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Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday! You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Today enjoy guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Admire the view from Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines, also known as Monkey Temple because of the many holy monkeys residing here. Visit the large and beautiful Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath, before exploring magical Durbar Square - a complex of royal palaces and temples, and the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Conclude the day with a visit to the Pashputinath Temple complex which is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu.
This morning there is the option to take a stunning scenic flight over the Himalayan mountains and enjoy spectacular views of Everest - the world's highest mountain (book and pay locally). After breakfast we take a short drive to Kirtipur, also known as the City of Glory. The well-preserved old town contrasts developed Kathmandu with its unpaved narrow lanes. Admire the amazing views of the Kathmandu Valley from the top point of Kirtipur. We continue to the historic town of Patan, sometimes referred to as Lalitpur, meaning City of Beauty, and admire the rich collection of temples and monasteries in the area.
On the morning of day 4 transfer to Chitwan National Park by public tourist bus (upgrade to private transfer available), arriving in the afternoon. Chitwan is hailed as one of Asia’s finest game parks and contains many animals including elephants and rhinos, sloth bears and striped hyenas. The remains of day 4 and all of day 5 allows for free time for you to choose from the various optional activities available in stunning Chitwan National Park. Take a nature walk, a jungle drive, ride on an elephant or journey in a dugout canoe and admire the scenery - if you are lucky you may even see an elusive tiger!
Today travel onward to spectacular Pokhara gateway by public tourist bus (upgrade to private transfer available) to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which consists of five mountains over 7200m including the Machhapuchare, which although falling short of 7000m, is one of the most extraordinary mountains due to its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. The local people believe it is sacred to the god Shiva and therefore is off limits to climbing. Upon arrival this afternoon, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Landmark Hotel
An early start as you are driven to Sarangkot enjoying the views of the landscapes and mountains and observing local people, villages and farms. After breakfast visit the thundering waterfall known as Devi’s falls where the Pardi River, which drains Phewa Lake, enters a grottoed channel and sinks underground in a sudden rush of foam and fury. We then visit Tashi Ling Tibetan Village and Tibetan refugee camp, a local school and monastery, and have the chance to pick up some souvenirs from small stalls and a carpet-weaving hall, before returning to our hotel. There is some free time to participate in optional activities like paragliding, mountain biking, cycling, and horse riding, or if you prefer why not unwind down by the lake. Overnight Landmark Hotel
Today we fly back to Kathmandu where you will be transferred to the Hill Station town of Nagarkot located a short distance from the city – Spend the afternoon to explore the area.
This morning transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your fantastic scenic flight to Tibet - the ‘Roof of the World’. Rising more than 2 miles above sea level the Tibetan plateau is a mystical realm of breathtaking mountain scenery, spectacular Buddhist architecture and fascinating culture. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa, where the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise.
Today enjoy a guided tour of the autonomous region's capital. Sightseeing includes a visit to the beautiful Potala Palace - the dominant landmark of Lhasa, towering 117 meters above the city below. Sightseeing also includes the Sera Monastery and Norbulinka monastery - the Dalai Lama's summer palace which was completed in 1783 under the Eighth Dalai Lama. Set in beautiful grounds with fountains, chapels and pools, Norbulinka is located on the outskirts of Lhasa and it is from here that the present Dalai Lama fled in the 1950's. Sera Monastery is still a working retreat, 600 years after its foundation as a main teaching monastery and one of the three great Gelukpa 'universities' once housing more than 5500 monks.
Another full day of sightseeing in the fabled city of Lhasa, visiting the 15th century Drepung Monastery, formerly one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, once housing 10,000 monks and bustling Barkhor Street. The highlight of the day is a visit to Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and important temple in Tibet and also the most captivating. There is an electric atmosphere as crowds of pilgrims travel around the chapels, praying and prostrating themselves.
Your tour with us comes to an end today. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight. We hope you enjoyed your holiday!