Tibet "Switzerland Views" refer to the area of Nyingchi where the climate is subtropical, rice and bananas are grown, four seasons are seen in the mountains. It is called "Pearl of Tibet Plateau" and it was said to be the views of Switzerland by a tourist coming to this area. The itineraries to this area could be shorter or longer. And you could travel through all this area to see views from all over Tibet if you like.
Nyingchi, situated in the southeast of Tibet, meaning "sun throne" in Tibetan, is named as "Switzerland of Tibet". The beautiful Nyingchi is famous with its big Yurlung Tsangpo canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. And the traditional customs make it even more mysterious. The area is wet and warm, yearly average temperature is on the top, and abundant in forest resource with the coverage of 34.3%, including plants of economics and pharmaceutical.
Day 1: Fly to Lhasa. Taking the flight into Tibet upon your arrival. Local guide will meet you and transfer you to Lhasa. On the way, you can enjoy the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet). The rest time is free for relax and more oxygen.
Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing. The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels
In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing. Today's highlights are Norbulingka and Sera monastery. Norbulingka used to be the Summer Palace for the Dalai Lamas where they handled political affairs, and practiced religious activities. The whole park has more than 370 rooms of different sizes, and lawns, shaded by green trees and embrided by various flowers. With the clear water, and the flowers and trees around, it is known as the "park within the park".
Sera is one of the greatest Gelugpa monasteries. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, one of the eight disciples of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect, covering an area of 114,964 square metres. The structure is imposing, picturesque in disorder, and splendid in green and gold. It is a typical Tibetan architecture. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.
Day 4: Lhasa - Gandan Monastery - Basomtso Lake. Drive about one and half hours to get to Gandan Monastery for a visit. It is the first Gelugpa monastery. After visit, onward to Basomtso Lake for 370km on a well paved road, taking 5 hours. Basomtso Lake, 3,500 meters above sea level, originates from Nyching Tanglha Mountain and is a dozen kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and tress are reflected upon the lake’s rippled surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Lamaist temples built upon them.
Day 5: Basomtso Lake - Bayi. Visit Basomtso Lake and enjoy the beautiful views there in the whole morning. And then leave for Bayi Town, the capital of Nyingchi area. And then continue driving about 2 hours to get to Bayi. Upon arrival there, visit a huge cypress tree of over thousand years old. Rest time you can stroll in the city for the modern city in East Tibet.
Day 6: Bayi - Lhasa. Today we will drive back to Lhasa. Rest time is free on your own.
Day 7: Leave Lhasa. Take flight to your next destination, tour ends.
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