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Private Lhasa Samye Tour

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  • Duration: 6 days

This is a unique tour to explore the best of the best of Tibetan civilization. In this tour you have three days to explore Lhasa in great details, we will visiting Patala palace,the winter residence to the successive Dalai Lama, JhoKhang, the temple that house the statue of Buddha which was a dowry brought to Tibet by Han princess wenchen, and Sera and Drepung monastery found by Tsongkhapa’s disciple on master’s command.
After your stay in Lhasa you will be going to visit Samya monastery, the oldest monastery in Tibet and Tsedang, the place where Tibetan race is said to be origin. With understanding the requirement of our client to explore Tibet independently our schedule are light and you will have enough free time for yourself.
This tour is most suitable for group with elderly member and children. If there is a change to make in the tour to suit your need you can always make custom made tour for you.

  • Day Activities
    Day 1 Arrival/ Acclimitization (overnight at Lhasa 3650mtrs above sea level)
    Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing visit Drepung and Sera Monastery (overnight at Lhasa)
    Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple (overnight at Lhasa)
    Day 4 Lhasa- Samye Monastery- Tsedang (overnight at Tsedang 3500 mtrs above sea level)
    Day 5 Tsedang Town sightseeing (overnight at Tsedang)
    Day 6 Departure

  • Day 01
    Arrival (Acclimatisation)
    This is the arrival day for you. Your Tibetan local guide will receive at the airport and drive you to the Lhasa. Scanning the vast countryside for the first sight of the Potala Palace. You will be then escort you to the Hotel. For rest of the day you are free to explore the Lhasa city. Day is for you proper acclimatization, so you are advice to stay hydrate and avoid heavy workout. 
    Day 02
    Lhasa City Sightseeing Drepung and Sera Monastery
    This is your first sightseeing on the high plateau, we have arranged  Drepung monastery in the morning and Sera Monastery in the afternoon.
    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 center 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).
    Day 03
    Lhasa City sightseeing, Potala Palace and Jokhang TempleToday you will be visiting The Potala Palace  and Jokang temple. Two of the most holiest place in Lhasa. In the morning its higly 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 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.
    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.
    Day 04
    Lhasa-Tsedang via Samye monastery
    Today you will be visiting the oldest monastery in Tibet and the place which is know to be the source of Tibetan civilization.

    Samye Monastery: 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: 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.

    Day 05
    Tsedang Sightseeing
    Today you will visit Yambulakhang Palace,Traduk Temple and Tombs of kings. Yumbulhakhang palace is an ancient palace in the Yarlung valley. According to legend it was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo. Yungbulakang stands on a hill on the eastern bank of the Yarlung River in the Yarlung Valley of southeast Naidong County, about 192 km southeast of Lhasa, and 9 km south of Tsedang.
    Traduk Temple is said to be built before Jhokang in Lhasa. It still has the hearth belong to the Han wife of Songtsan Gampo and many other ancient relics. the main shrine in the Temple is a Thanka of Dolma (Tara, the only female Buddhistava) made from pearl. Tombs of king is believed to contain eight to ten remains of Tibetan kings. The kings believed to be buried in the site include Songtsan Gampo, the most popular king of Tibet and others.
    Day 06
    Tsedang Departure
    Today makes the end of your unforgettable tour in Tibet. You will escort to the Lhasa Airport or Lhasa train station.