Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan Tour
All around the year
sightseeing, Bhutan Tour, Tibet Tour , visit monastery, boating
Hotel and Lodge
Flight and Private car
Day 1 Kathmandu - 1400m altitude: approx. 30 minutes drive
Day 2 Drive to Pokhara (900m): approx. 210km & 6-7 hrs: Boating at Phewa Lake (1 hour)
Day 3 Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family: 90 minutes drive & 4 hours walk
Day 4 Drive to Chitwan: 150km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch
Day 5 Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park
Day 6 Chitwan-Kathmandu: 175 km & approx. 5-6 hours drives: Rickshaw ride through old durbar area: 2-3 hours
Day 7 Fly to Gongkar Airport: 1 hr & 25 min. Flight & drive to Lhasa (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr
Day 8 Sightseeing at Lhasa - Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market
Day 9 Sightseeing at Potala Palace: Drive to Shigatse (3900m/12795ft) 280km, 4hrs
Day 10 Visit Tashilhunpo. Drive to Lhasa via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake: Visit Kumbun & Pelkhor Stupa (3600m /11811ft) 360km, 5hrs
Day 11 Drive to Gongkar Airport (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr: Fly back to Kathmandu: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square & Swayambhunath: 4-5 hrs
Day 12 Fly Kathmandu to Paro: 1 hr 5 min: Arrive at Paro (2280m) and transfer to Thimphu (2320m): 55 km, 1 & ½ hour’s drive: Welcome dinner & photo session
Day 13 Thimphu to Punakha: 71 km; estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours
Day 14 Punakha to Paro via Thimpu: 128 km approx. 3 & ½ hour drive
Day 15 Hike to Tiger nest: 3120m altitude and approx. 5-6 hours walk
Day 16 Fly back Paro- Kathmandu: Evening Krishnarpan Dinner at exquisite boutique hotel, Dwarika’s
Day 17 Departure
1. Transport in Private car with A/C
• Airport transfers
• One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu transfer
• Drive to World Peace Pagoda & hike to Kalabang
• Pick up from Pumdi village Phedi to Pokhara
• One hour boating at Phewa Lake & visit Barahi Temple
• Rickshaw ride through old durbar area
2. Chitwan 2Nights/3Days Package:
• Village walk, Sundowner, Tharu cultural dance performance by villagers, Bird watching, Canoe ride, Jeep Safari, Nature/Jungle walk, Slide show presentation
• Kathmandu (4Ns)
• Pokhara (2Ns)
• Chitwan (2Ns)
• All breakfasts
• Lunch: 2 lunches in Chitwan
• Dinner: 2 dinners in Chitwan & one 6 courses Krishnarpna dinner at Dwarika’s Hotel
• Representative from Aarya Village Travel for arrival & departure assistance
• English speaking guide during sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Local English speaking guide in Pokhara
• Naturalist Guide in Chitwan
6. Taxes and Service Charges:
• All the applicable services charges, government taxes, National Park Permit
Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on bed & breakfast (BB) basis
• Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu flight
• English speaking Tibetan Guide
• Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
• Monastery entrance fee.
• Tibet Travel permits & Visa
• Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
• Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle
All private transfer and tours
• Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu Flight
• Proficient English speaking guide.
• Tours & excursions as mentioned in the program.
• All entrance fees for museums & monuments.
• Meals: All breakfast, Lunches & dinners
• Govt. Royalty of USD 65/person/night
• Visa fee
• All Govt. Taxes
• A Bottled mineral water/person/day
1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($30 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
3. All entrance fees during sightseeing
4. Meals not listed in an itinerary
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
6. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
7. Payment Transfer Charge
8. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
9. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue
10. Horse Ride to Tiger nest (Bhutan)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives from Aarya Village Travel shall meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel. You will enjoy welcome drinks while you will be briefed about your Nepal Travel Itinerary. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Your journey on the second day begins with a drive to Pokhara right after the breakfast which may take approximately 6 hours of drive. Located 210 km west of Kathmandu, this beautiful lakeside city is a prime tourism destination in Nepal offering with spellbinding and hypnotic natural beauty, stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The drive on the way itself is going to be amazingly unique experience as you travel besides the mighty river with some strong current almost throughout your journey with scenic greenery on both sides of the road along with human settlements thick and thin at different places. After you reach Pokara you check in to your hotel, get yourself refreshed and have some rest.
Later we will take you for an hour boating at Phewa Lake. Visit Tala Barahi temple in the middle of Lake. Admire the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak over the bluish Phewa Lake water.
After Breakfast drive to World Peace Pagoda which takes 25 minutes. Enjoy beautiful views of Pokhara city, Sarangkot hills and the Himalayas from Stupa. Shanti Stupa, as it is also known, was built as a symbol of peace. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate.
After short exploration, hike to Kalabang for around 2-3 hours. The quaint tower offers an alternative to the frenzied viewpoint at Sarangkot, with an unparalleled panorama of the Annapurna Range. Across the valley, the buildings of Sarangkot appear like Lego, and the waters of Fewa Tal stretch out into the surrounding hills. Depending on the season, the line between sky, lake and clouds blur
After a short excursion at Peace Pagoda, we start hiking to Kalabang. The quaint location offers an alternative to the crowded viewpoint at Sarangkot, with spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Fewa Tall’s waters stretch out disappearing into the surrounding hills. On certain seasons the horizon is blurred between the sky and the lake.
Here we will have lunch hosted by a local family and later, escorted by a local, we will visit Pumdi village. Drive to lakeside. Rest of the day free on your own.
After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4-5 hours. After checking into the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by a naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities,
• Guided tour to Tharu village (around an hour or depending on your interest)
• Walk on the banks of Rapti river
• Tharu cultural dance performance by villagers (one hour)
Wake Up call with a cup of hot tea or coffee. After breakfast you can choose you activity form-
• Bird watching with naturalist guide (around an hour or depending on your interest)
• Canoe ride (half an hour), an opportunity to see 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the only fish eating Gharial
• Jeep safari at National Park/Community forest (3-4 hours), you will have an opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth bear, and the Royal Bengal Tiger
• Nature walk to see different flora and fauna inside the National Park (around an hour or depending on your interest)
• Slide show presentation by an expert naturalist.
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours (depending on traffic). Check in to your hotel where you can rest and relax.
You will experience and discover Kathmandu and its cultural influence like a local on a Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of Thamel area. We will pass through some typical shops like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc and merge onto a narrow alley full of local shops called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market, probably the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old and finally arrive at Durbar Square which is surrounded with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you. Meanwhile, you may also explore or hang out in one of the hippie-era shops on Freak Street
Fly from Kathmandu to Gongkar Airport. The flight itself is breath-taking and lasts approximately 1 hours 25 minutes. Once we have finished with immigration we drive to the old City of Lhasa which takes approximately 45 minutes. Lhasa is at an altitude of 3660m above sea level much higher than Kathmandu, Therefore, once you check in to you hotel, you will need to rest and acclimatize, it is advised for you to stay properly hydrated and get used to the thin air at Lhasa. You can walk close to the hotel for some sightseeing.
O/N at Hotel in Lhasa
After breakfast you will be briefed about the day’s program. Then your guide will take you on a tour to Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market respectively.
Jokhang Temple: Situated in the heart of Lhasa Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet. Nepalese princess, later Queen Bhrikuti who married King Songtsen Gampo. The king founded the temple in recognition of her with its main gate facing Nepal. Surrounding Jokhang Temple are the many impressive structure chapels.
Sera Monastery: an approximately five hour drive from Lhasa lies Sera Monastery founded in 1419. Sitting on the base of Mount Purbuchok in a peaceful and charming location. An important center for learning where once about 5000 to 6000 monks lived. The main structures inside the monastery are the Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories). An intriguing feature is the nine-meter image of Maitraya. Here you can witness monk’s practice debating, pitching their knowledge against each other.
Barkhor Market (Bazar): A very popular bustling market since the times of the Silk Road where one can purchase traditional Tibetan handicraft goods such as Buddhist articles, carpets, paintings etc. It is filled with religious atmosphere and exotic articles for sale since the Jokhang temple was built people flock to the area and hence this thriving market came into existence. It is suggested to walk in a clockwise direction along the Barkhor Street.
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace and later we drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the Second largest city in Tibet and almost 4-5 hours of driving.
Potala Palace: This thirteen storey fortress palace houses 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, over 200,000 images rises to a height of above 117 meters. Its ancient chambers are filled to the brim with exquisite Tibetan art, vast arrays of beautiful statues and murals. Located inside are the tomb of eight Dalai Lamas. You will also get a chance to wander through the private apartments of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas, a glimpse into the past lives of its important residents.
O/N at Hotel in Shigatse
situated at the foot of Drolmari. It is a famous functioning monastery. It has 57 Halls 3600 rooms, the Coqen Hall can hold up to 200 monks chanting all at once. Pilgrims circumambulate the monastery on the lingkhor (sacred path) outside the walls. The full name in Tibetan means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".
After detailed visit of Shigatse we will visit the local markets for shopping and local sightseeing. Then you continue your journey back to Lhasa this time via the old town of Gyantse and the Yamdrok Tso or the Turquoise Lake.
Khumbum Stupa: Commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427, the Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s main attraction. It stands 35 meters high, with 9 levels trimmed with decorative stripes, and 77 chapels. Its golden crown like dome is stunning. IT houses many paintings and various statues of Buddha, Bodhisattvas and deities. Most of the paintings date by since the time of its construction. At the higher levels you can go out to an outdoor terrace and enjoy an incredible view on the town, monastery and surrounding fort.
Pelkhor Stupa: Is a complex of structures and work started on the monastery by Rabten Kunzang in 1418 under spiritual guidance of Tsongkhapa’s disciple Khedrup Je, completed seven years later in 1425. It has stood the test of time and is well preserved with statues and murals and carvings dating back to the time of its founding. The monastery treasures 1,049 sets of ancient Tibetan sutras which are most valuable for studying Tibetan religion.
Today is your last day in Tibet- “the roof of the world”, if you wish, you can visit special Tibetan local restaurants to try out a traditional Tibetan meal, our guide will be happy to give you suggestions.
O/N at Hotel in Lhasa
After breakfast, transfer to Gongkar Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Once you check in you can relax and refresh yourself.
Late afternoon your guide will escort you for sightseeing around UNESCO Heritage Sites. Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for visitors as they witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
We will explore its unique Durbar Squares. In every corner & alley of Patan you can see Thangka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable prices. You can taste local cuisine as well in Patan’s alleys.
Then onward, the tour is headed towards Swayambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley. The stupa, a tribute to Buddhism, consists of a dome at the base representing the entire world. Painted eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. A curly symbol, symbolizing the nose represents the unity of all things existing in the world. Prayer wheels surround the whole dome. The evening views of Kathmandu valley and sunset from hilltop will be a memorable experience for you.
After Breakfast transfer to airport and fly to Paro by Bhutan Airline or Druk Air. The flight offers you spectacular views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro our representative will meet & assists at the airport.
Visit the fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’, which is the
Seat of the Paro district built in 1645 by Shadrung Ngawang Namgyal. It was built both as a monastery and a fortress. Consisting of numerous shrines and chapels and houses ancient murals and scripture.
Drive to Thimphu, the small and charming capital city of Bhutan. The journey will take
1 & ½ hours
Located on the Paro - Thimphu highway at the base of a mountain is Tachog Lhakhang, a 14th century temple. We must walk over a suspension (iron chain) bridge, by master architect Thangtong Gyalpo , decorated with prayer flags crossing over the Paro Chhu (river) to get to the temple.
After crossing Chounzom which is a confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers, the drive will take you along the Wangchu (Thimphu river) to Thimphu valley
After checking into Hotel, we will visit
Kuenselphodrang: Where you can witness a gigantic 169 feet tall statue of Buddha Dordenma
Overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Thimphu TashiChho Dzong:
A huge Buddhist fortress cum monastery, built to house both monks and civil officials, dominates the valley. It is situated on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu, on the western bank of the Wang Chu.
It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or “Dharma Raja”), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country. Presently the seat of present king of Bhutan
Tonight we enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner at SIMPLY BHUTAN, a living museum with live cultural show. The highlight of the evening will be a photo session wearing traditional Bhutanese dress, called the Gho and Kira, a very colourful and distinctive dress made from Bhutanese textiles.
On our drive in the morning to Punakha, we go through the Dochula Pass at 3140m, it has 108 chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk the eldest queen mother. On a clear day you get 200 mile panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains bordering northern Bhutan.
The monastery, Druk Wangyal Lhakhang was also built by the eldest queen mother as a tribute to the fourth king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Beautiful murals adorn the walls marking significant events during the reign of the Kings of Bhutan. Descending through the pass you will notice the landscapes change from sub-alpine to sub-tropical. We can see banana trees, cactus and other semi-tropical vegetation, we then pass the green terraced farms before we reach Punakha.
On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then hike to the Divine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. The “Divine Madman” is well known for his questionable behaviour.
At Punakha, we visit the majestic and very large Punakha Dzong. It is ideally located between two rivers. Serving as the winter residence of the central monastic body, it one of the most beautiful and significant works of architecture at the heart of Bhutanese culture. The Punakha dzong is historically important and stands as the
Symbol for a unified Bhutan
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 until 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held there.
After breakfast drive towards Paro via Thimphu. Visit:
# Traditional handmade Paper Factory
# Handicraft Emporium
# Memorial Chorten
# Buddha Point
On arriving Paro visit, Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the two oldest monasteries built in Bhutan by the King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and most sacred monasteries of Bhutan.
We head north to visit the Drukgyel Dzong in ruins. Built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1649. From here we can see Mt. Chomolhari.
Further you can experience a medicinal Hot stone Bath
Today we hike up to the unofficial national symbol of Bhutan, The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which is perched on a granite hill side at about 800m above the valley.
Legend has it that a famous Buddhist saint, Guru Rinpoche, flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated at Taktsang. The hike takes approximately two and a half hours. On the way we stop at a scenic point that offers a stunning a stunning view of the monastery. IT is not permitted to take your cameras inside the monastery. The temple was built by Sonam Gyaltshen - a Nyingma Buddhist master - probably in 1508 at Taktsang Palphug. The shrine contains beautiful paintings of the eight manifestations of Guru and his twenty five chief disciples on the rockface (facing face). It also contains the throne used by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye.
After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu. Where our representative will meet you and transfer you to your Hotel where you can rest and relax.
In the evening we enjoy a 6 course dinner at Krishnarpan at The Dwarika’s Hotel, the country’s most exquisite hotel with a traditional architectural ambience. Here you will enjoy a unique gastronomical experience of typical Nepali food
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for journey onward.