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8-Day Kathmandu and Lhasa

8-Day Kathmandu and Lhasa

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8-Day Kathmandu and Lhasa
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Nepal is the land of beautiful temples, majestic mountains, and pristine lakes. Tibet, call it "The Roof of the World", "The Forbidden City", or the "Third Pole" - so magnetic is its fame that a mere mention conjures up images of grandeur and spirituality amidst a wild and uncompromising landscape.

An excellent combination of these two unique and fascinating countries that are rich in terms of culture, ethics, and old traditions will leave behind a feeling of nostalgia for every traveler who is fortunate enough to visit them.

Best Season: February - May and September - November

NOTE:

As per updated rules from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal, we need a minimum of 3 working days to process the Chinese Visa in Kathmandu. The Chinese visa application form must be submitted in the Chinese Embassy before 12 noon. If you have an early morning arrival in Kathmandu, we can submit the application form on the same day before noon. However, if the arrival time is later, the documents can only be submitted on the next working day. To be on the safe side, we recommend travelers book at least 4 nights in Kathmandu in case of flight delays or other problems.

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Once you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, complete the immigration formalities. You will then be met by our airport representative and transferred to the hotel. You will be briefed about the programs and rest of the day will be at leisure.

Meals included: Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu)
Elite Accommodations: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 2: In Kathmandu

After breakfast start your day with a visit around Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal as well as the political and cultural capital of the country. Kathmandu is blessed by a living goddess. The Kumari Devi is the most important of several living goddesses in Nepal. Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the goddess resides surrounded by temples and a museum. You will take a rickshaw ride amidst the vegetable and spice market in Ason to Thamel, a tourist hub, where we will stop for lunch.

Later, we will visit Swayambhunath Stupa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient stupa is the most sacred Buddhist shrine of Nepal and is also known as a Self-Created stupa or the monkey temple.

Then, we will head to Patan, the city of artisans and a paradise of fine arts. In the heart of Patan, amidst the hustle and bustle of the marketplace is the Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exquisite works of religious art and architecture, ancient palaces, pagoda temples, Hindu and Buddhist shrines adorn this place. Note: the April 2015 earthquake destroyed some of the temples in the Durbar Square. Reconstruction is currently taking place.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu)
Elite Accommodations: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 3: In Kathmandu

Optional activity: in the early morning, you can take a one-hour scenic mountain flight to see the Himalayas. The Himalayas has always been a great source of mysticism. This flight offers a rare, fascinating opportunity to embrace the legendary Himalayas and discover the ineffable beauty that is guaranteed to be one of the most mesmerizing experiences ever. You will return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon translates as the "City of Devotees." A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the extraordinary Bhaktapur Durbar Square has monuments that reflect the glory days of the Malla Dynasty when art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the Kathmandu valley. In Bhaktapur, you will also have the opportunity to try your hand at pottery and make a customized pot which you can take it home as a souvenir.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu)
Elite Accommodations: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 4: Fly to Lhasa

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport, where you will catch a flight to Lhasa, Tibet (approximately one hour flight time). Upon arrival at the Gonggar airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel (approximately one hour).  Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu)
Elite Accommodations: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 5: In Lhasa

After breakfast, we will visit the Sera Monastery, which is 5 kilometers north of Lhasa.  The Sera Monastery’s setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley.  We will also visit the Drepung Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.  The Drepung Monastery houses many cultural relics, making it more beautiful and giving it more historical significance.  Afterward, we will take you back to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kyichu Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: St. Regis Resort

Day 6: In Lhasa

We will visit the Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, which has been the focus of the travelers for centuries.  Next, we will visit Norbulingka, the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. The park was built by the Seventh Dalai Lama in 1755, and became the summer residence of the Eighth Dalai Lama.  Then, we will visit Jokhang, which means "House of the Lord," located in the center of old Lhasa and is the oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet.   Jokhang was built by craftsmen from Tibet, China, and Nepal and thus features an intriguing mix of architectural styles.  We end our day in Barkhor Street, the oldest street in Lhasa, which runs through the center of the old city.  Barkhor Street is a circular street where Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts assemble. The word Barkhor refers to the middle of the three concentric holy circuits around the Jokhang.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kyichu Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: St. Regis Resort

Day 7: Fly Back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu (approximately one hour flight time). Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa. The magnificent temple of Pashupatinath with its astonishing architectural beauty is situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple, which is built in pagoda style, has a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. The Pashuptinath Temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also Nepal’s most renowned Hindu cremation site.

Later, we will visit the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and a center of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is built on a massive three level mandala-style platform and is 36 meters (118 feet) in height. We will bring you back to your hotel afterward.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kyichu Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: St. Regis Resort

Day 8: Final Departure

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

8-Day Kathmandu and Lhasa

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2 3-5 6+
Mid-Range Lodging: $2695 $2195 $1795
4-Star Luxury Lodging: $4695 $4195 $3695

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary

Nepal Portion:

  • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu – in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis.
  • All the sightseeing tours with English speaking guide, entrance fees and transfers as per above.
  • All sightseeing tours and transfers as per the itinerary on a private A/C vehicle.
  • Bottled water (local branded)
  • Entrance fees
  • Pottery making in Bhaktapur
  • Rickshaw ride in Kathmandu

Tibet Portion:

  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Lhasa – in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
  • Sightseeing tour and all surface transfers in Tibet will be provided as per the itinerary with English speaking Tibetan guide by private vehicle
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • All entrance and monument fees as indicated in the program
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Insurance and rescue of any form
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control
  • Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments
  • Single Room Supplement: $2,185.00 per person
  • Flights Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu: $950-$1700 / person economy class

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