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    Kathmandu -> Lhasa -> Tsedang -> Gyantse -> Xigatse -> Lhasa -> Kathmandu



  • Day 01 – Saturday: Kathmandu/Lhasa/Tsedang (3400 M/100 Km )

    Upon arrival at Gongar airport Lhasa meet with Tibetan guide and drive to Tsedang
    Tsedang
    Tsetang (3200m) is one of Tibet's largest cities, which is located southeast of Lhasa 183 km and 87km from Gonggar airport. It is the capital of Shannan (Lokha). Starting your trip of Tibet from here also helps a bit in acclimatization, as it is slightly lower in elevation then Lhasa. Tsetang itself is not very interesting to see it is the gateway to visiting Yarlung, Chongye and Samye valleys. The areas around Tsetang is regarded as the cradle of Tibetan civilization in that Gongpori caves above the town are said to be the place from where Tibetan race originated. You will be exploring the Yarlung valley area which is the cradle of Tibetan civilization. This area has the oldest building in Tibet, Yumbu Lagang, the oldest monastery Samye and has the birthplace of the six original Tibetan clans, the Monkey Cave on Mount Zodang Gongpor.
    Rest of the day free for acclimatization.
    Overnight at the Hotel

    Day 02 – Sunday: In Tsedang

    After breakfast visit Yumbulakhang and Thandruk Monastries
    YumbuLakang is the oldest-known dwelling in Tibet and the original Yumbulakhang would have been over 2000 years old when it was almost totally destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. The present building is a 1982 reconstruction in two parts, with a small, two-storey chapel and an eleven-metre-high tower.
    Tradruk Monastery, also written Trandruk, (Wylie): Khra' 'brug, (Pinyin): Changzhug, in the Yarlung Valley is the earliest great geomantic temple after the Jokhang - and some sources say it is even pre-dates the Jokhang.
    It is located in Nêdong County of Shannan Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, about seven kilometres south of the county seat Tsetang Overnight at the Hotel

    Day 03 - Monday: Tsedang/Gyantse (3950 M/291 Km )

    After breakfast full day drive to Gyantse via beautiful Yamadrok lake (Turquoise lake)
    Gyantse
    The town is strategically located in the Nyang Chu valley on the ancient trade routes from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim, which met here. From Gyantse, routes led to Shigatse downstream and also over the Karo La (Pass) to Central Tibet. The fortress (constructed in 1390)[3] guarded the southern approaches to the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa.[4] The town was surrounded by a wall 3 km long Yamdrok Lake is located at the Nangartse County of Shannan Prefecture, some 110 km to the southwest of Lhasa. It is 1 of 3 Holy Lakes in Tibet (the other 2 are Namtso Lake and Lake Manasarovar). The lake is 130 km long from east to west and 70 km broad from north to south. The lake bank is 250 km long and its surface is 638 square km. Standing at an elevation of 4,441 meters above sea level, the lake’s average depth is 20 to 40 meters, with the deepest point at 60 meters. It is the largest inland lake on the northern range of the Himalayas. Supplied with melted ice, the lake has a low level of salinity. In the Tibetan language, “Yamdroktso” is an ancient name meaning “upper pasture”.
    Overnight at the Hotel

    Day 04 – Tuesday: Gyantse/Xigatse (3900 M/290 Km )

    Morning visit Kumbum and Phalkor Monastries and afternoon drive to Xigatse and visit Tashilumphu Monastery
    Xigatse : Located at the intersection of several highways, the city of Xigatse is positioned on the Friendship Hwy. Buses and Mini-buses travel the distance from Lhasa. There is public transportation to Gyantse, Lhatse, Sakya, Dromo, Gampa and Khangmar on a semi-regular basis.
    Shigatse will also be connected with railway, currently under construction, set to open in 2014. It is the hub of Tibet transport to Nepal and India Kumbum Stupa In the 1360s Tsongkhapa’s mother, with the help of locals had a small temples with a stupa built on the site of his birthplace. In 1560 the meditator Rinchen – tsondru – gyeltsen (Rin -chen brtson – ‘grus rgyal -mtshan ) built a small monastery there called Gonpalung for intensive meditation practice. At first it had seven monks at a time but soon expanded to hols fifteen.
    Phalkor Monastrey
    It is located in Gyantse and founded jointly by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa Sect and Rabten Kunsang of the Sakyapa Sect in 1418, the Phalkor Monaster has a special influence over Tibet’s Buddhism owing to it unification of three different sects- The Gelugpa, The Sakyapa and Bhuton Sects in a single monastery. The famous Kumbum pagoda built in collaboration with newari artist from Nepal and Tibetan artists, also stands in the same courtyard with nine storeys, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images either sculptured or painted, this is the reason for its name “100,000 Image Pagoda”.
    Tashilumpo Monastery
    It was founded in 1447 CE by Gedun Drub, the nephew and disciple of the famous Buddhist philosopher Je Tsongkhapa and later named the first Dalai Lama. The construction was financed by donations from local nobles.
    Later Lobsang Chokyi Gyalsten, the fourth Panchen lama and the first Oanchen Lama to be recognized as such by the rulers of Mongolia made major expansions to the monatery. Since then all Panchen Lama have resided at Tashilumphu and have managed to expand it gradually.
    Overnight at the Hotel

    Day 05 – Wednesday: Xigatse/Lhasa (3650 M/280 Km )

    After breakfast full days scenic drive to Lhasa
    Overnight at the Hotel

    Day 06 – Thursday: In Lhasa

    After breakfast visit Potala Palace and Jokhang temple and Barkhor market
    Potala Palace
    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.
    Jokhang Temple
    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’
    Barkhor Street
    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 07 – Friday: In Lhasa

    After breakfast in the morning drive uphill to Drepung Monastery and 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.
    Sera Monastery
    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 08 – 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

    2
    Pax

    3/5
    Pax

    6/9
    Pax

    10/14
    Pax

    15/19
    Pax

    SGL/
    SUPP

    The St. Regis

    2483

    2203

    1951

    1772

    1627

    1211

    Brahmaputra htl

    1936

    1629

    1374

    1195

    1055

    573

    Lhasa Htl 

    1870

    1571

    1319

    1145

    1022

    540



    Inclusions:
    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
    Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers

    Non Inclusions:
    Airport taxes
    Nepal Re- Entry visa fee
    All insurance
    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.

     

    Our best nett supplement cost :

    - Airfare Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu USD 790 per person subject to change (subject to change)  
    - TIBET VISA FEE STRUCTURE:


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    CANADIANS

    US $ 170.00

    ROMANIAN

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    PAKISTAN,ALBANIA,MALDIVES, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

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    MONTENEGRO

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    OTHER NATIONALS

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     NOTE:
    All above prices are NET & NON-COMMISSIONABLE
    Above visa fees are subject to change as per Chinese Embassy and visa fees are required to pay in US cash dollars
    We (Local agents) will not be liable for any damage or cancellation of the tour due to closure of Chinese Embassy or halt in issuing permit by Tibetan Authority without prior notice. However, we will try our best to inform you well in advance of the coming situation.

  
  
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