Nepal & Tibet Cultural Tour


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Overview

Kathmandu & Tibet Cultural Experiences

Days                 :-  7 Nights 8 Days

Place of Visit  :-   Kathmandu ~ Lhasa ~ Gyantse ~ Shigatse

Kathmandu  to Lhasa  which offer you amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan countryside. The visit to the old cities: Kathmandu , Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, will give you a complete impression of Nepal & Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape.

Day 1  Arrival  Kathmandu :-

Welcome  to Kathmandu Tribhuwan Intl airport  , you will transfer to Hotel by TOPWORLD  Reps , After a short relax Proceed for sightseeing Swyambhunath world’s most glorious Buddhist chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old formation. A World Heritage Site offering a magnificent view of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the World Heritage Site. Visit Taleju Temple, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD; Kal Bhairav, the god of destruction; Nautale Durbar; Nasal Chowk; Gaddi Baithak; the statue of King Pratap Malla and Jagannath. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2  Kathmandu – ( Full Day )

Morning breakfast proceed for sightseeing to Pashupatinath temple is a World Heritage Site dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pathupatinath with its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is considered one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Boudhanath  This ancient colossal Buddhist stupa is one of the biggest stupas in the world. It has been listed as the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares viz Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square.

Evening free for Shopping . Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu .

Day 3  Kathmandu  – Lhasa     (   Air  )

Morning Breakfast on time transfer to Tribhuwan Intl Airport to catch  flight for Lhasa .( With Special Tourist Group Permit for Lhasa ) On arrival at  Lhasa TOPWorld  Reps will  transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, 75 kms to Lhasa and it takes aprox 2 hrs, Take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 4    LHASA Tour

Morning Breakfast and proceed for Sightseeing as Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is important. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most scared temple in all over Tibet. After you visit inside the temple you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit also crowded central market of Lhasa, Afternoon you will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5   LHASA Tour

Morning breakfast and proceed to visit Drepung Monastery world largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots things to see, walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is more like a typical village. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6     LHASA (3600m) - GYANTSE (3900m) – SHIGATSE (3900m), 350 km, 7hrs.

Morning Breakfast We will drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. On Arrival at Gyantse visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture. Afternoon drive to Shigatse (95 kms) Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7   SHIGATSE – LHASA BY 17:00 TRAIN FROM SHIGATSE, 280km, 4 hrs.

Morning Breakfast and proceed to visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery built by the 1st Dalai Lhama - Gedun Drup in 1447 and later it became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, there you will see tombs of 7 passed Pachen Lamas lineages and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that used as monks apartments. And enjoy a short walk Shigatse markets. Today we have two possible arrangement based on the group size and transportation situation, you may drive back or take the express train back to Lhasa.

·         By  train at 17:30 and arrive Lhasa at 20:32, 3 hour train ride on this recently opened train.

·         Or By drive back northern friendship highway 6 hours Shigatse to Lhasa.

On arrival transfer to our hotel in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 8  LHASA AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION Departure

Morning Breakfast and Transfer to Rail station or  Airport  with sweet memory or Tibet , For Onward destination or with your Connecting Flight  Via Kathmandu . 

Itinerary

Day 1  Arrival  Kathmandu :-

Welcome  to Kathmandu Tribhuwan Intl airport  , you will transfer to Hotel by TOPWORLD  Reps , After a short relax Proceed for sightseeing Swyambhunath world’s most glorious Buddhist chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old formation. A World Heritage Site offering a magnificent view of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the World Heritage Site. Visit Taleju Temple, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD; Kal Bhairav, the god of destruction; Nautale Durbar; Nasal Chowk; Gaddi Baithak; the statue of King Pratap Malla and Jagannath. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2  Kathmandu – ( Full Day )

Morning breakfast proceed for sightseeing to Pashupatinath temple is a World Heritage Site dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pathupatinath with its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is considered one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Boudhanath  This ancient colossal Buddhist stupa is one of the biggest stupas in the world. It has been listed as the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares viz Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square.

Evening free for Shopping . Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu .

Day 3  Kathmandu  – Lhasa     (   Air  )

Morning Breakfast on time transfer to Tribhuwan Intl Airport to catch  flight for Lhasa .( With Special Tourist Group Permit for Lhasa ) On arrival at  Lhasa TOPWorld  Reps will  transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, 75 kms to Lhasa and it takes aprox 2 hrs, Take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 4    LHASA Tour

Morning Breakfast and proceed for Sightseeing as Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is important. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most scared temple in all over Tibet. After you visit inside the temple you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit also crowded central market of Lhasa, Afternoon you will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5   LHASA Tour

Morning breakfast and proceed to visit Drepung Monastery world largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots things to see, walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is more like a typical village. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6     LHASA (3600m) - GYANTSE (3900m) – SHIGATSE (3900m), 350 km, 7hrs.

Morning Breakfast We will drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. On Arrival at Gyantse visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture. Afternoon drive to Shigatse (95 kms) Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7   SHIGATSE – LHASA BY 17:00 TRAIN FROM SHIGATSE, 280km, 4 hrs.

Morning Breakfast and proceed to visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery built by the 1st Dalai Lhama - Gedun Drup in 1447 and later it became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, there you will see tombs of 7 passed Pachen Lamas lineages and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that used as monks apartments. And enjoy a short walk Shigatse markets. Today we have two possible arrangement based on the group size and transportation situation, you may drive back or take the express train back to Lhasa.

·         By  train at 17:30 and arrive Lhasa at 20:32, 3 hour train ride on this recently opened train.

·         Or By drive back northern friendship highway 6 hours Shigatse to Lhasa.

On arrival transfer to our hotel in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 8  LHASA AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION Departure

Morning Breakfast and Transfer to Rail station or  Airport  with sweet memory or Tibet , For Onward destination or with your Connecting Flight  Via Kathmandu . 

Inclusion

Service Included 

  • Hotel Accommodation on twin Shearing with Breakfast .
  • Kathmandu Royal Singi / Tashi Takgye , Heritage hotel in Lhasa / Gesar hotel in Shigatse
  • All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
  • Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary (Nepal & Tibet )
  • Vehicle and guide entrances for the Everest Natural Reserve;
  • Private transportation in Tibet with experienced local Tibetan driver: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), See vehicle photos here;
  • English speaking Guide local Kathmandu & Tibet
  • Free shuttle bus Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour(Check shuttle bus frequency below);
  • Train tickets from Shigatse to Lhasa on Day 7;
  • Oxygen: One big Oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L);
  • First aid kit
  • Gov Tax as Applicable.  

Service Excluded

  • Nepal Visa Fee ( On Arrival USD-25 )
  • Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended to buy from your home country before you leave);
  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
  •  International and domestic flight/train tickets.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and tickets availability with our travel consultant);
  • Meals – lunch/ Dinner, average a meal in Kathmandu & Tibet cost Aprox USD 11Per Pax
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver.
  • Tipping for Driver , Guide , Hotel , Restaurant etc.

Permit information:  Tibet Travel Permit

According to Tibet travel regulations we cannot sell permit, without arranging a tour for travelers, any other tour agencies cannot either. Because when we apply for the permit, we need the detailed itinerary and daily program, places you will visit, all detailed information of the tour you book with us, or we are impossible to get your permit.

Tibet travel permit process take around 20 days and we need 3 days to send you the permit in mainland China, so we need your clear scanned copy of passport and China tourist visa. Yes, we will take care the permit for you.

As you will take plane to Lhasa, you will need to give me your last hotel’s name/address in mainland China before flying to Lhasa , so that when your permit is issued, we will mail it to your hotel, that usually takes 3 days, with the permit, you can board the plane to Lhasa. Thank you. If you will take train, then you only need the copy of the permit to aboard the train.  So the total permit process will take around 20 days.

Yes, we can help you with the Tibet permit, Please let me know the specific date of your arriving in Tibet, and how many days you would like in Tibet, then I can quote to you accordingly.

Date & Pricing

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2017 & 2018

Class/Price for Per Person 

Aug  to  Sep

Oct. to Nov

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

1299 US$

1199 US$

 

How to Book

We have a variety of Products suiting the requirements of everyone. You can customize the holiday as per your preference.

Once you customize the holiday, you can visit any of our Branch Offices, Preferred Sales Partners (PSP’s). If you have selected the Tour and agreed upon the Terms and Conditions, then we can even send our representative for collection of Booking Form, copies of Id Proof and Payment Cheque.

Bank details for Payment:

Payments can be made through local ‘Account payee’ cheques, Demand Drafts or by Cash at any of our Branch offices / Preferred Sales Partners.

Overwriting on Cheques is not allowed as per RBI rule.

PAN details will be required in case of cash payment in accordance with prevailing Income Tax rules.

Kindly note that Outstation Cheque is not acceptable.

Guests who are unable to visit our offices for Booking, can deposit local clearing cheques in any of the below Bank Accounts or can make payment Online through Net Banking.

Also, after making the transfer, intimate the same to us by sending scanned copy/screenshot of bank slip and personal details.

Note: Cash deposit is not allowed in any of the accounts.

Cheque in favour of: Top World Holidays 

Current Account

Currency Beneficiary Name Bank Name Branch Address Account No. IFSC/NEFT Code

INR                       

TOP World Holidays   ICICI Bank Ltd           ICICI BANK LTD
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Changes in decided holiday programme:

Kindly intimate the booking person in advance for any amendment in holiday programme so that the necessary arrangements can be made. As per the amendments, additional charges would be applicable.

Cancellation Policy

If Guest decides to cancel the holiday for any reason whatsoever then s/he shall give a written application to the Company within specified time limit along with original receipt issued by the Company. Such cancellation will attract cancellation charges stated hereunder.

  • Cancellation charges will be calculated on gross holiday cost and the cancellation charges shall depend on date of departure and date of cancellation.
  • Cancellation charges for any type of transport ticket are applicable as per the rules of the concerned authority.
  • Air tickets issued on special fares are NON REFUNDABLE and Guest shall bear cancellation charges.
  • Any refund payable to the Guest will be paid after the Company receives refund from the respective authorities. The Company deducts processing charges from the refund to be paid to the Guest.
Percentage of cancellation charges per person.
No of days prior to departure Charges
More than 60 days 5% or Actual cancellation whichever is more
60 to 31 days 50% or Actual cancellation whichever is more
30 to 15 days 65% or Actual cancellation whichever is more
14 to 4 days 80% or Actual cancellation whichever is more
On the day/on tour 100%

Note : Charges are levied on the gross holiday price and not the discounted price, if any. Please read terms and condition before booking.

Tour Info

Tibet is a country, which is totally different from any other places around the world, just because of its political sensitivity, rich culture diversity and peculiar geographical formation. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, which is also what makes it so special.

Please feel free to contact our tour consultant Email :- topworldholidays@gmail.com

Legitimate Claim;

Tibet is politically very sensitive and any political activities are restrictedly prohibited, so we always advising our clients to keep away from any political conversations or activities that bound against the policy of People’s republic of China. Your involvement in such activities would influence the whole group as well as future of all your guides, driver and the company. If any one does, then we have the full right to cancel the trip and we are not responsible for so caused hassle and costs.

Emergency contacts:

TOPWorld  Reps always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator .

Chinese Visa

Every one should have the valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity) and Chinese visa to travel into China and the Chinese visa is also valid in Tibet, generally the Chinese visa is can be applied either by your self or use a visa service agency in your home country, but the visa application and requirements are little vary in different countries, so please check with your regional Chinese Embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.

NOTE:-  It is your responsibility to obtain the Chinese visa, so just for your information it is better not to list Tibet as your travel destination on your visa application form, just list Chengdu or Beijing, whichever your in-bound city is as your travel destination. If you enter Tibet from Nepal then you don’t need the Chinese individual visa and please check the next line for what you need.

If You Enter Tibet From Nepal

If you enter Tibet from Nepal, then the permit and Chinese visa formalities are slightly different, to enter from Nepal, you don't need the Chinese individual visa and instead you should obtain the Tibet group visa from Chinese Embassy in Nepal, you can’t apply it directly and you should have a local Nepalese agency to apply for it, so our Nepalese partner agency will assist you for that application, normally the application takes 2 to 5 working days for different cost and it only can be applied when you arrive in Nepal, because your original passport is needed along the application. 

Tibet Travel Permit and Its Process

Tibet travel permit is compulsory for all the travelers to visit Tibet and it can be obtained within 15 days prior to the trip starting dates, once you have booked the tour with us, we will obtain it for you which is included in the tour package. We need clear scan copies of your Chinese visa and passports to apply for the permit.

Etiquettes and Taboos:

Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Tibet and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.

Appropriate attire: 

Most Tibetans are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (guys and girls). If you wear shorts in rural villages or in the Bakhor district in Lhasa you will definitely get stranger looks than normal! Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries. Don’t be shy to inform other tourists of the proper dress for monasteries; perhaps they are not aware of the cultural considerations and etiquette.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to the local circumstances and climate.

Keeping in touch with folks at home

If your family members or colleagues or friends want to connect with you during the tour, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or if you don’t know your guide number at the time, please don’t feel hesitate to provide our company contact numbers listed in the Emergency Contact section and we can find a way to reach you through guide mobile.

Meals

In order to provide you the maximum flexibility of what, where and when to eat, we generally doesn’t include meals in the tour cost except breakfast included at the hotels, but our local guide will suggest you good local restaurant per your requirements. In the cities like Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Zhangmu you can find good restaurants serve wide range of Tibetan food, continental food, Nepalese food, Indian food and Chinese cuisine, but in Tingri, EBC and in remote places, there is a limited choice for noodles and pan cakes. Approximate cost of a meal in Tibet is USD3 – USD12 per person/meal depending on your individual requirement.

Destination Guide & Recommended Reading List:

Tibet is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Tibet. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.

Domestic Flights and Trains to Tibet

There is only one international flight to Tibet, which is from Kathmandu (Nepal), and then there are lots of flights from different cities in Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and so on. 

There is no international train to Tibet and all the trains are from Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining and so on. 

Responsible Tourism Initiative: 

Tourism has the potential to have positive and negative effects on the local environment and peoples. Making a conscious decision about how you travel can make a difference. Whether you are traveling to the Amazon rainforest or to Mt. Everest Base Camp, taking the initiative to reduce negative impacts and help sustain local communities is the responsible thing to do. Read more how we practice Responsible Travel

How & What To Pack

It is important to pack light and effectively, specially when you travelling to a new place, you need to know some necessary items should be carry with, depending on the length of your trip and where you go, you can get away with a minimal amount of clothing. One medium-large backpack or rolling duffle and a day pack should be just right for a 2-4 week trip. We suggest you to check our packing guideline here

Complaint & Feedback

We are always trying to provide the best service that can achieve a memorable Tibet tour for you, but sometimes you might be dissatisfied with some arrangement as different people has various aspirations and requirement, so please let us know instantly and we will try to solve everything right away to avoid repeating mistakes unknowingly. As we are looking for every single opportunity to improve our services, so your valuable suggestions and constructive complaints are very much appreciated.

Free Airport Shuttle Bus:

In order to make it more convenient for our clients, we have arranged two shuttle buses a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. So when you are purchasing the flight tickets, please take the shuttle bus timing into consideration. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle bus, we can arrange a private airport pick-up and transfer for you, this service costs USD60 per time.

Shuttle bus pick-up time at the beginning of the tour:

  • 1st shuttle bus departs from the airport at 12:30 2nd shuttle bus departs from the airport at 16:00 Shuttle bus transfer time at the end of the tour:
  • 1st shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 7:30am 2nd shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 11:00am

Note:

If you miss the free shuttle bus because of your flight delay or cancellation, then you will have to pay for the private airport pick-up, which costs USD 65  per time. Also, please make sure to update your tour consultant about your new flight schedule.

Train station pick-up is totally for free, but sometimes you may need to wait for other travelers’ arrival around the same time.