Day 01 Arrive in Beijing (44m).
Our representative receives you at the airport, and drives you to hotel.
Day 02 Beijing Sightseeing Tour. Overnight hotel at Beijing
After hearty breakfast we set out for full day sightseeing tour of the following locations of Beijing:
Temple of Heaven: It is a wonderful temple in Beijing, built in 1420 A.D. Its north part is semicircular symbolizing heaven and the south is square like the earth. The design implies that the heaven is high over the earth, and reflects ancient Chinese thought of "The heaven is round and the earth is square". The most magnificent buildings within the temple are The Circular Mound Altar (where people put their feet together and pray for long lives), Imperial Vault of Heaven, and Altar of prayer for good harvest (where people pray for good harvest). Also, there are some additional buildings like Three Echo Stones and Echo Wall. Almost all of the buildings are connected by a wide bridge called ‘Vermilion Steps Bridge’, which is also called as ‘Sacred Way’.
Forbidden City: It is also known as Palace Museum of China, which is located in the central part of Beijing. It covers 178 acres and to its south is Tian'anmen Gate and to the north is the Gate of Devine Prowess. It is a beautiful scenic spot with largest ancient wood palace buildings. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the City has turned out to be one of the most popular tourist attractions domestically as well as internationally.
Day 03 Beijing Sightseeing Tour Continued.
“The Great Wall of China” at Badaling: The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilization, and the part in Badaling is the most visited section of the Wall. Badaling Great Wall has been promoted as a key national cultural relic and was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO in 1988. Badaling Great Wall is situated in Yanqing County, over 70 kilometres north of Beijing. It is the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This section with an average altitude of over 1,000 meters looks like a strong dragon winding its way along the mountain ranges.
Summer Palace: It is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Its Chinese name, YiHeYuan translates into 'Garden of Nurtured Harmony' or 'Garden for Maintaining Health and Harmony’. The Palace is located on the western edge of Beijing, close to the western hills, 12km from central Beijing.
Day 04 and Day 05 - On board Train to Lhasa.
It is the highest rail line in the world. It runs 13000 feet above sea level for more than 80 percent of the route and tops at a height of 16,640 feet. The trip takes about 48 hrs and covers a distance of around 4065 km. The route of rail line is amazing as it climbs from Golmund City at 9000 feet to Tanggula pass at 16,640 feet within mere six and a half hour. The “Sky Train” passes through the Qinghai Lake, The Bird Island, Chaerhan Salt Lake, Kunlun Mountains Pass, Tuotuo River, Changtang Grassland, Eight-Pagodas in North Tibet Pasture, Namtso (Lake Namco), and Yambajan Hot Springs. The train ride provides a very incredible experience through a vista of spectacular mountainous landscapes, the stunning snow-clad mountains, breathtaking deep valleys, delightful hill tops, exotic vast deserts or frozen lands, and the exciting and unforgettable sight of the Tibetan folklore.
After crossing the city of Golmund, the train starts on a steep climb to Lhasa. This is the stretch where oxygen is released into the cabins. And if you still feel dizziness, you can request for a personal oxygen canister. Undoubtedly, this journey would be the most delightful of all as it takes you through sharp contrasts of sceneries in a fast paced train ride.
Day 06 Arrive in LHASA (3650m) by Train from Beijing ( T27), arrival time is 19:50 PM evening.
Upon arrival in Lhasa, after a long but thrilling train ride, our Lhasa Team will pick you up and drive you to hotel, where you rest and relax and get ready for another day of sightseeing.
Day 07 Lhasa Sightseeing Tour.
Potala Palace: Lying on the Red Hill in Lhasa City, Potala Palace is regarded as the symbol of Lhasa. It is noted for its magnificent construction, complex structure, pious atmosphere and delicate artworks. Originally, the King SongtsenGampo built it in the seventh century and Fifth Dalai Lama repaired it in 1645. Its present size was enlarged by the thirteenth Dalai Lama. Gradually, it has become the political center in Tibet and the seat of Dalai Lamas. It is mainly made up of the Red Palace and the White Palace and covers an area of about 25 acres.
Nurbulinka Park: It is a very picturesque garden built over 200 years ago. The attractions inside the park include palaces, pavilions, villas and various trees and flowers. It is really a nice place to experience the Tibetan culture and art.
Day 08 Lhasa Sightseeing Continue.
Drepung Temple:Drepung Monastery is actually a collection of Buddhist chapels and colleges located about 8km west of Lhasa. The word ‘Drepung’ can be literally translated as "rice pile", a name whose meaning becomes clear when you see the white-walled buildings scattered along the hill. Originally founded in 1416, the monastery in its heyday was home to 10,000 monks (around 1600). In 1530, the second Dalai Lama built his palace here, known as the Ganden Palace, which was used until the fifth Dalai Lama built the Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple: It is a typical Tibetan Buddhist temple, which bears an unparalleled status in the Tibetan Buddhism. Constructed in 647 during the Tang Dynasty, the Jokhang Temple was built as a memorial to the Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal and Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. As the oldest wooden complex of Tibet, the temple covers an area of over 25,100 square meters (6.2 acres), with four floors in the main hall and spectacular gold-plated roof.
Sera Monastery: The Monastery, which stands at the foot of Tatipu Hill, is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. It is one of the three famous monasteries in Lhasa, and is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect (a branch of Tibetan Buddhism). The monastery was named ‘Sera’, which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, during the time when the hill was covered with wild roses in its inception. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scented cloths, and unparalleled murals can be found in the halls of the monastery. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are also held here in the monastery, whose style is very distinctive from those of other famous monasteries of Lhasa.
Day 09 Lhasa – Gyantse.
After early breakfast we drive to Gyantse , 254 km south-west, the third largest town in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse amd is least Chinese influenced towns in Tibet. Its dzong was built in the 14th-15th century and Gyantse owed its prosperity and importance for being located at the junction of a number of trade and military routes. At Gyantse we visit the following places:
Palkhor Monastery: At the foot of Dzong Hill nearby Gyantse, Pelkhor Monastery is a very special monastery in Tibet. There are monks from Gelugpa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa order living harmoniously together. It is famous for the Kumbu Stupa built in 1412 and completed 10 years later. In the stupa, there are 108 gates and 77 chapels.Kumbum Stupa: The amazing octagonal Kumbum stupa at Gyantse consists of 75 chapels containing 10 000 deities arranged in three-dimensional mandalas seeking to encompass the entire Tantric soteriology. Built between 1427 and 1439 by Prince Rabten Kunzang Phak, it is considered a major artistic landmark in Tibetan history. Overnight hotel at Gyantse.
Day 10 Shigatse.
We drive 90km to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet with a population of about 80 thousand. At Shigatse we pay visit to Tashilumpo Monastery built in 1447 AD, the oldest and largest Gelugpa monastery in Tibet, the seat of Banchen Lama, painted in red and white, the buildings in the monastery stand closely together in terraced rows, offering a grand and majestic view. The most amazing image in this monastery is the statue of giant Maitreya (Future Buddha),the largest one in the world, erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914, it stands 26 meters in height and 275 kg in weight with solid gold, great quantity of precious things such as pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Overnight hotel at Shigatse.
Day 11 Xegar.
Drive to XEGAR crossing thrilling view of the stunning NYALAMU PASS & LALUNG LA PASS. This drive offers a fantastic and magnificent view of the high mountains including majestic Mount Everest (8848m) on the Tibetan side (North Face of Everest).
Day 12 Zangmu.
Nyalam, a small Tibetan town near the Nepal border, 35 km from Zhangmu town which is the point of entry of Nepal. A town of stone buildings and tin roofs, it is nicknamed 'The Gate of Hell' by the Nepalese traders because the trail between Zhangmu and the Nepalese border was so treacherous to negotiate, in those days. Overnight hotel at Zhangmu.
Day 13 Kathamndu.
Guests will take the most magnificent and expensive flight crossing over the Mt. Everest and other tallest mountain of the world. Upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport, our new team will receive you and drive you to hotel.
Day 14 Kathmandu Full day Sightseeing.
SwayambhunathStupa, a very sacred religious Buddhist shrine, also known as the “Monkey Temple”,3 km to the northwest of downtown Kathmandu, is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level overlooking Kathmandu valley. SwayambhunathStupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century A.D.
Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. It is one of the ten UNESCO World Heritage Site of the country. Patan Square and its surroundings are good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: MulChowk, SundariChowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. MulChowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patansquare.Several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the complex. Main among these are ‘Krishna Temple’, ‘Bhimsen Temple’ and the Golden Temple of ‘Hiranya Varna’. Krishna Temple, which is the temple of red stone, is dedicated to Hindu ‘Lord Krishna’. It was erected in the 17th century, considered to be the first one to be constructed in Shikara architecture, holds a commanding position in the durbar square. The temple is compared with sacred ‘Mount Meru’, which is abode of the god Shiva according to Hindu scriptures. There is ‘Mahaboudha’, a Buddhist temple made of clay bricks, lies to the east of the Durbar Square. With Hundreds of Buddha images engraved in the bricks, Mahaboudha is known for its fine terra cota work.
Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the capital, popularly known as the ‘Hanuman Dhoka Palace’ - the Gateway of Hanuman(God of monkey) - an ancient seat of Nepalese Royalty. The Palace, constructed from the 15th – 18th centuries, consists of the huge Royal square imposing a tremendous variety of the temples dedicated to different Hindu Gods and Goddesses including Taleju Temple, Sweta&Black Bhairab, Kumari (The living goddess), along with Basantapur tower. Listed as one of the ten UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. It is widely known as a social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City with elaborately carved wooden windows and panels. It used to be a royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies and festivals of the nation. It also houses famous royal museum like TheKing Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and The Mahendra Museum.
Day 15 Kathmandu Full day Sightseeing.
In the early morningwe go to the airport for the Mountain Flight after which we visit to the locations listed below for sightseeing tours.
Everest Mountain Flight are offered by different Domestic Airlines in Kathmandu Valley. This one hour thrilling flight takes you to the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal, some of the highest peaks in the world. This breathtaking flight gives the best opportunity to get the closest and magnificent view of Mount Everest (8,850m) and other tallest mountains - ShisaPangma (8,013m), GauriShanker (7134m), Melungtse (7023m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Pumori (8171m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m) &Amadablam (6856m). The flights are operated every morning from Kathmandu airport, flies in the altitude of 5000 – 7000 meters, and gets closer approximately five nautical miles from the highest peak of the world. Passengers are provided with individual window seats during the entire nerve tingling flight. Interested passengers are also invited to the cockpit from where they can take some spectacular pictures of the world’s tallest mountains. All passengers are certified with a formal Certificate of their travel.
BaudhanathStupa, 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu, is 36m high, built around the 5th century A.D., is one of the biggest and the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world. It is unique with its three level, mandala style, platforms. What Mecca is to the Muslims, this BoudhanathStupa is for Tibetan Buddhists. Every year thousands of pilgrims flock here from all over the Himalayan region to pay their tribute with great reverance to all Buddhist deities. The Stupa is recognized with the prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. In BuddhanathStupa, there are many monasteries or Gompa attractions all impressively adorned and colorfully painted.
Pashupatinath, 5 km east of downtown Kathmandu along the side of Bagmatiriver, is the famous and biggest holiest temple of Hindus dedicated solely to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple, which is regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Its astonishing architectural existence dates back to 400 A.D. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South-Asia with hundreds of Shiva Lingam shrines and icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Hindu pilgrims perform sacred rituals with the thrilling scene of burning funeral pyres. During the Shivaratri festival (February – March), over 200 thousand devotees and pilgrims, mostly from India, visit this temple and make ceremonial fires. The Temple is recognized with the prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style-temples grouped around a fifty-five-window-palace of brick and wood. The square is part of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths and the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries. It has also been accorded with a prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Square also accommodates beautifully crafted Lion Gate, the massive gate that dates back to 1696 AD, which is guarded by two huge statues of lions at the either side of the gate with the dreadful stone image of Lord Shiva. Another masterpiece The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. As you go through inside the Golden Gate, one can see the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design until reaching a balcony with fifty-five windows carved beautifully in a wood. South of Palace, there stands a beautiful Nyatapola, the most famous pagoda of Nepal, consists of five tiers symbolizing each basic elements of the universe - water, earth, fire, wind and sky.
Cultural Dance Program with Dinner: In the evening you are invited to a typical but fascinating Nepali cultural folk dance program with an authentic Nepali dinner served with unique Newari cuisines. The culture of Nepal is embedded in the high peaks of Nepal, where tradition flows with its rivers and art traverses through its valleys with religion deeply embedded in the heart of its people. It is a country where art, culture and religion play a huge role in its multi-ethnical and multi-linguistic people’s lifestyle. The Cultural Dance presented reflects the unique culture and traditions of the people of Himalayan Kingdom. Authentic Dinner with the unique culture show provides memorable moment and an unforgettable experience for anyone out to gain a new perspective on the culture and traditions of Nepali people.
Day 16 Departure.
Guests are all driven to Indira Ghandi International airport for flight back home.