You will be received at Kathmandu airport by our representative holding your name plate. After formal meeting,and welcome with a traditional flower garland and transferred to your hotel. There is an option of familiarization walk to the old Kathmandu in the suburb of tourist center of Thamel.
Breakfast,and your guide will receive you at your hotel, tour to Swayambhunath also known as the "Monkey Temple". Swayambhunath is a 2000 year old world famous Buddhist Stupa and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles from all sides of the valley. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Above each pair of eyes is the 'third eye' signifying the wisdom of looking within.
Continue on to Kathmandu Durbar Square, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durbar Square means "meeting place" is the centre of old Kathmandu, a gathering of temples and shrines with intricate carvings. You willl see the temple of Kasthamandap, believed to have been made from the timber of a single tree, the three storied Akash Bhairav (God of the sky) Temple, and Hanuman Dhoka, the old royal palace named after the monkey god. From the entrance gate of the Hanuman Dhoka you can enter the Nasal Chowk courtyard. Continue on to the Temple of the Living Goddess, or Kumari House where you may catch a glimpse of the "Kumari" at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. Kumari is a tradition in Nepal of worshiping young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or "Devi" in Hindu religious traditions.
After lunch in Kathmandu, we drive to Patan, one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world, also known as Lalitpur, or the city of fine arts. Patan is one of three royal cities in the valley and is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Your tour ends with a visit to the Tibetan Handicraft Centre. Established in 1960 with the aid of the Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation, the aim of Tibetan Handicraft Centre is to help provide Tibetan refugees with job opportunities. Here you can observe how traditional carpets, and handicrafts like prayer wheels are made and sold in souvenir shops.
Today we do explore Bhadgaon, the "city of devotees". Found in the 9th century, is the home of medieval art and architecture. Here you can visit the Durbar Square, with its array of temples, and the Palace of 55 Windows. This Palace is the best example of the Pagoda style of architecture and stands on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures - two strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses.
Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site -the Pashupatinath Temple. This is one of the most significant Hindu Temples of Lord Shiva in the world. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbols, of Lord Shiva. It stands as a symbol of unity bringing together the different sects of Hinduism under a single fold. It is situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Please note: Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter, but can view the temple from a special vantage point. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River, a sacred place of cremation and where thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay their respects.
Then we visit Boudhnath, one of the largest stupas of it's kind in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions, keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.
Early this morning, drive to Chitwan approximately 6 hours. Chitwan is Nepal's first national park, established in 1962 by the late King Mahendra, as a rhinoceros preserve. Prior to this, Chitwan was the venue for many a grand hunt to which the royalty of Europe, India and the top brass of the British Raj were invited. The Royal Chitwan National Park has been praised as being one of the most visually spectacular and animal rich wildlife sanctuaries in Asia. Arrive and proceed to your resort where the rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a morning Elephant Safari. This afternoon go on a canoe ride to Crocodile breeding centre and go for a walk through the jungle. This evening you can enjoy a Tharu cultural dance.
Birdwatching, breakfast and get drive back to Kathmandy by tourist bus.
Upon arrival in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide/representative will receive you there and transfer to your hotel Viewing the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river, the Longest and largest river in Tibet and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.Take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude You can spend the afternoon wandering around the Barkhor, Tibet’s ancient market area that surrounds Jokhang Temple. Each day thousands of Buddhist pilgrims make their way around this sacred temple. You may visit Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
You will start the day by exploring the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama’s for hundreds of years. After lunch, you will go to explore the Jokhang temple, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. Founded nearly 1400 years ago, Jokhang Temple houses the most sacred statue of Buddha. You will work your way through this fascinating temple alongside Buddhist pilgrims from the faraway regions of Tibet. The sound of pilgrims chanting mantras fills the air as does the smell of yak butter candle offerings. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora, a religious circle of a building or mountain with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Today you will explore 600 year old Sera monastery, one of Tibet’s largest Buddhist monasteries. Each weekday afternoon starting at 3pm, monks engage in Buddhist philosophy debates, which are fun to photograph.You can also see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. After lunch, you will go to Drepung, another of Tibet’s huge monastic complexes. The pilgrimage circuit around Drepung takes about an hour or so and offers spectacular views.You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.
In the morning, we will depart from Lhasa and drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok Lake, during clear weather, is a brilliant turquoise color and is one of the 4 main holy lakes in Tibetan Buddhism. The huge, glaciated 7191 meter Mt. Nojin Kangtsang forms the backdrop of the lake. The lake sits at an elevation of 4441 meters above sea level. Along the way to Gyantse, we will stop by the glaciers of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang at the Karo La Pass, which come down almost to the highway. Gyantse is a small, but modern Tibetan town. You will be visiting the Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the Gyantse Kumbum, the highest stupa (Buddhist pagoda) in Tibet. The scenic drive from Gyantse to Shigatse goes through several traditional farming villages that you will stop at. Shigatse is home to Tashilhunpo Monastery and its 600+ monks. This monastery, one of the largest in Tibet, is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important lama in Tibetan Buddhism.
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch. After lunch, we drive crossing Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer view of Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area. Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house.
After watching the sunrise over Everest, you will continue our journey to Gyirong. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtakign vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Kyirong in late afternoon. Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Kyirong.
In the morning you will say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver and cross over into Nepal. Our Tibetan guide will assist you to exit China via Gyirong border. The tour service ends. The sharing jeep transfer from Tibet/Nepal border to Kathmandu will costs USD 60 per head.
Free day in Kathmandu on your own. Stay night at hotel in Kathmandu.
Breakfast and final transfer to Kathmandu airprot to get your flight back to home.