Throughout the history, Lhasa has remained the spiritual, political and economic centre of Tibet. Lhasa houses most of the important monasteries and cultural treasures of Tibet . A visit to Lhasa is not just the visit of Tibet’s capital but it will allow an opportunity to experience Tibetan culture, visit the numerous heritage sites and watch the daily life of the Tibetans.
Our trip starts with a spectacular flight across the Himalaya from Kathmandu to Lhasa.You will see Mt Everest and a long range of the Himalayas from the flight. In Lhasa we visit the holiest of Tibetan Temple Jokhang and the nearby traditional market place of Bharkhor bazzar. Watching the Tibetan pilgrims who come to this temple from all over Tibet is a great experience and gives an insight on the religious Tibetan life. Our tour also covers the famous Potala and Norbulingka Palace of the Dalai Lamas and important Gelugpa monasteries of Drepung and Sera where there used to be up to 10,000 monks in the days gone .The sights and atmosphere in Lhasa is very different , unusual and unique. With exotic impressions and memories of Lhasa and its friendly religious people we return to Kathmandu by flight or to mainland China as per you further plan .
Trip duration (inside Tibet ) : 4 days
Starts at: Kathmandu or Lhasa
Ends at: Kathmandu or Lhasa
Best Season: April to October ( but good throughout the year )
Day 01: Kathmandu - Lhasa (Flight)
This morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet "Lhasa" - at an altitude of 3,650 mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods", the residence of the Dalai Lama. Life is unhurried, its people jovial and yet remaining staunchly independent.On arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. Balance off the day free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing
Today we will visit the Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa.
Later in the day visit the Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. It was expanded to its present structure during the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. This 13 story 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former "church-state" of the Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas, who from the latter half of the 18th century used it as their Winter palace. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 03: Lhasa Excursion
This morning we will drive to Drepung Monastery, 8 Kms west of Lhasa - said to be the largest monastery in the world, housing over 10,000 monks. It was founded in 1416 by the disciple of Je Tsonkhapa, founder of the Yellow Hat Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Drepung in Tibetan means "Richmond".
Also visit the Sera Monastery, 5 Km north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. The restored monastery sits below the brow of hill on which tsongkhapa built a hermitage and spent several years mediating. One of the monks' disciples began building Sera in 1419, completing it a few years later. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa - Kathmandu (Flight)
You will be picked up from your respective hotel in time to connect your flight back to Kathmandu.
Cost does not Include