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Tibet - Famed Historical Cities
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* A mesmerizing dramatic  journey on the Trans-Himalayan highway dramatic landscapes, rich Buddhist culture
* Isolated rolling valleys, traditional villages, crossing of thrilling pass, enriched with flora
* And fauna amidst the towering  peaks and breathe-taking views

Introduction:
An adventurous journey which covers most of the best parts of Tibet. Truly a fabulous journey which offers awesomely beautiful rock formation, cascades and canyons slightly hidden under the thin mists. With numerous high passes with stunning views of the picturesque landscape,  rural villages, large meadows with nomad camps scattered all around the overland trip is one of the best in short duration.

Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime.

This leisure, short trip to Lhasa offers you an experience to be in the world's highest plateau and observe the day to day life as it was for past centuries. Although at present, the city of Lhasa is a mixture of old and new, the new Lhasa is a modern town, having a network of streets, apartments, hotels and stores. The old city of Lhasa dates back to 6-7th centaury is round the Jorkhang temple, from here one can still see Lhasa of the old days with pilgrims, traders, people from all walks of life. In Lhasa,we will be visiting interesting places from the busy markets of Barkhor, monasteries, and the famed, magnificent Potala Palace which stands majestically over the Lhasa Valley.

A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape cast an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A sweeping panoramic flight over the mighty Himalayas includes the breathtaking views of Everest and Makalu.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang, 3,550m
Day 04: Drive to Samye Monastery and continue towards Lhasa 3,650m .
Day 05-06: In Lhasa for sightseeing at places of interest.
Day 07: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse, 3,950 m 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse, 3,900 m 2 hrs.
Day 09: At Shigatse.
Day 10: Drive to Lhasa, 3,650m.
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 12-13: In Kathmandu for independent activities.
Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 13 Apr-26 Apr  Available
 11 May-24 May  Available
 15 Jun-28 Jun  Available
 21 Sep-04 Oct  Available
 12 Oct-25 Oct  Available
Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m. 

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, regarding the trips, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal / Tibet.
   
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang (3,550m)

 

Fly from Kathmandu to Gongar Airport near Lhasa, if the weather is clear enough you can have the spectacular view of World’s highest peaks including Mount Everest.

Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to the International Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities (keep your pen-knife-lighter-matches and other sharp cutting items including scissors in the bigger baggage not in hand bags) board in the large Boeing 757 China Airline for the sweeping panoramic flight to Tibet, on arrival you will be received at the Gongar Airport by our Tibetan counterpart. After a great panoramic flight few hours drive to the Hotel at Tsedang. Tsedang, is 60 miles / 96 km east of the Gongar Airport, in a region of Southern Tibet known as Lhoka. Due to the relatively low elevation of the Yarlung Valley, which is almost 400 feet 120 metre lower than the Lhasa Valley. This is why we chose Tsedang on the very first day of this Tibet trip which is an ideal location to spend the day and to get acclimatize on this high altitude and getting in shape for the rest of the Tibet tour.

On reaching Tsedang transfer to Hotel Tsedang, afternoon tour of the ancient monastery and Yambu Lagang, the palace of Tibet's first king and the oldest building in Tibet. Many of the historical sites and monasteries near Tsedang are now mostly in ruins or have disappeared. Ancient Tibetan legend belief is that near Yarlung Valley, there is one of the four most sacred peaks in Tibet. Near its summit is the cave where the Bodhisattava Chenriz, in the form of a monkey-king, mated with an ogress to create the first Tibetan people. The name Tsetang means "Playground" the place where offspring played.

   
Day 04:

Drive to Samye Monastery and continue towards Lhasa (3,650m).

 

Our tour begins after early breakfast in the Hotel. Our Tibetan guide will pick you for a short drive to Samye Monastery after an hour drive to the bank of the great river Yarlung Tsangpo (Bhramaputra) here we cross the river on a ferry which takes about twenty minutes on reaching the other side of the shore, we take a truck or whatever vehicle is available for a short ride to the Samye Monastery area.

Samye Monastery, this was the first monastery established in Tibet, located on the north bank of Yarlung Tsangpo river, south east of Lhasa. It was constructed by Padmasambhava (Guru Ringboche) and Santarakshita between A.D. 763 and 775 in the reign of King Dristen Detsen. The Samye monastery was modeled on the university of Odantapuri in India and was made on a plan representing the mount Sumeru(Rirab) which is considered the axis of universe. The four pagodas in white, blue, green and red represents the four worlds in the north, south, east and west of the universe. Smaller temples represents the island between the worlds. The main temple is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara (Chenresi). According to a legend, Padmasambhava magically compelled Tibetan demons to collect stones and wood each night for construction by men during day. The Nagas (serpent deities) procured the funds.

This famous monastery was the site of a major Buddhist council called "Council of Samye' held there in 792-794, Two learned teachers, one from India and the other from China participated in the debate. India was represented by Kamlasila and China by Hashang. From Samye, after crossing this large river on a Ferry, Our tour continues with an overland scenic drive towards Lhasa.

   
Day 05-06:

In Lhasa – sightseeing tour

  Guided tour in Lhasa in Lhasa, you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace, Sera or Drepung Monastery. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa. A completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilization. Will visit the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the cultural revolution but are now being rebuilt. We will also visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days.
   
Day 07:

Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m) 5-6 hrs

  This is about five hours driving from Lhasa on the scenic route to Gyantse, the drive passes over the high Khamba-la at 4,900m and by the beautiful Yamdrok Tso (lake) and through small towns and rural villages before reaching Gyantse, the journey leads over the Karo-la pass at 5,050m with great close view of Nazong Kang Tsa Peak which is over 7,000m  and its ice fall close to the road, drive continues for another two hours to Gyantse for the overnight stop. On arrival transfer to Hotel Gyantse, time permitting  visit the Khumbum Stupa area or it can be done in the morning time before the drive to Shigatse.
   
Day 08:

Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) 2 hrs.

  Today's drive leads to the Tibet's second largest city at Shigatse, the drive is about 90 k.m. driving distance which takes less than two hours. On reaching at Tibet's second largest city transfer to the best available Hotel. The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable. Afternoon free an optional walk to the old market area.
   
Day 09:

At Shigatse.

  In Shigatse, visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha).  Afternoon free for individual activities.
   
Day 10:

Drive to Lhasa (3,500m).

  From Shigatse, today's route will lead on the main Shigatse / Lhasa Highway which is much shorter than the previous route, the drive is more comfortable on the newly tarmac road, which takes only 3-4 hours to reach Lhasa. The last night in Tibet, with time for independent activities like shopping.
   
Day 11:

Fly back to Kathmandu

  Early morning as per the flight time less than two hours drive reaches you at Gongor Airport, on reaching the airport and after the custom and immigration formalities board on the plane for the panoramic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu.Reaching Kathmandu International airport our staff will receive you and transfer you back to the Hotel.
   
Day 12-13:

In Kathmandu.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff or the office if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 14:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Tibet for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa.
 4.  Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu & Tibet as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 5.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu.
 6.  Transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 7.  All applicable Travel Permit and Entry fees in Tibet.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal & Tibet entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Tibet Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Tibet - Famed Historical Cities
  • Trip Duration : 14 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Cultural Tour
  • Highest Altitude : 5050 m
  • Month : Apr-Nov

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