Sightseeing in Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet-9 days

Tour Highlights:

      •   Scenic flight from Paro to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Lhasa

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

      •   Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, Ta-Dzong and Historical Museum in Paro (Bhutan)

      •   Hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten (Bhutan)

      •   Visits to Monasteries, Painting School, museum and traditional paper factory in Thimpu (Bhutan)

      •   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

           •   2 Nights in Kathmandu

           •   3 Nights in Lhasa

           •   3 Nights in Paro

      •   8 Breakfast, 1 Dinner

      •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places

      •   An English speaking knowledgeable local tour guide in each country
      •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
      •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

You will be greeted by the representative of Eve Holidays at Paro Airport and will take you to the hotel. After lunch you will go for sightseeing to Rinpung Dong, Kichu Lakhang and Drugyal Jong

Day 02:  Explore the Paro valley and drive to Thimpu (2,320m/7,610ft)

Visit one of the ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong which is strategically located at the fort. The fort defended the valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. We will continue on through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong. The tower was housed into the National Museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. At the northern end of the valley Mt Chomolhari (7320m) reigns in snow capped glory. In the afternoon we drive 65 kms in 2 hours to Thimpu

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Explore Thimpu

Early morning we start for a city tour visiting Simtokha Dzong (17th century) which is the oldest Dzong in the country which stands on a lofty ridge at the end of the valley. It was built in the year 1627 and now houses the school for Buddhist studies. Then you will also visit a painting school, Centre of Traditional Medicines, BBS Tower, Thimphu zoo, SAARC Meeting Hall, Archery Ground, Changlimithang Stadium. In the afternoon you will visit the Tashichho Dzong on the bank of the river. It is the main Secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan and is also the summer residence of the monks.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04:  Fly from Paro to Kathmandu; Half day sightseeing and Chinese Visa Process

Today we fly from Paro to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel. And then we have half day tour to two of the World Heritage Sites.

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 05: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Patan Durbar Square 
Like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the centre of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.

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.

Boudhnath Stupa: 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.

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.

Day 06: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)
You will be transferred to airport for the flight to Lhasa, where you will be met by our representative. 

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

Day 07: 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 08: 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 09: Departure flight home

Meals: Breakfast

 

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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 20°C.

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. In Bhutan we provide Government approved hotels that are clean and well maintained with hot and cold water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. During Bhutan stay all the hot drinks and all meals are included in the trip price 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 Bhutan all hot drinks and all standard meals are inlcuded in the trip cost. In Tibet and India only the breakfast is included in trip cost and in Nepal, breakfast and two dinner (welcome and farewell) are included in the trip cost.

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.

 

Bhutan Visa
We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.

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
Only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments . In Bhutan there are only few ATM's for credit card (Master card / Maestro) . US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euro Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses. 1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 and 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today  NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency


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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