Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet - 15 Days

Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet - 15 Days 15 Days

Trip Code: HAT132

Trip Type:
Schedule Depature

Maximum Altitude:
4797m

Durations:
15 days

Trip Starts:
Paro (Bhutan)

Trip Ends:
Lhasa (Tibet)

Accomodation:
Hotels and resorts

Best Time For Travel:
September-November, April-May

Trip Over View

A perfect Introduction to the three Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet in one single trip! A spectacular flight brings you to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan where time has stood still! Bhutan is a true bastion of tradition in a modern and uncertain world. Here there will be ample opportinity to explore the beautiful pastoral back raods of Bhutan and marvel at the independent poeple who have refused to reject their ancient spritual heritage for modern ways. During the trip you will be taken to the infamous Shangri-la setting of the paro Valley, the central Bhutanese town of Punakha-with its huge spectacular monastery set by the river-and the capital city of Thimpu.
Tiger's Nest Monastary in Bhutan
We will then fly you to Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, an unforgettable melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. In the local markets and bazaars, you will rub shoulders with some of Nepal’s most diverse peoples, here you can explore the complex maze of Hindu and Buddhist sites sandwiched with in the narrow streets of everyday life.
Explore the temples in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, Nepal
We will then take you on a breathtaking flight over the Himalayas to whisk you to the incomparable Tibet. At 12000ft we will arrive in Lhasa, Tibet's long-forbidden capital city,where we'll tour the major monuments including the legendary gold-roofed, thousand- room Potala Palace. We'll walk pilgrim trails,hike up to ancient ridge-top monasteries, meet a colorful array of people, from nomads to lamas and delve into some of the most majestic mountain scenery on Earth! Come take a step back in time and complete this enriching journey for an eye-opening look into traditions and cultures far removed from those in the West.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Bangkok.

Day 02: Arrival in Paro-drive to Thimpu.

Day 03: Thimpu

Day 04: Thimpu-Punakha

Day 05: Punakha-Paro

Day 06: Paro

Day 07: Paro-Kathmandu

Day 08: Kathmandu

Day 09: Patan-Bhaktapur-Dhulikhel

Day 10: Dhulikhel-Nagarkot

Day 11: Fly to Lhasa

Day 12-13: Lhasa

Day 14: Lhasa  (Yamdrok lake excursion)

Day 15: Depart Lhasa- to Chengdu/Beijing (Service ends)

Day 01: Arrival in Bangkok.

Take your flight to Bangkok and stay overnight in Bangkok.
Own accommodation.

Day 02: Flight to Paro and drive to Thimphu. (L/D)

Altitude: 2350m/7710 ft, distance 60km/38 miles, 1 hr
It’s a spectacular flight offering views of snow capped mountains of the eastern Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro airport, we are met by representative and transferred to Thimphu-the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimpu at Khang Residency

Day 03: Explore Thimphu. (B/L/D)

Explore the wonders of Thimphu that includes King’s Memorial Chorten, Takin Zoo, Bhutanese Textile Museum, School of Arts and Crafts, Heritage Museum, traditional paper factory, Tasicho Dzong etc. Overnight in Thimpu at Khang Residency

Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha (74 Kms.) (B/L/D)

After breakfast proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). The pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including highest peak of Bhutan. Enroute make short excursion about an hour to the temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. It is fascinating to walk through villages and the rice fields. Arrive Punakha the capital city of Bhutan till 1955 and still the Je Khenpo, the Chief of Abbot resides there during the winter season. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1638 and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Overnight in Punakha at Drubchu Resort.

Day 05: Punakha – Paro (B/L/D)

Morning short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. This chorten is dedicated to our present crown prince and for the world peace. Hike will take you around 45 minutes each way. Proceed to Thimphu for lunch. Before entering to Thimphu, you can visit farmers weekend market, where local villagers around Thimphu sell their agro products. Later visit nunnery temple, Sangaygang view point and takin. Free walk in Thimphu City, the best place to buy souvenir from Bhutan and evening drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro at hotel Drukchen

Day 06: Paro-sightseeing (B/L/D)

Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery which takes about 15 minutes drive to the starting point. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to monastery. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. Lunch at Cafeteria.
PM visit to Ta Dzong (national Museum), the best place to familiarize about Bhutanese religion, customs and traditional arts& crafts. Overnight in Paro at hotel Druckchen

Day 07: Flight from Paro to Kathmandu (B)

We fly to Kathmandu-the capital city of Nepal. You can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival. Bring one passport size photo. Visa fee costs US$ 25 (US$ cash only accepted) and visa is good for 15 days. After clearing immigration and custom, exit the airport and meet guide,you are transferred to the hotel in the city center.
This afternoon, visit Kathmandu Durbar Squares that comprise the former Royal Palace and a cluster of ancient and medieval temples with rich stone and wood works. Kumari House-the temple of Living Goddess of Nepal, We walk through the narrow streets of Indrachowk and Assan-the traditional markets of Kathmandu and enter the tourist district of Thamel with all economy accommodations, restaurants, curio shops.  We end up the day in a typical Nepali restaurant where we join in the dinner. The restaurant entertains their customers with Nepali folklore dances. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti

Day 08: Kathmandu (B)

Morning visit two World Heritage listed religious sites the Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of holy Bagmati River,the giant Boudhanath stupa. See devotees taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River. Afternoon travel up to Swayambhunath stupa set high on a hill with commanding views of the Kathmandu valley. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 09: Patan-Bhaktapur-Dhulikhel (B)

Check out after breakast and commence the day with a tour of Patan city, the city of fine arts and one of the three queen cities of the valley. Visit Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir and Mahavihar-Golden Temple of Lord Buddha built in the 12th century. Then visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur, the third major town in the valley. Enjoy the cobblestone streets free of traffic and visit Lion Gate, the five storied Nyatopolo Temple and the Palace of 55 Windows. After lunch at Bhaktapur drive to the hill resort of Dhulikhel which lies 32 kms east of kathmandu on the Araniko Highway that leads to Tibet. In old days, Dhulikhel flourished as a trading center handling commerce between Kathmandu and Lhasa. Today it delights visitors with its enchanting cultural and stunning Himalayan views. Overnight in Dhulikhel at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.

Day 10: Dhulikhel to Nagarkot, 2hrs Hike (B)

Take an excursion to peaceful Thundikhel for a short hike and drive to Changunarayan Temple visit the temple and hike 2 hrs to Telkot passing through the local houses by watching their daily activities and terrace farming field one side and great Himalayan views on other side. We meet our car at Telkot and drive to Nagarkot for beautiful sunset views. Overnight in Nagarkot at Club Himalaya Resort.  

Day 11: Flight in to Lhasa (B)

Altitude: 3650/11,972ft
We transfer you to airport for flight to Lhasa. On your arrival at Lhasa airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa city (75km/47 miles, 1 hr). Check in hotel and take rest for acclimatization. You may experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness that includes light-headedness,disorientation,headache etc. Drink plenty of water and take enough rest.
 Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 12: Lhasa Sightseeing (B)

Visit the World Heritage formidable site of Potala Palace in the morning. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery. Towards the late afternoon, visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s holiest site. In the evening, take a walk in a clock-wise circuit or Kora around the temple grounds, along with the stream of humanity. Stroll through Barkhor market square.
Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 13: Lhasa Sightseeing (B)

In the morning, visit Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery of Tibet. Later visit Mentsekhang (traditional Hospital). In the afternoon visit Norbulingkga Palace. The rest of the afternoon is free for rest or stroll around.
Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 14: Excursion to Yamdrok Tsho Lake (B)

Embark on the ride of a lifetime along the Lhasa-Kathmandu Southern Highway that runs parallel to the Himalayas. After half an hour from the city, you will drive across the Yarlungdzangbo River and the road gradually climbs to Kamba La (4797m / 15,820ft) from where you will have the fi rst view of brilliant turquoise blue Yamdrok Tso Lake that lies several feet below the road. This is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and the home of wrathful deities. Along with the lake, the view in the distance massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) can be seen. We visit the lake and return to Lhasa by late afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 15: Depart-Lhasa (B)

Flight to Chengdu/Beijing to connect your flight back to home.
Service ends.

  • Includes

        • Accommodations in Listed or Similar.
        • Meals (All meals in Bhutan, breakfast only in Tibet and Nepal)
        • All transfers and sightseeing by private Vehicles.
        • Sightseeing with entrance fees.
        • Local English speaking Guides
        • Tibet Permits, Bhutan Visa 

    Excludes

      • International Flights to Bangkok and out of Beijing.
      • Nepal Visa (available upon arrival) $25 per person.
      • Expenses of Personal Nature