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Welcome to Nepal! Kathmandu airport arrival transfer to your hotel.
Today we explore Kathmandu and its surrounds. The highlights include the Buddhist Stupas of Bodhnath and Swayambhunath, which are fabulous examples of Buddhist temple architecture and a great place to observe Buddhist life and culture. We’ll also explore Patan Durbar Square, home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. This evening enjoy dinner and a cultural Nepali dance performance.
Today we drive to Kirtipur, also known as the City of Glory. After Kirtipur visit we drive to the popular New road and walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square also know as Basantapur Durbar Square a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day at leisure or take an incredible optional scenic flight (book and pay locally) over the Himalayas to see mighty Everest.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the fabled city of Lhasa - ‘Ground of the Gods,’ where you receive a short briefing and then the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise.
Begin exploration of this mythical city by visiting the Sera monastery, which is still a working retreat 600 years after its foundation as a main teaching monastery. The highlight of the day is a visit to the holiest shrine in Tibet, the 7th Century Jokhang Temple, which houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha. The exterior of the temple isn’t exceptional but the electric atmosphere and buzz of activity inside is truly captivating. Crowds of Tibetan pilgrims travel around each of the chapels, praying and prostrating themselves with varying degrees of exertion and frequency along the way. Final stop of the day will be the bustling Barkhor Bazaar.
Exploration of Lhasa continues with a visit to the city’s most enduring image - the Potala Palace. The winter home of the Dalai Lamas and a masterpiece in design; the Potala Palace is a towering 13 stories high and contains thousands of rooms. The palace really is the heart of Tibet, its (exiled) government and people. Then we take a short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery. Formerly one of the largest monasteries of Tibet, housing 10,000 monks, it was torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and its walls and statues continue to be rebuilt today.
Sadly your last day with us with your departure airport transfer.