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Buddhist and Culture Tours

The Buddhist and culture tours exposes you to a combination of natural and culture sites in three countries Nepal, India and Tibet. The long twentyone day long tours take you from Delhi, experiancing the culture and must see places Agra, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Varanasi you will reach the Bodhgaya where Gautam Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. Sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree and hen you will visit the Chinese Temple as well as have boat ride on River Ganges. After then you will be visiting a historical towns of Rajgir and Nalanda which is 72km away from Bidhagaya. The Rajgir was the lifetime of the Buddha and was capital of powerful Magadhan kingdom ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. Enroute you will visit Vaishali located 60km away from Patna and holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. The Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into MahaParinirvana. In Kushinagar you will visit various stupas, temples the palce Buddha entered perfect tranquillity state of Mahaparinirvana. Your tours continue to Sravasti and then next day to Lumbini Nepal a world heritage site and birthplace of Gautam Buddha finally. You will visit the exact place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as Buddha Gautama founded in Buddhist tradition then visit Holy pond where the Buddha's mother took ritual dip prior to his birth and Buddha had his first bath. You tour continues from Lumbini to Pokhara, then Jomsom where you will experiance high altitude of Himalayan range upto 3795mt in Muktinath. Visit holy spiritual temple of Muktinath where many devotees are visiting from the world. Then you will return back to Kathmandu. In menwhile we will arrange your visa to Tibet so that you can enter via land to another historical Buddhist places in Tibet. In Kathmandu you will be experiancing one of the biggest Buddhist monastries and Buddhist monks. Then by land to Lhasa, on the way visiting many must see places then Dalai Lama's palace in Lhasa. After then you flyback to Kathmandu by Air china, a day for relaxation in a 5 star resort in Kathmandu then fly back to your home country.

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Buddhist and Culture Tours in India Nepal and Tibet - 21Days

1ST DAY ARRIVAL IN DELHI Arrival in New Delhi Airport. Then, transfer to Hotel (Hotel Check in time 1200 hrs noon) leave for sightseeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President's House & Parliament House, Humayun's Tomb (a memorial of the Mughals, its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal), the Qutab Minar & Lotus Temple. Overnight in Hotel. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 2ND DAY DELHI-AGRA After breakfast drive to Agra (203 KMs // 4.5hrs drive) On arrival transfer to Hotel. Then, day city tour of Agra visiting world famous Tajmahal and Agra fort. Evening dinner and overnight at Hotel. (Taj Mahal Closed on Friday) Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 3RD DAY AGRA-JHANSI – KHAJURAHO “SHORT TRANSFER BY TRAIN” Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer to Agra cantt Railways station to connect Bhopal Shatabdi exp @ 08:10 hrs. On arrival Jhansi @ 10:48 hrs transfer to Khajuraho. After arriving in Khajuraho, you will be transferred to the Hotel. PM: city tour Of Khajuraho visiting eastern and western group of temples. Overnight at Hotel. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 4TH DAY KHAJURAHO – VARANASI BY AIR IC--405 /1400--1440 Morning breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast, transfer to Khajuraho airport for your connection flight to Varanasi with IC-405 departure at 14 PM. On arrival in Varanasi transfer to the Hotel in Varanasi. Check in at hotel and at PM: Excursion to Sarnath (where lord Buddha has deliver his first sermon) Overnight at Hotel. (Sarnath Musuem Closed on Friday) Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 5TH DAY VARANASI – BODHGAYA Early morning boat ride on River Ganges. After breakfast Drive for Bodhgaya. The Bodhgaya is the place where Gautam Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. Sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree. Then you will visit the Chinese Temple. In the afternoon, visit Niranjana River and Sujata Temple Overnight at hotel in Bodhgaya. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 6TH DAY BODHGAYA RAJGIR-NALANDA-PATNA After breakfast, early morning proceed to visit the historical towns of Rajgir & Nalanda (72kms / 2hrs). Rajgir was the lifetime of the Buddha and was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. Established in the 5th century B.C. it remained a live centre of learning till the 12th century A.D. After unch, we will proceed to Patna (70 kms / 2 hrs). Arrive in Patana and overnight at hotel. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 7TH DAY PATNA-VAISHALI-KUSHINAGAR Morning leave Patna for Kushinagar (260 kms / 7 hrs). En?route visit Vaishali located 60kms from Patna and holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. The Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into Maha Parinirvana. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 8TH DAY KUSHINAGAR-SRAVASTI Morning visit Kushinagar the various stupas and temples. Kushinagar is the Place where Buddha entered perfect tranquillity the state of Mahaparinirvana. Continue to Sravasti (270kms approx. 07hrs drive). Evening over night at Sravasti Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 9TH DAY SRAVASTI-LUMBINI (NEPAL) Morning visit Sahet Mahet (Capital of ancient kingdom of Kosla, Jetawana Gardens Buddhist temples etc. Afternoon drive Lumbini, which is 190kms approx. /05hrs drive. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening visit Buddhist temples for prayer. Overnight at hotel. The Lumbini is the place where enlightened Gautam Buddha was born. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 10TH DAY LUMBINI-POKHARA After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pokhara by car which takes 4- 5hours drive from Lumbini. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will check in and rest for an hour. Then we will walk to Phewa Lake which is just 5 minutes away from your hotel. You will cross the lake by boat and get other side to hike and refresh your long drive. You will be hiking half and hour to reach the peace Buddhist Stupa. You will then have beautiful scenery of Pokhara valley, Para gliders and the peak of the holy mountain Fishtail 6993m. After enjoying the beautiful scenery we will walk back to the lake and rest the evening in Pokhara city. Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast 11TH DAY POKHARA-JOMSOM TA CHT/ 07::20 Morning breakfast at hotel and you will be transferred to Pokhara airport to take your flight to Jomsom which departs at 7:20AM. You should be one hour earlier at airport to check-in. This flight is an unique journey which you didn’t experience on your whole trip. Keep on watching beautiful villages, the valley of mountain where you fly in, and finally in moment you land on the little mountain valley situated at 2800 meter. The skies are usually clear with little or no clouds covering the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges of the Himalayas. Some have called this is the most fascinating mountain flight in the world. After landing in Jomsom, you will be transferred to Mountain Resort only the highly grated and an unique resort in Jomsom. You can see beautiful view of Niligiri mountain peak from your hotel and the valley. Situated at very peace place, except wind and beautiful mountain, you can hardly see from your resort. It is a great place to travel to take your stress of and enjoy the moment with nature! After lunch, you will start your trip to holy lake called Dhumba Lake which is opposite of your resort. Crossing the fresh river which flows directly from mountain, you will head to a typical village called Thini. See the life style of the local, visit the newly built monastery and finally reach the beautiful lake which lies on feet of the Niligiri mountain 7,061mt. On another side you will enjoy the scenery of mount Dhaulagiri standing on the peak of 8165m. After then you will slowly walk down and get back to the resort. Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast 12TH DAY JOMSOM – MUKTINATH – JOMSOM Early morning breakfast, and walk to the Jomsom Bazar to reach the Jeep station. You will have Jeep ride into the valley of Jomsom, Kagbeni and finally you reach the Muktinath in altitude of 3,710mt. The trip is simply great with its panorama view of mountain, valley and landscape. The Muktinath temple is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The most prominent shrine is the three storey temple fashioned in pagoda style of Lord Muktinath or the god of great salvation. For Hindus, it is one of the 106th sacred Muktichhetra (assured of salvation )of 108 sacred place of Vaishnavas, where Lord Vishnu got free from the curse of Sati. Likewise, for Buddhist it is the holy shrine of Chumig Gyatse. According to the Buddhist legend Muktinath was consecrated in the first ( good ) age by Padmasabhav and then again in the intermediate age by 84 great magicians. These magicians sanctified the water of Muktinath spring by sprinkling on to it by the water carried from the holy lake of Manasarovar. Thus, it is believed that drinking and taking bath in the 108 spouts in the premises of the temple washes away all the sins. Afternoon 3 PM; you will depart from Muktinath and visit an unique popular village Kagbeni. You will see the typical unique villages and monasteries in Kagbeni. After then, drive back to Jomsom Jeep station and walk back to the resort. Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast 13TH DAY JOMSOM – POKHARA – KATHMANDU JOM--PKR / 06::50 PKR--KTM /09::15 Early morning breakfast at your resort and drive to Jomsom airport to take your flight to Pokhara which departs at 06:50 AM. At earliest you fly away from Jomsom, it is better due to the mountain climate. When wind starts, none of the flights can land neither depart form this airport. After landing in Pokhara airport, you shall proceed to check in to Buddha Air counter for your further flight to Kathmandu which departs at 09:15 AM. After landing in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the Monastery where you will be staying for 2 nights. You will learn the lifestyle of monks and Buddhism which are performed early morning and evening. Rest the day walking around the Monastery or driving to the city centre for shopping. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 14TH DAY KATHMANDU KATHMANDU-SWOYAMBHUNATH-BOUDHANATH-PASHUPATINATH-PATAN; Morning breakfast at Monastery. Then your tour guide and driver will pick up at Monastery and take you to explore Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath (The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world and belongs to the World Heritage) and the Pashupatinath temple. As you visit Swoyambhunath & Boudhanath, you become more enlightened on Buddhism, Buddhist sect, Buddha Shakyamuni and teachings of Gautam Buddha. On the similar way when you visit the Pasupatinath, a temple of Lord Shiva regarded as biggest sacred Hindu shrine. You can also witness cremation ritual of Hindus at the cremation areas of the temple. After visiting Pasupatinath temple, we will drive you to the city of Patan, lying 5kms away from Kathmandu Valley on the South-East. You grasp a better understanding of Nepal culture upon visiting Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple. After finishing day culture tours of Kathmandu valley, you shall be completely immersed into Nepali culture. Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast & Dinner 15TH DAY KATHMANDU (13:00) - ZHANGMU (2,500M)/NYALAM (3700M): 123 KM/156 KM (TIBET) Departing at 0530 AM from Kathmandu office, approx. 05 hrs drives along the Arniko Highway, will take you to Kodari (China / Nepal Border). You will cross the Friendship Bridge at the border, where after completion of immigration formalities, we will enter to the Chinese Autonomous Region & start the first night in the Tibetan plateau. We will be staying at the hotel in Zhanmgu or drive further to Nyalam and over night in guest house. Accommodation: Bed, and Breakfast 16TH DAY ZHANGMU/NYALAM - TINGRI (4300M)/LHATSE (4,350M): 225 KM/244 KM Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over LALUNGLA (5,050 M), from where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including MT CHO OYU (8, 201 M) & MT XISHAPAGMA (8,212M) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From TINGRI, one can also enjoy the magnificence of MT. EVEREST (8,848 M). Overnight at guest house. Accommodation: Bed, and Breakfast 17TH DAY TINGRI/LHATSE -- XIGATSE (3,,900M): 244 KM Continue scenic drive crossing over GYATCHU LA (5,220M), the highest pass en route to LHASA via LHATSE from where a road to MT KAILASH bifurcates to the west. In Xigatse, we visit Tashilumpo Monastery, one of the four great Gelug monasteries renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. We will visit the Bazaar of Xigatse, Overnight in hotel at Xigatse. Accommodation: Bed, and Breakfast 18TH DAY XIGATSE-LHASA (3650M) -- 349 KMS We drive to the capital of the small kingdom in 15th century. Gyantse. Visit Gyantse Kumbum (the highest Chorten in Tibet) & Pelkor Chode Monastery founded in 1418. After sightseeing drive continue to Lhasa, crossing the Karo-la Pass(5045m), we pass by the Yamdrok Tso, the turquoise lake & one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. Then after passing the Kamba-la Pass (4794m), we find ourselves close to the Lhasa Valley. After crossing the Brahmaputra River, we reach Lhasa, our final destination. Lhasa lies in the Kyichu river valley at 3,595m and is dominated by the magnificent Potala Palace, built in the 17th century by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. The accompanied guide will reconfirm your onward airline ticket. Overnight at Lhasa. Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast 19TH DAY LHASA These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace (A great museum with its proportions and priceless treasures) Jokhang Temple (the holiest of Tibetan shrines, houses two images of the Buddha brought as dowry by Songtsen Gampo's Nepali and Chinese queens) along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. In Lhasa you will also visit Norbu Lingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at Lhasa. Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast 20TH DAY LHASA-KATHMANDU CA--407 /1040– 0945 Transfer Gongkar airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will assist you to get check in at airport. The flight is of 01hours 10 minutes departing at 10:40 am CST & arriving Kathmandu at 09:45 AM NST usually. One of the Spectacular flight to Kathmandu passing right over Mount Everest and many of the highest peaks in the world. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our driver will pick you up in airport and bring to the five star resort where you can relax, enjoy the sound of nature, spa and swimming pool. We are sure you will enjoy the resort’s facilities after such a long journey and Set your day for shopping in Kathmandu or relax simply at hotel. Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast 21ST DAY DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU Relax the day in hotel and afternoon you will be transferred to the international airport as per your connection flight booked. Check in and fly back towards your home country. PRICE INCLUDES India-8 Nights 9 Days accommodation with Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner). Nepal-6 Nights 7 Days accommodation with bead and breakfast and one dinner in Lumbini. Tibet-5 Nights 6 Days accommodation with bead and breakfast. ( Hotels and Guesthouses) International air fares: - Lhasa-Kathmandu TKTS - Kathmandu-Delhi TKTS Domestic air fares: - Khajuraho-Varanasi TKTS - Pokhara-Jomsom– Pokhara TKTS - Pokhara-Kathmandu TKTS All the transfer by private Jeep & cars in Nepal and India. Transfer by train 2.30 hours Agra to Jhansi Train Ticket in AC chair Car Agra / Jhansi. Transfer from Jomsom-Muktinath-Jomsom by Jeep Transfer from Kathmandu to Lhasa by Jeep Local English speaking guide for Delhi/ Agara & Khajuraho city tour Accompanying guide Varanasi Pick up till drop in Lumbini to assist in Nepal and Indian border. LocalEnglish speaking guide in Lumbini, Pokhara, Jomsom, Muktinath and Kathmandu English speaking Tibetan guide Boat ride at river Ganges in Varanasi in Phewa Lake in Pokhara All the sites entry fees for India (except Monuments entry fee USD 47 PP), Nepal and Tibet Monasteries entry fees. Special entry permits for Jomsom and Tibet All government Taxes 10% service charge and 13% VAT. Personal health insurance & travel insurance Visa for India, Nepal and Tibet Any domestic or INTL applicable airport TAX. In India the Monument entry fees PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE Personal Expenses such as Liquor, Laundry, room Services, phone calls Tips to driver, camera fee ( still/ Video ) any portage at airport Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/ cancellation/ hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities. Any meals except than mentioned in itinerary WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU Good hiking shoes ( Wear it before already if your shoes are new) the sport shoes shall be also fine Authan spray (To prevent Mosquito bites) Sun Cream Sun Glasses Imodium (for eventual diarrhoea) A warm Jacket for morning and evening specially for the mountain area like in Jomsom & Tibet A small Torch Light Minimum 6 months valid passport Some PCS of PP Size photos if you have A cap or hate to prevent the sun heat A swimming costume Light sport trouser for hiking Light cloths for the day time and to be on the way Cameras Camera batteries / Battery charger for camera



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