Tibet, Nepal & Bhutan Tour

512: 11 Days Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and the mysterious holy land of Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims
  • Appreciate the artistic carvings and statue of the historic spots in Kathmandu
  • Feast your eyes on Bhutanese-style natural & cultural relics
Norbulingka ParkPotala PalaceTibetan peopleKathmandu Durbar SquareOverlooking the Himalayas from Dochula PassLocal people in Bhutan
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, our guide and driver will wait for you at the airport exit and will transfer you to the hotel to check in. You will have a good rest to get accustomed to the high altitude and get prepared for your Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour in the afternoon. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 2 Lhasa
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Norbulingka Park
Norbulingka Park
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the Drepung Monastery. Built in 1416, it is composed of many white buildings reclining against the hillside on a grand scale. Next, we will head for another famous temple called Sera Monastery to watch a great religious event - the furious debating over Buddhist texts. At about 3pm, many monks wearing red robes will start the debate in an open ground. Their emphatic cadences and exaggerated body languages always attract a lot of tourists to stop by and watch. Later, a visit to Norbulingka Park will be included today for you to catch a vista of a beautiful botanical garden in Lhasa. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 3 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Rock Painting, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Today we will set out for the Potala Palace after breakfast. Upon arrival, you will be amazed at the Potala's grandiose scale and pretty appearance. At a height of 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft), the Potala Palace mainly consists of white and red palaces, and houses about seventy thousand cultural relics and a lot of rare gold, silver and jewelry treasures for visitors' appreciation. Afterwards, we will appreciate the Rock Painting which reflects Tibetan cultures.

In the afternoon, we will take you to the Jokhang Temple, a Buddhist pilgrimage attracting abundant pilgrims daily. Outside the Jokhang Temple, the prosperous Barkhor Street and its nearby nunnery will be visited later. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 4 Lhasa - Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. (B)
Tibetan people
Tibetan people
Today, you will be escorted to the airport to catch the flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, our local guide and driver will transfer you to check into the hotel and you will continue on with your Tibet Nepal Bhutan tour package.

After settling down, you will be accompanied to the distinguished Swayambhunath Stupa. Located on a mountaintop in the scenic Kathmandu valley, this stupa is also known as Monkey Temple, because about 3,000 lovely monkeys can be seen here along both sides of the stone steps to this pagoda. Later, get into the car to reach Kathmandu Durbar Square to appreciate many ancient buildings and well-decorated palaces and temples there. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya
Day 5 Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Patan - Kathmandu
Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur City (Bhaktapur Durbar Square & Dattatreya Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple. (B+L)
In the morning, you will be guided to tour the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple and the bowl-shaped Boudhanath Stupa in succession. Afterwards, we will go to Bhaktapur City to catch the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, an open air museum containing plenty of palaces, pagodas and temples, and the distinctive Dattatreya Temple by a private drive. 

After lunch, we will drive to Patan to admire the remarkable art of the buildings in its Durbar Square. Next, we will go to see the gold-filled Golden Temple to conclude the day trip. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya
Day 6 Kathmandu - Chandragiri Hill - Kathmandu
Chandragiri Hill with cable car, afternoon is free at leisure, dance show with Nepalese dinner. (B+D)
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Today's private Nepal tour begins with the beautiful Chandragiri Hill in the morning. Accompanied by our guide, you will board the round trip cable car for the uphill jaunt after alighting from the vehicle. Viewing the rolling peaks and verdant forests under the telpher, you might feel like you are inside a pretty painting doodled with blue sky and white clouds as well as fine views. 

At about noon, you can have lunch at your own expense. Then you will be free to spend the rest of the day as you wish after returning to Kathmandu. In the evening, a hearty Nepalese dinner with an excellent dance show will be arranged in a fancy restaurant for you to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya
Day 7 Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu
Fly to Paro, Bhutan & drive 1 hour to Thimphu, pass by Tamchog Lhakhang Iron Bridge, National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Motithang Takin Preserve & Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho Dzong). (B+L+D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Paro. After your arrival in Bhutan, the guide and driver will pick you up and drive 1 hour to Thimphu. Along the way, you can have a nice glimpse at the unique Tamchog Lhakhang Iron Bridges alongside. 

We continue on to Thimphu to check into the hotel with the guide's help. After some rest, you will be led to the National Memorial Chorten, landmark of Thimphu to have a look, and the Buddha Dordenma Statue will be toured after that. Then, the national treasure Takin, with its sheep-like head and cow-like body, can be seen when you alight from our private car at Motithang Takin Preserve. Afterwards, we will arrange a visit to the pretty castle Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho Dzong) to round off the day. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Tashi Yoedling or similar
Day 8 Thimphu - Punakha
General Post Office, Hand Made Paper Factory, Drive 3 hours to Punakha, stopover at Dochula Pass, Punakha Dzong (Fortress), Wooden Suspension Bridge. (B+L+D)
Overlooking the Himalayas from Dochula Pass
Overlooking the Himalayas from Dochula Pass
This morning, we will head for General Post Office, and you can make a stamp with your own picture in this must-see site in Bhutan. Later, the Hand Made Paper Factory will awaits your visit.

After lunch, we will take a 3 hours' drive to Punakha. En route, have a stopover at Dochula Pass, which provides a great platform for viewing the eastern stretches of the Himalayas. Next, we continue our car ride to the rustic Punakha Dzong (Fortress) encircled by mountains with fine surroundings. At last, pay a visit to the Wooden Suspension Bridge for sightseeing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lobesa Lodge or similar
Day 9 Punakha - Paro
Rinchengang village, Punakha Nunnery, hike to Fertility Temple, Drive around 4 hours to Paro, explore Paro Dzong, National Museum, Kichu Lhakhang (Temple), a local farm house. (B+L+D)
In the morning, the quiet Rinchengang village will unveil today's Bhutan tour package. Later, you will be driven to the distinctive Punakha Nunnery. Upon exiting the nunnery, our guide will lead you to hike through the beautiful terraced fields to Fertility Temple for a panoramic view of the rural countryside of Punakha. 

After lunch, get into the car for around a 4-hour drive to Paro. After arriving, an exploration to Paro Dzong will enable you to enjoy the fascinating scenery of the Paro Valley over this mountaintop Buddhism temple. Next, you will be exposed to the cultural and religious relics inside the National Museum. Then the sacred Kichu Lhakhang (Temple) and a local farm house will be toured in succession.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort or similar
Day 10 Paro
Trekking to the famous Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang), the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong, Paro Town. (B+L+D)
Local people in Bhutan
Local people in Bhutan
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to start a Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang) trekking. Situated on the 914-meter (3,000-feet) high sheer cliffs in Paro Valley, the Tiger's Nest is composed of four halls and some residential districts, which are constructed irregularly due to the precipitous terrain, thus seeming like a giant tiger climbing in the cliff. Besides, many figures of Buddha and exquisite frescos can be seen inside the temple after trekking. 

In the afternoon, after a visit to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong, our guide will driver you to experience the natural scenery of Paro Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort or similar
Day 11 Departure from Paro
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Today, this 11-day memorable Nepal Bhutan Tibet itinerary will come to an end. Our guide and driver will come to get you at the hotel and then transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. We wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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