Nepal – Tibet Tour

11 Nights – 12 Days

KATHMANDU – LHASA – YAMDOR LAKE – GYANTSE – SHIGATSE – XEGAR – ZHANGMU

This tour takes you to Himalyan kingdoms famous all over the world for amazing landscape, innocent people and unique culture. Nepal, nestled in the lap of Himalayas between India and China has some of the most spectacular sights to offer. Visit Kathmandu where you will find treasures of magnificent ancient art and culture in numerous beautiful monuments, temples, palaces and sculptures. Tibet also known as ‘The roof of the World’ is famous in the world for Tibetan Buddhism and unparallel natural beauty of pristine lake and mighty mountains. First visit Lhasa in Tibet which means ‘place of Gods’ and you will explore Potala Palace, which was once the winter palace of Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of many Buddhists in the world. You will also visit Yamdor lake, Gyantse and Shiatse before returning to Nepal where the tour ends.

1

Day:

Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Located in Kathmandu Valley, city is the cultural center. The city boasts of several tourist attractions that are worth exploring.

Overnight stay in hotel.

2

Day:

Kathmandu

Morning city tour of Kathmandu first visiting Durbar Square which was the residence of Royal Nepalese family until the 19th century. The Square consists of palaces, temples and courtyards, built between 12th and 18th Centuries. It is here that coronation ceremony of kings of Nepal used to take place.

Then visit one of the most curious attractions in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk, the temple of living Goddess, considered to be incarnation of the Hindu mother Goddess. Kathmandu city derived it’s name from this temple.

Continue city tour to visit Swayambhunath, the most glorious stupa in the world. It is one of the most familiar symbols in Nepal where painted eyes of Buddha from the top of 77-m high hillock watch all those who ascend the worn stone steps.

Afternoon visit Pashupatinath and Boudhnath, the largest stupa in Nepal.

Pashupatinath is considered as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destinations and located on the banks of Bagmati river. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are other shrines which are dedicated to other deities. On this site used to be an ancient temple built in AD 879. However, the present structure was erected in 1697 by King Bhupatindra Malla. The temple has a gold-plated roof, silver doors, and finest quality of woodcarvings. Only Hindus and buddhist of Indian and Tibetan descent are allowed inside temple courtiyard.

Boudhanath is South Asia’s largest stupa. In 1950s when refugees entered Nepal from Tibet , they decided to make it their home and they constructed various gompas, and that is how this places was also called the “Little Tibet” of Nepal.

Overnight stay at hotel.

3

Day:

Kathmandu

Morning visit Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon.

Bhaktapur Darbar Square is a collection of shikhara-style temples and pagoda. Which are scattered around brick and wood palace which has fifty-five windows. This is the most fascinating architectural masterpiece and it also highlights the ancient arts of the valley. Other places of major interest are The Lion Gate, The Golden Gate, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla and The Art Gallery.

Afternoon visit Patan which is known for artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. It is also a World Heritage Site. There is a museum which has a good collection of bronze statues and besides other items. There is an important 17th century Hindu stone temple here dedicated to Krishna. Patan also has a Tibetan Refugee Camp which was set up in 1960.

Rest of the day is free.

Overnight stay.

4

Day:

KATHMANDU – LHASA ( BY FLIGHT –1 HOUR 25 MINUTES)

Transfer to Kathmandu airport to board flight for Lhasa. Lhasa Gongkar Airport is 70 km from the city. Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to hotel.

On the way your sightseeing consists of Lhasa River and Yarlungzanpo River. You may ask your driver for a photo stop.

Other scenic places en-route are mountains and the Nyetang Giant Buddha.

Arrival at hotel and overnight stay. We suggest clients to have complete rest on 1st day for acclimatization.

5

Day:

LHASA

After Breakfast, start your tour of Lhasa visiting Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and the Summer Palace, Norbulinka.

Potala Palace also known as winter palace is the highest ancient palace in the world. It is located on the Red Hill, 130 meters above Lhasa Valley and the Palace further rises 170 meters making it highest monument in Tibet. It is an imposing structure with more than 10000 shrines and 1000 rooms. Here, you will find best Tibetan art as the palace has a number of elaborate murals and stunning statues. It also has tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.

Sera Monastery, founded in 1419 is 5 km away from Lhasa town at the base of Mount Purbuchok. and it had several colleges. Sera Monastery was an important center for learning for Buddhist monks and more than 5000 monks used to live here. The important structures inside the monastery include Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories).The most intersting feature in this monastery is 9 meter image of Maitraya which was built in 1419.

Not very far from Potala Palace, you will visit Norbulingka which means ‘Treasure Park’ in Tibetan language. It is situated at the bank of the Kyichu River. It has the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.

Construction of Norbulingka began in the 1740. Seventh Dalai Lama liked this place and Qing magistrate built a palace here. Later it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas, where they solved the political problems and held festive celebrations. The park is now open to general public.

Overnight stay.


6

Day:

LHASA

Morning breakfast at the hotel and start the tour first visiting Drepung Monastery which is a beautiful landscaped monastery founded in 1416. Gradually, more extensive newer buildings were added, including an assembly hall, tantric hall, representations of Buddha’s body, speech and mind, and monks’ quarters. The monastery was known for high standards of academic study and there were thousands of monk student not only from Tibet, but also from China, Himalayan India, Mongolia and other places.

Continue tour to visit Jokhang Temple which is located on Barkhor Square. It was built by Kind Songsten Gampo to celebrate his marriage with Chinese princess who was a Buddhist. The most important part of the Jokhang Temple is the many chapels surrounding the temple.

Also visit Barkhor Street which surrounds Jokhang Temple and has a history of over 1000 years. It is one of major tourist attractions because of its unique hisorical, cultural, religious, ethnic and commercial characteristics. You will find Tibetan handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, paintings and various other interesting souvenirs in this place.

Overnight stay

7

Day:

LHASA – YAMDOR LAKE – GYANTSE

After breakfast departure for Gyantse.

Stop en-route to visit Drolma Lhakang Temple and also enjoy beautiful scorpion shaped Yamdrok Lake on the way.

Drolma Lhakang temple is situated 25 km west of Lhasa. Although this temple may look small and may be ingnored by many toursit but it was here that greatest master Atisha spent last years of his life. This temple is dedicated to Drolma or Tara, a famous female bhodisattava.

You will drive along the Yamdrok lake for about an hour before reaching Gyantse. you will reach the foothill of Kampa la. From its view point, you will have best view of Yamdrok Lake. You will see the sky blue water which is snow capped in winter. You will drive along the Yamdrok lake for about an hour to Gyantse.

Check in at hotel for overnigh stayt in Gyantse.

8

Day:

GYANTSE – SHIGATSE

(90 KM, 2 HOURS )

Morning breakfast at the hotel and then visit Gyantse.

The first stop is at Kumbum which was founded in 1427 by a Gyantse prince. It has nine levels and is 35 meters high. It is surrounded by golden dome and contains 77 chapels. Many statues were destroyed during cultural revolution and replaced by clay images due to which it may lack aritistic merits or the original.

Also visit Pelku Chode which is a Monastery inside the compound of Kumbum.

Later drive to Shigatse. Arrival and check in at hotel for overnight stay.

9

Day:

SHIGATSE – XEGAR

(245 KM, 6 HOURS)

After breakfast, visit Shigatse which is Tibet’s second most important city.

Start your tour with visit of Tashilunpo Monastery which was seat of Panchen Lamas. Founded in 1447, it is the largest yello Hat sect Monastery in Tibet. Upon the death of a Pancham Lama, it was four abbots of this Monastery that would lead the search for his infant re-incarnation. Within the Monastery, there is a five storey temple which contains a 26 meters sitting statue of Maitreya Buddha which was cast from 6,700 ounces of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper making it the biggest copper Buddhist statue in the world. There is also a massive Thangka wall at Tashilunpo which is visible from various points in Shigaste. The wall is used for displaying enormous Thangkas – religious painted banners on certain days during festivals.

After sight-seeing drive to Xegar for overnight stay.

10

Day:

XEGAR – ZHANGMU

(260 KM, 6 HOURS)

After breakfast, leave for Zhangmu.

Drive along the Friendship Highway. You will cross two high passes Lablung La ( 5, 124m) and Tong La ( 5, 120m). Nyalmo Tong La is decorated with multicolored prayer flags fluttering in the wind. With clear view, the Mt. Everest appears on one side and on the other side the enormous Gauri Shankar ranges stretch forward in the distance. There are various waterfalls en-route and the road drops sharply along the bank of a river.

Reach Zhangmu-the last Chinese frontier town, check in and overnight stay.

11

Day:

ZHANGMU – KATHMANDU

(105 KM, 5 HOURS)

After breakfast departure for Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Nepalese border, complete the custom formalities and walk down to the other side of friendship bridge where our Nepalese representative will receive you and take you to Kathmandu.

Rest of the day is free for independent activities or last minute shopping.

Overnight stay.

12

Day:

DEPARTURE

Morning transfer to Kathmandu airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

Click here to send us information of your trip and we shall send you soonest possible.

Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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