Background of Excellent Holiday
In our ExcellentHoliday Nepal Bhutan Tibet Tour, we combine tours to Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibetwithin the span of just 12 days. Beginning with the capital city of Nepal,Kathmandu, we explore the vibrant cities, their unique culture, and ancientarchitecture. The ancient kingdom of Tibet lies north of Nepal. Here, the Himalayasmake much of the landscapes. Taking a dip in the Buddhist culture and religion,we visit majestic palaces and monasteries. The journey then heads towardsBhutan where majestic monasteries and ancient art and architecture come alive.
Our 12-day journey begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Here, we tour around the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Valley Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We also visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur and go for a sunrise view from the hill station of Nagarkot. One a clear day, the viewpoint offers a panorama of the Himalayas including even the Mt. Everest (8848m). Next up is the ancient kingdom of Tibet to the north. Heading to the capital city of Lhasa, we take a short flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. In Lhasa, we visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung, Sera Monastery, and explore the Barkhor Bazaar. We spend two days in Lhasa before heading back to Kathmandu to catch a direct flight to Paro, Bhutan. In the remaining days of the tour, the journey takes us to the city of Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and here we visit King’s Memorial Chorten. On the way to Punakha from Thimphu, we explore the Lhakhang Monastery. In Punakha, we visit Punakha Dzong, Wangdi Dzong, and Simtokha Dzong. After much sightseeing in and around Thimphu and Punakha, we return to Paro. In the last day of our trip, we visit the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery Here and explore the Paro market before catching a flight back the next day.
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Geography : Mountain/Hills/Forest
Location : Nepal/Bhutan/Tibet
Level of Difficulty : Easy
Duration of Trip : 12 Days
Max Altitude : 3750m
Religions : Buddhist/Hindu
Ethnic People : Tibetan/Nepalese/Bhutanese
Accommodation : Hotel
Transportation : TouristBus/Private Vehicle/Flight
Minimum Pax : 2
- Tour three different Himalayan countries
- Visit the Potala Palace, and explore the often unknown culture and lifestyle of Tibet
- Take a tour in the kingdom of Bhutan and visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley
- Enjoy a sunrise view over the Himalayas from Nagarkot
Day 01: Arrival inKathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
After landing at TribhuvanInternational Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our officerepresentative. They will drive you directly to the hotel. Freshening up fromthe day’s journey you will be introduced to other members of the staff and yourguides who will brief you regarding the trip.
Day 02: Kathmandu– Sightseeing Tour of Pashupatinath/Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot
We begin ourjourney with the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. The ancient temple has been thesymbol of hope and faith for centuries and sees thousands of pilgrims every daylaying down their respects. The cultural city of Bhaktapur is next on our listas we head towards the ancient city adorned with cobbled pathways and temples.After a brief tour, we head towards the hill station of Nagarkot for the night.
Day 03: Back toKathmandu
The day beginsearly as we make our way to the Nagarkot tower to enjoy the stunning views ofthe sunset. From the hill station, we get a distant view of the Himalayas. Headingback to Kathmandu, we make our way to Swayambhunath. The stupa sits perfectlypoised atop a hill. The cultural stop of Kathmandu Durbar Square is final onour list. The area is adorned with art and architecture from Malla dynasty.
Day 04: Fly toLhasa Gonggar Airport, Transfer to Hotel
Bringing ouradventures in Nepal to a close, we make our way towards Tibet. The journeytakes around one and half hours and offers stunning views of the Himalayas bothon the side of Nepal and Tibet. Landing at the Gonggar airport, we make our wayto the hotel which concludes all our activities for the day. You are free tohead down to the local region and explore around before dinner.
Day 05:Sightseeing Tour of Lhasa
We begin thesightseeing tour in Lhasa with Potala Palace (3750m). The ancient palace is alsoknown as the winter palace of Dalai Lama and surrounded by the majesticHimalayas. It’ll certainly leave you spellbound. Next up, is the Jokhang temple,the spiritual heart of Tibet. Surrounding the temple is the famed BarkhorStreet. Bustling with tourists and pilgrims alike the market puts some of themost exotic Tibetan handicrafts, art, and architecture up for display.
Day 06:Sightseeing Tour of Lhasa
Today, we continuethe tour of Lhasa and head to Drepung Monastery. Perched atop the Mount GamboUtse, the monastery is the largest Tibetan monastery and is regarded as one ofthe Three Great Monasteries of Tibet. Built in 1416AD, the monastery is a thingof beauty with ancient Tibetan architecture and practices up for display. Thejourney then takes us to Sera Monastery, another one of the ‘Three GreatMonasteries’ of Tibet.
Day 07: Lhasa toKathmandu (Flyback)
Putting the cityamong the clouds behind us, we once again head back to the city of Kathmandu.Due to the unavailability of direct flights to Bhutan from Tibet, we head backto Nepal and catch a direct flight from there. Touching down at the valley, wehead directly to the hotel after which you are free to enjoy your final nightin Nepal however you like.
Day 08: Fly to Paro from Kathmandu and drive to Thimphu,Transfer to Hotel
We make our wayout of Kathmandu towards the city of Paro, Bhutan. Located at a distance of aroundone hour from Kathmandu, the city of Paro houses the only international airportof Bhutan. Deep within the valley, the airstrip has earned its name as one ofthe most thrilling airstrips. Taking in the stunning natural beauty of the citywe make our way towards the capital city of Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 09: Sightseeingin Thimphu and Drive to Punakha
We begin ourBhutan tour with the Memorial Chorten. It was built as an homage to the head ofthe Kingdom of Bhutan. Adorned with golden spirals and bells the Chorten isoften known as “the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan”. Next,Thimphu we head towards the city of Punakha. It is well known for its stunningnatural landscape. En route, we also visit the Lhakhang Monastery, a well-establishednunnery in the country.
Day 10:Sightseeing Tour of Punakha and drive to Paro
A long andwonderful day awaits us as we begin our Punakha tour with Punakha Dzong. It isthe second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. Next up is the WangdiDzong located at a high ridge between Punakha Tsang Chhu and Dang Chhu. Touringthe Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the nation, we make our way back toParo. There, we tour the National Museum, Paro Dzong and Satsam Chorten.
Day 11:Sightseeing Tour of Paro
Today’s agenda isto visit Taktsang Monastery and explore the Paro Market. Also referred to asTigers nest, the monastery is situated atop a cliff at 3190 meters. The monastery today’s is wellknown for the 13 different caves (Tigers lair) in which Guru Padmasambhava issaid to have meditated in the 8th century. Heading back, we tour around thelocal Paro market where exquisite Bhutanese handicrafts and architecture is puton display.
Day 12: Fly backfrom Paro
Drawing ouradventure to a close, our company representative will drop you back to theairport at Paro for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time withus and we look forward to seeing you again.