24 Days Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim Darjeeling Trip
Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim Darjeeling Detail Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing Tours – Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur City and drive to Nagarkot for overnight stay.
Day 03: Morning Sunrise View, Panauti Village Excursion, hikes to Namobuddha Monastery and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 04: Visit to Swayambhunath Stupa, Thai Monastery in Kirtipur Newari Village, Guru Padma Sambhava’s Cave ( Asura Cave) in Pharping & Chobhar Gorge, Patan Durbar Square and Golden Temple (Hiranyavarna Mahavihar, a Newari Monastery) and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.
Day 05: Drive/Fly to Pokhara. Pokhara Valley excursion including Tibetan Village, Pokhara monastry and boating in Phewa Lake. (6 hours drive)
Day 06: Sunrise tour to Sarangkot. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Lumbini (4 hours) Visit Lord Buddha’s birthplace, which is marked by an Ashokan Pillar, erected in 3rd century. Overnight hotel in Bhairahawa.
Day 08: Drive to Chitwan National Park (4 hours). Afternoon jungle safari tours. Overnight in bungalow/camp.
Day 09: Jungle Safari activities. Overnight in bungalow/camp.
Day 10: Drive/ fly to Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.( 4 hours drive)
Day 11: Flight to Tibet Lhasa (B)
On arrival in Lhasa Gongar airport, our Tibetan guide will welcome and take you to the hotel.
Walk around Lhasa, highland city with the altitude of 3,550 meters (12000 ft.), located on the foot of Mount Gephel. Lhasa is the administrative capital of Tibetan plateau. This ancient city is popular for Dalai Lama’s Potala palace. In early 7th century the famous king Srongtsen Gompo unified many tribes. After unification he changed the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa and constructed Potala Palace. We get chance visit century-old Buddhist monasteries, palaces and busy Barkhor Street, the famous local market area. There are around 3,00,000 people living in Lhasa area.
Lhasa means PLACE OF GODS. So here major religion is Tibetan Buddhism. Locals call it by another name SUNLIT CITY. However, mostly cold wind rules the city so bring your warm clothes. Here, annual average temperature is 7 degree Celsius. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 12: Lhasa Exploration day (B)
Explore Potala palace, Sera Monastery and Jokhang Temple
Legendary Potala Palace is located at the top of red hill with the best view of Lhasa city. Potala has two parts: the first part is white palace second being the Red. It was built for meditation in 7th century by king Srongtsen Gompo. Later, the 5th Dalai lama renovated it in the present form by completing the white and red wing in 1694. Now Pothala palace is UNESCO world heritage site and open to visitors. We can visit different chapels, gallery, Tomb of Dalai Lamas and official chapel of 14th Dalai Lama till 1959.
Sera monastery is a famous religious historic site. Built in 1419 by a student of Tsongkhapa, this is one of the three largest monasteries in Lhasa other being Ganden and Drepung. It is a major center for Gelukpa sect of Buddhism. Sera monastery is 2 miles far from the center of Lhasa. Due to the cultural revolution of 1959, this monastery was damaged and many monks were killed. Now it is rebuilt and opened for the visitors.
The Heart of Lhasa is Jokhang Temple – the spiritual center. It was constructed by king Srongtsen Gompo, queen Bhrikuti and Wencheng. This mysterious temple is located in Barkhor square and now is a UNESCO world heritage site. This monastery has fusion of Nepalese and Tibetan art cum architecture on wood and metal. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 13: Explore more areas in Lhasa (B)
Visit Drepung monastery, Mentshikang (Tibetan medicine center) and Norbulingka palace.
The biggest monastery in Tibet, Drepung monastery, lies 6 km west of Lhasa. The construction of this Gelukpa center was started in 1415. In this shelter of thousands of monks, you will visit the prayers hall, meeting hall, kitchen for 7 thousands monks and more chapels.
Tibetan medicine centre (Mentsikhang institute) was built in 1916 but medicine history goes back to 3rd century BC. It is a Tibetan traditional health treatment centre and also the centre for research on orthopedics, surgery, pediatrics and internal medicines.
Dalai Lama’s summer camp is Norbulinka Palace which was constructed in 1755 with a huge park around. There are prayers hall, nice painting and art works inside palace. This UNESCO site is located nearby Potala palace, west of Lhasa city. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 14: Optional Excursion to Yamdok-Tsho Lake outside Lhasa (B)
After early breakfast drive to Yamdoktsho Lake. Get pleasure of the view and drive back to Lhasa in the evening.
Yamdrok-Tsho Lake is one the holiest lakes in Tibet. It lies on the friendship highway to Kathmandu, while the road goes up to Kamba la pass (4800 meters). We will enjoy the view from the pass, great scenery of turquoise-blue lake. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (B)
Take panoramic-Himalayan flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. After the immigration formalities, meet guide and get transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit UNESCO – enlisted monuments of Kathmandu valley. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 16: Fly to Bhutan and drive to Thimpu (B/D) KB
Transfer to Kathmandu international airport for 1:15 minutes flight to Paro airport, Thimpu. Our Bhutanese guide will welcome you and transfer to the hotel. Depending on the arrival time, we can do some guided tour today or have rest and start tomorrow early in the morning. Overnight in Thimpu
DAY 17: Thimpu sightseeing tour (B/L/D)
During Thimpu tour we explore National Library, Heritage Museum, Third King’s Memorial Stupa, homemade paper factory, art school, wood carving, biggest statue of Buddha, Takin’s zoo, traditional medicine institute and so on. Overnight in Thimpu
Day 18: Thimphu to Punakha excursion- back to Thimpu (150 kilometers.) 7 hrs (B/L/D)
Afrer early morning breakfast, drive to famous Dochula Pass (3102 meters) where we get opportunity to enjoy the view of Himalayan range. Walk around 108 stupas and take some time for awesome pictures. Drive to Punakha Zong and if time permits, visit fertility temple through rice field terraces. Return to Thimpu for overnight stay.
Day 19: Thimphu to Paro (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive back to Paro and Hike to Taktshang known as Tiger’s Nest.
Taktsang Monastery aka Tiger’s Nest (Tiger Lair) is the holiest monument for Mahayana Buddhists. It lies in the steep hill side in the valley of Paro. It was originally constructed in 1692 around the Taktsang cave where Guru Padmasambhava is beleived to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Guru Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet. Overnight in Paro
Day 20: Fly Paro to Bagdogra and transfer to Darjeeling. To enter to India you need your Indian visa from home. Overnight in Darjeeling.
DAY 21: DARJEELING Tours
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (8364 Ft / 2550 Mts at around 4 AM) to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for a half-day sightseeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Darjeeling Ropeway Ride (Ticket cost not included & will be approx INR 180.00 per person), Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) and panoramic view of Tea Estate. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 22 : DARJEELING – GANGTOK / Sikkim
Drive to Gangtok (5500 Ft /1677 Mts, 130 Kms / 04 to 05 Hrs). Check in and over night at Hotel.
DAY 23: GANGTOK / Sikkim
After breakfast go out for sightseeing covering Rumtek Monastery, Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday), and Flower Show & Enchey Monastery. Evening free to explore Gangtok. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 24 Trasfer to Bagdogra Airport for you Mumbai flight via delhi.
- Bhutan visa is pre-process by us we need to have your passport copy by scan and one photo graphs by scan
- Tibet visa and Tibet travel permit also pre process by us. If you are going to Tibet from Nepal, Chinese visa must be issued from Nepal. If you plan to enter china from your home please get China visa from your country.
- Nepal visa is available at the airport. You need USD 25 cash and one photograph for Nepal visa 15 days multiple entry. for 30 days need USD 40 per person