Yarlung valley is the cradle of Tibetan culture and burial place of first Tibetan king. The valleys are full of legends and myths. The most impressive is regarding Yumbu Lhakhang. It is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet. Legend has it that this impressive tapering structure was built as a tribute to the first king of Tibet, Nyentri Tsenpo, who is believed to have descended from heaven. These valleys are also known as birthplace of the Tibetan people. The legendary monkey’s cave is way up on a hill called Gangpo Ri known as the ‘Valley of Tombs.’ En-route to Lhasa we travel to Samey, the oldest monastery founded in 779 AD. While in Lhasa we will wander around the Barkor bazaar, its narrow streets and neighborhoods that has rich traditional Tibetan life.
Upon arrival we take you to a wonderful and fascinating journey into the cultural heartland of Tibet - Yarlung Valley, Samye gompa, and Lhasa. Yarlung valley is the cradle of Tibetan culture and burial place of first Tibetan king. The valleys are full of legends and myths. The most impressive is regarding Yumbu Lhakhang. It is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet. Legend has it that this impressive tapering structure was built as a tribute to the first king of Tibet, Nyentri Tsenpo, who is believed to have descended from heaven. These valleys are also known as birthplace of the Tibetan people. The legendary monkey’s cave is way up on a hill called Gangpo Ri known as the ‘Valley of Tombs.’ En-route to Lhasa we travel to Samey, the oldest monastery founded in 779 AD. While in Lhasa we will wander around the Barkor bazaar, its narrow streets and neighborhoods that has rich traditional Tibetan life. Here you have chance to discover Old Tibet. You would be amazed to see the sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang temple. Tibetans from remote parts of the country makes their pilgrimage of a life time to Lhasa to prostrate around the temple. In this city center you would encounter tall Khampas with red braids in their hair, Chinese tourists, and traders selling goods that you cannot imagine. We visit photogenic Potala palace, Drepung and Sera monastery. This is a wonderful tour to experience and see insight of Tibetan life, their philosophy and religion.
Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa. Jokhangtemple has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhan temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.
Sera monastery is one of the three important monasteries. It was built in 15th century. Once upon a time it used to have 5000 monks. It belongs to Gelugpa order known as Yellow Hat. The other important monastery around Lhasa is Drepung monastery. It used to have 8000 monks. They are thought in the tradition of Vajrayana, Tantra and Sutra.
This very tour will guide you to the heartland of Tibet's ancient civilization rarely visited by many tourists who come to Lhasa. Normal sightseeing place like Potala Palace and monasteries around Lhasa are included in the programme. You can see insight of this mystery land.
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Day 1. Arrive Gongor Airport, Transfer to Tsedang Hotel. O/N in Hotel - (BB)
The flight over the Himalayas makes spectacular crossing rarely seen anywhere in the world. The lush green colour in Nepal slowly fades away and arid and dull gray plateau appears which in turn turns into blue sky as you land at Lhasa. The highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt.Makalu dominates the breathtaking view Lhasa (3650m) is situated on the north of bank of Kyichu River, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Lhasa is a city truly blessed by the Gods where life is unburied. Tsedang, situated 170km Southeast of Lhasa in the Yarlung Valley along the banks of the Tsangpo (Brahmaputra)river is the cradle of Tibetan civilization. This region abounds with important historical landmarks such as Samye, Yumbulakhang Chonggye, Mindroling and others.
Day 2. Explore Yarlung Tsngpo, the cradle of Tibetan civilization, visit Samye the oldest monastery & Yumbulakhang, the first castle built for a Tibetan King.O/N in Hotel - (BB):
The Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon or the Tsangpo Gorge along the Brahmaputra in Tibet is regarded by many as the "largest" canyon on Earth, and is the deepest canyon of the world. Flowing from Mount Kailash. Samye monastery lies 40km to the west of Tsedang across the Tsangpo River. It is the first monastery built by King Trisong Detsen in the 8th century. Samye Monastery combines 3 distinctive architectural styles that of India, China and Tibet, symbolizing the source, stability and spread of the Buddhist faith.It is believed the community of monks began when this monastery was built. Another attraction is Yambulakhang Palace that is situated 12 km south of Tsedang, the first palace built by the Tibetan and for their first recorded king Nyatri Tsedpo, who is believed to have descended from heaven. It is a 5 storied fortress-like dwelling built on the spur of a bill that commands an impressive view of the entire fertile valley. It was destroyed during the cultural revolution and the present structure is an exact replica of the original rebuilt 1982.
Day 3. In Lhasa :Drive via Mondronling Monastery to Lhasa, check into Hotel. O/N in Hotel - BB
Day 4. In Lhasa .Sightseeing: Drepung monastery , Jokang temple and Barkhor Bazaar. O/N in Hotel - BB:
Day 5. Kamba La Pass. Camp after 56 kmsIn Lhasa (BB):
Visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monts and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, thrid and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea. Next stop will the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy vouvenirs and meet other tourists
Day 6. After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Kathmandu or onward
We can customize the tour to suit your requirements.Tibetan Medicine and Astrology: Beside the monasteries extension of the tour would allow you to visit Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology to see painting on silk about the history of Tibetan medicine. There are local arts and crafts centers where carpets are made in traditional methods. Allow another day to add this visit.
Note: The above itinerary and schedule is guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistic, local, technical, weather and other condition beyond our control. Transfer bycycle on the flight with the clients-it is possible to transfer the bicycle in plane. As per the previous information the overweight charge is about US$ 6 per kg.
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