Nested on the lap of pristine Himalayas,these regions are home to a large influx of Buddhist inhabitants, architecture,culture, and traditions. These delectable South Asian regions share the historyof Buddhism that is linked to the legend of Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche. Thistour will be filled with a visit to historical sites in all three countries. Moreover,the natural beauty of all the three nations is mesmerizing to witness as well.
The 16-day Tour across Nepal, Tibet, andBhutan begin upon your arrival in Lhasa, Tibet. Lhasa has a lot to offer whenit comes to history, architecture, culture, and cuisine. The 1300 years oldcity is most popular for the large-fort like palace known as ‘Potala Palace’located atop the hill. You’ll get to witness architectural wonders such asJokhang Temple, Norbulingka, and Ganden Monastery before the first leg of thetour ends and advances south to the Himalayan nation of Nepal. In Nepal, youwill tour some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley followedby an overland tour to the popular tourist destination of Chitwan NationalPark. You’ll drive next to the tourist getaway of Pokhara and enjoy thebeautiful sunrise from Sarangkot (1600m) before heading back to Kathmandu. Thefinal leg of the tour takes you across the Himalayas to the discreet country ofBhutan. Also known as “the land of Thunder Dragon,” Bhutan is regarded as themost exotic Buddhist nations. In Bhutan, you will land in Paro and headtowards Thimphu, the capital city. After exploring Thimphu, you drive to Punakha to visit an architectural masterpiece in thecountry, Pungtang Dewachen Gi Phodrang. You will drive back to Paro and visitthe famous Tiger’s Nest, Rinpung Dzong ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ andKichu Lhakhang. The tour ends in Paro as you take a flight back home from theinternational airport there.
HimalayaHoliday has been specializing in custom tours across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan formany years. We organize full-board holiday packages at a reasonable cost. Wealso offer experienced tour guides to accompany you while in the nations ofyour visit.
Geography : Mountain/Hills/Forest/Valleys
Location : Nepal/Bhutan/Tibet
Level of Difficulty : Easy
Duration of Trip : 16 Days
Max Altitude : 3750m
Religions : Buddhist/Hindu
Ethnic People : Tibetan/Nepalese/Bhutanese
Accommodation : Hotel/Lodge
Transportation : Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Minimum Pax : 2
- Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Market in Lhasa
- Tour Tiger’s nest and Rinpung Dzong ‘fortress of the heap ofjewels’ in Bhutan
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Chitwan,Nepal
- Witness the scenic views of the Himalayas in all the threecountries
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m); Eitherfrom Beijing, Chengdu or Shanghai
The trip begins upon your arrival in Lhasa.A connecting flight from either Beijing, Chengdu, or Shanghai will bring you toLhasa. It generally takes 6hr+ (with one stop) to reach Lhasa from Shanghai.Once in Lhasa, your tour guide will receive you at the airport and bring you toyour hotel located at the heart of the beautiful city. You can choose toexplore the neighborhood in the evening.
Day 02 & 03: Two full days ofsightseeing in Lhasa; visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor
You’ll indulge in two whole days of acomplete sightseeing tour of the historical Lhasa city. You’ll visit the historic Potala Palace. Located at theheart of the city, the large fortress is the former residence of Dalai Lama.Also known as ‘the Winter Palace,’ Potala Palace now mostly houses prayerrooms, library, meeting room, living quarters, and offices. Next, you’ll visitthe Sera Monastery lying only 2 km from Potala Palace. The tour continues toNorbulingka palace. Also known as the summer palace, it was resided by DalaiLama until 1959. Next, you advance towards Drepung Monastery. You’ll visitBarkhor Market and enter the Jokhang Temple. The city of Barkhor is home to anunnery dedicated to the female nuns of Tibet.
Day 04: Day Excursion to Ganden Monastery
Situated on the Wangbori Mountain, Ganden Monastery was built by JeTsongkhapa in 1409. It is the first and primary monastery of the Gelug Schoolof Tibetan Buddhism, as well as one of the Three Great Holy Monasteries ofLhasa. En route to Ganden Monastery, you can observe theprofound Gelugpa culture of Tibetan Buddhism. You can also catch the stunninglandscape of alpine mountains outside Lhasa City.
Day 05: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
You’ll embark on a trans-Himalayan flight bound to Kathmandu. You cancatch the beautiful sight of pristine mountains and eventually lushly forestedhills of Nepal en route to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, our representativewill warmly receive you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The flightfrom Lhasa is short. You will arrive in 1.5 hours so, feel free to explore theareas around your hotel.
Day 06: A Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today, you’ll head for a tour of UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites in Kathmandu. The journey begins with a short drive to bustlingKathmandu Durbar Square. It is an age-old royal site during the time of MallaKingdom. You’ll then head to Swayambhunath to catch the panoramaof the city. The tour heads northeast to Boudhanath. To conclude the tour,you’ll drive back the same road and take a detour to reach the popular Hindusite of Pashupatinath.
Day 07: Kathmandu to Chitwan
The tour moves to the south of Nepal.You’ll embark on a scenic road journey through Prithvi Highway andMechi-Mahakali Highway to reach the pristine, natural site of Chitwan NationalPark. Located almost 148km from Kathmandu, it may take 5 – 6 hours to reachChitwan. Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the oldest national andis home to the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger and One-hornedRhinoceros.
Day 08: Excursion Day at Chitwan NationalPark
After an early breakfast, you’ll embark onan adventurous jungle safari inside Chitwan National Park. If you’re fortunateenough, you will get to witness some of the most exotic wildlife inside thePark namely One-horned Rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, Mugger crocodile, andBlackbuck. After the Safari, you can undertake canoeing in the Rapti River. Iftime permits, you can visit the nearby Elephant breeding center as well.
Day 09: Chitwan to Pokhara
Leaving Chitwan, you’ll embark on anotherroad journey and head 148km northwest to the popular touristic destination ofPokhara. It may take anywhere from 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara. You’ll drivethrough the bustling town of Terai region and take a road up through the hillsto make your way to Pokhara. Pokhara is a popular tourist destination that alsoserves as the gateway to Annapurna Region.
Day 10: Pokhara Sightseeing; Drive for thesunrise view from Sarangkot
Early morning, you will drive to the nearbyhill-station of Sarangkot (1600m) located in the outskirts of Pokhara. Thesunrise view over the Annapurna Mountain Range from Sarangkot is breathtaking.After a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on full-day sightseeing of Pokhara.There are many places to see around Pokhara; Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, PeaceStupa, Mahendra Cave, and International Mountaineering Museum.
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu
The tour in Nepal has come to an end.After packing your bags, you’ll embark on a road journey back to Kathmandu. Itmay take anywhere from 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, ourrepresentative will escort you to your hotel. Tomorrow, you head to Bhutan so,get plenty of rest as adventures in the land of the dragon await you.
Day 12: Kathmandu – Paro – Thimpu byflight
After an early breakfast, you’ll drive to the airport and take atrans-Himalayan flight to Paro, Bhutan. The flight may last 1.5 hours and willtake you across the mountains. From Paro, you will again get on a flight toThimphu. Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan and lies almost 50km northeast ofParo.
Day 13: Thimphu toPunakha (75 Km, 3 Hours)
The day begins early as you head to explorer thecapital city of Bhutan. The city is filled with cultural monuments and heritagesthat date back centuries. A local zoo in Thimphu is famous for housing numerousspecies of Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Similarly, Memorial Chorten,National Library, and nunnery monastery are some of the attractions in thecity. After sightseeing, you’ll drive toPunakha via Dochu La Pass (3100m).
Day 14: Punakha to Paro (150 Km, 5 Hours)
The drive from Punakha to Paro is slightly longer; however, we explorethe Punakha Valley before heading out. The former capital of Bhutan, the city alsohosts numerous destinations including the Pungtang Dewachen Gi Phodrang. Afterexploring Punakha, the tour heads towards Paro Valley making way throughwinding hillside roads. The delightful sceneries of the faraway mountains,hills, and rivers will keep us company all the way to Paro.
Day 15: Paro sightseeing and Tiger’s Nestvisit (3,180m)
Today, you trek through an adventurous trail for 4-5 hours to reach thefamous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery located in Upper Paro. The monasteryis built on a hanging cliff and holds immense history and cultural significance.Next, you’ll walk down to Lower Paro and do a brief tour of the city. You canvisit Rinpung Dzong ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ and Kichu Lhakhang.
Day 16: Paro – Depart
Your trip across three countries rich inculture, historical sites, and natural beauty has come to an end. Today, you’lldepart on an international flight back home from Paro International Airport. Wehope you have had an experience of a lifetime. We hope to go on more adventureswith you in the future. Farewell!