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26 Days Best Overland Adventure via India Nepal Tibet Bhutan

26 Days Best Overland Adventure via India Nepal Tibet Bhutan

(CTN001) Delhi - Pink City - Jaipur - Agra - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Taktshang Goemba - Paro

Overview

The action-packed overland tour introduces you to 4 of the best overland travel routes in India, Nepal, and Tibet and Bhutan. You will have a panoramic view of the glorious history of northern India via the most popular golden triangle routes from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra; then fly to Kathmandu for an exhilarating loop tour to Nagarkot, Chitwan and Pokhara; you can explore iconic Durbar Squares, and enjoy the stunning view of Himalayas and take a glimpse of bio-diversity through the thrilling jungle safari.

Then second half of the tour brings you to the lofty Tibetan Plateau where you soak up the deeply-religious Buddhist atmosphere in some of the world’s most mysterious monasteries and temples. The highlights culminate when you make it to EBC via epic Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour. Finally, we board the flight to Paro. You get to learn more of the last enigmatic Himalayan Kingdoms Bhutan. The photogenic Bhutan Dzongs in cities like Paro, Thimpu and Punakha will enrich your lasting memories.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Arrive at international airport in Delhi; you will be warmly received by our Indian guide and get transferred to hotel. You can relax yourself and explore around for the rest of the day.

Stay overnight in Delhi

Day 2: Day Tour in Delhi: Explore Old and New Delhi

After breakfast, we are expected to explore the historical Old and New Delhi. The first stop will be Jama Mosque, one of the largest mosques in India. You may enjoy the stunning architecture and enjoy the crowds for praying, esp. on Friday. Afterwards, you can take rickshaw ride via old Chandni chowk bazaar to visit Old Delhi and one of the largest spice markets in Asia.

Then we keep moving to Raj Ghat, the memorial of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. You can enjoy the peace and tranquility while strolling the enchanting garden and monument. Later, we head to New Delhi, built by British. You will pass the official office and residence of the president of India and visit iconic India gate, which is a memorial to patriotic Indian soldiers who died in WWI. Finally we will cover the Qutub Minar, a magnificent UNESCO world heritage site in New Delhi.

Stay overnight in Delhi

Day 3: Travel from Delhi to Jaipur (280 km; 5-6hrs drive)

Today we will head to Jaipur, the welcoming Pink City in Northern India. The long drive will pass idyllic Indian villages and Aravalli hills, etc. Upon your arrival in Jaipur, you can will be directly transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is for your relaxation or you may opt for touring Galta Ji, a monkey-ruled Hindu temple with unique architecture in Jaipur.

Stay overnight in Jaipur

Day 4: Day Tour in Pink City: Visit City Forts and Palaces

After tasty breakfast, we are on our way to tour the stunning Amber fort, a must visit UNESCO site in Jaipur. You may follow the stairs to explore the magnificent fort, or even enjoy the elephant ride. The main attraction of the fort is the Sheesh Mahal where the belgium glass used for the mahal. You can closely observe exquisite artworks and skillful stone cutting, etc.

Afterwards, we will head to visit City Palace, a superb royal property built by Maharaja of Amer during 1729-1734. The sublime architecture and a large collection of textiles, costumes and weapons jewels, etc. will blow your mind. The last stop takes you to Jantar Mantar, a perfect place for science geeks to explore astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II.

Stay overnight in Jaipur

Day 5: Travel from Jaipur to Agra (280km; 5-6hrs drive)

The long drive will take us from Jaipur to Agra, one of the major tourist cities in India. On the way, we will make a brief visit to 9th Century step well Abhaneri. The over 3000 crisscrossing steps arranged in a geometric architectural design will leave you in awe. Then the tour group is expected to tour Ghost city Fatehpur Sikri. You may stroll in the imperial complex of pavilions and palaces spread amongst a large abandoned 'city' peppered with Mughal masterpieces. Finally, you will arrive in the hotel in Agra.

Stay overnight in Agra

Day 6: Tour Agra and Drive back to Delhi (220km; 3-4hrs drive)

We will have an early rise to enjoy the sunrise at well-known Taj Mahal, believed to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. You may enjoy the spectacular architecture, take some brilliant pictures and walk through the history of India. Later, we drive back to hotel for breakfast and after check out from the hotel. We manage to explore Agra fort, the awesome military fort situated down river from Taj Mahal. Later, we will drive back to Delhi. You may do some shopping and enjoy the last night in India.

Stay overnight in Delhi

Day 7: Fly from Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal

Take the morning flight from Delhi to Kathmandu. The non-stop flight normally takes around 1h40m. Then our Nepali guide will be greeting you and transfer you to hotel. The rest of the day is for free exploration.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 8: Day Tour in Kathmandu and Travel to Nagarkot

Our Nepal tour officially begins from today's half day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. The first stop is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple, a prime site for cremations, is one of the holiest for Hindus. You'll experience a divine sense of calm and gives a fascination insight into an aspect of Hinduism. Then we walk to tour Bouddhanath, which is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.

Afterwards, we enjoy the ride to Bhaktapur and visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex. And keep moving to Nagarkot, one of the best places in Nepal to enjoy mighty Himalayan Range.

Stay overnight in Nagarkot

Day 9: Travel from Nagarkot to Kathmandu

Have an early rise to enjoy the amazing sunrise over snow-tipped Himalayan Ranges. Then travel back to Kathmandu to visit iconic Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess and of course the Swayambhunath, famous monkey temple heritage site. You can enjoy a panorama of of Kathmandu form here.

Then, we move to Patan City, the second biggest town in Kathmandu. You may take a stroll in Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple, etc…

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 10: Travel from Kathmandu to Chitwan (175km, 5-6hrs drive)

After breakfast, we will be on our way from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. It's a long drive. However, on the way you may enjoy an exciting rafting at Trishuli River (around 2-3hrs). And later keep enjoying the drive to Chitwan.

Stay overnight in Chitwan

Day 11: Full Day Jungle Safari in Royal Chitwan National Park

Enjoy your breakfast and you will get a full day safari activities in Royal Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for, such as, rhinoceroses, Chitwan's royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear - preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots.

Stay overnight in Chitwan

Day 12: Move from Chitwan to Pokhara (147km, 5-6hrs drive)

We will drive a long way from Chitwan to Pokhara, a hot Nepal tourist destination for trekking and outdoor activities. After you check in the hotel, in the afternoon, we will enjoy a scenic boating at renowned Phewa Lake, you can admire the stunning view of the Fish Tail's Peak reflected in the silver surface of the water. You can also see the wonderful Annapurna panorama forms a superb backdrop to Pokhara from the lake. And later tour the Barahi temple, a holy Hindu temple in the middle of Phewa Lake.

Stay overnight in Pokhara

Day 13: Day Tour in Pokhara

Have an early rise and drive to Sarangkot to enjoy the incredible sunrise over Himalayas (with weather permitted). Then we will enjoy a brief tour to David’s fall and explore Mahadev Cave and visit limestone cave of MahendraGufa in Seti River Gorge.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy a relaxing hike to Buddha Shanti Stupa, where you can enjoy the stunning bird’s eye view of Pokhara valley.

Stay overnight in Pokhara

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara(205 kms; around 6hurs drive)

After breakfast, we will hit the road back to Kathmandu. You may shop around in tourist market and get ready for the flight to Tibet tomorrow.

Day 15: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Take a flight to Lhasa, which is expected to last around 1h30m. Do take the left window seat, you can enjoy stunning bird’s eye view of Mt. Everest while flying past Great Himalayan Range. Upon your arrival, our local Tibetan guide will be expecting you and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is for you to have a good rest to acclimatize to the high altitude on Tibetan Plateau.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 16: Day 16: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Besides, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; the welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly.

Optional:
With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 17: Day 17: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.

In the afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 18: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso(4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance, you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar(7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa.

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; at Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 19: Shigatse(3900m) to EBC (5200m) via Tingri

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m). Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permit at the lodging area.

Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house

Day 20: EBC to Gyirong Border (370km)

In the morning, you can appreciate the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area and then visit the Rongbuk Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Later, we can visit the Everest Base Camp and take pictures of Mt. Everest at the closes distance in EBC.

After that, we can drive from EBC to Kyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Kyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Kyirong

Day 21: Exit China through Gyirong Border (2600m), Then Drive to Kathmandu

In the morning, drive clients to the Sino-Nepal border - Gyirong, tour guide will assist clients to check out of the border. After going through the immigration, Nepalese driver will pick you up at the border and drive to Kathmandu. The road to Kathmandu is bumpy but the scenery is quite beautiful, you can see the deep gorges, rivers all along the way. The road condition is rough in Nepal so this 160km road takes a whole day. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. Your guide will explain briefly the program upon arrival at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 22: Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’drive)

Welcome to Bhutan, the land of the “thunder Dragon”. We’re sure you must get amazed at the stunning vista of majestic Himalayas, esp. the lofty Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks during your flight from Kathmandu. However, they are only a small appetizer. Upon your arrival in Paro internatonal airport, our Bhutan guide and driver will be expecting you and later transfer you to your hotel.

After a brief rest at your hotel, in the afternoon, with time permitting, we may visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (also known as Kyerchu Temple), the oldest and most beautiful temple in Bhutan. Surrounded by the fields, flowers and hills, Kyichu Lhakhang is home to the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings and numerous Buddhist scriptures, etc. And Later explore the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Located at the suburb of Paro City, Rinpung Dzong is a fortress built in the 17th Century to protect Paro valley, which offers you picturesque scenery and a sense of inner peace.

In the evening, we will head to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and spend the night there.

Stay overnight in Thimphu

Day 23: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’drive)

As the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu is devoid of stereotyped skyscrapers and huge traffic. Instead, surrounding by rolling mountains, Thimpu is known for its picturesque Bhutan dzong, fresh air and loveable local people. Today’s tour begins with a visit to Late King's Memorial Chorten, and explore the National Library, Folk Heritage Museum and Hand-made Paper Factory, and the School of Arts and Crafts, where you will have a panoramic view of Bhutan history and learn more of textile and the handicraft making in the most traditional way.

Of course, the highlight comes as we tour the Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, we will travel northeast to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will stop at scenic Dochu La Pass (3,100m) for refreshing tea. The perfect vintage point brings you the unobstructed vista of Great Himalayas.

After lunch at Wangduephodrang (1,350m), we keep driving to Punakha.

Stay overnight in Punakha

Day 24: Sightseeing in Punakha Dzong and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (4 hrs’ drive)

Get up in the morning to visit Punakha Dzong, widely believed to be the most beautiful Bhutanese Dzong, built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. Never miss the Punakha festival around mid-Feb if you come at the right time.

After touring Punakha, we are about to drive back to Paro. In the afternoon, we head to National Museum of Bhutan, which looks like a round watchtower. You can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts. Then we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the enchanting village lying at its foot.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 25: Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)

Getting up in the fresh morning, we’ll start today’s trek to Taktshang Goemba (also known as Tiger's Nest).Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.

After lunch, you may opt for a stone bath or enjoy free exploration nearby.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 26: Departure from Paro

Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service ends.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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