Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet - 15 Days 15 Days
Trip Code: HAT132
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Bhutan is a true bastion of tradition in a modern and uncertain world. This is also a perfect place of comfort, rest and convalescence. People here still live by their ancient spiritual heritage. Our trip begins from Bhutan to experience an abundance of Buddhist culture and practices. We will discover the local Buddhist culture and enjoy the natural beauty there. Here there will be ample opportunity to explore the beautiful pastoral back roads of Bhutan and marvel at the independent people who have refused to reject their ancient spiritual 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.
Join us to experience the cultures, natures and the peoples all unique than the rest of the world.
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. Accommodation on your own.
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 transfer to Thimpu- the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimpu at Khang Residency.
Day 03: Explore Thimphu. (B/L/D)
Explore the wonders of Thimpu 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. En route make short excursion for 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 at Punakha that used to be 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)
In the morning, we will take a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. This chorten is dedicated to the present crown prince and for the world peace. It will take you around 45 minutes hike each way. Proceed to Thimpu for lunch and before entering to Thimpu, you can visit farmers’ weekend market where local villagers around Thimpu sell their agro products. Later visit nunnery temple, Sangaygang view point and Takin. Take a free walk in Thimpu City also the best place to buy souvenir from Bhutan and in the evening drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro at hotel Drukchen.
Day 06: Paro-sightseeing (B/L/D)
We will take an excursion in the morning 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 the monastery. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in the 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) which is the best place to get familiar 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 and passport size photo is required. Visa fee costs US$ 25 (US$ only cash 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 and 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)
In the morning, we will visit to some World Heritage listed religious sites of Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of holy Bagmati River and the giant Boudhanath stupa. See devotees taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River. in the 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 breakfast 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 Nyatopola Temple and the Palace of 55 Windows. After lunch at Bhaktapur drive to the hill resort of Dhulikhel which lies 32 km 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 and watch their daily activities and terrace farming field on one side and great Himalayan views on the 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 transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city (75km/47 miles, 1 hr). Check in the hotel and take rest for acclimatization. You may experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness that includes light-headedness, disorientation, headache etc. but they are normal. Drink plenty of water and take enough rest to help yourself. 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) and in the afternoon visit Norbulingkha Palace. The rest of the afternoon is free for rest or stroll around as per your choice. 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 first 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 to 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 home.
- Accommodations as listed or similar.
- Meals - All meals in Bhutan and 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.
- International flights to Bangkok and out of Beijing.
- Nepal Visa (available upon arrival) $25 per person.
- Expenses of personal nature .