5 Nights / 5 Days - Tibet Tour
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Trip Duration: 5 days
Starts in: Kathmandu / Lhasa
Ends in: Lhasa / Kathmandu
 
 
     

Lhasa means holy land in Tibetan. Lhasa is famous for its long history of more than 1300 years, also a city of sunshine for its sunshine of more than 3,000 hours a year. It is capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, as well as a political, economic and cultural centre of the region. It boasts many historical sites and scenic spots both in its urban area and out skirts.

Places you visit in Tibet:

Drepung Monastery

The Drepung Monastery was founded by Jamyang Chojey Tashi-pelden, a disciple of the founder of the Gelug Sect. The monastery was founded in 1416 A.D. according to the Theravadin system of reckoning due to the request by the political leader of Central Tibet.  When the temple was first built there was only one building, but more were built as time passed. The founder maintained the monastery for 32 years and taught discourses on the Three Baskets. From this, many monks gathered there to live and finally divided themselves into seven groups, forming sever colleges. Due to the large increase in monks, the monastery became one of the greatest in Tibet. Later, 3 of the colleges combined with the others and then only four remained.

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery, meaning merciful hail, once posed a threat two the two other monasteries in the region that formed a governmental unit. The last time this monastery rebelled was in 1947, but failed. The monastery was founded in 1419 and home to more than 5,000 monks with five colleges. Currently there are only a few hundred monks. The best time to visit is in the afternoon when the monks are debating in the courtyards. The monastery consists of three colleges, thirty residential compounds a one great hall. The great hall, built in 1710, is the largest building in the monastery. Inside the hall there is a statue of the founder of Sera, Sakya Yeshe between the statues of the fifth and thirteenth Dalai Lamas. In the back of the hall there are several chapels dedicated to different gods. The monastery was also home to the largest college in the area and instructed many monks from outside the region.

Norbulinka Monastery

The Norbulingka is the Summer Palace for the Dalai Lamas. The park was built in 1755 by the 7th Dalai Lama. This place was the headquarters for the Dalai Lama during the summer and the procession from the Potala to Norbulingka was a big event and a festive occasion. In 1959, the current Dalai Lama escaped from this place to India. Afterwards, Tibetan uprisings occurred to protect the Summer Palace and their leader. The Chinese damaged the buildings to quell the uprisings. Inside there is also the New Summer Palace built by the current Dalai Lama.

Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is the most widely recognized symbol of Tibet and is the symbol for Tibet. The Potala Palace was built to honor the marriage of the 33rd King of Tibet, Soongtsan Gampo to Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty. The original palace was damaged but restored to as it appears today. The white buildings were built more than 300 years ago by the 5th Dalai Lama and the central, red building was built by the disciple of the 5th Dalai Lama. The palace is 13 stories and has over ten thousand pillars. Inside the palace are many religious symbols and antiques. Every room of the palace is also filled with colorful murals depicting different scenes associated with Buddhism.

Jokhanag

The Jokhang Temple was built in 647 A.D. by craftsmen from Tibet, China and Nepal to celebrate the marriage of the Tang Princess Wencheng and the Tubo King Songtsen Gampo. The temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and a holy destination for pilgrims to visit. There is a gold statue of a seated 12 year old Sakyamuni that is the most sacred item in the temple. In 700 A.D. this statue was brought here by Princess Wencheng. There are also several other valuable artifacts located in the temple

Barkhor Market

Barkhor Street is a circular street located around the Jokhang Temple and is in the center of Old Lhasa, the oldest street in the city. This is the central place in Tibet for culture, religion, arts and the economy. Tibetans also come to the area often to pray and have been coming to this area for centuries. Many pilgrims enter the area walking by body-lengths along the street clockwise.  In the street there is a bazaar like atmosphere with several stalls set up selling all sorts of artifacts, food and clothes. Traders come here from all over the region to sell their things and try to make a decent living. This is the best bazaar in the country and one can find anything Tibetan that one desires.

Ganden Monastery:

Ganden Monastery is located on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River in Tagtse County, 47 kilometers (29 miles) from Lhasa City. It stands at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level! Ganden Monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa - a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Its significance as a religious, artistic, political and cultural relic led to it being preserved by the National Key Cultural Relic Preservation scheme in 1961, and is now known as being one of the 'Three Great Temples', together with the Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery . Every year, one of the grandest of Buddhist activities - Buddha Painting Unfolding Festival - is conducted in the monastery, attracting thousands of visitors and disciples.

 
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Itinerary

  Welcome at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel
  In Kathmandu for Tibet visa procedure
1 Fly Kathmandu/ GongarAirport and drive to Lhasa via crossing YarlungRiver
2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung, Sera and Norbulinkha Summer palace
3 Lhasa Sightseeing: PotalaPalace, Jokhang and Barkhor Market
4 Drive to Ganden, visit Ganden Monastery and back to Lhasa & visit to Tibetan
5 Transfer to Airport and fly back to Kathmandu
  Depart Kathmandu
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