Nepal, Tibet Lhasa tour

Trip Highlights

  1. Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, magnificent Mountain View.
  2. World Highest Peak Mt. Everest.
  3. Palace, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery.
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  5. Tibet, religion and Tibetan Buddhism.
Nepal, Tibet Lhasa tour
Trip Duration: 10 days(s) Lodging: Hotels
Transportation: Flight / Private vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: 2+
Best Season: Mar-Apr / Oct- Nov

Trip Overview

If you have 10 days holidays and you love to see the mountains then there is no other choice than this fantastic combination of Nepal and Tibet tour. This trip takes you to the landmarks of Nepal and Tibet which is every travelers dream comes true. This trip has everything to offer Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, magnificent Mountain View, some of the most spectacular drive and flights and above all a superb experience.

In this trip we will go to Kathmandu and Pokhara. Kathmandu is known as city of temples and is best portrayed as an open museum because of its lofty stupas and pagodas. Pokhara is paradise on earth as you can see the magnificent view of mountains in immense nearness from 900 m altitude. The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is like a mountain flight that gives you an astonishing opportunity to see some of the elevated mountains on earth including World Highest Peak Mt. Everest.

Upon arrival at Lhasa you will explore the major landmarks in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and many more. Similarly, Lhasa is the ideal place to experience Tibet, religion and Tibetan Buddhism.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Full day sightseeing of Pokhara with Sunrise from Sarangkot
Day 05: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Nagarkot.
Day 06:  Fly to Gongar Airport.
Day 07: Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Day 08: Explore Lhasa.
Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Farewell

Service includes

  • All accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Guided Tibet tour.
  • Entrance fees.
  • All necessary Travel Permits.
  • All transfer in private vehicle.
  • Travel Permit.
  • Tibet Visa Fees.

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Meals
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  • Personal gears.

Itinerary

Day 01: Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be taken for sightseeing in the afternoon by your city guide to Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.

Boudhanath stupa: This stupa and its surrounding is known as the Little Tibet in Kathmandu as many Tibetan refugees settled around this holy site for Tibetan Buddhists. This is a giant stupa with a height of 36 meters and a diameter of 100 m, making it the largest stupa in Nepal. As you go inside the premises of the stupa you can see many pilgrims and tourist going around in the process called Kora, a religious circling of the stupa. Having lunch on one of the roof top restaurants observing the activities of tourist and pilgrims is also interesting when you are here.
Pashupatinath temple: Pashupatinath is the biggest and most scared Hindu temple in Kathmandu. This UNESCO world heritage site is a fascinating and a colofurful and playful monkeys in search of food. This place has it all.  place as it has lot of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and Other parts of the world doing all kinds of religious ceremonies, holy men with all kinds of makeup posing for pictures for tourist and. People having other religious faiths than Hinduism are not allowed inside the main temple courtyard but the outside is also interesting with many temples and small shrines.  The cremation site beside the Pashupatinath temple is also an interesting place to see around this temple area.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Khokana and Bungmati, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa.
Khokana and Bungmati- Khokana and Bungmati- Khokana and Bungmati lie in close proximity with each other. These two villages are some of the oldest settlements of Kathmandu valley in the southern side. Khokana is a village with traditional Newari houses, old monuments and has the temple of Indrayeni, the patron deity of Khokana. Bungmati is the winter home of the rain goad Machindranath he is worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhist. The Buddhist worships him as the god of compassion.  Bungmati is 20 minutes of walk from Khokana through paddy fields. These two villages are the best places to observe the daily life of people in Kathmandu. You can see some of them making handicrafts, some farming and some doing daily chores such as washing, bathing or drying their harvest.
Kathmandu Durbar Square – Kathmandu Durbar square is one of the most interesting places in Nepal. It lies in the center of the city and is a lively place with all kinds of attractions. This area was the seat of the royalty till 1896, when the Royal family moved to the new Palace in Kings Way now. This interesting world heritage site has monuments and statues from different periods of Nepalese history from Lichivi to the Shah era.  The famous monuments in this area include the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the old Royal palace, the Jagganath temple, the temple of Taleju and the terrifying statue of Kal Bhairav.
Swayambhunath stupa - gazes over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side 3 km west of the city. Swayambhunath stupa is one of the renowned sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and its discovery is interconnected to the formation of Kathmandu valley out of a prehistoric lake. It is also called as “Monkey Temple” and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites which is one of the oldest and magnificent Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be 2000 years old. The four side of the stupa is colored with the eyes of Lord Buddha so it also famous as the temple of watchful eyes of Buddha.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200km/6 hours). Boating and free time in Pokhara.
We are heading towards the paradise city of Pokhara. This city of lakes lies 200km west of Kathmandu. The journey starts from the hotel in the morning and goes all the way through the Prithvi Highway to Pokhara. The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes around 6 hours.  We will make some stop for toilets and lunch. The journey is very interesting as you can see some remote villages on the other side of the river, terraced farming and on a clear day the famous mountains such as Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from the highway. In the afternoon we will go for a boat ride in Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal. Lake side of Pokhara is the most happening place in the whole country so you can stroll around the lake side in the evening.

Day 04: Early morning drive to Sarangkot for Mountain View. Full day sightseeing of Pokhara.
This is one of the most exciting days in this Nepal tour Package. This day starts early (depends on the sunrise time so consult your guide for wakeup call) as we will drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and Mountain View. The hilltop of Sarangkot lies about 1700 m from sea level. This scenic place offers nice sunrise view along with the Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri Mountain View from a close proximity. The highlight although is the Mount Fishtail, considered by many as the look alike of Mount Blanc in Switzerland. The view point at Sarangkot also offers great view of the Lake and the Pokhara city. We will drive back to the city after sunrise and after breakfast carry on with rest of the programs. The first place we will visit is Davis fall, named after a Swiss coupled washed away by the waterfall in 1961.  Just 2 minutes walk from the fall is a 100 m long cave called Gupteshwor which has a self created statue of shiva in the middle and going further ahead you can see nice view of Davis fall coming down from the other side.  In a close proximity with the cave lies the Tibetan refugee camp where you can see the houses and monasteries of Tibetan refugees. They can be seeing making handloom carpets, jewelry and other things for livelihood. We will then visit the temple of Bindabasani, famous for the marriages that take place there and then see the Seti river gorge nearby to end the day sightseeing.

Day 05: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Nagarkot.
We can start driving back the same way along the Prithvi highway after breakfast. If you don’t feel like driving taking a 25 minute flight is also an option ( although the flight is 25 minutes we have to report 1 hour ahead and flights can get delayed for one or 2 hours sometimes but still saves a lot of time compared to driving back.). We advise you to take a flight as driving back the same way might be boring for you can tiring as well.
Nagarkot - Nagarkot is situated almost 32 km from the city center of Kathmandu. It is a small hill station offering panoramic view of the high mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Annapurna 2nd and even Mount Everest at a distance.  It can be reached after one and half hour of drive through the paddy fields and thin pine forest. Situated at 2100 meters it is one of the best places to see sunrise and sunset near Kathmandu city.

Day 06:  Fly to Gongar Airport.
Today we will fly to Gongar airport which will take us about 2 and half hours. Upon arrival at Gongar airport we drive half an hour to reach Lhasa, the capital city of Lhasa. In the evening we walk around the old markets to experience the monuments and local life style of Lhasa. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 07: Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Today after a delicious breakfast we start our sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore the magnificent Norbulingka and Potala Palaces. Potala palace was constructed in 17th century and it grants superb view of the whole city and residence of the Dalai Lama with several impressive rooms and garden. Similarly, Norbulingka literally means "Treasure Park”. It is situated at the area about 360000 sq. m and is taken as the one of the largest artificial garden in Tibet and is also the summer Palace of Dalai Lama. On the same way, we explore the Tibet Museum which is taken as the authorized museum of Tibet. Museum possesses more than 1000 permanent artifacts associated to the history and culture of Tibet. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 08: Explore Lhasa.
Today is the second day of sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery was constructed in 14th century and assumed to have privileged about 10000 monks in the years ago but now there are only few hundreds. Tibetan people are highly concerted in this stunning monastery with the culture, religious belief and history.  Sera monastery is one of magnificent monasteries situated at 5 km north of Lhasa city. This pretty monastery was once a residence of more than 5000 monks. Jokhang Temple lies at the centre of Old Lhasa. It is a residence of Tibet's most valuable spiritual remnant, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a present by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the time of her marriage to the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo. Similarly, we visit Barkhor market; it is heart of Lhasa with its open shops and mass of pilgrims. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu.
Today we will fly to Kathmandu via Gongar airport. Depending upon your flight schedule we will arrange for sightseeing in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will go for dinner with cultural program to review your trip of Nepal and Bhutan.

Day 10: Farewell
Finally, we conclude the trip in the mountain region. Today we exchange our experience and feelings regarding the trip and also exchange the emails and photos. And Adventure Mission Nepal representative will guide you to the airport for the final departure. Hope to see you again for next trip.

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