7 Nights / 8 Days - Tibet Tour
in Tibet Tours
 
 
Trip Duration: 7 Nights/ 8 days
Starts in: Kathmandu / Lhasa
Ends in: Zangmu / Kathmandu
 
 
     

Tibet is the birth place of Tibetan people. As early as in the late Paleolithic age, people were found here. In the Neolithic age the people were found everywhere on this Tibet plateau. In the seventh century, King Songtsan Gambo united Tibet and established the Tubo Kingdom. Tibet became an administrative area under the Yuan Dynasty. Since ten Tibet has been demonstrated in the map of China. In 1965 the Tibet Autonomous Region was officially founded according to the constitution of Republic of China.

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

BarkhorMarket

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.

Shalu Monastery:

Shalu Monastery, also Schalu Kloster, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Shigatse, is a perfect combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. It was built in 1087 by Jigzun Xerab Qoinnyai. In 1320, it was administered by Master Purdain Renqen Zhuba, a renowned religious scholar who compiled the Tenjur sutra, one of the classic woks of Tibetan Budhism. It is said that about 3,800 monks were drawn to his teaching. Therefore, the monastery became a holy site for many worshipers.

Tashilunpo Monastery:

Tashilunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 and is the largest Yellow Hat sect monastery in Tibet. Shigaste is Tibet’s 2nd most important city and Tashilunpo was the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Tashilunpo contains chortens, temples and the Panchen Lama’s palace. At its peak, Tashilunpo had more than 4,000 monks in its 4 monasteries. Upon the death of a Panchen Lama, it was the 4 abbots of these monasteries that would lead the search for his infant reincarnation.

The monastery is a striking red, white and black Tibetan structure with a golden roof. Within the monastery there is a 5 story temple, which contains a 26 meters (86ft) sitting statue of the Maitreya Buddha. The statue was cast from 6,700 ounces of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper, making it the biggest copper Buddhist statue in the world.

Sakya Monastery

This monastery is a "must " for visitors to Tibet. Sakya, meaning "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray; its walls were painted in red, white and grey strips, which represent Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani respectively. Sakya Monastery, reputed as as the "Second Dunhuang", is the first Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism created by its initiator Khon Konchog Gyalpo in 1073 from which Sakyapa rose and once ruled Tibet, occupied 14,700 square km. It was shaped in square, and the trove including “Beiye Sutra”, “Shouxing Picture” etc. Sakya Monastery not only records the history of the combination of religion and politics in Tibet, but also deemed as the sign that Tibet was brought into Chinese domain officially. Sakya Monastery has 900 years history and the Sakya Sect ruled Tibet for more than 70 years.

 
 
Days

Itinerary

  Welcome at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel
  In Kathmandu for Tibet visa procedure
1 Fly Kathmandu/ Gongar Airport and drive to Lhasa via crossing Yarlung River
2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung, Sera and Norbulinkha Summer palace
3 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang and Barkhor Market
4 Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake and Karola Pass - visit Kubum and Paikhor Monastery
5 Drive to Xigatse enroute visit Shalu Monastery- visit Tashilunpo Monastery & Market
6 Drive to Xegar enroute visit Sakya Monastery
7 Drive to Zangmu enroute visit Milarepa Cave
8 Drive back to Kathmandu
9 Depart Kathmandu
 
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