Tibet, Kathmandu & India Experience

508: 14 Days Lhasa - Kathmandu - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Follow us on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Tibet & appreciate the profound culture
  • Potala Palace, essence of ancient architecture & the treasure house of arts in Tibet
  • Appreciate the artistic carvings and statue of the historic spots in Kathmandu
  • Discover the golden triangle cities of India: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
A Sadhu in Katmandu
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Golden roof of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Your Tibet-Nepal-India tour starts today! As per your convenience, you can fly to Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian etc. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and present you a piece of white Hada, which is a common practice in Tibet for welcoming distinguished guests. Then the guide will transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 2 Lhasa
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Drepung Monastery
Today's Tibet tour starts from Drepung Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist shrine in Tibet with white residences and scarlet halls leaning against the hill tier upon tier. After that, proceed to Sera Monastery. Constructed in 1419, it is the second largest monastery in Lhasa. Wandering around, you will be dazzled by its unique Tibetan architecture, colorful frescos, fluttering prayer flags and sutra pillars. You will then be accompanied to visit Norbulingka Park, built in the 1740s as a summer resort for Dalai Lama - the religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 3 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Rock Painting (Sangjiedonggu), Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
The local people
In the morning, our guide will lead you to the magnificent Potala Palace, one of the highlights in your 14 days Nepal and India tour from Tibet. It was initially built in the 7th century and renovated several times afterwards. It consists of the White Palace and the Red Palace. Nowadays, the White Palaces serves as a place for holding vital religious rituals while Dalai Lama lives and conducts political activities in the Red Palace. You are also able to view a large collection of historical items, including statues, frescos, Tangka, ancient codes and records... 

Then, you will be guided to view the Rock Painting (Sangjiedonggu). After that, continue the tour to Jokhang Temple. With a history of over 650 years, it enshrines the statue of Sakyamuni at age eight, therefore has become the sacred place among local Tibetan Buddhist believers. After that, we will take a stroll around the bustling Barkhor Street and then pay a visit to a nunnery. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 4 Lhasa - Kathmandu
Visit a Tibet family. Fly to Kathmandu, airport pick-up & transfer to hotel, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur city. (B)
Prayers wheels at the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Before heading for Nepal, you will have one last exploration to a local Tibetan family to experience their local life. Then our guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Our local guide will meet you outside the customs of the airport and transfer you to the downtown hotel. 

After a short rest, we will start this private Kathmandu journey with Pashupatnath Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. As the temple is only open to Hindus, you could take pictures of the splendid buildings on the viewing platform across the river. Then we will drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, about 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Kathmandu. It showcases the Medieval Nepali architectural art. Among all the splendid buildings, a royal palace with 55 carved wooden windows is the most outstanding one and worth taking pictures of. After that, you will be transferred back to hotel in Kathmandu by our comfortable vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya
Day 5 Kathmandu
Chandragiri Hill with cable car, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa. (B+L)
A Corner Shop in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our guide will escort you to Chandragiri Hill and accompany you to take a cable car uphill. You could get refreshed by the cool air and an eyeful of lush plants. Afterward, we will head for another famous square, Patan Durbar Square, which is considered an expo of typical Newar architecture combining both Indian and Nepali styles. 

Today's visit will end up with the Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. After taking pictures of it, we will reverse the trip back to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya
Day 6 Kathmandu
Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, some free time in the afternoon, dance show with Nepalese dinner. (B+D)
Today's Nepal and India tour from Lhasa starts with Swayambhunath Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Nepal, which has been around for over 2,500 years. Then continue our journey to Kathmandu Durbar Square. As the most noted square in Kathmandu, the square assembles over 50 splendid temples and palaces built between 16th and 19th century. The magnificent Nepali architecture, exquisite decorations and numerous historical items will show you the unique culture of the country.

This afternoon, you will have some free time exploring the city on your own. At night, our guide will pick you up and escort you to attend a dance show while enjoying Nepalese dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya
Day 7 Kathmandu - Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi. Airport pick up & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for you at leisure. (B)
Please take your entire belongings to check out the hotel. We will transfer you to the airport and see you off to take a flight to Varanasi. The next stop of this Tibet-Nepal-India tour is Varanasi. Our Indian representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After a short rest, you may set out for your own exploration of the city or rest at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ramada Plaza
Day 8 Varanasi - Agra
A boat ride on River Ganges, Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats. Rest day is at leisure to discover the city. In the evening, transfer to railway station & board train to Agra. (B)
After breakfast, we will enjoy a boat ride on River Ganges to see Hindus praying and bathing on ghats along the bank, among which Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats usually gather a large number of devotees. Also you might have a chance to witness the cremation ceremony holding on the ghats. The rest of the day is free for you to discover the city on your own. 

At night, our driver will escort you to the railway station and help you check in for an overnight train to Agra.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight Train
Day 9 Agra
Railway station pick-up & transfer to hotel, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort. (B)
Rickshaws in the street, Katmandu
Upon your arrival in Agra, our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel for a short break. Then we will set out to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal means Crown Palace. The Muslim Emperor Shah Jahan had it built in honor of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose tomb was kept in the lower chamber of the Mausoleum. Over 20,000 men, including renowned architects and craftsmen of the day, exerted their talent to create such as a fabulous wonder in 20 years. Please have your camera ready to capture the beauty of this elegant work.

About 15 km (9 miles) away from Taj Mahal, you will see the other splendid building, Agra Fort. The construction of the fort lasted 10 years during the 17th century. In the scarlet luxurious fortress, there are over 500 magnificent palaces, such as Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, and many beautiful mosques.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton
Day 10 Agra - Fatephur Sikri - Jaipur
Drive to visit Fatehpur Sikri, then continue drive to Jaipur & check in at hotel. Rest time is free at leisure. (B)
After checking out the hotel, we will have an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. You will see chambers of Hindu, Islamic and Christian styles in the castle, which were built to satisfy the needs of the three wives of Akbar the Great, who believed in different religions. 

After that, continue our driving to Jaipur, a city that is totally in pink. After settling in a local hotel, you may take your time to hang out in this Pink City and encounter buildings with pink walls, windows and domes lining orderly along the streets.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton
Day 11 Jaipur - Amer Fort - Jaipur
Amer Fort, ascend the fort by walking or on an elephant's back or in jeep, Maharaja City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal. (B)
A Sadhu in Katmandu
A Sadhu in Katmandu
We will spend the whole morning sightseeing the Amer Fort. You can go uphill by walking, riding an elephant, or taking a jeep. While visiting, you will encounter several grandiose palaces with typical Indian domes, slender grilles, flowery stone carvings and marble columns. Among them, the most gorgeous one is the Sheesh Mahal (aka Palace of Mirrors) which glistens with dazzling light because of countless convex mirrors and colorful stones covering the interior walls.

In the afternoon, you will first visit the City Palace which was the former imperial palace and now is still inhabited by imperial descendants. Then walk to the Jantar Mantar to see many old and strange brick facilities, each of which played special roles in astronomical observation in the past. Your last stop today is the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. As an important landmark of the city, its grand pink wall carved with 953 windows will definitely catch your eyes.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton
Day 12 Jaipur - Delhi
Drive to Delhi & check in at hotel, rest day is free at leisure. (B)
Delhi is the next stop of this Nepal and India tour from Lhasa. After breakfast, we will take a private transfer there. Upon arrival, our driver will help you check in the hotel. For the remainder of the day, you can have a good rest or explore the city on your own. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar
Day 13 Delhi
Raj Ghat, Red Fort (drive by), Jama Masjid, a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb, India Gate, Lakshminarayan Temple. (B)
A full day sightseeing will take you to tour around the Old and New Delhi. In the old town of Delhi, we will first visit the Raj Ghat, built in memorial of the Indian hero Gandhi. After that, have a glance of the Red Fort on our vehicle and then, we will arrive at the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Next, continue our journey to the busy Chandni Chowk where you can take a rickshaw through narrow alleys in the block.

Qutub Minar, the highest tower in India, is the first stop of our exploration of New Delhi. Then we will proceed to Humayun's Tomb which is the mausoleum of the imperial family during the 16th century and is famous for the splendid architecture of Indian and Persia styles. Continue our journey to the India Gate afterwards and conclude the day with the Lakshminarayan Temple consecrating Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and Lord Narayan in Hinduism.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar
Day 14 Departure from Delhi
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
This 14 days Nepal and India tour from Tibet comes to an end today. Our driver will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. Have a pleasant trip home! 

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