Amazing India Nepal Tibet Tour

Duration:
17 Days
Destination:
Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Kathmandu-Gyirong-Shigatse-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
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  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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This once-in-a-lifetime tour begins at Delhi—the capital and very heart of India. From thereon, you would travel to the amazing city of Jaipur, then to Agra—another great city where the world-famous Taj Mahal is located—and then to Varanasi, where the Ganges River slithers freely down to the Bengal Bay. From Varanasi, you will ascend to the ancient city of Kathmandu and engage in sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley and Nagarkot, both of which are situated in Nepal. Afterwards, a plane would bring you to Lhasa—the heart of Tibet and the very roof of the world. All these adventures would definitely come via a 17-day tour package.

DayRoute
1 Arrival at New Delhi
2 Sightseeing at Delhi
3 From Delhi To Jaipur
4 From Jaipur to the Famous Agra
5 Sightseeing at Agra
6 Agra to Varanasi by Plane
7 Flight to Kathmandu from Varanasi
8 A quick tour of Kathmandu
9 Kathmandu-Nagarkot(2175m), 35km, approx. 1.5hrs
10 Nagarkot-Kathmandu, 35km, approx. 1.5hrs
11 Kathmandu to Gyirong, 210km
12 Gyirong to Tingri, 300km
13 Tingri to Shigatse, 240km, Approx. 9hrs
14 Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa, 375km
15 Lhasa sightseeing
16 Lhasa Suburb
17 Lhasa departure
Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi

Upon arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, your tour guide will fetch you from the airport and billet you at a nice hotel. The rest of the day is all yours to spend. You can use the rest of the day to familiarize yourself with the Indian culture and other aspects of Indian life.

Day 2 Sightseeing at Delhi

The tour of Delhi will never be complete without seeing its past; hence, the first part of Delhi Tour usually consists of a visit to the “Old Delhi”—a 17th century walled city of Shajahanabad—at Yamuna River’s western bank. The walls of Old Delhi span more than 7 miles and enclose the Red Fort (Lal Qila), Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), Chandni Chowk (silver path), and the residential quarters.

Afterwards, you will get to see the red sandstone Digambar Jain Temple built in 1526, and visit the Raj Ghat, a mesmerizing monument where the renowned Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. If time permits, you can experience riding on a rickshaw along the crowded lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar after taking a look at the Jam Masjid.

After lunch, you’ll be guided through the lovely "Imperial City" at the very center of Delhi. Here, you will tour the India’s Parliament Building, the residence of India’s President, and the Rashptrapati Bhavan. Not far beyond is the “India Gate”, situated at a famous park that encircles the memorial to the Indian soldiers who died serving Great Britain during World War I and Britain’s war against Afghanistan. Then, you will visit the Qutab Minar, a marvelous 234-foot tower that showcases Indo-Islamic Architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3 From Delhi To Jaipur

You’ll take your early morning breakfast at your hotel, for soon after, you’ll be off for a five-hour drive to Jaipur. Jaipur is a nice Indian city, famous for being the "Pink City" due to the rosy hue of most of its sandstone buildings. Here, you can visit the Amber Fort-Palace, a splendid and well-preserved 16th-century structure. It has a small room called “Sheesh Mahal” whose ceiling are covered with minute mirrors, creating the impression of a sky replete with brilliant stars.

After Lunch, you will take a jaunt at the Jantar Mantar, a famous 18th century astronomical and astrological observatory with its gigantic sundials that are still fairly accurate. Soon after, your tour guide will walk you through the amazing City Palace Museum. An optional visit to the fabric block printing center would surely be an awesome way to end your day-three tour.

Day 4 From Jaipur to the Famous Agra

After breakfast, you will visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before leaving for Agra. The Hawa Mahal is not a palace but a façade, decked with delicate honeycombed windows made of sandstones. In the past, ladies within the palace used to watch the outside world without being noticed by outsiders.

You will then take a six-hour 237-km drive to Agra. This trip showcases the Indian countryside. Along the way, you’ll see camels and rickshaws. A stopover at Abhaneri is imperative, wherein you will find an ancient baolis—a waterway designed to provide continuous supply of water to the surrounding inhabitants.

Soon after arriving at Agra, you can either take a much-needed rest or join the optional tour to Mentab Bagh or “Moonlight Garden” located just across the Yamuna River. From the Mentab Bagh, you can already behold the mesmerizing Taj Mahal.

Day 5 Sightseeing at Agra

Agra is definitely “a-once-in-a-lifetime experience” for it has the world-famous Taj Mahal. You should rise early in the morning to experience the spectacular sunrise at Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is an exquisite monument of love—a literal “Crown of the Palace"—made of ivory-white marble. It is a mausoleum likewise, commissioned by the Shah Jahan in 1632 for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Moreover, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is visited by 7 to 8 million tourists each year.

Not far from the Taj Mahal complex is the sprawling Agra Fort. This fort served as the seat of power of the Mughal Empire for several generations before the British colonial rule of India. Its design is a mixture of awesome beauty and military power.

Day 6 Agra to Varanasi by Plane

Soon after taking your breakfast, you will be off to Varanasi by plane. Legend says that Varanasi was founded by Shiva. It is also said that Gautama founded Buddhism here. Hence, it is considered the holiest of the seven sacred cities of India. Here, you’ll see 19 archeological sites, magnificent monasteries, stupas, Hindu temples, Ghats, the Ramnagar Fort, the Jantar Mantar observatory, and great mosques. You will stay overnight at Varanasi.

Day 7 Flight to Kathmandu from Varanasi

You are now about to commence your Nepal tour and end your Indian tour. After breakfast, you still have enough time for a boat ride along the sacred Ganges and engage in a sightseeing of Varanasi. You’ll see Ghats, temples, and mosque from your boat. Soon after, you should be ready for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you should rest in your hotel for the next day adventures.

Day 8 A quick tour of Kathmandu

After taking your breakfast, you will be transferred to Pasupatinath and Boudhanath, two famous world heritage sites in Kathmandu. Pasupatinath Temple is the largest shrine of Lord Shiva in the whole of Nepal, and the most sacred temple for all Hindus. There is a cremation site beside the temple, and it is quite unique. Holy men—whose bodies are covered with all types of makeup and ashes—are also focal attractions near the Pasupatinath Temple. Here, you will also get to see the Holy River Bagmati.

The other temple worth visiting in Kathmandu is the Boudhanath Stupa, also known and considered as the Little Tibet in Kathmandu. Here, 50 thousand Tibetan refugees took refuge after the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese in 1949. You should not miss likewise the Thanka painting galleries to better understand Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 9 Kathmandu-Nagarkot(2175m), 35km, approx. 1.5hrs

Today we are going to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square first.

“Durbar” means “Palace” in Nepalese language. There are three famous Durbar Squares in Nepal, one is in Kathmandu, one is in Bhaktapur, and the last in Patan. After the 6th. King of Malla Dynasty died, all his three sons wanted to be the new king, so they controlled three different places and fight each other. These three Durbar Squares were built during that time.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is bigger than the other two squares. There are many temples, statues and palace over 500years history there, thus it’s called “The Treasure of Medieval Nepalese Art” and “Outdoor Museum” as well.

After lunch, we are going to Nagarkot, 35km from Kathmandu. It’s called the “Viewing Deck of Himalaya” because it’s the best place to see the overall perspective of Himalaya. It used to be the secluded place of the Nepalese rulers, but since 70’s it became the most popular place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The tour peak season is Oct. to Mar. every year.

Stay overnight in Nagarkot village

Nepal Bhaktapur Durbar Square
You will enjoy the unique Himalaya countryside view in Nagarkot Village.
Day 10 Nagarkot-Kathmandu, 35km, approx. 1.5hrs

After enjoying the great sunrise of Himalaya in Nagarkot, today we are going to another Durbar Square---Patan Durbar Square. It’s also one of the world cultural heritages in Nepal. The biggest difference compared with other two squares is the Newari classical architecture here.

In the afternoon, we are going to the Patan Museum. It may be the best museum in the South Asian Sub-Continent. It’s a complex of modern and ancient architecture art. The specialty seeing are those bronze statues, which are gods of Hindu and Buddhism. There are three showrooms of Hindu while 2 of Buddhism.

We will go back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 11 Kathmandu to Gyirong, 210km

Our local operator will pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu and get together around 6:00am, and then we will drive from Kathmandu to Rashuwaghadi (the border between China-Nepal), en-route, you’ll enjoy the marvelous scenery along the way, the rush green mountains, valleys, rivers, etc. After immigration formalities at Gyirong port, you will meet our Tibetan tour guide and driver, then continue drive to Gyirong town.

Stay overnight in Gyirong, Guesthouse

Day 12 Gyirong to Tingri, 300km

Drive along the Highway to Tingri where you can get wonderful view of Himalayan ranges, specially Mt. Shisha Pangma and before Old Tingri 40km from where you can get lovely view of highest peaks on the world, such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), Mt. Makalu (8463m).

Stay overnight in Tingri, Guesthouse

Day 13 Tingri to Shigatse, 240km, Approx. 9hrs

Drive from Tingri to Shigatse today, which takes abt 7hrs. Please feel free to ask your driver to stop at any time if you want to take a photo of the fatastic view along the way

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★ / 4★

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
Tashilhunpo Monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse
Day 14 Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa, 375km

Drive Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse by Southern Friendship Hwy. You will pass by the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colourfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land, and Khamba-la Pass (4794m). 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★ / 4★

Pelkor Chode Monastery
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
Day 15 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★ / 4★

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
Day 16 Lhasa Suburb

Today’s first attraction is to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★ / 4★

Drepung Monastery was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 17 Lhasa departure
Your Tibet tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

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Kell***

2018-10-05

Do you work with travel agents and pay commission? Please let me know. Thanks! Kelly

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Cher***

2018-09-13

We are like looking at mid to end if November please advise the price of this tour

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nance

Now, from Nepal to Tibet, you are required to apply for China Group Visa at China embassy in Nepal. That means you need to stay 3 working days in Nepal to get your China group visa.  So I suggest you fly to Lhasa first then join 14 days amazing Tibet Nepal India tour in Nov. Also, for Tibet part, we have 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour on Nov 19th, which is a group tour to keep cost down.  Here is the brief itierary, 

Sabi***

2018-08-17

I would like to make this kind of tour India Nepal Tibet

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nance

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our 15 days Amazing India Nepal Tibet Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for only a traveler would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. So, how about we divide this tour into two parts? Tibet (7 days Lhasa Kathmandu group tour(https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-tour/lhasa-mt-everest-kathmandu-overland-group-tour-4 )), Nepal and  India tour (private tour).

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2018-08-12

Seeking Quotes for We Three. Thanks

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned three of you would like to do the 15 days Amazing India Nepal Tibet Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them to join our small group tour to keep the cost down. We have 13 Days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour. What do you think? May I know your departure date?

Sall***

2018-07-02

Hi What is the cost of the 15 day India to Tibet tour? Also what departure dates do you have for oct/nov 2019? Thanks.

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nance

In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are two of you are interested in our 15 days Amazing India Nepal Tibet Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for only two travelers would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down.

So, how about we divide this tour into two parts? 7-day Tibet (group tour), 8 days Nepal and India private tour. For 7 days Tibet group tour, you can choose any departure date on Oct/Nov 2019 if you booked this tour with us three months in advance. Here is brief itinerary, 

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