Nepal Bhutan Tibet Tour – The Last Shangri-La !!

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Trip Overview


The Last Shangri-La, Nepal Bhutan Tibet tour…

The combination of Nepal Bhutan Tibet tour will take you to the last remaining Shangri-La in the world. 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 of this tour is to the “Roof of the World” Tibet. Tibet tour indeed is once in a lifetime experience. 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.

The final stretch of this tour is “The Thunder Dragon Kingdom” of Bhutan. Visit various Dzongs and monasteries in Paro & capital Thimphu. Visit various tourist attractions in the capital of Thimphu, enjoy the fresh air during your ride to Punakha, visit the largest Punakha Dzong and the famous Taktsang Monastery “Tiger’s Nest”. You will then fly back to Kathmandu and complete this tour. We have many surprises when you are back to Kathmandu. Don’t miss some of the optional activities in Kathmandu that we have for you.

Starting Point : KATHMANDU, AIRPORT

Ending Point : KATHMANDU, AIRPORT

Grade : moderate

Itinerary


Day 01 ARRIVAL - KATHMANDU (1,375M)

Arrive in Kathmandu. This capital city of the country is referred to as a medieval time capsule, a melting pot of dozens ethnic group. This place is a center of your visit. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): XXX

Day 02 KATHMANDU (TIBET VISA WORKING DAY)

After breakfast, the tour of Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath is one 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. Visiting Pashupatinath begins and ends a traditional pilgrimage circuit. As in most Hindu temples in Nepal, the admission inside the temple premises is strictly for Hindus only. For non-Hindus, there is more to be seen by heading to the river bank, where you can look down into the temple from terrace hill in an opposite side. Watch the cremation going along the sacred Bagmati river.

Continue to Boudhanath Stupa

On the eastern side of Kathmandu is a huge Boudhanath Stupa. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. It is the sacred place for Buddhist pilgrims. Once you enter the stupa complex it resembles Bharkor street of Tibet with a considerable population of Tibetans, number of thriving monasteries and many small shops selling Tibetan artifacts. Furthermore, Boudhanath is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is accessible, vibrant and unbound.

Continue on to Swayambhunath Stupa “ Monkey Temple”. On the top of the hill west of Kathmandu value is one of the popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. 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.

Afternoon, the 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. Durbar Square forms the heart of Patan. The Durbar Square is closely packed with temples, and with far more concentration of architecture than anywhere around the valley.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 03 KATHMANDU (TIBET VISA WORKING DAY)

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar and Swoyambhunath Stupa

It is a place where the city’s Kings were crowned. Having been built and rebuilt over the generations, it is now the valley’s number one tourist attractions. Most of the temples you see here are a mere three or four centuries old. The entire square was designated as a World Heritage Monument in 1979. The Durbar Square is teeming with shrines and statues. Walk around Kumari Chowk which is a home of “living goddesses”, she comes to the balcony at the scheduled time to welcome the guests.

Continue on to the tour of Swoyambhunath Stupa

On top of the hill west of Kathmandu Valley, is one of the popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. Many tourists because of the large tribes of monkeys that guard the hill also refer to it as “Monkey Temple”. Legends say after the Bodhisattva Manjushree drained the water from the lake revealing the Kathmandu valley. Further, the Lotus on the island of the lake transformed into the hillock and the blazing light from the lotus became the statue.

Afternoon, the tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur, also known as ‘Bhadgaon’ is the third largest town in the valley. 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 than compared to other two durbar squares. Just upon entering the square you will notice the substitute signs of four great Indian pilgrimage sites. Most recognizable is the finely carved Bansi Narayan Mandir of Bishnu.

Transfer back to the hotel

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 04 KATHMANDU (TIBET VISA RECEIVING DAY)

After breakfast, the rest of the day is free for optional activities, shopping, etc

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 05 KATHMANDU - LHASA (3,550 M)

Fly to Gonggar airport and drive to Lhasa (65 kms/1 hrs drive).

A capital of Tibet is a cultural, political and economic center of Tibet. The places of interest in Lhasa include the Potala Palace, which dominates the skyline from every corner, Norbulinka Palace, which used to be a summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Jokhang temple which is a supreme temple of Tibetan Buddhism, Sera and Drepung monasteries equally interesting is the Barkhor Bazaar which circles Jhokhang. It is here where the heart of the Tibet beats.

Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 06 LHASA

After breakfast tour of Jokhang temple, a supreme temple of Tibetan Buddhism. Sera Monastery, 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 and Bharkor Market.

Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 07 LHASA - SHIGATSE(3,800 M)

After breakfast, a tour of the famous Potala Palace. The magnificent Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark.

Later, drive to Shigatse via the northern route. Shigatse is a prosperous Buddhism city with numerous Tibetan monasteries combined with natural scenic spots. You will experience the rich Tibetan Buddhism during your visit to Shigatse. Cultural relics, especially the monasteries, with their mystery and rich holy color will tell you the history of this place and shows you the status of Buddhism in people’s lives.

Overnight at the hotel in Shigatse.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 08 SHIGATSE - GYANTSE (3977 M) - LHASA

Morning, visit Tashilumpho Monastery. This Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. Located on a hill overlooking Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, it was the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Later, drive back to Lhasa visiting Gyantse and Yamdrok Tso en route. Later visit the ancient Khumbum & Pelkhor Stupa.

Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 09 LHASA - KATHMANDU

Transfer to the Gongkar airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Bhaktapur also known as ‘Bhadgaon’ is the third largest town in the valley. 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.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10 KATHMANDU - PARO (2200M) - THIMPHU (2334M)

Morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Paro.

Upon arrival in Paro, you will be met at Paro by our representative. After lunch, sightseeing tour in Paro. Later drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11 THIMPHU

After breakfast, visit National Memorial Chorten. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob Monastery housing Zilukha Nunnery. Other site visit includes School for Arts and Crafts where students are taught 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scripture dating back to 8th century.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA (1250M)

After breakfast drive over Dochu-La pass (3,100m), which on a clear day will offer incredible Himalayas views before descending into the Punakha valley (77 kms/3 hrs drive). Later, sightseeing tour in Punakha. After lunch, enjoy walking to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of Divine Madman.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 13 PUNAKHA - THIMPHU - PARO

Morning, drive to Yabesa Village and hike through the rice fields and up to Khamsum Yearly Namgyal Chorten. Afterward, proceed on to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. Upon arrival in Paro (143 km/5 hrs drive), transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 14 PARO

After breakfast, hike to the Taktsang Monastery. The trail is board and walk of approx.2 hrs will take you kilometer above the Paro valley (for those who cannot walk we will arrange horse to transfer up to the viewing point). On the return back to Paro visit 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15 PARO - KATHMANDU - FAREWELL DINNER

Morning, transfer to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.

Evening, transfer to an authentic Nepali restaurant for a dinner with cultural shows by different ethnic groups of Nepal.

This is one of the wonderful experiences to taste typical Nepali food which we call “Dal Baht” with lentils. You will be surprised by the variety of Nepalese dishes that will keep on coming. The server with a gentle smile in their face will name you every item in Nepali as well as in the English language before serving you. Along with the food you will be kept entertained with typical Nepali folk shows. You will get a chance to see the dance performance of different ethnic groups of Nepal in their unique cultural uniform.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Dinner

Day 16 KATHMANDU - DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport in time to connect your onward flight

Meal(s): Breakfast

Trip Includes


  • 6 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation in Lhasa with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Shigatse with breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation in Thimphu with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Punakha with breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation in Paro with breakfast
  • All necessary airport transfers as per the program
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu by the service of a local Nepali, English speaking guide, in Tibet by local Tibetan English speaking guide, and in Bhutan by local Bhutanese English speaking guide
  • All transfers by private vehicle
  • Bhutan Visa fees
  • Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu airfare & Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu airfare (will be advised separately)
  • Tibet visa fee (to be collected directly in Kathmandu upon arrival)
  • Road permit for Bhutan
  • Applicable entrance fees in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan (except in museums)
  • All applicable government taxes

Trip Excludes


  • International airfare to Nepal
  • Lunches/dinners (except in Bhutan and farewell dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Tips, gratuity, expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance

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