The flight over the Himalayas makes spectacular crossing rarely seen anywhere in the world. The lush green colour in Nepal slowly fades away and arid and dull gray plateau appears which in turn turns into blue sky as you land at Lhasa. The highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt.Makalu dominates the breathtaking view. Lhasa is a 1-hour drive from the airport at Gonggar.
Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa. Jokhang Temple has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhan temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.
Sera monastery is one of the three important monasteries. It was built in 15th century. Once upon a time it used to have 5000 monks. It belongs to Gelugpa order known as Yellow Hat. The other important monastery around Lhasa is Drepung monastery. It used to have 8000 monks. They are thought in the tradition of Vajrayana, Tantra and Sutra.
Visit to the historical place of Zedang involve a long drive. It is 190 km to the east of Lhasa in the Yarlung valley which is linked with the birth of Tibet's history. It would be very interesting to visit Samye monastery which is one of the oldest monastery in Tibet. The monastery is simply breathtaking and inspiring.
Day 01: Fly to Lhasa (3650m). Transfer to hotel Free day -acclimitization
Day 02: In Lhasa. Sightseeing: Drepung monastery , Jokang temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monts and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, thrid and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea. Next stop will the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy vouvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 03: In Lhasa. Potala, Norbulingka summer palace and Sera monastery
Visit to the Potala Palace is awesom. The Palace of the Dalai Lama, a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century to its present specifications. Visit to the Narbulingka, the winter Palace of the Dalai lama built in the 18th century would be the next attraction in your sightseeing tour. Next you will visit to Sera Monastery, a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs.
Day 04: Transfer to airport,fly to Kathmandu or onward.
Private tour arrangement - exclusvely you only in group
Using Dhoodgu or Gorkha or Yak in Lhasa ( 3 star category hotels)
02-03 pax US$ 745 per person
04-07 Pax US$ 590 per person
08-11 Pax US$ 490 per person
12-15pax US$ 425 per person
SGL supp: US$ 115
01. Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
02. Daily breakfast
03. English Speaking Tibetan guide
04. Transportation as per itinerary
05. Entrance fees at monasteries
06. Tibet Travel permit
07. Emergency portable oxygen cylinder - 1 bottle
Cost does not include:
01. China/Tibet visa fee if obtain in Kathmandu(US$175 per person for US national, other nationality US$85 per person)
02. Airfare Kathmandu - Lhasa- Kathmandu US$ 800 per person on economy class - could be less, please check
03. Nepal Visa fee,
04. All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry, etc
05. Lunch and Dinner at hotels
06. Alcholic beverages and bar bills
07. Medical evacuation cost, personal health and accident insurance
If you want to join with other international travellers - the cost would be less. Let us know which month you wish to travel so we can put you in there.
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- Price : USD 745
- Destinations : Lhasa Cultural Tour, Tibet
- Max Elevation : 3650 m.
- Weather : May June, July, August, September are best time to visit
- Trip Duration : 4 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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