Lhasa Culture Tour
The main high-light of this tour are Tsedang and Samye from where Tibetan civilization has flourished. Tsedang used to be the ancient capital of Tibet from where Tibetan Kings used to rule the country. We visit Yongbulagong, the first Royal Palace of Tibet and Tombs of Tibetan Kings in Tsedang. Samye is nearly 30 km far from Tsedng and stands as one of the most important pilgrimages in Tibet. The main attraction of Samye is Mindoling Monastery is that it is one of the most important monasteries of Nyingmapa known as ‘Red Hat’ Sect of Buddhism. The monastery was founded in 1671 by Dieda Limba. The monastery has four main temples and all of them were vandalized in Cultural Revolution, and now just one them houses a fine rebuilt statue of Sakyamuni. The monastery is approximately mid-way between Zhanang and Samya ferry.
After Tsedang we proceed to Gyantse (the ancient trading hub of Tibet) and Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet as well as the seat of Panchen Lama. From Shigatse, we drive to Lhasa where we expedite two days sightseeing. The places to be visited in Lhasa are Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace (the summer Palace of Dalai Lama), Jokhang temple, Barkhor Square, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastry and Tibetan Medical center.
Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Our guide will receives you at the airport and leads to Tsedang.
Evening, sightseeing tour in Tsedang
Day 02: Tsedang – Samye tour
Visit of Mindoling Monastery in Samye; Overnight in Samye
Day 03: Samye to Gyantse (3950 meters)
After crossing the Yarlung (Brahmaputra) river, the road climbs steeply to the Kamba - La offering magnificent views of the turquoise lake Yamdruk Tso. Continue to Gyantse at Kumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and fort.
Day 04: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900 meters)
A short drive from Gyantse to visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the most important monasteries in Tibet
Day 05: Shigatse to Lhasa (3650 meters)
Early morning; set off for return to Lhasa. Evening free at your disposal
Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing
Guided sightseeing - Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing
Guided sightseeing - Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace and Norbulinkha Palace
Day 08: Transfer to Airport for flight out from Lhasa
Accommodation with bed and breakfast basis, Tibet travel permits, guide and transportation, monastery entrance fee as per itinerary.
All expenses of private nature, airport tax, Nepal re-entry visa, photography charges in the monastery, any cost arising from landslides, road blockage, hiring of porters and additional transportation cost
The departure schedule can be change on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, natural changes of walking track, road slides, and avalanches, public strikes.