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Abode Of The God-kings TB

Visiting: Nepal , China
Tour Duration 15 Days
  • Bodnath, Kathmandu / Ethel Davies
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Bodhnath Stupa
  • Durbar Square, Kathmandu
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Busy
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
 

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9 , 15/08/13

Name

Deborah Lee

Tour Name

abode of the God Kings

Tour Code

TB 26 July

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

This was my first trip with Explore or, in fact a group tour ( I usually travel independently with friends or even alone) and I was very impressed with the whole trip. Every day there was a new highlight! Visiting the Potala Palace and Everest Base Camp were real lifetime experiences, especially as we were able to see Everest clearly from Rongphu. However, I also really enjoyed observing the pilgrims at Jokhang in Lhasa, particularly in the morning. Throughout the trip, the scenery constantly changed and was amazing. Even though some days involved a lot of driving to cover the distances, I fought to stay awake on the bus! Even the last day, when descending from EBC and crossing the border, the scenery in Nepal was stunning. A major plus for me was that we had a Tibetan guide, Nima who as a former monk was extremely knowledgeable about the monasteries. The whole trip far surpassed my expectations!

Tour Leader Name

Bhakta Singh

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Bhakta did everything possible to make our trip as fantastic as it could be. I'm sure that his advice to drink 3L of water a day and make sure that we ate properly even if we weren't hungry contributed to the fact that noone had more than a bit of a headache at altitude. He made sure that everyone was feeling alright and always gave us information up front to prepare us for the next day. On occasions in Tibet, when the meals were a bit slow arriving he even helped to serve the drinks, along with Nima our Tibetan guide. When there were no hotel porters the two guides and driver carried our bags up to our rooms, especially convenient when we were at altitude and there were no lifts. Thank you!

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

In Lhasa if the opportunity is given, go to the Barkhor early in the morning. As an independent traveller, I was pleased that we got some free time to wander alone. Find a space on a bench and watch the world go by! Take lots of hand sanitiser and wet wipes. Pack lots of layers to put on if cold at EBC. You will have to leave any books on Tibet in Kathmandu as they are searched on arrival and could be confiscated. There are some very long bus days and the journey to EBC is on a rough road.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend it. I cannot think of much else that Explore could have done better. The only thing is that although the bus used was fine for most of the trip, I think a 4WD vehicle would be better for the trip to EBC. It certainly made it interesting! I can't believe how easy it was to travel with Explore as it really takes all the stress out of the journey and am now looking at my next trip.

 
8 , 15/08/13

Name

Angela Morton

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

So many! But my first glimpse of the Potala was special (albeit spoilt by a large ferris wheel in the foreground!). Then Mindroling was wonderful as the workers were busy with restoration, and it was very interesting to see how much local materials are used, and what a lot is done by hand. The stroll through the village afterwards was very rewarding. Tashilumpo was my favourite monastery, as it was so different from all the ones we'd seen before. Then Everest .... I NEVER thought I'd see it with my own eyes (even though I was decidedly poorly from altitude sickness!) An amazing experience.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Sud was good, very concerned that we were feeling OK, and 'mothering' us if we felt ill! He was keen that we got the most from our holiday. The local Tibetan guide, Dawa, was not so good: rather disorganised in terms of timing and gave WAY too much / too detailed information, which he repeated over and over. I would have prefered to hear more about social and cultural aspects of Tibetan life, rather than which king/lama built what section of the monastery in such and such a year, for such and such a deity! With information overload like this, you tend to switch off!

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Take warm clothes, including hat, gloves and scarf!!! Early mornings are really cold on the plateau, and at base camp it is FREEZING!! And don't bother to take your Tibet guide book with you: you are not allowed to take it with you into China (we saw a woman refused entry as the customs found a copy in her bags!). Drink plenty of water and take it very easy - it's amazing just how weak and exhausted you feel doing the simplest thing, like getting dressed!!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Ladies, be prepared for some really awful toilet facilities!! So ... take plenty of toilet tissue , and some strong smelling salf to rub on your nose before entering! A head torch is good for the base camp hotel, as there are no lights/doors in the loos, and you need both hands for other things!! But don't let these inconveniences get to you; after all you are seeing some of the most exotic and mysterious sights in the world, so enjoy!

 
8 , 15/08/13

Name

Angela Morton

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

So many! But my first glimpse of the Potala was special (albeit spoilt by a large ferris wheel in the foreground!). Then Mindroling was wonderful as the workers were busy with restoration, and it was very interesting to see how much local materials are used, and what a lot is done by hand. The stroll through the village afterwards was very rewarding. Tashilumpo was my favourite monastery, as it was so different from all the ones we'd seen before. Then Everest .... I NEVER thought I'd see it with my own eyes (even though I was decidedly poorly from altitude sickness!) An amazing experience.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Sud was good, very concerned that we were feeling OK, and 'mothering' us if we felt ill! He was keen that we got the most from our holiday. The local Tibetan guide, Dawa, was not so good: rather disorganised in terms of timing and gave WAY too much / too detailed information, which he repeated over and over. I would have prefered to hear more about social and cultural aspects of Tibetan life, rather than which king/lama built what section of the monastery in such and such a year, for such and such a deity! With information overload like this, you tend to switch off!

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Take warm clothes, including hat, gloves and scarf!!! Early mornings are really cold on the plateau, and at base camp it is FREEZING!! And don't bother to take your Tibet guide book with you: you are not allowed to take it with you into China (we saw a woman refused entry as the customs found a copy in her bags!). Drink plenty of water and take it very easy - it's amazing just how weak and exhausted you feel doing the simplest thing, like getting dressed!!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Ladies, be prepared for some really awful toilet facilities!! So ... take plenty of toilet tissue , and some strong smelling salf to rub on your nose before entering! A head torch is good for the base camp hotel, as there are no lights/doors in the loos, and you need both hands for other things!! But don't let these inconveniences get to you; after all you are seeing some of the most exotic and mysterious sights in the world, so enjoy!

 
0 Ian Butterworth, 02/04/12
This was my first trip with Explore and have booked many more since.  Seeing the Potala Palace with my own eyes and subsequently visiting, walking respectfully through the Dalai Lama's bathroom at the Summer Palace, Flying over Mount Everest, Gyantse, and the most amazing drive from the Tingre back to down to Kathmandu - an exhilarating journey dropping some 5km(?) in the space of an afternoon from the high desert plateau into Nepal witnessing amazing cascading waterfalls.     I've noticed the itinerary has slightly changed since - all for the better I hope. For fans of Michael Palin, this is his journey......before he did it!
 
 
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