Nepal- Tibet - Bhutan Tour
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Flower garlands reception at the airport and transfer to hotel. Evening dinner with Nepali folk dance at Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sight seeing.
Breakfast at hotel. Tour of the city which includes Durbar Square, the historic center of Kathmandu in which the Temple of the Living Goddess is located. In this temple a small girl is selected from a particular clan of craftspeople after extensive ritual, and is declared a goddess. She lives in the temple until puberty, after which she is given a life pension and a new goddess is found. The central courtyard of the temple is superbly crafted, with extensive carving on windows and balconies and an elaborate shrine. Also visit Hanuman Dhoka, a restored palace and temple complex, devoted to the famous monkey-god Hanuman. By the main entrance to the palace complex is a statue of Hanuman. The figure is shielded by a golden umbrella and his face has been covered with red paste by devotees so that his features are now completely obscured. Inside this large compound are many different courtyards and buildings, both religious and secular.
Then visit Patan, the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan was once an independent Malla kingdom, its origins dating back 2,000 years. The city houses the fantastic 12th century Buddhist Monastery, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, which is among the finest in the country. Its gold-plated roof, courtyard with many prayer wheels and richly decorated three-storied temple are superb. The elaborately-decorated buildings, statues, temples, palaces and shrines found in the Durbar Square here, mostly date from the 17th century, when the artistic patronage of the Malla kings was at its most inspired.
The visit concludes at Swayambunath, a Buddhist temple complex housing a superb stupa set high up on a hill with spectacular views over the Kathmandu valley.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Sight seeing Kathmandu Valley Bhaktpur.
Breakfast at the hotel.We visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur, or city of Devotees, also known as Bhadgaon, visiting Durbar square, Lion gate, the five storied Nyatopolo Temple, the tallest of its kind in Nepal, and the palace of 55 windows. The film, Little Budha was shot here, among other places in Nepal.
After lunch we visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.Bouddhanath Stupa lies about six km to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Bouddhanath, a World Heritage Site, is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during its construction.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred hindu shrines in the world. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, also a World Heritage Site.
Day 04: Kathmandu (1,300 m) - Zhangmu (2,500 m) - Nayalam (3,700 m): 123 km /156 km
Early morning scenic drive to KodariI (Nepal - Tibet border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities both at Nepalese Chinese immigration, check in to hotel.
Day 5: Zhangmu / Nyalam - Xegar (4,050 m): 244 km / 200 km
Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the Roof of the World crossing over LALUNG LA (5,050 m), weather permitting with breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848 m) Mt Xishapagma (8,012 m) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Xegar- Xigatze (3,900 m): 244 km
Continue scenic drive crossing over Gyatchu La (5,220 m), the highest pass on route to Lhasa via Lhaste from a road to Mt. Kailash bifurcates to the west. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Xigatze - Gyantse (3,950 m): 90 km
Morning sight-seeing to the Panchen Lama's Tashilumpu Monastery, Drive to Gyamtse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa Phalkor Monastery. Overnight at hotel Lhasa
Day 8: Gyantse - Lhasa (3,650 m): 261 km
Full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola (5,010m), Kambala (4,794 m), and colorful Yamdrok Lake. Continue drive along the Tibetan lifeline river Bramha Putra on to Tsedang. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: and Day 10: In Lhasa:
Two full day sight-seeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Barkhor Bazarm Drepung and Sera Monestrey. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu.
Morning drive (96 km.) to the airport for the return flight to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu. Overnight.
Day 12: Kathmandu to fly Paro.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Paro, Bhutan. Arrive by Druk air BAE 146-100 series, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by STT rep and transfer to Kichu Resort.
Day 13: Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. The drive to Thimphu is 2 hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the luxurious Japanese transportation and well maintained road through out Bhutan. Evening free time. Overnight at Hotel Druk or River view.
Day 14: AM Thimphu sightseeing - visit the Memorial shorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery and the new Drupthob nunnery temple. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.
Day 15: Sight seeing Punakha.
in The morning.drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive 3 hours to Thimphu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight Kichu Resort.
Day 16: Transfer to Paro airport for fly to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel.
Day 17: departure From Nepal.