Fly to Lhasa. Transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. Meet and assistance at the airport by our representative. Check in to the hotel and rest for most of day. Lhasa: Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple would be an awesome experience.
Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple will be a memorable tour in the land of gods.
Sera Monastery: Located 5km North of Lhasa, its setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. The monastery was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in: Sera Me-fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je-instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.
Jokhang Temple: Being the oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet, it dates back to 7th and 8th century. The construction was initiated by King Songtsen Gampo to house Akshobhya (a Buddha image) brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift to Songtsen Gampo from his Chinese wife Won Cheng. The statue of Akshobhya has been switched to Romoche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come here to worship and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of' the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivalled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.
Barkhor Street: The traditional lifestyle and appearance of Lhasa's Old City district are well preserved in Barkhore Street: The stone houses, and the man-laid stone roads makes Barkhore Street the commercial centre in Tibet where shops are lined next to one another. Here visitors can get everything Tibetan they could hope for, such as the prayer-wheels, the boots and hats, robes, and bags. Commodities made in India and Nepal can also be found here. There are many art galleries and stores for arts and crafts, which specialize in Thankas. The Thankas are paintings of Buddha. Brightly coloured and vividly depicted. Artisans paint and sell Thankas on the street.
Visit:Potala palace, Drepung Monastery & Norbulingka.
Potala: The highest palace in the world, Potala Palace stands on top of Red Hill over an amazing 3,500 meters above sea level. It was used as a winter palace winter palace since the mid-18th century and served as the residence of Dalai Lama, until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India for refuge. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and plays a central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. A vast white and ochre fortress soaring over one of the world's highest cities, Potala dominates the Lhasa skyline.
Drepung Monastery: The Drepung (Trepung) Monastery is one of the 3 biggest monasteries. Located on the slope of Mt. Guopei, it is 10 km to the west of Lhasa. The Monastery is so big that it resembles a town. It was built by Zongkaba's disciple Jiangyang Qujie in 1416 A.D. The Monastery consists of a number of grand halls & chambers. The Drepung Monastery used to nourish a lot of scholars of Buddhism in Tibet.
Norbhulingka: Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas is a short distance away in the western part of town; and in Lhasa's low-lying surrounding hills are the important Gelungpa monasteries of Sera and Drepung. In the palace there are many splendid murals painted by a Fourteenth Dalai Lama's painter. The topics of the murals are vast, including: Tibetan officials, Sakyamuni preaching under a Bodhi tree, Tibetan history.
Visit Kumbum Stupa & Palkhor Monastery
Drive about 7 hours to Gyantse via Kampa La pass (4794m), Yamdrok Tso (4482m) also known as Turquoise lake covers 600 sq. km. and is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet. Crossing Karo La pass (5010m) & two other smaller passes we come to Gyantse.
Gyantse: The third most important city Gyantse is one of the least Chinese influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone.
Kumbum Stupa: It is one of the most revered and unusual architectural masterpieces. It was built in 1440 and is in the shape of a 108-sided mandala. Kumbum means 10,000 images. The Stupa raises over four symmetrical floors and is surmounted by a gold dome. The dome rises like a crown over four sets of eyes that gazes serenely out in the cardinal directions of the compass.
Phalkor Monastery: It was founded in 1418.It was designed by Newari architects from Nepal. The former has a special influence over Buddhism owing to its unity of Gelugpa, Sakyapa & Bhuton sect.Overnight at Hotel.
Visit Tashilunpo Monastery & Free Market.
We drive 2 hrs to Shigatse here we will visit the Tashilunpo monastery and free market.
Shigatse: It is the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of the traditional Tibetan province of Tsang.
Tashilunpo Monastery: It was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. This monastery is one of the few monasteries in Tibet that weathered the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution. This monastery houses the Maitreya Buddha statue weighing 275 Kg made of gold and 26 meters in height.
Free Market: The Market bustles with vendors offering a selection of practical and souvenir items that rival Lhasa's Bharkhor market. The vendors here get very aggressive in sales so please be prepared.Overnight at Hotel.
TSEDANG: Tsedang (3550m), 183km south east of Lhasa, is the second largest town in the U region and the third largest in Tibet. It is the capital of Shannan prefecture and an important administrative centre and army base for the Chinese govt. for travellers it is the jumping board for exploration of the Yarlung valley area.
Samye monastery: Samye is the first monastery to be built in Tibet. It was probably founded during the 770's under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen, with the work being directed by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, the two Indian masters that the king had invited to Tibet. The monastery is designed on the plan of the Odantapuri temple in India (present-day Bihar), and mirrors the structure of the universe according to Buddhist cosmology.Overnight at Hotel
Yambulakang: The First Castle – Yongbulakang.
Yungbulakang is the palace for the 1st Tubo King Niechi in the Yalong River Valley. It is also called "the Mosher and Song Holy Hall". Yungbulakang is standing on the top of a hill on the east bank of the Yalung River in the southeast of Naidong county. The castle can be divided into front and vack 2 parts. the front part is a 3-storey building, while the back part is a castle like tall building. Enshrined in the shrine are the statues of Thiesung Sangjie Buddha, King Niechi, King Srontsan Gampo and the Tobu Kings after them. The legend goes that the "mysterious object" was on the foot of the castle, so Buddhists regard hereas the holy land. This fine, tapering finger of a structure the sprouts from a craggy ridge overlooking the patchwork fields of the Yarlung valley is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet.