Day 1: Your Tibetan English speaking guide and the driver will meet you at Ghongkhar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 40 minutes driving (65 km). You'll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda - a Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive in Lhasa, rest and acclimatize. Accommodations: Lhasa Hotel or similar 5 stars standard Hotel or accommodations according to your requests.
Day 2: Morning visit: The first day sightseeing begins with 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.
Afternoon visit: Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet - Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor - Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. Accommodation: Lhasa Hotel or similar 5 stars standard Hotel or accommodations according to your requests.
Day 3: Today we are going to visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambiance inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.
Day 4: To the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, among the open farmland, stands Tibet's very first monastery - Samye which has a history over 1200 years. To reach Samye, you are going to take ferry to cross the widest part of Yarlung Tasangpo River, a fantastic ride. East of Samye is the Hepo Ri hill, a 30-minute climb up the side ridge takes you to an incense burner, festooned with prayer flags and offering great views of Samye below. 2hrs later you will arrive Tsedang, the third largest town in Tibet. Tsetang, the gov center of Shannan Prefecture was the cradle of Tibetan Culture. Accommodation: Tsetang Hotel or other standard requested.
Day 5: Back from Samye, you'll make way to Yumblagang, a medieval-European-castle-like structure, reputed as Tibet's oldest building. It doesn't take that long to explore Yumbulagang. Perhaps the best part of the visit is the walk up along the ridge above the building. There are fabulous views of the Yarlung Valley. Overnight in Tsedang. Accommodation: Tsetang Hotel or other standard requested. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Pack your luggage and get ready for leaving. The guide will transfer you to the Lhasa Ghongkhar airport, and help you board the plane. Say goodbye to Tibet and fly out.
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