|Duration:||8 Days 7 Nights|
|Price:|| from $1,696 *|
* The price is per person, and depends on the number of travelers, accomodation options, extra-activities, extra-places, or tour-guide request.
|B : Breakfast
L : Lunch
|D : Dinner
SD : Special Dinner
We will visit:
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region with an elevation of 3650 meters (12,000 feet) above the sea level, is nicknamed Sunlight City. It is the highest city in the world. This ancient sprawling city, settled 1,300 years ago, is the region's political, economic and cultural center as well as a sacred place of Tibetan Buddhism.
Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden", built in 1751 AD as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama where they handled political affairs and practiced religious activities. It is now a large-scale palace complex and garden in Tibetan style covering an area of 40 hectares. The whole complex 370 rooms of different sizes and lawns shaded by green trees and enclosed by various flowers. Before 1959, commoners had no access to this park. Nowadays, on festivals and holidays, the local people in their colorful costumes come here with food and tents to sing and dance overnight.
The largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet, standing on the slope of the majestic Mount Gambo Utse; it was built in 1416 AD and is the place where each reincarnation of the Dalai Lama received his training. In its heyday, it had more than 10,000 monks. Now it is home to about 700 monks.
The symbol of Lhasa, perched upon Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa Valley, it is the greatest monumental structure in Tibet and one of the most famous architectural works of the world. The construction was started in 641 AD and it was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in three years, while the Thirteenth Dalai Lama extended and repaired it into what it is now. As the religious and political centre of old Tibet and the winter residence of Dalai Lamas, the palace witnessed the life of the Dalai Lamas and the important political and religious activities in the past centuries. The Potala Palace also houses great amounts of rare cultural relics including the gold hand-written Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from the Chinese emperors and a lot of priceless antiques.
Located in the center of the old section of Lhasa, built in 647 AD by Songtsen Gampo and his two foreign wives, and later extended by successive rulers. It has now become a gigantic architectural complex and it is the spiritual center of Tibet.
A circular street around the Jokhang Temple in the center of the old section of Lhasa, it is the oldest street in a very traditional style in Tibet, where you can enjoy bargaining with the local Tibetan vendors for the handicrafts which are rarely seen elsewhere in the world. Barkhor Street is one of the most important religious paths along which pilgrims walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels in their hands. They have been doing this for countless centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths in a clockwise direction. This walk can continue all day and well into the night.
Shigatse is the most colorful area in Tibet with vast grasslands, fertile fields in river valleys, flourishing semitropical jungles and snowfields at high altitudes.
Built in 1414 AD, it is unique because three Sects of Buddhism-Sakya, Gedan and Gelug are living harmoniously under one roof. The Palcho Pagoda beside the Monastery has 9 stories, 108 doors and 77 rooms housing some 100,000 statues of Buddha, so it is famed as the "100,000-Buddha Pagoda." The frescoes, statues and sculptures in the monastery are exquisite, succinct and life-like.
One of the three largest lakes of Tibet and one of the three holy lakes. It covers an area of 638 square kilometers with a coastline of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture where you can enjoy the intoxicating, picturesque, and natural scenery.
Built in 1447, it is the oldest and largest Gelugpa monastery in Tibet and is the seat of Banchen Lama. It is painted in red and white and the buildings in the monastery stand closely together in terraced rows. This presents a grand and majestic view. The most amazing image in this monastery is the giant statue of Maitreya (Future Buddha). It is the largest such statue in the world and was erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914. It stands 26 meters in height and is 275 kg in weight. It is covered in solid gold and inlaid with a number of precious jewels such as pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. The image of the Buddha is kind, generous and vivid.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival in Lhasa: You are transferred to your Hotel.
Lhasa (B,L) : On your first day in Lhasa you will have enough time to explore Norbulingka, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
Norbulingka ('Jewel Garden') is now the largest garden in Tibet. It was built in 1751, served as a palace and residence of the 7th Dalai Lama and later served the government administration. Its architectural style is borrowed from the inland areas of China but it maintains local ethnic elements.
Our next stop is Sera Monastery and you'll be able to spend around 3 hours there. The Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. It was surrounded by wild roses and therefore the name: 'Sera' – wild rose. It is famous for its copper Buddhist Statue, religious painting and the "famous daily Buddhism debates" that take place here. Visitors can watch the debate, but of course you need to keep quiet.
In west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse you will find Drepung Monastery (=monastery of collecting rice). Its white buildings make a dramatic contrast with the surrounding black mountains. Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries, and indeed used to be the largest monastery of any religion in the world.
Lhasa (B,L) : In the morning of your third day in Lhasa you'll visit the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace (1 hour): Potala Palace is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa, hovering high above city. The Potala Palace was the winter home of the Dalai Lama. After being rebuilt in 1645 it became the seat of Dalai Lamas and also the political center of Tibet. Today it covers more than 130,000 square meters; it is a huge, awe-inspiring network of corridors and stairs leading through rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques.
The Jokhang Temple is smaller than the Potala, but no less important. It is the spiritual center of Tibet. And many locals pray here regularly. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the combination of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. The Jokhang Temple is surrounded by the circular Barkhor Street, our next stop. Barkhor ('pilgrims' circuit') is located in the center of Lhasa. It exhibits Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts and is also a famous commercial and commodity-distributing center.
Lhasa to Shigatse (B,L) :
After driving from Lhasa to Shigatse, Located 100 km east of Shigatse you will visit the Palcho Monastery or Pelkor Chode Monastery, in Gyantse town. It is famous for the architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art. Its architectural style is a very unique blend of characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali. The monastery precinct is a complex of structures, believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet.
On your way today you will also explore Yamdrok Lake, a turquoise- blue lake that has indescribable scenic beauty. Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest holiest lakes in Tibet. It has the highest power station in the world, and is also the largest habitat for water birds in Tibet, attracting numerous swans and gulls every summer. Surrounding the lake are many snow-capped mountains which add to the enchanting atmosphere.
Shigatse to Dingri (B,L) :
Before driving to Dingri you will tour the Tashilhunpo Monastery for about 2 hours. Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in the 15th century by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup. it is one of the six big monasteries in Tibet and a historically and culturally important monastery. The monastery is essentially a walled town in its own right. Tashilhunpo remains popular among the Tibetans, as they carry on coming here on pilgrimage.
Dingri to Shigatse (B,L) : Dingri to Shigatse .Today you are going to make an expedition to the Everest Base Camp and have sightseeing at the Rongbuk Monastery. There is an Entrance Fee for Mount Everest. Mount Everest, "'Goddess the Third'" in Tibetan, also called Mt. Qomolangma, is the highest mountain on earth. It stands at the south of Tingri County in southern Tibet. Its north slope belongs to China and the south one to Nepal. With an altitude of 8,848.13 meters, (29,017 ft.), this mountain is permanently covered with snow. The area has 4 peaks above 8,000 m. (26,247 ft.) and 38 peaks above 7,000 m. (22,965 ft.), hence the label 'the Third Pole of the Earth'. The Everest Base Camp is the very beginning for every climber. The Base Camp is a small flat piece of land in front of the north face of Mount Everest. It is at an altitude of 5200m (17,500ft) above sea level and many people might experience difficulties with the high altitude. The journey to Mt. Everest Base Camp is a challenge, but it is definitely rewarding, with the most incomparable views. You will next go from the highest mountain to the highest Monastery.
Rongbuk Monastery was built by a local Lama in 1899. It is located at the North Slope of the Mt. Everest, only 20 kilometers below the peak of the mountain, 5,154 meters above the sea level. It is an ideal location to view Mt. Everest and has been known as having some of the most unparalleled views in the world. The temple has been reconstructed in 1983 and the painted murals here are worthwhile of your attention. After visiting Mt. Everest you will drive back to Shigatse.
Shigatse to Lhasa. : After a good night rest, be transferred from Shigatse back to Lhasa in the morning.
Lhasa: The time before you will be transferred to the airport is free to enjoy as you wish.