DISCOVER CENTRAL TIBET
Tibet, a region on the Tibetan Plateau in China Asia. Tibet is traditional homeland of Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Quang and Lhoba people. Discover Central Tibet, bids rich culture, art and ancient history of Tibet along with it we have mystic views of Himalayas and world’s one of the best mesmerizing aerial views.
Discover Central Tibet trip is customized as per request according to geographical, historical and cultural center with numerous pilgrimage, travelers and adventures.The expedition starts with excellentairborneviews of Himalayas and to Lhasa (the capital and spiritual heart of Tibet). The view theimpressivePotala Palace, the marvelousNorbulingka (summer retreat of Dalai Lama), the glorious Sera monastery, the divineJokhang Temple and the eventfulBarkhor square(the nerve centre of Lhasa). The trip extends, facing the old forts and sanctuaries of the Tibetan kings, great monasteries with histories as old as Tibet, caves painted with beautiful murals, and the enduringTibetans. Furthermore, the scenic vistas like the one at Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m) tenders the trip.
Day 1 KATHMANDU – GONGGAR AIRPORT – LHASA (Drive 100Kms (3658m, 2 hrs))
A flight from Kathmandu to Gonggar Airport offers one of the most beautiful flights sightseeing in the world. Therefore, it is worthless trying to express the pleasure of felling the panoramic views and beautiful flight to Gonggar Airport (Lhasa). Your Lhasa tour starts from the airport with a warm welcome from our Tibetan Guide and a driver and experience the Tibetan hospitality accompanied by sweet smile. You will, then, be checked into the booked hotel to relax and acclimatize with the high altitude.
Note: Rest day at hotel
Day 2 SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
After a refreshing breakfast, we go for sightseeing at Lasa. A whole day program will be briefed and your tour will be guided by experienced guide to Sera Monastery offering an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. Norbulingka is the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama where you pay a visit. The building was ready in 1956 with richly decorated by Tibetan carvings and paintings. The Tibetan cultural glimpse can also be seen in the Jokhang temple. We can spend some time walking around the busy Barkhor Square and escort back to the hotel.
Day 3 SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
Today, we visit the majestic Potala Palace, the imposing structure for sightseeing. You will be guided through the structure of Potala Palace which dominates the landscape of Lhasa. You can experience best Tibetan art as we continue through the ancient chambers. The palace has the vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues along with the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.Further, you will be guided to visit beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery and observe nuns and monks chanting mantra and performing religious discourses. Finally, we will escort you back to hotel for pleasant rest.
Note: The sightseeing of the places will be decided as per the order decided by the Guide since only limited numbers of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace.
Day 4 LHASA – GYANGTSE (3950m, 261KMS, 8 hrs)
On a private land cruiser along with a guide via friendship highway we started driving from Lasa to Khampa la Pass(4730 meters).We spend some time to enjoy the breathtaking views of major peaks covered with snow in the eastern region of Himalaya, along the way Norjing Gang Sang spiritual snow mountain range to the west across the waters of Yamdrok Lake. Further, we descend and drive across the local nomadic and farming villages to arrive at the western edge of Yamdrok Lake. We stop here for our picnic lunch at a nice meadow next to the lake. The trail continues to Karola la pass (5050 meters) and we have our first high altitude adventure experience of Nogjing Gang Sang Glacier Peak and a good time with local yaks and their herders.
Finally, we end our day, late afternoon, at Gyangese (3850 meters) and check in a hotel for pleasant shower and dinner. We stay at hotel today.
Day 5 GYANGTSE – SHIGATSE (3900m, 95KMS, 2 hrs)
Today, we have different historical and cultural centers to visit. After breakfast, we leave for Palkhor Chode monastery including the Kumbum stupa ( the only survival with such distinctive structure and the thousands of artworks ) and the local ancient Gyangtse fort. We move to our day trip to the rich agricultural Nying Chu valley of central Tibet of Sigatse and then we take a rest in a hotel.
Day 6 SHIGATSE – LHASA (3658m, 280KMS, 5 hrs)
Tashilhumpo Monastery, surrounded by high walls, has much more to explore. It is also one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. We will visit the monastery and explore the local market after breakfast and drive back to Lhasa via a short route.
Day 7 LHASA – GONGGAR AIRPORT – KATHMANDU
After the aerial views of Himalyan range we leave the airport on time and take the flight back to Kathmandu.
• Accommodation – Twin share with breakfast • All applicable transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary • All Sightseeing entry fee, permit charges & royalties as per the itinerary • English speaking Tibetan Guide
• Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary. • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head • Cost for Insurance. • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly. • Payment for service provided on a personal request. • Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc. • American & Canadian national has to pay USD100 extra top of above price for Chinese/Tibet visa fee • Lunch and dinner in Tibet • Airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa (USD 740-round Trip) • Chinese/Tibet visa fee (Visa Fee: USD 85)
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