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USD p.p.

Tour Type:

Private guide service and vehicle

Group Size:

Depends

Trip Level:

easy

Destination:

Tibet, Kathmandu, Bhutan

Season:

the whole year

14 Days Tibet, Kathmandu and Bhutan Culture Tour


 
Overview


 
This 14 days tour includes is covered Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan three countries, a week-long tour in Tibet will help tourists know Tibet deeply, and then we will fly across the Himalayas and reach Kathmandu and Bhutan to explore their charming culture and religion.


 
At a Glance



Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa City Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B, D)

Day 3 Lhasa City Tour - Drepung, Sera Monastery (B)

Day 4 Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) (B)

Day 5 Shigatse(3900m) to Lhasa(3650m)(B)

Day 6 Lhasa Departure and fly to Kathmandu (B)

Day 7 Kathmandu-Patan-Kathmandu

Day 8 Kathmandu--Paro--Punaka

Day 9 Punaka--Trongsa

Day 10 Trongsa--Thimphu

Day 11 Thimphu--Paro

Day 12 Paro Day tour

Day 13 Paro--Kathmandu

Day 14 Kathmandu Departure


 
Daily Itinerary



Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa

No matter you reach Lhasa by train or airplane, your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. On the way, Clients may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Brahmaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and the Lhasa river.


After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is totally yours. You can choose to take a rest to adapt to the high altitude. Or you can go out to explore the local area directly.
 
 
Day 2 Lhasa City Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B, D)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel, and bring you to the Potala Palace which is the symbol of Tibet, built in 641AD, it is also the winter palace of the Dalai lama.


After lunch, we will go head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. It was the spiritual center of Tibet, pilgrims from every place of Tibet will trek here, making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can enjoy the traditional Tibetan tea and or buy some special souvenirs for your family members.  

Potala Palace
 

Day 3 Lhasa City Tour - Drepung, Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning, you will visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, it has more than 500 years history as the largest monastery in the world, the famous annual Shoton Festival is also set here, and during this festival, they will exhibit the precious huge Thangka.


In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit another outstanding Gelug Monastery--Sera Monastery. The most important attention point is the famous Monks Scriptures debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.  
 

 sera monastery
 

Day 4 Lhasa-Shigatse (3900m) (B)

After breakfast, we will leave Lhasa and drive to Shigatse. Along the way, we will drive across the Gampala pass (5030m), and take a few time at the holy Yamdrotse Lake (4400m), the Lake is decorated by continuous snow-covered Mount Nyenchen Khangsar and the lake water is as blue as the green jade, lie on the earth silently.
 

Later, we will keep driving to Gyantse. On the road, we will pass the glories Karola Glacier (5200m), when we arrive in Gyantse, the third biggest city in Tibet, we will go to visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and the Kubum Stupa, also enjoy the sight of Gyangtse Fortress.


After around 2 hours of driving, we get to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.
 

Yamsto lake


Day 5 Shigatse-Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, we will go to visit our today’s highlight--Tashilunpo monastery. Tashilhunpo, one of Tibet's most important monasteries, is a Geluk monastery in Shigatse that was founded in 1447 by the First Dalai Lama Gendun Drub.


In the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa. there is no problem to view the splendid sights on the way.
 

Tashilunpo monastery

 
Day 6 Lhasa Departure and fly to Kathmandu (B)

After breakfast we will take flight head to Kathmandu, after arrival the rest day are totally yours, you can enjoy your own time there, like do some leisure wander or buy some souvenir there.

 
Day 7 Kathmandu-Patan-Kathmandu

Today's trip mainly allocated to Patan, which is an ancient city just one river away from Kathmandu.


Pashupatinath Temple: Nepal's largest Hindu temple, is also known by many travelers as the Burning Temple. Visit 1 hour


Bodahar Buddha Pagoda: the largest round Buddha Pagoda in the world and one of the world's cultural heritages. When praying, believers must circle clockwise, pull out rosary beads or recite scriptures while turning prayer wheels. Visit 2-3 hours


Patan Durbar SquareIt has many historic sites and towers and temples. Most of these ancient buildings were built between the 16th and 18th centuries. The square is rectangular, The palace occupies the whole eastern part of the square, while the western part of the square is crowded with various temples. Visit 1-2 hours


Durbar Square
 
 
Day 8 Kathmandu--Paro--Punaka

Today we will fly from Kathmandu to Paro and then go towards to Punaka.
 
Doxiongla Pass: The "Doxiongla Pass" at 3140 meters above sea level is the most famous scenic spot from Timbu, the capital of Bhutan, to Punaka, the ancient capital of Bhutan, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the eastern Himalayas. 
 

108 pagodas: 108 pagodas, each with different styles, are very delicate. The pagoda is surrounded by the floating colorful sutras flag. It looks very magnificent and mystery.
 

Chimi Lhakhang: Bhutanese built a spiritual house to memory monk Zhubakunli Drukpa Kunley. It is said that childless women can become pregnant when they come here to worship. On the way to Chimi Lhakhang, tourists need to walk through a large area of the countryside, which is full of special Bhutan features.

 
Chimi Lhakhang

 
Day 9 Punaka--Trongsa

Punaka: Punaka is the ancient capital of Bhutan. She is recognized as the most beautiful castle in Bhutan. Around by blooming blue flowers, trees and the grasslands are dotted with purple flowers, which looks like the dreaming paradise. The central tower is nearly 183 meters long, and it is in a rectangular shape. In ancient times, Punaka was an important place for Bhutan's rulers to celebrate the ceremony. and now it is the Winter Palace of Bhutan's Pharaoh King.
 

The Mangdechhu River: like a jade belt across the green Tongsa Valley, which brings spirituality to this land. This is a magical river, it will show its different beauty when seasons change.


Trongsa
 
 
Day 10 Trongsa--Thimphu

Trongsa Dzong: This majestic and historic castle is the largest and most spectacular castle in Bhutan. It is the most remarkable building in Bhutan. It is closely related to the Royal family. The first and second kings ruled the country here. The strategic position of it makes it play an important role in Bhutan.
 

Trashi Chhoe Dzong: This magnificent and tranquil castle stands in the northern part of the city, on the West Bank of the Wangchuk River. It is integrated with the whole canyon, making the city have both the dignity of the emperor and the culture of the monastery. It is the office of the present Bhutan King, It is also the summer palace and the residence of the central religious institutions.
 
 
Thimphu City Scene: There are many antique shops,  people there live leisurely, which absolutely shows us the different lifestyles of our imagination. The delicate Thimphu city is in harmony with surrounding rivers, forests and the mountains.


Trongsa Dzong
 
 
Day 11 Thimphu--Paro

Buddha View: This statue was made in China (allegedly given by Chinese Buddhists) and was demolished into several parts and transported here. Coming here will surely make you feel worthwhile. Tourists can not only enjoy the Huge Buddha closely and also can feel the  charming scenery of Thimphu Valley.
 
 
Drukyel Dzong: This is an absolutely charming site. its name is made up of "Bhutan" and "victory" in Bhutan words. It is a commemoration for Bhutan people to defeat foreign invaders in 1644. It's also the best place to view Bhutan's spectacular second peak, Mt.Zhumu Lali


Kyichulhakhang: the oldest temple in the Kingdom of Bhutan, was built in 638 by the Tibetan King Songzan Ganbu.


Trongsa Dzong

 
Day 12 Paro Day tour

Taktshang Goemba: It is one of the top ten super temples in the world. and also the most famous Buddhist temple in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is very spectacular, standing over a cliff more than 900 meters above the Palo Canyon. It is said that Master Padmasambhava once ride a tiger here for practice, later  all believers in Bhutan came to worship it. This place was deemed consecrated. The 3140 meters spectacular viewing platform will help you face to this magical temple directly, it makes you feel it likes to grow from the rock
 
 
Rinpung Dzong: It is one of Bhutan's most striking and famous castles, which is probably the best representative of the classic buildings you see in Bhutan. The grand Paro Tshechus Festival holds here, it attracts thousands of local residents and tourists every year.


Rinpung Dzong
 
 
Day 13 Paro--Kathmandu

Paro Street View: Wander in Paro Town. You will find the local people live leisurely and in harmony with natures
 

Late, we will take the flight back to Kathmandu
 
 
Day 14 Kathmandu Departure

You will be transferred to the International airport and finish your trip here.



Service Included:




1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits

2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

3. Meals listed in the itinerary;

4. Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size;

5. Knowledgeable English-speaking guide

6. Accommodations: Comfortable Hotel

7. Service Charge & Government Taxes

8. Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

9. Welcome Dinner when group members meet in Lhasa

10. Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on appointed time.

11. Drinking water Provided during the trip

12. Tourist accident/casualty insurance
 
 

Service Excluded:



1. International flight to and out of China

2. Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (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.)

3. Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-10 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

4. Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 2-7 USD/day in total

5. 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.
 
 

Note: 



Above tour cost does not include single room supplement, for single traveler who doesn’t want to share room with other tourists (same gender in most cases) is required to pay single room supplement.

 
 

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