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Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday! You’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your trip.
This morning there is the option to take a stunning scenic flight over the mountains and after breakfast 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.
On day 3 we take the long drive to Chitwan National Park. Hailed as one of Asia’s finest game parks, Chitwan is home to elephants and rhinos, sloth bears and striped hyenas. Upon arrival you will be checked into your hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure in this most beautiful setting.
Early rise this morning where we will take a safari into the park with the chance to see wild rhinos and and elephants among others. Later you have the opportunity to trek around the NP on foot where more treasures can be found. Later this evening we head back to the hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
Today we drive to scenic Pokhara, gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which consists of five mountains over 7200m and Machhapuchare Mountain at 7000m. The local people believe that Machhapuchare is sacred to the god Shiva and therefore is off limits to climbing. There’s time to relax this afternoon.
An early start today as we drive to Sarangkot enjoying the views and observing local people, villages and farms. After breakfast we visit the thundering waterfall known as Devi’s falls. We then visit a 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. Returning to our hotel the afternoon is free for you to enjoy - consider opting to go mountain biking, paragliding, boating and horse riding, or if you prefer why not unwind down by the lake.
This morning after breakfast we head to the airport for our onward flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel and will have the remainder of the day at leisure.
After we take a full tour of this mystical place where we take in the beautiful Durbar Square.
Early this morning we head to the airport for our flight to the capital of Tibet and the Buddhist Kingdom of Lhasa. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Today after breakfast we head just north of Lhasa is the Sera monastery which after 600 years, is still a working retreat, although these days only hundreds of monks rattle around in the massive buildings that were built for thousands. It is one of the great Gelukpa ‘Universities’ where you can witness the monks learning scriptures in the Debating Garden. We’ll also explore the fascinating Jokhang temple which is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha, around which, in varying degrees of exertion, all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point in their lifetime.
Continuing our exploration of Lhasa, we travel to the Potala Palace - an enduring symbol of Lhasa and the winter home of the Dalai Lama. Our sightseeing also includes the monastery of Drepung; once the largest monastery in the world, home to 10,000 monks, but tragically torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and still rebuilding its walls and status today.
Today is a free day for you to relax or furthermore independently explore the city.
Departing Lhasa, we head off along the Friendship Highway to the attractive city of Gyantse. The journey is incredibly scenic, crossing two mountain passes, the Kambala pass (4794m) and Karola (5010m) pass via the beautiful lake Yamdrok Tso. Gyantse is 3rd largest town in Tibet but most influenced by Chinese attractions.
Gyantse‘s main highlight is the Kumbum, constructed in 1440, it is an eight storey building and the best preserved example of unique Tibetan architecture. Kumbum means “a hundred thousand images” and this fabulous building is lavishly decorated, with paintings smothering the walls and topped with a gold dome. After sightseeing at the Kumbum stupa and Phalor Monastery in Gyantse we continue our journey to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Upon arrival we visit the free Tibetan market and the Tashilunpo Monastery; a huge monastic compound of golden roofed buildings and cobbled lanes, founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447.
Be prepared for a bumpy ride driving through the spellbinding Everest Region to Xegar which was once the Capital of the Tingri region. Here we visit the impressive Xegar Dzong (fortress).
This morning drive the Pangla pass to the Rongbuk; at 4930metres above sea level, it is the world’s highest monastery and the spectacular views of Everest’s north face are well worth the arduous journey. The Himalayas boast eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world and extend across 2400 kilometres. The mighty Mount Everest has the world’s tallest peak and today we visit it’s famous base camp; the starting point of many intrepid expeditions to reach its lofty summit. We spend a few hours exploring the area before taking a short drive south to the town of Old Tingri (via the stunning Lamna pass), where we spend the night.
Today begin the journey back to Nepal, driving up to the steep Lalung La Pass, where we’ll be treated to some amazing views of the Himalayas and Everest, before our sharp decent along narrow windy roads, through lush forested mountainsides and deep gorges. Continue to the Tibet-Nepal border town of Zangmu. Crossing the border back into Nepal we stop at a border resort for the night where bungee jumping and rafting are available to book locally if you’re feeling adventurous!
Today we drive to Bhaktapur, a typical Newari town. Despite its close proximity to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur seems worlds apart. This enchanting old town is peacefully traffic free and has retained its centuries old traditions, crafts and trades. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is home to beautifully carved Malla dynasty palaces and pagodas and the cobblestone streets, temples, shrines and squares are full of character.
This morning we drive to the airport for the flight to Paro in Bhutan. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the airport.
This morning we drive from Paro Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Driving through the Paro valley, en route to Thimphu gaze out upon silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering its way through the thick forested ravine, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower).
Today we have a full days tour which will include the impressive Pungthang Dewachen Gi Phodrang or The Palace of Great Happiness. It was constructed Tuebi Zaow Balip under the great command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 and believed to have been completed in two years of time period. It is also the country's most beautiful Dzong.It is the winter residence of Bhutan's Central Monastic Body led by HH the Je Khenpo. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa.
Today is your last day of sightseeing in Bhutan, we will take you to see the impressive Wandgu Podrang and Chimi Lakhang, the remainder of the day you are free at your own leisure.
This morning after breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu and have the remaining time at leisure.
This is the end of your adventure. We will transfer you to the airport,bid you fare well as your board your flight home.