Tibet Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 16 Days

Country: Nepal

 

This is an inspiring cultural tour that leads you to three Himalayan kingdoms of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan in a single package. This trio tour is one of best tours which leads you through an adventurous trip over these nations that exhibits the unique culture, natural wonders, spiritual and environmental diversities. This tour completes within 16 days and be your best journey traveling to the Himalayan countries at a time.

First, we will be sightseeing Tibet by visiting the splendid Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Tibetan museums and explore the Namtso Lake. This lake is the highest salt water lake surrounded by beautiful Himalayan mountains. At Lhasa, we will be visiting several monasteries like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and last but not least, we wander around Barkhor Bazaar and end our tour in Tibet.

Next, we take an airstrip to Kathmandu for visiting several heritage sites like the Durbar Square, Swayambhunath temple, the Pashupatinath temple, and the Boudhanath stupa. We then drive to Bhaktapur - an alluring city which offers lots of local products. We will be sightseeing the Bhaktapur city and then drive to Changu Narayan temple which is one of the oldest temples of Kathmandu. Our drive would be to Nagarkot, near the village of Bhaktapur to get the splendid Himalayan views and if you wish to see the sunset and sunrise, we can also extend a day here.

Our next tour will be in Bhutan taking a scenic airstrip to Paro where we will be visiting memorial chorten, zoo, nunnery temple, heritage museums and Tashi Dzong. Next, we drive to Punakha to visit Chimilhangkahang temple, Punakha Dzong and the oldest temple Kichulhangkhang. We also make a hike to the most famous monastery of Bhutan i.e. Taktsang monastery which has a legend that the spiritual guru Rimpoche mediated in this cave riding in the back of a tiger. Hence, it is also recognized as Tiger Nest Monastery. It is located on the high cliff at 3180 meters. Finally, our trip to these Himalayan country comes to an end and we depart to our destination.

This tour can be done all year round according to your vacation schedule. As we are only touring, there is no such exact period and trekking to high hills is easily achievable. If you want to inquire more about this trip, please feel free to email or contact us.

Below we enlist our day to day route for this tour:

 

 

 

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Beijing (44m/144ft)

As you arrive at the airport of Beijing our representative will welcome you and take you to the hotel and then after checking into the hotel you can relax and freshen up. We will be spending our night at Beijing.

Day 02: Beijing sightseeing

Beijing has a prosperous variety of fine preserved cultural and regal relics. We will be touring Tiananmen Square which is a widespread open-area of central Beijing. We will then walking to the Forbidden City and explore the Forbidden City. After that we will be visiting the summer palace built in 1749- 1764 and it is also the grand imperial ground in china with the intricate Qing style pavilion, bridge, walkway. We will spend our night in Beijing.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)

As you arrive at the Lhasa our representative of the Accent Himalaya will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the hotel. Today we will not start our tour as today we will take plenty of rest and adapt the altitude. We will spend our night at Lhasa.

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

Today after the breakfast we will be visiting the two most prominent palaces which are Potala palace and the Norbulingka palace. Potala palace was constructed in the 17th century where one gets the spectacular view of the Lhasa city and this palace was earlier the residence of his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Tibetan spiritual master Dalai Lama. After that we will be visiting the Tibetan traditional hospital center. We will spend our night at Lhasa.

Day 05: A day excursion to Namtso Lake: 8 hours

After having our breakfast we will be driving to Namtso which will take almost 4 hours and here we will be visiting the Namtso Lake which is situated 240 kilometers to the North West of Lhasa. This lake is one of the world highest salt lakes where we will be acclimatizing at this lake. The lake is blue in color with the surrounding with the ranges of Himalayas. We will spend some time in this lake and then we will drive to Lhasa. We will be spending our night at Lhasa.

Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours

After having the breakfast we will be visiting the Drepung monastery which was earlier the sheltered to more than 10,000 monks but now there has been fairly a declination ensuing in hardly -any hundreds and this monastery were constructed in the 14th century. After that we will be visiting the Sera monastery with the golden roof with white washed walls. Next we will be visiting the sacred temple named Jokhang temple. After that we will wander the Barkhor market and at this market there are many open stalls, pilgrims crowds as this market is the nerve center of Lhasa. We will be spending our night at Lhasa.

Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.)

Today we will leave the Lhasa and head to the Lhasa airport and take a scenic flight to Kathmandu and reach at the Kathmandu airport our representative of the Accent Himalaya will pick us from the airport and take us to the hotel. You can take rest for awhile and in the evening the Accent Himalaya team will be hosting a dinner in fine Nepali restaurants which serve you the authentic Nepali cuisine. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath

Today after having our breakfast we will be sightseeing the Kathmandu city by exploring the famous heritage sites which are Kathmandu durbar square- one of the ancient palaces with a fine architecture where the earlier male king reign over this country from 12th -18th century. Next we will be visiting the Swwambhunath temple even known as monkey temple, next will be the Pashupatinath temple one of the prime Hindu temples which are located on the bank of Bagmati river. It is also the cremations sites of Hindus. Lastly we will be visiting the Boudhanath stupa which is the biggest stupa in south Asia. We will be spending our night at Kathmandu.

Day 09: Sightseeing: Thimi, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and Nagarkot

Early morning we will head to Time which is 10 kilometers far from Kathmandu and this place is popular for wooden masks, handmade cotton clothes and other local made handicraft products. After that we will be exploring Bhaktapur city- an ancient city and at this city we will be visiting some of the landmarks of Bhaktapur which are a golden gate, Nyota-pole temple, water spouts and even we will taste the local food of Bhaktapur. Next we will be visiting the Changu Narayan temple- one of the ancient temple in Kathmandu which is built in the pagodas style. After that we will head to Nagarkot and enjoy the sunset view with the amazing view of the Himalayas.

Day 10: Fly to Paro, drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 1 hour

As during your flight to Bhutan we will be enjoying the splendid view of the Himalayas as well as the sacred peaks mount Chomohari and the Jichu drake peak. Reaching the airport our representative from Accent Himalaya team will greet you and take you to the hotel. As if our flight reaches earlier then we can visit some of the landmarks of Thimpu but if not we can visit it as tomorrow. We will spend our night at Thimpu.

Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Today early morning we will be visiting memorial Chorten which was constructed in the memory for the late third king who controls from 1952 to 1972. After that we will be exploring the nunnery temple, visit the mini zoo and observe the national animal of Bhutan named Takin and other landmarks like traditional medicine center, painting school, museum, traditional paper factory and the Tashicho Dzong.  Most of the landmarks are closed during the weekends on Saturday and Sunday as if we reach the Thimpu during the weekends instead of that we will be exploring the weekend market. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 12: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100 ft): 2 - 3 hours

Today once again we will be visiting the memorial Chorten and explore in depth and after having the lunch we will drive through Dochu la Pass at 3,100 meters. And from the pass we will drive downhill passing through the dense fir, rhododendron and hemlock forests. After that we will be passing rice fields alongside the river bank and finally we will reach Punakha.

Day 13: Sightseeing in Punakha

After the breakfast we will start sightseeing the Punakha where we will visit the Punakha Dzong which was constructed in 1637- 38 and it is one of the second ancient and the largest Dzong of Bhutan. After that we will be visiting the Chimi Lhangkhang temple. After a few walk we will be visiting the khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten which was constructed by the queen for the country peace. We will spend our night at Punakha.

Day 14: Drive from Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 4 hours

Today after the breakfast we will start our drive and head to the paro valley. Reaching the paro we will be visiting the Ringpung dzong fort made from the heap of jewels. After that we will be visiting the Kichu Lhakhang temple one of the ancient temples of Bhutan and next we will be visiting the Drugyal Dzong. We will spend our night at paro.

Day 15: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Today 4-5 hours we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger nest monastery. This monastery is the prominent monastery of Bhutan which is located at 3180 meters and it is in saying that the earlier the spiritual master of Buddhism Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tiger back to meditate into this cave which is now called as Taktsang monastery. We will be having our lunch at the restaurant which is situated at the high above in the midway to the mountain. After exploring the monastery we will retrace back down to the valley. We will spend our night in paro.

Day 16: Final departure

Today the journey finally comes to an end and our Accent Himalaya team will drop 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 in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet
  • All meals in Bhutan and Nepal and breakfast in Tibet
  • Twin-shared hotel accommodation in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet
  • Sightseeing in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet by 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 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 the US $ 85 for other nationals)
  • All personal expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet

Trip Note

 

Accommodation

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation and food.

For Nepal: 3-Star Hotels in 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

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, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.

While on the trek, the 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 travel 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 days for the 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 trip (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 trip 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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