9 Days Tibet Winter Cultural tour

Winter-Cultural

DAY 01 :ARRIVAL IN LHASA EITHER BY AIR OR TRAIN.
A short flight to Tibet gives you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route. At your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city. From the airport it is about 70km to Lhasa and it takes 1:30 hrs; from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour. Check in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.

 
DAY 02 : LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. 
Attractions; Potala palace, Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street.
Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little headache which is very common for travelers because of the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity during the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the centre of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. During the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed into tourist gift shopping centre. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama. Since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps is quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footprints in the spiritual palace on God’s compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. Continue acclimatizing and alleviating jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

 
DAY 03 : LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. 
Attractions; Drepung monastery and Sera monastery.
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning. It is one of the world's largest monasteries that houses more than 10,000 monks. It was  the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace. Destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see. Walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lanes through the monks’ apartments which are more like a typical village. The amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery. It was built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is a disciple of Tsongka pa. A few different monastic colleges in Sera are homes of several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. The famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Continue acclimatizing and alleviating jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
 
DAY 04 : LHASA-TSEDANG-SAMYE MONASTERY(3500m), 220km, 6hrs.
Attractions; Fertile Yarlung valley-ancient Tibet capital, Samye monastery.
Today we will drive to southern part of Tibet to Samye monastery, stopping at Tsedang for lunch and from there it is only 50km drive to Samye monastery. Samye monastery is the 1st ever Buddhist monastery in Tibet which was build in 7th century during the regime of King Trisong Desen. It fairly existed for centuries despite of culture revolution and other means of destruction in different period of time.The Manadala design monastery is beautifully located at the Northern bank of the Brahmaputra river,  in the small valley mingled with villages around. Visiting Samye Tsuglhak Khang at the arrival and you may have a short hike up on the Hepu hill from the monastery. Hepu hill has a very prominent historical value as in the 7th century when Samye monastery was first built. Lots of obstacles by Bon devils made it fail several times, but finally Indian Guru Padmasambhava controlled all the devils on the Hipu hill and punished them with a stone rainfall. Overnight at Samye monastery guest house.

 

DAY 05 : SAMYE-CHIMPU HERMITAGE-TSEDANG, 2hrs, 50km. 
Attractions; Chimpu nunnery, Yogis in the caves, Yumbo Lhakang, Tramduk monastery.
Today we will drive back to Tsedang. En route we will drive to Chimpu hermitage, there were several caves that Guru Rinpoche and Khangdo Yeshi Tsogyal(one of three consorts of Guru) mediated in the 7th century and since then it became very famous for retreatants and hermits from different parts of Tibet. After visiting the nunnery at the bottom of the hill we will hike up through the caves to experience the life of Tibetan yogis, and you may get a chance to interact with some yogis if you are lucky. In the afternoon we will drive back to Tsedang, which is the cradle of Tibetan civilization and capital of Tibet prior to Lhasa, so we will visit the 1st King’s palace Yumbu Lhakang there, which is only few kilometer south of the town. Overnight in Tsedang.

DAY 06 : TSEDANG-GANPA LA PASS(4900m)-GYANTSE (3900m), 7hrs, 380km.
Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
Today we drive upstream of the Brahmaputra river to Gyantse, after passing numbers of Tibetan towns and villages we will climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m) through a distorted road, right from the top of Gampa la pass you will have the first glimpse of the breathtaking view of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color deep within the mountainous valley. Then we continue to drive along the lake for few kilometers. En route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. The rest of the day will be spent in enjoying many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that we pass through. Arrival at Gyantse we will visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery.This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also for its old sculptures and paintings all around the inner walls which have centuries of history. Overnight at Gyantse.


DAY 07 : GYANTSE-SHIGATSE(3800m), 90km, 1.5hrs. 
Attractions; Villages and farms, Tashi Lhunpo monastery.
Today we take a short drive to Shigatse on a very good road and visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery in the morning. Tashi Lhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama-Gedun Drup in 1447 and later it became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, there you will see tombs of 7 passed Pachen Lamas lineages and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy coobled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that used as monks apartments. Overnight at Shigatse.

DAY 08 :SHIGATSE – LHASA,280km,6.5hrs.
Attractions: Nimo home-made incense factory, Brahmaputra river.

Today we will drive through road cuts via numbers of villages and en route we will stop at Nyimo local home based incense factory, they use primitive water operated tools to process incense materials and each incense sticks are purely hand made, you may see locals making it on the spot (but this is sometimes not available due to the local situation), then we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon and you have some time to explore around the Bakhor to shop gifts for your families and friends at home. Overnight in Lhasa.

DAY 09 :LHASA AIRPOR/TRAIN STATION SEND-OFF.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. The trip officially end.

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