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Private Holy City Lhasa Tour

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  • Duration: 4 days

Lhasa is the traditional capital of Tibet. Surrounded by gigantic mountain ranges of southwestern China, the city of Lhasa (“Place of god “) is the spiritual heart of the Tibetan world. In this tour you will explore the every corner of the ctiy. Visiting traditional site and the monasteries make is a wonderful tour for many of our clients. You will learn alot about Tibetan way of life and their tradition in this tour. This tour is highly recommand for the elders and the personal with very limited days of holiday.

  • Day activities
    day1 Pick you up from airport/ train station by Tibetan guide and driver, rest for acclimatization
    day2 Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Explore Lhasa City 3650 meters altitude
    day3 Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Palace and Sera Monastery
    day4 send you back to airport/ train station by the guide

  • Day 1
    Arrival Gonggar airport -Lhasa
    Thrilling trans Himalayan flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lhasa around 1 hour. Your local guide will pick up you from Gonggar airport and escort you to Lhasa city which will take merely 1 hour long drive. En route you’ll enjoy the magnificent views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. After your checking in at the hotel, you are free for rest of the day for exploring the local area and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude.
    Day 2
     Explore Lhasa, Potala palace and Jokhang temple
    Today 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 3
     Visit to Norbu Lingka, Drepung monastery and Sera monastery.

    This day you will be visiting three another important culture and spiritual destiny of Lhasa.
    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
    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). 

    Day 4
     Lhasa Departure
    Today the end of this tour. Your private Tibetan guide and driver will drive you to airport or train.