Take a journey to the holy land of Tibet, Nepal and India and embrace lifestyles and faith that you see nowhere else. Sneak among the streets of Lhasa, talk to a local Sadhu (holy man) in Kathmandu, take a boat trip on the Gangse River and fly over Mt.Everest. Get your bucket list checked out with unparalleled experience.
- Sip a cup of sweet tea at a hidden nunnery behind Barkhor Street in Lhasa
- Take an early morning flight over Mt.Everest -- Flight of a lifetime!
- Enlighten your own life by a deep conversation with a local Sadhu in Kathmandu
- Rickshaw ride in the old streets of Delhi and get lost in the bustling bazaars
- Boat trip on the Gangse River and witness riverfront rituals
- Private transfers and English-speaking tour guides in every destination
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
- Internal flights including taxes and fuel as specified in the itinerary
- Breakfasts at hotels, lunches for every guided day
- Governmental taxes
Price per Person in US Dollars
|Sep.1 - Mar.31||Handpicked Comfort||Luxury|
|Apr.1 - Aug.31|
Note: We will guarantee you get the price as showed above except that there will be a price fluctuation in festival seasons (such as National Day, Chinese New Year, and religious festivals).
NEWS UPDATE: Tibet-Nepal Border Reopen!
Overland border-crossing is made possible again with the recent reopen of Gyirong/Kyirong Port in 29th August, 2017. An itinerary example: finish your visit in Lhasa and transfer to Xigaze, spend a couple of days in Xigaze if you are interested; proceed to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) and then reach Gyirong/Kyirong Port in one day; travel across the border to Kathmandu, the entire journey will be completed within 3 days from Lhasa.
(* Updated 09:00 am/08/31/2017.)
Your journey begins when your flight lands in Beijing. Transfer to hotel and free at leisure for the rest of today.
All nationalities are required to obtain China Visa and Tibet Permit. Pleas allow yourself with at least one month to process the visa application. For more information regarding visa, please go to our Tour Information at the bottom of this page.
3 nights at Novotel Beijing Peace (Handpicked Comfort) / Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Luxury)
Beijing has been China's capital for several centuries and its legacy is worthy deep exploration. Today you will visit the Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and an interesting rickshaw ride in the Hutongs. A side visit to a local wine museum will be highlight of today.
Rise up early and we will drive out of town to the Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall is considered as a less-crowded yet more-picturesque section of the Great Wall, our special choice for you. Get back to town and visit the Temple of Heaven.
Take a noon flight to Xi'an.
Have some time to refresh after check-in. Later, we will visit the Muslim Quarter to experience its vibe and take a cycling trip on the Ancient City Wall at sunset.
2 nights at Grand Noble Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian (Luxury)
Not simply an icon of China, but also a rich heritage of China's long history, Terracotta Warriors and Army sits on top of all attraction lists. Today you will have an informative visit at this massive site.
After the visit, you will have a chance to learn how the terracottas were made with a side-trip to a workshop. Get back to downtown and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Today's Highlight: How is it made?
Back in the days, there was no factory to make terracotta warriors. Every figure was hand-made in a life size by local farmers, craftsmen and potters. Today, some farmers in Xianyang are still practicing the art.
They will teach you the process in details and you may have a chance to try moulding or painting. At the end of the visit, you will bring home a miniature terracotta warrior.
What makes it special for me?
- Close set: Terracotta Warrior Workshop is not a common attraction but an Asia Highlights' exclusive site, only opens for your visit.
- Relive the history: Learn about every detail in making a terracotta warrior just in the same way back in history. Something to tell your friends back home or a reason to excite your kids.
Take a noon flight to Lhasa, high on the roof of the world. Check in and give yourself some time to adjust to the altitude.
2 nights at Xinding Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / St Regis Lhasa Resort (Luxury)
Your first top for today will be the majestic Potala Palace and then Jokhang Temple. After lunch, take an interesting walk at the backstreet of Barkhor Area and visit a hidden nunnery.
Highlight of Today: A Cup of Sweet Tea at Ani Tsamkhung Nunnery
The lovely little nunnery used to be a meditation center during the days of the 7th century Tibetan king Songts?n Gampo. Today nuns from age 16 to 80 call it home. They make their living by alms, sewing, weaving and making handicrafts. It also serves as a small tea shop where you can have a cup of sweet tea and some simple food.
What makes it special for me?
- Away from the crowds: Get away from the main street noise and relax at this little piece of oasis. Here is a place you can see nuns at their hand work and live in peace.
- A little favor: As the nuns live on alms and simple working, you can make small contribution by being here.
Take a flight to Kathmandu, Nepal.
In the afternoon, you will have a meaningful conversation with a Sadhu at Pashupatinath Temple.
Highlight of Today: Spiritual Talk
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most worshiped Hindu temples in Kathmandu. Today you will hop on a local bus for a 20-minute ride to the valley till you reach this sprawling site.
This temple is also "home" to some Sadhus. Sadhu is a term referred to a religious ascetic who has renounced his (her, although very seldom) life to follow a path of spiritual discipline. They have no home, only some simple clothing and eat very little food.
Spend some time with a Sadhu to learn about his philosophy, which might shed some light on your personal life, too. After a cup of tea at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the temple, you will be taken back to downtown Kathmandu.
What makes it special for me?
- Faith in breathing: Get close-up to a real pilgrim and get inside his fascinating spiritual world. Chance like this doesn't happen every day or to every body.
- Local transportation: Take a local bus on a bumpy road, just as the locals do, which might seem like a challenge yet it rewards you with a chance to see the city from a different perspective, also an effort to reduce carbon emission.
(Note: We will still need to use private transfer if you are traveling with more than 5 people.)
Border-Crossing via Gyirong/Kyirong Port (Updated 08/31/2017)
Now travelers can make their way to Kathmandu via Gyirong/Kyirong Port, which was reopen to foreign travelers in 29th August, 2017. Ths overland transfer gets you pass Xigaze, Everest Camp Base and all the way to Kathmandu, taking about 2 to 3 full days depending on the route. For specific itinerary, please contact your travel advisor.
(* Updated in 31st August, 2017)
2 nights at Hotel Shanker (Handpicked Comfort) / Hyatt Regency (Luxury)
Early morning take a flight over Mt.Everest and return to hotel for breakfast. Start your day in Kathmandu with its major highlights: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa (a.k.a Monkey Temple) and stroll around Thamel Street.
Highlight of Today: Flight of a Lifetime
At 0500am, you will be taken to the airport and board a small flight. This 1-hour flight takes you along the ridge of Mt.Everest. It flies so close to the mountain that it is as if you can touch the tip with your fingers.
1. Flight is subject to cancel due to weather condition and you may take another flight in the following days.
2. The flight will fly at a low altitude and most people will not have much negative reaction (such as respiratory disorder) and there will be a doctor in flight in case of emergencies.
What makes it special for me?
- Make the most of your time: If you are short on time or have other constraints, this flight, with window seat guaranteed, is a great alternative for actually climbing up Mount Everest (and even a safer one!).
- Be the first among you friends: You will be given a certificate which grants you a bragging right for a unique story to tell.
- Bucket list CHECK: For a seasoned traveler like you, this is a now-or-never chance to get to the highest point of the world. Now you can cross "Mt.Everest" off your bucket list.
Following the holy trail, you will reach New Delhi after a short flight of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Free at leisure after check-in.
2 nights at Holiday Inn New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida (Handpicked Comfort) / The Imperial Hotel (Luxury)
Feel the heat of New Delhi! Today you will make a great trip in this vibrant city, sites will include National Gandhi Museum, Red Fort and get inside the aromatic Khari Baoli, and some interesting local markets.
Take a noon flight to Varanasi, the land of Gangse. Check in and go for a simple lunch.
Visit Sarnath in the afternoon, which is widely known as the very place for the Buddha's first sermon.
2 nights at Radisson Hotel Varanasi
Early in the morning, even before the sunrise, you will take a boat trip on the Gangse River. Gain deeper understanding about the Hindu way of life as you pass by many ghats (places for holy cremations) and riverfront temples.
Visit the Hindu University in Banaras and get back to the riverside to witness the Aarti ceremony.
After breakfast, you will have some free time in Varanasi before your flight to New Delhi. Connect with your international flight back home.
Asia Highlights chooses hotels with a balanced mixture of traditional style and modern comfort, easy access to everything yet quiet enough for a good night's sleep.
- Ranked 63 in 6,474 hotels in Beijing on TripAdvisor.
- Located on Wangfujing Street, easy to shop and dine.
- Superior Room is 32 sqm, on higher floor with better views.
- Ranked 11 out of 2,581 hotels in Xi'an on TripAdvisor.
- A nice 4.5-star hotel with great location on Dongdajie Street.
- Superior Room is 28 sqm, seperated shower and soft bed
- Ranked 12 out of 343 hotels in Lhasa on TripAdvisor.
- Cenrally located and oxygen tank supplied.
- Deluxe Room is 25 sqm, some have view of Potala Palace.
- Ranked 38/201 and Travlers' Choice by TripAdvisor.
- Quiet surrounding, swimming pool and not far from major sites.
- Deluxe Suite is 30 sqm, bathtub and on top floor.
- #54/716 on TripAdvisor, Certificate of Excellence.
- Near metro stations, swimming pool and nice restaurant.
- Superior Room is 37 sqm, higher floor with city view.
- Ranked 9/76 on TripAdvisor and 4 points out of 5.
- Quiet surrounding, swimming pool and good breakfast.
- Superior Room is 30 sqm, newly upgraded and soft bed.
Note: Your comfort counts! It's totally possible to change hotels based on your interests and budget. Just let us know your preferences and we will help you choose.
- Seasonal information:
This tour is designed for all-time, and the best time possible is during late August to early December. During this time, you will not be wore out by the heat and take the advantages of pre-Christmas before a bigger crow flushes in.
It is still, however, possible to create a memorable trip if you plan to travel on other spans of time. Trust in our expertise to balance your interests and locality seamlessly, for example, there will be less outdoor activities during summertime and we will only use A/C private transfer instead of public transportation (which is detailed in this very tour).
- India Visa:
Citizens of Maldives can enter India without visa and Japan passport holders may apply for Visa on Arrival in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata or Mumbai.
Other nationalities are required to obtain common tourist visa or e-Tourist Visa (ETV) before their travel. An application for e-Visa must be made at least four calendar days in advance of the date of arrival and can be made as early as 120 days in advance. The visa is valid for 60 days after issued. Prices range from USD25 to 75 and some free.
E-Tourist Visa can be applied on your own and we are also happy to help.
- Special dietary requirements:
Daily breakfast at hotels and a lunch for days with sightseeing are included, so are some dinners as mentioned in the itinerary. For meals that are not included, your tour guides will suggest where and what to eat.
Most restaurants in China offer spicy or none-spicy food, please make your requests beforehand. In Tibet, most dishes are Sichuan-style, which is relatively spicy and oily. The restaurants that we choose for you in Beijing, Xi'an and Tibet are of local styles and we will make sure the flavor suitable to your palate (mostly none-spicy unless required otherwisely)
As for Nepal and India, you will see a lot of curry-based foor, chicken and mutton are more often-seen rather than pig and beef. The restaurants that we arrange for you in Nepal and India are international fusion, options of local cuisine as well as western plates.
You will have a private car in each destination; our cars are within 5 years of usage and your private drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
Internal flights that are detailed in this very tour are run by nation-own airline companies, such as Air China, Hainan Airlines and India Air. They are trustworthy and punctual.
For some sightseeing, we will suggest public transportation instead of private cars for the cause of environment protection. However, for groups of more than 6 people, private transfer is still a must.
- Arrangements of the tour:
Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this tour you are looking at are just for your inspiration.
If you don't feel like getting into a wine museum in Beijing, change it; if talking to a Sadhu is not your interest, we can do something else; if you would rather stay in than getting to Sarnath in the afternoon, ok you got it; it is always up to you to make the trip just the right way you want. If you are looking for experiences that are not done by others, Discovery your way, Asia Highlights' motto suites you the best.
- Responsible travel:
Travel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is lead the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) boarden their outlook and the local communities develop.
During your trip, you will visit a local nunnery to pay your respect and perhaps some alms; and you will use local transportation in some destinations; and chances to show your support to some local artists or Sadhus (Of course, no pressure!) Taking baby steps one at a time, we highly appreciate you would like to be part of it.
With that being said, detours to so-called factories or specialty workshops are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.