Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour takes you to explore the shiniest gems of all three countries. Starting from Nepal, the land of the living goddess and Mount Everest, to Tibet, the Roof of the World. before concluding the adventure in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. Spend your holiday in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan and discover the unique culture of these countries blended with fantastic natural and cultural beauty.
Nepal is a place where you can find historical and religious sites of both Hinduism and Buddhism. Monasteries and stupas showcase Tibetan Buddhist architecture while Hindu sites represent the pagoda style and various other styles displayed around the city are inspired by Tibetan, Indian and other Newari architecture. Kathmandu is full of mystery and hidden treasures around every corner.
Both Kathmandu and Pokhara are valleys surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains. From various viewpoints, you can get some precious views of the Ganesh, Jugal, Langtang and Annapurna ranges. Chitwan, another destination, is home to various species of animals including endangered One-horned Rhino. This city itself offers serene landscapes with the beautiful chirping of birds. The Nepal portion of the tour is an amazing opportunity to observe the lifestyle of ethnic groups living in various parts of Nepal including Tharu people who live in Chitwan.
Trips to both Tibet and Bhutan starts from the city of Kathmandu. Reaching Tibet, the city of Lhasa awaits you with renowned monasteries and temples like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Potala Palace is home to the Dalai Lama. Tibet Museum in Lhasa is another important site as it holds several important artefacts of Tibetan history.
Bhutan is famous for its Dzongs utilized equally for religious and administrative activities. Monks live in these dzongs and host festivals like Tsechu. Visiting Memorial Chorten, Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang and Kunsel Phodrang, one can view several cultural, religious and historical artefacts of Bhutan. Kunsel Phodrang also serves as a place to get a panoramic view of Thimphu.
The first destination of the tour journey, Kathmandu, offers you many of the historical and architectural monuments. Seven of Nepal's 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in the valley. During your sightseeing tour, you will visit 5 of these sites. Pashupatinath is one of the biggest and most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites of Nepal. The cremation ground there holds religious, philosophical and cultural significance. Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square retain the history of ancient Nepal with their unique architecture and museum. Also, Kathmandu Durbar Square is home of living goddess, Kumari. Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Stupas are famous Buddhist destinations of Kathmandu. Visiting these places you will learn in-depth about Nepal's various traditions, cultures and histories.
Famously known as the Lake City, Pokhara is a wonderful place situated in the lap of Annapurna range. There are many natural and cultural sites to explore such as Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Davis Falls etc. Indulge yourself in some fun activities such as boating, paragliding etc. Behold the sunrise from Sarangkot is an unforgettable experiences. Apart from visiting these amazing places, you can walk the wide sidewalks and streets, try different dishes, buy handicrafts and souvenirs, and chill by the lakeside.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one more of Nepal's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Home to 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna, 68 species of mammals and 126 species of fishes, this park is a wonderful place for wildlife exploration. In fact, it is one of the best spots in the world for bird watching. A Jungle Safari elephant-back style is one of the best experiences to have while visiting Chitwan National Park. You can expect to see some rare animals such as one-horned rhino, Bangali Tiger etc. Canoe along the Rapti River as well for a totally unique wildlife experience. Finally, the view of the foothills of the Himalaya covered in a dense forest looks gorgeous from here.
Potala Palace is one of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Lhasa. The former winter residence of the Dalai Lama is now a museum. Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world. It is a famous pilgrimage destination for Tibetan people and Buddhists around the world. From here, you will get an amazing view of the city as well. Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour is a wonderful opportunity to explore the museum, artefacts, paintings in this ancient palace. The architecture of the buildings is unique here. Red and white building blended with the blue sky looks spectacular.
Jokhang Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples/monasteries in Lhasa. It is said to have been built by King Songtsen Gampo for his two brides: Princess Wencheng of the China and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. This temple is famously known as the spiritual heart of the city and is famous for its culture and religious significance and unique architecture. You can explore the significant collection of artefacts and many well preserved ancient painting.
Sera and Drepung Monasteries
Sera and Drepung monasteries are two of the three major Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet (another one is Ganden Monastery). Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery of Tibet and is famous for its magnificent building complex and unique architecture. In Drepung Monastery, Buddhist monks debate scriptures using gestures which is an interesting event to observe. These debates also happen in Sera Monastery, which is an old famous religious institution. The biggest festival is known as Sera Bengqin makes this monastery special. Visiting these monasteries you will learn about the Tibetan culture, tradition and history in detail.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also called Paro Taktsang, is the only stop during this whole trip where you will hike. This monastery was built in the memory of Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. The monastery holds a festival known as Tshechu celebrated in his honour. The path that leads to this monastery is quite narrow and steep but it is said that no one has been injured there. There are various legends for why the name of the monastery is called Tiger’s Nest. According to one famous legend, the former wife of an empire willingly became a disciple of Guru Rinpoche and transformed herself into a flying tigress to bring him from Tibet to this monastery in Bhutan.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan where major religious sites like Memorial Chorten, Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang, Kunsel Phodrang can be found. Thimphu preserves the Bhutanese religion, customs and traditions. The biggest festival of Bhutan, Tshechu is celebrated in Tashichho Dzong by performing masked dances. Prayer flags, mani walls and prayer wheels indicating good luck can be seen everywhere. Memorial Chorten, a unique Bhutanese architecture was built by an ancient king to represent the mind of Buddha. This Chorten houses several large images of tantric deities. From Kunsel Phodrang, one can see a picturesque view of Thimphu city.
Close-up View of the Himalayas
During your 16 days of Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour excursion, you will get a plethora of amazing views of landscapes, jungle and snow-capped mountains. You will experience the diverse landscapes from the flat land of Terai to high mountains of Himalaya range. From Tibet and Bhutan, you can get a closer view of the snow-capped mountains. Tibet famously known as the roof of the world is a wonderful place to behold the highest mountain Everest and the Himalaya range from the closest. Tiger’s Nest monastery is a wonderful vantage point to behold the landscapes. During the plane flight, you will get a wonderful bird’s eye view of these landscapes and mountains.