This tour takes you to spiritual and secular center of Tibet, where you could visit Potala Palace, perched high above the city, the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang, the Gelugpa and Drepung monasteries. You will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the near-by Barkhor market, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and other fascinating places in Lhasa.
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
Early morning transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport. After completing immigration formalities you will board at the Air China and fly to Lhasa. If the weather permits, you will have a chance to see wonderful sights of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks from the windows of the aircraft. On arrival at Gonggar airport (which is 90 km. from Lhasa), you will be received by our Lhasa office representative and transferred to Lhasa city. After checking in to your hotel, you drive south to see the reputed oldest building in Tibet, the Yumbu Lakhang, a beautiful castle-like dwelling and monastery, dramatically perched on a spur looking out over the fertile valley below. If time permits, you may be able to visit a small monastery or an interesting carpet factory where you can see the whole process of carpet making.
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing
Today you will spend visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries with a Tibetan guide and interpreter. One of sights is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Several hundred monks live and study within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs. After lunch you will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets, which is the central market of Lhasa.
Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing
After breakfast you will visit the Potala Palace towering above the city of Lhasa. This spectacular building contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th centuries, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery in the afternoon will complete a truly awe-inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world, housing around 10,000 monks. Nowadays the figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 04: Final Departure
You will be free till pick up from your hotel. Your tour guide will see you off at the airport or train station.
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