• Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Paro flight.

    Day 04: Paro to Thimpu.

    Day 05: Sightseeing in Thimpu.

    Day 06: Thimpu to Punakha.

    Day 07: Punakha to Paro.

    Day 08: Paro to Kathmandu flight.

    Day 09: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Bouddhanath Stupa/Pashupatinath Temple/Bhaktapur.

    Day 10: Kathmandu to Lhasa flight.

    Day 11: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Potala Palace/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Bazaar)

    Day 12: Drepung and Sera Monasteries.

    Day 13: Yamdrok Lake drive.

    Day 14: Lhasa to Kathmandu flight

    Day 15: Departure.

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

    • Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square.

    • Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is listed as UNESCO Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square comprises of palaces of the then Royal family, ancient temples, courtyards and small alleys which date back to 12th and 18th You can find Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple (dedicated to Goddess Durga), residence of Kumari (a living goddess).
    • Our next stop is Swoyambhunath Stupa, which means “self-created”. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site. The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. The largest image of the Sakya   muni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjushri of Saraswati - the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the stupa complex.
    • From Swoyambhunath, we will head towards Patan for the tour of Patan Durbar Square, an UNESCO Heritage site. Patan is one of the three cities in Kathmandu valley which is famous for its fine arts. You can find Krishna Temple, Golden Temple along with other different temples and courtyards which surround the Palace area.
    • Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 03: Kathmandu – Paro flight.

    • Transfer to the Airport to fly Kathmandu – Paro. Arrive Paro airport.  After the visa formalities, you will be received by our Representative and escorted to the Hotel.  After a brief, rest and some refreshment at the hotel, you will visit the National Museum (Ta-dzong).  The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture, history and religion and is a very good introduction of Bhutan to the visitors.  Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”.  It was built in 1645 and today it serves as he administrative center and the school of the monks.  This dzong has many important temples where one can meditate for hours.  Visit the Drugyal Dzong, a ruined fortress situated 16 Kms north of Paro town.  Although in ruins today, this fortress (dzong) holds great historical significance for Bhutan as it was from this very fortress, the Bhutanese managed to repel many attempts of invasion by the Tiber army in the old days.  From this point you can also get an excellent view of the tip of Mt. Chomolhari, the mountain of Goddess (alt 7329 m) on a clear day.  Visit the Dungtse Lhakhang, Kichu Temple, this temple is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo sometime during the 7th century to spread Buddhism in the region. Evening, take a leisurely stroll in the Paro town.  Overnight at Hotel in Paro.

    Day 04: Paro to Thimpu.

    • Drive to Thimphu (65 Kms) and the drive takes about 2 hours). On the way stop at Semtokha and visit the Semtokha dzong.  Semtokha dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629.  Today it houses the school for the monks and the Institute for language and culture.  Full day Thimphu sightseeing. At Thimphu, visit the Memorian Chorten, the National Library, the Painting and Arts school, the National Textile Museum, the Folk heritage museum, the handicrafts emporium and the Sangyegang view point.  On the way back from the view point, visit the Takin Sanctuary (Takin is the national Animal of Bhutan).  In the evening, visit the Tashicho Dzong, the main secretariat building which houses the office of the King of Bhutan and the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.  The Dzong also has many beautiful temples which can be visited. Overnight at Hotel in Thimpu.

    Day 05: Sightseeing in Thimpu

    • Full day Thimphu sightseeing. Visit the Changankha Monastery, a 16 century temple overlooking Thimphu valley, the Zilukha nunnery temple, the only nunnery temple in Thimphu. Also visit the Kesang weaving center, a private weaving center which is very interesting to visit and also do some Bhutanese textile shopping.  Visit the Bhutanese paper making unit and the traditional Gold and Silver smith unit.  Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 06: Thimpu to Punakha drive.

    • After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha (77 Kms and the drive takes about 3 hours). On the way, stop at Dochula pass (3120 m).  Stop at the pass to visit the beautiful 108 stupas which are built in the center of the pass and if the weather is clear you can also view the most beautiful view of the entire Estern Himalayan Mountain ranges.  On reaching Punakha visit the Punakha Dzong, take a short hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yule Namgyel monastery and drive to Wangdi Phodrang (13 kms away) and visit the Wangdi Phodrang dzong.  If time permits also visit the Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the divine madman, Lam Drukpa Kuenley known as the temple of fertility.  It is believed that couples who do not have children if the pray at this temple for a child; they are usually blessed with a child very soon.  Overnight at Hotel in Punakha.

    Day 07: Punakha to Paro drive.

    • After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Wangdi Phodrang (13 Kms away and the drive takes about 20 minutes) and visit the Wangdi Phodrang dzong and its small town. Visit the Rinchengang village in Wangdi.  This is a very interesting village where all the houses are clustered close to each other like the villages in Tibet.  You can visit and explore some local farm houses here.  Lunch and drive to Paro (145 Kms and the drive takes about 4 hours.  Overnight at hotel in Paro

     Day 08: Paro to Kathmandu flight.

    • Transfer to airport to fly Paro – Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 09: Sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

    • Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa. Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.
    • Drive to Pashupatinath Temple from Bouddhanath Stupa. Pashupatinath temple is one of the biggest Hindu temples and dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Here you can witness cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple.
    • Our next stop is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is also an UNESCO Heritage site. Bhaktapur or "the City of Devotees" still retains the medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated with myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. At the Durbar Square, you can find Nyatapole Temple (dedicated to Goddess Durga), Dattatraya Temple, 55 windows Palace, Golden gate among other monuments.
    • Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 10: Kathmandu to Lhasa flight.

    • After breakfast departure transfer to connect Lhasa flight. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel, about 70km, 1 hour  drive. Independent time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. Lhasa - means holy land in Tibetan. Located on the northern bank of Lhasa River, a tributary of Yarlungtsanpo River, it is 3,650 meters above sea level. It is the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is a political, economic and cultural center of the region. It boasts many historical sites and scenic spots both in its urban areas and outskirts.
    • Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 11: Sightseeing of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar.

    • Breakfast in the hotel. Potala Palace is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. This symbol of Tibet, an architectural gem built in the colossal monastic style of Central Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa, the fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300m above the valley atop the hill called Marpo Ri. The thousand rooms in Potala date from 1645 when the fifth Dalai Lama began erecting a palace that would serve as a sacred and administrative center. It served many succeeding Dalai Lamas and as one of Tibet‚s most impressive and enduring monuments.
    • Jokhang Temple is in the heart of old Lhasa, most sacred temples in Tibet established in 7th century by King Songtsen Gempo, the King who brought Buddhism to Tibet.
    • Barkhor Bazaar is the market place where everything is available, also good for people watching. Tibetans spin prayer wheels and shop as they circumambulate. Good for shopping everything from trinkets to tantric ritual objects.
    • Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 12: Sightseeing of Drepung, Sera and Norbulingka Monasteries

    • Breakfast in the hotel. Drepung, one of the world's largest monasteries was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “Rice Mountain,” after the famous and very large Danayakataka Stupa in South India where Buddha originally taught the Kalachakra Tantra. Prior to 1959 Drepung ranked as Tibet's largest monastery, sometimes with a population exceeding 10,000 monks. It also served as the residence of the early Dalai Lamas, until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. The second and third and the fourth Dalai Lama lived and were entombed here. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts. We will walk down to Nechung Monastery and drive to Lhasa for lunch.
    • In the afternoon, drive to Sera monastery, the 15th century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls is situated on a mountain slope, few miles north of Lhasa city. This monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. Sera was hard hit during the cultural revolution owing to its resident's active participation in the 1959 uprising. The highlight of the visit to Sera would be to witness the monks debating out in the courtyard.
    • Norbulingka is the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama. The 8th Dalai Lama  designated it as a summer retreat but the majority of the buildings were not erected until the reigns of 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas. Every year as the chill air warmed, the Dalai Lama would leave Potala in a grand procession for six months residence in the Norbulingkha. It is worth a visit and the park is a great place to be at festival times and public Holidays.
    • Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 13: Yamdrok Lake drive.

    • Drive to Yamdrok Tso (lake) also known as Turquoise lake is situated in the Lhoka area, covers 621 square km at elevation of 4441M and is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake; time for photo opportunity and short walk. 

    Day 14: Lhasa to Kathmandu flight.

    • Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Gonggar airport for flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu upon arrival. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 15: Departure

    • Breakfast at the hotel. On time transfer to the airport in Kathmandu for flight to onward destination.

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