Embark on a captivating Beyond Borders Himalaya Tour starting from the charming city of Kathmandu. Uncover historic heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur, along with ancient temples such as Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, and Swyambhunath. Wander through vibrant narrow streets in Asan and Bhaktapur, adorned with a colorful tapestry of Nepalese life.
Venture into Bhutan, the “Kingdom of Happiness,” where you’ll immerse yourself in cultural and natural riches. Discover Thimphu’s wonders, including The Buddha Point, Dzongs, and Takin Park, before journeying to Punakha Valley to explore Punakha Dzong and hike to Bhutan’s heritage sites. Your Bhutanese adventure culminates with a hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, offering breathtaking views and spiritual resonance.
From Bhutan, your journey returns briefly to Kathmandu for one night before your next odyssey, which takes you further towards the “Roof of the World,” Tibet. Here, you’ll step into the footsteps of history, exploring the former abode of the Dalai Lama. Spending three nights in the captivating city of Lhasa, you’ll wander the halls of the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, soak in the spiritual ambiance of the Jokhang Temple, witness the scholarly debates at Sera Monastery, and meander through the bustling Barkhor Street – each step revealing layers of a captivating past.
Having traversed these extraordinary lands, you’ll eventually return to Kathmandu and take a scenic drive to Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel, pausing to explore the medieval town of Bhaktapur. In Dhulikhel, you’ll be welcomed back for two nights of indulgence and relaxation, a well-deserved pampering before your homeward journey. This Luxury tour of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet encapsulates the highlights of three Himalayan nations, weaving together their unique cultures, landscapes, and historical legacies into a tapestry of memories that will last a lifetime.
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Arrival and Kathmandu tour
We will have the privilege of experiencing the traditional Nepali welcome at the hotel in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, during our Nepali Welcome Dinner, our guide will provide us with a briefing on our itinerary.
On day second, after breakfast, we will embark on a journey to explore some incredible sites in Nepal. Our first stop will be Bouddhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in the world and a significant center for Tibetan Buddhism. Following that, we will visit Pashupatinath, the renowned temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which holds great significance for Hindus in the Indian Subcontinent. Adjacent to the temple, there is a crematorium where final rites are performed for departed souls.
Our final destination will be Patan Durbar Square, a place celebrated for its splendid arts and crafts from ancient times. Today’s itinerary offers a fascinating combination of exploring Buddhism, Hinduism, and the rich history of the royal palace
Accommodation: The Dwarika’s Hotel (2 Nights)
Embarking on a morning flight to Paro, we step into the realm of Bhutan, greeted by our Bhutanese team. Our journey unfolds at Tachog Lhakhang, a cultural gem where an ancient iron chain bridge beckons. Continuing, we pay homage at the National Memorial Chorten, a poignant monument honoring the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, amidst a serene ambiance of devotion.
The day carries us to the remarkable Tashichho Dzong, a fusion of Buddhist Monastery and fortress. Its unique architecture, devoid of nails and written plans, resonates with Bhutanese heritage and serves as the seat of the King of Bhutan and the Bhutanese Government.
On 2nd day, Thimphu’s exploration continues with the grand Buddha Dordenma statue, offering panoramic city views. A leisurely stroll along Norzin Lam Street reveals Thimphu’s unique charm without traffic lights. A visit to the main postal office introduces valuable Bhutanese stamps, a window into the nation’s rich history.
Our journey unfolds at the School of Traditional Arts, where Bhutan’s cultural legacy thrives in the hands of a new generation. The National Folk Heritage Museum transports us to traditional village life’s warmth and simplicity. At the Motithang Takin Preserve, Bhutan’s national animal thrives, embodying the nation’s commitment to preserving its unique biodiversity. Our exploration culminates at Changangkha Lhakhang, steeped in history and spirituality.
With day’s end, we bask in Thimphu’s charm before retiring to our hotel, where comfort embraces us for a rejuvenating night’s rest.
Accommodation: Six Senses (2 nights)
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a pleasant 3.5-hour drive to Punakha passing through the Dochula Pass, where clear weather offers panoramic views of Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest mountain. Upon arrival, we’ll relish a delicious lunch, followed by a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, known as The Fertility Temple, dedicated to the unconventional 15th-century saint Drukpa Kunley, the “Divine Madman,” famous for his unique teaching methods.
At Chimi Lhakhang, blessings for fertility and well-being are sought, while the temple’s history and scenic setting offer insights into Bhutanese culture. Returning to our accommodations in Punakha, the evening promises comfort.
The next morning starts with an early trek to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, offering breathtaking valley and terraced paddy field views. Witness the impressive 350-meter-long suspension bridge over Pho Chhu River, providing stunning river vistas.
A visit to the renowned Punakha Dzong unveils intricate decor and architectural grandeur. If time permits, we’ll explore Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery, perched high for captivating valley views. Leisure time in the afternoon concludes this remarkable day of sights and cultural immersion.
Accommodation: Como Uma, Punakha (2 nights)
Paro and Tiger Nest Hike
After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Paro, relishing the same scenic route we embarked on four days earlier, offering Himalayan vistas and picturesque landscapes. Arriving in Paro, we’ll settle into our hotel.
Our Paro exploration begins at Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, exuding historical and spiritual significance. Following that, we’ll delve into the National Museum, Ta Dzong, displaying a captivating collection of Bhutanese art, artifacts, and relics. Our journey continues to the magnificent Paro Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong, an awe-inspiring monastery featured in “Little Buddha.”
The next day marks the pinnacle of our Bhutan experience – a walking tour to the famed Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. While the trek might pose challenges, the remarkable reward justifies the effort. For those who prefer a lighter option, a trek to the cafeteria offers fantastic views of Taktsang.
After the trek, you can either relax at the hotel or luxuriate in a rejuvenating spa treatment. This day ensures an unforgettable adventure, providing a unique glimpse into Bhutan’s spiritual and natural marvels.
Accommodation: Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel (2 nights)
Following the flight timetable, the Bhutanese crew will say their goodbyes at Paro Airport. The route encompasses a flight to Kathmandu, where travelers will enjoy an overnight sojourn before proceeding to Lhasa on the subsequent day. In case of clear skies, passengers can relish remarkable mountain panoramas, featuring the majestic Everest. The remainder of the day is unoccupied, allowing for leisure and relaxation.
Accommodation: The Dwarika’s Hotel (1 Nights)
Embark on a remarkable journey to Lhasa this morning, treated to a breathtaking flight that reveals the splendor of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Upon reaching Lhasa, transfer to your hotel and utilize the afternoon for acclimatization.
The following day, indulge in a leisurely breakfast before heading to Drepung Monastery. As a significant cornerstone of the erstwhile theocratic realm, this vast complex once accommodated a staggering 7,700 monks. Continue your exploration to Sera Monastery, where you can observe monks engaging in spirited theological debates, a refined skill honed through countless generations.
On the third day, venture into the towering precincts of the Potala Palace, the former winter abode of the Dalai Lama. Immerse yourself in Tibet’s spiritual core at the revered Jokhang Temple, a sanctuary with a history spanning 1,300 years. Conclude your journey by glimpsing the enduring pulse of daily life at Lhasa’s vibrant Barkhor Bazaar.
Accommodation: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort (3 Nights)
Having traversed these extraordinary lands, you’ll eventually return to Kathmandu and stay at Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel. Here, you’ll be welcomed back for two nights of indulgence and relaxation, a well-deserved pampering before your homeward journey. This unforgettable expedition encapsulates the highlights of three Himalayan nations, weaving together their unique cultures, landscapes, and historical legacies into a tapestry of memories that will last a lifetime.
Accommodation: The Dwarika’s Resort (2 Nights)
Your incredible journey through Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet culminates at this point, leaving you with indelible memories that will last a lifetime. Based on our flight schedule, our Nepalese crew will accompany us to the airport and bid us farewell.
- Accommodation in mentioned high-end hotels
- A private English speaking Guide
- Breakfast only in Nepal and Tibet & All Meals in Bhutan
- All private transport
- All entry fees during sightseeing
- Bhutanese Visa
- Tibet Visa and Travel Permit
- Sustainable Development Fees for Bhutan
- Flight Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu on business class
- Flight Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu on business class
- Nepalese Visa
- Personal Insurance
- Personal Drinks and Bar Bill
- Tips & Gratuity
- Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet