KATHMANDU - NAGARKOT - POKHARA - KATHMANDU - LHASA - TSEDANG - GYANTSE - SHIGASTE - ZHANGMU - KODARI - KATHMANDU
This tour from Nepal to Tibet is a beautiful blend of cultural history of two neighboring countries viz Nepal and Tibet. Over two weeks, long trip starting from Lhasa the capital of the autonomous region of Tibet the journey takes you deep into the cultural history of Tibet. Take a ferry trip to visit tsedang and visit the first temple of the region. A long but scenic drive takes you to the town of Gyantse. The beautiful passes, lakes, and glaciers will make your road journey a memorable experience. Before entering to Nepal from Kodari border, in Tibet side you will also have the beautiful visit to MT. Everest, MT. Shisha Pangma and will also visit many other monasteries and beautiful sites. The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has a variety of tour options for the visitor. After crossing the tiny border town of Zhangmu we will enter Nepal and drive to Kathmandu. Many historic and cultural sites in and around Kathmandu make the place very interesting and popular among travelers. The beautiful valley of Pokhara is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your time. Alternatively, there are several short treks and aero sports available in the valley, which may also interest you.
Upon the arrival at the Kathmandu, our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to hotel. After freshen up, you will get the briefing on tour packages.
After breakfast, we will proceed for the full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath and Patan City. Kathmandu’s Durbar Square located in front of royal palace housing the palaces and ancient temples. The palace was once the residence of Nepal royal family. Now it has the Hindu and Buddhist temples with the attractive architecture.
From here, visit the Swayambhunathstupa, from the 5th century, most ancient holy shrine in Kathmandu. The Stupa is the Golden Spire, with the image of eyes in each direction considered as the eyes of Buddha.
Afternoon, enjoy the lunch at the local restaurant and proceed to the Patan city Lalitpur. The beauty of the city is spread along with the Bagmati river and rich culture, the architecture of temples. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Today we will explore the Pashupatinath and Bodhnath city. Pashupatinath is one of the most important temples of Lord Shiva, and has major significance for Hindus. The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati river, and also has a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal.
We head towards Bouddhanathstupa, largest stupas in south asia, and the best place to see the Tibetan lifestyle. The best time to visit the Boudhanathstupa is at sunrise or sunset, during this time the monks, pilgrims, and devotees perform kora together. Afternoon, drive to Bhaktapur city in the afternoon, the city knows for the city of devotees, the city of living heritage, and of course Bhaktapur Durbar Square one of the cultural and charming sites of the city. The Durbar Square is built in form of Shikara, with 55-windows. Explore the national art gallery housing the artifacts, stone carvings, and paintings. Continue our drive to Nagarkot and stay overnight in Nagarkot.
Today open your eyes in one of the stunning destinations, with the eye-catching sunrise, mountains and natural beauty, spend some time at leisure in this beautiful city and later drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a romantic destination and most valuable gem of Nepal. Pokhara offers the view of Annapurna range, beautiful lakes, and mountains. It is the best place for couples and honeymooners.
Upon reaching Pokhara, check into your resort and spend the time at leisure. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Today enjoy sunrise at Sarangkot, and some place of interest Devi’s falls, caves, Tibetan refugee camp, and old Pokhara Bazaar, view of mt. Annapurna Himal, Barahi Temple and Seti river. Drive back to Pokhara and enjoy the beautiful countryside and excellent view of Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna I, II & III, Machhapuchhre or “Fish Tail”, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu & Himalchuli Mountain ranges. Enjoy the boat ride at Phewa Lake. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast. Transfer to hotel and stay overnight.
Transfer to your hotel after arriving at Lhasa airport. From airport to Lhasa city, it only takes half an hour of driving along the Lhasa-airport highway. The Spectacular Plateau Scenery along the Brahmaputra river will amaze you. Normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening by train and 20 minutes of driving will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check in at the hotel, and have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Today we will proceed to explore the town, by visiting the famous Potala palace painted in red and white on the altitude of 3700m. Walk around the Jokhang Temple Monastery And Norbulingka to view Tibetan beauty in its architecture. Also visit the Tibet museum, to know the importance and glorifying the history of Tibet.
This day, we will explore the most important monasteries of Lhasa. First is Drepunggomang Monastic University, known as one of the best Tibet universities for learning the Buddhist thoughts. After exploring this monastery, we will stop for lunch and later visit the sera monastery founded in the early fifteenth century; here you will see the fine statues, unmatched murals and golden scriptures. Evening drive back to our hotel in Lhasa.
After breakfast, we drive to tsedang, which is a 4 hrs drive from Lhasa. Tsedang is the capital of the ancient yarlung kingdom. Enroute we will visit the Samye Monastery, which lies across the Yarlungzangpo River. Here enjoy a short ferry ride up to the monastery. This monastery is famous for three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. From here, continue our drive to tsedang. The fertile land, scenery, peaceful river valleys will free your mind. Spend rest of the day while relaxing at your hotel. Stay overnight in Tsedang.
Following breakfast, enjoy the famous places around by visiting samye monastery, founded in the 8th century, known for its sacred Mandala design. Yungbulakhang palace built in the 2nd century, the first building of Tibet. Next visit to Yamdrok-Tso known for the three freshwater lakes, the view of these lakes and surrounding mountains, will leave you stunned. Also visit the trundruk monastery, located on the slope of mt. Gangpori. Overnight stay at Tsedang.
Today drive to Gyantse exploring green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdrok Lake, Karo-La Glacier and after covering a distance of 300 km from Tsedang, we reach a town of Gyantse, known for the cultural and historical sites such as dzong fortress, Pala Manor and Kumbumstupa. Stay overnight in Gyantse.
In the morning, we drive towards Shigatse famous for the Tashilhunpo Monastery, where the largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is dedicated to the second highest incarnation of Tibet, the Panchen Lama. Afternoon, we drive to Sakya Monastery built in a mongolian architectural style, consist of ruins in northern part and fortress, surrounded by a moat in the southern part. Stay overnight in shigaste.
Today drive to Zhangmu where we stroll through mount Shishapangma (26,286 feet), two major passes - the Lalung La at 16,811 feet and the Nyalam Ton La at 17,060 feet. After Nayalam we will reach to the border town of Zhangmu. Spend a relaxing overnight stay at Zhangmu.
This day we will enter in Nepal, through the kodari border, connected by a 50m long bridge from Tibet to Nepal. Here we will complete the visa formalities (usd 30 fees along with the passport size photograph). After completing the formalities, our Nepali guide and driver will meet you and assist you to your car and drive to your hotel in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
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