Day 1 : Arrival Lhasa
Arrival at Lhasa, you will be met at Gongar airport and transferred to the hotel for some good rest and acclimation. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: In Lhasa (Nota Khansang Hotel 4 Star Standard Hotel ) Lhasa is the capital of Tibet. Located at the foot of Mt. Gephel, Lhasa altitude is 3,490 m and the air contains only 68% of oxygen compared to sea level. Traditionally, Lhasa is the seat of the Dalai Lama, and the location of the Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace. In Tibetan Buddhism the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa is regarded as the holiest centre in Tibet.
Day 2 : Lhasa sightseeing
Taking a visit to Lhasa, a trip to Potala Palace is a must as it is the largest monastery of its type in the world and the highest elevation palace of the world, which the altitude is up to 3700 meters. Then move to Jokhang Monastery, where monks receive their official training and education. The surrounding Jokang Monastery of Barkhor Street. Walk along this street of eight corners which will afford us a indow into Tibetan culture and an opportunity to buy colorful ethnic handicrafts rarely seen outside of Tibet. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch+ Dinner Accommodation: In Lhasa (Nota Khansang Hotel 4 Star Standard Hotel ) Tips: When you enter into a temple or monastery in Tibet, please take off your hats at the entrance to show your respects and follow the clockwise direction for visiting. No smoking, do not touch the Buddha statues, turn the Buddhism scriptures or toll the bell. The awe-inspiring Potala Palace, perched high above much of Lhasa, is the landmark of the city. The palace which consists of the Red Palace, the White Palace and some attached buildings was a complex of political and religious function. Now it is a huge treasure house for aterials and articles of Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts. Located at the center of the old Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. Visitors will be treated to the sight of various exotic and sacred sculptures. Jokhang Temple also ouses many invaluable cultural relics. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held here. Barkhor Street is a famous commercial and commodity-distributing center in Lhasa, consisting of more than 120 andicrafts shops and more than 200 stalls. It is a good choice that should never be missed by tourists coming to Lhasa, for you can buy anything Tibetrelated, from sacks of incense, chunks of yak butter to monk outfits. Barkhor is the road that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang 5Days Cultural &Scenic Tour January 16, 2017 Temple through centuries. When walking along Barkhor Street, you should move in the clockwise direction.
Day 3 : Lhasa to Gyangtse
Today, you will drive to Shigatse in the morning, on the way, take a view for the beautiful Yamdrok Lake, and visit Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda. Stay overnight at Shigatse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: In Shigatse ( Shigatse Gyesar Hotel 4 Star Standard Hotel ) Located 250 km outhwest of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,840 metres, Shigatse is the second argest city in Tibet, with a population of 80,000. It used to be the traditional capital of the area known as Hou-tsang on the Nepal border. Yamdrok Lake is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. It is located 100 km southwest of Lhasa and surrounded by Mt. Kampala, Mt. Nyinchenkhasa, Mt.hetungsu and Mt. Changsamlhamo. The holy lake is a pilgrimage site for Tibetans. Every summer, groups of pilgrims trek there to pray and receive blessings. Befitting its
religious importance, the turquoise blue lake has indescribable scenic beauty, prompting the Tibetans to compare it with a fairyland in Heaven. p.s. From November to March of the next year, water of amdrok Lake will freeze due to the weather condition. Located 100 km east of Shigatse, Palkhor onastery is a monastery with the characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. It enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three sects – Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together. According to Tibetan calendar,Saka Dawa Festival will be held on April 15th to ommemorate Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. During the festival, about 500 Lamas chant sutras and the loyal pilgrims gather in the monastery to commemorate Sakyamuni. Palkhor also features its Kumbum in Tibet. Deemed as the symbolm of the onastery, the spectacular ‘stupa’ consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thsoud images of various icons, in total there are about 33,000 statues.
Day 4 : Shigatse Lhasa
Today, after a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning, you will be driven back to Lhasa by coach. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: In Lhasa (Nota Khansang Hotel 4 Star Standard Hotel ) Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the six igonasteries in Tibet. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second ranking person in the Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, after the Dalai Lama. The monastery houses the tombs of Panchen Lamas and a 22.4-meter statue of Maitreya Buddha. Tashilhunpo remains popular among the Tibetans, as they carry on coming here on ilgrimage.
Day 5 : Departure Lhasa
The time before transfer to the airport is free on your own arrangement to next city. Meals: Breakfast