First rate accommodation will be provided in the Kailash Hotel, a traditional Tibetan hotel located conveniently close to nearly all major attractions in Lhasa. It is not easy to get bored in Lhasa as there is so much to see and explore. What an incredible experience it will be!
All our traveling will be done in comfortable tourist vehicles, Our informative and welcoming guides will lead you through this amazing country of Tibet. Stops will be made along the way in the small towns of Gyantse and Shigatse. Allow yourself to relax in these extraordinary towns and immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist culture. You can learn a lot from these Tibetan people. It will be even easier to enjoy Tibet as nothing but the best Tibetan hotels will be provided for you.
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa by train or air. Once you arrive at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, an easy one hour or half hour drive will take you to your final destination of the traditional Kailash Hotel, Yak Hotel or Shangbala Hotel, etc. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some of the many sights in Lhasa.
Day 2: In Lhasa. On this second day morning we will take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon we will visit is Sera Monastery, 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 3-4 pm quite regularly every day, so remind our guide not to miss it.
Day 3: In Lhasa. A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundred of years.
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyangtse then to Shigatse. Today's trip is little bit demanding but fascinating, we will corss two high passes over 5000m Khambo La and Kharo La plus one beautiful Lake - Yamdrok Tso provide wondrous views of the Himalayan range. A colossal glacier rises nearly straight up from the road as we pass Kharo La. The drive is no daunting task as we pass through many more beautiful Tibetan valleys and quiet villages along the way. When reach Gyantse, we will be given the opportunity of experiencing more wondrous Tibetan culture as we see the Gyangtse Dzong and Kumbum. Expansive views of the valley can be seen from the ancient Dzong fort. The Kumbum is much more than a stupa, as it is surrounded by numerous Tibetan murals and small chapel houses. Even if you are no art connoisseur you will be amazed by these ancient murals and architecture. After the visit in Gyantse we will continue another one and half an hour easy drive to Xigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, overnight stay will be at the best Tibetan Mansarover Hotel.
Day 5: Shigatse sightseeing then back to Lhasa. Today we will visit the giant Tashilungpo Monastery, local carpet factory, the free market, it is very intriguing to see how ancient Tibetan culture compares to the modern day culture we will experience. There are endless amounts of sights, both modern and ancient, to see around this city. The day will end with a relaxing drive back to Lhasa, back to our Dhood Gu Hotel.
Day 6: Flight From Lhasa to your next destination. Experience the wondrous sight of the Himalayas for one last time as we fly back to your next destination.
Note: You can start this trip entering from Kathmandu, in Nepal side, as well as from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Canton (Guangzhou), Chongqing, Kuming, Xian, Xining all these cities for your convenience in China.
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