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4-day Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Tour

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (D)
Your guide will be holding your name sign and waiting for at airport until you come, and then you will be transferred to the hotel. The dinner is served at hotel too.

Day 2 Lhasa (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive to visit the Potala Palace which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet. Later, it was 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. In the afternoon, you'll  continue to visit Sera monastery which was set up in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. 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. thereafter, you'll visit Norbulinka, the Summer Palace of previous Dalai Lamas. Time permitting, you'll viisit a Tibetan family. 

Day 3 Lhasa (B, L, D)
Today, you 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. Next, you will visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Later, you will take a casual walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls selling the local specititleies.

Day 4 Lhasa (B, L, D)
In the morning, visit the Ganden Monastery, one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an titleitude of 4,300m. (The other two 'great monasteries' are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.) Ganden Monastery consisted of two principal original colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively. The three main sights in the Ganden Monastery are the Serdung, which contains the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the Tsokchen Assembly Hall and the Ngam Cho Khang the chapel where Tsongkhapa traditionally taught. The monastery houses artifacts which belonged to Tsongkhapa.

It contained more than two dozen major chapels with large Buddha statues. The largest chapel was capable of seating 3,500 monks. Tenzin Gyatso, the present Dalai Lama (born 1935), took his final degree examination in Ganden in 1958 and he claims to feel a particularly close connection with Tsongkhapa. Later transfer back to Lhasa. Visit the Tibet Museum.

Day 5 Departure from Lhasa (D)
We will drive you to the airport and see you again.

Tour Prices (per person and in US dollars)

Travel in group of
2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season In Twin $800.00 $740.00 $690.00
Single Room $1050.00 $910.00 $840.00
Low season In Twin $770.00 $720.00 $650.00
Single Room $1010.00 $880.00 $810.00

High season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November.
Low season: December, January and February.
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