• India Culture + Buddhist Tour

    14 Days from US$ pp*Price may vary depending upon the group size.

    Trip Code: HDMC01

    From the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest as you fly to Bhutan, to the stunning sights of the Dochula Pass, experience the serenity of Buddhist monasteries and the spectacular scenery of this mountain kingdom. Be touched by the warmth of its people and wonder at the unique character and abilities of the architecture and the desire to create a serene and magical kingdom. From the forested mountains of Bhutan watch the scenery change to the windswept hills of Tibet. Here the Potala Palace sweeps upward to the sky and the aura of peace pervades this religious Buddhist haven high up in the Himalayas. Be inspired by the serenity of its people and the spectacular grandeur that comes from the stark and beautiful countryside. Lastly, plunge into the bustle and eclectic variety of the Kathmandu Valley. Monasteries, motor bikes and a thousand different experiences await the visitor to this bustling Nepalese capitol city. Tour the ancient Thamel, shopping bazaar, see the many different aspects of Nepalese life as you explore and enjoy the excitement and activities that mark this interesting place. Conclude your trip with the thrill of a jungle adventure deep in the jungles of Chitwan. You will come away with memories to last a life time. Himalayan Dreams for an unforgettable trip!

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  • Trip highlights

      • Breathtaking views of Mt. Everest stunning sights of the Dochula Pass.
      • Drugyal Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Duntse Lhakhang and Ta Dzong.
      • Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet.
      • Pashupatinath Temple, Nagarkot, Changu Narayan Temple, Living goddess Kumari Devi.
  • Trip Facts

    Trip Duration : 8-14 days

    Destination : Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet

    Activities : Cultural Tours, Family Holidays

    Trip Grade : Medium

    Group Size : 2-18

    Trip Seasons : March through October

    Max. Altitude : 3,650m/11975ft

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Day by Day


Day01
Arrive in Kathmandu [00:00] Local time. The immensity of the Kathmandu Valley is evident as you fly into Tribhuvan International Airport, with Kathmandu stretching into the Himalaya mountains on the horizon. Arrive in Kathmandu, assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Dwarikas.

Day02
Morning transfer to the domestic terminal for a one hour, breathtaking mountain flight to view the highest mountains on earth. During the flight you will encounter the tallest mountains on earth. This flight offers you the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan Plateau.

Explore vibrant and eclectic Kathmandu, artistically rich with an ancient cultural heritage full of fascinating sights. Visit the living goddess Kumari Devi. Visit Swoyambunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the World, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. It is nicknamed the monkey temple after the tribe of monkeys that look after the hill and often amuses the visitors.

Lunch at GARDEN OF DREAMS, a neo classical historical garden – One of the most attractive tranquil oases, tourism landmarks as well as a natural library where visitors can take advantage of natural beauty inter- related with historical and architectural flavor.

Evening: Dinner Krishna Arpan Dwarika’s Hotel. A special Nepalese restaurant in a historic and beautiful setting. For the best recipes of Nepal, the finest meat, vegetables, aromatic spices, purified oils and saffron are selected by the chef every day to create for you an exotic meal from 6 to 20 courses. Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel.

Day03
Transfer to the airport and fly to Lhasa. The one-hour flight to Lhasa is an adventure in itself. Taking off from Kathmandu, the plane flies alongside the eastern Himalayas as far as Mt. Everest and then turns north with gigantic snow peaks filling up the left-hand side windows. The mountains drop away and you are gliding across the barren Tibetan plateau to touch down at Gonggar Airport, 85 km from Lhasa. (Kathmandu – 1300 mt, Lhasa 3600 mt). Arrive Gonggar airport and transfer to Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel Four Point Sheraton.

Note: You may feel a little bit tired and uncomfortable when you arrive in Lhasa, If you lack of oxygen, you can take the oxygen in the hotel, clinic or hospital. Please do not take shower at the first two days when you are in Lhasa, it is easy to catch cold and make you feel exhausted. Any alcohol is forbidden at the first two days when you are in Lhasa, otherwise you might be suffered from High Altitude Sickness.

Day04

Morning visit to Potala Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. In the afternoon visit Jokhang temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel Four Point Sheraton.
[Notice, the sequence of sightseeing today may be adjusted according to the tickets reservation of Potala Palace)

Day05
In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelukpa sect., which was created in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As roses are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild roses”. Today still 200 lamas live there.

Visit Norbulinka, the name means “jeweled Garden”, a fitting title for this 200 years old park, stretching over 360,000sq mt. The 370 room summer palace where the fourth Dalai Lama resided. Overnight at Hotel Four Point Sheraton.

Day06
Transfer to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel Dwarikas.
Explore Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon city, home of medieval art and architecture. This city, shaped like a conch-shell, covers an area of 4 square miles. Bhaktapur means a city of the devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. This Durbar Square has innumerable temples and architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the picture gallery, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows, the Batsala Temple, the Bell of Barking Dogs and a replica of Pashupatinath Temple.
During the tour of Bhadgaon, a visit to Durbar square is unavoidable.
Lunch at Café Nyatapola, (This cafe is in a building that was once a traditional pagoda temple. It has some erotic carvings on some of the roof struts and a great vantage point to watch Taumadi Tole come to life.).

Day07
Visit Pashupatinath Temple which is the richest and holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is 6 km east of Kathmandu and a center of the annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. This temple is situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple, in Pagoda style, has a gold gilded, two-tier roof and richly carved silver doors which are famous for their superb architecture. The premise of this temple is accessible only to Hindus. Visitors and non-Hindus are permitted to view the temple only from the east bank of River Bagmati. Lunch at Boudha Kitchen.
Then continue your visit of Boudhanath, built in 5th century A.D. by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev is on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. This colossal and ancient Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and has all the seeing eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions, keeping the eternal watch over the people and their doings. This spherical Stupa is held in great veneration both by the Lam as of Nepal and Tibet. Overnight at Hotel Dwarikas.

Day08
Drive to Kathmandu Airport for the flight to Paro. Druk Air – Bhutan’s national carrier). During 1 and half hour dramatic flight to small township of Paro, you will capture panoramic view of Great Himalaya in the north including Everest, Kanchanjungza and southern plains. As we slowly move Nepal and soon after we see Chomolhari and Jichudrake in Bhutan. After exciting approach through Bhutanese foothills we land at the tiny airstrip in the beautiful Paro Valley [we recommend you to take left hand side seat of the plane for the most spectacular views]. In Paro you will meet your Bhutanese Guide and transfer to Thimphu.

We will then drive to Thimphu [1 hour]. We will occasionally stop for beautiful sights on the way. When you reach Thimphu, you will perhaps realize that the city is not what most people think it to be like. This is simply because it is different from the other cities. It is perhaps the only capital city in the world without any traffic lights. In fact there were no cars in Thimphu till 1962. Overnight at the Hotel in Thimpu. Evening free walk in Thimphu.

Day09

In the morning we will visit to the National Library. There is an excellent collection of Buddhist manuscripts here. The Folk and Heritage museum is the one place where you can see the culture and lifestyle of the Bhutanese in the past. We will also visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory and honor of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, father of the present king. A lot of foreigners are dazed with the sculptures and Buddhist paintings that they see in Bhutan. In order to see how it is done, we will go to the Painting school where you can see students painting Thankas and sculpting and carving wood.

After lunch, visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the Central Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at Taj Tashi.

Day10

  • We will drive to Punakha today. Punakha once served as the winter capital of Bhutan until 1958. This tradition is followed even today by the monk body. The head Abbot and central monks live in Punakha Dzong during the winters and move to Tashicho Dzong at Thimphu in the summer.
    The Dzong lies between two rives. The Punakha Dzong, today, works as the District Administration office. We will then visit the Khamsum Yule Namgyal Monastery which is perched on the top of a hill that overlooks the Punakha valley and the river. En-route visit Dochula [ 3140m], marked by 108 memorial chortens and prayer flags. Overnight at hotel Taj Tashi
  • Day11

    After breakfast drive to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro includes Drugyal Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Duntse Lhakhang and Ta Dzong – the National Museum. After lunch hike to Taktsang Monastery – the Tiger Nest. Overnight at Zhiwa Ling Hotel.

    Day12

    Morning breakfast and transfer to Paro airport and fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to Dwarikas Hotel.
    Afternoon Visit ancient city Patan. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings.

    Please visit http://www.himalayandreamz.com/blog/?p=40 for more detail information about this beautiful city. Thereafter visit Tibetan Refugee Camp. Overnight at Dwarikas.

    Day13

    Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day on your own for last minute shopping, catching up with new acquaintances or bidding farewell to old ones. Transfer to the airport for your flight to home.

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