15 Days Nepal and Tibet Overland Tour from Delhi

Delhi - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Gyirong - EBC - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

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This 15-day epic tour will be a rare chance for you to discover the best of India, Nepal and Tibet in a complete itinerary. The tour combines an India trip to witness one of most mysterious and ancient countries and a stimulating Nepal and Tibet overland trip across the magnificent Himalaya Mountains. Starting from Delhi, you will first have a sightseeing in this capital city of India, by visiting those noted cultural and heritage sites.

Then the tour will bring to Nepal, where you will explore the three UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, enjoy elephant jungle safari and canoe ride in Chitwan National Park, take in the picturesque beauty of the lake city - Pokhara.

Next, you will go through an inspiring driving experience from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Across Gyirong Port, this Nepal and Tibet overland trip will take you to Everest Base Camp, Shigatse and Gyantse, before reaching Lhasa. Breathtaking natural scenery will keep accompanying you along the well-paved highway. Finally, a 2-day Lhasa tour will enrich your journey in Tibet with the visit to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and other important Tibetan monasteries.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

When you arrive in Delhi by flight, your tour guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to have a good rest or enjoy a local sightseeing of the city by yourself.

Stay overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi Tour: Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Qutab Minar

Today, we will first visit the Old Delhi in the north part of the city. As the former imperial capital of Mughal Empire, Old Delhi is featured with medieval styles. We will visit the beautiful serene monument of Raj Ghat here. This memorial is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s best-known statesman, the father of the nation. Then we will visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. It is also one of the world’s top three mosques, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

In the afternoon, we will head to New Delhi for its highlights. Compared to the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, the New Delhi is provided with board and tree-lines avenues and neat streets. It is the center of the government for the world’s largest democracy. Here we will see the India Gate, a 43-meter high triumphal arch, which is the national monument to India’s independence. Then we will visit Qutab Minar, the highest minaret in India. It is a famous symbol of Indo-Islamic architecture and now has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stay overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Fly from Delhi to Kathmandu; Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today, you will take the flight from Delhi to Kathmandu. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As one of the iconic buildings of Nepal, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square would be our first stop. Durbar literally means palace, where the former kings ascend the throne and rule the country. You can stroll along the three main parts of Durbar Square and sit on the terraced platform to feel the vibe of Nepali city.

Then we will visit Pashupatinath Temple, which serves as source of Hindu spiritual power. Shiva is worshipped here as Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. You can see the dead of Shiva, being cremated on the banks of the holy river. Don’t forget to take photos with sadhus with outlandish clothes and red tika on the forehead.

And Bouddhanath is our last visit today. The gigantic stupa originally serves as the staging post for businessman travelling between Lhasa and Kathmandu. Now, the holy stupa is a hot destination, drawing numerous pilgrims, both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists, to do the kora under the gaze of the Buddha. Monasteries and workshops selling incense, butter lamps, and Tibetan drums and other souvenirs can be found. The strong bond between Tibet and Nepal and historical significance are so palpable.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 4: Kathmandu to Chitwan (150km, 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan, which takes about 5 to 6 hours. Chitwan is famous for its Chitwan National Park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After arriving in Chitwan, you can either take a jungle safari or natural walks depending on the time of arrival. During the safari, you will go deep into the jungle to see one horned Rhino and many more endangered animals. If you are lucky enough, you will see the elusive royal Bengal tigers. If you do the natural walk, you will see a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 5: A Full Day Chitwan Sightseeing

Today, we will enjoy a full-day sightseeing in Chitwan National Park. We will first ride on the elephant for a jungle safari through dense grasslands. Then we will visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants.

In the afternoon, you can drive through the jungles and then enjoy a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During canoeing, you may get a close look at the Gharial, Mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, and some other water birds. Or, you can choose to take a natural walk with bird watching for the afternoon instead.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 6: Chitwan to Pokhara (200km, 5-6 hrs)

It is a 5-6 hours’ drive from Chitwan to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city of Nepal. As we enter Pokhara, we will see the stunning views of the Himalayas. We will visit Davis Falls and Shiva Cave today. Davis Falls is unique waterfall that lies 2 km from central Pokhara city. Near to the Davis Fall located the Shiva Cave, which houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 7: Pokhara Sightseeing; Fly to Kathmandu

p>Early in the morning, we will head to visit Sarangkot, on top of which you can enjoy the panoroamic sweep of Himalayans peaks. Then we will drive back to enjoy the boating on Phewa Lake. Nowhere else can better exemplify Pokhara’s beauty than the stunning image of Annapurna reflected in crystal-clear Phewa Lake. Besides, we will visit Bindyabasini Temple which is located at the center of the lake.

After that, we will take the flight to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (137km, 7 hrs)

You will be picked up by our driver in your hotel during 9:00-9:30 am and then tranported to China Tibet border. While driving near Mt.Himalaya, you can see the deep gorges, snow-capped mountain on the way. We will also drive across the LuangTang National Park.

Stay overnight in village guest house in Syabrubesi

Day 9: Syabrubesi to Gyirong (40km, 4-5hrs) (B)

After breakfast, we will drive 15km to the border to enter China. You will meet our guide in China side. Then we will drive down along the winding road to Gyirong (2800m), where is surrounded by lofty snow-capped mountains and dense forests. You will see the green gorges at the edge of Himayala mountain, and the landscape makes big change from snow land.

In the afternoon, you will go to visit Padmasambava cave and trek 2 hours to Kepu village.

Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Day 10: Gyirong to EBC to Tingri (480km, 11hrs) (B)

Today, we will first drive to pass through Peikutso Lake and grassland. 40km to the east of Gyirong county, Peikutso is a beautiful alpine lake, with a water area over 300 square kilometers. The light salty lake is near the world's fourteenth highest mountain,Shishapangma.

Then we will continue to drive to the amazing Everest Base Camp (EBC). The road to EBC passes over the famous Gawu La Pass, at an elevation of 5,198 meters, where you get a great view of the four highest peaks in the world - Mt Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt Makalu (8,463m). EBC is one of the most popular sites in Tibet for foreign visitors, and the views of the Himalaya mountain ranges are spectacular.

After taking plenty of photos at EBC, you will then transfer to the nearby Rongbuk Monastery. The highest monastery in the world, at 5,000 meters above sea level, it is part of the Nyingmapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and is unique in that both monks and nuns live together in the same monastery. After that, you will be transferred to Tingri for the night.

Stay overnight in Tingri.

Day 11: Tingri to Shigatse (280km, 7 hrs) (B)

Today, we will drive from Tingri to Shigatse. On the way, you will visit the 5000m G318 National Highway milestone in Lhatse. After your arrival in Shigatse in the early afternoon, you will get to visit the famed Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, with its ancient statue of Jampa, the "future god". Tashi Lhunpo is also the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second highest spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 12: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km) (B)

Today, we will drive to Lhasa via Gyantse. On the way you can see many Tibetan farmer villages. Afterwards, you will drive the short distance to Gyantse and visit the famed Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. The monastery is the main monastery for Buddhists in Gyantse, and houses thousands of Buddhist sutras, scripts, and artifacts, as well as many paintings, which have left a deep influence on Tibetan art.

Then on the way to Lhasa, you will also visit the beautiful and turquoise Yamdrok Lake , one of the three holy lakes in Tibetan Buddhism, and see the spectacular Nyenchen Khangsar Mountain, the highest mountain near Lhasa. Besides, you can also appreciate Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, tourists can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 13: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today your first stop will be the world famous Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Sitting atop Moburi (Red Hill), the palace looks down on the town of Lhasa from its 3,750-meter vantage point. The temple dates back to the 7th century, and houses artifacts and works of art from throughout Tibetan History. The palace also has the gilded burial stupas of the past Dalai Lamas, and below ground lies the ancient meditation cave of the 33rd King of Tibet.

After some lunch, you will head downtown to Jokhang Temple, the primary seat of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built by the 33rd King of Tibet in 647AD, and is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Inside sits the most precious object in the temple, a life-sized statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was just 12 years old. Adorned with many precious gems, this gilded statue is the most sacred object in Tibet.

Running around the temple is the famed Barkhor Street. As well as the route of the holy kora, or religious circumambulation, it is also the site of many sellers where you can buy authentic souvenirs from across the region. You can join the pilgrims on their clockwise walk around the temple.

Besides, You can taste Tibetan tea with locals in the tea house.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 14: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

The next morning you will leave early for a trip outside Lhasa, first to Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. Sitting at the foot of Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers outside Lhasa, it was founded by Jamyang Choge, one of the disciples of Tsong Khapa, in 1416. The Ganden Potrang, sited in the southwest corner of the monastery, was the former residence of the Dalai Lama, until the move to the Potala Palace.

In the afternoon you will travel back across the city to the northern suburbs, to visit Sera Monastery, another of the Great Three monasteries. Founded in 1419, the name, Sera, means "wild rose" in Tibetan, and was named because of the roses that were in bloom on the hill behind it when it was built. The main attraction of the monastery is the colorful and animated debating of the monks, held under the trees in the debating field every afternoon. Definitely something to watch, even if you do not understand what is said.

In the evening, you will enjoy the Farewell dinner well-prepared by us.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 15: Depart from Lhasa (B)

On the last day of your tour, our guide will take you to the airport or train station, and help you with checking in and boarding.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. All lodging listed in the itinerary. If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist. If you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement
  3. Meals listed in itinerary
  4. Flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  6. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  7. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
  8. One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
  9. Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  10. First aid kit

Service Exclusion

  1. Chinese visa
  2. Flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
  3. Meals not specified the itinerary
  4. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  5. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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