Mountains and Monasteries of Central Tibet
Kathmandu -> Lhasa -> Kathmandu
Day 01 - Wednesday: Kathmandu/Lhasa (3650 M )
Upon arrival at Gongar airport Lhasa meet with the local representative and transfer to your respective hotel. Lhasa is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. The urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan district, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.
Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces.
Balance off the day free to relax for acclimatization.
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 02- Thursday: In Lhasa Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Jokhang temple, later in the day visit Potala Palace and Barkhor market.
It is the home of the most venerated statue in Tibet. The Jokhang, also called the Tsuklakang, is the first Buddhist temple in Tibet, located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa. It was built during the reign of king Singsten Gampo (605 ? 650 CE) to celebrate his marriage with Chinese Tang Dynasty princess Wencheng, who was a Buddhist. The temple was called the Tsulag Khang or ‘House of Wisdom’ but it is now as the Jokhang which means the ‘House of the Buddha’ .
Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. Potala named after a holy hill in South India is a Sanskrit word meaning "Abode of the Avalokitesvara (Buddha of Mercy)." Legend has it that in the 7th century, to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty (618B.C. - 907B.C.) of China, the then Tibet King Songtsen Gampo built a 9-storey palace with a thousand rooms up on the Red Hill and named it Potala. Later, with the collapse of the Songtsen Gampo Dynasty, the ancient palace was almost destroyed in wars. What we see at present is the architecture of the Qing Dynasty (1644B.C. - 1911B.C.) and the continuous expanding work outcome since the 17th century.
Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors. Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. If you have been attracted by it, you should go there. Believe you eyes, and you will get a lot of surprise there.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 – Monday : In Lhasa Sightseeing
After breakfast in the morning drive uphill to Drepung Monastery, also visit Sera Monastery.
Drepung Monastery Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.
Located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries.
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 04 – Friday: In Lhasa Sightseeing
After breakfast in the morning visit Norbulinka (Summer palace of Dalai Lama), Tibetan Medical Centre.
Norbulingka (the Summer Palace)
Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about one km (about 0.6 mile) southwest of Potala Palace. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.
Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style of inland China. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace.
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 05 – Saturday: Lhasa/Kathmandu
You will be picked up from your representative hotel in time to connect your flight for onward journey/Kathmandu.
Our best nett supplement cost :
Airfare Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu USD 790 per person (subject to change)
Our best nett cost for the above arrangements will be as under :
USD Per Person
The St. Regis
Hotel accommodation in twin sharing room on BB basis in the above respective Hotels in Lhasa will be provided
Good Non A/C 4WD Toyota Jeep will be provided for the group with 01- 04 pax and comfortable Non A/C Van/Mini- Coach/Coach will be provided for the group from 5 pax and above
Sightseeing with a good English Speaking Tibetan Guide as per itinerary
Tibet travel permit fee
Entrance fees to Monasteries and Monuments
Nepal Re- Entry visa fee
Photography fees in Monasteries
Extra cost due to natural calamities and political causes such as landslides, snow, strikes etc.
All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips etc.