Nepal And Tibet

Nepal And Tibet

Kathmandu (Arrival) - Chitwan - Pokhra - Zhangmu - Xegar - Xigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa - Kathmandu (Drive In & Fly Out).

Starting Price : USD 1935 / Euro 1405

This tour drives overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa across the Himalayas by way of the incredible Arniko Highway that connects Nepal with Tibet. Enjoy fabulous mountain scenery en-route, visit mystical Buddhist monasteries of Tashilungpo at Shigatse, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse, and drive past the beautiful Turquoise lake. In Lhasa visit the famous Potala and Norbulinkha palaces, the great Drepung Monastery and walk through the bustling Barkor Bazaar before flying back to Kathmandu. A choice of hotels are available in Lhasa and in other places. An unforgettable encounter with forbidden' Tibet.
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Nepal And TibetTour Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations Covered: Kathmandu (Arrival) - Chitwan - Pokhra - Zhangmu - Xegar - Xigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa - Kathmandu (Drive In & Fly Out).

Package Inclusions:
. 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation on Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
. 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation on Jungle Lodge in Chitwan on full board basis with all jungle activities
. 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation on Hotel in Pokhara on BB basis
. 7 nights / 8 days Tibet Tour on BB basis
. Sightseeing tour as per the above itinerary
. All necessary airport transfer
. Kathmandu / Kodari transfer
. English speaking local guide during the sightseeing tour in Nepal and Tibet
. Surface transfer in Kathmandu by A/C Vehicle and non A/C Vehicle in Tibet
. Monument entrance fees

Package Exclusions:
. Any airfares & airport taxes
. China / Tibet visa fees
. Nepal entry visa fees
. Insurance
. Meals except mentioned in the above itinerary
. Bottled drinks
. Tips
. Emergency evacuation / rescue in any form
. Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry etc.
. Any cost arises due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc.
. Any other costs, whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the above cost includes' section.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Swayambhunath Stupa, dedicated to Buddhism is situated in a hillock 80 m above the ground level and is claimed to be 2000 years old. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries (Gumba) around. The view of the valley is spectacular from here. Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley is worth visiting. It was the center of ancient and medieval Kathmandu. You will visit the Hanumandhoka Palace of Malla Kings. You would also like to have an audience of Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Kasthmandap Temple that is said to have been built of a single tree trunk. Besides, there are much more to see. Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.

Day02: Full day sightseeing tours in Kathmandu Valley. B
You will visit Pashupati Nath Temple, the holiest Hindu Temple that draws devotees from all over Nepal and India. This temple is situated on the bank of Baghmati River, which is considered as holy as Ganges. Cremation goes throughout the days and nights on the bank of Baghmati River. Then, you will drive to Boudha Nath Stupa, the biggest stupa in the world. This is one of the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley. From here, you will drive to Bhaktapur, one of the three principalities of medieval Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, the youngest city in the valley has preserved its ancient look and originality. You would love to see the "Golden Gate" of the "Palace of 55 Windows". There are temples with intricate woodcarving, houses with different kinds of windows and balconies, stone sculptured water tanks, monastic complexes etc. From here, you will go to Patan, another medieval Malla principality near to Kathmandu. Here, you will visit the main courtyard of Malla palace, which is adorned with intricate woodcarvings. In front of the palace stands famous Krishna Temple of 17th century, replica of Viswanath Temple, Jagan Narayan Temple etc. You will also visit Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), a 14th century Buddhist Monastery that is the center of rites and rituals of Newari Buddhist of Patan. In the evening, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.

Day03: Kathmandu- Chitwan B/L/D
After breakfast, you will take a scenic drive 4-5 hrs, along Trishuli River to Chitwan National Park, in lowland of Nepal. After lunch in jungle camp, you will be escorted for a short walk tour to the village and Park Information Center. In the evening, you would like to walk along the riverbank and enjoy the romantic sunset view. There will be slides presentation or briefing on wildlife by expert naturalist. Dinner and overnight in bungalow

Day04: Today, you will be kept busy on jungle safari activities. B/L/D
After breakfast, you will go for a canoe trip to explore the aquatic life of Chitwan National Park. You will have opportunity to see some rare aquatic bird life of the park. After conclusion of the canoe ride, you will be picked by the riverside and transferred to hotel or you can go to search wildlife on foot in the forest of Park. This is quite adventurous trip. You will walk back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the Elephant Back Safari. The elephant takes you inside the dense forest and grassland in search of Great Asian One-horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Sloth Beer, deer, monkeys, wild boar and 460 different species of birds. Royal Bengal Tiger, being territorial and nocturnal in behavior, will normally not appear during the day, but sometime your luck can do wonders and you can have an unforgettable sight of the king of the forest. After a ride of more than one hour, you will come back to the camp. In the evening, there will be Tharu Tribal Dance performed. Dinner and overnight bungalow.

Day05: Chitwan- Pokhara B
In the morning, you will go for a refreshing morning walk in the neighboring forest with binoculars in order to view some birds of the park. After breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara. Pokhara valley is the second largest tourist attraction after Kathmandu and regarded as one of the most beautiful place in Nepal. Polution free and less crowded, Pokhra has a lot to offer to the visitors. In the afternoon, you will stroll along the lakeside and enjoy boating in Phewa Lake. The reflection of Fishtail on the tranquil surface of Phewa Lake is an unforgettable sight. Overnight hotel in Pokhara.

Day 06: Pokahra B
In the morning, you will go for a sunrise tour to Sarangkot from where you will have splendid view of Annapurna massif, Machhpuhhre, Dhulagiri and other mountains. You will drive back or walk down to Pokhara. After lunch, you will visit Mahendra Cave, a unique geographical creation, Davis Fall, Bindhevasini Temple etc. Overnight hotel.

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu. B
Afternoon free for shopping. Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08 Kathmandu / Kodari / Zhangmu
This morning we depart Kathmandu by surface on a scenic drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border), through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. We leave our vehicles here and start a short walk of about one hour 30 minutes uphill with porters to Shangmu Immigrations - known to Nepalese as Khasa, hangs on a cliff face, its boom town architecture having a temporary look; even the monastery roofs are sheathed in corrugated iron sheets and is situated at a height of 2,500 m. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 09 Zhangmu / Xegar
Today we drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape, crossing over Nyalam Pass (3,800 m) and Lalung-La (Pass) at 5,050m, with views of beautiful Himalayan Ranges panorama including the Mt. Everest (8,848 m) to Zhangmu (244 Kms).

Also called "new tingri", is surrounded by mountains, Zhangmu is another town that lies in the shadow of a great fortress. Even in ruins it is majestic. Seeming to grow out of the craggy brown rock, its sinous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines. Isolated in 1855 by Nepalese in search of booty, the Gurkhas cut off the Dzong's water supply and settled in for a long siege. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 10 Xegar / Xigatse (Drive)
We continue on our drive to Lhatse (T-cross to Mt. Everest), and crossing over the Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest enroute to Xigatse (240 Kms). Xigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354 Kms. west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,810 m. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 11 Xigatse / Gyantse (Drive)
This morning we will visit the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Monastery, and continue on our drive to gyantse (90 Kms) - is a pastoral town between Lhasa and xigatse. It is 264 Kms. southwest of Lhasa, and still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of its carpets. The compound, encircled by on impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain. Later in the day visit the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 12 Gyantse / Lhasa (Drive)
We continue on a full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola Pass at 5,010m, Kambala Pass at 4,794 m. and a colorful Yamdrok Lake, sometimes along the Tibetan lifeline river Brahmaputra also known as yarlung Tsangpo, to the capital town Lhasa (264 Kms).

Day 13 Lhasa
Today we will visit the Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift bythe Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa.

Later in the day visit the Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. It was expanded to its present structure during the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. This 13 story 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former "church-state" of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas, who from the latter half of the 18th century used it as their Winter palace. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 14 Lhasa
Day free at leisure in Lhasa

Day 15 Lhasa / Kathmandu (Flight)
Early this morning you will be picked up from your hotel to be transferred in time to gongaar airport to connect your flight to Kathmandu.

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TOUR LODGING INFO: 14 Nights Hotels
Accommodation is provided on Double/Twin Sharing Occupancy room with breakfast basis as per listed hotels or equivalent. For Lunch and dinner there would be an additional supplement (TBA on request). Used hotel list is as follows:

Places Nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Kathmandu 03 Nights Grand Hotel or similar Shanker Hotel or similar Yak & Yeti Hotel or similar
Chitwan 02 Nights Green Mansion Resort or similar Maruni Sanctuary Lodge or similar Hotel Royal Park or similar
Pokhara 02 Nights Meera Hotel or similar Hotel Barahi or similar Fishtail Lodge or similar
Zhangmu 01 Night Zhangmu Guesthouse or similar Dongshan Hotel or similar Zhangmu Hotel
New Tingri 01 Night Xegar Guesthouse or similar Qomolongma Hotel Qomolongma Hotel
Shigatse 01 Night Everest Friendship Hotel or similar Wutse Grand Hotel or similar Shigatse Hotel or similar
Gyantse 01 Night Jianzan Hotel or similar Gyantse Hotel or similar Gyantse Hotel
Lhasa 03 Nights Snow land Hotel or similar New Mandala Hotel or Kailash Hotel Lhasa Hotel or similar

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