Escape to Lhasa

Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to different sites in Lhasa would be an overwhelming experience. Potala Palace has been the focus of travellers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. Similarly, Norbulingka is the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Drepung Monastery is one of the world’s largest and most intact monasteries, Jokhang temple the heart of Tibet and Barkhor market is the place to get the necessary resources for locals as well as souvenirs for tourists. At the end of this trip we visit the Samye monastery, a place without which no journey to Tibet is complete.

  

 Day 1: Fly to Lhasa
Flight Duration (International Flight from Kathmandu): 1 hour approx.
Distance (Airport to Lhasa):  62kms/ 32 miles
Drive Time: 1 hour approx.
Altitude: 3,490 m/ 11,450ft

Upon arrival at Gonggar airport (3570m), you will be met and assisted by our representative. After checking in to the hotel, rest for most of the day. Lhasa is a city of wonders that contain many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist religious sites and lies in a valley next to the Lhasa river. Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 02:  In Lhasa
Visit Sera and Drepung Monastery, Founded in 1419, Sera monastery is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries in Tibet. 5km north of Lhasa, the Sera monastery’s setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa.The Drepung monastery houses many cultural relics, making it more beautiful and giving it more historical significance. Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 03:  In Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang, Norbulinka and Barkhor Market

Potala Palace: Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century has been the focus of travellers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its role in the traditional administration of Tibet.

Norbulingka means ‘Treasure Park’ in Tibetan and is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa city, on the bank of the Kyichu river, about one kilometer southwest of the Potala Palace. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. Jokhang temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held here.

Visit Barkhor street, the oldest street in Lhasa and runs through the center of the old city. It is a circular street where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 04: In Lhasa
Visit Drak Yerpa Cave
A short drive to North – East of Lhasa is the Yerpa cave, one of the holiest cave retreats ever. At one time the hill at the base of the cave – dotted cliffs was home to the Yerpa monastery. The monastery, however, was effectively laid to waste in the Cultural Revolution and there is very little to see nowadays. The site is very peaceful and offers stunning views. Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day: 05 In Lhasa
Visit Samye Monastery and Chimpu Caves
Situated amidst breathtaking scenery, built in the 8th century, Samye monastery was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet by King Trisong Detsen. A unique monastery and village rolled into one, Samye is a highlight of a visit to Tibet.

We will also visit the Chimpu caves, which is located above the monastery.Transfer back to Lhasa after the sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 06:  Final Departure
You will be transferred to international airport for your onward journey. [B]
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