DISTANT AND FORBIDDEN

Itinerary


Day 1
16 April, Saturday - Arrival to Delhi

 

Day 2
17 April, Sunday - Flight Delhi–Kathmandu

Meeting at 10:30 AM at Delhi Airport, check-in to your flight Delhi – Kathmandu, departing 12:30; Arrival at 13:45 in Nepal and obtaining visas at the border for 25 USD. Transfer to hotel, short rest. In the afternoon – a quick visit to temples.
Price does not include dinner.

Day 3
18 April, Monday - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Whole day in Kathmandu. During the day we will visit two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square and the Swayambhunath stupa, which is one of the most recognisable symbols of Nepal. We also visit Hanuman Dhoka(Old Royal Palace), Kumari Bahal(House of the Living Goddess) and Kasthamandap (literally:"Wood-Covered Shelter"), after which the town of Kathmandu was given its name.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 4
19 April, Tuesday - Kathmandu – Lhasa

Breakfast at the hotel. Flight to Tibet(takes about 1h15min). Transfer to the hotel located 3 660 metres above the sea level. Free day for acclimatisation.In the capital city of Tibet there are 200 000 inhabitants. Lhasa is home to the Tibetan, Han, and Hui peoples, as well as several other ethnic groups, but overall the Tibetan ethnic group makes up a majority of the total population. Although Lhasa has been transformed to a Chinese city, the Potala palace, ancient residence of Dalai Lamas, still towers above the city. Around the spiritual center of Lhasa- the Jokhang temple and the historic ensemble of Potala palace there are pilgrims regardless of the weekday, weather or time of year. At the end of the day we will visit the The Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 5
20 April, Wednesday - Yarlung Valley, Samye monastery

Breakfast at the hotel. We will travel through the famous Yarlung Valley and reach Samye monastery. Early Tibetan myths say that the Yarlung Valley was the cradle of Central-Tibetan civilisation. The early kings of Yarlung were probably nothing else but family chiefs whose powers did not reach much farther than the frontiers of the Yarlung Valley. We will visit Tibet’s first and oldest Samye monastery that was built during the reign of Trisiong Detsen in Tibetan, Indian and Hann styles.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 6
21 April, Thursday - Lake Nam Tso

Breakfast at the hotel. The round trip to Nam Tso takes about 6 hours. On the way we will pass the highest peak of our tour- The Kong La(5150m). The Nam Tso lake lies 4718m above sea level and covers the area of 1870 square meters. Tibetan biggest salt lake is the highest in the world. In the lake there are five uninhabited islands and a couple of stony outcrops. The islands are used by withdrawed pilgrims who migrate there over the frozen lake with their grunting oxes and vivers. They spend the summers on the islands being unable to reach the coast until the water is frozen again the next winter. The biggest island lies the North-West of the lake and the nearest point is located three kilometers from the shore.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 7
22 April, Friday - Potala palace, Sera monastery, Jokhang temple and Barkhor market

Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the pearl of Lhasa and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture and art- the Potala palace. The palace used to be the residence of Tibetan government and Dalai Lamas. The 13 stories of luxoriously decorated rooms remind as of the abundant life of a community, which could be even compared to the ancient Chinese Empire. We will also visit Sera monastery, which is one of the biggest and important Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. The Jokhang palace is the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day pilgrims from all over Tibet arrive there burning ox butter in their lamps, praising the deities and mumbling mantras. The Jokhang was built during the period of 639- 647 in honour of Songsten Gampo's Nepalese wife Bhrikuti. The Barkhor market is the eldest street of Lhasa and makes a circle around the Jokhang temple. Today the whole street is a market-place divided into sections regarding different goods sold there. It's a central market where everyone will wear their best national clothing to.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 8
23 April, Saturday - Lhasa -Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. We depart from Tibet and fly back to Nepal. The flight lasts 1h15min. Free afternoon in Kathmandu.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 9
24 April, Sunday - Bhaktapur

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bhaktapur. We will get acquainted with life in Nepali villages.
Accommodation in Dhulikel Resort.
Price includes breakfast.

Day 10
25 April, Monday - Bhaktapur-Kahtmandu

Breakfast at the Resort. After the Yoga Class we will go hiking. In the evening we'll go back to Kathmandu, where we will enjoy a Nepalese national feast with a local cultural program.
Price includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 11
26 April, Tuesday - Bhutan, arrival to Paro, journey to Thimphu

Breakfast at the hotel. The flight to Bhutan will take us across the Himalayan mountains and you will have breathtaking views on world’s highest ice-covered mountain peaks. Upon the arrival to Paro valley, we will see in the bottom of the valley the silver-coloured Pa Chu (Paro River). The river passes Paro Dzong (castle) and Ta Dzong (watchtower). Upon arrival, we will be met by a local representative and we will continue our journey to Thimpu (55 km, 1:30 h), to the modern capital of Bhutan.
In the evening we will visit Chorten national memorial, which was built by the third king, his majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck as a monument to world peace and prosperity. The paintings and statues inside the monument reveal the inside of the budist philosophy.
Accommodation in Thimphu.
Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12
27 April, Wednesday - Thimphu, Trashichhodzong, and the “handicraft empire”

Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon – visit to Trashichhodzong. This impressive castle/monastery is the location of His Majesty’s coronation hall and state chancellery and it accommodates several public institutions. In summer, the building serves also as the residence of the Chief Abbot and the “central council” of monks.
We will also visit the “handicraft empire”. Ths state-owned company offers a wide range of exeptional hand-woven fabrics and other handicrafts. There is a modest selection of books regarding Bhutan, religion and culture of the Himalaya for sale.
Accommodation in Thimphu.
Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13
28 April, Thursday - Thimphu, Punakha Dzong

Breakfast at the hotel. Ve will visit Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong, 17th century castle, that has played a significant role in building the contemporary Bhutan. It was built in 1637 between two rivers by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is used as a winter residence for the Chief Abbot and the “central council” of monks. Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
Accommodation in Punakha.
Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14
29 April, Friday - Punakha, Paro

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive across Dochu La to Paro.
In the afternoon, visit to Ta Dzong. Ta Dzong was built as a watchtower during the inter-valley wars that took place in the 17th century. A walk across the bridge on stone-coated walkways allows obtaining a good overview of Dzong as an architectural miracle and its surroundings. This is the venue for the annual spring Paro Tshechu.
Accommodation in Paro.
Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15
30 April, Saturday - Taktshang monastery "The Tiger's Nest"

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion in Taktshang monastery (5-hour walking tour). Taktshang is one of the most famous monasteries of Bhutan, that is located on top of a cliff, 900 meters above Paro valley. A legend tells that this is the place where Guru Rinpoche, riding on a tigress, arrived. He meditated in the monastery and that is why the monastery was later called “tiger’s nest”. The monastery is considered to be the holiest place in the entire country and in 1646 it was visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Even today all the Bhutanese visit the monastery at least once during their life. The fire of 19 April 1998 damaged seriously the main structure of the building but by today this jewel of Bhutan has been restored in its previous glory.
On our way back to town we will visit Kyichu Lakhang – one of the oldest and holiest temples of the entire kingdom.
Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16
01 May, Sunday - Paro-Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Pari Airport. Accommodation in Airport Hotel4****.
Price includes breakfast.
The end of programme.