Trip overview :
Tibet, on the lofty Tibetan Plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region of China. It’s nicknamed the “Roof of the World” for its towering peaks. It shares Mt. Everest with Nepal. Its capital, Lhasa, is site of hilltop Potala Palace, and Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s spiritual heart, revered for its golden statue of the young Buddha
Lay awestruck at the mesmerizing landscapes and the far spread wildlife all canopied with a spectacular view of the majestic Mt. Everest.
This tour will lead you through the ancient city of Lhasa which has the unique history, culture, heritage and beauty. The Potala Palace dominates the skyline with its powerful and ancient eastern architecture. The numerous temples and monasteries surrounding the city, such as the Jokhang and Drepung, allow travelers to experience Tibetan Buddhism first hand. A day excursion to Ganden Monastery is the nice experieence and offer the beautiful views of Kichu Valley .
Brief Itinerary :
Day 01 Arrive Lhasa. PM acclimatization
Day 02 Lhasa sightseeing
Day 03 Lhasa sightseeing
Day 04 Excrusion to Ganden monastery .
Day 05 Depart Lhasa
On arrival at Lhasa Airport you are met and taken to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. It is necessary to rest to acclimatize to the altitude (3600m). (D)
Following breakfast you visit Potala Palace; the Drepung Monastery and Bharkhor Bazaar. (BLD)
Potala Palace : This is probably the best known landmark in Tibet, consisting of 13 stories & 1000 rooms .It used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama but is now a museum. It can be seen and photographed from any parts of Lhasa.
Drepung Monastery : The name Drepung means “Rice Heap” and it was the biggest and the richest of all the monasteries in Tibet. Said to be the largest Monastery in the world, at its peak it housed over 10000 monks and governed 7700 subsidiary monasteries. Founded in 1416 the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama lived and were entombed here. Today only about 400 monks lived there.
Bharkhor Bazaar: This is the largest and oldest market in Tibet. You walk through the heart of old Lhasa with its narrow streets white- washed stone homes, windows framed in black and brightly painted woodwork and almost everyone has something to sell. (BD)
Today you visit the Sera Monastery, Jolkhang Temple & Norbulingkha Palace . (BLD)
Sera Monastery: Situated to the north of Central Lhasa, it is Tibet’s the second largest monastery. This famous monastery was named after the wild roses growing around it when it was founded in 1419. At its peak it housed over 7000 monks and was famous for its warrior monks known as the “Dob-Doa”.
Jokhang Temple: Situated in the heart of old Lhasa, it is the most sacred and oldest temple in Lhasa. According to tradition the temple was built for the two brides of the king, one from the Chinese Tang Dynasty and the other from Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries and they were housed here.
Norbulinkha Palace: The “Jewel Park” as it is known in Tibetan, was built in the 18th century by 7th Dalai Lama and served as the summer palace of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas. The palace is an interesting mixture of religious and modern elements and featured a colourful garden landscape which was the site of picnic and public gatherings. The palaces are richly decorated, creating an atmosphere of peaceful repose.
Your tour today takes you out of the city to the Gandan Monastery. Meaning ‘Joyful’, Gandan Monastery is located on Wangbur Mountain and has commanding views of the Kich Valley down below. Like Sera Monastery, it is one of the three most significant Gelugpa University Monasteries. (BLD)
Following breakfast you are taken to the airport where your tour comes to an end. (B)
Cost includes: # All the required airport transfers in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
# Service of English speaking Guide in Tibet
# Tibet Travel Permit ( visa fee will be extra )
# All the required surface transfers by car/ Jeep
# Daily breakfast , Lunch and Dinner
# Twin share accommodations as per the program
# Sightseeing as per the program
# Visa fee ( Cost applicable as in the box Above)
# Airfare Kathmandu – Lhasa- Kathmandu ( cost applicable as in the box above )
# Entrance fees at the monuments and monasteries.
# All the government taxes
Cost excludes :
Hotels and sightseeing in Kathmandu , INsurane, access baggage charge, Nepal Visa Fee, Hotel inKathmadu , Meals other than specified,optional tour or extra tours (if applicable ) Expenses of private nature such as Laundry, Telephone calls, Beverages, Tips, etc. Any loss or expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as ROAD BLOCKAGE due to landslides or snowfalls or political problems, FLIGHT DELAYS OR CANCELLATION due to weather or technical problems, ACCIDENTS, etc.