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Lhasa City & Yamdrok Lake - 5 days

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Lhasa City

Day1. Arrive Lhasa, meet your guide and transfer to 3* Yak Hotel or similar x4n
Day2. Sightseeing: Drepung monastery and Sera monastery
Day3. Sightseeing: Jokhang temple and Potala palace
Day4. Day trip to Yamdok Lake
Day5. Transfer to Airport

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.

Day2. 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.
Day3. 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.
Day4. Day trip: Yamdrok-yutso or Yamdok Lake 4441m
Morning drive up to Kambala pass (4794m), you will have a wonderful view of Yamdrok-yutso and Holy Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, Yamdok means the upper nomadic and Yu tso means turquoise lake in Tibetan. Yamdrok-yutso is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet {the others are Lhamo Latso, Namtso and Manasarovar} and seat of wrathful deities. The unforgettable holy Yamdok lake shaped a coiling scorpion is the highlight of the day. It is about 60m at the deepest side and about 30m in average, and covers a surface area of 630 square kilometers. The replenishment of the lake water comes from the rainwater and snow and ice melting water, Devout Tibetan pilgrims circumambulate the lake in around seven days.
Day 5. Transfer to airport
Departure from Lhasa to airport and fly to your next destination.