Duration : 18 day(s)
Day 01: Prior to landing in the Tribhuvan International Airport, you could have some excelllent views of snow-capped mountains, meet with our tour coordinator and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03: Explore kathmandu such as visit Pasupatinanth, a famous temple of Hindus devotees, Boudhananth, the Bhuddhist stupa, Swyambhunanth temple, tradtional and historical Kathmandu Durbar-square, Patan city, the city art of beauty and Bhaktapur, the city examples of wood-carving.
Day 04: Fly over over panoramic Himalayas ranges from Kathmandu to the holy city of Lhasa by China airlines. The flight takes about 55 minutes to reach the Gongar airport . Upon arraival at Gongar airport and transfer to Lhasa. Check into hotel Shambla or Similar.
Day 05-06: Explore Lhasa - The Land of Gods (11850 ft.)
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region is located between 29o 36'N and 19o 06' E at the north bank of Kyichu river, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, at an altitude of 3650 meteres above sea level. Lhasa has a history of more than 1300 years and has been the center of politics, economy, culture and religi pung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect. The monastery, occupying an area of 250,000 square meters with a fixed number of 7,700 monks, is the largest monastery in Tibet. The monastery keeps many historical relics, Buddhist scriptures, arts, and crafts.
Visit Sera Monastery
Sera means "hailstone" in Tibetan. Set at the foot of the Wudu Hill to the north of Lhasa City, Sera is comprised of a great sutra chanting hall and a college. Situated at three kilometers distance to a northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect. The monastery was erected on a mountain slope. Sera Monastery together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa are known as the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet.
Visit Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple, situated in the center of the old section of Lhasa called Barkhor, was built in the mid-7th century A.D. It was later extended by successive rulers, and has now become a gigantic architecture complex. Located in the east, and facing the west, Jokhang is a four storeyed Temple with splendid golden roofs. Its architecture features art from the Tang Dynasty but also assimilated many features from both Nepalese and Indian Buddhist Temples. The murals in the temple depict the life stories of historic and religious characters. The temple houses many historical relics, including statues of King Songtsen Gompo, Princess Wencheng, Princess Bhrikuti Devi (Nepalese). "Princess Willow" (a tree), and "The Uncle-Nephew Alliance Tablet." Jokhang is Tibet' s spiritual center, and the holiest destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. It houses a sitting of statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old. The circular Barkhor Street has innumerable shops, and wayside peddlers intermingle with devotees walking clockwise around the Jokhang. An evening walk (Kora) around the Jokhang Temple together with the Tibetan pilgrims is a lifetime experience.
Visit Potala Palace
The Potala, one of the most famous architectural works of the world, sits on top of the Red Hill in Lhasa. In the 7th century, after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's married Princess Wencheng of the Tang Court, the Plalace was built to provide the Tibetan court with a place of worship and meditation. In the mid-17th century, it was re-built by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size, and became the Winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas. The construction took fifty years from beginning to completion.
The Potala is divided into two sections, namely, the Red Palace and White Palace. The total height of the Potala is 117 meters spanning thirteen storeys. The length of the Palace from east to west is 400 meters and the breadth from south to north is 350 meters. The building was constre.
Visit Norbulingkha Palace, the Jewel Park
It was built in the 18th century and served as the Summer Palace of the 13th and the 14th Dalia Lama. the Palace is an interesting mixture of religious and modern elements and as we walk through to see the main throne hall, an audience hall. The Dalai Lama's Bed Room and prayer room and the room for this mother. This colorful garden landscape was the site of picnic and public gatherings. The Palaces are richly decorated, creating abd atmosphere of peaceful repose.
Visit Bharkhor Market:
This is very interesting market and situated in the heart of the old Lhasa city with its narrow streets, white washed stone homes, windows framed in black and brightly painted wood-work and almost everyone has got something's to sell over there.
Visit Drepung Monastery:
It lies 8km west of Lhasa on the main road, then 3km north and steep unpaired road. Its name Drepung means" Rice Heap" was the biggest and the richest of all monasteries in Tibet. This Monastery is said to be the largest Monastery in the world, housing over 10000 monks and Governed 7700 subsidiary monasteries and was divided into four colleges, each with its chanting hall, dormitories, kitchens and offices. It was founded in 1416 by the disciple of Je Tsonkhapa, founder of theYellow Hat Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The second third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. the entire monastic communities assemble only for special ceremonies and festivals. Today, about 400 monks live there. Approaching Drepung, you will see the Nechung Temple, the home of the State Oracl. The present oracle lives in India.
Day 07: After breakfast drive to Gyantse (13050 ft.) Check into hotel Gyantse or Smilar. This is a small agricultural town famous for its wool carpets and the Phalkor Choide Chorten, Gyantse lies between a monastery and fort. This unique structure, built in 1414, consists of five stories representing the five steps to enlightenment, and is topped by thirteen rings which symbolize the stages of advancement towards Buddhahood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddha Shrines.
Enroute visit Yamadroke Lake - The Sacred Lake (14300 ft.)
Yamadroke Lake is one of the biggest and beautiful lakes in Tibet. We pass by this lake with about 2 hours drive along its bank. Yamadroke means torquise in Tibetan language. In fact, the lake looks exactly as beautiful as torquise blue during the good weather days. This freshwater lake, unlike other Tibetan lakes, is sweet and non-saline, extending for 624 sq. km., in the shape of two pincers of a large scorpion. You can have a short stop on its bank and enjoy photography here.
Visit Phalkor monastery:
Located in Gyantse and founded jointly by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa Sect and Rabten Kunsang of the Sakyapa Sect in 1418, the Phalkor Monastery has a special influence over Tibet's Buddhism owing to its unification of three different sects, the Gelugpa, the Sakyapa and Bhuton Sects, in a single monastery. The famous Kumbum pagoda, built in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal & Tibetan artists, also stands in the same courtyard with nine story's, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, this is the reason for its name "100,000 Image Pagoda".
Day 08: After breakfast drive to Xigatse - The Estate that Fulfils One's Wishes (12600 ft.) Check into hotel Xigatse or Smilar. It is situated between 29o 02'N and 88o 08'E in the southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region where Nyangchu River joins the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Shigatse is the second biggest town in Tibet and it is the center of transportation and distribution of agriculture and husbandry products from the southeastern part of Tibet. "Shigatse" in Tibetan means the "Estate that fulfills one's Wishes."
Visit Shakya Monastery:
It lies 143km to the Southwest of Shigatse. Shakya Monastery, the center of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, was founded in 1073 by Konchok Gyalpo. During the rule of the Sakyapas the priest patron relationship between Tibet and China was established. Skyapa rulers reigned over Tibet for nearly a hundred years from 13th -14th century. Many of its priceless images frescos, statures, holy scriptures remaining today date back to the time of its founding.
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet. It is located in the town of Sigatse and was founded by Gedun Drup, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelungpa Sect. Gedun Drup is recognized as the first Dalai Lama. It was first built in 1447 and continuously expanded by the successive Panchen Lamas. The Ngagpa College (Tantric College), one of its four monastic colleges, is the residence of the Panchen lamas. The most amazing image in this monastery is the statue of the giant Maitreya (Future Buddha) erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914. It took four years to build this monumental statue which stands twenty six meters high and is composed of 275 Kg. of solid gold, and a great quantity of precious things such as pearls, turquoise, coral and amber. The 4th Panchen Lama's funeral stupa was built in 1662 and it stands eleven meters high and is covered in solid gold and silver.
Day 09: After breakfast drive to Xegar (13800 ft.) Cehck into hotel Everest or Smilar.
A new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, 7 kms. from the main road. With a population of 3000, it is the centre of this large and remote area and a base from which expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched.
Day 10: After breakfast drive to Zhangmu (7000 ft.) Check into hotel Gaynste or Similar.
For Nepali, this place is called Khasa. For Tibetan. better known by the name of Dram. Zhangmu is a small settlement clinging to a hillside, the major trading point between Tibet and Nepal. The climate is quite different from the hinterland. The hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with many waterfalls in summer and impressive ice formations in winter. It has a bank, a post office, a government store, and is presently undergoing a construction boom to meet the demands of trade and tourism.
Day 11:After breakfast drive to Kodari borderand crosses the Friendship Bridget.After clearance at Kodari Immigration and drive to Kathmandu. Check into hotel.
Day 12: Fly from Kathamandu to Bhadrapur, drive to Kakarviata after immigration clearance and drive to Darjeeling 120 km. O/N hotel.
Day 13: Drive from Darjeeling to Gantok 120km. Check into hotel.
DAY14: Early morning excursion to Tshangu Lake situated at a height of 3,780 Mts. with an average depth of 50 ft. The cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Return Back to Gangtok. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 15:Drive to PhunsolingBhutan border Enroute visitRumtek Monastery, Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom, Flower Show, Enchey Monastery & Nam Nam View Point. Overnight at Hotel in Phunsoling border.
Day16: After breakfast driveto Thimphu from Phunsoling borderCheck into hotel.
Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of Chomolhari, looms directly over the dzong. Along the way, see the seventh century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. This temple reflects the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan . After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as watch tower, it now houses the Kingdom's National Museum and features antique thangkha, textiles, weaponsand armor, as well as household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the fortress of the heap of jewels, which has a fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are wall paintings illustrating Buddhist folklore such as the four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from thelife ofMilarepa, Mount Sumeru and cosmic Mandalas.
Thenproceed to Thimphu , the capital town of Bhutan.The road leads through the Paro valley to the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzom where you can see three different style of chorten. A short way beyond, on the left, is Tschogang Lhakhang, the temple of the hill of the excellent horse. It is a private temple, built in the 15th century, after a visit from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. Nearer Thimpu, the Simtokha Dzong . Simtokha means "the place of profound tantric teaching" and now this is a school house for the study of the Dzongkha language. O/N hotel.
Day17: Thimphu – Paro: After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimpu valley includes a visit to the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries-old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; the Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkhas; and the mask-makers' workshop.There are also workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper-making.
In the afternoon, visit Tashichhodzong, the fortress of the glorious dharma. It is the centre of government and religion, the site of the King's Throne room in the National Assembly hall and the seat of Je Khenpo, theChief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan , Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in a traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. There's also time to visittheMemorial Chorten, circumnutated by His Late Majesty's subjects, spinning prayer wheels and murmuring mantras.
Then visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops to see some examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. O/N hotel.
Day18: Departure to Paro Airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu OR DELHI OR CALCUTTA OR BANGKOK etc.
- Twin-sharing accommodation on B/B basis at 3-4* hotel in Kathmanduas per itinerary.During the Tibet tour, Accommodation on twin sharing basis and breakfast daily, Tibet travel permit / Private land transfer by Land Cruiser as per itinerary.LocalEnglish speaking tour guideand monasteries entrance fees as per itinerary.During the Darjeeling and Skkim tour twin- sharing accommodationon B/ B basis as per itinerary, sightseeing in Sikkim wikth local guide, Private transport as per itinerary, air fare from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. Sikkim Permit.During the Bhutan tour Twin-sharing accommodation in the best tourist standard hotel on full board basis, land transfer as per itinerary, cultural show, entrance fees, air fare KTM- Paro – KTM OR etc.
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