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Ancient Lands of the Himalayas (Private Tour)

12 days with Alexander+Roberts   Rating: Deluxe

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Day 1 - Welcome to Lhasa, Tibet
On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe St. Regis Hotel. You’ll have time to rest and acclimate to the altitude before visiting a local family; lively discussion in their inviting home offers rich insight into Tibetan life and culture. (D)
Day 2 - Tibetan Traditions
Visit Norbulingka, the resplendent summer palace of the Dalai Lamas built in the 18th century. At Jokhang Temple, you’ll find an impressive 4-story timber structure topped with gold. Explore along Barkhor Street where you’ll see traditional homes and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze as you join local residents browsing through the many shops and market stalls. Then meet a Tangka painter in his studio for insight into this Tibetan art form. (B+L+D)
Day 3 - Potala Palace
Join residents as they perform Kora, an inspiring Buddhist meditation of walking, devotion and reflection. Tour the stupendous Potala Palace that stretches for more than 1,000 feet along a ridge against the snowcapped mountains. Tour the beautiful Sera Monastery, founded in the 15th century, and visit a local hospital where a Tibetan doctor will offer insight into his use of both traditional healing techniques and western medicine. (B+L+D)
Day 4 - To Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the deluxe Hyatt Regency. Then journey into the Nepalese countryside to Patan, an ancient royal city that traces its origins to the 3rd century BC. Today, it’s noted for its collection of fine palace buildings, courtyards and graceful pagodas. This evening, one of the few who have ascended Mt. Everest will share experiences and stories with you. (B+D)
Day 5 - Discover Kathmandu
This morning, we’ve made special arrangements for our guests to meet a High Lama for a private audience and blessing. Then visit Boudhanath Stupa, venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists, and stroll through the lively Asan district - a wonderful place to encounter the daily rhythms of Kathmandu and its residents. You’ll also explore Durbar Square and the ancient royal quarter of the city. Then venture by rickshaw to Thamel and meet the vendors in this bustling bazaar. See Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and then descend to the Bagmati River for Aarti, an ancient Hindu ceremony of light and devotion. (B)
Day 6 - Into the Timeless Kathmandu Valley
Journey into the Kathmandu Valley to Bhadgaon, one of three ancient kingdoms of medieval Nepal. See the remarkable Palace of 55 Windows and 5-storied Nyatapola Temple. Bhadgaon is also famed for its pottery artisans and we’ve arranged for a hands-on lesson with a master potter. Before returning to Kathmandu, visit the timeless villages of Bungamati and Khokana for further insight into enduring Nepalese arts and traditions. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the organic farm-to-table cuisine of Krishnarpan. (B+D)
Day 7 - Into Bhutan
Fly over soaring Himalayan peaks to Paro and continue overland through lush valley landscapes to the deluxe Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimpu. Visit Memorial Chorten with its circumambulating pilgrims and Tashichho Dzong, an imposing medieval fortress. (B+L+D)
Day 8 - Art, Culture + Life in Bhutan
At the National Institute, you’ll meet students learning and preserving Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts – like wood carving, painting and embroidery. Then visit Dechen Phodrang, a monastic school that hums with the Buddhist recitations of its young students. Join locals at the market and see the immense seated-Buddha statue at Kuensel Phodrang. (B+L+D)
Day 9 - Onward to Punakha
Visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s oldest fortress, and continue over the 10,300-foot Dochula Pass. On a clear day, you’ll have 360° views over the Himalayas. At Dochula Monastery, you can light a traditional butter lamp – a Buddhist act of wisdom.
Descend into the valley with its farms and fluttering prayer flags to visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1671. Overnight at the luxurious Uma Lodge, Punakha. (B+L+D)
Day 10 - Scenic Drive to Paro
Delight in the mountain scenery on the drive to Paro Dzong, a superb example of Bhutanese architecture and a bustling monastic school with nearly 200 resident monks. Then join a local archery team to learn about this national pastime and enjoy a lesson. Continue to the wonderful Uma Resort, Paro for a 2-night stay. (B+L+D)
Day 11 - Tiger's Nest Monastery
Ascending on horseback and by foot, you’ll have ample opportunity to behold and photograph Taktsang Lhakhang – the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery that’s perched on a granite cliff 3,000 feet above the valley. Along the way, you can hoist a prayer flag for health and good luck. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest shrines, before returning to your hotel. (B+L+D)
Day 12 - Depart Paro
Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. (B)
All This Included
Against a breathtaking Himalayan mountain backdrop, our unique itinerary and expert native guides bring to life all the history, stories and cultural traditions of these timeless lands.
  • The attentive services of our highly-experienced mountain guides and drivers
  • Comprehensive sightseeing throughout, including all entrance fees
  • 20 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation in our carefully selected hotels
  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and your own 4x4 vehicle with a professional driver and mountain guide for your Trans-Himalayan adventure.
  • Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges.
  • At a monastery in Kathmandu, we’ve arranged for a private audience with a High Lama so you can receive sage words of advice and a blessing.
  • One of the daring few who have ascended Mt. Everest will share thrilling personal stories of grit and adventure.
  • Ascend to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on the side of a sheer granite cliff in the beautiful Paro Valley.
  • Delve into ancient Buddhist and Hindu traditions – from the walking rite of Kora to the candle-lit Aarti ceremony.
  • Spend time with a master Tibetan artist and a local doctor for insight into ancient ways that still endure.
  • Meet talented students learning and preserving Bhutan’s traditional arts.
  • Includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Lhasa: St. Regis Hotel
Kathmandu: Hyatt Regency
Thimpu: Taj Tashi Hotel
Punakha: Uma Lodge, Punakha
Paro: Uma Resort, Paro
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