4 Days Tibet (Lhasa) TourBack
Trip Facts Program Code: PTT-TIBET Duration: 4 days Program Type: Sightseeing Maximum Altitude: 3650m Minimum Pax: 2 Mode of Travel: Flight /Land Start Trip: Kathmandu/Beijing End Trip: Beijing/Kathmandu Program Grading: Moderate - Tour Driving Hour: 1 hours Driving Distance: 1 KM Trek Distance: 1 KM Flying Hour: 1 hours

Overview

Lhasa (3650 m)
 Lhasa has always remained the cultural, political and economic centre of Tibet. It is the heart and soul of Tibet, the abode of the Dalai Lamas and an object of devout pilgrimage. The places of interest in Lhasa include the Potala palace, Norbulinka palace, Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries etc. The JOkhang temple and Bharkhhor circumambulation circuit , full of pilgrims from all over Tibet ,innumerable shops and wayside peddlers selling everything from prayer flags to yak skulls is the most amazing of the experience of being in Tibet.

Potala Palace
Potala dominates the Lhasa skyline from every corner. Originally there wer e buildings from 640 AD but the present Potala palace was built in 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. It has served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas .It is 117 m high, 13 storied and has 1000 rooms. Different sections of the palace houses a great wealth of cultural and art objects of Tibet. Many parts of the palace , now turned to a museum is open for the visitors .

Jokhang temple and Bharkhor bazzar
 About 2 km east of Potala and built in 647 AD , Jokhang is the holiest and the most active of the Buddhist temples in Tibet.Jokhang was built by the greatest of the Tibetan King Shrong Tsong Gompo to house the Buddha image brought from Nepal by his Nepalese wife Bhrikuti .Equally interesting is the Bharkhor bazzar that cirles Jokhang.The medieval atmosphere of push and shove of crowd, innumerable shops selling ritual objects, and the never ending pilgrims will take you to its spell . It is here that the heart of the Tibet throbs most.

Norbulinka Palace
 Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, lies in a quiet and beautiful garden in the west part of Lhasa . The well preserved murals, superb mandalas and frescoes are fascinating sights not to miss.
One particular mural inside depicts the history of Tibet and all the Dalai Lamas. The Dalai Lama was living here during his last days in Tibet The rooms have remained as they were when the Dalai Lama left in 1959. Here you can also see the cars which the Great 13th Dalai Lama imported to Tibet.

Drepung Monastery
 About 8 km to the west of central Lhasa , Drepung was once Tibet's largest monastery , with a population of around 10,000 monks. Built in 1416 this is one of the important Gelukpa monasteries .It houses different colleges for the study of buddhist philosophy and the interesting sight is to see is the debating monks. The Ganden Palace also located in the Drepung complex , is where the Dalai Lamas used to live before the Potala was built. The Nearby Nechung monastery at a five minutes distance from here is also worth a visit.

Sera Monastery
 Though not as big as Drepung it is another big and important Gelukpa monastery in Lhasa which has served as " university monastery " . It is about five km north of central Lhasa. Built in 1419 it was the home for 5000 monks in the days of its highest glory, though the number now is reduced to few hundreds. Like Drepung it houses different colleges to teach buddhist Philosophy. In the debating courtyard you can see the monks debating from 3 to 4 pm.


Short Itinerary

Day 01 :Kathamndu-Lhasa (B)
Day 02 : Lhasa Tours(B)
Day 03 :Lhasa Tours ( B)
Day 04 : Lhasa-Kathmandu ( B)

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