Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan Cultural Tour (Luxury Trip)

12 Days
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Himalayan Windows’s every trips considered a Luxury/Deluxe Trip. We always give our best and committed to providing quality of services throughout the entire journey. Here we present the Nepal Tibet Bhutan Cultural Luxury Tour that includes luxury hotels to make you feel comfortable throughout the journey of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. You will learn about history, religion, culture, traditions, and interact with warm welcoming local people during the luxury travel to Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet.

Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan Cultural Tour allow you to explore the culture, history, and landscapes as well as craftsmanship of three nations and especially in the cities of Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Thimphu. Your 12-Day Cultural Sightseeing Himalayan Trip starts from Kathmandu where you will be touring the most popular landmarks of each country.

During the luxury travel to Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, you will explore ancient Durbar Squares (Palaces), Stupas, and Temples in Kathmandu including the hike to the well-trodden route of Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Nepal. Next, you will visit impressive Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera and Drepung Monasteries in Lhasa. Finally, you will fly to Bhutan (the last Shangri-La) to visit the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest temple) and several other fortresses and Dzongs. In addition, you will be thrilled with an exciting flight and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges while landing at Gongar Airport in Lhasa and Paro International airport in Bhutan.

Nepal Tibet Bhutan Luxury Trip Highlights

  • Ancient Durbar (Palace) Squares and Temples in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visit impressive Potala Palace and Monasteries in Lhasa, Tibet
  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest)- 5 hours hike (back and forth) and visit several Dzongs and Temples in Bhutan
  • Experience exciting flight with panoramic views of the Himalayas
  • Luxury hotels throughout the journey and best available in the mountains
  • Hike well-trodden route from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (4 – 5 hours of hiking)

HimalayanWindows puts every effort in making your Nepal Tibet Bhutan Cultural Luxury Tour smooth and pleasant keeping all the possible attractions to visit and providing quality of services throughout the journey. If you wish to accomplish Nepal Tibet Bhutan Luxury Tour with some trekking and adventure, check out our Cultural Tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan) – 20 Days. However, the given itinerary is fully customizable and can be tailored as per your needs. Please free to talk with our expert for any changes or amendments as you can also start this trip from China (Beijing/Chengdu) to Lhasa or Paro, Bhutan instead of arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Note: Please be flexible in dates as the itinerary sometimes needs to be amended due to flight/seat unavailability on the desired dates to/from Lhasa and Paro. Also, we need at least 3 working days to prepare the Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu. So a number of nights to stay in each country may vary. This trip can also be started from Lhasa or Paro. If you start from Lhasa, you can travel from Mainland China taking a flight/train to Lhasa. If you start from Paro, you can fly from Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore, and etc. 

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Start from: Kathamndu
  • Trip Ends in: Kathmandu/Paro
  • Activities: Hiking
  • Max. Elevation: 3650m

Trip Itineraries

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m)

    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

    Overnight at Luxury Hotel, Hotel Marriot in Kathmandu

  • Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Drive to Nagarkot (2175m): 1.5 Driving Hours (B.D.)

    After an early breakfast, you are ready to do sightseeing tour in 4 major places in Kathmandu – Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu durbar squire and drive to Nagarkot (1.5 hours’ driving)

    We begin today’s sightseeing tour with a visit to Swoyambhunath a 2500-year old site where, it is believed, the Radiant Lotus of the valley-mythology, settled when the water was drained by Manjushri, the god of Wisdom. The 5 Dhyani Buddha’s attended by their consorts are enshrined at the base of the stupa. (Non-Hindus are not allowed inside Swayambhunath temple) then continues to tour into Boudhanath it is the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and of Tibetan Buddhist Culture in Nepal. Antique shops where you can buy things of your interest relating to Buddhist surrounded the monastery. After Boudhanath, your next spot is The Pashupatinath temple stands along the side of Bagmati River. It is the holiest Temple for Hindus. Many people from different parts of the world visit this temple every year and during the Shiva Ratri, hundreds of thousands of devotees and Sadhus come to attend. The last site of this day is Kathmandu Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient Royal residential quarter, Mahadev Parvati Temple, Temple house of Kumari (Living Goddess) around this Durbar Square.

    Later in the afternoon, we take about 35 KM drive to Nagarkot Hill Station. Enjoy the sunset view and stay overnight at the warm hotel at Chill Nagarkot.

    Note: We take you to Nagarkot because it helps you to acclimatize well before you fly to Lhasa at the elevation of 3640m above the sea level.

    Overnight at a luxury hotel, Hotel Mystic Mountain in Nagarkot

  • Day 03: Hike Nagarkot (2175m) to Dhulikhel (1440m) 4-5 walking hours (B.L.D)

    After having a sunrise view from Nagarkot, take breakfast and start hiking to Dhulikhel. A glut of cultural diversities, traditional practices, and lush vegetation. Nagarkot Dhulikhel hiking trail is well-trodden with amazing views including mountains. Dhulikhel is a small town of Newar ethnic group with a long history, accordingly to the records it has been around for more than 500 years and the artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newari inhabitants have created a place of Charm.

    Overnight at Dhulikhel with amazing sunset and sunrise view in the morning before we proceed to the Kathmandu valley.

    Overnight at Luxury Hotel, Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel

  • Day 04: Dhulikhel – Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kathmandu valley including sightseeing of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a home of unique culture and the finest display of craftsmanship. It is said that Bhaktapur only places in Nepal which is remained untouched by Western Culture. Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Statue of King Bhupindra and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace are the pride of Bhaktapur.

    After the Lunch, we take you to Patan Durbar Square to explore Patan Durbar, Krishna Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Golden Temple and etc. You feel like Patan has been exposed before you as an open museum presenting stunning carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in Pagoda Style with erotic carvings and metalwork faces and many other beautiful facets. Additionally, you will also get to see the handicraft center in Patan.

    After the sightseeing, drive to the hotel. As soon as you reach the hotel, the paper works including Tibet Group Visa (TGV) will be ready and our manager will explain your trip to Lhasa, Tibet.

    Overnight at Luxury Hotel, hotel Marriot in Kathmandu

  • Day 05: Kathmandu/Lhasa by flight (B)

    Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. “Lhasa”. Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 Mt. is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means “Place of the Gods”, the residence of the Dalai Lama., on arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60km/hr). Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

    Overnight at St. Regis hotel in Lhasa

  • Day 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa (B)

    After breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. 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 by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sightseeing, you will be transferred to the hotel.

    Overnight at St. Regis hotel in Lhasa

  • Day 07: Sightseeing in Lhasa (B)

    After breakfast, full-day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Some free time for shopping or your own activities.

    Overnight at St. Regis hotel in Lhasa

  • Day 08: Lhasa to Kathmandu by flight (B)

    Transfer to airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu. We will have a free day in Kathmandu. Walk and shop around. Our representative will brief you on the Bhutan tour.

    Overnight at Luxury Hotel, hotel Marriot in Kathmandu

    Overnight at the hotel

  • Day 09: Fly to Paro/ transfer to Thimpu (2300m) – 2 hours (B.L.D.)

    During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

    If time permit in the afternoon you can visit these places:
    Kyichu Lhakhang
    Paro Dzong

    Overnight at Le Meridian Thimphu 

  • Day 10: Thimpu sightseeing / Drive to Paro (1460m.) – 2 hrs. (B.L.D.)

    There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree-lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewelry, etc. Stay overnight.

    Afternoon you can also visit Thimpu Dzong which is the administrative headquarter of Bhutan. Late afternoon drive to Paro for overnight stay.

    Overnight at Le Meriden Paro, Riverfront 

  • Day 11: Paro - hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) - B.L.D.

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint of the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch, you can visit other important sites which you could not complete in previous days.

    After lunch, a tour of Bhutan’s national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armor to textiles and thangka paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here. Also, visit Rinpung Dzong and a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.

    Overnight at Le Meriden Paro, Riverfront 

  • Day 12: Paro – Kathamndu or onward destination (B)

    After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination. You can fly from Paro to Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkotta, Bangkok, Dhaka, Singapore and etc.

     

includes

  • Private comfortable transportation
  • All necessary travel permits and Bhutan visa fee
  • English speaking local guide
  • Luxury 4 star Accommodation on twin room basis
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) in Bhutan and Breakfast (B) only in Nepal and Tibet
  • The cost is valid for minimum of 02 Pax

excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet
  • Flights (Kathmandu to Lhasa and return): USD 580-USD 680
  • Flight Fare (Kathmandu to Paro and return): USD 425
  • Tibet Group Visa (TGV) fee (USD 175 (USA), USD 155 (CAN) & USD 85 (Others) - Requires 3 working days in Kathmandu to grant TGV.
  • Single Supplement (If required)
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

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