|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 5050m / 16568.04ft|
|Country||: Tibet,Nepal||Group Size||: group size 2-12|
|Trip Start||: Beijing, China||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals||: Breakfasts at all locations|
|Accommodation||: Superior hotels in China, Lhasa and Nepal but standard hotel in Xigatse|
“To travel is to live”- Hans Christian Anderson.
Nothing can be so rewarding than the journey immersing in the spirit of China, Tibet and Nepal -three jewels of Asia. Come along! Take an epic journey through these enchanting lands that will fascinate you to the core. See the mystical wonders of China, set foot on the Great Wall and walk along the piece of history. Marvel at the “Silent Giants,” the Terracotta Army of Xi’an will sure overawe you.
Take pictures of the grand “Potala Palace” at Lhasa, seek blessings from the monks and let good providence grace you in the spiritual land. Gaze at the marvelous well preserved fortress of Gyantse Dzong and see the main center of wool export at Pelkor Chode. And feel the chill of the cold Mt Everest air, which is only 186 miles from the town of Shigatse. Take back a spiritual experience of Tibet.
Take pictures of the mischievous monkeys atop the “Swayambhunath” Stupa in Kathmandu. Or take some selfies while mounting the elephant in Chitwan. Nepal has so much to show you, try and spot the “Royal Bengal Tiger” inside the “Chitwan National Park.” Take a boat ride in the placid “Phewa” Lake in Pokhara and watch as the imposing “Fishtail” mountain looks over at you. Pray earnestly for “kismet” to smile upon you, while you visit the “Manakamana” temple along the way.We are waiting, pack your bags and come aboard!
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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,” don’t fret and 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. So while in China it would be a sin if you don’t take the term right down to taste. Dig in to the variety of authentic Chinese cuisine as the evening sets in, we are sure disappointment is will be a far-fetched expression. Like any our 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
New day brings in new adventures; it’s time to explore the one of the eight wonders of the world. You guessed it right, Behold! The Great Wall of China awaits you.
The moment you see the Great Wall; it overwhelms you with an insight on the industriousness of the Chinese people. The Great Wall of China is definitely awe-inspiring, take a walk along a piece of history with us. 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. Have your camera batteries charged!
For the more adventurous types, 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, so no wonder you will have a busy day photographing. Overnight in Beijing.
It’s time to fly to another historic wonder in China. Xi’an is located in the Northwest part of the country it is also an important center for economic, cultural, industrial and education in China and the eastern terminal for the infamous Silk Route. It is also one of the oldest cities in China. 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, your amazement will have no bounds, we guarantee that.
The mysterious “Terracotta Army,” is actually what draws the most attention in Xi’an. 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 it will leave you awestruck. Discovered in 1974, the Terracotta Army is a sight to behold. It is estimated that it is over 6 kilometers long. The terracotta army has been visited by important people from over 70 countries of the world, in 1978; the then French President Jacques Chirac also quoted it as the “Eight wonder” of the world. However on a lighter note we still wonder how anyone could use an entire neighborhood as an afterlife resting place, we still don’t get it, do you?
China has now has sprawling metros, so looking around for a place to relax is not very difficult, there are pubs, discos and clubs that operate 24/7 and then there are places to shop as well, shop around for something in China, the factory of the world. Overnight in Xi’an.
Board on a flight to “Tibet”. When we mention it, probably the first picture that crosses you mind is of the “Potala Palace” atop a hill, followed by visions of beautiful grey, barren and rocky landscape with maroon caped monks chanting prayers for peace. “The roof of the world?” Yes, you guessed it right! Tibet is majestic, mysterious and very alluring.
Greet cheerfully by saying Tashi Delek! It means good fortune to you; our Wind Horse representative at the airport will escort you off to the hotel. Take some rest; the stately city of Lhasa awaits you.
The directorial capital of Tibet, the imperial Lhasa city is a part of the Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; it lies 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; Join us on a soothing experience of a lifetime, the calm city with occasional beating of ceremonial drums accompanied with the hum of the prayers, is one which you will never forget. Overnight in Lhasa.
Lhasa or the “Land of the Gods,” was once a humble residence to Tibetans. The place still has a strong Tibetan confluence of the Tibetan roots in every sense, come experience their culture and watch their daily lives closely.
The Potala Palace is probably the most recognized structure, in the whole of Tibetan Region. The once secretive location, it is now a famous landmark for anyone 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.
Marvel at the palace up in the sky, the sight is simply breathtaking. The maroon and white paint of the palace, makes a sharp contrast to the blue sky on a sunny day.
The Drepung Monastery is situated 5 km from Lhasa, at the foot of Mountain Gambo Utse, here the Maroon and White paint on the walls of the monastery makes 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 taste of Tibet in the evening; the authentic Tibetan dishes are warm, balanced and invigorating. Try the Tibetan noodles in stock vegetable soup, or delicious meat filled momo, we recommend! Overnight in Lhasa.
The beautiful “Jokhang” Temple, a UNESCO Heritage site, it is easily spotted as the splendid Temple has a golden roof, located in the center of Lhasa City and has been the spirit center of Buddhist pilgrims for a long time. Make a vow and light a lamp, in the eastern section of the yard there are rows of votive lights, these flicking 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.
Walk around the Barkhor Street, it circles around the holy Jokhang Temple and is lined with Tibetan “Prayer Wheels. The magnificence of the temple immediately attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims, which resulted in formation of a path around the temple, hence the Barkhor Street. If you love art lover, 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.
The Norbulingka temple and gardens beside the Kyichu River is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region. Take a break amidst the greenery of Norbulingka, or 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, situated, about a kilometer to the southwest of Potala Palace. It covers an area of 360,000 square meters with 374 rooms inside. It used to be 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.
Is there a place where attainment of Nirvana is possible, you ask? Yes, it is just 18 km away. The Drayerpa Caves serve the very purpose of housing great monks, who meditate for the better part of their lives; it is an important pilgrimage site for many prominent Buddhist monks, who chose it as a retreat of choice. The Tibetan King Songten Gampo, thought it was an favorable location to build temple. Hear the legend of the Yerpa caves from the monks themselves, the stories are captivating and enlivening.
Look up at the flickering lights emitting from the temple windows, in the evening. The soothing sound of the fluttering prayer flags and the dim lights from the windows will engulf you in a moment of clarity.
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.
The day sees you traveling to discover more hidden scenic gems in Tibet, get up with the lark and head on the “Friendship highway,” that connects Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal. The ride is filled with fun and new discoveries. The first stop is at Gynatse the third largest is a town, a prefecture to Shigatse. Gyantse town is of historical significance as it is strategically located in the Nyang Chu valley, one of the ancient routes, which merged here from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim.Up until the 1940’s Gyantse was also garrisoned by the British Indian forces, as it was termed as a small outfit by Sir Walter Buchanan in 1919, when it was reigned by the 13th Dalai Lama. Gyantse served as a military school for Tibetan Army officers. The place is still loaded with historic sites and artifacts.
Just 90 kms ahead is a scenic ecstasy, the majestic “Yamdrok” Lake will definitely enthrall you. The freshwater lake is of the three largest sacred lakes in the Tibetan region. Yamdrok is about 45 miles (72 kms) long and is surrounded by many mountains, at 4441 meters the lake literally freezes in winter. The placid blue waters of the lake will definitely keep you on hold, watch as the black yaks graze around the lake. We are sure you will be asking is this is what paradise looks like?
Further down the Friendship highway as you reach the Nyangchu river valley, you pay a visit to the Pelkor Chode Monastery, it is believed to be the place where peace reigns supreme. The monastery area consists of various structures, it also includes the Kumbum that is multifaceted and multistoried Buddhist chapel, it is believed to be the largest such structure in the whole of Tibet, it consists of 108 Chapels in its several floors.
The Pelkhor Monastery and the Kumbum is a fusion of Tibetan and Nepalese architecture, the chapels have the finest display of Tibetan art in "vibrant colors and realistic style,” which will definitely mesmerize you to no end.
Time to enjoy more authentic Tibetan dishes at Shigatse, try out the “Thenthuk” noodles, it’s good to drive out the chill. If you like cheese, try out the Tibetan Yak milk cheese, for a change, you’ll love them. The journey most certainly is fun-filled but a bit tiresome as well, sink into a comfortable slumber and let the weariness drip away overnight at Shigatse, dream on till daybreak. Overnight in Shiagtse.
Wake up to the chanting of the monks in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. The Tashilunpho Monastery was originally founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447 A.D. The monastery is a grand view in itself, adorned its numerous gilded canopies and turrets with the sun rising in full brilliance in the opposite direction, the scene is exactly out of a fairytale. The Monastery is also the stronghold of successive Panchen Lamas (successive monks), those who rank the second highest in the traditional Tibetan Buddhism. The roof of the Monastery, has several bronze gated chapels located on the upper levels, the first Dalai Lama was the only one who was entombed here, and not in Lhasa.
It’s time to bid goodbye to the Shigatse drive back to Lhasa , the highway directs you to scenic winding mountain roads, with more hairpin turns that you can count. Overnight in Lhasa.
Wake up to a brand new day, with eagerness to see a brand new country. Welcome to the Himalayan abode, bid goodbye to Tibet as you 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 and transfer you to your hotel.
Spend your time to buy some locally produced handicrafts that make good memorabilia and gifts for your loved ones; grab a few before you depart or just unwind and pamper yourselves. Explore around Thamel- the tourist hub. Overnight in Kathmandu
En route visit the ancient city of “Bhaktapur” in Nepal is a UNESCO heritage site; it still holds a rustic charm and is home to the larger population of “Newars” in the Kathmandu valley. Surely, the brick-laden walkways, intricately carved out temples give you a feeling of traveling back in time. The city was built in the 17th century the 9 storeyed “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.
Walk down the brick walkways with ancient brick houses with small carved wooden windows; you can watch the earnest potters making earthen pots on the wooden spinning wheel. The walk to “Durbar Square” feels like a walk back in time. The loud tong of the big iron bell brings you back to present, while an occasional cow, which is a revered animal in Nepal, may block your way as make way towards the square. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You may have been to places and seen different people, here’s your chance at another rendezvous. Kathmandu is a crazy town, the amusing traffic system here, might seem chaotic to you at first, however you will eventually start to enjoy scooting around throngs of, taxis, rickshaws and people. The city itself is a blend of the new and the old, enjoy the view of an occasional ancient shrine between rising towers.
As you walk past the cobblestone walkways, you reach a wide plaza with temples, stupas and medieval buildings in the vicinity, with scores of people walking around and the tourist busy taking photographs. Welcome to the “Kathmandu Durbar Square,” better known as “Hanuman Dhoka”. The convoluted carvings on the temples in wood and stone are simply amazing, no wonder you would be joining the photographers group! Walk ahead towards the “Kumari Ghar” an ancient two-storey brick house, where the living goddess “Kumari,” resides, she is believed to be pure in body and soul, the building itself will give you a feel of the Newari culture (Newars: first ethnic settlers of Kathmandu valley). The open walkways are lined with curio stalls, where you can grab interesting Nepalese handicrafts to take back home. The old “Durbar” (palace) is now turned into a museum, which displays the Nepalese heritage and cultural artifacts. Further down the corner, the old “Freak Street” at Jhonchhe Tole, a mecca for the hippie culture in the 1960’s, still has an air of the bygone era about it.
A short drive later, the mischievous primates that crowd the 365 steps to the “Swayambhunath,” Stupa, will amuse you to no end. Referred to as the “Monkey Temple,” the stupa sits atop a hill and offers a breathtaking view of the city below. Its worshippers are varied from Newar nuns to Tibetan monks and Brahman priests to lay Buddhist and Hindus. “Swayambhu” literally means ‘Self-Existent One.’ Swayambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. The creaking prayer wheels on the side of the temple, will definitely offer you a sense of peace within.
You definitely have to try out “Momo’s” for lunch they will sure get you hooked. The simple way to eat them is to pop them in your mouth, when they cool down a bit! (Momo’s: Steaming hot Dumplings, Meat filled delights). It’s available everywhere from the fancy restaurants to street vendors, everyone sells them and everyone here eats them, everyday!
The “Pashupatinath” Temple, on the other side of the town is a prominent worship point for the larger population of Hindus in Nepal; join the crowd of Hindus waiting in queue for their turn. The Holy men of the temple the “Babaji’s” are usually half clad, however they are cheerful and will most definitely pose for a photo with you, their dreadlocks and ash smeared faces, however might scare your kids!
Finally a short drive takes you to “Boudhanath,” one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Mostly the area around the stupa is inhabited by “Tibetan” settlers; it definitely gives you the same feeling of being in Lhasa. The huge whitewashed stupa, adorned with colorful fluttering prayer flags and a golden top, has eyes of “Buddha” painted on four sides the topmost section, the eyes will follow you, as you walk around the stupa.
All this is in a day and you would still be left craving for more. These historical and religious structures are listed as UNESCO heritage sites. Ease back and enjoy a Nepalese dinner! Have some “Daal-Bhaat” and some local “Kukhura koTarkari,” a must try when you are in Nepal (Daal- Lentil soup, Bhat- Rice, Kukhura-Local chicken, Tarkari- Curry). Spend your evening in Thamel, most restaurants and bars open up till midnight, dance to the tunes of some Nepalese folk tunes or sink into some western classics, have a good time.Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take morning the flight to the “City of Lakes,” when you come to Pokhara expect the nothing other than natural bliss, the warm climate and the fresh air will rejuvenate you. The city is dotted with placid lakes, we are sure that the view of Phewa Lake with the serene “Fishtail” mountain in the backdrop, will invoke a sense of belonging, if you love the mountains. The Wind Horse Advenuture will have a representative waiting for you at the airport for the hotel transfer.
Pokhara city has a lot to offer, in terms of natural beauty. The photographer in you will love, as the view of Phewa Lake with the serene “Fishtail” mountain in the backdrop is picture perfect. Hop in for a drink in some of the local pubs, which line the streets at the lakeside area.
There are various fun filled activities that will keep you entertained throughout the day in Pokhara, try boating, bird watching, kayaking, swimming, canoeing they are all invigorating. The lakeside area is an ideal place to spend your time during the day and night, you can rent a bicycle, or a motorcycle and take a spin around town, the locals are warm and friendly, most of them will speak decent English and they will eagerly show you around even if you are hopelessly lost. You can jump in one of the colorful boats and paddle up to seek blessings from the “Varahi” temple in the middle of the lake.
The Davis falls, or “Patale Changgo” in Nepali is actually an underground waterfall. The water flows under the ground through its natural tunnel of 500 feet from the fall made by the water currents beneath the land. Pose as if you just emerged from the underground gorge, it will make your facebook profile picture look more adventurous!
Watch the “Seti Gandaki” standing atop the Mahendra Pul (Pul: Bridge). Flowing right through the city, the river runs completely underground at places. Incredibly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But it is well over 20 meters!
The Old Bazaar it is a vibrant ethnic marketplace, just about 4km from Lakeside. A pleasant spot lined with shops selling everything from clothes to cosmetics and gold! The traders there are experts in their trade, and have been so for the last many hundred years, so bargain for the right price if you want to buy anything. The “Bindyabasini” Temple dedicated to goddess “Durga” the deity of supreme power is located right in the center of the bazaar, the 16th century architecture is sure to delight you.
Take some time to wish the world some peace at the World Peace Pagoda, look around onto your inner self, you will find peace as the view of Annapurna range in the background simply takes your breath away.
Try some wholesome authentic Nepalese cuisine at the end of the day. We recommend the “Thakali” dinner prepared with love by local ethnic mothers. There’s lot more to do in Pokhara, just stride down to the Lakeside area in the evening, the bars are open till midnight. Overnight in Pokhara.
Early risers are in for a treat! A short drive before the crack of dawn, “Sarangkot” welcomes you with the most amazing view of the sunrise. Head down to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast, but the Pokhara odyssey continues.
The Old Bazaar is a bright and colorful marketplace, ethnically diverse as its traders. Just about 4km from Lakeside, it is a pleasant
, spot, speckled with shops selling everything from clothes to cosmetics and gold! Take a leisurely stroll around the stores and, shop and haggle with the locals for the right prices. At the heart of the bazaar you can marvel at the “Bindyabasini” Temple. The 16th century architecture is sure to delight you; it is dedicated to the goddess”Durga,” the deity of supreme power.
Find your peace at the “Shanti Stupa”, or the World Peace Pagoda. Founded by Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, it denotes world peace. The view of Annapurna range in the background is simply breathtaking.
Conclude your day with a wholesome authentic Nepalese cuisine in Pokhara. We recommend the “Thakali”, dinner prepared with love by local ethnic mothers. After dinner, there is plenty of nightlife to enjoy as there are lots of bars and pubs in the Lakeside area serving your favorite drinks up until midnight. But don’t overindulge as you have to travel tomorrow. Overnight in Pokhara.
So day starts with a hearty breakast at the hotel, then you would be transferred to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival representative from Wind Horse Adventures will be waiting to receive you. You would be escorted to your hotel.
Later you would be visiting the ancient city of “Bhaktapur” in Nepal is a UNESCO heritage site; it still holds a rustic charm and is home to the larger population of “Newars” in the Kathmandu valley. Surely, the brick-laden walkways, intricately carved out temples give you a feeling of traveling back in time. The city was built in the 17th century the 9 storeyed “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.
Walk down the brick walkways with ancient brick houses with small carved wooden windows; you can watch the earnest potters making earthen pots on the wooden spinning wheel. The walk to “Durbar Square” feels like a walk back in time. The loud tong of the big iron bell brings you back to present, while an occasional cow, which is a revered animal in Nepal, may block your way as make way towards the square.
In the evening we shall be arranging a Farewell Dinner to share yoour stories of the trip you have just completed. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Time to bid goodbye! Our friendly representative will drop you off at the airport three hours prior to your departure. Come back again to explore more of the three jewels of the orient.
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