Tibet – Famed Historical Cities

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14 Days
Apr-Nov
Moderate
5050m
Overview
  • A mesmerizing dramatic journey on the Trans-Himalayan highway dramatic landscapes, rich Buddhist culture.
  • Isolated rolling valleys, traditional villages, crossing of thrilling pass, enriched with flora. 
  • And fauna amidst the towering  peaks and breathe-taking views.

 

Introduction:
An adventurous journey which covers most of the best parts of Tibet. Truly a fabulous journey which offers awesomely beautiful rock formation, cascades and canyons slightly hidden under the thin mists. With numerous high passes with stunning views of the picturesque landscape,  rural villages, large meadows with nomad camps scattered all around the overland trip is one of the best in short duration.

Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime.

This leisure, short trip to Lhasa offers you an experience to be in the world’s highest plateau and observe the day to day life as it was for past centuries. Although at present, the city of Lhasa is a mixture of old and new, the new Lhasa is a modern town, having a network of streets, apartments, hotels and stores. The old city of Lhasa dates back to 6-7th centaury is round the Jorkhang temple, from here one can still see Lhasa of the old days with pilgrims, traders, people from all walks of life. In Lhasa,we will be visiting interesting places from the busy markets of Barkhor, monasteries, and the famed, magnificent Potala Palace which stands majestically over the Lhasa Valley.

A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape cast an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A sweeping panoramic flight over the mighty Himalayas includes the breathtaking views of Everest and Makalu.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang, 3,550m
Day 04: Drive to Samye Monastery and continue towards Lhasa 3,650m .
Day 05-06: In Lhasa for sightseeing at places of interest.
Day 07: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse, 3,950 m 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse, 3,900 m 2 hrs.
Day 09: At Shigatse.
Day 10: Drive to Lhasa, 3,650m.
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 12-13: In Kathmandu for independent activities.
Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m. 

 

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, regarding the trips, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal / Tibet.

 

 

Day 02: 

A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.

 

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

 

 

Day 03:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang (3,550m)

 

Fly from Kathmandu to Gongar Airport near Lhasa, if the weather is clear enough you can have the spectacular view of World’s highest peaks including Mount Everest.

Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to the International Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities (keep your pen-knife-lighter-matches and other sharp cutting items including scissors in the bigger baggage not in hand bags) board in the large Boeing 757 China Airline for the sweeping panoramic flight to Tibet, on arrival you will be received at the Gongar Airport by our Tibetan counterpart. After a great panoramic flight few hours drive to the Hotel at Tsedang. Tsedang, is 60 miles / 96 km east of the Gongar Airport, in a region of Southern Tibet known as Lhoka. Due to the relatively low elevation of the Yarlung Valley, which is almost 400 feet 120 metre lower than the Lhasa Valley. This is why we chose Tsedang on the very first day of this Tibet trip which is an ideal location to spend the day and to get acclimatize on this high altitude and getting in shape for the rest of the Tibet tour.

On reaching Tsedang transfer to Hotel Tsedang, afternoon tour of the ancient monastery and Yambu Lagang, the palace of Tibet’s first king and the oldest building in Tibet. Many of the historical sites and monasteries near Tsedang are now mostly in ruins or have disappeared. Ancient Tibetan legend belief is that near Yarlung Valley, there is one of the four most sacred peaks in Tibet. Near its summit is the cave where the Bodhisattava Chenriz, in the form of a monkey-king, mated with an ogress to create the first Tibetan people. The name Tsetang means “Playground” the place where offspring played.

 

 

Day 04:

Drive to Samye Monastery and continue towards Lhasa (3,650m).

 

Our tour begins after early breakfast in the Hotel. Our Tibetan guide will pick you for a short drive to Samye Monastery after an hour drive to the bank of the great river Yarlung Tsangpo (Bhramaputra) here we cross the river on a ferry which takes about twenty minutes on reaching the other side of the shore, we take a truck or whatever vehicle is available for a short ride to the Samye Monastery area.

Samye Monastery, this was the first monastery established in Tibet, located on the north bank of Yarlung Tsangpo river, south east of Lhasa. It was constructed by Padmasambhava (Guru Ringboche) and Santarakshita between A.D. 763 and 775 in the reign of King Dristen Detsen. The Samye monastery was modeled on the university of Odantapuri in India and was made on a plan representing the mount Sumeru(Rirab) which is considered the axis of universe. The four pagodas in white, blue, green and red represents the four worlds in the north, south, east and west of the universe. Smaller temples represents the island between the worlds. The main temple is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara (Chenresi). According to a legend, Padmasambhava magically compelled Tibetan demons to collect stones and wood each night for construction by men during day. The Nagas (serpent deities) procured the funds.

This famous monastery was the site of a major Buddhist council called “Council of Samye’ held there in 792-794, Two learned teachers, one from India and the other from China participated in the debate. India was represented by Kamlasila and China by Hashang. From Samye, after crossing this large river on a Ferry, Our tour continues with an overland scenic drive towards Lhasa.

 

 

Day 05-06:

In Lhasa – sightseeing tour

 

Guided tour in Lhasa in Lhasa, you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace, Sera or Drepung Monastery. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa. A completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilization. Will visit the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the cultural revolution but are now being rebuilt. We will also visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days.

 

 

Day 07:

Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m) 5-6 hrs

 

This is about five hours driving from Lhasa on the scenic route to Gyantse, the drive passes over the high Khamba-la at 4,900m and by the beautiful Yamdrok Tso (lake) and through small towns and rural villages before reaching Gyantse, the journey leads over the Karo-la pass at 5,050m with great close view of Nazong Kang Tsa Peak which is over 7,000m  and its ice fall close to the road, drive continues for another two hours to Gyantse for the overnight stop. On arrival transfer to Hotel Gyantse, time permitting  visit the Khumbum Stupa area or it can be done in the morning time before the drive to Shigatse.

 

 

Day 08:

Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) 2 hrs.

 

Today’s drive leads to the Tibet’s second largest city at Shigatse, the drive is about 90 k.m. driving distance which takes less than two hours. On reaching at Tibet’s second largest city transfer to the best available Hotel. The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable. Afternoon free an optional walk to the old market area.

 

 

Day 09:

At Shigatse.

 

In Shigatse, visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha).  Afternoon free for individual activities.

 

 

Day 10:

Drive to Lhasa (3,500m).

 

From Shigatse, today’s route will lead on the main Shigatse / Lhasa Highway which is much shorter than the previous route, the drive is more comfortable on the newly tarmac road, which takes only 3-4 hours to reach Lhasa. The last night in Tibet, with time for independent activities like shopping.

 

 

Day 11: 

Fly back to Kathmandu

 

Early morning as per the flight time less than two hours drive reaches you at Gongor Airport, on reaching the airport and after the custom and immigration formalities board on the plane for the panoramic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu.Reaching Kathmandu International airport our staff will receive you and transfer you back to the Hotel.

 

 

Day 12-13:

In Kathmandu.

 

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff or the office if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

 

 

Day 14:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

 

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Tibet for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
3. Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa.
4. Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu & Tibet as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
5. Internal flight Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu.
6. Transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
7. All applicable Travel Permit and Entry fees in Tibet.

Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal & Tibet entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Tibet Hotels.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
6. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
7. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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