Tibet Encounters / TBT – 04
This tour brings you closer to the history of Tibet. It offers a lot of information about the Tibet now and then. The sightseeing tours of Ancient Tomb, Traddruk Monastery and Samye Monastery will be a invincible factor to upgrade your knowledge on Tibet. Tsetang (Zetang), the birthplace of earliest Tibetans, sits on the south bank in the middle section of the Yarlung Tsangbo River Traduk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibetan history. Built in 641 A.D., it is said that King Songtsan Gampo established the temple to suppress the ogress in order to prosper his country. And later it became the winter palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng in Shannan. Samye is another visited destination of Tibet where in mid-8th century, Samye is the first formal Buddhist Monastery with the Buddha Dharma and Sangha in Tibet. The whole construction of the monastery, for the stupas forest-like, the building high and expansive, the scale grand and broad, is designed in accordance with the shape of "mandala" layout, and furthermore, the monastery is well-known to the whole world for the highlighted and mixed perfection of Han, Tibetan and Indian architecture style in the main hall and the numerous relics such as wood and stone carvings, frescos and statues kept in the monastery. As described in a historical book, this monastery is considered "an unimaginable construction and incomparable monastery". Your journey will not end until you reach to friendship border. Before arriving here, you will pass through one of the world’s highest passes like Karo-La Pass, Khambala Pass and beautiful Yamdrok Tso Lake. On the way, you will get an opportunity to view Mt. Everest on the clear day.
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Brief Itinerary
Day

Activities

01 Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Drive to Tsedang (3100 m).
02 Visit Tombs of ancient Tibetan Kings, Yambulakhang, Traddruk Monastery.
03 Drive to Samye and continue to Xigatse (3900 m).
04 Visit Tashilunpo Monastery. Drive to Gyantse (3950 m). Visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery.
05 Drive to Lhasa (3660 m). Check in at hotel.
06 Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market.
07 Visit Drepung, Sera Monastery & Norbulingka.
08 Departure

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Drive to Tsedang (3100 m).
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 Tombs of ancient Tibetan Kings, Yambulakhang, Traddruk Monastery.
Visit Yambulakhanga and ancient tombs. It is situated about 12 km south of Tsedang, It is the first palace built by the Tibet and for their
first recorded king Nyatri Tsedpo, who is believed to have descended from heaven. It is a 05 storied fortress-like dwelling built on the spur
of a bill that commands an impressive view of the entire fertile valley. It was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and the present
structure is an exact replica of the original rebuilt 1982. The tombs are massive knolls of earth with flat top-like platforms. There are eight
or nine tombs among which some have been identified with Kings Songtsen Gampo, Tride Tsukten and Trisong Detsen. Later, visit
Tradduk Monastery. It is established by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and belonging to the Gelugpa Sect (Order of Excellence),
the main building is the Assembly Hall. The images enshrined here are all bronze and the corridors are full of murals.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Samye and continue to Xigatse (3900 m).
Drive to Samye (45 km approx). It is known as the first monastery ever built in Tibet. It was founded by the Tibetan King Trisiong Detsen
and belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa sects. The construction consists of three styles, namely, the Han, the Tibetan and the Indian.
It is said that the monastery was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt for three hundred years as the residence of the 6th Dalai Lama. Finally,
Rating Rimpoche completed it. Then, we continue our journey to Shigatse (390 km, 9 hours). On reaching, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Visit Tashilunpo Monastery. Drive to Gyantse (3950 m). Visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery.
In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery. It is the seat of Panchen Lama. Each year, there is a display of a gigantic thangkas of Buddha
will on its Thangka Wall. Beside the trove of thangkas, its murals and other religious and artistics treasures certainly will impose an
indelible impression upon visitors. You will also pay a visit to the New Palace of Panchen. Then, drive to Gyantse (100 km, 2 hours
approx). Before checking in to the hotel, visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Chode Monastery. The Phalkor Monastery, the only monastery
that houses monks from different rders (Gelupa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa) in harmony. Phalkor also features its Bodhi Stupa or Kumbum
Stupa, which consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thousand images of Buddha, so it is called Myriad
Buddha’s Stupa as well. Then, we check in to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Lhasa (3660 m). Check in at hotel.
In the morning, your guide and driver will accompany you to Lhasa (250 km, 5 hours approx.), a capital city of Tibet. On the way there, you
will visit one of the holiest lakes in Tibet, a pilgrimage site, The Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, which is compared as “the fairyland in heaven” by
Tibetans. You will also have view of the Karola Snow Mountain. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market.
Today, you will visit the important places of Lhasa. The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, the Palace
was built in 641 AD and the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha
statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit. Later, you will visit the age-old Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center
of Tibet, and walk the special circular pilgrim route as local followers always do at the Barkhor Street.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Visit Drepung, Sera Monastery & Norbulingka.
After breakfast, you will tour the charming Norbulingka Park, which is known as "the Summer Palace of Tibet", and then come to Drepung
Monastery, an ancient temple once housed 10,000 monks in its heyday. You tour ends at Sera Monastery. Built in 1419, the monastery is
one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet and famous for its Buddhism Scriptures Debates.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Departure
Drive to airport and fly to Kathmandu or to 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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