Tibet Overland Tour- Lhasa to Kathmandu
This tour starts from Historical place of Nepal Kathmandu & Ends also from here.
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Welcome by our office representative in airport/buspark and transfer you to hotel. Brief about .our programmed. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Chinese visa processing & Sightseeing of Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Application and collection of your Chinese visa, we will go for sightseeing tour.
Patan Durbar Square:
The Patan Durbar Square is made in 1600s by Mall Dynasty and the royal palace of Malla kings. It is situated in the heart of Patan City, also listed in UNESCO heritage sites.The square, situated in the heart of the city, consists of enchanting melange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. There are three main courtyards or chowks, so named central MulChowk, SundariChowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The SundariChowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newar Community.
Bhaktapur City Durbar Square:
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also listed in UNESCO, made in the 15th century Palace of 55 windows, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The palace entrance, Golden Gate that is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of 55 windows, is masterpiece in repose art .In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. There are temples like Batsala Temple and the Shiva temple, the replica of Pashupatinath Temple etc. Nyatapola Temple: This five-story pagoda was built in 1702AD. Each story has pair of figures (two wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and goddess’s tigress and lioness). This temple is one of the tallest pagodas and famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship.
Day03: Half Sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa(monkey temple) & free for shopping.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed UNESCO and this complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.
Kumari Temple: Kumari temple is the residence of the living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with nobody marks and injuries and will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.
Kasthamandap:Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century. Situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple.
The four seeing eyes of Swoyambhunath Stupa watch over the valley form the top of 77-m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swoyambhunath are covered with small Chaityas and monasteries as well as some Hindu temples
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa (3650m)
The flight time is 1.10 min and it is one of the most beautiful flights in the world. On flight, we see the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lake Yamdruk, Kanchanjunga, Makulu Pumori, as well as Mount Everest including other mountain peak. Upon arrival, we will be meeting our Tibetan Guide and transfer to Lhasa city. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing tour.
After taking breakfast, your guide take to tour of Potala palace, Jokhang temple and Bharkhorstreet .The tour today covers the Potala palace of the Dalai Lamas, the holiest of the Tibetan temple- Jokhang and visit to the traditional Bharkhor street .We see Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang Temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing tour.
After taking breakfast, your Guide takes tour majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse (3950m/ 260 km).
After taking breakfast, We drive on a 4WD jeep through fabulous scenery. While driving you will cross the passes named Kamba La (4794m) and Karo La (5010m) in between these two high passes your trail passing a long drive along the beach of the beautiful and emerge Lake called Yamadroke-Tso with the view of its panorama attaching with some snowcapped mountains in the south .overnight in Gyantse.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse (3900m/90 km )
Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354 Kms. west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,810 m. After taking breakfast, Guided tour of Kumbum stupa and Pelkhor temple in Gyantse then drive to Shigatse . In Shigatse we visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas, the second in hierarchy in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lamas. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 09: Drive to Shegar (4050m/ 244 km)
Today after breakfast you will do the sightseeing of Tashilunpo Monastery.
Tashilunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 and is the largest Yellow Hat sect monastery in Tibet. Shigaste is Tibets 2nd most important city and Tashilunpo was the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Tashilunpo contains chortens, temples and the Panchen Lama is palace. At its peak, Tashilunpo had more than 4,000 monks in its 4 monasteries. Upon the death of a Panchen Lama, it was the 4 abbots of these monasteries that would lead the search for his infant reincarnation.The monastery is a striking red, white and black Tibetan structure with a golden roof. Within the monastery there is a 5 story temple, which contains a 26 meters (86ft) sitting statue of the Maitreya Buddha. The statue was cast from 6,700 ounces of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper, making it the biggest copper Buddhist statue in the world. The massive Thangka wall at Tashilunpo can be clearly seen from most points in Shigaste. The wall is used for displaying enormous Thangkas – religious painted banners – for only a few festival days each year. Overnight in Shegar.
Day 10: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m)
After taking breakfast, You will cross two high passes Lablung La ( 5, 124m) and Tong La ( 5, 120m) and have the last views of Mount Everest, Sishapangma and Cho Oyu. Then the road drops to Nyalam-the last Tibetan town where you may stop for some refreshment. The road drops sharply along the bank of a river. Upon arrival in Zhangmu-the last Chinese frontier town. Overnight in Zhangmu.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m/123 km).
Drive to the boarder, complete the immigration formalities. Leave your vehicle form Lhasa at the border and say good bye to your Tibetan guide. Next guide from Kathmandu will receive you at the border, helps you get Nepal visa ( if you do not have one ) . Drive along a superbly scenic highway to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day12: Half Day sightseeing and free for shopping.
This stupa lies 6-km downtown Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, has the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built in the fifth century AD. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. One can observe devotees chanting religious hymns and playing with prayer wheels.
Situated 5km east of the bank of sacred Bagmati River, the temple of Lord Shiva with two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior 400AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva.
Day 13: Departure.