Explore Hidden Land of the Himalayas

Explore Hidden Land of the Himalayas

TripGrade: Easy
An Easy Grade Trip - as the name suggests if a trek not that difficulties to trek around. This trip reaches up to 3000 meters high in altitude. The trails will not be that rugged and are highly suitable for family trips. The trips are generally around of a week or little bit more.

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16 Days

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Private Vehicle / Flight

Best Season:

All Year Round

    It has been said that Bhutan is the last ShangriLa. Very few visitors know about Bhutan, but those who make the journey to this exotic kingdom soon discovers the true beauty of the majestic land. The people of Bhutan made sure to keep the secret of the land and cultural heritage from the world so that it can flourish in isolation. Bhutan is adorned with rich geography; exotic vegetation, untamed wildlife, snow-covered mountains, and echoing valley is what makes Bhutan so special.
    Tourists, planning for the trip to Bhutan for cultural, vacations or trekking can find themselves in difficulty since a limited number of visitors are allowed for Bhutan tours. Sandwiched between India and China, Bhutan sits at the heights of 24,000 ft. from the sea level. The terrain is a lush tropical southern foothill completely covering the entire countryside. The majestic country has a lot to offer to the visitors from the ancient fortress known as Dzongs to ancient temples, and monasteries.
    Adventure Mission Nepal leads an adventurous tour to three exotic Himalayan countries, which will cater with all the beauty of the nature and marvels of ancient cultural civilization. The tour is applicable for all age groups with a chance to explore the rich ancient countries.
    Best of the trip
    Exploring the hidden Land in the Himalayas will be an amazing trip for you as you will get the chance to explore the culture, tradition, people, nature, food of four different neighboring countries.

    Featured Highlights of Exploring the hidden Land in the Himalayas

    • Mystic land of Bhutan.
    • Remote monasteries and spiritual temples.
    • Monument of Love: Taj Mahal.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley.
    • Palaces and temples of Tibet.
    • Attractive excursion to temples villages and scenic spots.

    Trip Outline

    Day 01: Arrival Delhi
    Day 02: Inception from Delhi
    Day 03: Traveling from Delhi to Agra
    Day 04: Witnessing the Monument of Love: The Taj Mahal
    Day 05: Fly to Bhutan: Lunging for the Himalayas
    Day 06: Reliving the Old Capital of Bhutan
    Day 07: Coming Back to Paro
    Day 08: Falling in love with Paro Valley
    Day 09: Fly to Nepal, the Land of Temples
    Day 10: Fascinating Kathmandu Valley
    Day 11: Fly to Lhasa
    Day 12: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
    Day 13: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
    Day 14: Drive to Gyantse
    Day 15: City of Panchen Lama
    Day 16: Concluding Our Journey

    Starting Price

    USD 3199 per person

    Group Discount : Available

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    Itinerary

    Arrival on: Delhi

    Departure from: Kathmandu

    Day 1

    Arrival Delhi

    Upon your arrival at Delhi, a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the airport. He will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us and assist you to the respective hotel.

    Day 2

    Inception from Delhi

    Our journey begins from Delhi, the capital of another majestic country, India. The country has so much to offer in terms of tourism, yet ignored by the visitors. Our stay of 2 days at Delhi was filled with all sorts of sightseeing and exploring the capital city. Suggested places include a visit to the National Museum, which may sound a bit odd, but anyone who appreciates art sure needs to visit a museum. The National Museum contains over 200,000 works of art of Indian and Foreign origin and 5000 years old ancient Indian culture. One thing about India is their culture, which is so varied in all sense that brings forth the memory of a lifetime. In an instance, it will take you to the memoirs of the past culture and traditions filled with so rich history that makes anyone wonder the beauty of one of the oldest living civilization. The Buddhist art section contains all the sacred relics, unearthed from Piprehwa of 5th century BC. One of the other places to visit is Teen Murti Bhavan, which housed the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The building was designed by Robert Russell, who also designed Connaught Place and Eastern and Western courts. Today the foundation is a home to Contemporary Studies, headquarters of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Nehru Memorial Library, and Nehru Fellowship.

    Day 3

    Traveling from Delhi to Agra

    After having breakfast in Delhi, we begin our tour which takes us to the Presidential Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Jantar-Mantar, Connaught Circus, Red Fort, and Mahalaxmi Temple. Next stop is Agra for an overnight stay.

    Day 4

    Witnessing the Monument of Love: The Taj Mahal

    Coming to Agra and leaving the city without taking a tour to Taj Mahal will be a mistake of a lifetime. The morning view of Taj Mahal is a view of its own state to witness the glory of the rich cultural country. The monument is a symbol of love, adorned with white marble reflecting a romantic aura in the air. Built during the Mughal era in 1963, this monument is the best example of one of the Wonders of the World. Our next stop is Agra Fort, which was built as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The building underwent many structural alterations during the Mughal generation. The fort is massively 2.5 km long, and the walls are 20 feet high. There is only an entry point through the south gate. The fort gives the feeling of an encircled city within a city, is a great view to explore. The fort also houses one of the most stunning mosques of the Mughal era, the Pearl Mosque. We return back to Delhi in evening.

    Day 5

    Fly to Bhutan: Lunging for Himalayas

    We boarded a flight from Delhi to Bhutan, to the city of Paro. We make way to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu. The way to Thimpu was completely filled with energy and curiosity as we pass by every waterfall and mountain peaks. The capital of Bhutan is a land of history worth 400 years old. Reaching Thimpu, we visit to Taktsang Monastery, which is also known as Tiger’s Nest at 9000 ft. we reach to the monastery by riding a horse, strolling through the cliffs.

    Day 6

    Reliving the Old Capital of Bhutan

    We continue our journey of Bhutan from Thimpu with an adventurous mountain drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. It lies across the Dochu La pass (3050 m), encountering the exotic scenery of the Himalayas on the way. Before making our way to Punakha, our tour is scheduled to make a stop at Metshina. The place is a 20-minute hike through the Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple, famous for receiving the blessings.

    Day 7

    Coming Back to Paro

    While in Thimpu, we decide to do a bit of sightseeing. Thimpu bazaar was one of the first stops. The handicrafts of the bazaar reveal the art of the country, followed by a visit to Memorial Chorten. On our way back to Paro, we take a detour to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest city of Bhutan, known to be around 4 centuries old. After lunch, we visit the hospital of ancient traditional medicine and National Library. The library is more of an ancient cultural building with exquisite carvings and dragonhead architectures. The painted windows flash the memories of the ancient world.

    Day 8

    Falling in love with Paro Valley

    Perhaps, one of the biggest attractions of the country is the Paro valley, which is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains and emerging landscapes. Our tour follows at visiting Dzongs (monasteries), which serves as the religious and administrative centers. Our list of Sightseeing includes the visit to Paro National Museum, 7th-century Kyichu Laichang Dzong and Dryukul Dzong.

    Day 9

    Fly to Nepal, the Land of Temples

    Once we had our fill, we pack our bags to leave for the airport. Our next destination in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival on Kathmandu, a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. He will be in possession of your nameplate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us and assist you to the respective hotel. Reaching Kathmandu, we did a bit of sightseeing, which includes Hanuman Dhoka Square, The House of Living Goddess, The Royal Palace and the City markets comprising Thamel walk.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar square is one of the most interesting places in Nepal. It lies in the center of the city and is a lively place with all kinds of attractions. This area was the seat of the royalty till 1896 when the Royal family moved to the new Palace in Kings Way now. This interesting world heritage site has monuments and statues from different periods of Nepalese history from Lichivi to the Shah era. The famous monuments in this area include the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the old Royal Palace, the Jagganath temple, the temple of Taleju and the terrifying statue of Kal Bhairav.

    Thamel: Thamel is the tourist hub in Kathmandu. Hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, body massage, live music Thamel has it all. Thamel has grown as the tourist center of Nepal in the last few decades. Strolling around Thamel gives to opportunity to experience the hospitality in Nepal at its best. If you are thinking about last minute shopping there is no better place in Kathmandu than Thamel.

    Day 10

    Fascinating Kathmandu Valley

    From Kathmandu, we move to the city of Patan, which houses some of the most ancient architecture and fine arts. The city is also known for its silver, copper and bronze work. We then move ahead to Bhaktapur, the city of rich cultural heritage. Our visit to the Lion Gate, The Picture Gallery, and the Palace of Windows is simply at its best.

    Patan Durbar Square: Patan or Lalitpur as it is known as is the city of fine arts. Patan has remained as a Buddhist city since ancient times and it is believed that the famous emperor Ashok of India visited this city back in the 3rd century BC. Although the city has more Buddhist monuments than Hindu temples the main Durbar Square area is full of Hindu temples dating back from different periods of Nepalese history. Some famous monuments in Patan include the Taleju temple, the Bhimsen Temple, The golden temple, the temple of 1000 Buddha and the Sun Dhara, meaning golden tap. Patan city is famous for its export of arts and crafts done in metal.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square: The city of devotees Bhaktapur lies 15 km east from the city center of Kathmandu. It is an open museum full of ancient temples, courtyard, world-class wooden and metal architecture and numerous festivals. This is one of the best-preserved heritage of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square has 4 main courtyards the Durbar Square, the Pottery Square, the Taumadi Square and the Dattatreya square. Besides these 4, there are many courtyards called Bahals, the private residential area of the Newari people. The tallest pagoda style temple of Nepal, Nyatapol makes Bhaktapur a must visit when you are in Nepal.

    Day 11

    Fly to Lhasa

    Our next destination is Lhasa. Our flight lands us to Lhasa, known as the holy city of Buddhism and the former home of the Dalai Lama, known as the reincarnation of Buddha. Since the city is located at high altitude, it is advisable to take some rest before embarking on the journey. We land at the hotel and took a complete rest to freshen ourselves.

    Day 12

    Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

    Today, in Lhasa, we decide to take a tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor. We also observed the Sky burial ceremony, which may sound Taboo for many, but it is a religious practice, where the dead corpses are left in open to be devoured by the scavengers. ‘Giving back to nature to what it gives us’ is what the locals believe and practices the ceremony.

    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 to date.

    After lunch, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred 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 13

    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 man-made 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 14

    Drive to Gyantse

    Since we came to Tibet, this was the first time we started our tour on the road. We hired a jeep and begin our journey on the road. It takes us to spectacular Khamba La pass from where we witnessed the picturesque beauty of Nazin Kang Sa (24,000 ft) and gazing upon the water of the Yamdrok-Tso Lake. We then move ahead coming across another high pass, the Karo La (5,045 m). The pass holds some of the beautiful scenery of glacier touching the roadways through the end. After the momentous journey of villages and valleys, we arrive in the town of Gyantse.

    Day 15

    City of Panchen Lama

    We drive to Shigatse, located at 16,000 ft after an overwhelming journey. Shigatse is the place of Panchen Lama, known as the second to the Dalai Lama. Once we reached the city, we begin sightseeing with Tashilumpo Monastery and other attractions. After that, we were scheduled for the town of Zhangmu. The town is situated between the lush and mountainous path. It is considered as the small border town and also the main port of entry between Tibet and Nepal.

    Day 16

    Concluding Our Journey

    This was the last day of the tour. In the morning, we drive to the Chinese Immigration Zhangmu. Across the path is the Friendship Bridge, hanging over the Bhote Koshi River, which brings us closer to the Immigration Center in Kodari. This is where we part our ways with Tibetan guide and the driver. We walk across the river and meet the representatives from the Adventure Mission Nepal to assist us in Kathmandu. Our way back to Kathmandu was filled with sweet memories of the journey, cherishing every moment of the ride. At last, we arrive at Kathmandu and checked into the hotel, marking the end of our journey.

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    Accommodation

    Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

    Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Paro, Delhi, Agra, Thimpu, Lhasa, and Gyantse, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

    Meals

    Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
    For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

    On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

    Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


    Inclusion

    Whats Included

    • Bhutan and Tibet Permit Fees
    • All Transfer on a private A/C vehicle, as per itinerary
    • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Airfares (Bhutan- Nepal- Lhasa) as per itinerary
    • Entrance fees as per itinerary
    • Accommodation Twin/ DBL sharing as per itinerary
    • Guide fees
    • All Taxes

    Whats Not Included

    • International Airfares and Taxes
    • Indian Visa Fee
    • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) and Beverages
    • Your Travel Insurance
    • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, tips to guide and driver, liquor, etc.)
    • Any costs occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, etc.)


    GearList

    Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

    Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Sun glasses
    • Sunscream
    • Lip Balm.

    Feet

    • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
    • Sandals
    • Trekking Shoes on the trek
    • Comfortable Shoes in cities

    Body

    • Warm gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Light jackets and pullovers
    • Wind – stopper jacket
    • Undergarments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

    Accessories

    • Earplug
    • Electronics gadgets of your choice
    • Spare Battery
    • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
    • Tour/Trekking Bag
    • Hiking Poles
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Down jacket
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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