Trip Name: 7 Nights 8 days Tibet Cultural Tour
Tour Type: Private Tour
Activities: Cultural and Historical Sightseeing
Transportation: By Land Cruiser / Van
Max Elevation: 3650m
Route: Around Lhasa City tour
Best Season: April to November
Main Attraction : Potala Palace, The winter palace of Dailai lama, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung Monastery the Biggest Monastery in Lhasa.
Duration: 8 days
Cultural Tour in Tibet will be your one of the interesting moment exploring and visiting its famed historical places of great interest that fascinates you from the arrival to your departure in Tibet. All cultural Tour in Tibet links with religious sites where Tibetans observes and practices traditional way of simple life interwoven with Buddhism.
In Lhasa visiting its grand old Drepung monastery with white washed lime paints from the distance it looks like a pile or heap of rice as translated its name to Drepung an old educational collage of a university rather than a monastery where thousands of monks used to reside here to learn the art Buddhism, it was a resident for many former Dalai Lama before Potala Palace was built.Next important tour leads to Sera monastery where monks and priest practices Buddhism and other arts like religious painting of Thanka-Fresco and holy book binding as well practice martial art and other subjects of worldly affair where strong debating practices takes place of great impressive act to watch. Other related places is Jokhang Temple the first early Buddhist shrine and monastery complex, where queen Bhirkuti (known as Green Tara) wife of King Songtsen Gampo bought from Nepal to Tibet and places in this temple for thousand of Tibetans and other Buddhist pilgrims to worship.
An interesting place surrounded by active market place of Barkhor square selling all kinds of items from household wares to religious offering. Here one can observe Tibetan culture and way of life as it was past hundreds of years, witness Tibetans from all part of Tibet for pilgrimage.
The most important is a tour of Potala famous and magnificent Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley.
The 13 storied palaces with 1,000 room stands at 117.19m high include 1000 rooms.
Tibet Cultural tour extends to Samye area the first largest monastery ever to be built in late 7th century during King Dritsen period where he got help from a Buddhist Guru Padamasava (Guru Ringboche) an Indian saint from Nalanda, India. Next tour leads to Shigatse and Tsedang area to witness other cultural sites where Tibet origin started from Yarlung Empire around Tsedang area and at Shigatse where life leads with the teaching of Panchen Lama 2nd to Dalai Lama resided in a huge Tashilumpo monastery complex.
In Tibet other cultural way of life of Tibetans are simple living in the harmony of nature and religion with age old traditions of great past glorious and heritage.
Day 01:- Kathmandu (1,300m) – Lhasa (3,650m)- Tsedang
Departure Transport to Tribhuban Airport and Trans – Himalayan flight to Tibet (Gongaar airport) (1hr.) Drive to Tsedang (1hr.) – Full rest for acclimatization – O/N at Hotel.
Day 02:- Sightseeing tour in Tsedang
Sightseeing tour of Yambulakhang Palace, Tandruk Monastery and Samye Monastery O/N at Hotel.
Day 03:-Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m) 250 Km
Drive to Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and high passes: Kora LA (5,010m) & Kamba La (4,794m) – O/N at Hotel.Day 04:- Gyantse – Xigatse (3,900m): 90km
AM: Sight-seeing in Gyantse including Pholkor & Kumbum Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. PM: scenic drive to Xigatse(1.5hrs) through the typical Tibetan Countryside – O/N at Hotel.
Day 05:- Xigatse – Lhasa (3650m) 250km
AM: Visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then Drive to Lhasa O/N at Hotel.
Day 06-07:- In Lhasa: Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery – O/N at Hotel.
Day 08:- Lhasa to Kathmandu
Departure to gonggar airport and fly back to Kathmandu