The Cultural and Historic Highlights of Central Tibet
8 Days Central Tibet Tour takes in all the highlights of central Tibet. Following a circular route from Tsedang to Lhasa we explore the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization, and then preceding on the southern route past Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise lake), to the historical towns of Gyantse and Shigatse. From Shigatse we take the Northern route through the scenic, rugged Tsangpo river valley, culminating our tour in Lhasa, the once forbidden city. In Tsedang visit Samye the oldest Monastery in Tibet and the Yambu Lakhang, castle of the Tibetan Kings.
At Shigatse visit the great Tashilungpo monastery and at Gyantse the multi-storied Kumbum Stupa. In Lhasa visit the famous Potala Palace and Norbulinkha summer palace, the great monastery of Drepung, the Jokhang Temple and walk through the bustling Barkor Bazaar. A choice of hotels are available in Lhasa and best hotels in other places. The most comprehensive tour to see all the power places of Tibet.
TRIP FACTS :
- Total No. Of Days : 7 Nights and 8 Days.
- Starting Point : Lhasa.
- Ending Point : Lhasa.
- Best Season : April to November.
- Tour Availibility : Private Tours only for a minimum of 4 Persons.
- Participants have to arrive Kathmandu 2 days before tour start date.
- Participants Can fly in from Kathmandu / Beijing or Chengdu.
ITINERARY for HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL TIBET TOUR
Day 1 : Arrive at Lhasa. Drive to Tsedang.
Fly into LHASA from Kathmandu, Chengdu or Beijing. Drive along the Tsangpo valley to Tsedang. Rest of the day free for rest and acclimatization.
Day 2 : Guided tour of Samye, the oldest Monastery in Tibet that belongs to the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We also visit the Yambulakhang, the first castle built by the Tibetan Kings.
Day 3 : Drive Tsedang to Gyantse.
Take a scenic drive via Yamdrok (Turquoise) Lake to the old Tibetan town of Gyantse. In Gyantse we visit the beautiful multistoried Kumbum Stupa and the Pelkor Chode Monastery.
Day 4 : Gyantse to Shigatse.Drive to Shigatse and en route visit the Shalu Monastery. At Shigatse visit the great Tashi Lungpo Monastery-seat of the Panchen Lama; the second highest-ranking leader of the Tibetan Buddhist religious order. There will also be a chance to visit the interesting Shigatse Market place.
Day 5 : Shigatse to Lhasa. Today drive along the Tsangpo valley gorge to Lhasa the capital city of Tibet.
Day 6 : Lhasa Sight Seeing. Visit Tibet’s oldest and holiest Buddhist shrine – the Jokhang Temple, and the bustling Barkor market encircling the Jokhang. Later visit the Traditional Tibetan Hospital.
Day 7 : Lhasa Sight Seeing.Full day tour of the gigantic Potala Palace – home to the Dalai Lamas of Tibet and the great Buddhist Monastery of Drepung. Evening free for individual activities.
Day 8 : Transfer to Airport for Final Departure to Kathmandu / Beijing or Chengdu.
End of Central Tibet Tour Tour.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants,etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well being.
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