Highlights of Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour covers main cities; Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Lhasa, Paro & Thimphu in 3 Himalayan countires.
Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour will take you into few gorgeous places in the Himalayan countries Nepal Tibet Bhutan that covers Himalaya’s culture, religion and nature. Explore Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, is also largest city. Kathmandu is located in the Kathmandu Valley along with the cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. After visiting three cities we will take you to next destination to Tibet and Bhutan.
Tibet Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. Buddhist pilgrims, ancient monasteries, amazing culture and so much more are found in Lhasa. The monastery keeps many historical relics, Buddhist scriptures, arts, and crafts.
Bhutan, The Buddhist Kingdom, nestled in the heart of the great Himalayan range, is one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. Bhutan is also known as Druk Yul meaning “The land of thunder dragon”. It is often described as last Shangri-la.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1400m)
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Day 03: Kathmandu
Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 04: Kathmandu – Tibet (3650m)
Fly to Lhasa Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple & Barkhor Bazar in Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa
Visit Drepung & Sera Monastery in Lhasa.
Day 07: Lhasa - Kathmandu
Free till departure. Transfer to airport, fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 08: Kathmandu
Morning visit Bungamati and khokana village. Afternoon: Rest.
Day 09: Kathmandu - Paro:
Arrival Paro International airport / transfer to Thimpu (2300m) - 2 hrs. drive
Day 10: Thimpu sightseeing / Drive to Paro (1460m.) - 2 hrs. drive
Day 11: Paro - hike to Taksang (Tinger’s Nest Monastery)
Day 12: Departure
Drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu:
Arrive Kathmandu. Meet/assist at Kathmandu airport by us and transfer to Hotel. PM: Rest.
Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, half day valley sightseeing's with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley and another half day Visit to Patan city, famous city features of arts and crafts - the highlight of trip is the Shikara (Krishna Temple), Patan Durbar with Royal bath, Hiranya Varna Mahavir (Buddhist Monastery).
Day 03: Kathmandu
After breakfast, start the trip to visit Kathmandu Valley with its various important religious centers; Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), nearby along the banks of the Bagmati River, where is the cremation area for the dead, Boudhanath is possibly the largest Stupa in the world and the center for Tibetan school of Buddhism. Followed by driving onto Bhaktapur, the medical city of devotes and the best preserved of all the ancients cities of Kathmandu Valley.
Day 04: Kathmandu - Lhasa
Drive to Kathmandu Airport, Fly to Lhasa airport and transfer to Lhasa (95 km - It takes approx. 2 hours to Lhasa through the Yerlung Tsangpo and the Lhasa Kyichu River).
Day 05: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast, visit Potala palace, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and later renovated by the 5th Dalailama in the 17th century. Afternoon visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market, this is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses of golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess Wenchen.
Day 06: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast, visit Drepung monastery, which is the largest Monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Lhasa, which was built in 1416 by Jamyang chojie a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Afternoon visit Sera monastery located in north of Lhasa city, It was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choeji, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect. Sera monastery is one of the three major monasteries of yellow sect in Tibet.
Day 07: Lhasa – Kthmandu
Drive to Gonggar Airport, Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Rest.
Day 08: Kathmandu
Visit Bungamati & Khokana village, is a classic Newari villages. Bungamati sits atop a spur above the Bagmati river. In the centre of the lively village square is the large Rato Machhendranath Temple, a shikhara-style temple rather than a pagoda. Bungamati is a pleasant traditional Newari village that dates to the 16th century. It overlooks the Bagmati River.
Day 09: Kathmandu - Paro International airport / transfer to Thimpu (2300m) - 2 hrs. drive
Drive to Kathmandu Airport, fly to Paro (Bhutan). During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
If time permit in the afternoon you can visit the following places:
In the evening you can drive to the capital town of Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimpu sightseeing - Drive to Paro (2200m.) - 2 hrs. drive
There are good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. Afternoon you can also visit Thimpu Dzhong which is the administrative headquarter of Bhutan. Late afternoon drive to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 11: Paro - hike to Taksang (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monstery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch you can visit other important site which you could not complete previous days.
After lunch, visit to Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armour to textiles and thangkha paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here. Also visit Rinpung Dzong and a typical Bhutanese farm house.
Day 12: Departure
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination or fly back to Kathmandu.
From the time I emailed them until we left they were always good about communicating. They tailored a trip to exactly what we wanted. They even contacted us after the trip to make sure that we were happy with how everything went.
The only hiccup was we went specifically during Holi week because we wanted the full immersion of the culture and on Holi day everything was closed so we paid for a day but did not really get to do much. But our driver/guide was Buddhist instead of Hindu so he took us around for a few hours and then we were on our own the rest of that day.
But otherwise Nepal was the most amazing experience ever and this tour company helped make it that way.
We asked friendship tour to organise a trip to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet Tour. The trip was perfect, guides and drivers punctual knowledgeable and very plesant! Everything was spot on! Thank you for a great tour and a fantastic experience! Highly recommended!
This was one of our best trips ever! The guides and drivers were exceptional. Our interests are plants and animals. Our guide and driver customized our trip and went far out of their way to be helpful. The Eco Hotel in Kathmandu upgraded us to a suite when we came back before our departure home. The hotel staff in Kathmandu went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The view from our hotel in Bandipur, Nepal was breathtaking and world class.
When you see the Himalayas reflected in Fewa Lake in Pokara, you have seen one of the most beautiful sights in the world. The monasteries in Bhutan were stunning, especially Tiger's Nest. The guide and driver in Bhutan were very well educated and knowledgeable. The guide in Chitwan took us to see baby elephants, on an elephant ride and a boat trip with numerous bird sightings. There were excellent vegetarian choices in the hotel in Chitwan. Thank you to Friendship Tours for a GREAT TRIP!
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