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11 Days Scenic Kathmandu Nagarkot Lhasa Paro Thimphu Tour

11 Days Scenic Kathmandu Nagarkot Lhasa Paro Thimphu Tour

(TNBT005) Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Paro

Great News: Lhasa and Kathmandu overland trip is available NOW.

Gyirong Port, the new Sino-Nepal border, finally reopened to International Tourists by the end of Aug, 2017. So instead of taking Kathmandu-Lhasa flight to Tibet, international tourists can again enjoy the adventurous Kathmandu-Lhasa overland journey.

Overview

The 11-day scenic Nepal Tibet offers a grand feast for your eyes. Wondering around Nepal, you can appreciate the spectacular temple buildings and royal Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley and enjoy the stunning sunrise view of the Himalayan range in Nagarkot - the most beautiful spot in Bhaktapur District. Flying over the Himalayan mountain peaks, you’ll get to holy Lhasa City, where you can explore the landmark of Tibet - Potala Palace, the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism - Jokhang Temple, the bustling bazaar and sacred pilgrimage kora - Barkhor Street, etc. After that, you can fly back to Kathmandu and travel to Bhutan. Here you can visit the most popular Dzongs in Thimphu and trek to the most prestigious Tiger’s Nest in Paro.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, and you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley half day Tour and Drive to Nagarkot (B)

After welcome breakfast, we will take you a glimpse of half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley: Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterward taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square featuring the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex. Keep the route connecting to Nagarkot.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 3: Nagarkot to Kathmandu: Durbar Square, Kumari Temple, Swoyambhunath (B)

After breakfast, we return to Kathmandu and keep half day valley sightseeing with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal. You will visit Kumari Temple, the house of the virgin goddess; Swayambhunath, a stupa on the top of the hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley; Patan city, the second largest town in the valley,  Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 4: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

In the morning, you will take the flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to Gonggar international Airport, in Lhasa. On arrival, your guide will greet you warmly with the phrase, "Tashi Delek", which means 'wish you all the best', and take you across the bridge over the Lhasa River, to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is yours to rest and acclimatize.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tips: High Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be avoided by resting and acclimatizing to the increased elevation. We recommend that you rest and eat plenty of high-protein foods and drink lots of water while you get used to the high altitude. It is also a good idea not to shower for the first two days to avoid catching a cold.

Day 5: Lhasa tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

The following day your first stop will be the world famous Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Sitting atop Moburi (Red Hill), the palace looks down on the town of Lhasa from its 3,750-meter vantage point. The temple dates back to the 7th century, and houses artifacts and works of art from throughout Tibetan History. The palace also has the gilded burial stupas of the past Dalai Lamas, and below ground lies the ancient meditation cave of the 33rd King of Tibet.

After some lunch, you will head downtown to Jokhang Temple, the primary seat of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built by the 33rd King of Tibet in 647AD, and is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Inside sits the most precious object in the temple, a life-sized statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was just 12 years old. Adorned with many precious gems, this gilded statue is the most sacred object in Tibet.

Running around the temple is the famed Barkhor Street. As well as the route of the holy kora, or religious circumambulation, it is also the site of many sellers where you can buy authentic souvenirs from across the region. You can join the pilgrims on their clockwise walk around the temple.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery (B)

The next morning you will leave early for a trip outside Lhasa, first to Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. Sitting at the foot of Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers outside Lhasa, it was founded by Jamyang Choge, one of the disciples of Tsong Khapa, in 1416. The Ganden Potrang, sited in the southwest corner of the monastery, was the former residence of the Dalai Lama, until the move to the Potala Palace.

In the afternoon, you will travel back across the city to the northern suburbs, to visit Sera Monastery, another of the Great Three monasteries. Founded in 1419, the name, Sera, means "wild rose" in Tibetan, and was named because of the roses that were in bloom on the hill behind it when it was built. The main attraction of the monastery is the colorful and animated debating of the monks, held under the trees in the debating field every afternoon. Definitely something to watch, even if you do not understand what is said.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 7: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu/transfer to hotel

In the morning, you will take the flight from Gonggar international Airport, in Lhasa to Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu. On arrival, your guide will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing, or take in the local sights.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8: 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 9: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (2hrs drive) (B)

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 the Bhutan government. Later, we will drive back to Paro.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 10: Day Trek to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tinger’s Nest) (B)

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 11: Departure from Paro

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport, and help you with checking in for your flight home from Bhutan.

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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