|Package name||GLIMPSE OF TIBET|
|Max. elevation||3500 m m|
|Cost||USD 2,600 per person|
On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International airport, after immigration formalities, and collecting your baggage head for the exit where our staff and guide receives you, with a warm welcome, and then transfer to your hotel. A short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city, around Thamel the most interesting place for all travelers. At the hotel check into your rooms, after a short rest from the jet-lag then meet your guide, and other fellow members of the tour in Nepal and Glimpse of Tibet, for briefing regarding your stay in Nepal and Tibet, with full information of the tour of Kathmandu and Lhasa, with do’s and don’ts. The evening group welcomes dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with a folk cultural program to entertain with your dinner.
At Kathmandu, a free and leisure day with a sightseeing tour at places of great historical and cultural interest. Most of the ancient sites are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A short drive and few minutes walk to Old Durbar Square, witness old palace of Malla and Shah Regime, with ancient temples and resident of Kumari which represents as a Living virgin Goddess, of young tender age. Tour of Kasthamandap, a temple built with the wood of a single tree where the name Kathmandu derived from. From here a short drive west of the city to old Swayambhunath Stupa, perched on a hillock, where one catch view of Kathmandu city and the valley, with snow peaks on a clear fine day. The Buddhist Stupa dates back to 2,500 years with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions. A pride and landmark of the country listed in the world heritage site.After an interesting morning tour continues heading east of the city at the holy temple of Pashupatinath, a golden three-tier rood pagoda. Non-Hindu’s are not allowed at the main entrance, where the guide takes you on the other side of Bagmati River to observe the temple premises, with devotees and pilgrims on religious activity. From here a short distance walk or a drive to great Bouddhanath Stupa, and the area is also called ‘Little Tibet’, as you can witness most Buddhist pilgrims and locals of Tibetan origin with a similar culture. The day completes with a drive back to your hotel after a marvelous day around Kathmandu visiting places of great interest.
Morning as per flight time for Lhasa flight transfer to Kathmandu airport for a scenic flight of an hour or more to land at Gongor in Tibet international airport, which is near to Lhasa, during air views of world’s highest mountains with Mt. Everest. As the plane lands at Gongor Airport, going through security and immigration formalities, then walk outside the air-terminal received by our Tibetan guide and driver for a short drive to the eastern side of Lhasa city. A lovely interesting area populated mostly by local Tibetans, afternoon relax and take a short walk around the Barkhor market square where most of the hotels are located.
Morning our Tibetan guide meets you at the hotel lobby, after your pleasant first overnight in Lhasa, a short drive takes you on the west side of the city with an uphill drive to Drepung Monastery, the largest and important monastery in Tibet, built as a university for Tibetan Buddhism scholar in earlier days, which was also a resident of many high priests to 5th Dalai Lama, till Potala Palace construction was completed. An interesting tour of Drepung Monastery interior and around religious and prayer rooms, from here tour of Jokhang Temple, located in the heart of Lhasa around busy Barkhor market. Visit the monastery as well first Buddhist temple of historic importance and tales of ancient times. The tour takes you inside the temple and on the scenic terraces, for beautiful photographs of the colorful busy Barkhor Market and its surrounding with views of Potala Palace nearby.
On the last day in Lhasa, an exciting morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, built in early 640 AD. Started by Songsten Gampo, from his private meditation cave, during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, this majestic Potala Palace was constructed. This beautiful palace represents a landmark of Tibet that dominates the whole of Lhasa and Kyuchi valley. Afternoon tour continues with a short drive to Norbulingka, a summer palace of semi-modern with lovely large garden of tall trees, our guide takes you around the summer palace important sites, and then end the day with having free at leisure time.
Morning, after breakfast, and as per flight time for Kathmandu depart from the hotel for a short less than a two-hour drive. At the Gongor airport bidding farewell to Tibetans, guide and driver and then check-in, then board in big airplane Boeing Air China Airlines, for the scenic flight back to Kathmandu after a memorable experience in Lhasa / Tibet and transfer to your respective hotel. Afternoon free for individual activities and shopping Nepalese souvenirs.
Last day in Nepal in the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time either morning, afternoon, or evening. Vertex Holiday guide and staff transfer you to the airport for a homeward journey or to the next port of call, after a memorable experience on Glimpse of Tibet.
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