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Lhasa & surrounds with Namtso - 7 days


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Lhasa & Surrounds

Day1. Arrive Lhasa, meet your guide and transfer to 3* Yak htl or similar x3n
Day2. Sightseeing Drepung and Sera monasteries                                                              
Day3. Sightseeing Potala Palace and Jokhang temple
Day4. Drive from Lhasa to Namtso Lake and visit Tashidor Meditation caves. (Overnight Damshon Pema htl)
Day5. Damshon to Tidrom nunnery via Reting monastery (Overnight Shambala Source Htl)
Day6. Tidrom to Lhasa via Drigung and Ganden monasteries. (Overnight yak htl)
Day7. 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. Lhasa to Namtso Lake and visit Tashidor Meditation caves. (Overnight Damshon Pema htl)
Drive to Namtso Lake (approx 5 hours-250km). Namtso means 'heavenly lake' in Tibetan. Trek to the meditation caves and enjoy the glory of sunset over the lake. It is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet {the others are Lhamo latso, Yamdok-yutso and Manasarovar}. In Tibetan Buddhism each year of sheep if any travelers circumambulate the lake and Tashidor peninsula once and Tuechun Island 12 times, they can create infinite merit and virtues to bring good health and happy life for their family.
Late afternoon, drive back to Damshon and overnight here. (Pema Hotel)
Day5. Damshon to Tidrom nunnery via Reting monastery (Overnight Shangbala source)
Morning drive to Reting and visit Reting monastery. The monastery dates back to 1056. It was initially associated with Atisha and in its later years it had an important connection with the Gelugpa sect and the Dalai lamas. The monastery is surrounded by juniper trees and has great views. In the afternoon drive to Tidrom nunnery and medicinal hot springs. It has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams; the all valley is festooned with prayer flags. The small nunnery has very strong connections to Yeshe Tsogyal, the consort of Guru Rinpoche; the resident spiritual leader of the nunnery is considered a reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal.
Day6. Tidrom to Lhasa via Drigung Til and Ganden monasteries.
In the morning drive the 13km to Drigung Til; founded in 1167 by Jinten Sumgom. It is the head monastery of Drigung Kagyu and there are around 200 monks. After visiting Drigung Til, continue to Ganden monastery. It was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa after the first Monlam festival was performed in the Jokhang temple. This monastery was the first Gelugpa monastery and has been the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. After Tsongkhapa died in 1411, the abbotship of the monastery passed to his disciples. The post came to be known as the Ganden Tripa and was earned through scholarly merit, not reincarnation. It is the Ganden Tripa, not, as one might expect, the Dalai Lama, who is the head of the Gelugpa sect. It has stupendous views of the surrounding Kyi-chu Valley and a fascinating Kora - an experience unlike the other major Gelugpa monasteries in the Lhasa area. Try the high kora for the best views though at over 4000m make sure you are acclimatized before attempting this one. Late afternoon drive back to Lhasa.
Day7. Transfer to Airport
Departure from Lhasa to airport and fly to your next destination.