This tour is very popular for those who doesn’t much time to spend in Tibet. Majority of people choosing this to be there Tibet tour itinerary are those who have tight schedule for the vocation. This tour is compact but it offers enough details on Tibetan culture and spirituality. You will be staying in Lhasa for 5 days including the arrival day and the departure day. during you stay here we will vistting eight sites which will surely makes your tour to Tibet worthwhile.
The best season to visit Tibet is from month of June to November but it is also advicesable to visit Lhasa in the Winter. It is hard to imagine a thriving city at such an altitude performing as the religious, cultural and economic hub of Tibet.
|Day01||Arrival/ Acclimitization (overnight in 3 star hotel)|
|Day02||Lhasa sightseeing visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulinga Palace, Sera Monastery,|
|Day03||Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery|
|Day04||Outside Lhasa City- Gaden Monastery and Drayepa Cave|
This is your arrival day in Lhasa. Our guide will recieve you at you entry point; airport or the train station. If you are taking flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you will flight will be around 1 hours and 10 minutes, the Trans Himalayan flight is consider as one of the most beautiful flight in the World and it takes you over Mt Everest (8848 meters) and Kanchenjunga (8536 meters). The flight from other provinces are also equvalant beautiful. As you will gradually rise from the plan of China to the Tibetan plateau. After receiving you at the airport our guide will escort you to the your hotel in Lhasa. The journey from Lhasa airport to the main city is one hour drive covering 93 km. Lhasa is at 3650 meters above sea level. The rest of the day is free for you to get proper acclimatization, it is advisable to stay hydrate and avoid heavy work outs.
This your first day with activities. We will visiting Jhokhang Temple and Norbulingkha in the morning and we will visiting the Sera monastery in the afternoon. After visiting the Sera it advisable for you to explore Bakhor and near by area for your adventure. But our guide will help you if you thing you would need help.
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.
Norbu Lingka (means “The Jeweled Park”) is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai lamas, Norbulingka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique representation of Tibetan architecture. Norbulingka Palace is situated in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka covers an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Norbulingka Park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet, including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Shun ton or ‘Yoghurt Festival’ is held. Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang built for different Dalai lamas. Each palace complex is divided into three sections – the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace
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).
Today we will be visiting the great Potala palace in the morning and the Drepung monastery in the afternoon. if you are interest in visiting the Tibet museum we could arrange it. Tibet Museum house many culture relics of Tibet. We will see the Tibetan civilization from beginning till now.
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.
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.
Today we drive to Gandan Monastery and excursion around Temple. Gandan Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps an armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa. Afternoon drive to Drayerpa Cave, visit local Lama in caves. Drayepa cave is 35 km far from Lhasa city. There are more than 30 caves for silence thinker lamas. We require at least 1.5 hours visiting some of them, and we need give some monetary support for their wild cave life. In the evening we return back to Lhasa for overnight stay.
Ganden Monastery is the principle monastery of the gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Tsangkhapa, the founder of the sect in year 1419. Its full name is Gaden (Joyful the Tibetan name of Tushita the realm of bodhisattva Matreya) Namgyal Ling(victorious temple). Its has been home to many saints and who later founded many monasteries across the traditional Tibetan area that has extended far beyond the current geo-political Tibet.
Drak Yerpa is about 18 miles to the northeast of Lhasa. This place has been of great interest to travelers, specially those interest to Tibetan Buddhism. This is consider to be the holiest retreat cave ever in Tibet. History of the cave can be trace back to 7th century during which king Songtsan Gampo is said to have meditated there. After him many important saint such as Guru Padmasambhuva, Atisha and others.
From today comes to finish your days in Lhasa. You are responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and return journey to Nepal or towards to mainland China. However, if you would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, we can manage the air or Train ticket in advance and transportation to airport or train station. We end here our unforgettable Tibet Tour services and Our guide will escort you to the point of departure.