TIBET & NEPAL

Lhasa, Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot

Overview

TOUR CODE: EGLXKT

This 10 days Tibet and Nepal journey covers two of Himalayan most beautiful nations. Our adventure begins from Lhasa, the capital city of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region known as the roof of the World. We will visit the holy temple of Jokhang and the beautiful Potala Palace. We also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries such as Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. From Lhasa, we board a mountain flight to the beautiful country of Nepal, home to the towering Mount Everest. We spend a few days around Kathmandu to experience the life style, culture and diversity of the area and visit UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu and admire the blend of mountains and lush landscape from a popular hill station – Nagarkot.

What’s Included

  • 01 night in a Deluxe room at Cordis Hotel Beijing Capital Airport
  • 04 nights in a Deluxe room at Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa
  • 04 nights in a Heritage Deluxe room at Dwarikas Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Daily breakfast and 8 dinners
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours as specified in itinerary
  • All hotel taxes and service charge

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE BEIJING

We arrive in the Chinese capital and transfer to our hotel located just outside the terminal. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

DAY 02

BEIJING/LHASA (B/D)

This morning, we will return to the airport for our flight to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital and the only major city. Sitting on a plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas, Tibet is an autonomous region of China covers an area 474,300 square miles. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide at the airport. From the airport, drive into  town along the beautiful Kyi Chu River, taking approximately 60 minutes. After we check into our hotel, enjoy the rest of the day to relax and acclimate to the high altitude at an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. It is critical to stay well hydrated and avoid over-exertion until you are more used to the altitude.

DAY 03

DREPUNG AND SERA MONASTERIES (B/D)

Today we will visit the beautiful Norbulingka, the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, venture west to the Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the ‘Three Great Monasteries’ (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery). Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name ‘Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means ‘Collecting Rice. Then, learn about the rich cultural history and natural resources of Tibet at the Tibet Autonomous Region Museum. It exhibits and artifacts ranges from unique Tibetan art and handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and adornments made of precious metals, as well as fine Chinese pottery. In the afternoon, we will visit the Sera Monastery noted for its theological debates. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitates better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. Afterward, explore the traditional Tibetan Hospital of Mentsekhang for an introduction to Tibetan medicine-dating back 2,500 years, it is one of the oldest medical traditions in the world.

DAY 04

POTALA PALACE/JOKHANG TEMPLE/BARKHOR STREET (B/D)

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to Lhasa’s iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We walk up to the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture and a panoramic view of Lhasa’s urban areas. We walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace. Then visit the 7th-century Jokhang Temple, a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, which combines Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here and make it a perfect site for photographers. Continue to the famous Barkhor Street, a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. The local people like to walk on the street for several circles usually in the late afternoon as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items and handcrafts.

DAY 05

GANDEN MONASTERY/DRAK YERPA CAVES (B/D)

In the morning, drive 30 miles east of Lhasa to visit the spectacularly situated Ganden Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism, located on top of Wangpori mountain. Admire fantastic views of Lhasa valley as you perform kora by walking a full circle around the sacred grounds. On your way back to Lhasa, continue along the opposite side of the Kyi Chu Valley to visit the Drak Yerpa caves, one of the holiest cave retreats in Tibet.

DAY 06

LHASA/KATHMANDU (B/D)

This morning, we will return to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of the mountainous nation of Nepal. The city was once known as ‘Kantipur’ (City of Glory), nestled about 4,594 feet above the sea level and is surrounded by four major mountains that include; Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu has the densest UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites among the capitals of the world. People in Nepal do not greet each other with a handshake. They touch their palms and bow saying ‘Namaste’ which is translated to mean ‘I salute the God in you’.

DAY 07

DURBAR SQUARES/SWAYAMBHUNATH/PATAN (B/D)

This morning we visit Durbar Square, lies in the in old town of Kathmandu, in front of the former royal palace. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As a cluster of classic architectures and over 50 temples, palaces and courtyards which date back to 12th to 18th centuries, the square maintains its original building style and glamour. The major attractions on our tour include a visit to the house of the Living Goddess Kumari Bahal. Two painted stone Lions stand guard at the entrance. We enter the courtyard to see the Living Goddess but are forbidden to take photographs. Then venture outside of the city to visit the hilltop Swayambhunath stupa. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from all sides of the valley. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there are a pair of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God’s all-seeing perspective. There is no nose between the eyes but rather a representation of the number one in the Nepali alphabet, signifying that the single way to enlightenment is through the Buddhist path. From its hilltop setting, you can get a panoramic view over Kathmandu valley on a clear day. In the afternoon, we travel through Kathmandu Valley to Patan, a hub of Buddhist and Hindu culture, full of religious art, temples, and monasteries. Stroll through Patan Durbar Square which holds the greatest concentration of Newari architecture anywhere in the valley. In the fascinating narrow streets surrounding the square, there are more than 600 stupas. The Patan Museum is the restored palace of the 17th century Malla Kings and houses bronze statues and religious objects, some dating back to the 11th century. The gilded doors and windows open to the Krishna Mandir Temple which was built by King Siddhi Narasigh Malla in 1637 and is still in use. The temple has three floors and 21 golden pinnacles. The first floor enshrines Krishna, the second Shiva, and the third Lokeshwor. Late afternoon we return to our hotel for a free evening.

DAY 08

BHAKTAPUR/CHANGU/NAGARKOT (B/D)

In the morning, travel to Bhaktapur, one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley with an altitude of 4,596 feet. With three different styles square – Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square and Dattatreya Square, it is the best place to explore traditional Nepalese architecture and local life and custom, also the best place to witness the great achievements of arts and crafts created by the famous Nepal’s Malla Dynasty (1201–1769). Bhaktapur is also famous as the Town of the Devotees. There are many devout Hindus and Buddhists living in the city. Continue to the hilltop temple of Changu Narayan, the oldest Vishnu shrine in Kathmandu Valley. The two-storey temple has many intricate carvings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu and different multi-armed Tantric goddesses. Changu Narayan’s true gems, however, are the Lichhavai period (4th to 9th centuries) stone, wood, and metal carvings in the courtyard surrounding the main temple. The Changu Narayan Temple is one of seven structures cited by UNESCO as demonstrating the historic and artistic achievements that make the Kathmandu Valley a World Heritage Site.

 

Travel northeast to Nagarkot, noted for its striking views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast. Among all the places for mountain viewing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) from Nagarkot.

DAY 09

PASHUPATINATH/BODHANATH (B/D)

Located on the banks of Bagmati River is the sacred Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is a manifestation of Shiva and means ‘The Lord of Animal’. This temple has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The temple premise consists of temples, ashrams, idols, and inscription added over centuries. The temple is the ultimate destination for devotees during the Maha Shivaratri Festival, where a crowd of thousands gathers to pay homage to Lord Shiva. The main temple within the complex is of pagoda shape with golden roof and silver doors on all the four sides of the temple. Inside the temple is a Shiva linga with four faces of Shiva, with four different names and significance. Pashupatinath area is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimages for Hindus.  Thousands of devotees from all around the world come to Pashupatinath every day. The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but one can get a good view of the temple from the opposite bank of the river. Every evening aarti (light offering) to Lord Shiva is performed which can be observed from across the river. The view of Arya Ghat (cremation ground only for Hindu) is also possible from the spot.

 

Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley at about 131 feet high and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha.

DAY 10

KATHMANDU DEPARTURE (B)

Our tour concludes today after breakfast. A departure transfer will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward travel.

Meals: B= Breakfast      L=Lunch      D=Dinner

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2018Land OnlySingle Room Supplement
    Jun 22$3,599$2,200
    Sep 21$4,099$2,700
    Oct 12$3,999$2,500
    2019
    May 17$3,999$2,350
    Jun 21$3,799$2,350
    Sep 21$4,399$2,800
    Oct 12$4,199$2,650
    Internal Air (Price is approximate and subject to change)$1,050
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without Internal and International airfares. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. (LO032418/C10)
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