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TRANS HIMALAYAN JOURNEY [VAIBNTT21]


 

Discover diverse Himalayan civilization through this magnificent journey from lowlands of Ganges to one of the highest cities in the world- Lhasa. An epic journey begins in historic India to traveler’s Mecca Nepal to Medieval streets of Bhutan and ends in spiritual air of Tibet.

 

India

India

 

 

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Day 1

Upon arrival at the Delhi airport, you will be transfered to your hotel. After refreshment, we stroll through traditional bazaars as well as historic and monumental sites in Delhi. Overnight at Delhi hotel.

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Day 2

Today after breakfast visit Laxmi Narayan Temple and Giant Shiva Statue and drive to Jaipur. In the evening stroll around Jaipur Bazar and Hawa Mahal. Overnight in Jaipur.

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Day 3

After breakfast drive to Amber fort. Enjoy an Elephant Ride while going up the fort. In the afternoon, have a half day city tour of Jaipur. Places to visit include:  City Palace,  Jantar Mantar,  Hawa Mahal (From out side only). Overnight at the Hotel.

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Day 4

After Breakfast drive to Agra. Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Agra was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. It is very easy to slip away here through the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the Mughal court.  En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, "the Ghost City” which lies west of Agra. From here commence drive to Agra. On arrival check into the hotel.  Evening is free to explore the local markets of Agra. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5

Early morning visit The Monument of Love – Taj Mahal (TAJ MAHAL REMAINS CLOSED ON EVERY FRIDAY). After the visit, return back to the hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Delhi,  The red fort,  The Itmad-ul-daulah,  Sikandra. After visit commence drive to Delhi for overnight.

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Day 6

After breakfast full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In addition to its Historic interest and role as the Government center, Delhi is a major travel gateway. It is one of India’s busiest entrance points for overseas airlines, the hub of the North Indian travel network and a stop on the overland route across Asia. Places to visit are Red Fort (Closed on Every Monday),  Raj Ghat,  Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate.  Drive past the Government building lining the Jan Path. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 7
Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Upon our arrival, complete custom formalities and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum, the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels" and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Our next visit would be the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day, Mt. Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314m can be seen. Overnight in Paro.
 

 

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Day 8

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (8th century Indian saint) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on the way. In the afternoon drive 2hrs to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. In the evening we explore the town and absorb the lifestyle of the locals. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

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Day 9

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, 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. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, Overnight in Punakha.

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Day 10

After breakfast, drive back to Paro via Dochula pass. At this juncture visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country, with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. We will stop at Thimphu for lunch and continue to Paro. In the evening, we can stroll through Paro town. Overnight in Paro.

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Day 11

AM Arrive Kathmandu from a scenic flight from Paro. Upon arrival checkin at the hotel and srive to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. Overnight in Bhaktapur.

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Day 12

After breakfast drive to Changu Narayan Temple,the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley which was built in 4th century A.D. The main attraction of this temple is the image of Vishnu with Ten Hand and Ten Arms. Changunarayan is in the list of UNESCO. After exploring the temple, hike approx 4-5 hours to Nagarkot at an elevation of (2175m/7136ft) and weather permits enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset views over the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Mt  Everest. Overnight hotel.

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Day 13

Early rise to enjoy the sunrise view in the himalayas from Nagarkot view point and after breakfast drive back for full day sightseeing of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

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Day 14

After morning breakfast start our journey along the Friendship Highway for the Tibet border. After customs and immigration formalities 30 minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities have to be completed and further drive 1hour through scenic views to Nylam. Overnight in Nylam.

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Day 15

After breakfast drive to Tingri. On the way cross two spectacular passes: Nyalam pass (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft) which offers fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8848m/29,028 ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m/27,761 ft) and more. Overnight at hotel in Lotingri/Old Tingri.

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Day 16

After breakfast an easy and short drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet from where one can enjoy the unique view of Mt. Everest also known as Mount Quomolangma in the Tibetan side. It's certainly a great experience to be face to face with the greatest mountain on earth. Explore around the Everest base camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are more than compensating. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Overnight in Rongbuk.

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Day 17

Visit Sakya Monastery, the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), also the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, means "Grey Soil" in Tibetan. The monastery represents the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In the evening. we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight in Xigatse.

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Day 18

Early morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery. After breakfast approx 2 hours drive to Gyantse and visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. From Gyantse continue to Lhasa: cross the Karo La (5010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and lake Yamdrok Tso(Turquoise Lake) further cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa.

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Day 19

After breakfast, guided sightseeing 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. Explore 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. Stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight hotel.

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Day 20

 After breakfast visit 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 visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where one can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. Overnight hotel


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

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Day 21

After breakfast ariport/train station departure transfer will be provided to board your onward destination.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Country
India
Type of trip
overland tours
Trip Length
21 days
Maximum Elevation
Grade
Easy or Easy
Season
Highlights
Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan
Price
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