Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
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Up on arrival in Kathmandu airport Collect your luggage and meet the guide, who will be waiting with for you, proceed to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your Tibet visa will be processed today. Explore Kathmandu valley including Pashupatinath temple - the holistic Hindu temple, Boudhanath Stupa - one of the giant stupas in the world and Bhaktapur - the city from 9th century. Today you will visit the traditional painting school where you will know the underlying meaning of Nepalese dying art. Overnight in Kathmandu
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
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 potala palace, lhasa tour.
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
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
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
Transfer to Kathmandu international airport for flight to Paro airport, Thimphu. 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 Thimphu
During Thimphu 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 Thimphu
punakha jong, bhutan tourAfrer 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. Return to Thimphu for overnight stay.
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
Arrive Kathmandu by spectacular flight. After the finish the immigration formalities, our guide will transfer you to the hotel. Explore some parts of Kathmandu valley if time permits. Overnight in Kathmandu
Explore the ancient Patan city, one of the three main cities of the valley which is renowned as city of art and craft. Main highlights of Patan city are Durbar square, ancient temples, Tibetan refugee camp and Patan industrial area. Enjoy the afternoon buying gifts, souvenirs or visit more sights with our Kathmandu expert tour guide. Overnight in Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for the flight to home. Farewell.