Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan Tour

Duration Group Size
16 Days Min 2

Trip Overview


The combination of Nepal Tibet Bhutan 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.

Highlights :

Nepal | Pashupatinath Temple | Bhaktapur Durbar Square | Tibet | Potala Palace  | Lhasa | Jokhang temple | Sera Monastery | Bhutan | Thimphu | Punakha | Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural Shows

Starting Point : Kathmandu, airport

Ending Point : Kathmandu, Airport

Grade : Moderate


Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival - Kathmandu

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 2 : Kathmandu

After breakfast, 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 on to Boudhanath Stupa. On the eastern side of Kathmandu is a huge Stupa of Boudhanath. This is the largest Stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. It is the sacred place for Buddhist pilgrims.

Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bhaktpur Durbar Square. 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 3 : Kathmandu

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. 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.

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 guards the hill.

Afternoon, 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.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4 : Kathmandu

This day is leisure in Kathmandu. The possibility of an optional tour (You will receive the Tibet Visa this evening)

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5 : Kathmandu - Lhasa (3,550m)

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

A capital of Tibet is cultural, political and an economical 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 Bharkhor Bazaar which circles Jhokhang. It is here where the heart of the Tibet beats.

Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6 : 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 7 : Lhasa - Shigatse (3,800m)

After breakfast, tour of 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 Shigatsia via 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 8 : Shigatse - Lhasa (via Gyantse and Yamdrok Tso)

Morning, visit Tashilumpho Monastery. This Monastery was 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 9 : 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 - Thimphu

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, capital city of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, and 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, and  Dinner

Day 12 : Thimphu - Punakha (1300m)

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

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner

Day 13 : Punakha - Paro

Morning, drive to Yabesa Village and hike through the rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten. Afterwards, proceed on to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. Upon arrival in Paro (143 kms/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 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 Lakhang.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Meal(s): Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15 : Paro - Kathmandu

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.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): Breakfast, and Farewell 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 local English speaking guide, in Tibet by local Tibetan English
  • speaking guide, in Bhutan by local Bhutanese English speaking guide
  • All transfers by private vehicle
  • Bhutan Visa fees
  • Road permit for Bhutan
  • Applicable entrance fees in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan (except in museums)
  • Tibet Visa fee
  • All applicable government taxes

Trip Excludes


  • International airfare to Nepal
  • Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu airfare & Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu airfare (will be advised separately)
  • Lunches/dinners (except in Bhutan and farewell dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Tips, gratuity, expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance

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