2019's Fly over Himalayas (TNB12E)
Day 1: Lhasa (10,950 ft)
Arrive in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. You will be met by your tour guide at the Gonggar Airport and transferred to your hotel. A good rest is a must for everyone to adjust to the altitude change. (D.)
For early arrivals, you have the optional of a 3 day side trip to Nyingchi for an additional charge.
Day 2: Lhasa
No other place represents Lhasa better than the grand and imposing buildings of Potala Palace, the highlight of today’s activities. Then visit the Provincial Museum and Norbu Lingka. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Lhasa - Gyangtse (13,255 ft) - Shigatse (12,585 ft)
Today visit Lake Yamdrok. This beautiful lake reflecting the surrounding snow-capped mountains is unforgettable. On your bus tour to the Shigatse city, you will have a stop at Gyangtse County. It was historically considered the third largest and most prominent town in the Tibet region. Spend your night in Shigatse. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Shigatse
Today, visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. Tashilunpo Monastery is the largest Yellow Hat sect monastery in Tibet. New Palace of Panchen was built by the tenth Panchen Lama in 1954. A lot of cultural relics in Tibet’s history and fine arts are placed in the palace, especially an exquisite mural. Enjoy your night in Shigatse. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Shigatse - Lhasa
Return to Lhasa. Visit Barkhor Street, which is the oldest street and market in Lhasa. Numerous shops offer all sorts of arts and crafts for the souvenir hunter. Visit Sera Temple. There you can see the resident monks discuss scripture in the open air courtyards. Stay overnight in Lhasa. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Lhasa - Kathmandu
Board an unforgettable flight across the Himalayas to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Then travel to Patan, also known as Lalitpur, which is a city of artisans and a paradise for fine arts. Located 5 miles southeast from the Kathmandu City, Patan is best known for its rich cultural heritage. Patan Durbar Square is an area filled with ancient palaces, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, engravings and bronze cravings. Also located in the square is the Patan Museum. Formerly a Malla palace, this museum houses bronze statues and religious objects, some dating back to the 11th century. Spend your night in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Kathmandu
While Kathmandu Valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options. Although modernization has set in, the quintessence of ancient Nepal remains amongst its people. The magnificent temple of Pashupatinath is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Non-Hindu visitors are strictly prohibited to enter the temple. However; they are permitted to view the temple from the east banks of the River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is also Nepal's most renowned Hindu cremation site. You may witness traditional cremations there. Then travel to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. The ancient stupa is one of the largest in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later visit Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. It rests on a hillock 3 km towards the western edge of Kathmandu and is one of the most important and sacred Buddhist shrines of Nepal. Enjoy a taste of Nepal cuisine while watching a folklore dance performance in the evening. Spend your night in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu
This morning you will fly to Paro, the only airport in Bhutan. Take a coach to Thimphu, the capital city of the country. The National Memorial Chorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972). Then visit the National Folk Heritage Museum and Textile Museum and learn the history and culture of the ancient country. Travel to the huge 50m tall steel statue of Buddha Dordenma, which commands the entry to the Thimphu valley. The Buddha’s huge three-storey throne will eventually hold several chapels, while the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. Finally visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong, located north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu. The Dzong seems to fit seamlessly into the valley, lending the city both regal splendor and monastic weight. The dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth king in 2008 and hosts the city's biggest annual bash, the colorful tsechu festivities. Spend your night in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Thimphu - Punakha - Thimphu
Continue your bus tour to Punakha. Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning “the palace of great happiness or bliss”) was constructed in 1637 and is the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Return to Thimphu and visit the Takin Zoo, where you can see the Bhutan's national animal the takin, which looks like a cross between a gnu and a bison. Enjoy your night in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Thimphu - Paro
In the morning, drive to Paro. Taktshang Goemba is the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m (2952ft) above the floor of Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of wind and water and the chanting of monks. The name means 'tiger's nest'; Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress. It is about a 3-hour hike to the monastery. You can choose to hike to Taktshang Goemba or visit the National Museum and Ringpung Dzong in Paro. The Paro Dzong is one of Bhutan's most impressive and well-known dzongs, and perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture you'll see. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley. Stay overnight in Paro. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Paro - Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Visit Durbar Square, “Durbar” means “palace”, and the square takes its name from the old Royal Palace. This is the centre of the old city, and there are a number of interesting temples including Kasthamandap, or “the House of Wood”, which gives the city its name. Also in the Square is the Temple of the Living Goddess. The Kumari Devi is the most important of several living goddesses in Nepal. She is seen on the temple’s balcony regularly. Later wander along Thamel Street to find some souvenirs if you wish. Spend your night in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
Day 12: Kathmandu - Home
Fly home or to your next destination. (B)
Extend your vacation in Nepal with:
Pokhara: Renowned as “the Oriental Switzerland”. The city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Visit the beautiful Phewa Lake.
Lumbini: the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Visit the Buddhist pilgrimage center.
Chitwan: the first national park in Nepal-Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a truly wild adventure through the jungle.
Extend your vacation into China:
$799 per person including transportation, soft berth train ticket via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Xining to Lhasa, and one night staying at Qinghai Hotel (deluxe) in Xining with breakfast.
Departure with 2 or more persons.
3 days 2 nights Xining tour is available and to be quoted separately. Please contact with your tour agent for details.