Day 1 Lhasa (D)
On arrival in Lhasa, meet the local guide at the airport, transfer to Lhasa Hotel for 3 nights stay. Free in the afternoon. Accommodation: 3* Yak Hotel (Or the same class)
Day 2 Lhasa (B, L, D)
In the morning visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures titleogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. We move on to Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's summer palace. In the afternoon, we visit Jokhang Temple, the home of the most precious Buddha image the country possesses - the Sakyamuni Buddha. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. We also visit Barkhor Square in the centre of Lhasa to absorb the local culture.
Day 3 Lhasa (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will drive to the suburb of Lhasa to visit Drepung monastery, the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416. And it is used to be the residence of the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama. We continue to visit Sera monastery which was set up in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. It was once rival to the Drepung. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called "the court of wild rose". Today there are still 200 lamas living there. Time permitting, we'll attend the debate ceremony in the monastery.
Day 3 Lhasa - Gyantse (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive for about 260 km to Gyantse, the third biggest city in Tibet. On the way, we'll stop to visit Kampala Pass and Yamdrok Lake (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. After arrival in Gyantse (approx. 3.95 m) visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (1-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the 15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14, kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Stay at Gyantze Hotel (local best) for one night. (Picnic lunch today)
Day 5 Gyantze - Shigatze (B, L, D)
Today, we continue our drive for 2 hours to Shigatze, a city once rivalled Lhasa for the political and spiritual control of Tibet. In the afternoon, we'll visit Tashihunpo Monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha. Today 600 monks are still living in the monastery. And then take a stroll around the local market. Stay at Shigatze Hotel.
Day 6 Shigatze - Lhasa (B, L, D)
Car trip back to Lhasa. Free in the afternoon. Stay at Lhasa Hotel for one night.
Accommodation: 3* Yak Hotel (Or the same class)
Day 7 Lhasa (B)
Transfer to the airport or railway station for departing Lhasa.
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* Price is for per person, based on two persons sharing one room.
* when there are 10 or more paying pax in your group, a national guide will travel with you from city to city, upon your arrival in China up to your departure.
1. All internal transportations and transfers in Tibet.
2. Hotels specified in the itinerary with private facilities
3. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
4. Comprehensive sightseeing with a local English Speaking Guide in each city
5. All entrance fees
6. Complimentary domestic travel insurance.
7. Tibet Permit
1. Flights arriving and departing Lhasa.
2. Chinese visa fee.
3. Your own international travel insurance.
4. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
5. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
6. Other personal expenses.