Tibet, Kathmandu & India Combo

508: 14 Days Lhasa - Kathmandu - Varanasi - Khajuraho - 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
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Golden roof of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Today you will fly to Lhasa where your local guide will meet you at the airport and present you a piece of white Hada, which indicates you are warmly welcomed by the locals. As a matter of fact, it is quite a common practice for presenting Hada to the guests in Tibet. Hada is in general white-colored, because white signifies purity and auspiciousness to the Tibetans. Then your 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
Day 2 Lhasa
Drepung Monastery
Today's private visit starts from Tibet Museum, where you will have a deep understanding of the local history and culture through all kinds of exhibitions, including murals, sutras, Buddha statues, colorful Tangka, as well as documents and records. After lunch, proceed to the Sera Monastery. Constructed in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty, Sera Monastery is one of the three largest monasteries in Lhasa. Wandering in it, you will be dazzled by its unique Tibetan architecture, colorful frescos, Buddha statues, sacred vessels, Tangka, Buddhist sutra streamers and sutra pillars. You will then visit the Norbulingka Park which was built in the 1740s as a summer resort. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lhasa
the local people
In the morning, you will visit the magnificent Potala Palace. It was initially built in 7th century when Princess Wencheng from the Tang Dynasty married Tubo King Songtsen Gampo, but was later destroyed in war. The present palace we see was built in the mid 17th century and renovated several times in the following years. Consisting of the White Palace and the Red Palace, Potala Palace was built into the style of the huge castle. The palace also houses large collection of historical items, showing the glorious past of the region and the long-lasting relationship between Han and Tibetan People. After lunch, you will visit the Jokhang Temple. Constructed 1,364 years ago, the Jokhang Temple is the oldest earth and timber structure building in Tibet. The Tibetan architecture in the temple also adopted the building styles of the Tang Dynasty, Nepal and India, making the temple one of the most splendid buildings in Tibet. After visiting the Jokhang Temple, you will take a stroll around the bustling Barkhor Street and then pay a visit to a Nunnery. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Lhasa - Kathmandu
Prayers wheels at the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Fly to Kathmandu where your local guide will meet you outside the customs of the airport and transfer you to the downtown hotel. After a short rest, start your private Kathmandu journey with the Kathmandu Durbar Square. As the most noted square in Kathmandu, the square assembles many splendid ancient buildings between 16th and 19th century, including over 50 temples and palaces. The magnificent Nepal architecture, exquisite decorations and numerous historical items will show you the unique culture of Nepal. Then continue to visit the Swayambhunath Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist holy lands and famous for the glistening pagoda. Your next destination is the Buddhanikantha Temple, where you will see the huge statue of Vishnu lying on the giant snake Ananta. Today's visit will end up with the Bouddhanath Stupa which is about 11 km (7 miles) from the city center and is the largest spherical stupa in the world. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Kathmandu
A Corner Shop in Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will visit the oldest Hinduism Temple in Kathmandu, the Pashupatnath Temple. Although the temple is only open to the Hindus, you can still see the splendid buildings on the viewing platform across the river. Then proceed to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur means the city of devotees. About 19 kilometers (about 12 miles) from Kathmandu, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best model of Nepalese craftsmanship. The highlight of the square is the royal palace with its 55 windows of brick and wood, and the Golden Gate, carved with the portrait of Goddess Durga. Afterward, head for another famous square, the Patan Durbar Square, where you will pay a visit to the Golden Temple, one of the most famous Vihara in Kathmandu Valley. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kathmandu - Varanasi
The morning is free for you to explore the city. In the early afternoon you will fly to Varanasi where a traditional Indian Welcome awaits you at the airport. Then the local guide will transfer you to the hotel. After a short rest, you will visit the Sarnath, one of the four holy lands of Hinduism of ancient India. It is believed that Sakyamuni gave the first lecture about Buddhism here and his five chamberlains became the first five monks in the world. In the evening, attend the Puja ceremony on the river Ganges with boat ride on the river. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Varanasi - Khajuraho
At sunrise you will enjoy a boat ride on river Ganges to see the devout praying and bathing on the Ghats (Banks), with funeral pyres burning in the distance. Then have a city sightseeing through the narrow lanes and visit some temples. Afterward, you will take a flight to Khajuraho where your English-speaking guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Khajuraho - Agra
In the morning, you will set off for your visit to the Khajuraho Temples which was built between 950 and 1050. There were originally 85 temples, but now only 22 are remained. As the architectural marvel of India, it is famous for the unique style of Indo-Aryan as well as the graceful statues and stone carvings, especially the erotic sculptures. Afterward, you will leave for Jhansi to board the Shatabdi Express for Agra. Upon your arrival in Agra, your local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Agra
Rickshaws in the street, Katmandu
Today's itinerary covers the world famous Taj Mahal and the 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. The construction of the Taj Mahal took over twenty-two years by employing twenty thousand workers. Renowned architects and craftsmen from different places exerted their talent to create such a fabulous wonder. About 15 km (9.3 miles) away from the Taj Mahal, you will see another splendid building, the Agra Fort. The construction of the fort lasted 10 years during the 17th century. In the luxurious fortress of red sandstone, there are over 500 magnificent palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace, the Khas Mahal, and many beautiful mosques. You will have a free afternoon to explore the city on your own. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Agra - Jaipur
Today's itinerary covers the world famous Taj Mahal and the 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. The construction of the Taj Mahal took over twenty-two years by employing twenty thousand workers. Renowned architects and craftsmen from different places exerted their talent to create such a fabulous wonder. About 15 km (9.3 miles) away from the Taj Mahal, you will see another splendid building, the Agra Fort. The construction of the fort lasted 10 years during the 17th century. In the luxurious fortress of red sandstone, there are over 500 magnificent palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace, the Khas Mahal, and many beautiful mosques. You will have a free afternoon to explore the city on your own. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Jaipur
A Sadhu in Katmandu
The whole morning you will visit the Amber Fort. The fortress got the name because it was built on the Amber Hill. Inside it, palaces built in different periods lying against the hill. The most splendid palace is the Sheesh Mahal. Covered with countless convex mirrors and colorful precious stones, the palace glistens with dazzling light. The typical domes, slender grilles, flowery stone carvings and marble columns will show you the unique architecture style of ancient India. In the afternoon, you will first visit the City Palace which was the former imperial palace and now still lived with the imperial descendants of the Jaipur Maharaja. Then walk to the Hawa Mahal, which is also known as the Wind Palace. It is actually a wall of 953 windows. The pyramid-shaped facade resembles a giant honeycomb. With its unique pink color, it has become an important landmark of the city. Your last stop today is the Jantar Mantar. You will see many strange constructions built with bricks, each of which plays special roles in astronomical observation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Jaipur - Delhi
After a rich breakfast at the hotel, we will drive you to Delhi. Upon your arrival, our guide 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: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Delhi
A full day excursion will take you to the Old and New Delhi. In the old town of Delhi, you will first visit the Raj Ghat, which was built in memorial of the Indian hero Gandhi. Then pay a visit to the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid. The next stop will be the Red Fort, which is the largest imperial palace in India. The fort is a cluster of palaces built with red sandstone and decorated with marble carvings, gold, diamond and precious stones. You will also go to the fabled Chandni Chowk. Then stop at the National Crafts Museum, with its village life setting and craftsmen from different parts of India. For your visit in New Delhi, you will first visit the highest tower in India, the Qutab Minar. Then proceed to the Emperor Humayun's Tomb which is the tomb of the imperial family during the 16th century and is famous for the splendid architecture of Indian and Persia styles as well as the perfect combination of mausoleum and garden. You will also have a panoramic look of the modernness of the city from the India Gate, the Houses of Parliament and the Presidential Palace. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Departure from Delhi
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight. Have a pleasant trip home! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
LhasaXinding Hotel Xinding Hotel
KathmanduYak and Yeti or Annapurna or Radisson Manaslu Hotel or Manang
VaranasiHotel Radisson or Clarks Hindustan International Hotel
KhajurahoTaj Chandela Clark Bundela
AgraClarks or Jay Pee Palace Grand Imperial or Howard Park Plaza
JaipurClarks Amer or Holiday Inn Golden Tulip or KK Royal
DelhiThe Park or Vasant Continental or Shiddarth Jay Pee Siddhartha or Hans Plaza or Royal Plaza
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