Nepal & Tibet: Roof of the World12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel. Later, visit the sprawling temple complex of Boudhnath, which is home to some 10,000 Tibetan refugees.Dwarika's Hotel - 3 Nights
This morning, soar high above the Kathmandu Valley on a sightseeing journey that includes several of the most majestic Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest. Back on the ground; continue to the beautiful temple complex of Swayambhunath, which is situated atop a hill in the Kathmandu valley.Dwarika's Hotel (B)
After breakfast this morning, pay a visit to the Kopan Monastery. Dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the King of Nepal. Continue to Pasupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples.Dwarika's Hotel (B)
Day 4To Lhasa, Tibet
Bid farewell to Kathmandu and fly over the Himalayas to the mountain Kingdom of Tibet. This afternoon, explore Jokhang Temple, one of the most revered temples in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Stroll down Barkhore Street, lined with shops selling vibrant traditional Tibetan handicrafts and religious items.Shangri-La Hotel - 3 Nights (B)
Depart your hotel with your local guide to explore the famed Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the seventh century. Continue your journey to admire the fabulous murals on the walls of the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace, Norbulingka. Later this afternoon, discover the temples and prayer halls of the sprawling Sera Monastery.Shangri-La Hotel (B)
This morning, visit the Drepung Monastery, which lies at the foot of Mount Gephel just outside Lhasa. Founded in 1416, the monastery was once one of the largest in the world, housing up to 10,000 monks.Shangri-La Hotel (B)
Day 7To Shigatse
Embark on a full-day journey along the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the shores of lovely Lake Yamadrok. Cross Karo La Pass to Gyantse, an ancient city overlooked by a citadel perched upon a rocky peak. Explore Gyantse and pay a visit to the Kumbum stupa and the Phalkor monastery.Hotel Gesar - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 8To Shegar
This morning you will visit the imposing Tashilhunpo Monastery, where you can immerse yourself in the religion that animates the ancient land of Tibet.Hotel Bebar - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 9To Shigatse
Today, discover Everest Base Camp, starting point for most of the expeditions that attempt to conquer the world's tallest mountain. On a clear day, you can admire panoramic views of Everest and the Himalayan range. Continue on your drive back to Shigatse.Hotel Gesar - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 10To Lhasa
Embark on a scenic train journey to Lhasa.Hotel Shangri La - 1 Night (B, L)
Day 11To Dhulikhel, Kathmandu
This morning fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.Hotel Dwarikas - 1 Night (B)
Day 12Depart Kathmandu
Bid farewell to the Himalayas as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
In the Indian Subcontinent, there are completely different customs when it comes to road use and road craft, and all manner of vehicles, people and animals can be found moving about, even on the main roads. To most visitors, road journeys in the Indian Subcontinent can seem quite startling at first; however, all Cox & Kings drivers are very experienced and in tune with other road users, allowing you to relax and absorb the extraordinary sights and sounds en route.
For Escorted Groups, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of an appropriate size for the number of people traveling, while on Private Journeys, Cox & Kings uses mid-size cars with an option to upgrade to luxury segment vehicles, available on request. They all feature air-conditioning and our drivers are experienced. Please refer to page 51 for further details.
Important Note: Road conditions in the Indian Subcontinent change throughout the year, due to monsoon rains and extreme weather patterns and journey times can vary enormously at all times of the year which is beyond the control of Cox & Kings.
Air travel in the Indian Subcontinent is more affordable now. There are full service brands that operate domestic and international flights and then there are low cost airlines that have gained popularity due to low cost airfares being offered.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Due to increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. Domestic flights in India can incur last minute schedule changes, delays, over flying, and / or cancellation without prior notice. November through January, fog can also create delays in Northern India airports, causing flight postponement or cancellation.
Flight delays can cause problems with onward connections, hotel and holiday arrangements. Although the airline will sometimes make arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, costs may be involved for you, in the form of additional accommodation, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please note many international flight tickets are restricted and nonrefundable. Therefore, Cox & Kings requires that you are insured against such eventualities, and recommends traveling with a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy from your point of origin.
Early Starts: A number of flights within the Indian Subcontinent arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Special Requests: Cox & Kings will endeavor to request any specific meals or services, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be requested if traveling in one of the premium classes. We are able to request general seating preferences for Economy Class passengers. However, all special requests are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed.
Travel within the Indian Subcontinent is an adventure at every moment. We will endeavor to keep all clients apprised of any changes and or alterations to the program due to flight arrival or departure re-scheduling or other situations that may occur throughout your travel.
Important Note: Airlines and train schedules and fares are subject to last minute change. In the event that any amendment or cancellation arises or increase in fare, Cox & Kings cannot be held liable for the same.
The Indian Subcontinent has made an indelible mark in the area of hospitality. The distinctive features of these hotels are high standard and quality accommodation and service along with contemporary facilities at par with world standards. The availability of hotels in the Subcontinent ranges from Deluxe, Luxury, First Class and Budget to Heritage and Boutique.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Subcontinent and in general cannot be compared to the West. In larger cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, the hotels we use are fully modernized with excellent facilities, while in other cities and towns the hotels are smaller but still offer good facilities. In the desert cities of Rajasthan, areas of Southern India and small hill towns, many hotels we use are small, privately owned properties or converted palaces, retaining much of their original ambience, but the room size, shape and design can vary enormously (even in the same price bracket). On certain circuits in Rajasthan, enjoy the experience of staying at one of the marvelous Heritage hotels – once the residence of Maharajas. Although palace hotels often have simple facilities and service can be slow, we ask for your patience as this is more than compensated for by their atmosphere and charm.
Check-in & Check-out Times: Most hotels work on a check-in of 1400 hours and check-out of 1200 hours. If a flight arrives in the morning, you may be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before check-in. We will endeavor to get your room as early as possible in these instances.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings,you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is the best available. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that the simplicity of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience. Game park accommodation cannot be compared to that available in parts of Africa and is often reached down narrow and makeshift roads.
Meals: Meals included in the tour program are indicated in the itineraries at the end of each day with codes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D).
Maps: Type of travel is indicated in the maps at the beginning of each itinerary with symbols:
Road Travel (), Train Travel (),Air Travel (), Day Excursion ( ).
Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in the Indian Subcontinent. We have suggested possible extension options for the tours in this brochure, however we would also be delighted to design a custom extension, either pre or post tour, to fit in with your particular interests. Please note that tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys.
Many of the sites in the Indian Subcontinent necessitate a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Population: 23 million
Currency: Nepalese Rupee
Official Language(s): Nepali
Culturally rich and naturally beautiful – Nepal offers a variety of spectacular sights. Wherever one travels here it is nearly always against a backdrop of towering peaks. Eight of the ten highest mountains in the world can be found here in this colorful, friendly land. Experience the rugged mountain scenery of the Himalayas, explore ancient cities and search for the mythical yeti on your journey through Nepal.
What To See
Travel to Everest Base Camp to experience the thrill of the highest peak in the world. Stroll through Durbar Square in Kathmandu the home of Nepal’s living goddess. See the temple of Boudhnath, home to 10,000 Tibetan refugees. Visit the medieval town of Bhaktapur. And be sure to spend some time in the air on a fixed-wing or helicopter sightseeing flight, viewing the glorious mountains from a different perspective.
Nepal & Tibet: Roof Of The World
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