Private Central Tibet region is known as the origin of Tibetan. its a a culture and spiritual center for many centuries. This tour in central Tibet offers you great opportunities to explore Tibetan civilization. During the tour you will be visiting the centuries old palace and temples. Your entire tour will be on Tsangpo river basins.
The area that covers in this tour are The Yumbulakhang Palace (the oldest contructed site in Tibet, built in second century AD). Potala Palace, the biggest man made structure in Tibet. Built in seventh century by King Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. Jokhang, Built in seventh century to enshirne the Holiest object in Tibet the Jowo (The statue of buddha). Drepung and Sera monastery, two largest monastery in the world. Samye the first Monastery in Tibet. Tsedang, the origin of Tibetan trace back to the plan of Tsadang. The historic city of gyantse, where you will explore unique building and the fort of Gyantse. Shigatse, the secong largest traditional city of Tibet after Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake (Turquoise lake) one of the holiest lake in Tibet.
|Day2||Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple (three star hotel, Dhougu Hotel or Shangbala Hotel)|
|Day3||Lhasa sightseeing visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (three star hotel, Dhougu Hotel or Shangbala Hotel)|
|Day4||Lhasa- Samye Monastery (140 km, visit monastery and stay overnight at Samye Monastery Guest House)|
|Day5||Samye Monastery- Tsedang ( 50 km, visit Yumbulakhang, Traduk Temple, overnight at Tsedang Postal Business Hotel)|
|Day6||Tsedang- Gyangtse (Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Stupa and Gyangtse Monastery, overnight at Gyangtse)|
|Day7||Gyangtse- Shigatse (90 km, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, overnight at Shigatse 3 star hotel or 4 star hotel)|
|Day8||Shigatse- Namtso (overnight in the local guest house)|
|Day9||Namtso- Lhasa (250 km, over night at three star hotels, Dhougu Hotel or Shangbala Hotel)|
Today you will be visiting The Potala Palace and Jokang temple. Two of the most holiest place in Lhasa. In the morning its highly recommend for you to visit Jhokang and visit Potala palace in the afternoon.
Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful liberation in year 1959. Its built on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
Jokhang Temple was built in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo, and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
In the morning you will visit Drepung monastery and in the afternoon you will be visiting Sera monastery.
Drepung monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan Monasteries. Freddie Spencer Chapman reported after his 1936 -37 trip to Tibet,that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world and housed 7,700 monks , but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks . It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397-1449) of Lama Tsongkhapa main disciple.
Sera Monastery is one of the great Gelugpa School of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology. The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) the founder of Gelug order, the much venerated and highly learned Guru in Buddhist sacred scriptures. It was under his divine tutelage that his disciple Jetsun kunchen lodroe Richen Senge established the Sera monastery complex in early 15th century AD.
This day, we will drive south-ward towards Samye Monastery covering 170 km which is approximately about 5 hours drive. we will drive along the mighty Tsangpo River. It was built in the 8th century, Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Samye is famous for its sacred Mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, the center of the universe. Legend has it that this monastery was built by human in the day and the demons in the night. We still have portion of the wall which many Tibetan believes to be the living confirmation to the myth. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach there.
Tsedang is at a distance of 50 km from Samye, is one of the third largest cities in Tibet and is located in the Yarlung Valley. Tsedang was the capital of Tibet before Lhasa. It is situated near the flank of Mount Gongbori (3,400m) and is home to many ancient ruins. According to legend origin of Tibetan is said to be from the union of monkey and an ogress in the Gongbiri. And Tsedang which literary mean playground was a play ground for their six children, who are the first human in Tibet. In Tsedang you will be visiting,Yumbulakhang (first constructed house in Tibet), Traduk Temple (built in 7th century and said to be built before Jhokang) and to see the tombs of ancient Tibetan kings. You will stay over night in Tsedang town.
Gyantse is about 330km from Tsedang. On you way you will see the Yamdrok Lake through Carola pass glacier. Stay at Gyangtse for over night. Gyangtse is one of the most beautiful ancient towns but later destroyed during the British invasion 1903-1904 A Kumbum (Tibetan: “One hundred thousand holy images”. The Kumbum or great Gomang (many-doors) chorten at Gyangtse is a three dimensional Mandala, meant to portray the Buddhist cosmos. The Kumbum, like other Mandalas, which are portrayed by a circle within a square, enables the devotee to take part in the Buddhist perception of the universe and can depict one’s potential as they move through it. Mandalas are meant to aid an individual on the path to enlightenment. The Kumbum thus each Lhakhangs and each level creates a Mandala, and the entire Kumbum represents a three-dimensional path to the Buddha’s enlightenment in terms of increasingly subtle tantric Mandalas.
Shigatse is located at about 90km north from Gyangtse. Shigatse is a traditionally a second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa. Shigatse has Tashi Lunpo monastery which was found by first Dalai Lama. Visiting Tashi Lunpo Monastery is the main event in the Shigatse. Tashi lunpo is a traditional seat of Panchen Lama. In shigatse we have four chapel and three collage. One of the main shrine of the monastery is broze statue of Maitriya the future which is built by ninth Panchen Lama during the first world war. You can also explore the local handicraft and show rooms for local products if you are interest in shopping.
Today we will travel to Namtso which is located at a of distance 337km from Shigatse. On the way you will pass Shugu La over 5600 altitude from sea level and you can see the awesome snow peaks. Namtso is the largest saltwater in Tibet and one of the most beautiful natural sight in Tibet. It is over 70km long, reaches 30m at its deepest point. When the ice melts in April, the lake is miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the near by mountains. Namtso is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the Nyenchen Tangla mountain range. Its cave hermitages have for centuries been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. A surfaced road across Laken Pass at 5186 m was completed to the lake in 2005, enabling easy access from Lhasa and the development of tourism at the lake. It is often incorrectly written that Namtso is the highest lake in Tibet (or even the world). Namtso is the highest lake in the world with a surface geographically area of more than 500 km. You will stay over night in a guest house near by the lake and enjoy the evening view of the miracle sun set.
This day we leave Namtso for Lhasa. On your way you will see lots of picturesque scenic, you can ask the driver for picture and he will act if he is allow to stop. Then after reaching Lhasa it’s your free time to explore the rest of Lhasa as you will.
Today is your last day of the tour and your guide and the driver will escort you to the Airport or train station..