Central Tibet Tour
in Tibet Tours
 
 
Trip Duration: 15 days (Including Kathmandu)
Starts in: Kathmandu / Lhasa
Ends in: Nylam / Zangmu / Kathmandu
 
 
     

Tibet is famous for its imposing scenery and mysterious customs in the world. It has a long history, beautiful mountains and rivers, unique minority customs and attractive scenery. As soon as you step onto this strange and mysterious land and follow the tracks of pilgrims to review its ancient history, you will be immediately attracted by the magnificent Potala Palace, the brilliant Tibetan culture, the wounderful mountains and rivers, the unique and mysterious customs of the highland and the snow-clad peaks.

Places you will visit in Tibet:

Samye Monastery:

Located in the quiet piedmont area of the Shannan Region, the Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far.

Mindroling Monastery

In the Zaqi District, to the east of Zanang River in the Zanang County, lies the Mindroling Monastery which covers a large area of over 100,000 square meters (approx. 119,599 square yards). It is one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Nyingmapa Sect. The monastery was originally built in the late 10th century and has been renovated several times.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

1 Welcome at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel
2 In Kathmandu for Tibet visa procedure
3 Fly Kathmandu/Lhasa(m) & drive to Tsedang - visit Yambulakhang and Chaduk Monastery
4 Tsedang sightseeing: Samye Monastery and valley- the cradle of Tibetan civilization
5 Drive to Lhasa en-route visit Mindroling Monastery
6 Lhasa Sightseeing: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market and Metzekhang (Tibetan Medical Center)
7 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung and Sera Monastery
8 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace and Norbulinka Summer Palace
9 Drive to Ganden visit Ganden Monastery and drive back to Lhasa
10 Drive to Gyantse via Yamkrok Lake and Karola Pass - visit Kubum and Paikhor Monastery
11 Drive to Xigatse en-route visit Shalu Monastery- visit Tashilunpo Monastery
12 Drive to Xegar en-route visit Sakya Monastery
13 Drive to Zangmu en-route visit Milarepa Cave
14 Drive to to Kathmandu
15 Transfer to airport for departure
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