|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 3650m / 11974.92ft|
|Country||: Nepal,Tibet,India||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Beijing, China||Trip Finish||: Delhi, India|
|Meals||: Breakfasts at all locations and full board in Chitwan|
|Accommodation||: Superior hotels at all locations|
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Asia is blessed with countries that are culturally charming, traditionally inspiring and technologically expanding; nothing can be so enriching to discover some of those wonders. The magnificent images of China will inscribe wonderful memories in your being; start your journey from Beijing the heart of China.
Stand back in time at the “Tiananmen Square” proclaimed as the “Gateway of Heavenly Peace” where the declaration of any big ceremony took place in the past. Enter the gates to find out secrets of the “Forbidden City” and pay respects to the heroes of the past at the “Monuments to the People’s Heroes” at the National Museum in the vicinity, this is a window to the History of the great nation.
The “Terracotta Soldiers” at Xian have a story to tell you, watch them as they stand frozen in time but still strong in their thousands, waiting for the right time to win the battle. Fly over to Tibet and stand atop the “Potala Palace” former residence to the spiritual guru his honorary- The Dalai Lama. Feel the aura of spiritualism embrace you at the Yerpa caves, where the monks meditate for nirvana.
Cross over the great “Himalayas” from China to Chitwan and experience the adventure of jungle safari in Nepal. Let calmness caress you as the mighty mountains watch over you, when you take a boat ride over the pristine “Phewa Lake” in Pokhara. Trudge over cobblestone aisles and watch the ancient temples in Kathmandu, or take a peek at the traditional Nepalese way of living at Patan and Bhaktapur.
Take on a stride in the heart of another great nation, Delhi the capital of India, truly a historic delight. The ancient tower of “Qutub Minar” gives you a glimpse of the rich Indian heritage that still prevails in the hearts of the people. Get awe inspired by the structural beauty of the “Taj Mahal” a marble stone palace and tomb erected by a lovelorn emperor for his lover. The “Hawa Mahal” or the Palace of Winds at Jaipur will put a spell on you.Marvel the divergence in cultures, races and environment, but most of all see the beauty that the countries inherit. Join us and soak in the experience of a lifetime that will only leave you a little wiser.
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Take a step into the country, where everything is the world is literally made. Look out for our friendly Wind Horse representative at the airport; he/she will be holding a placard with your name on it.
The bustling Beijing city welcomes you with scenic modern structures and it is always a choice for travelers, who are willing to explore time-honored and the most developed city in China. Beijing has always been the economical, cultural and political hub of China, since the Yuan Dynasty 800 years ago, and today its translation to modernism is fast-paced and overwhelming.
Start with the city tour from world’s largest square the “Tiananmen Square” which can hold about a million people at a time in any sort of ceremonies or events, stand amidst and be a part of the crowd and experience true oriental delight. Look around the square and observe structures that are of ancient architectural marvel, we are sure you will appreciate the skill of Chinese craftsmen who left behind their legacy a long time ago. The National flag hoisting ceremony takes place every day at sunrise, which depicts the Patriotism of the people, take a peek into the history of China at the National Museum nearby and visit the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, and see what the great Chinese leader looked like.
The sense of salutation automatically takes over you at Monument of the National Heroes; the ten-story obelisk is erected to revere the contributions of the martyrs. Take a glimpse of the political leaders dropping by at the Great Hall of the People for legislative purposes. The Tiananmen Rostrum at the north of the square served as a main gate to the royal palace or the infamous “Forbidden City” of the Ming and Qing dynasties, it still stands strong and immaculate as it ever was. Today the rostrum is referred to as the “Gateway of Heavenly Peace,” step inside the gates, discover the secrets of the Forbidden City.
While you may not be entirely pleased with everything that is “Made in China,” but we are sure that the term “Chinese food,” will put a smile across you face. Try the variety of authentic Chinese cuisine as the evening sets in; we are sure disappointment is will be a far-fetched expression. Like any cosmopolitan metropolis, Beijing is a sleepless city, soak in some air and hang out at the various pubs and bars that line bright colorful streets. Overnight in Beijing.Accommodation: Jade Garden hotel
Wake up to a brand new day with new anticipations. The day sees you traveling to observe one of the eight wonders of the world, you must have guessed it by now “The Great Wall of China.
Step back into time atop a structure that holds utmost historic significance, the moment you see the Great Wall; it overwhelms you with an insight on the industriousness of the Chinese people. The wall is divided into sections, most of the wall closer to civilization has been restored to its former state, and hence the ancient stones meandering along the Badaling are a mesmerizing sight. Famous for its deep-rooted culture, magnificent sights and complete military facilities such is the essence of the Great Wall. By this time you will exhaust your camera batteries, we guarantee that.
There are many sections that are more challenging, the Huanghuacheng and Jiankou sections of the wall have steeper inclines and are broken in many places, a perfect challenge for those willing to hike up the historic wall. These sections by the way are the most photographed areas of the Great Wall. Drive back to Beijing having had a true Chinese exploration. Overnight in Beijing.
Aboard on a two hour flight to one of the oldest cities Xi’an, located in the Northwest part of the country, an important center for economic, cultural, industrial and education in China and the eastern terminal for the infamous Silk Route. Put together with three oldest civilizations Athens, Cairo and Rome, Xian is one among the four major ancient civilization capitals of the world, you will be visiting this city for more than one reason. The fusion of the traditional structures and the modern hi-rise buildings, the ancient pagoda styled structures that dot the neighborhood, will make you want to apply for permanent residency. However, most tourists flock to Xi’an to witness the mysterious “Terracotta Army.” The massive pits with over 8000 terracotta soldiers is a UNESCO Heritage site and a form of funerary art, they were believed to offer protection to Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife. Seeing is believing, you have got to see it and we are sure you will be awestruck. Discovered in 1974, the Terracotta Army is a sight to behold.
Most major cities in China have embraced contemporary culture, so looking around for a place to hang out is not very hard, there are pubs, discos and clubs that operate 24/7 and then there are places to shop as well, if you are lucky enough you might get to buy something that is not Made in China, so good luck! Overnight in Xi’an.
What do you envision when we say “Tibet?” We bet that the first picture that crosses your mind is of the “Potala Palace” atop a hill, followed by visions of beautiful barren and rocky landscape with maroon caped monks chanting prayers for peace. You guessed it right? Tibet is beautiful. You would boarding on the flight to Lhasa
Tashi Delek! It means good fortune to you, so don’t get stunned when our representative at the airport greets you, he/she will escort you off to the hotel. Stretch your sore legs and rest awhile, Lhasa city awaits you.
Lhasa is the directorial capital of Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China on the northern slopes of the mighty Himalayas. It is the second most populated city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining. His holiness the “Dalai Lama” once resided here; as you look around the vicinity you can hear the hum of the monks from the monasteries nearby. Join us on a soothing experience of a lifetime, one which you will never forget. Overnight in Lhasa.
Quite literally Lhasa means the “Land of the Gods,” The place has a strong Tibetan influence, as you walk along the streets you will note that the influence is evident in every manner, come experience true Tibetan culture and watch their daily lives closely.
The infamous Potala Palace is probably the most recognized structure, in the Tibetan Region. Once a secretive location, it is now a famous landmark for traveling to Tibet, you might have already seen the palace in post cards or the internet, the massive structure still entices anyone to go and see it in its entire splendor. The Red and White temple symbolizes peace within; you will be awestruck to note that it goes higher than the high as it is situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace it is in fact the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. If you really want to see a palace up in the sky, you have come to the right place.
The Drepung Monastery is situated 5 km from Lhasa, at the foot of Mountain Gambo Utse, the Maroon and White paint on the walls is a sharp contrast to the barren, rocky mountain in the background, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism, take a bow! The Monastery reserves the regulation of the long line of “Dalai Lama’s.” The view of the monastery itself is exotic and memorable.
Take a stroll around the streets in the evening, you will be surprised at your own discoveries, there are many things more to see than what your eyes merely shows you. The fragrance of the incense, the creaking of the turning prayer wheel and the silence of monks, will make you want to discover more.
Overnight in Lhasa.
While you are there, marvel at the beautiful “Jokhang” Temple, a UNESCO Heritage site, the splendid Temple has a golden roof; it is located in the center of Lhasa City and has been the spirit center of Buddhist pilgrims for a long time. You might be surprised at the piousness of devotees in the temple; it is believed that the physical strain on the body instantly washed away as you enter the temple premises. Make a vow and light a lamp, in the eastern section of the yard there are rows of votive lights, these flickering lights provide a path leading all the way to the main hall which is over 1300 years old. The sight, smell and sound of the temple will leave you at peace.
Take a walk at Barkhor Street, it circles around the holy Jokhang Temple and the locals are proud of it. The origin of the Barkhor Street is quite interesting. The magnificence of the temple immediately attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims, with resulted in formation of a path around the temple, hence the Barkhor Street. Spin the prayer wheels and walk clockwise along the path, eventually a sense of deep peace will engulf you as a whole, you may just circle around the street, but look at the faces around, some of the pilgrims there have walked thousands of miles, just to be there to set foot on a sacred place. If you love art, you are in for a treat, the traditional Tibetan “Thanka” painting is a collector’s delight, shop around for trinkets and try the local Tibetan tea, it will warm your soul.
Think of colorful flowers and green trees shading the sun from your face, a quiet corner where you can sink down with your favorite book, in Tibet? Yes, on the Western suburb of Lhasa City, close to the bank of the Kyichu River is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region. Norbulingka, or 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated, about a kilometer to the southwest of Potala Palace. It covers an area of 360,000 square meters with 374 rooms inside.
It was actually used as a summer palace for successive “lamas” (monks) it consists of several palace composites, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang. Each palace complex is divided into three sections - the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Take your time and unwind.
Just about 18 kms from Lhasa, is a place where attainment of Nirvana is possible. It is believed that meditation lets you into yourself, to understand the deeper meaning of life; most men of divinity take into meditation. The Drak Yerpa Caves served the purpose; it is an important pilgrimage site for many prominent Buddhist monks and chose it as a retreat of choice. The Tibetan King Songten Gampo, thought it was a favorable location to a build temple. Hear the legend of the Yerpa caves from the monks themselves, the stories are captivating and enlivening.
As the evening gradually fades away the daylight, look up at the flickering lights emitting from the temple windows, the soothing sound of the fluttering prayer flags, it’s a moment where you will be totally engulfed by the urge to know more about life itself.
Such is the legend of Tibet, the roof of the world, the air whispers mystical secrets and the sights are captivating, you will feel that you are just a step down from paradise. Overnight in Lhasa.
Fly above the Himalayas and enter yet another mystical land, Nepal welcomes you with a “Namaste” (greeting). Our representative will receive you at the airport. Another exciting adventure awaits you in the wild. The 4 hr drive to Chitwan National Park takes you along, twisty mountain roads surrounded by lush vegetation, as you lose elevation you will find yourself alongside the winding “Trishuli River.”Finally find yourself wondering at the edge of the jungle, the adventure begins now. Overnight in Chitwan.
The jungle safari inside the National, will take you across dense jungle, marsh fields and rivers. It is an experience quite in contrast to what you had in China and Tibet; the wilderness will surely offer you sweet respite for your sore eyes. Get your cameras ready, who knows what animals you might spot amidst the jungle, inhabited by numerous mammals, birds and reptiles the Chitwan National Park is truly a natures’ delight.
Take an elephant ride and spot the famous one-horned Rhino, these shy creatures are rare and only the few remaining species in the world. Anxiety heightens as know that you might even have the chance to spot the large Bengal Tigers, these magnificent creatures are a sight to behold! Along with the various species of birds and reptiles, the park is also famous for the preservation of the Gharials (Asian alligators) and Mugger crocodiles taking you very close to the wild.
Dance along to the tunes of the tribal “Tharu” folk songs in the evening, the indigenous people of the jungle live in harmony with the jungle. Taste their cuisine, which is unlike any other, and take rest amidst the comforting sounds of the forest. Overnight in Chitwan.
Following breakfast, you’d be driving 3 hrs to the city of lakes, “Pokhara” -a scenic charmer. The lush green vegetation fascinates you as you are driven all the way down to Pokhara city, while you are there just kick back and relax or hit the streets leading to the lakeside area. Have a drink! You have a lot to discover in Pokhara . Overnight in Pokhara.
A brand new day lets you see the city in a different light, the majestic mountains surrounding Pokhara gets flooded with an orange hue by the rising sun, it is an amazing sight and we are sure you will be at loss of words to describe it. The reflection of the sun and the blue sky on placid Phewa Lake with the serene “Fishtail” mountain in the backdrop is like a scene out of a fairy tale.
There are lots of activities you can try out while you are there boating, bird watching, kayaking, swimming and canoeing. Take a boat ride in one of the colorful boats and paddle up to seek blessings from the “Varahi” temple in the middle of the lake. We bet that you will be left wondering, where all the water flows to at “Patale Changgo” or Davis falls, an underground waterfall.
Take a step back in time at the Old Bazaar, a vibrant ethnic marketplace, just about 4km from Lakeside. A “Bindyabasini” Temple dedicated to goddess “Durga” the deity of supreme power right in the center of the bazaar, the 16th century architecture is sure to delight you.
Just a glance at the World Peace Pagoda or the “Shanti Stupa,” will make you sense its purpose, absolute peace to mankind. The marble steps that lead up to the top are cool and will surely calm your senses. Take pictures to show it to your peers, back home.
The lakeside is a place to hang out in the evening, lined with pubs and curio stalls, we are sure you will find something that you will take fancy. Overnight in Pokhara.
After the invigorating jungle experience, you take a 30 min flight to Kathmandu, it’s time we head for a cultural exploration. The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is unique in its own way. You will be amazed to discover that it has a blend of the tradition and the contemporary. The arched gateway welcomes you to the old city of “Patan.” Past the whitewashed gate, you enter a square lined with cafes, grocery stores and huge iron bells. Still beyond lie mostly medieval neighborhoods of the city. Stupas are in abundance, in various shapes, sizes and antiquity. The walk up to “Durbar Square” feels like a walk back in time, an occasional towing of the big iron bell brings you back to present. The intricately carved out “Krishna Mandir” was once a single piece of boulder. The chaos of crowd in the square you see around are definitely not intimidating, in fact they just add to the charm. The brick laden walkways are the remains of eras gone by and the intricately carved wooden windows are still shaped the way they were in the past. Talk to the locals, and they will share the most amazing stories that you will ever hear. The city has been added to the list of UNESCO heritage sites.
Another ancient city springs into view, just after 30 mins drive from Patan. “Bhaktapur” has a rustic charm about it and is inhabited by the larger population of “Newars” in Kathmandu valley. The brick-laden walkways, intricately carved out temples give you and insight of times gone by. Built in the 17th century the “Nyatapol” Temple still stands strong today. Peek at the 55 embellished windows, as the “Golden Gate” gives you access to the inner areas of the palace. The numerous pagoda styled temples and monuments that dot the square, gives a perfect example of the expressive and complex design of Nepalese architecture back in ages. The city is also listed in the UNESCO heritage site.
It’s time to pack up and head to the hills, you will love the view of terraced rice fields and the green vegetation as you make your way up the eastern rim of the valley, up to Nagarkot a premier hill station. Sit back and breath in some fresh mountain air, with the view of Mount Everest (weather pemitting) and other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, it is simply awe-inspiring. Overnight in Nagarkot.
The downhill drive from Nagarkot to Kathmandu city is a fun filled one; take pictures along the way to cherish later on. It’s time to get off the wheels and walk down the cobblestone aisles for a memorable experience of sightseeing around Kathmandu City. Feel the ancient air around you as you head to “Kathmandu Durbar Square,” better known as “Hanuman Dhoka” it is where the royals resided whilst the Malla era also including some of the Shah kings. What a sight awaits you at the square as you witness the ancient temples, see their stories unfold and hear mythical stories. The intricately carved out details of “Devi’s” and “Deities,” will leave you breathless. Witness the living goddess “Kumari,” believed to be pure in body and soul, catch a glance and feel blessed at the “Kumari Ghar.” The old “Freak Street” at Jhonchhe Tole, which follows the famous “Hippie Trail” still has an air of 60’s and 70’s about it, walk down the memory lane. The national museum nearby will open up the windows to the past, the relics of Nepal, each have a story to tell.
Climb up the 365 steps to reach the “Swayambhunath,” Stupa, commonly referred to as the “Monkey Temple,” the monkeys there will amuse you to no end, so hide your snacks! View Kathmandu city from a different vantage point, it is simply refreshing. The monks at the stupa will bless you with peace.
A plate of “Momo’s” for lunch, will leave you craving for more (Momo’s: Dumplings, Meat filled delights: They are simply irresistible, if you can stomach them).
Watch as a long line of Hindu devotees thronging the premises at the “Pashupatinath” Temple, it will definitely wake the devout in you. Take some selfies with the “Babaji’s”- a Hindu holy man, show the world where you are! A short drive takes you to “Boudhanath,” one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Walk around and spin the big prayer wheel or shop around for trinkets. Populated by Tibetan settlers, you get the same feeling of being in Tibet. All this in a day and you would still be left longing for more. These historical and religious structures are listed as UNESCO heritage sites. Overnight in Kathmandu.
India is a land of diversity, the amazement and wonder that you will experience is like no other. Take an hour and fifteen minutes flight to yet another jovial heart of a country, where you will definitely feel welcome. Delhi the capital of India is a historic city, which has embraced urbanization to the fullest; you will feel the change right from the modern lay out of the airport. Our friendly representative at the Indira Gandhi International airport will welcome you.
Head off on a 5 hr drive to the ancient city of Agra, which is about 363 kms away from the capital on the banks of the Yamuna River. Agra is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis (palaces) and admirable mosques, truly a place entrapped in time.
Take a stroll around the vicinity and see what India is really about. Sample a taste of Indian cuisine which is famous throughout the world, the streets are lined with little stalls that truly depict the culture and lifestyle of an Indian. Overnight in Agra.
You will definitely be left breathless, as you witness one of the most beautiful manmade structures in the world, added to the fact that it was built in the 16th Century. The Taj Mahal is one of the many famous UNESCO listed Landmarks in the world that portrays man’s creativity. It is actually a mausoleum of queen Mumtaz, lovingly built by the great Emperor Shah Jahan, during the reign of Mughal Empire in India.
The Taj Mahal is regarded as the greatest architectural achievement in the entire range of Indo-Islamic culture. With rhythmic combinations of solid and void building style, the arches and domes further increases its aesthetic appeal. The marble stone used for the construction was of the highest quality, was sourced from Jaipur. The intricately carved designs on the walls are an example of how skilled the ancient Indian artisans were.
The garden in the front of the main entrance offers you a sweet respite, like an oasis in a desert. It is perhaps the most photographed structures in the world, we are sure that the pictures that you take here will definitely adorn your living room walls.
Just 2 km north of the Taj Mahal, stands the formidable Agra fort is another heritage site. The fort was commissioned by another great Mughal emperor Akbar in the 15th century, and was completed by Shah Jahan.
The historic significance of the fort will leave you in admiration as the fort was used as halls for public and private audiences by the emperors. We are sure by the time you board the bus you will be a little wiser on the Indian History. Overnight in Jaipur.
A four hour drive will take you to the state of Rajasthan in India and its enchanting capital city, Jaipur. Lovingly referred as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is an ethnic hub of India. There are many things that will amuse you, the mustached men wearing colorful ethnic dresses that you have never seen before and the womenfolk carrying not one, two but about five earthen pots full of water balancing on their heads.
The city is very colorful, and its energetic nature will enchant you to no end. The city streets are full of people, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and camels and cows, with a cacophony of different noises and visions, the chaotic city is definitely a brew of the ancient and the modern. However there are places to get away from the chaos, the majestic parts of the city opens the windows to the past and offers you serenity in plenty.
Take your time to marvel at the magnificent City Palace, with its maze of courtyards, the mighty bastion of Amber fort rising from the rocks just 11 kms from Jaipur, will leave you musing. The Jantar Mantar is an astrological instrument of astronomical proportions, go on and follow your stars atop the structure, the enormous sun-dial still provides you with accurate time.
The Hawa Mahal “Palace of the winds,” is the most recognized ancient structure in Jaipur. It was originally designed for royal women to peek out at the streets, processions and other events in the old days. It is a 5 storied semi-octagonal monument with 152 windows, which lets in the cool wind during summer season. It now houses a museum.
Bid farewell to the city, the final leg of the adventure takes you back to Delhi, to explore the heart of India. Overnight in Delhi.
Wake up to a brand new day in Delhi, the city streets are full of life. During the British rule in India Delhi was originally designed in the British Colonial Style, it had tree lined avenues and Victorian styled bungalows. Now the Rome of the East is the political hub of India, and is also famous for its lively atmosphere, mystery and mayhem. After all the chaos and dilemma sinks in you will start enjoying the city in every manner. With ruins of Mughal forts, overcrowded medieval markets, malls, offices and expressways, it still is the throbbing heart of a country with a diverse community.
The “Qutub Minar” (minar: Minaret/tower) soars above the cityscape at 7m. It was constructed by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak to mark the victory of the Mughals over Delhi’s last Hindu Kingdom. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque ever to be built in India. Take a blessing at the “Laxminarayan” Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the long line of devotees ringing the temple bells with leave you in a trance. The India gate is a 42 meter high arched memorial gate constructed to commemorate the war-heroes. While we drive you around the city, you can watch the parliament house and the secretariat buildings. The vice regal palace is now the official residence for the President of India.
Red Fort or commonly referred to as “Lal Qila” is a formidable palace built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 16th Century, the sandstone gives it a reddish hue, hence the name Red Fort. Peek into the past at the Indian War Memorial Museum on the upper floors of the Fort. The Red Fort is also the prime location from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on the Indian Independence Day.
The Humayun’s Tomb dates back to the 15th century; it is the first example Mughal tomb complexes, the structure leaves you in amazement at the fine architecture that existed back then. The mausoleum is somewhat similar to the Taj Mahal style of architecture.
Delhi has a lot more to discover, take a stroll around the streets in the evening, you will be amazed at the sheer diversity of the people, who inhabit this city as people from all the parts of India congregate here, hence the mix of different cuisines from all parts of India is a common thing here. Taste some parathas (fried flatbread) at the “gallis” (alley) or take a bite of the famous “Punjabi Chicken Tikka.” We are sure you are going to leave your heart back in Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
Our friendly representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to your departure. Take back wonderful memories from four mystical countries that will last a lifetime.
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