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22 Days Scenic India Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

22 Days Scenic India Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

(ITNB001) Delhi - Jaipur - Pink City - Agra - Delhi - Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Paro - Taktshang Goemba - Paro

Overview

You scenic tour begins with a classic travel route to cover the top three tourist cities in India, i.e. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You can visit a series of architectural marvels and explore the splendid royal palaces and military fortress, etc. Then fly to exotic Nepal, known for its breathtaking view of Himalayas in Pokhara and Hindu UNESCO heritage sites scattered in and outside the vibrant Kathmandu Valley.

From Kathmandu, we fly to Lhasa and enjoy the utterly different religious scenes in Barkhor Street and beyond. One of the highlights would be the visit to heavenly Namtso Lake. Finally, we manage to follow the scenic sites from Paro to Thimpu in Bhutan. You will be deeply impressed with the picturesque Bhutan Dzongs and rustic charm in rural villages of Bhutan.

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: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City

The day starts with a tour of Kathmandu City, and takes in the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. The most famous square in the city, the Durbar Square is the Royal Palace square in the city, and is surrounded by ancient buildings from the early 16th century. The magnificent architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items gives a great insight into Nepali culture.

You then continue the tour with a visit to the Swayambhunath Pagoda, which is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a huge golden stupa festooned with prayer flags that flutter in the breeze, on a hill that overlooks the entire city. Then it is on to Patan City, the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley area. Patan City has one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal that dates back to the 12th century, and is a great place to explore the Buddhist culture of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 9: Day tour in Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur City

You will also get to go further afield in Nepal, to visit the ancient Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia, and a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Set on the banks of the Baghmati River, Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s famous UNESCO sites, and the sunset over the temple roofs is spectacular.

Another great place to see is Boudhanath, located on the ancient trade route. It is a place of meditation and part of the spiritual journey around Kathmandu. With one of the largest stupas in the world, it has been the site of many Tibetan prayers over the centuries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the last place to visit for the day, with its pagoda and shikhara temples strewn around the royal palace. The square really highlights the ancient building arts of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and visit Phewa Lake (205 kms; around 6hurs drive)

After breakfast, we will have a long drive 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km; 5 hrs )

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland ( in summer) . Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Mountain Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake.

Then we can do leisure trek around Tashi Island and enjoy sunset of Namtso. At night, we you enjoy night view of the milky way at the lake shore.

Stay overnight at Namtso Tent Guest house

Day 17: Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen(230km,5hrs)

Enjoy the sunrise view of the Namtso Lake at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to TashiDor Island to explore the meditation caves. Drive to Dumxung to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (Optional,Price $25 not included in package) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Finally, head back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 18: Fly from Lhasa back to Kathmandu

Our guide will escort you to Lhasa Gongga Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel, while we will handle the visa for Paro in the tomorrow.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 19: 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 20: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (2 hrs. 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), one of the most beautiful Bhutan dzongs as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, we will driver back to Paro.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 21: Day 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, we move to visit the 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. Finally, we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy enchanting village lying at its foot.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 22: Departure from Paro

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

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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