Tibet Encounter - 8 days
This trip allows you to get a more “hands on” experience of Tibet. It is designed to show you more of this fascinating land and her people.
Your visits to Tsetang, Gyangtse, Shigatse and Lhasa overland will take you must travel to the roof of the world to see, observing one of the most colorful and fascinating religions and cultures on earth. The difference being that you will be doing so in comfort.
From US$ 1396.00
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 01 Arrive in Chengdu
Upon arrival in Chengdu, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 02 Chengdu - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gongar airport, 90 km from Lhasa. You will be met here by your guide and then proceed to Tsetang where you will have rooms reserved for you at the Tsetang Hotel. Rest of the day will be free.
Day 03 Tsetang
Your encounter with Tibet will begin with a visit to the palace of Yambulakhang which was built by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo in the second century BC. Local folk lore has it that the king was descended from heaven . Next you will visit Chedruk Temple to round off our visit to Tsetang.
Day 04 Tsetang - Shigatse
You will drive to Gyangtse via Yamdrok Tso which transaltes to “Turquoise Lake”, sightseeing tour of Gyangtse then proceed to Shigatse in the afternoon. Overnight at Shigatse Hotel.
Day 05 Shigatse - Lhasa
In the morning you will visit Tashilunpo monastery. This is the official seat of the Panchen Lama, second in importance to only the Dalai Lama. The monastery itself was built in 1447 by Gendun Drup and once housed upward of 3400 monks. Of particular interest in the monastery is the nine foot statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future. In the afternoon you will drive to Lhasa and check in hotel.
Day 06 Lhasa
Today will be spent exploring palaces. First on your list will be the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in the eighteenth century.
Day 07 Lhasa
Today you will visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess “Wen Chen”. You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 08 Lhasa - Chengdu
Transfer to airport for departure.
***End of the Tour***