VISIT TIBET - LHASA Nyekor to Lhasa Tibet 11N/12D
Day01. Arrive Kathmandu from Bhutan. Transfer to hotel Tibet Hotel or Similar
Day02. Sightseeing tour of Boudha&Swoyambhu. China (Tibet) visa processing at the Chinese Embassy Tibet Hotel or Similar
Day03. Fly to Lhasa, Transfer to Hotel.( Acclimatize)
Fly to Lhasa’s Gonggar International Airport.(10880 ft) This one hour specatular flight goes over the Himalayas with great views of the lofty Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest. On a clear morning as many as eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks are visible. As we cross the Himalayan range the landscape beneath us dramatically changes from Nepal’s green terraced hillsides to high, dry plains of Tibet. Upon arrival we drive for about 90 mins arriving Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, at about 3:30 p.m. Rest of the afternoon will be free for relaxation and to acclimate. Kailash, Yak or similar Hotel
Day04. Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple &Barkor Bazar.
Potala palace: The Potala palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of eastern architecture. The construction of the nine-story structure began 1645. It has been the home of each of the successive Dalai Lamas
Jokhang: This temple was built in 7th century by King SongtenGampo,no doubt it is the holiest shrine in Tibet, located in the very heart of Lhasa.
Bharkhor: This traces the outskirts of the Jokhang in a circuit of approximately 800m. It is the most famous of Lhasa’s pilgrimage circuit and probably the best introduction to the old town for newcomers.
Yak or similar Hotel
Day05. Visit Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery
Drepung monastery: It is 8km to the west of central Lhasa. Drepung was once the world’s largest monastery, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The word Drepung Literally means, “rice heap”, a reference to the high number of white monastic building that once piledup on the hillside. It was founded in 1417 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa called JamyangChoje.
Sera Monastery: Around 5 km north of central Lhasa, is was founded in 1419 by SakyaYeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa also known by the honorific title JamchenChoje. Norbulinka: It is first summer palace of Dalai Lama, about 10 minutes walk south of Lhasa hotel in the western part of town and was founded by the 7th Dalai Lama 1755. Yak or similar Hotel
Day06. Drive to Drikung. 150 kms 3 hours
The first and main Drigung Kagyu monastery is Drigung Monastery founded in 1179by JigtenSumgön(1143-1217) approximately 150 kilometers northeast of Lhasa. From the founding of DrikungThil Monastery in 1179 to the present day, the Drikung Kagyu lineage has been led by a succession of spiritual heads ("throne-holders"). Monastery Guest House
Day07. Drive to Gyantse, via YamdrokLake,visitPelchoe Monastery / Kumbum Pagoda
Yamdrok Lake (4488m): It is one of the Tibets holiest lake and important centrefor pilgrimage. It is about 40 km south of Gyantse.
KhumbumChorten: Commissioned by one of the early Gyantse princess in 1440. The Chorten rises over four symmetrical floors and is surmounted by golden dome. The dome rises like a crown over four sets of eyes that gaze serenely out in the cardinal direction of the compass. Khumbum means 10000 images.
PelkorChorten Monastery: Founded in 1418, was once a multi-denominational complex of monasteries, at present the bare and the remaining structure are attended by Gelugpa monks. Overnight hotel.
Jiang Zang Hotel or Zong Shan Hotel
Day08. Drive to Shigatse, Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery & Local Market
Tashilunpo monastery: It is associate with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa in situations along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Khumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa, GendenDrup. Shigatse: 3900m. Is is the second largest town in Tibet and the traditional capital of Tsang. It has long been an important trading and administrative centre. It is around 250 km southwest of Lhasa.
Yak or Gangyan Hotel
Day09. Drive to TsedangEnroute Visit Samye Monastery.
Samye Monastery: It is designed to represent the Buddhist universe and many of the buildings in the courtyard are cosmological symbols. It was Tibet’s first monastery and history that spans 1200 years. Founded during the region of King TrisongDetsen. The monastery is south of Lhasa, drive toferry point,from here is about 9 kms to the monastery. Post Hotel or similar
Day10. Visit Yumbulakhang Palace &Traduk Monastery.
Yumbulagang: This fine, tapering finger of structure that sprouts from a craggy ridge overlooking the Patchwork fields of the Yarlung valley is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet. Its design indicates its originally a fortress foundation laid more than 2000 years. To reach this place it takes about 3 hours from Tsedang.
Trandruk Monastery, 5 km (3 miles) before entering Tsedang. An ancient tale says that the site was a large lake which Songtsengampo tried to drain to build a city but was thwarted time and again by a fierce, five-headed dragon. Frustrated, he retreated to a cave to meditate for 14 years and to create the Tibetan language. He emerged as an eagle and slew the dragon whereupon the lake dried up and the monarch was able to build the town and the monastery. The monastery is virtually rebuilt as are its images. Trandruk‘s treasure occupies a case on the second floor. Peer through the dusty glass to see a thangkabearing the portrait of Avalokiteshwara (Chenrezi) made of 30, 000 pearls. Local legend says that a devout lama brought from India a copper Buddha image which could speak, when the King of Nyethang and his lovely queen came to see it, the statue surprised the wife by telling her she was beautiful. Delighted, she returned with gold to adorn the statue. Her gesture so surprised the image that it was speechless. The queen, however, interpreted its silence to mean that her gift had been insufficient to honor such an important deity. Ashamed, she tore aprat into it her crown, using the pearls to make this thankga, incorporating gold, diamonds, turquoise and jade.
Post Hotel or similar
Day11. Drive to Gonggar Airport - Fly back to Kathmandu. Tibet hotel or similar.
Day12. Kathmandu to Paro. End tour.
Transfer to airport for Kathmandu/Bhutan flight
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