Nepal and Tibet Travel Plan

Here is a travel plan for those who are interested in exploring the wonders of Nepal and Tibet, whether it is for their culture or their mountains.

Day 1-2 in Nepal

Arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport. It’s best to spend your first night trying to get acquainted with local people and cuisine. You can reach most temples via bus or cab. However, if you plan to take a cab, it is advisable to hire one for the day – especially if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing. Visit the Pashupati Temple that pays homage to Shiva, as well as the Changu Narayan Temple that pays homage to Vishnu. Visiting these two temples will easily acquaint you with Buddhism.

Day 3 in Nepal

You can travel to Lumbini by bus, car, or air. Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddharta Gautama, who grew up to be the enlightened Buddha. Several monuments related to the Buddha are well preserved, including images of his family. The Maya Devi Temple is said to be the place where the Buddha was born, and it was therefore named after his mother. The Kapilvastu Museum is also very interesting, since it contains ruins of the old kingdom where the Buddha was growing up as Prince Siddharta.

Flying from Kathmandu to the Gongga Airport in Tibet will allow you to catch a bird’s eye view of the Himalayan Mountains. The view is breathtakingly beautiful and this provides a suitable transition for tourists travelling between the two countries.

Usually, two or three days are enough for tourists to explore the wonders of Tibet. Those who are interested in trekking the Tibetan Himalayas opt for a longer stay.

Day 1-2 in Tibet

Upon arriving at the Gongga Airport, you may take a bus or cab to Lhasa City. One or two days is enough to explore its many temples and palaces. The most important monument for tourists is the Potala Palace, which is probably the grandest palace in all of Tibet. This palace has been the home of the Dalai Lamas since the seventeenth century. Both its beauty and history make it popular with foreigners, whether they are spiritual or not.

The Drepung and Sera Monasteries also attract tourists because of their historical and cultural significance. Both monasteries provide education for the young monks, as well as maintained as museums for religious artifacts. Statues and murals are some of the highlights, as well as scrolls and scriptures written with gold ink in the Tibetan script.

Day 3 in Tibet

Take a bus to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. This city also serves as the seat for the Panchen Lama, whose influence in Tibetan Buddhism is second only to the Dalai Lama. Other than the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the other smaller monasteries in Shigatse, the snow-capped mountains serve as an important highlight to this city. There are several high peaks are around Shigatse, including Mount Everest. If you wish to spend some time hiking, there are several local guides available in Shigatse.

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  1. Frankie Jones says:

    Im from bismarck mo. and this peace is very well done great job.

  2. Nicole says:

    I heard it was extremely difficult to get into Nepal…just wondering if you knew anything about that. Nice work, by the way.

  3. James Trotta says:

    I know a couple that goes to nepal pretty often. They did say it waseasier than traveling around India but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for less experienced travelers (this couple, an American and a Korean, met while traveling around Pakistan and have been to lots of places.

  4. […] Lhasa won’t disappoint. In fact, a jaunt around Tibet would likely be more rewarding than one around any other Chinese “province.” Patrick French’s Tibet, Tibet makes for good background reading. So does Ma Jian’s Stick Out Your Tongue. The Potala Palace is unforgettable. So is the Barkhor, the neighborhood that houses the frenetic Jokhang Temple. A lot of Westerners hire a driver to take them to Nampsto Lake. Take into consideration altitude sickness. […]

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