Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan Tour..21 Days

Trip Introduction

Kathmandu is the capital and largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. This agglomerate consists Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core with its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur. It also includes the recently recognized urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, and Champapur. Banepa, Dhulikhel, and Panauti are satellite urban areas of Kathmandu located just outside the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is also known informally as "KTM" or the "tri-city".According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 975,453 inhabitants; and the agglomerate has a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants.The metropolitan city area is 50.67 square kilometers (19.56 sq m) and has a population density of 19,250 per km².

The city stands at an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped at the centre of Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains namely Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country consisting twelfth of Nepal's population.

During Rana and Shah Eras, the name "Nepal" referred only to the Kathmandu Valley; for the people who lived outside it. During this period, British historians called the valley itself "Nepal Proper". Today, Kathmandu is not only the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, but also the headquarters of the Central Development Region of Nepal. The Central Region comprises three zones: Bagmati, Narayani and Janakpur. Kathmandu is situated in the Bagmati Zone.

Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the nerve center of the country's economy. It has the most advanced infrastructure than any urban area in Nepal, and its economy is focused on tourism, which accounted for 3.8% of Nepal's GDP in 1995–96. (Tourism in Kathmandu declined thereafter during a period of political unrest, but since then has improved.)

08 Days Tibet, 07 Days Nepal & 05 Days Bhutan Tour- 21 Nights 22 Days

Destination: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Zangmu, Shegar, Shigatse, Gyangtse, Lhasa

Kathmandu is the capital and largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. This agglomerate consists Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core with its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur. It also includes the recently recognized urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, and Champapur. Banepa, Dhulikhel, and Panauti are satellite urban areas of Kathmandu located just outside the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is also known informally as "KTM" or the "tri-city".According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 975,453 inhabitants; and the agglomerate has a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants.The metropolitan city area is 50.67 square kilometers (19.56 sq m) and has a population density of 19,250 per km².

The city stands at an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped at the centre of Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains namely Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country consisting twelfth of Nepal's population.

During Rana and Shah Eras, the name "Nepal" referred only to the Kathmandu Valley; for the people who lived outside it. During this period, British historians called the valley itself "Nepal Proper". Today, Kathmandu is not only the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, but also the headquarters of the Central Development Region of Nepal. The Central Region comprises three zones: Bagmati, Narayani and Janakpur. Kathmandu is situated in the Bagmati Zone.

Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the nerve center of the country's economy. It has the most advanced infrastructure than any urban area in Nepal, and its economy is focused on tourism, which accounted for 3.8% of Nepal's GDP in 1995–96. (Tourism in Kathmandu declined thereafter during a period of political unrest, but since then has improved.)

ITINERARY

DAY 01 - KATHMANDU

Guest will be received at airport upon arrival by “Getaway” members. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is political and cultural heart of the Kingdom as well. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities, Patan and Kathmandu. Guest will be taken to booked hotels for overnight stay.

DAY 02 – KATHMANDU

On the second day morning you will be taken for a visit to, respected Pashupatinath temple where you will encounter the hindu culture of this country. This is the place where holy saddhus pray and also cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. We then continue our journey to the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture observation in Nepal, The Bouddhanath. With its large stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. After completion of these two spots, you will be taken for a visit to Patan also known as Lalitpur which is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan's central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan refugee center, home to most of the valley's Tibetan population.  While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate.  For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. You will then go to Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century, Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags. It crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.

DAY 03 – KATHMANDU to POKHARA

We will move towards Pokhara by flight from Kathmandu which will take 30 minutes. Assistance will be provided by hotel coach in reaching Pokhara who will then transfer you to Hotel. If the weather favors a splendid view can be seen from the Hotel you are in as well. During evening you free to stroll around the lakeside. Overnight you will be at your comfortable hotel room.

DAY 04 – POKHARA

This morning you will go for an excursion trip to Sarangkot. The village of Sarangkot (1590 m) is situated on the top of a hillock just north of Phewa Lake. One gets to see striking views of sunrise and sunset from Sarangkot as the sun splashes red hues on the Himalayan range. On a clear day, the panoramic ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal can be observed from here.

On afternoon you will visit Bindebasini Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara which was a part of Kaski Kingdom and the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple. Sightseeing to Devi’s fall, also known as Patale Chango is an awesome waterfall lying 2 km southwest of Pokhara. During summer and rainy season, the waterfall takes its real form, with gushing water splashing and making its way through the rocks. Just opposite of Devi’s fall, on the other side of the road, there is Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the cave.

DAY 05 – POKHARA to CHITWAN

On this day we will drive towards Chitwan which is 180 Km far and takes 04 hours from Pokhara. Chitwan is one of Asia's premier wildlife reserves.  Its 360 square miles of tall grasslands and forests are home to a wide variety of mammals and birds, including several endangered species. You will spend your night at hotel.

DAY 06 – CHITWAN  

You can enjoy Jungle observation at Chitwan National park on this day,the Elephant Safari in the jungles being the highlight. Other activities are Canoeing, Dugout canoe, Nature Walk and Bird Watching. Also experience walking through the forests with naturalists and watch the Native folk dances of the Terai.

DAY 07 – CHITWAN to KATHMANDU

We will return back to Kathmandu from Bharatpur Airport in Chitwan. Our tour members will be taking you to your hotels from Kathmandu Airport. You can wander leisurely around Kathmandu during evening time if you wish.

DAY 7: KATHMANDU to ZANGMU (2500 M)

Our trip will leave Kathmandu for Kodari (Nepal - Tibet Border) by bus or car. The 115 Kms highway takes 6 hours by bus or car to cross Friendship Bridge.After then we will walk 2 hours uphill to Zhangmu for custom and immigration formalities. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Zhangmu.

DAY 8: ZHANGMU to SHEGAR (4350 M)

After 2 ½ hrs drive we will reach Nyalam Pass (3800 m) and then after another 2 hours is needed to arrive on Lalung La (5050 m). From this pass we descend to shegar after driving 4 hrs.

DAY 9: SHEGAR to SHIGATSE (3900M)

A full day long drive via Lhatse 3 hrs from shegar is required to cross Lhakpa - La (pass) 5220 m. Sakya Monastery  from 2 ½ hrs detour .26 kms from the main road my be possible  to visit if time  available from two and half hour detour.

DAY 10: SHIGATSE to GYANGTSE (3950)

Our trip members will visit in the morning the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama and later the market on this day. After lunch we will drive 2 pleasant hours to Gyangtse. On the route we will also visit Shalu Monastery , Guyangtse , a historical town, 264 km at southwest of Lhasa. We will also see Gyangtse fort and the Khumbm Stupa.

DAY 11: GYANGTSE to LHASA (3650 M)

From Gyangtse  we will  cross karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794 m) then descend to yamdrok Tso ( Lake) after that we will cross the Tsangpo ( Brahamputtra River) to arrive Lhasa which will take us an eight hour.Here we will stay for three nights.

Day 12: LHASA

We will visit Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor Market. Our group will also see sera & Drepung Monasteries.

DAY 13: LHASA to KATHMANDU

On this day we will bid Good bye to Lhasa and drive to airport for 2 hrs away. Fly out to Kathmandu or to your onward destination.

Day 14: KATHMANDU-PARO to THIMPU

We will board a flight to Paro Bhutan, our starting point of Bhutan Travel from Kathmandu. As we drive spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks rise higher and higher on our way to Thimpu. The modern capital of Bhutan, built on lands dominated by the 400 yr. old Tashicko Dzong, Taktsang Monastery. It is also known as Tiger's Nest at 9000ft. at the edge of a precipice. Sightseeing of Thimpu valley: Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Handmade Paper Factory and Handicrafts Emporium. At night you will be staying at Thimphu hotel.

Day 15: THIMPU to PUNAKHA

After breakfast, we will attend the great Thimphu festival, "Tsechu", in the courtyard of Tashichhodzong, the fortress palace that houses the central monastic body and the government. After lunch our trip wil proceed for Punakha across Dochu La pass (3,050 m) with stunning scenery of the Himalayan ranges. Overnight stay will be at Punakha.

Day 16: PUNAKHA - WANGDUE - GANGTEY to PHOBJIKA

After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong and Wangdue Phodrang celebrating budhist festivalDzong. After lunch proceed for Gangtey. Evening time will be free for you to explore the valley of Phobjikha. We will spend our night at Gantey.

Day 17: THIMPU to PARO

At morning we will visit the weekend farmers' market before proceeding for Paro and also visit Simtokha Dzong, excursion to visit the Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger's Nest at 9,000 ft. at the edge of a precipice which can be reached by horse on the route. After lunch visit Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta-Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and Paro's market. Overnight stay will be organized in Paro.

DAY 18: PARO- NEW DELHI or BANGKOK or SINGAPORE.

Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight; you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.

 

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Trip Information

Price start from : $ 2500

Activities:

Cultural Tour & Wild Life Safari

Accommodation:

Hotels and Resort

Trip Duration:

3 Weeks

Trip Grade:

Moderate

Altitude:

4500 Meters

Meals:

Bed and Breakfast

Transportation:

Private Bus/ Car

Group Size:

Min 2 Person

Best Month:

March-May and Sept-Nov

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