Tibet & Nepal Cultural Insights

Tibet & Nepal Cultural Insights 07 Days

Trip Code: HAT134

Trip Type:
Schedule Depature

Maximum Altitude:
3650m

Durations:
07 days

Trip Starts:
Lhasa (Tibet)

Trip Ends:
Kathmandu (Nepal)

Accomodation:
Hotels and resorts

Best Time For Travel:
Throughout the Year

Trip Over View

This beautifully efficient trip will take you into the depths of two of the most culturally significant countires in Asia, enriched in history and ancient tales this tour will be a week to remmember. Fristly a breathtaking flight over the Himalayas whicks you to the incomparable Tibet. At 12000ft we will arrive in Lhasa Tibet’s long-forbidden capital city where we'll tour the major major monuments, including the legendary gold-roofed, thousand-room Potala Palace. We’ll walk pilgrim trails, hike up to ancient ridge-top monasteries, and meet a colorful array of people.
Lhasa, Tibet's long-forbidden capital
We will then fly to Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. In the local markets and bazaars, we’ll rub shoulders with some of Nepal’s most diverse people, here you can explore the complex maze of Hindu and Buddhist sites sandwiched with in the narronw streets of everyday life.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (Alt 3,595m/11,792ft)

Day 02: At Lhasa (B)

Day 03: At Lhasa (B)

Day 04: Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot (B)

Day 05: Explore Kathmandu (B)

Day 06: Explore Kathmandu (B)

Day 07: Departure (B)

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa   (Alt 3,595m/11,792ft)

Arrival in Lhasa from Beijing/Shanghai/Chengdu, upon arrival at Lhasa airport, you are met Tibetan Guide transferred to the hotel in the city. Take rest for acclimatization. You will experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water and take enough rest. Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 02: At Lhasa (B)

In the morning visit the Institute of Tibetan Medicine and visit Potala Palace-probably the principal target of most of the visitors, Sera Monastery-the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and the tour concludes in Norbulinka- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 03: At Lhasa (B)

Today, you will visit Drepung Monastery-the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet, the ancient Jorkhang Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Overnight in Lhasa at Kyichu hotel.

Day 04: Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot (B)

Our guide transfers to airport and we fly over the sea of snow capped mountains. Meet guide at the airport and drive to Nagarkot 1.5 hrs. En route visit Bhaktapur -the best-preserved medieval Malla Principality. Bhaktapur served as the capital of United Nepal before it split in to three (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) in the mid 14 th century. Overnight in Nagarkot at Club Himalaya Resort.

Day 05: Explore Kathmandu (B)

Explore Patan-the city of arts and crafts! We visit Patan Durbar Square with former Royal Palace and several temples we will visit Golden Temple, Kumbheshwara Temple, Mahaboudha Temple etc. We will drive to the traditional Newari Village of Bungamati where we feel that time has stood still! We walk through the cobbled street, poke into the private houses and visit the main temple of the village. Afternoon, we will visit Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 year old Buddhist shrine situated on a hillock overlooking the valley. We will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square with former Royal Palace complex. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 06: Explore Kathmandu (B)

Morning visit Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of holy Bagmati River, one of the principal tributaries of Ganges. Admission to temple courtyard is reserved for Hindus only but you would have a very good close up from the other side of the river. The temple is vibrant with the activities of the devotees. You will also get to see the Hindu Cremation Services on the bank of the River.
The giant Boudhanath stupa lies in 10 minutes distance. This has the fame as the largest Stupa in the world and one of the “must visit” site for Tibetan Buddhists in their lifetime and the area is inhabited by Tibetan refugees. Pilgrims circumambulate the stupa with spinning prayer wheels or counting beads and uttering sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Surrounded around the stupa are monasteries associated with different schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Free afternoon to pursue your own interest. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 07: Departure (B)

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for flight to home or next destination. Service ends.

  • Includes

    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis. 
    • Daily breakfast in the hotels.
    • All ground transfers and sightseeing by private car.
    • English speaking local guides.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.
    • Tibet Permit,Tibet Visa.

    Excludes

    • Meals other than indicated.
    • Nepal Visa $25 each.
    • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, phone etc.
    • All Lunches and dinners. 
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight delay, cancellation, trip interruption due to inclement weather, civil unrest etc.
    • Emergency medical transportation.
    • Travel insurance.
    • International airfares.
    • International flights into Kathmandu and out from Lhasa.