26-Day India, Nepal & Tibet Trekking Tour from Delhi

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What You'll Do
  • In India: Golden Triagnle cities Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to see the sights Hawa Mahal; Jantar Mantar; Humayun’s Tomb; Taj Mahal; Fatehpur
  • In Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan to see Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Tibet: Shigar, Shigatse, Mt. Everest Base Camp and Lhasa.
Overview
The unique and exciting tour offers you the experience of richness & the depth of the traditions that is deep rooted in its cultural and historical heritage of the three Asian countries in a single tour.
What to Expect
Day 1 Arrive DELHI Arrive in Delhi.

Day 2 Drive to AGRA After breakfast we depart by road for Agra. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Later this afternoon, we take a half day tour of Agra and marvel the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 3 Sightseeing AGRA We see sunrise this morning in the Muslim city of Agra a city that is best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. We visit the great icon of Mughal architecture the Taj Mahal in the early morning for the best light. In the afternoon we visit I’timad-ud-Daulah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj'. It was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, Queen of Jehangir, for her parents. We also ride one of the cycle-rickshaws to visit the Agra Fort. The walled city of the Agra Fort was first taken over by the Moghuls, at that time led by Akbar the Great, in the late 16th century. Akbar liked to build from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble and intricate decorations, and it was during his reign that the fort began changing into more of a royal estate. We also visit Mausoleum of Akbar the Great, which is not in Agra itself, but some ten kilometers away.

Day 4 Drive ABHANERI & onwards to BHARATPUR This morning we travel to the rural village of Abhaneri, which is known for its beautiful baoris (step wells) and the famous Harshat Mata temple. En route we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the now deserted former capital of the Mughals.

Day 5 Drive to JAIPUR We depart early morning to Jaipur and visit Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) complex built in 1799, formal gardens and a small lake. We also visit the ruined city of Amber, former capital of Jaipur state. Overlooking the artificial lake south of Amber town stands the Amber Fort Palace complex, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. At the bottom of a hill sits Amber Fort, initially a Palace Complex within the Fort of Amber on top of the hill (today known as Jaigarh fort).

Day 6 JAIPUR Today in Jaipur we visit Nahargarh Fort which is one of the favorite hangout spots of Jaipur's youth as we get lost in the grandeur of the old building and feel as if we have time traveled into the past. Next is the Birla Mandir, a temple, huge white marble structure in the heart of the city. And while in Jaipur we cannot miss Johri Bazaar, located in the old city which is a marketplace for anybody looking to buy traditional Indian jewelry.

Day 7 Drive to DELHI & Sightseeing In the morning take a city tour covering Laxmi Narayan Temple - The Place of Gods, India Gate - The memorial of martyrs, Parliament House - The Government headquarters. In the afternoon take a city tour of Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort - The red stone magic, Gandhi memorial -

Day 8 Fly to KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Day 9 Sightseeing KATHMANDU In the morning after breakfast, a trip orientation meeting will be organized and there will be a half day guided tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. In this tour we will see the glorious Newari architecture of old palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square and we will join the pilgrims around the enormous Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa and then to the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple that stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati rive.

Day 10 Drive to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)

Day 11 POKHARA Early at dawn we hike up to Sarangkot viewpoint to witness nature’s ethereal lightshow as the sun rises over the Annapurna range turning its peaks from white to gold. After breakfast we go to see the deep, narrow gorge of roaring Seti River from where we drive to Devi’s Falls and further to Gupteswar Cave and the Bat Cave. In the evening we go lazing by the Phewa Lake for the leisurely row on its sparkling waters.

Day 12 Drive to NAYAPUL (1070m/3510ft); Trek to TIKHEDHUNGA (1540m/5053ft) After breakfast we drive 41km/25 miles to Nayapul for the start of our ABC trek. A steep trail from Nayapul directs us down to a bridge over a small stream to get to Birethanti (1030m/3345ft). From Birethanti we take the left branch of the trail and following through main streets and winding through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole, we reach Sudami beyond a pasture used by caravans. We climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille and about 15 minutes above Hille is Tikhedhunga.

Day 13 Trek to GHOREPANI (2750m/9023ft) This is a 4-6 hours trek which starts crossing the Tikhedhunga Khola on a suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the Bhurungdi Khola on a large bridge at 1520m. The trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps which continue to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m) and climbing gently through the pastures and cultivated fields the trail make its way to a deep forests to reach a hamlet of Banthanti. Crossing the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests the trail passes through two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream before making final climb to another Magar village of Nangathanti (2460m). About an hour past this village we reach Ghorepani where we can see eight different species of Nepal’s national flower, Rhododendron in the hillsides below Ghorepani.

Day 14 Trek to POON HILL (3210m/10532ft); Back to GHOREPANI After about an hours climb in the early morning we reach Poon Hill which is a viewpoint for the spectacular Himalayan panorama extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre; that stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). We return back to Ghorepani for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Back to POKHARA

Day 16 Drive to CHITWAN From Pokhara we drive ahead for Chitwan National Park, a famous wildlife viewing national park in Asia enlisted by the World Heritage where we will have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, leopards, wild elephants, royal Bengal tiger and 450 species of birds.

Day 17 CHITWAN For watching wildlife, birds and the rare species of flora and fauna we can either go for Jungle Safari deep into the park in a four wheel jeep or on walk or choose an altogether relaxing way on a canoeing trip on the Rapti or Narayani Rivers or by elephant riding which is much thrilling rather than comfortable. Moreover, we can head for exploring surrounding Tharu villages.

Day 18 Drive to KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Day 19 Drive to ZHANGMU (2250m/7382ft) Early in the morning we begin driving overland north from Kathmandu to Tibet through the breathtaking vistas that capture the eye as Nepalis work their steep terraces against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Approaching Nepal's northern border, we begin our ascent to the high altitude Tibetan plateau to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After stopping short, we continue uphill on foot for one and half-hours (with porters) to reach the border town of Zhangmu. Here we formally clear Chinese immigration, and then spend the night in a Chinese hotel at Zhangmu.

Day 20 Drive to SHEGAR (425m/13944ft) Today’s drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan plateau. We cross several high passes including the Lalung La (5050m) from which (if weather permits) there is a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

Day 21 Drive to Mt. EVEREST BASE CAMP (5150m/16897ft) Early in the morning we drive from Shegar to EBC. During this route we can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho Oyo (8201m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m). Then arrive at Rombuk Monastery (visit by optional) which is the highest monastery in the world.

Day 22 Drive to SHIGATSE (3840m/12599ft) via Lhatse early in the morning see the stunning sunrise at the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and walk a bit and take picture of its true face. Then drive to Shigatse and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. On the way we visit Sakya Monastery.

Day 23 Drive to LHASA (3650m/11976ft) via Gyantse and Yamdrotso Lake In the morning time we visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was built in 1447, spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas; after this drive to Gyangtse we visit Palkor Monastery and Palchoi Pagoda, far view Tzong fortress. On the way, stop off and visit Maracaju la glacier. Sightseeing to Yamdrotso Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (another are Namtso Lake and Manasarovar). After crossing Gangbala Pass which is over 4850m, then drive to Lhasa City along Lhasa River. Meals: Breakfast

Day 24 Sightseeing in LHASA Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to BARKHOR MARKETS can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition.

Day 25 Sightseeing in LHASA Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds.

Day 26 Fly back KATHMANDU

Please note the defalut language is English. If you require any other of the languages listed please inform us during the booking process.
What's Included
  • 1. All domestic flights and hotel/airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2. Hotel Encounter in Kathmandu or similar standard hotel with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • 3. All jungle activities and all meals in Chitwan in Nepal.
  • 4. All Sightseeing and tours by professional tour guides.
  • 5. Entry permits and fees for all temple, park, monasteries, cultural and historical spots in all countries.
  • 6. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all tour staff.
  • 7. All ground transport in private vehicles.
  • 8. All applicable taxes in the tour.
What's Not Included
  • 1. Entry visa fees for three countries.
  • 2. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • 3. Bar bills and laundry.
  • 4. Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 5. Lunch and dinner in all countries except welcome and farewell meals.
  • 6. All optional additional tours or activities in your extended holidays.
  • 7. Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • 8. All other expenses that are not mentioned in Price Includes section.
Meeting Point

Arrive in Delhi at any time. Airport transfer by private vehicles. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

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