The Dwarika's hotel houses an extensive collection of artefacts from the 13th century onwards, and the buildings and courtyards house some of Nepal’s best craftsmanship – capturing the beauty and spirit of an ancient city. The amalgamation of Nepal’s heritage with its longstanding tradition of hospitality makes the Dwarika’s Kathmandu an intimate experience of a refined Nepali
lifestyle.Located in the heart of the city, yet conveniently close to the airport, the Dwarika's Kathmandu is an ideal base from which guests can explore Nepal's infinite charms. The spacious rooms, elegant setting and Nepali warmth make it a luxurious retreat, and an experience to treasure.
Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is on the Lhasa River and faces Jiangsu Avenue. This great location is a 10-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street and only an eight-minute drive from the Potala Palace. Enjoy the comforts of home, like a 32-inch flat screen LCD TV, free High Speed Internet Access, the dreamy Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort bed and many and many more.
Lhasa, the most famous among Tibetan cities, was the capital of the first Tibetan emperor Songstan Gampo. The city of Lhasa lies on the north bank of the Lhasa river, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river, at an altitude of 3,700 meters. Covering an area of 544 sq kilometers and lying at an altitude of 3660 meters, Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The city has a history of over 13 centuries and is synonymous with Tibetan culture and heritage. Your tour itinerary includes a visit to the majestic Potala palace, the splendid Norbulingka, the sacred Jokhang temple and the busy Barkhor square. You will also be taken on a guided tour to the ancient monasteries of Sera and Drepung, important seats of Tibetan Buddhism, Potala Palace.
Day 01 :Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay at Hotel Dwarika.
Day 02 :Sightseeing tour with tour guide of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur. Stay at Hotel Dwarika.
Pashupatinath Temple: Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River,Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds. Your Next visit is Boudhanath Stupa – it is the biggest stupa in the country. It is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage. The stupa represents the Mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Most of the monasteries in the vicinity of Boudanath offer meditation and retreats to visitors. To get an insight into Buddhist monastic life it is worth visiting some of the monasteries in Boudha.
Next is Bhaktapur (1,401m) that covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Darbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Darbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving. Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.
Day 03 : Sightseeing tour with tour guide of Kathmandu Durbar Square , Swuambhunath and Patan. Stay at Hotel Dwarika.
Kahmandu Durbar Square is the historic seat of Shah Dynasty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to seek here are; Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D., Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Drum and the Jagannath Temple.
Swyambhunath Stupa is well known 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), used to be known as monkey temple, is located on the summit of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Beside Boudhanath this is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The legend has it that once upon a time Kathmandu valley was a lake and the Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. Swambhunath is one of the most important temples and pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist alike. Its vantage point provides panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous white stupa shrines, it has truly memorable sights
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Significant sites to be visited are:
a) Golden Temple, b) Kumbheshwar Temple, c) Krishna Mandir, d) Jagat Narayan, e) Mahaboudha, f) Ashokan Stupa, g) Machchhendranath Temple
Day 04:Fly to Lhasa, arrive Lhasa (3650m), transfr to Hotel – Stay at Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
Day 05: In Lhasa. Sightseeing Tour: Drepung monastery , Jokang temple and Barkhor Bazaar. O/N Hotel– Stay at Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
Visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monts and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, thrid and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea. Next stop will the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy vouvenirs and meet other tourists
Day 06: In Lhasa. Sightseeing tour of Potala Palacce, Norbulingka summer palace and Sera monastery. O/N Hotel - BB
Visit to the Potala Palace is awesom. The Palace of the Dalai Lama, a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century to its present specifications. Visit to the Narbulingka, the winter Palace of the Dalai lama built in the 18th century would be the next attraction in your sightseeing tour. Next you will visit to Sera Monastery, a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs.
Day 07: Full day Excursion to Ganden Monastery. Stay at Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
The Gandan Monastery is situated on the slope of Mt. Wanpur to the east of Lhasa. Looking from distance, it looks very much like a castle. Some one says that Mt.Wanpur resembles a sitting elephant with the Gandan Monastery on its Back. It is an auspicious symbol to the tibetans some other one says that the view shows Mt.Wanpir as the kind Dorlijiaing with the Gandan in her arms. In the early 15th century, Zonkaba had the Monastery built. His tomb pagoda is in it. Under the north wall of the TombPagoda Hall, there is said to be a flying rock from India. It is also being worshipped by the Buddhists.
Return to Lhasa for overnight stay.
Day 08: After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Kathmandu and to onward.
01. Arrival/departure transfers by a/c transport
02. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with tour guide as per itinerary
03. Accommodation on twin sharing basis using The Dwarika's Kathamndu and Four Points by Sheraton in Lhasa – rooms are subject to availability
04. Daily breakfast in Kathamndu and in Tibet
05. English Speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet
06. Transportation as per itinerary
07. Entrance fees at monasteries in Kathmandu and Lhasa
08. Tibet Travel permit
09. Emergency portable oxygen cylinder - 1 bottle
Cost does not include:
01. China/Tibet visa fee if obtain in Kathmandu (US$198 per person for US national, other nationality US$114 per person)
02. Airfare Kathmandu - Lhasa- Kathmandu US$ 800 per person on economy class – Subject to change without notice
03. Nepal Visa fee US$ 25 per person for 15 days,
04. All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry, etc
05. Lunch and Dinner at hotels in Kathmandu
06. Alcholic beverages and bar bills
07. Medical evacuation cost, personal health and accident insurance
07. Any expenese occur due to landslide or broken of bridge, expenses that are not specify
Nepal visa is available on your arrival at Kathmandu airport. Cost of 15 days visa is US$ 25. You need two passport size photos for visa application. China/Tibet visa formalities: Embassy in Kathmandu opens for visa on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30 am to 12 am. We need scanned passport copies (photo page) at least a month before your travel to process your Tibet Travel permit and visa. We will apply your China/Tibet visa when you are in Kathmandu on your behalf.
Supplement: Everest Flight – US$ 180 p/pax - optional
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