gangtok and drive to Martam.
We start the day early to drive to the Tashi View point from where you can see the Kanchenjunga, the Sinolchu Range and the far away settlements within Sikkim. We return to the hotel for breakfast and after that continues to Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery, and Tashi View Point.

Day 24: Drive to Kalimpong.
We drive about 4 hours to reach the gate way to Tibet and Bhutan from India, Kalimpong.

Day 25: Full day sightseeing of Kalimpong.
Today we will visit the famous landmarks of Kalimpong including the Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute in Kalimpong Dello View point and Haat Bazar, a weekly market of local products for local people.. Then in the evening, we enjoy free leisure. Overnight at Kalimpong.

Day 26: Take connecting flight from bagdogra airport to Delhi and fly home.
This 26 day trip ends here. We hope you enjoyed the trip in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.

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