Ancient Lands of the Himalayas

Ancient Lands of the Himalayas


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*Please Note: This vacation includes an internal air component which will not be discounted from the listed price below.
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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bhutan , Nepal , Tibet

Cities Visited

Kathmandu, Lhasa, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Day 1 - Welcome to Lhasa, Tibet

On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe St. Regis Hotel. You’ll have time to rest and acclimate to the altitude before visiting a local family; lively discussion in their inviting home offers rich insight into Tibetan life and culture. Meals D

Day 2 - Day 2 - Tibetan Traditions

Visit Norbulingka, the resplendent summer palace of the Dalai Lamas built in the 18th century. At Jokhang Temple, you’ll find an impressive 4-story timber structure topped with gold. Explore along Barkhor Street where you’ll see traditional homes and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze as you join local residents browsing through the many shops and market stalls. Then meet a Tangka painter in his studio for insight into this Tibetan art form. Meals B+L+D

Day 3 - Day 3 - Potala Palace

Join residents as they perform Kora, an inspiring Buddhist meditation of walking, devotion and reflection. Tour the stupendous Potala Palace that stretches for more than 1,000 feet along a ridge against the snowcapped mountains. Tour the beautiful Sera
Monastery, founded in the 15th century, and visit a local hospital where a Tibetan doctor will offer insight into his use of both traditional healing techniques and western medicine. Meals B+L+D

Day 4 - Day 4 - To Kathmandu, Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the deluxe Hyatt Regency. Then journey into the Nepalese countryside to Patan, an ancient royal city that traces its origins to the 3rd century BC. Today, it’s noted for its collection of fine palace buildings, courtyards and graceful pagodas. This evening, one of the few who have ascended Mt. Everest will share experiences and stories with you. Meals B+D

Day 5 - Day 5 - Discover Kathmandu

This morning, we’ve made special arrangements for General Tours guests to meet a High Lama for a private audience and blessing. Then visit Boudhanath Stupa, venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists, and stroll through the lively Asan district - a wonderful place to encounter the daily rhythms of Kathmandu and its residents. You’ll also explore Durbar Square and the ancient royal quarter of the city. Then venture by rickshaw to Thamel and meet the vendors in this bustling bazaar. See Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and then descend to the Bagmati River for Aarti, an ancient Hindu ceremony
of light and devotion. Meals B

Day 6 - Day 6 - Into the Timeless Kathmandu Valley

Journey into the Kathmandu Valley to Bhadgaon, one of three ancient kingdoms of medieval Nepal. See the remarkable Palace of 55 Windows and 5-storied Nyatapola Temple. Bhadgaon is also famed for its pottery artisans and we’ve arranged for a hands-on lesson with a master potter. Before returning to Kathmandu, visit the timeless villages of Bungamati and Khokana for further insight into enduring Nepalese arts and traditions. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the organic farm-to-table cuisine of Krishnarpan. Meals B+D

Day 7 - Day 7 - Into Bhutan

Fly over soaring Himalayan peaks to Paro and continue overland through lush valley landscapes to the deluxe Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimpu. Visit Memorial Chorten with its circumambulating pilgrims and Tashichho Dzong, an imposing medieval fortress. Meals B+L+D

Day 8 - Day 8 - Art, Culture + Life in Bhutan

At the National Institute, you’ll meet students learning and preserving Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts – like wood carving, painting and embroidery. Then visit Dechen Phodrang, a monastic school that hums with the Buddhist recitations of its young students. Join locals at the market and see the immense seated-Buddha statue at Kuensel Phodrang. Meals B+L+D

Day 9 - Day 9 - Onward to Punakha

Visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s oldest fortress, and continue over the 10,300-foot Dochula Pass. On a clear day, you’ll have 360° views over the Himalayas. At Dochula Monastery, you can light a traditional butter lamp – a Buddhist act of wisdom.
Descend into the valley with its farms and fluttering prayer flags to visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1671. Overnight at the luxurious Uma Lodge, Punakha. Meals B+L+D

Day 10 - Day 10 - Scenic Drive to Paro

Delight in the mountain scenery on the drive to Paro Dzong, a superb example of Bhutanese architecture and a bustling monastic school with nearly 200 resident monks. Then join a local archery team to learn about this national pastime and enjoy a lesson. Continue to the wonderful Uma Resort, Paro for a 2-night stay. Meals B+L+D

Day 11 - Day 11 - Tiger's Nest Monastery

Ascending on horseback and by foot, you’ll have ample opportunity to behold and photograph Taktsang Lhakhang – the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery that’s perched on a granite cliff 3,000 feet above the valley. Along the way, you can hoist a prayer flag for health and good luck. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest shrines, before returning to your hotel. Meals B+L+D

Day 12 - Day 12 - Depart Paro

Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. Meals B

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Accommodations

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort - Tibet, Lhasa
Standing on the "Roof of the World" at 3,680 meters above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort provides awe-inspiring views of the Potala Palace, and is within walking distance to the famous Barkhor street and Jokhang temple. The 162 guest accommodations are decorated with local artifacts and distinctive decor reflecting the rich Tibetan culture. Guest rooms include plasma TV, multi-channel cable, high speed internet access, and spacious marble bathrooms. The three onsite restaurants specialize in Tibetan, International and Chinese cuisine. Guests can also enjoy the Tea Room, which offers tea tasting and serves vintage teas from 10-25 years; as well as a wine bar with over 140 labels and a cigar humidor. Iridium, the Spa, brings a unique experience with traditional Tibetan herbal treatments to ensure soothing relief from altitude stress. To soothe the body, guests can take a plunge in the luxurious gold-leafed pool. A meditation garden, yoga and Pilates room is available to soothe the mind. A collection of 20 antique buddhas completes this mystical experience.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


Note: AffordableTours.com is a travel agent for Alexander Roberts. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. All prices are USD per person and based on double occupancy. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. Please call us toll free at 1-800-935-2620 to confirm availability and current pricing on all our discounted specials. The prices on this website are not guaranteed until a deposit has been made. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in these prices until a booking has been confirmed by one of our agents. Some land prices may include an internal air component and discounts will not be offered on the internal air component. Discounts will not be offered on packages with a land price of less than $500.

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