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15 Days Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour [VABNTT15]


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Day 1

Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, we will be hosted at Paro by spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga including the sacred Bhutan peaks such as Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. Upon our arrival, we will be greeted by our representative to escort us to hotel. In the very afternoon, we can visit the Paro Dzong built in 1646, and religious institutions around Paro valley. We also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Then onwards, we travel to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. In the evening, we stroll through the Paro town. Ovrnight hotel.

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Day 2

After breakfast we hike for Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, perched on the edge of a steep cliff about 900m above the Paro Valley. It is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180m where Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate inside the cave of Taktsang Monastery. At this spiritual junction we have our lunch at a Cafeteria before hiking down to the Paro valley. From the valley we drive for Thimphu, the cultural capital of Bhutan.

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Day 3

After breakfast we visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo. Along with these sites, we also visit at nunnery temple, National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and School of Arts and Crafts. After lunch, we drive to Punakha with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters) where on a clear day we can sip spectacular views of the Himalayas. While driving to downhill for Punakha we encounter with forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. At this juncture, we visit at stunning Punakha Dzong.

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Day 4

After breakfast, we drive back to Paro. On the way back we visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. We do not miss the opportunity to receive blessings from the Lama`s wooden phallus. Upon our refreshing lunch in Thimphu we make our short excursion at National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Majestic Tashichhodzong. Later in the evening, we again drive for Paro.

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Day 5

AM Arrive Kathmandu from a scenic flight from Paro and explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit Basantapur Durbar Square, palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom, Pashupatinath temple, houses a sacred phallic symbol of Lord Shiva, and the Buddhists shrine at Boudhanath, the largest stupas in the world. Overnight hotel.

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Day 6

After breakfast we drive for Chitwan for approx 5 hours. While in drive we descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. Upon arrival at the lodge in Chitwan, we will get refreshed and briefed about full nature programs by our nature guide. In Chitwan, we walk within the village area and go on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, we will be hosted with dinner and cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums.Overnight at the jungle lodge.

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Day 7

The Chitwan National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. We are further sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat. The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, Gangetic dolphin, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles. We can do a number of activities here which include elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip and elephant bathing. Overnight atthe jungle lodge.

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Day 8

Upon the completion of brief tour to Chitwan, we drive for Pokhara for approx 5 hours. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful places on earth offering magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others along with numerous lakes. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking in the Annapurna Region. Upon reaching in Pokhara we will make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara's marketplaces, old bazaars, and landmarks. In the evening, we further explore the surrounding lakeside areas.Overnight hotel.

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Day 9

Early morning we drive to the Sarangkot Hill to have the sunrise views over the Himalayas. Around afternoon, we fly to Kathmandu and the rest of the day prepare for the next adventure trip to Tibet. Overnight hotel.

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Day 10

Our 1 hour 10 minutes Trans Himalayan Flight to Lhasa will be one of the most beautiful flights in the world that takes us over Everest (8848m) and Kanchenjunga (8536m). After the completion of few immigration formalities, our Tibetan guide will escort us a 1.5-hour drive at an altitude of 3,650m/12008ft to Lhasa. We will rest in Lhasa to minimize Lhasa's altitude sickness. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 11

After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day's program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.  You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. 

Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day's tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel. 

 

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Day 12

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day's tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.

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Day 13

Today you will be taken on an excursion to one of the most beautiful places in Tibet, the Namtso Lake.  In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is one among the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso lake is at an altitude of 4720 m. It covers a vast area of about 757 square miles. The crystal-clear water of this lake and the scenic beauty of its surrounding are sure to leave you spellbound.

 
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Day 14

Today you will be taken to two very famous monasteries, Ganden and Tsurpu. Ganden monastery was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelupka (Yellow Hat) sect.  This monastery is the first Gelug monastery in Tibet. It lays 57 km east of Lhasa .

Besides its typical Tibetan style, it is three times as large as Potala Palace. The Tsurpu monastery situated at an altitude of 4300m has a history of 800years. Located high in the tributary of the Tolung Valley, the huge temples and chanting halls of Tsurphu monastery has been rebuilt from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution.

 
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Day 15

After breakfast, transfer to the Gongkar Airport to board onward flight.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Country
Bhutan
Type of trip
overland tours
Trip Length
15 days
Maximum Elevation
3660m 12007ft
Grade
Easy or Easy
Season
Apr – May
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Price
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