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Upon arrival, our representative will meet outside the arrival terminal building and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at the hotel
Morning half day tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) is one of the popular places liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. The complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D. with hundreds of erotic carvings used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people.
Swayambhunath (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu, stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath. This is a site that is over 2500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
Afternoon half day tour of Patan Durbar Square.
Patan Durbar Square: The Patan Durbar Square (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. Patan is one of the most historically important city of the Kathmandu valley. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town from early times (said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists).
Overnight at the hotel
After the breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to Lhasa. (Air China Flight)
Upon arrival, our representative will meet and transfer you to Hotel. The day is free for acclimatization.
Overnight at the hotel
Full day tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Bharkhor Bazaar.
Potala Palace: The Potala Palace, a pearl on the plateau, the construction of the world famous Potala Palace was started in the 7th century during the time of the Tubo King Srontsan Gampo on the top of Mt. Putup, it is looming over the whole Lhasa city. The Potala Palace consist of two palaces the Red and the White Palace with over 1000 rooms. The Palace stands up so high that it resembles a magnificent castle in the heaven. It takes itself a good example of the ancient Tibetan culture and architecture. It was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India after a failed uprising in 1959. In 1648, the Potrang Karpo known as White Palace was completed, and the Potala became the winter palace of Dalai Lama from that time. The Potrang Marpo or the Red Palace was added to the complex between 1690 and 1694. It was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
Jolkhang Temple: This temple is one of the most sacred and important temples in Tibet. A part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace” and a spiritual centre of Lhasa, it is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It was built by King Songtsän Gampo probably in 647 A. D. Both Bhrituti and Wencheng, the Nepalese and Chinese wives of Songsten Gampo brought important Buddhist images (sitting statue of Sakyamuni) to Tibet as part of their dowries, which are housed here. The famous Buddhist Master, Atisha, taught here in the 11th century and it has been considered the most important temple in Lhasa ever since.
Bharkhor Market: The circular Barkhor Street is the oldest street of old Lhasa city. Found in the heart of Lhasa and circling the Jokhang Temple it is the trading as well as religious center of the city. It means ‘a pilgrim’s inner circuit’. It dates back to the foundation of the Jokhang Temple and is an essential pilgrim route. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night to reach Jokhang temple. It is also called ‘the window of Tibet’ as it typically reflects the Tibetan life and culture.
Overnight at the hotel
Full day tour of Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery.
Drepung Monastery: It is situated to the west of Lhasa city and was founded in 1417 by one of the disciples of Tsong Khampa. Literally means the ‘Rice Heap’ monastery’, Drepung is also one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest and richest of the three major yellow sect monasteries in Lhasa that houses over 10000 monks and governed over 7700 subsidiary monasteries and indeed at its peak was the largest monastery of any religion in the world. Jamyang Chojey, who was a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelukpa school, founded it in 1416. It is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, 5 kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa.
Sera Monastery: Sera Monastery once it was the second largest of all monasteries in Tibet. ‘Sera’ literally means ‘Enclosure of Roses’, is one of the ‘great three’ Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. Set on the foot of the Wudu hill , 5 km North of Lhasa city, Sera comprises of a great sutra chanting hall, a college and 32 sections. Once it was the second largest of all monasteries in Tibet. It was founded in 1419 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa. As its peak it housed over 7000 monks and was famous for its warrior monks, the Dob-Doa. Although badly damaged, it is still standing and has been largely refurbished. It now houses a few hundred Buddhist monks. The Sera’s library houses some of the valuable prayer books. Prayers books in Sera’s library Graduates of Sera Jey College who are known in the west include, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. Like the Drepung and Ganden monasteries, it had three colleges, namely Sera Mey Dratsang, Sera Jey Dratsang, and Ngagpa Dratsang.
Overnight at the hotel
After the breakfast, transfer to airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival, our representative will meet assist and transfer to Hotel. Later proceed for tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa & Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Located 5Kms east of Kathmandu valley on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year during Shivaratri, the birthday of Lord Shiva. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The Large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D. though 300 years earlier this was a structure on this site.
Boudhanath (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley was built by the Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhnath as one of the most flourishing centers of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 metres high.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: A former capital of the valley, it was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. It has preserved its traditional character better than the other two cities, due to its more isolated location. It is regarded today as a classic showcase of medieval Nepalese town life. It is situated in the east of Kathmandu valley about 14 km. away. It today retains much of its beauty in ornate woodcarvings and in the famed Golden Gate.
Overnight at the hotel
In time transfer to Kathmandu airport to board the flight to onward destination.
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Dear Colleagues,On behalf of a group of 14 pax we express you gratitude for perfectly organizing trip from 13/02 to 27/02 to Golden Triangle + Nanu Beach Resort, Goa, for your personalized attention and excellent professionalism of all employees of Minar Travels. The tourists express special gratitude to the accompanying guide. The tour leader have expressed desire to arrive next year with the group once again through Minar. Thank you.
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Hi, Just a quick note to share our appreciation for the outstanding support, that we receive from all MINAR staff, during our stay in India.From the arrival till departure hour, we were fully supported and attended, with a great level of service.Keep on the good work and have a great 2012.
I extend to you our most profound appreciation for making our trip to India a remembrance one, we wish particularly to thank team of Delhi office for the accommodation, and our wishes also and appreciation to your representatives in New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra for receiving us graciously and making our stay enjoying.
Last but not least, I wish to express heart-full thanks to the driver you organized for us; Who has been accompanying us throughout the trip; his profession and great humour made a lasting impressing on my wife and myself.
Thank you for organizing our tour to India. My husband liked it very much and we thank you for such an interesting program. At all cities we got the best Russian-speaking guides. On this tour, starting from: New Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur, Khajuraho and Varanasi , everything was included. With the Indian company Minar, you can send people who absolutely do not speak English, meeting and subsequent transfer of us walked out of "hands", the tour was organized in excellent way. All the meetings, wires, landing on the train and tour all went right on schedule. Everything was clear and understandable to us. Thanks for a good trip, look forward to working with you.
I want to thank you for arranging our norooz tour on the behalf of all group. We had a very good start at the airport, our hotel on Cochin was very good and had beautiful garden & nice pool. We enjoyed the city tour & water fall and loved folk dance. Our driver and his aid & our tour leader were very helpful & nice people. I believe Zuri hotel is the best hotel that we visited in this trip and also house boat tour was really good. Leela hotel was realy the high end hotel in kerala with nice view and pool and the room also was excellent with arabian see view . We all realy enjoy our visit elephant camp& jungle. Again we end our trip to india with great memories!
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I was booked on a travel itinerary from Delhi-Kullu-Manali-Shimla-
My family and myself enjoyed the exceptional service provided by the Minar Travels team on each and every stop along the way. I now do understand why Minar Travels is considered to be the best in it's class.
Special thanks to Sunder (Delhi), Satish (Goa), Ali (Goa) and Aquef (Goa) for rendering assistance when required.
Once again, thanks for making our holiday a pleasant one.