Himalayan Jewels of South Asia

 
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Duration: 25 Days

Country: Bhutan

 

Experience the Himalayan nation in one package - Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling where you be amazed at the stunning mountainous landscapes along with exploring the rich cultural heritage sites.

This 25 days long journey covers sightseeing world heritage site of Kathmandu - the Pashupatinath temple (scared pilgrimage of Hindus where you get to explore the religious and spiritual practices), the Swayambhunath temple (also recognized as monkey temple), the Boudhanath stupa (largest stupa in South Asia) and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Plus we explore the typical Nepali culture within the tour.

Next, we take an airstrip to Tibet (Lhasa) and visit the magnificent Potala Palace - constructed in the 17th century. This palace was home to the well-known renowned spiritualist - Dalai Lama. From the top of this palace, one gets the full views of the entire city. We next visit the Norbulingka palace, museum of Tibet to find lots of ancient artifacts, and then visit several monasteries like Sera and Drepung monasteries, Jokhang Temple. From here, we drive to Gyantse passing several passes like the Khamba La pass (4794 m) and Karo La pass (5045 m) sideways viewing the lovely glaciers.

There we will be visiting several monasteries, chortens, and visit the Gyantse Dzong and then drive to the second largest city of Tibet i.e. Shigatse. After exploring and visiting several monasteries, we then drive to Shegar and head to the Everest Base Camp which is the central highlight of this journey. From EBC, we are rewarded with the spectacular views of the Himalayas like the highest peak Everest and more. Next, we drive to Rongbuk and visit the biggest monastery i.e. Rongbuk monastery.

In Bhutan, we will explore Thimpu by visiting several Dzongs, hiking to the well-known monastery - Taktsang monastery (also called as Tiger Nest Monastery), visit several heritage museums, and also explore the art school. Next, we drive to Punakha where we get the spectacular Himalayan views and then drive to the beautiful village - Gangtey surrounded by splendid snowcapped peaks. We then drive back to Punakha.

Next, we will drive to Phuentsholing and make our way to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is very famous for the tea gardens and on the way we get to see beautiful tea garden plantation all over. Next, we head to the Tiger Hill to view the beautiful sunrise view and explore other areas of Darjeeling. Our nex drive would be Sikkim. Here we visit the well-known monasteries and most visited known as Enchey Gompa. As for sightseeing Sikkim, we drive to Martam and on the way, we will be visiting a popular Gompa -  known as Rumtek Gompa. From Martam, we head to Kalimpong. We roam around Kalimpong by visiting several temples, etc. and finally drive to Bagdogra airport to fly back to our destination.

This Himalayan jewels of south Asia get you explore the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas and many attractions in one singular package. This tour can be delighted all year around but we Accent Himalaya suggest spring and fall for relishing more out of this trip. For more information about the how about of this trip, please feel free to email or contact us.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft): 1 hour 15 minutes

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5 - 6 hours

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours

Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6 hours

Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours

Day 08: Shigatse to Shegar (4,190m/13,746ft) via Sakya Monastery: 274 km, 4-5 hours

Day 09: Shegar to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft): 85km, 3-4 hours

Day 10: Rongbuk to The Last Resort: 281 km, 6-7 hours

Day 11: Adventure activities then drive to Kathmandu: 100km, 3-4 hours

Day 12: Kathmandu valley: sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur

Day 13: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 1 hour

Day 14: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft) 54 km, 1 hour: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 15: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Day 16: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Day 17: Punaka to Gangtey and back to Punakha: 164 km, 5-6 hours

Day 18: Punakha to Phuentsholing (293m/961ft): 234 km, 7-8 hours

Day 19: Phuentsholing to Darjeeling (2,050m/6,710 ft.) 210km, 5-6 hours

Day 20: Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Day 21: Darjeeling to Gangtok (Sikkim) (1,700m/5,600ft): 115 km, 4 hours

Day 22: Gangtok to Martam (1,450m/4,428 ft.): 125km, 2 hours

Day 23: Martam to Kalimpong (1247m/4,100 ft.): 90 km, 4 hours

Day 24: Sightseeing in Kalimpong

Day 25: Final Departure

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Pickup and drop from airport and hotel(s)
  • All accommodations on twin-shared basis
  • Ground transportation in comfortable private vehicle
  • All meals in Bhutan and India
  • Breakfast only in Nepal and Tibet
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All sightseeing fees including entrance fees for visits to museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Tibet travel permit
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • Company services and all government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Chinese visa fee
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Indian visa fee
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal and Tibet
  • Activity in the Last resort
  • Extra night accommodation if needed
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Toy Train Ride in Darjeeling
  • Tips for guides and drivers
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