Nepal Bhutan Tibet Cultural and Historical Tours

 
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Trip facts

Duration: 16 Days

Country: Nepal

 

This multi-tour is a 16-day tour for sightseeing the three Himalayan country - Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet in a single package to explore several famed landmarks, heritage sites, monasteries, temple and much more.

First, we will land to the last Shangri la - Bhutan where we will visit several dzongs and temples etc. We also hike to the well-known Taktsang monastery. In Nepal, we explore ancient heritage sites tour cities like Pokhara and Chitwan. In Tibet,( roof of the world) we will be touring to the beautiful Potala Palace, Tibetan museums, and Norbulinkha palace, and several monasteries.

This multi Himalayan kingdom sightseeing tour begins with a scenic flight to Paro from Kathmandu. On the air, you get the magnificent views of the Himalayas including Jichu Drake and Chomalhari. At Paro, we will be exploring by sightseeing the Ringpung Dzong, Kichulhagkhang, Drugyal Dzong. The next day, we hike to the famous Taktsang monastery. Next, we drive to Punakha and hike to reach Wangditse Gompa which takes about an hour.

From this point of gompa, we get the spectacular view of Tashicho Dzong. As we reach Thimpu, we will be sightseeing the memorial Chorten, zoo, handicraft industry, Tashi Dazong and meantime we will be wandering around the streets of Thimpu. The next day, we drive to Punakha and visit numerous monasteries and temples and the Punakha Dzong. The following day, we drive to Paro and before reaching Paro, we will be visiting some of the Chortens.

Next, we fly to Kathmandu and visit several heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Pashupatinath temple, the Swayambhunath temple and the Boudhanath stupa. Next, we drive to Chitwan and enjoy the elephant safari in the national park and sightsee some other places. The next day, we drive to Pokhara - which is one finest tourist destination and explore Pokhara by heading to Sarangkot to view the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and many other peaks. We then retrace back to Kathmandu.

Again the other day, we take a scenic flight to the roof of the world - Tibet where we get the magnificent views of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and other many Himalayan peaks from the air. The next day, we sightsee Tibet by visiting Potala Palace, the Norbulingka palace, and several Tibetan museums. The following day, we will be heading to visit the Ganden monastery and Drayerpa cave and lastly, we will be sightseeing by visiting numerous well-known temple, monasteries and wander around to the Barkhor Bazaar in Lhasa.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport of Kathmandu our representative of the Accent Himalaya will pick up from the airport and take us to the hotel. The room has been already booked so, you can go directly to your room and then you can relax and refreshed. If you want you can also visit the Accent Himalaya office which is in Thamel. In the evening the Accent Himalaya will be welcoming you by organizing a welcome dinner in the excellent Nepali restaurant which serves you the real Nepali cuisine which is very delicious and this will be the introduction of the Nepali food culture. We will be spending our night in Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Fly to paro from Kathmandu, sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

Today we take a scenic flight to Bhutan and during our flight we will be getting the picturesque view of the Himalayas including with the sacred peaks of Bhutan named Jumolhari and the Jichu Drake peak. As you reach the Bhutan airport our representative of the Accent Himalaya will welcome us and take us to the hotel. We will begin our tour by visiting the Ringpung Dzong which was constructed in 1646 and now this Dzong is the government offices of Paro. Next we will visit the ancient temple- Kichu Lhangkhang which was constructed in 1646. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 03: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Today after the breakfast we will be hiking to the notable monastery named Taktsang monastery also known as the Tiger nest monastery. We will be hiking approximately 4-5 hours as the monastery is located at 3,180 meter at the steep precarious cliff around 900 meter. Spiritual master- Guru Rimpoche had flown of the back of tigress back to meditate in this cave which now stands as Taktsang monastery in their language whereas in English known as tiger nest monastery. We will be having lunch at the cafeteria restaurant which is situated midway up to the mountain. Then exploring the monastery in depth we will hike down to the valley and drive to Thimpu. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 04: Hike to WangditseGompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning we will drive to BBS tower and then we will be hiking for 1 hour to reach the wangditse Gompa and on the way we will be enjoying the outstanding view of Tashi chho Dzong as well as we will be also viewing the Samtengling fort which was abode of the 4th king of Bhutan. After exploring the Gompa we will retrace back to Thimpu. On the way to Thimpu we will be visiting the mini zoo. After having our lunch we will be visiting the memorial chorten which was constructed in the memory of the late 3rd king who ruled the country from 1952 to 1972. . Next we will visit is nunnery temple, national library, traditional Tibetan medicine institute, museum, paper factory and the Tashi chho Dzong. In the evening hours we will be wandering the Thimpu streets. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours’ drive: Hike to Lungchutse Monastery

Today after the breakfast we will drive to Dochu La Pass which is at 3,100 meter and if the weather is clear we will get the fabulous view of Himalayas. We will then hiking for 2hours to reach Lungchutse monastery. We will be passing through verdant rhododendron forests. On the way we will be passing through vibrant colorful Buddhist prayer flags as well as viewing the Himalayas. After that we will retrace back to Dochu la pass. After having our lunch we will drive down the hemlock, rhododendron and fir forests. We will stop at Metshina village and from here we will be walking at least 20 minutes via rice fields and then we will reach at Chimi Lhangkhang we will explore the temple. We will spend our night in Punakha.

Day 06: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hrs.Drive: Hike to KhamsumYulleyNamgyalChorten

Today we will drive to the north of Punakha and start hiking for 2 hours to Khamsum Yulley namgyal chorten. This valley is situated at the striking hill called Ngezergang and this chorten include unique paintings devoted to the ancient sect of Buddhism. We will be hiking further and reach at Punakha and here we will be visiting second ancient and second largest Punakha Dzong which was constructed in 1637. Afternoon we will drive to Paro. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 07: Paro to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today after the breakfast we will take a flight to Kathmandu and landing at the airport we will head to the hotel and relax for awhile and then we will be sightseeing Kathmandu city by exploring some of the UNESCO world heritage sites which are Kathmandu Durbar square which reveals typical Newari Nepali arts and architecture. The earlier Malla king ruled over this country Nepal from 12th to 18th century. Next we will visit the Swambhunath temple also known as the monkey temple. Next will be Pashupatinath temple and the temple is located on the bank of the Baghmati river. After that we will explore the Boudhanath stupa- largest stupa of South Asia.

Day 08: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan (815 m/2,674 ft.):175km, 4-5 hours

Today after the breakfast we will be driving to Chitwan which is 175 km from Kathmandu. We will be driving downwards route on the bank of Trishuli River. Reaching at Chitwan we will check in into the hotel and our leader will be briefing about the activities. We will be walking on bank of the Rapti River enjoying the sunset view. In the evening hours we will enjoy our dinner with cultural dance program performed by the Tharu local people.

Day 09: Chitwan National Park

Early morning we will ride on Elephants back and head to the forests and enjoy viewing different wildlife animals of Chitwan. If we are lucky we might also get to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger but for sure we will witness one horned rhino, deer and variety of birds of National park. After that we will have breakfast and head to the Elephants staples and enjoy taking bath of elephants. In the afternoon time we will enjoy a canoe ride via the Rapti River and during our canoeing we will be observing crocodiles, Mugger, Gharial, dolphins and range of aquatic birds. We will be walking for awhile to the park and we will get to observe different kinds of flora and fauna of Chitwan national park. We will spend our night in Chitwan.

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara (910m/2986ft): 200km, 5 - 6 hours

Today after the breakfast we will be leaving Chitwan and head to the Beautiful Pokhara city even called as city of lake. During our drive we will be passing dense sub tropical jungles and vegetation of Chitwan as we cross the Chitwan district the scenery changes where we will start getting view of hills, terraced fields and few settlements. When we arrive at Pokhara we will be rewarded with the stunning view of Himalayas as well as the range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Machapuchre peaks. After that we will check in into the hotel and relax at the hotel. In the evening we will be wandering around the Pokhara city. We will spend our night in Pokhara.

Day 11: Sunrise views from Sarangkot Hill, fly to Kathmandu

Today early morning we will be hiking to Sarangkot hill and enjoy the sunrise view including with the range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain. We will start our hiking from Naudanda and head to the sarangkot. We will be spend some time in Sarangkot and enjoy the view of sunrise with several snowcapped peaks. From this hill even the Pokhara city and the Phewa Lake can be spot. We will retrace back to Pokhara city and take a flight to Kathmandu. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft): 1 hour

Today early morning we will take a flight to Tibet- Lhasa. During our flight to Lhasa we will get the pictorial view of Everest, Kanchenjunga including with several peaks and glaciers. When we land at Lhasa our representative of the Accent Himalaya will be already there and then they will greet you and take you to the hotel. Today we will not start our tour as today we will be relaxing as well as adapt the altitude. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 13: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5 - 6 hours

Today after the breakfast we will began our tour to Lhasa by visiting the landmarks of Tibet which is Potala Palace and the Norbulingkha palace. In a brief the Potala Palace- beautiful palace in the whole world which was constructed in 17th century which was earlier the abode of the Dalai Lama. Next we will be visiting the Norbulingkha palace in a brief this palace is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. After that we will be visiting the Tibetan traditional medicine center. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 14: Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave: 5 - 6 hours

Early morning we will drive to Ganden monastery which is situated on the top of Wangbur Mountain which is at 3800 meter. This monastery is the ancient monastery of Tibet and inside the monastery there are lots of unique paintings and statues. After exploring the monastery we will be driving to Drayerpa cave which is situated at the fabulous valley with the striking landscapes. Surrounding this area they are more than 30 caves. In the evening we will drive to Lhasa. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 15: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours

Today after the breakfast we will be touring Lhasa by visiting some of the landmarks of Lhasa firstly we will be visiting the Drepung monastery constructed in 14th century and in the past this monastery was shelter to more than 10,000 monks but now it has been in declination ensuing only few hundreds. In this monastery the religious belief, Tibetan culture and the history has been clearly represent in this monastery. Next we will visit the Sera monastery conserved monastery of Tibet with golden roof and white walls. After that we will visit the sacred temple of Tibet named- Jokhang temple. Next we will wander around the Barkhor bazaar. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 16: Final departure

Today your sightseeing Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet comes to an end and our representative of the Accent Himalaya will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule. 

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles
  • All meals in Bhutan and Nepal. Breakfast in Tibet
  • Twin-shared hotel accommodation in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet
  • Sightseeing in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet with an experienced English-speaking local tour guide
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Bhutanese visa fee and Tibet entry permit
  • Company services and all required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All international flights
  • Nepalese visa fee (easily available after arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Chinese visa (US $ 175 for Americans and US $ 85 for other nationals)
  • Personal Expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet
  • Other services not mentioned in 'What's Included' section
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Trip Note

 

Accommodation

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation.

For Nepal: 3-Star Hotels on major cities

For Bhutan: Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis.

For Tibet: 3-Star Hotel

A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks in Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts such as pork, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.

Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

 

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

 

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your trip with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 16 days for your trip which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in the Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book the tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

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