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Nepal and Tibet Tour - 12 days USD 2,999.00 P/P Nepal - 7 nights, Tibet - 4 nights

Nepal and Tibet are situated adjoined to each other in the lap of Himalayas. For many centuries this area was a mystic land for many foreigners. Nepal offers great touring experience and a combination of different art, architecture and lifestyle of various ethnic groups. Pokhara and Chitwan are some of the most visited place because of nature and wildlife.
Lhasa in Tibet is the most interesting place to study Tibetan Buddhism. Numerous monasteries such as Drepung, Sera and many others are fascinating and help to understand Tibetan Buddhism and its philosophy.
12 days is a good enough span of time to explore the major attractions in Tibet and Nepal. In addition to all the attractions in both the destinations, the flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu is also a great experience as you fly parallel to the mighty Himalayas soaring higher up in the sky.

Tour Highlights

Boudhanath

One of the largest and sacred Buddhist sites situated in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is enclosed with remarkable structural design and brilliantly settings the abilities of the Newar artists and craftsmen over some eras.

Swayambhunath

Is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city.

Jokhang Temple

The most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists.

	Sera Monastery

Is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa academia monasteries of Tibet.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Be received, welcomed & assisted by our representative & transfer to hotel. Half day sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Overnight at hotel.

Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath stutpa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.

Pashupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pasupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.

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.

Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

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 03: Drive to Pokhara (200km/7hours) and boating at Phewa lake.
After a warm breakfast at hotel we start the 7 hours/200km drive to Pokhara. We will make few stops on the way as there are lots of places to capture photographs. We will follow the Trishuli River, one of the best rivers for amateur rafting until Mugling and then onwards go on the opposite direction of the Marshayngdi River for a while. Besides the small and simple villages the Prithvi Highway also offer nice view of mountains, most notably from Khairini and onwards. If the weather is clear you can see the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Annapurna as soon as you start going down from Kathmandu. In the evening stroll around the lake side or depending on the time you reach Pokhara for a boating trip in the Phewa Lake.

Day 04: Sightseeing of Pokhara city including the Davis fall, Gupteshwor cave, Bindabasani temple, Tibetan refugee camp and Seti River gorge. Free time in the afternoon for exploration.
Your city guide will come to receive you after breakfast and drive towards the Davis fall, named after a Swiss coupled washed away by the waterfall in 1961.  Then cross the road and go to the Gupteshwor cave with a self created statue of Lord shiva and the view of Davis fall coming down from the other side.  A 5 minutes walk from the Gupteshwor cave is the Tibetan refugee camp where you can see Tibetan refugees doing different kinds of work for livelihood such as making carpets, making jewelries with semi precious stones and selling things to tourist. After spending some time to understand Tibet and its political conditions in the area we head towards the Bindabasani temple and the Seti river gorge.

Day 05: Drive to Chitwan (170km/6 hours). Tharu village walk in the afternoon. Tharu cultural program in the evening before dinner.
The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan is a scenic drive of 6 hours. The change in the vegetation and lifestyle of the people is very significant. We will reach Chitwan for Lunch on this day. After a brief rest we take a walk through the village of the Tharu people, one of the famous indigenous groups in Nepal. They are famous for their resistance against Malaria, also for the huts they live in and the unique culture they have which they brought with them from Rajasthan in India from where they migrated. After a brief walk in the village to understand better we will come back to the hotel to see the Tharu dance program, which is a collection of many different dances that are performed by Tharu in different festivals.

Day 06: After breakfast we go ahead for the canoeing and elephant breeding center visit. We go to the elephant bathing place, if you want to participate you can enjoy the shower on a elephant. After lunch Elephant safari and Nature walk.
Yes you are in the periphery of the Chitwan national park, The best habitat for tropical animals and plants in Nepal. This is an exciting day ahead of you. After breakfast in the morning we drive for a while from your jungle camp and go for the canoeing in the Budi Rapti river. The canoeing lasts for maximum 40 minutes and during those 40 minutes you see atleast 20 species of birds and 2 species of crocodiles basking in the sun. There are chances to see the one horned rhino and other wild animals. After the canoeing we go to the elephant breeding center where female elephants are kept for breeding. You might also see few small naughty ones coming to play with the visitors. We drive to the elephant bathing place in Suaraha. You can participate in the elephant bathing if you want. It cost you 2-3 dollars for a shower on top of an elephant.  We head back to the hotel for lunch and rest for a while. At around 3 pm we will go for the elephant ride inside the Chitwan national park which lasts for 2 hours. There you can see many animals including one horned rhino, 4 species of deers, monkeys and many more.

Day 07: After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu (170km/6 hours). Free time around Thamel in the evening.

Day 08:  Fly from Kathmandu and Arrive Gongar Airport. Upon arrival 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, the capital city of Tibet. In the evening we will stroll around the old city to experience the local life style and monuments of Lhasa.

Day 09: 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 10: 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 11: Depart to Kathmandu. Rest in the evening.
We will drive to Gongar Airport and then board our flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Depending on your flight timing we can arrange for sightseeing. In the evening we will go for a cultural program with typical Nepali dinner to review your trip in Nepal and Tibet.

Day 12: Final departure.

Cost Includes:

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.

Cost excludes:

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Air fare to Lhasa and back.
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