5 Days Lhasa & Around TourBack
Trip Facts Program Code: PTT-TIBET Duration: 5 days Program Type: High Altitude Tour Maximum Altitude: 3680m Minimum Pax: 2 Mode of Travel: Fly/Drive Start Trip: Kathmandu or Beijing End Trip: Kathmandu or Beijing Program Grading: Moderate - Tour Driving Hour: 0 hours Driving Distance: 0 KM Trek Distance: 0 KM Flying Hour: 0 hours

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Tibet autonomous region, the mystic Shangri-la, roof of the world, has captured man's imagination for centuries. Great explorers and adventures of the country have ventured into this holy land rendered inaccessible by the hostile natural conditions and bandits that waylaid them across through the Himalayas. Tibet's past grandeur, majesty, magic and mystery still remain undiminished. One can still see today nomads herding their yaks, pilgrims worshipping at sacred shrines, as well as the expansive, striking and enduring Himalayan topography. 

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: Kathmandu-Lhasa
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly over the mighty Himalayas to Lhasa, the heart of Tibet. Check into your hotel and after lunch, visit Norbu Linkha- the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Explore Lhasa- Full day sight-seeing tour of gold roofed palace of Potala built in the time of fifth Dalai Lama, Jorkhang temple- a spiritual center of Tibet and Barkhor- a colorful market. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Explore Lhasa- Full day excursion tour to Drepung- the largest monastery in the Tibet which was founded in 1416 and until Potala was built, it used to be the residence of 3rd ,4th & 5th Dalai Lama. Continue to Sera Monastery- one of great institution  of Gelugpa sect. a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every working day, we will not give it a miss.  Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Explore Lhasa-An excursion of Ganden monastery- the first founded and main seat of the Gelugpa , Yellow Hat' sect. It lies about 40 km east of Lhasa at an elevation of 4300m. The views seen from Ganden, down into the Kyichu valley and across to the distant snowcaps, are exceptional. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa-Kathmandu-After breakfast, transfer to the Gongar airport for flight back to Kathmandu or to your onward destination.

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