01: Kathmandu - Lhasa (3650m)
In the morning transfer to airport to connect flight from
to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gongor airport at Lhasa, transfer to the
hotel in Lhasa. From Kathmandu to Lhasa it would be a scenic flight
across the Himalayas. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclaim
yourselves to this high altitude of Lhasa.
Day 02: Lhasa
In the morning after having breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour
of Lhasa city. In Lhasa we visit the Potala Palace. Potala Palace is
the dominant landmark of Lhasa which is situated at a height of 117
meters above the sea level. The construction of this palace was
started on the red hill in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama. An immense
building, 13 storeys high with walls 3 meters thick contains over
1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. It was both the
residence of the current Dalai Lama and tomb of the former head of
state. The Potala Palace is full of elaborate art work and frescos
that tell many stories. In the afternoon we drive to visit the
Jokhang temple. Jokhang temple was built in the 7th century A D and
houses the most prized Buddhist relic, a 1300 year old Sakyamuni
Buddha statue. The main section of the temple is topped with golden
roofs which is found only in Tibet. After visiting the temple we
have a walk in the Barkhor Bazaar. It is a lively and colourful
market where you can bargain over such treasures like a ornate long
bladed knives, prayer wheels and exquisite jewellery. Overnight at
Day 03: Lhasa
In the morning after having breakfast we visit the
monastery. This monastery is situated in the west suburbs of Lhasa
city. It was formerly the largest and richest monastery in the world
with about 10000 monks. Of particular interest is the medieval
monk's kitchen with its great cauldrons of steaming barley 'stamp'
sitting on top of huge earthen stoves and tented by saffron robed
monks wielding massive ladles. From the roof of the monastery one
can enjoy the natural beauty of the Lhasa valley. Then we visit the
Sera monastery. Sera is more like a small town on the outskirts of
Lhasa at the base of Tatipu hill. It is the main teaching monastery
and one of the three great Gelukpa Universities - once housing more
than 5500 monks. Here one can see the young novices learning
scriptures in the Debating Garden.
In the morning we visit the Norbulingka Summer palace. On the banks
of the Kyichi River, there is a tree and flower filled pard known as
the Norbulingka or the Jewel Park. Covering a total area of 360,000
square meters, the park was originally laid out in the year 1750.
Norbulingka is also the site of the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas
(8th to 14th). The small palace of the 13th Dalai Lama is an odd mix
of traditional Tibetan architecture and modern paraphernalia. After
visiting the Summer Palace return back to the hotel in Lhasa. Rest
of the day free for leisure.
05: Lhasa - Kathmandu
In the morning after having breakfast transfer to airport to connect
flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Transfer to the airport for onwards
Accommodation in double room on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the
Entrances of the monuments during the sightseeing.
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your
at every place of sightseeing.
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations
All Transfers and
Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with
driver. For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels)
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