Best Travel & Tours Package | Black Diamond Expedition

Duration

16 days

Activities

  • Cultural and Historical Tours

Accomodation

  • India: 2 nights in Delhi
  • Bhutan: 4 nights in Paro, Thimpu & Punakha
  • Nepal: 2 nights each in Chitwan and Kathmandu & 1 night in Pokhara
  • Tibet: 4 nights in Lhasa

Meals

  • India: 2 Breakfast
  • Bhutan: 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch & 4 Dinner
  • Nepal: Only Breakfast  (except in Chitwan)
  • Tibet: 3 Breakfast

 

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Overview

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Trip highlights

  • Opportunity to sightsee 4 different countries in a single tour
  • Exhilarating trip to World world heritage sites in India and Nepal
  • elephant ride and jungle safari in Nepal
  • Thrilling views of snowcapped mountains and pristine lakes in Nepal and Tibet
  • Sightseeing extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures

 

"Touring India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet" tour is an exhilarating trip that takes you to the most popular tourist attractions of four different sites in South Asia. We begin our trip in Agra, India with a tour of the Taj Mahal which is, of course, a World Heritage Site. Next, we drive to Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, Etmad-Ul-Ah, the Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

There are many sightseeing to do and places to go to in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. While here, we visit Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and get a glimpse of the rich Bhutanese culture and lifestyle. We also enjoy hiking to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery - Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3120 m/ 10200 ft.

Our next stop is Nepal and we begin our tour of the country with Chitwan National Park. After enjoying a laidback safari by elephant-back in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan National Park, we drive to Pokhara which is a beautiful city with amazing mountain views and many pristine lakes. We tour natural wonders of the city and also do a short hike to Sarangkot for amazing views of the sunrise from the mighty Himalayas.

Our next destination is Lhasa, also known as the cradle of Tibetan civilization.  In Lhasa, we tour ancient palaces (Potala and Norbulingka), visit a number of Buddhist monasteries, stroll in the Barkhor Bazaar and gaze at the extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures in the Ganden Monastery. We also visit the Drayer Pa cave, which has more than 30 caves for meditation.

'Touring India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet' is an all encompassing 16-day trip that ends in Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Activities:
Cultural and Historical Tours
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beginner

Itinerary

After our arrival at the Delhi airport, a representative from Black Diamond Expedition will pick us up from the airport and drive us to Agra. The Indian city of Agra is famous for housing the Taj Mahal. Overnight in Agra.

We tour popular landmarks in Agra today beginning with the Taj Mahal, the famous testament of love built by the grieving emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz. Next, we visit Jama Masjid, Etmad-Ul-Ah and two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Later we drive back to Delhi for an overnight stay.

As our flight nears Bhutan, we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a Black Diamond Expedition representative who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Then we visit Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. We drive to Thimphu for an overnight stay.

After breakfast, we visit the Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, the mini zoo (to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan), the painting school and the Buddhist nunnery. After the tours, we drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass (3,100m), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. On the way, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.

We visit Punakha Dzong after breakfast. The fortress was built between 1637-1638 and is the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan. Today, we return to Paro. Upon reaching Dochu la pass, we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only one of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Overnight in Paro.

After our arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu, we continue to the domestic terminal and fly to Bharatpur. A Black Diamond Expedition representative will pick us up from the Bharatpur airport and drive us to the Chitwan National Park. After checking in to the hotel, there will be a briefing on the activities we will be engaged in during our stay in Chitwan. Later, we can walk on the banks of the Rapti River to enjoy the sunset in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan. In the evening, we enjoy dinner along with a brief cultural program showcasing the tribal dances unique to the Chitwan region of Nepal. Overnight in Chitwan.

Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephant backs for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can either drive through the jungles followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or, we may even go for birdwatching or nature walks and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight in Chitwan.

We leave for Pokhara, the Lake City after breakfast. From Pokhara we get great views of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains. After checking-in to our hotel and freshening up, we visit a few of the city’s landmarks. Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near Davis Fall and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill in the north-west region of Pokhara that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and the main city in the south. We start our hike from Naudanda and get to Sarangkot. We stop at a tea-house in Sarangkot and enjoy amazing views of the sun as it rises in the mighty Himalayas. From here, we also get a view of the Pokhara city below and the abundant Fewa Lake. Next, we fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

From Kathmandu, we can enjoy a beautiful hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Black Diamond Expedition will pick us up either from the airport or the train station for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa.  We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa. Breakfast

We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.Breakfast

After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Breakfast

In the morning, we drive to Ganden Monastery, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain (3,800m) in the Lhatse County, 57km east of Lhasa. It is the oldest and one of the ‘great three’ of the six Gelug Sect monasteries in Tibet. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps a suit of armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug Sect. During the afternoon, we drive to Drayerpa Cave located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape. There are more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent environment. In the evening, we drive back to Lhasa and spend the night. Breakfast

We take a morning flight to Kathmandu. After arriving in the city we check-in to our hotel and freshen up before beginning our sightseeing tour of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the architecturally rich Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the interesting 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Bauddha Nath Stupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Black Diamond Expedition to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

Our amazing journey in South-Asia comes to an end today. A company representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight. Breakfast

Includes & Excludes

  • All airport pick-ups and drops
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicles in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet
  • All meals in Bhutan and Chitwan (Nepal)
  • Breakfast only in India, Nepal and Tibet
  • Farewell dinner
  • Twin-shared hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet by an experienced English-speaking local tour guide
  • Bhutanese visa fee and Tibet entry permit
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Company services and all required government taxes
    •  All international flights
    • Nepalese visa fee (easily available after arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
    • Chinese visa fee (US $175 for Americans and US $85 for other nationals)
    • All personal expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.)
    • Lunch and dinner in India, Nepal (except Chitwan) and Tibet
    • Tips for guide and driver

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You are really fortunate to spend time with our guides who hold strong communication skills. They are great at projecting their voices across a group in a clear and easy to understand manner. They are gifted with what you call to be  the great conversationalists with outgoing personalities. We ensure you that you feel open and comfortable talking to whoever accompanies you as your guide. Our guides possess a great experience of almost all the travel and trekking sites of Nepal. They can disseminate their awesome knowledge and experiences to you. They are not only enthusiastic but at the same time are humoros as well to relieve you from the often tiresome walks. We never compromise when it comes to time. Our guides are are always punctual and perform things in time. They have keen sense of direction and can easily lead you in whichever route you follow them. Mostly, we assign the local guides who can bring their own knowledge, experience and personal anecdotes to the tour that can make your trip very special and you will gain a genuine experience.

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