Holidays in Nepal and Tibet-17days

Tour Highlights:

   •   Visit to Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave and boating in Phewa Lake in Pokhara (Nepal)

   •   Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhu and Kathmandu Durbar Square (Nepal)

   •   Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

   •   Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (Tibet )

   •   Kumbum Stupa, Palkhor Monastery, Tashilunpo Monastery  and Free Market (Tibet)

 

Trip Cost Includes:

   •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
   •   Twin sharing accommodation in star hotels

           •   5 Nights in Kathmandu

           •   6 Nights in Tibet

           •   1 Night in Last Resort

           •   2 Nights in Chitwan

           •   2 Nights in Pokhara

   •   16 Breakfast,  4 Dinner, 2 Lunch
   •   Airfare from Kathmandu to Lhasa including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lhasa airport.

   •   All jungle activities in Chitwan National Park.

   •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places.
   •   Licensed English speaking knowledgeable local tour guides in both countries
   •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
   •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 02 : Kathmandu Tour
Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Patan and Bhaktapur 

Bhaktapur City: As that of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, this is the third medieval city-states in Kathmandu Valley which is home of medieval art and architecture. Located 14 kms east of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th Century. Bhaktapur has three major squares full of towering array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bupatindra Malla. The Nyatapola Temple, also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of Pagoda style and stands on five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures - two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Fly to Lhasa
You will be transferred to airport for the flight to Lhasa, where you will be met by our representative. The visits to Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple would be an awesome experience.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

Sera Monastery: 5km North of Lhasa, its setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by SakyaYeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.

Jokhang Temple: The oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet, it dates back to 639 to 647, construction initiated by king SongtsenGampo to house a Buddha image Akshobhya brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift from his Chinese wife Won Cheng in 641 A.D to King SongtsenGampo. The statue of Akshobhya being switched to Romoche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come to worship here and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of' the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivalled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.

Barkhor Street: The traditional lifestyle and appearance of Lhasa's Old City district are well preserved in Barkhore Street: The stone houses, and the man-laid stone roads, Barkhore Street is the commercial center in Tibet shops line one next to another. Here visitors can get everything Tibetan they could hope for, such as the prayer-wheels, the boots and hats, robes, and bags. Commodities made in India and Nepal can also be found here. There are many art galleries and stores for arts and crafts, which specialize in thankas. The thankas are paintings of Buddha. Brightly colored and vividly depicted. Artisans paint and sell thankas on the street.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

Day 06: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

Potala: The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. It is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m. Potala dominates the Lhasa skyline and as the residence of Dalai Lamas.

Drepung Monastery: The Drepung Monastery is one of the 3 biggest monasteries, located on the slope of Mt. Guopei, it is 10 km to the west of Lhasa. The Monastery is so big that it resembles a town. The Monastery consists of a number of grand chambers, and the Dalai Lama’s’ palaces. The Drepung Monastery used to nourish a lot of scholars of Buddhism in Tibet.

Norbhulingka: Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas is a short distance away in the western part of town; and in Lhasa’s low-lying surrounding hills are the important Gelungpa monasteries of Sera and Drepung. In the palace there are many splendid murals painted by a Fourteenth Dalai Lama's painter.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

Day 07: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse

Visit Kumbum Stupa & Palkhor Monastery

Drive about 7 hours to Gyantse via Kampa La pass (4794m),YamdrokTso (4482m) also known as Turquoise Lake covers 600 sq. km. and is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet. Crossing Karo La pass (5010m) & two other smaller passes we come to Gyantse.

Gyantse: The third most important city Gyantse is one of the least Chinese influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone.

KumbumStupa: It is one of the most revered and unusual architectural masterpieces. It was built in 1440 and is in the shape of a 108-sided mandala. Kumbum means 10,000 images. The Stupa raises over four symmetrical floors and is surmounted by a gold dome. The dome rises like a crown over four sets of eyes that gazes serenely out in the cardinal directions of the compass.

Phalkor Monastery: It was founded in 1418.It was designed by Newari architects from Nepal. The former has a special influence over Buddhism owing to its unity of Gelugpa, Sakyapa & Bhuton sect.

Overnight: Hotel in Gyantse

Meals: Breakfast

Day 08: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (2Hours)

Shigatse: It is the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of the traditional Tibetan province of Tsang.

Tashilunpo Monastery: It was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. This monastery is one of the few monasteries in Tibet that weathered the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution. This monastery houses the Maitreya Buddha statue weighing 275 Kg made of gold and 26 meters in height.

Free Market: The Market bustles with vendors offering a selection of practical and souvenir items that rival Lhasa’s Bharkhor market. The vendors here get very aggressive in sales so please be prepared.

Overnight: Hotel in Shigatse

Meals: Breakfast

Day 09: Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft): 355km, 8-9 hours

Day 10: Rongbuk to The Last Resort: 281 km, 6-7 hours

Day 11: Adventure activities then drive to Kathmandu: 100km, 3-4 hours

Day 12: Kathmandu to Chitwan (815m/2,674ft): Rafting in Trishuli River on the way

We drive to Chitwan, where we spend the next three nights. Chitwan is in the lowlands of Nepal, known as the 'terai'. The National Park comprises 932 square kilometres of sal and riverine forest and grassland. It is a magnificent and unspoilt jungle environment with a greater variety of wildlife than any other part of Nepal. 543 species of bird have been recorded and we should be able to spot many of these as well as some of the 43 species of mammals and reptiles including Indian Rhinocerous, Gharial Crocodile, Sambar, Mutjac Deer, Rhesus and Monkeys. There are also Tigers, Sloth Bears and Leopards in the park but these are rarely seen. During our stay we will be based at a simple lodge and will make excursions into the forest on foot and on elephant back. We also make trips along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodile and observing the abundant bird life.
Overnight: Lodge in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Activities in Chitwan National Park

Day 14: Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 134km, 4-5 hours

Day 15: Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 213km, 5-6 hours

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 17: Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

 

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The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August. So please email us your desired dates at info@eveholidays.com

 

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Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C to 34 °C  during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel.  Depending on the season and the country you are travelling to, the temperature could range from -15°C to 40°C.

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

Food.

In Nepal, all the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from. In Bhutan, local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.

In Tibet, there are small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. Your Tibetan guide will help you find a good place with reasonable price . You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant. While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available.

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable assuring comfortable journey. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. You will have a vehicle, an English speaking and local language speaking guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

Tibet Visa & Tibet Travelling Permit

Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travellers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Eve Holidays will arrange for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.

1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.

2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs to 11:30 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee.

3. Travellers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.

4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.

5.The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travellers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.

6. Travellers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet.

7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.

Communication

In all the four countries, telephones and Internet and international calls are readily available Phone calls can be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone. If you buy local  SIM cards of each country, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time from your own personal phone

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in these countries, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

Credit Cards
In Tibet, besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.

Tour Guides

We provide Licensed English speaking and local language speaking guide during your stay in each country

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 9841414582

 

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