Central Tibet / TBT – 02
This short trip is ideal for those wanting to see the highlights of Tibet and Lhasa. You fly or drive across the Himalaya to Lhasa, where you have plenty of time to visit the main sights in and around the town including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace) and the Jorkhang Temple which contains Jowo Shakyamuni, the most holy statue to all Tibetan Buddhists. You also visit the major monasteries in the Lhasa Valley including Samye, Drepung and Sera. You then drive along the Friendship Highway to Nepal, one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world. You visit the towns and monasteries in both Gyantse and Shigatse and then have a spectacular drive across the Tibetan Plateau with great views of Everest from the north side and Shishmapangma, the only 8,000m mountain situated totally in Tibet. Finally you drive through the Himalaya and down into a spectacular gorge back to Nepal and Kathmandu. You can also fly back from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
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Brief Itinerary
Day

Activities

01 Fly Kathmandu / Lhasa (3660 m). Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free.
02 Visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Norbulinka.
03 Visit Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market.
04 Visit Samye Monastery. Drive to Tsedang (3100 m).
05 Departure

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu / Lhasa (3660 m). Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free.
Fly to Lhasa, about 1 hour flight offer panoramic Himalayan views including Mt. Everest. And other mountains ranges. Pick up from
Gonggar airport, after finished immigration formalities it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa. It is
advisable to rest in Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Norbulinka.
Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was
built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the
Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. fter that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace in this
summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today
Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment. Later, visit Sera Monastery which is dedicated to the
Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples
built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan
language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Visit Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market.
Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" means "the hill of rice', because this white Monastery looks like a big hill
of rice in Tibetan. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in
Asia. After that, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th
century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Take a leisure walk at
Barkhor Street, located in the heart of Lhasa circling the Jokhang Temple. It means a pilgrim's inner circuit, and is the earliest street of old
Lhasa city.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Visit Samye Monastery. Drive to Tsedang (3100 m).
After breakfast, drive to Samye for sightseeing tour. Samye Monastery is the first monastery ever built in the 8th Century. The monastery is
situated 30km from Tsedang. The monastery was designed and created in the shape of the universe from a Buddhist viewpoint and the
architecture consists of three distinct styles, namely, the Han, the Tibetan and the Indian. The monastery was destroyed by fire and was
rebuilt three hundred years later to serve as the residence of the 6th Dalai Lama. Later, drive to Tsedang. Tsetang (3100m) is one of
Tibet's largest cities, which is located southeast of Lhasa 183 km and 87km from Gonggar airport.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Departure
Fly Lhasa / Kathmandu or Chengdu for onward journey to China.
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local Tibertan guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- Monument Entrance fee.
- All Applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
- All applicable permits in Tibet
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Tibet/China visa feed
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
Trip Destinations
- Discover Lhasa
- Central Tibet I
- Lhasa & Overland to Nepal
- Tibet Encounter
- Everest Base Camp
- Namtso Trek
- Highest Trek In The Planet
- Shaulu – Natang Trek
- Ganden – Samye Trek
 
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