Travel to the Roof of the World – Tibet (04 nights / 05 days)
Visiting : Lhasa- Sera Monastery – Drepung Monastery
Tibet, also known as”the roof of the world” is an autonomous region of China and occupies a vast area of plateaus and mountains in Himalaya including mount Everest which is shared with Nepal. Tibet is traditionally the homeland of Tibetan people and Tibetan Buddhism and is a world famous tourist destination with its high passes draped with colourful prayer flags, illuminated mountain peaks at sun rise and sun set, colour changing lakes, architectural magnificence of palaces and monasteries, spirituality of lamas and monks, all framed in Tibetan culture and history.
Lhasa at 3660 meters is the political, religious and economic capital of Tibet with beautiful palaces, monasteries, temples and markets with numerous Tibetan artifacts.
04 nights / 05 days
Arrive at Lhasa International Airport
Arrive at Lhasa International Airport Paro International airport. Meet with our representative and transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Lhasa International airport is around 95 kms from city center and takes around 1.5 hours of driving time to city.
Lhasa at 3660 meters is the political, religious and economic capital of Tibet with beautiful palaces, monasteries, temples and markets with numerous Tibetan artifacts. Lhasa is a city which expects you to know a lot about it before you set out to explore its magical charms. The most important is your acclimatization with its climate and environment. So you will relax and sleep for some time to get your self acclimatized with high altitude.
Later in evening, You will have your first introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and its culture when you talk with a Buddhist monk.
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast in your hotel, Visit Lhasa city visiting Potala Palace which was the residence of Dalai Lamas and was the headquarter of government of Tibet until 1959 AD when 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the Chinese invasion. The construction of the palace was started by 5th Dalai Lama in 1645 AD. Thirteen stories of the Potala Palace containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even today, Potala Palace is the home to more than 1000 Buddhist monks and lamas.
Later in afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple in the center of Lhasa which is is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism and is the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims. The temple’s architectural style is a mixture of Indian Vihara design, Tibetan and Nepalese design. The oldest part of the temple was built in 652. Over the next 900 years, the temple was enlarged several times with the last renovation done in 1610 by the Fifth Dalai Lama.
Later in evening, walk at Barkhor Street is an ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Monastery. Even today , many pilgrims holding prayer wheels walk clock-wise from dawn to dark. The street is always full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. Varied shops on both the sides of the street are selling Tibetan ornaments, knives, prayer wheels, Long sleeve chuba ( Traditional Tibetan dress ) and Thangka ( Traditional Tibetan scroll paintings ).
Overnight at Hotel.
Lhasa - Drepung - Norbulingka Palace - Lhasa
After breakfast at hotel, You will visit Drepung monastery which is around 15 kms from Lhasa city. Drepung Monastery established in 1416 AD is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the ‘Three Great Monasteries’ of Tibet. The conservation of the monastery is excellent and frescoes using mineral colours can be seen on the walls of the rocks.
Norbulingka Palace or The Park of Treasures is the biggest man made garden in Tibet. Constructed in 1755 AD by 7th Dalai Lama , the palace has been the summer residence of all the Dalai Lamas from 7th to 14th. Norbulingka is mainly made up to several palaces where Dalai Lamas kept study and lived during summer.
Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa - Sera Monastery - Lhasa
After breakfast, visit Sera monastery which is at the out-skirts of the city.Sera Monastery is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill was built in 1419 AD. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when it was built. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in the monastery.
Return to Lhasa city and rest of the day free to explore Lhasa on your own.
Overnight at hotel.
Lhasa - Home
After breakfast, transfer to Lhasa International airport for onward flight to Kathmandu / China.
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