The Last Shangri- La — Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour
Posted in : 7th Nov, 2018
Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour is one of the best combo tour packages in Asia.
All these destinations used to be secluded, hard accessibility. However, now there is a flight connection to these places from some parts of the world. Further, this package is one of the demanding and appreciated tour packages in Asia.
Start of Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour
The starting point of this Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour is from Kathmandu, Nepal. This is because there are daily flight connections to Tibet and Bhutan from Nepal. Yes, there are direct flights from few countries of the world; however, there are no daily flights from those countries. Hence, less convenient to the travelers. Therefore, Nepal is the best starting point for this combo package.
After landing in Kathmandu, Nepal, it is natural to be overwhelmed by the smell and noise of the capital Kathmandu. However, Kathmandu is an important and culturally rich destination. Among the ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, Kathmandu houses seven of them. Among them, are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan Temple. Therefore, we recommend cultural sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.
The other case is, Tibet visa has to be filled by yourself in Nepal. We require original passports and 2 photographs. After you arrive at the Kathmandu hotel, we will help you fill the Tibet Visa form and collect your original passport. The next day we will apply for Tibet visa. Please note, it takes three full working days to get Tibet visa ready. Hence, including some cultural tours in Kathmandu is worth it. In the evening of the third day, we will collect your Tibet visa and submit to you. On the fourth day, you fly to Tibet.
Tibet also referred to as Shangri–La, the Land of Snows, the roof of the World. This country is locked away in its mountain fastness of the Himalayas. For many, the highlights of Tibet tour will be spiritual nature and for some, it will be an adventure. The magnificent monasteries, remote retreats, and pilgrim paths are some of the highlights. It is a country with inspiring and raw high- altitude valleys.
Attractions in Tibet
There are some of the attractions, which we include in Tibet trip packages as you see them nowhere in the world. The inclusions, starting with, the cardinal landmark of Lhasa, The Potala Palace. This Chapel of Immortal Happiness was once the residence of the sixth Dalai Lama, whose thrones remain. However, after Dalai Lama permanent exile to India, the throne is now dedicated to Tsepame, the Buddha of longevity.
In addition, Drepung Monastery, another not to miss attraction in Tibet trip. This monastery was at one time the largest monastery in the world until the Communist Chinese invasion. The word Drepung literally translates as “rice heap”, a reference to huge numbers of whitewashed monastic buildings that were once piled up on the hillside.
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Now the tour continues to the “Thunder Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan”. No doubt, Bhutan is one of the beautiful countries in the world. Furthermore, disguising among a primeval forest, with Himalayan landscape rising up above the shadowy gorges. With the philosophy of Gross National Happiness guiding the Bhutanese, people. No doubt, it is culture being reflected in the hospitality will be experienced during Bhutan tours.
Bhutan tour is to experience its beauty and deep-rooted culture reflected in Dzongs, monasteries, and temples.
The Paro valley is one of the beautiful and historical villages in Bhutan. Both trade goods and Tibetans came over the valley, giving Paro the closest cultural connectivity with Tibet of any Bhutanese district. The dominant language in Paro is Dzongkha, the national language.
Attractions in Bhutan
In Bhutan tour packages, some must-see attractions are:
Taktsang Monastery, top tourist attractions in Bhutan
In addition, this monastery also referred to as “Tiger’s Nest Monastery” is one of the best tourist attractions in Tibet. Clinging on to a sheer cliff, this monastery is a divine architecture. As per the legends, Guru Rinpoche (high-rank priest) flew to this site on the back of tigresses to defeat a local demon. After that, he meditated here for three months. Hence, also referred to as “Tiger’s Nest Monastery”.
Although it is a steep walk to the monastery, it is worthwhile. If hiking is not your cup of tea, you may hire a mule up to the rest stop at the Taktsang cafeteria along the trail to the Tiger’s Nest.
Those who are hiking to Taktsang, it is a steep ascent, hence, we recommend the first stop at Taktsang cafeteria, to take some air in and rest. You will see a spectacular view of the monastery from this cafeteria. Then continue on to the second stop, horses and mules can take you up to the second step. For a here a bit ascent which even the mules cannot tackle, till you arrive the final stage The Taktsang Monastery, a divine architecture hanging on to the sheer cliff.
Further, other attractions include Paro Dzong– Ranks high on Bhutanese architecture, Take a crash course Bhutan’s best museum, a pilgrimage or tour to Bhutan oldest and most beautiful temple — Kyichu Lhakhang. The other attractions are Thimphu (capital of Bhutan) and Punakha Valley, which is must-see attractions, hence, we include it in Bhutan tour package.
The west is the Bhutan, which most of the tourist sees during their Bhutan tours and there is a good reason for it. It is the heartland of the Drukpa people, it has the country’s most beautiful monasteries, spectacular Dzongs, and the major airport in Bhutan is located in the western part that is in Paro.
The combination of Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour will take you to the last remaining Shangri-La in the world. Indeed, travelers who wish for Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour, it will be an overwhelming experience that will remain with you for a very long time.
Originally published at www.travelsmithnepal.com on November 7, 2018.