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17 Days Shanghai to Lhasa and Nepal Tour

17 Days Shanghai to Lhasa and Nepal Tour

(STT007) Shanghai - By flight - Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa - By flight - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Lumbini - Pokhara - Kathmandu


17-day Shanghai, Tibet and Nepal tour showcases the prosperity and development of modern China in Shanghai. Then, tourists would head to Lhasa to explore the exotic Tibetan culture, immensely shaped by rich Tibetan Buddhism and stunning sacred lakes and lofty mountains. Next, tourists can continue to move from Tibet and Nepal and experience completely different culture and history in a country of Hinduism.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Shanghai

As you arrive in Shanghai, the megacity and financial hub of China, our local guide will be expecting you at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Later, the guide will escort you to your hotel. After you check in, the rest of the day is for you to have a good rest or explore the surroundings yourself.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Day 2: Shanghai Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, and Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund

Today we are about to visit some of the highlights of highlights of Shanghai Tour. Starting with fascinating Shanghai Museum, the magnificent 4-story building houses an incredible collection of bronzes, sculptures, ceramics, coins, paintings, calligraphy, costumes and other exhibits in different dynasties. It’s the perfect place for fans of Chinese history and art.

Next comes the Yu Garden. Built in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty, the Yu Garden used to be the private residence of a senior Government administrator in the Ming Dynasty. For passionate photographer, never miss the chance to photograph Old Street of Yu Garden

In the evening, we will visit the most iconic building of Shanghai, i.e. Oriental Pearl TV Tower. You can enjoy the amazing panorama of the skyline of Shanghai at night. And as you stroll along the Bund, you will get amazed at the spectacular Huangpu River and dazzling light from buildings of Pudong.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Day 3: Shanghai Tour: Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Nanjing Road

In the morning, we are expected to visit picturesque Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, also known as the "Venice of China". It’s about 1 hour drive from downtown Shanghai. The ancient town dates back to Ming Dynasty. It’s highly recommended to enjoy the boat ride from one end of the water way to the other. Ke Zhi Garden and multiple shops and bridges, and street vendors selling handicrafts and goldfish and turtles provide a respite from boisterous metropolitan city.

In the afternoon, we would head to the renowned pedestrian precinct Nanjing Road to take a nice stroll. From small boutiques selling handicrafts and other souvenirs to high-end fashion shops, you can shop to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the local snacks and a great number of distinctive architecture.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Day 4: Fly from Shanghai to Lhasa

Take the early morning flight from Shanghai to Lhasa via Xi’an. After long hours of flight, you will land in Lhasa Gonggar airport in Shannan prefecture in the afternoon. And the guide will be expecting you at the airport and later you will be greeted and get transferred to hotels in Lhasa. Then, you can have a good rest to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 5: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and 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, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor street where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy souvenirs.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and 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. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours )

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. On the way, you can see Nyenchen Thanglha (snow mountain ranges )and lots of nomads tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated around the mountain side. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relaxing trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island.

To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic to see the stars.

Stay overnight in Namtso Guest house

Day 8: Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km,5 hours )

Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Drive to Dumxung to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (Optional) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Finally, head back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 9: Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu

The guide will transfer you to the Lhasa Gonggar airport and help you board the flight to Kathmandu. As you land in Kathmandu, the guide will be greeting you and escort you to the hotels.

Day 10: Kathmandu City tour: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Durbar Square

In these days, you will have a guided tour to the famous cultural and historical sites of Kathmandu. Among them, the UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites are the primary places of visit.

Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine), Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, Dharahara (Bhimsen Tower), Tundikhel, Dasaratha Stadium etc. You will have dinner in the hotel in the evening. You can experience night life of Kathmandu till 9 o’clock.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 11: Drive Kathmandu to Chitwan 4hrs: Manakamana Temple , Muglin Bazaar, Chitwan

After breakfast in Kathmandu, we depart to Chitwan early in the morning. On the way, you enjoy the overwhelming view of rocky hills while travelling along the Trishuli River. We pass through Kurintar (Cable Car station to Manakamana Temple), Muglin Bazaar and reach Narayangadh. We will stay in a luxury hotel after check in there.

After lunch, you will explore Sauraha and the surrounding area of Chitwan and watching Tharu- Cultural Dance in Tharu Village.

Stay overnight at a hotel for remaining adventure in Chitwan

Day 12: Chitwan National Park exploration

After Breakfast, you will enjoy elephant Safari adventure to watch rare one horn rhino. You will also explore the jungle to view different wildlife including Yellow striped Tiger, deer, and birds of different spices.

After lunch, you will continue jungle walk to observe diverse flora and fauna. Crocodile in Narayani River and many other attractions are there in Chitwan to explore. In the afternoon, we drive back to Kathmandu and stay overnight at a hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 13: Drive to Lumbini and Visit the Temples

On this day, we drive for 4 hours to reach Lumbini Area. There you visit Maya Devi Temple, Ashok Pillar, Shanti Deep (Peace Flame), Lumbini Museum, and many other Temples of Buddha.

Make prayers in the Temples, enjoy observing the architecture of the temples, explore the surrounding of Lumbini village and preserved area.

Stay in a hotel in Bhairahawa.

Day 14: Tilaurakot sightseeing and drive to Pokhara

On this day, we drive to Tilaurakot for sightseeing. It is the homeland of Siddhartha therefore holy place for all the Buddhists. From Tilaurakot we drive to Pokhara through Butwal, Palpa and Syangja. The Siddhartha Highway leads us from Butwal with enjoying scenic beauty of natural landscapes. Travelling above the rivers in a curved way is thrilling experience for most of the passengers.

Stay in hotel in Pokhara

Day 15: Pokhara City Exploration: Sarangkot Hill, Mahendra Cave Mahadev Cave and Chamere Cave, Gorge of Seti River

On this day, you will go for hiking to Sarangkot Hill. The view of the city from Sarangkot is fantastic! You can experience paragliding there in Sarangkot.

We get back to Pokhara and explore caves- Mahendra Cave, Mahadev Cave and Chamere Cave and Davis falls, Gorge of Seti River and other sites during the day. In the evening, enjoy boating in Begnas Lake.

stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16: Return Kathmandu: Bazaar, Kathmandu City

On this day, we return back to Kathmandu. We stop in Damauli and explore the bazaar. You will get information with sightseeing of Nepalese language’s renowned Poet and Ramayana’s translator’s birthplace Chudi Ramgha.

In the afternoon, we arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Spare time is to visit missed places of Kathmandu city.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

It is the last day of the trip in Nepal for this time. If you have time enough, you can have sightseeing and shopping in the markets. Before 3 hours of scheduled flight, the guide will take you to the airport and get ready for the flight back home.

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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