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Glimpse of Central Tibet - 7 days

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Central Tibet (Lhasa-Lhasa)

Day 1
Arrive Lhasa, meet your guide and
transfer to 3* Yak Hotel or similar x 3n
Day 2
Sightseeing Drepung and Sera monasteries
Day 3
Sightseeing Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
Day 4
Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake and Karola glacier (Yeti htl)
Day 5
Gyantse to Shigatse and visit Tashilumpo monastery (Manasarovar htl)
Day 6
Shigatse to Lhasa (Yak htl)
Day 7
Transfer to Airport for departure

The Detail

Day 1. Arrive Lhasa
Arrive at Lhasa airport or train station where your guide will be waiting to meet you. Transfer to your hotel and relax and adjust to the altitude.

Day 2. Drepung monastery (8km to the west) and Sera monastery (5km to the north)
Morning, visit Drepung Monastery (rice heap). Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Cheojee a disciple of Tsong-khapa. It was one of six great monasteries of Gelukpa sect and possibly the largest monastery in the world. Before the construction of the Potala by the fifth Dalai Lama; it was the principal seat of the Gelukpa Sect. There were originally 7 colleges but were consolidated into 4, each with its own abbot and syllabus. The monastery keeps plentiful historical relics, Buddhist scriptures, and arts and crafts.
Afternoon, visit Sera Monastery: one of the three great monasteries of Gelukpa sect in Lhasa-Ganden, Drepung and Sera. Sera monastery means merciful hail'-the origin of the name is thought to derive from the fact that Sera was in constant competition with Drepung ('rice heap monastery') and that the 'hail' of Sera destroyed the 'rice' of Drepung. It was founded in 1419 by Shamchen chejee-a disciple of Tsongkhapa. One of the highlights of a visit to Sera is the debating session from 3pm to 5pm attended by most of the monks. The noise and fervor is exciting even if you can't understand a word they are saying.

Day 3. Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
Morning, visit The Potala Palace. The original construction dates back to the 7th century, and was built by King Songtsen Gampo. Later in the 17th century the 5th Dalai Lama rebuilt the Potala Palace to its present size with 1500 artisans and 5000 workers. The maze-like structure contains over a thousand rooms and is thought to house 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. The massive structure contains a small world within it itself with a 13-storey castle rising over 117m high.
Afternoon visit to the world heritage site of Jokhang Temple and explore the bustling bazaar along the Barkhor Street. The Jokhang Temple is the first temple in Tibet and built by King Sontsen Gampo’s wife princess Bhrikuti in the 7th century when he moved his capital to Lhasa. Unlike most temples, the Jokhang is not identified with a particular sect because it houses the holiest statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old and consecrated by Buddha himself.

Day 4. Lhasa to Gyantse (3900m) via Yamdrok Lake
Morning drive up to Kambala pass (4794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-yutso and a wonderful view of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Yamdrok-yutso is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet {the others are Lhamo latso, Namtso and Manasarover} and seat of wrathful deities. After a morning of fantastic views reach Nangartse for lunch. Then along the Friendship Southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit Pelkor monastery and the famous stupa; Gyantse Kumbum built in 1427 by Gyantse King. The 35m-high Stupa with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome makes it a stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.

Day 5. Gyantse to Shigatse (3800m - 90km)
Morning drive to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet, and visit Tashilumpo Monastery; founded in 1447 by the First Dalai Lama. Later, the Fourth Panchen Lama Lobsang Chökyi Gyalsten made major expansions to the monastery. Therefore the monastery became the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition. Tashilhunpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. There is a bustling 'free' market at the foot of the ruins of the Shigatse Fortress where one can buy local handicrafts embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan daggers, Chinese porcelain and yak butter.

Day 6. Shigatse to Lhasa
Drive back to Lhasa, which is 280km from Shigatse and it takes 5/6 hours driving along the Yarlung Tsangpo river with beautiful views of countryside along the way.

Day 7. Transfer to Airport
Departure from Lhasa to airport and fly to your next destination.