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24 days Nepal Tibet Bhutan India Tour [VANTBIT24]


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Day 1

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

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Day 2

The day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) from where you will see beautiful view of Kathmandu valley, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, and Bouddhanath Stupa, which is the second biggest Stupa of the world . After returning back to the hotel, you will make some preparation for next day's journey to Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 3

You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Overnight hotel.

Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today. 

 
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Day 4

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 in 1956, 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 5

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 inside the Potala palace every day, the order ofsightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide

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Day 6

Moving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views ofYamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

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Day 7

Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After exploring Gyantse, you take a 90 km drive and arrive at Xhigatse,(3900m) the second largest Tibetan city.Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Xhigatse.

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Day 8

Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar. At Shegar, you will be accommodated at the guest house.

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Day 9

Away from Shegar, you will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the drive you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. You have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.Overnight accommodation at a guest house.

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Day 10

You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter.

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Day 11

A few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi river brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu. After driving 5 hours for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.

 

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Day 12

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft) that offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range of Nepal including the Mt. Everest. On arrival, representative will pick you up and transfer to the hotel for a short rest and lunch. Later the day, you will explore around the Paro valley, visit one of the strategic but ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong. From here, on a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. You will continue through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

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Day 13

After breakfast, you will hike approx 1-2 hrs to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Druk Yul most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Then drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu

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Day 14

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama's wooden phallus! After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, Overnight in Punakha.

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Day 15

After breakfast, we drive 12km north of Punakha Valley and from the road point, we will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, located on a beautiful hillock overlooking the villages. It contains elaborate paintings dedicated to old sect of Buddhism. After lunch, we will drive to Thimphu via Dochu la. Overnight in Thimphu.

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Day 17

Today, we take a 6 hour drive from Thimphu to Phuentsholing, the border town with India. The Highway is considered to be the the lifeline of Bhutanese economy. Hence, it is the most heavily trafficked road of Bhutan. There may be traffic jams that may last upto hours. Still, it's a scenic drive from the hills to the plains along a hair-raising mountain roads. Overnight in Phuntsholing.

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Day 16

Today, we visit the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, and the zoo. The zoo contains the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. From there we visit the nunnery temple, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, we make excursion around Folk Heritage Museum, traditional paper factory, majestic Tashichhodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakyamuni in the world. In the evening, we can stroll through downtown Thimphu and absorb the life style of the people there. Overnight in Thimphu.

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Day 18

Today, we drive for Darjeeling. On the way we complete the boarder formalities.  Our drive to Darjeeling passes through the doors, through deep forests criss-crossed at many points by the Tista and other rivers. On the way, we pass through the vast plains with tea plantations and enjoy being among the vast Tea fields. From the plains, we climb to the hilly Darjeeling region via Ghoom and along the famous narrogaze steam engine railway. Overnight in Darjeeling.

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Day 19

 After breakfast walk to the  Darjeeling Railway Station for  appox 2-hour toy train joy ride. It's a round trip from Darjeeling up to Ghoom, 2nd highest altitude station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Rail track. It's at an altitude of 2225.7 meters (7407 ft) and back. The train stops for 10 minutes at Batasia loop and 30 minutes at Ghoom Museum. After the classic ride we explore the nearby Tea Garden. Visit the factory and if possible see process of manufacturing tea, interact with the people around and take a walk around the garden village to interact with the locals and back to the town.Overnight hotel.

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Day 20

After the excursion within Darjeeling,  we take a 4-5 hrs drive (105 km) to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. First we make a steep descent through the tea plantations and forests. On the way, we complete the formalities at the Tista Bridge, the entry point of Sikkim and climb towards Gangtok for overnight.

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Day 21

This morning start for a half day trip of Gangtok city covering Banzakhri Falls, Cottage Industry and Handicraft Centre, Flower show, Dro-dul Chorten & Institute of Tibetology (maximum 3-4 hours). Afternoon drive to Pelling (6,100 ft.)beautiful small town perched on the top of a hill and commanding a majestic view of the Khangchendzonga massif.On arrival check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Pelling.

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Day 22

Drive approx 5-6 hours from Pelling to Bhadrapur Airport for onwards connection and flight back to Kathmandu.

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Day 23

Day at leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel

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Day 24

You will be provided airport transfer to board your onward flight.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Country
Bhutan
Type of trip
overland tours
Trip Length
24 days
Maximum Elevation
5220m 17126ft
Grade
Easy or Easy
Season
Apr – May / Sep – Dec
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Price
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