Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet Cultural Tour – 18 days

Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet Cultural Tour – 18 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

17D/18D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

3400 meters

Meals

B+B

Accomodation

Hotel/Resort

No. of Person

Min. 01 Pax

Highlights

Nepal:

Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Explore the ancient temples, stupas, and palaces of Kathmandu Valley, including the iconic Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple, showcasing Nepal’s rich religious and architectural heritage.

Newari Culture: Discover the vibrant culture of the Newar people, known for their traditional architecture, intricate woodcarvings, and colorful festivals like the vibrant New Year celebration of Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur.

Hindu and Buddhist Traditions: Experience the harmonious blend of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal, where sacred sites like Lumbini (birthplace of Lord Buddha), and the ancient Hindu temples of Kathmandu, offer insights into the country’s spiritual legacy.

Tharu Culture: Immerse yourself in the unique traditions of the Tharu ethnic group in the Terai region, known for their distinct dance forms, music, and traditional way of life, offering a glimpse into Nepal’s diverse cultural tapestry.

Living Goddess Kumari: Witness the living tradition of the Kumari, a young girl revered as the living embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju, residing in the historic Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Bhutan:

Gross National Happiness (GNH): Experience Bhutan’s unique approach to development and well-being, as reflected in its commitment to Gross National Happiness, prioritizing spiritual, cultural, and environmental values over material wealth.

Buddhist Traditions: Explore Bhutan’s deeply rooted Buddhist heritage through its sacred monasteries (dzongs), stupas, and prayer flags adorning the mountain landscapes, where rituals and festivals like the Paro Tsechu offer spiritual insights and cultural immersion.

Architectural Splendor: Marvel at the architectural marvels of Bhutan’s dzongs and monasteries, including the iconic Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery perched precariously on a cliffside, and the majestic Punakha Dzong, showcasing Bhutanese craftsmanship and religious devotion.

Traditional Arts and Crafts: Discover Bhutan’s vibrant tradition of arts and crafts, including intricate thangka paintings, handwoven textiles, and intricate wood carvings, passed down through generations and celebrated in local markets and artisan workshops.

Cultural Festivals: Participate in Bhutan’s colorful festivals, such as the annual Tshechus, where masked dances, religious rituals, and community celebrations offer a glimpse into Bhutanese culture and spirituality.

Tibet:

Buddhist Monasteries: Explore Tibet’s ancient monasteries, including the iconic Potala Palace in Lhasa, the sacred Jokhang Temple, and the serene Drepung and Sera Monasteries, where monks engage in philosophical debates and religious practices.

Tibetan Buddhism: Experience the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism, characterized by prayer wheels, chanting monks, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, embodying the region’s deep-rooted faith and devotion.

Nomadic Culture: Encounter the nomadic way of life in Tibet’s rural areas, where yak herders and Tibetan nomads preserve traditional customs, such as yak butter tea ceremonies and tented settlements, reflecting Tibet’s pastoral heritage.

Tibetan Festivals: Witness Tibetan festivals like Losar (Tibetan New Year) and Saga Dawa, marked by colorful processions, religious rituals, and cultural performances, offering a glimpse into Tibet’s rich calendar of seasonal celebrations.

Tibetan Art and Craftsmanship: Admire Tibetan artistry through thangka paintings, intricate wood carvings, and handmade textiles, showcased in local markets and artisan workshops, preserving centuries-old techniques and cultural motifs.

18 Days Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan Tour is best multinational tour combining cultures of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan Tour, which gives you best of the best things of 3 countries.

Experience the ultimate journey combining the mystical lands of Tibet and the enchanting beauty of Nepal. Beginning in Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan culture and heritage, you’ll embark on a remarkable exploration of ancient civilizations and breathtaking landscapes.

From Lhasa, venture to Tsetang, the birthplace of Tibetan civilization, where you’ll discover the first monastery, palace, farmland, and village in Tibet, offering insights into the region’s rich history and heritage.

Continuing your journey, traverse to Shigatse, the bustling city renowned as the residence of the Panchen Lama, via Gyantse. Along the way, visit the Sakya Monastery, famed for its exquisite frescoes and cultural significance, often likened to the renowned Dunhuang.

Next, behold the awe-inspiring grandeur of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, where you’ll witness breathtaking sunsets, starlit skies, and the mesmerizing Milky Way, a celestial spectacle unlike any other. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive beauty of meteor showers, adding a touch of magic to your Himalayan experience.

Finally, cross the majestic Himalayas to behold the majestic Mount Shishapangma before descending into the vibrant city of Kathmandu, Nepal’s cultural capital, via the Gyirong Port. Explore the sacred birthplace of Sakyamuni in Lumbini, immerse yourself in the tropical jungles of Chitwan, and discover the picturesque sights of Pokhara and the panoramic vistas from the Nagarkot Everest viewing platform.

Experience the diverse landscapes, ancient cultures, and spiritual wonders of Tibet and Nepal on this unforgettable journey, where every moment unveils a new revelation and every destination leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

Detail Itinerary

After arriving Kathmandu, our representative will welcome and pick you up from Airport, then transfer to Hotel.

Half Day City Tour in the morning from 8 am to 11 am. Kathmandu Durbar Square ( Malla and Shah dynasty Palace, Kumari temple, Shiva Parbati Temple, Taleju Bhawani) and Swayambhunath (Buddhist monastery, which is located on the top of the hill in Kathmandu valley from where you can enjoy with some nice view of mountain and beautiful scene of Kathmandu Valley with other buddhist related stupas and temples)

In the afternoon Half Day Tour from 1 pm to 4:30 pm: Visit Patan durbar Square which city is famous for fine arts of Nepal. You can experience about the Nepali metal work, Temple made by a stone, Water spouts, word carving and stone sculptor and Tibetan Carpet weaving center.

This morning we depart Kathmandu by surface on a scenic drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border), through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. We leave our vehicle here and start a short walk of about one hour 30 minutes uphill with porters to Zhangmu Immigration – known to Nepalese as Khasa, hangs on a cliff face, its boom town architecture having a temporary look; even the monastery roofs are sheathed in corrugated iron sheets and is situated at a height of 2,500 m. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Today we drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape, crossing over Nyalam Pass (3,800 m) and Lalung-La (Pass) at 5,050m, with views of beautiful Himalayan Ranges panorama including the Mt. Everest (8,848 m) to Zhangmu (244 Kms).
Also called “new tingri”, is surrounded by mountains, Zhangmu is another town that lies in the shadow of a great fortress. Even in ruins it is majestic. Seeming to grow out of the craggy brown rock, its sinous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines. Isolated in 1855 by Nepalese in search of booty, the Gurkhas cut off the Dzong’s water supply and settled in for a long siege. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

We continue on our drive to Lhatse (T-cross to Mt. Everest), and crossing over the Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest enroute to Xigatse (240 Kms). Xigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354 Kms. west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,810 m. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

This morning we will visit the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Moanastery, and continue on our drive to gyantse (90 Kms) – is a pastoral town between Lhasa and xigatse. It is 264 Kms. southwest of Lhasa, and still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of its carpets. The compound, encircled by on impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain.

Later in the day visit the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

We continue on a full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola Pass at 5,010m, Kambala Pass at 4,794 m. and a colourful Yamdrok Lake, sometimes along the Tibetan lifeline river Brahmaputra also known as yarlung Tsangpo, to the capital town Lhasa (264 Kms).

Today we will visit the Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift bythe Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa.

Later in the day visit the Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. It was expanded to its present structure during the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. This 13 story 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former “church-state” of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas, who from the latter half of the 18th century used it as their Winter palace. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

This day, you are free for self visit and preparation for next day flgiht.

Early this morning you will be picked up from you respective hotel to be transferred in time to Gongar airport to connect your flight to Kathmandu.

Today, Our tour guide will take you Bhaktapur traditional city which relates with Newar community and wide area of Bhaktpaur Durbar Square and afternoon head to Nagarkot hill station for nice views of great Himalayas and Sunset Tour., then back to Kathmandu.

After arriving Paro, our representative will pick you at airport and drive to Hotel.

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest, about 4-5hrs walk up and down). Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. Overnight stay in the hotel.

After breakfast, visit Drukgyel Dzong (fortress) and Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). Catch towering view of Mount Jhomolhari from the base of Drukgyel Dzong. Afternoon, visit Ta Dzong (now National Museum) and then Paro Dzong. Then drive to Thimphu (about 1 hr 30 m drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight halt.

Morning, visit National Library, Institute of Traditional Arts, Folk Heritage Museum and National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After lunch, visit Tashichhoedzong, Textile Musuem and Handicrafts Emporium. Evening drive back to Paro. Overnight halt in the hotel.

Today, we will pick you up at airport and transfer to Hotel, If your flight is in the morning, you will have a time to self visit some places in Kathmandu.

Today, our tour guide will take you Bungamati and Khokana, pure native people lifestyle and tradition with culture tour, this gives you real pictures of hundreds year before, what people life were. Then Kirtipur city, there are some temples and different people life and culture.

We will see you off at Hotel and transfer to Airport onward destination

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport Transfers - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
  • All transportation for city tour in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
  • Arrangements of all long distance transportation
  • Accommodation on B/B basis in Nepal and Tibet
  • Full Board Package in Bhutan means Accommodation with lunch, dinner and breakfast in Bhutan
  • Tour Guide in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
  • All Entrance fees in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
  • Travel permit and Visa in Tibet and Bhutan
  • Flight Tickets for Tibet and Bhutan
  • What is Excluded
  • Any unexpected costs that occur due to: * Weather, Trail, Road Blockage, River conditions,
  • Due to circumstances such as: * Sickness, Government action, flight delays,
  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Major changes in the itinerary
  • Personal and free-time expenses
  • Cold drinks or alcohol
  • Extra hotel expenses
  • Laundry
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas to Nepal
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