Travel to Lhasa Tibet in Winter
What's Included?• Tour Leader - We are only the tour company who organize tour leader for each tour. Our tour leader will make sure you have proper food, hotel and well looked after. The tour leader is very well experienced in high altitude and knows well about first aid.
• Tour Guide - Excellent English Speaking Tibetan tour guide, well experienced
• Transportation - Comfortable tourist vehicle or A/C tourist bus with excellent driver
• Accommodation - 3-star hotel in big cities and comfortable guess house in the rural
• Admission Fee - Admission fee of all tourists sites which are listed in the itinerary
• Permits - All necessary permits to Tibet, including Entry Permit, Alien's travel permit, Military permit.
• Meals - Meals listed as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in itinerary.
We will be waiting at the airport to welcome you, it take about an hour from airport to Lhasa. Today you can relax in the hotel or you can go for short walk as its good to slow down for acclimatizing. We will have welcome dinner together and then also go through the program and introduce our guide and driver to you so you know them well.
Day 2: Lhasa, Jokhang and Potala
Morning we will visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, attracts thousands and thousands of pilgrims from all over Tibet and around the world, it was built by the great King Songten Gampo.
In the afternoon we will visit Potala palace, served both as administrative centre and religious centre in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king “Songtsen Gampo” and later renovated by 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. You can explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(sputa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of Mandela, figures of the Buddha.
Day 3: Lhasa,Visit Sera, Drepung, Nechung monasteries
Sera, one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa, sits at the foot of Hill Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which had a longer history. Sera in Tibetan means Wild Rose Garden since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it.
Drepung monastery. Drepung once housed 10,000 monks, If we’re lucky, we’ll quietly ease into a dark columned hall to see and hear the lilting, booming chanting of the sutras, or perhaps sit under a willow tree and watch as the monks engage in theatrical debate. Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung, Tibet’s State Oracle. Major decisions of the state are made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.
Day 4: Wonder around Lhasa market
You can wonder around Lhasa to see how busy is every one shopping like European shopping for Christmas
Day 5: Lhasa, The New Year Day
Today is the Tibetan New Year day, The Tibetan calendar starting from 1027.A.D. The first day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar is New Year’s Day. This is the grandest festival in Tibet. According to the custom of Tibetans of which praying at the first day of the year, almost all people gather to Jorkhang temple to pray for a new start in the year. In the afternoon, you can visit the Drepung monastery. This monastery once housed 10,000 monks and if we’re lucky, we’ll ease into a dark columned hall to see and hear the lilting, booming chanting of the sutras or sit under a willow tree and watch as the monks engage in theatrical debate.
Day 6: An exploration to Drak Yerpa Caves
Drak Yerpa cave was built on a hillside with more than 80 meditation caves. Drak Yerpa is described as the “life tree” or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had a powerful spiritual heritage was visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha. It was the home of some hermits, monks, and nuns. Tucci in 1949 describes it as follows: “Yerpa appeared suddenly before my eyes as a bend in the road, a cascade of small white buildings along steep, overgrown cliffs. You would think you weren’t in Tibet. Giant junipers and tufts of rhododendron topped a thick tangle of undergrowth, brushwood and grass victoriously fighting the hard barrenness of rocks. The cliffs were riddled with burrows and caves, some of which were so high up on an abrupt hill that it would have been risky to climb them.” For those with a particular interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the holiest cave retreats in the Ü Region. Many ascetics have sojourned here and contributed to the area’s sanctity. The site is peaceful and has stunning views.
Day 7: Tsurphur monastery
This monastery is the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa lineage and Tsurphu monastery was found in 1187 by Dusum Khyenpa. Tsurphu has an annual festival around the time of the Saga Dawa festival on the 10th and the 11th.
Day8: Lhasa departure
After breakfast we will take you to the airport
The following fee will be assessed per person accordingly when you cancel your reservation:
60 or more days prior to departure…………………………30%the Deposit.
60-30 days prior to departure………………………………………………50% of total cost
30 days prior to departure………………………………………………100% of the total cost
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