Nepal, Tibet Tour
The combination of Nepal tour and Tibet tour is once in a lifetime experience for the travelers. This is most recommended itinerary for those seeking cultural and natural diversity in the last remaining Shangri-La on earth.
You will start this tour from the Himalayan destination of Nepal. This small region in the world map is packed with diverse landscapes, culture, and people who call it home. The next stretch is the “Roof of the World” Tibet. Tibet trip is once in a lifetime experience. During your Tibet tour you will pass through sparkling turquoise lakes, across huge plains scattered with yaks and nomad’s tents as far as the eye can see and over high passes draped with colorful prayer flags.
Day 01: Arrive - Kathmandu
Arrive in the ” Kathmandu ” , the capital city of Nepal. Upon arrival, meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Patan Durbar Square. Patan also known as Lalitpur is the second largest city inside the valley. Patan has a long Buddhist influence and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas said to have been created by great Buddhist emperor around 250 BC.
Afternoon tour of the sacred Shiva temples on the Indian sub-continent. It draws devotees from all over India, including many colorful Sadhus (wandering Holy men). It is the largest temple complex in Nepal. Continue on to Swoyambhunath Stupa. It is also referred to as “Monkey Temple” by many tourists because of the large tribes of monkeys that guard the hill. Legends say after the Bodhisattva Manjushri drained the water from the lake revealing the Kathmandu valley, the lotus one the island of the lake was transformed into the hillock, and the blazing light from the lotus became the statue.Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lhasa
After breakfast, transfer to the international airport in Kathmandu and fly to Gongaar airport. Upon arrival meet by our representative and drive to Lhasa (65 kms/1 hrs drive). Lhasa is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture. Rest of the day is free for acclimatization. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Meal(s): Breakfast only
Day 04: Lhasa
After breakfast, tour of Jokhang temple, Sera Monastery and Bharkor Market
Jokhang Temple (“House of the Lord”) in Lhasa is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism, attracting crowds of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and curious foreign tourists every year. It hosts the annual Great Prayer Festival, as well as all ceremonies of initiation for the Dalai Lama and Panchen Llamas. Located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city. It is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Continue on to Bharkhor Market. For visitors, Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner. Most of them offer the prayer wheels, long-sleeve ‘chuba’ (the Tibetan people’s traditional clothes), Tibetan knives and some religious articles for sale. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa
Day 05: Lhasa
After breakfast, tour of popular Potala Palace. Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky hill tell of a sacred cave, considered to be the dwelling place of the Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara), that was used as a meditation retreat by Emperor Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century AD. Continue on to Drepung Monastery, founded in 1416, Drepung Monastery (Tibetan: Drepung Gompa; Chinese: Zhébàng Sì) on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa - Kathmandu
After breakfast, transfer to Gongaar airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The stone embedded street links a string of temples, monastery, courtyards and monumental squares. You will quickly notice how vibrant the town’s cultural life is with strong communities of potters, woodcarvers and weavers. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is much larger and much less crowded then compared to other two durbar squares. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 07: Kathmandu - Departure
Free till departure. Transfer to the airport in time to connect your onward flight.