Lhasa is a politically, socially and spiritual capital of Tibet. Its has been often refer as a forbidden city in Himalayas. This biking tour offers you a great opportunity to explore this city in great details. During your six days biking tour in Lhasa you will be exploring all the ancient monuments and temples in and around Lhasa. You will be able to learn great deal about our history, culture and history.
|Day02||Start bike tour to Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.|
|Day03||Bike tour to Drepung and Sera monastery|
|Day04||Bike tour to Ganden monastery|
|Day05||Bike tour to Drak Yerpa monastery|
|Day06||Biking to airport and depart or to Train Station|
Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), 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.
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 libiration in year 1959. Its builted 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
Today we will be riding to the out skirt of Lhasa city to visit Drepung which is at about 9km from your hotel and Sera monastery which is located at about 8km from your hotel. the road is good and we will be riding on the city road.
Drepung monastery was founded in 1416; on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka painting on the hillside. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala palace was built in the 17th century. Resembling a heap of white rice from a distance, it was dubbed “Monastery of the Collecting-Rice” in Tibetan. The first floor of the Assembly Hall holds a striking statue of Dalai Lama XIII, magnificently lit by filtered sunshine and pungent yak butter lamps. Readings of the scriptures are often held here at midday, during which novices race one another to fetch tea from the kitchen for their elders. To the left (west) of the Assembly Hall is the kitchen, where butter tea is prepared and donations are accepted. The most revered image at Drepung is a 15m (49-ft.) tall statue of the 8-year old Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), designed by Tsongkhapa and housed on the third floor of the main building. Visitors are offered holy water; to receive it, cup your right hand above your left, take a sip, and splash the rest on your head. Several courtyards in the forest around the monastery are used by the monks for debating the sutras (Buddhist scriptures). The winners of the debates can take a test to earn the senior degree of Geshi.
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).Sera monastery is most well preserve monastery in Tibet.
Today we will ride to Ganden monastery covering about 70Km in one way. once when we arrive there, we will have a guided tour in to the monastery and we would encourage the team member to make circumumbulation to the monastery as it gives you the beautiful view of the monastery and the valley below. Since we will be camping near the monastery team member could plenty of time exploring the country side. We will set up a camp for us stay for the night and all the camping gear are up to date and would not course any uncomfortable. We use those camp gear in out trekking in Everest area and far western Tibet areas. We have all the gear necessary for the camping under our ownership.
Ganden monastery is the main monastery of Gelukpa the Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden means “joyful” and it is the Tibetan name for Tushita, the realm of Bodhisattva Maitreya (the future Buddha). The monastery was founded by Jhe Tsongkhapa in 1409. It is strongly suggested to all the member to go for hiking around Monastery. Its located at the altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level.
Today we will be biking from Ganden monastery to Drak Yerpa monastery which is about 45kms from Ganden monastery. After visiting the Drak Yerpa we will continue biking to Lhasa which is of 26 km. We will stay over night in a Hotel in Lhasa.
Drak Yerpa is about 26 miles to the northeast of Lhasa, it is probably not of great interest for the average traveler, but for those with a particular interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Yerpa is one of the holiest cave retreats ever. The history of Dark Yerpa includes many of the great names responsible for the establishment of Buddhism in Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo meditated in seclusion here: Guru Rimpoche and several of his disciples also meditated here. Atisha chose to preach extensively.
Today marks the end of your Lhasa biking tour and our team member and your guide will see you off at the point of departure.