This spiritual journey covers most prominent monasteries around Lhasa including first ever Buddhist monastery and historical kings palace in the Yarlung valley which is also known as cradle of Tibetan civilization, your arrival to the holy city will be greeted by the lovely blue sky and impressive glimpse of gigantic Potala palace perched on the red hill, while during the couple of days acclimation and jet-lag alleviation, you will be overwhelmed its prominent historical and religious sites, mystical Potala Palace, sacred Jokahng temple, sprawling Sera and Drepung monastery, walk shoulder to shoulder with devoted pilgrims in bustling Bakhort street. Then spiritual journey extend its feature to the historical buildings and hermitage cliffs around the Yarlung valley, meeting hermits and retreants at Chimpu hermitages is a beautiful hiking through the green bushes within the natural amphitheatre valley, driving along the stunning turquoise color lake Yamdrok and blooming Nyenchen Kangsar glacier under the sunny plateau climate, you will never waste every single minute by discovering new experiences and wonders all the time, last but not the least, visiting Namtso lake and overnight on the Tashi Do promontory complete your exclusive Tibetan experience of culture, religious, natural and nomadic lifestyle
Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels
In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.
Day 4 Lhasa-Tsedang
Today we will drive to Tsedang, located by YarlungValley, is the capital of ShannanPrefecture. It's reputed as "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization", mainly for two reasons: First, the mild weather and fertile land in Shannan gestated the great Tibet dynasty. Second, it's the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness. So Tsedang literally means "monkey's playground". Today will visit Yumbulakang and Trundruk monastery.
Day 6 Samye monasatery to Chim-puk hermitage back to Tsedang
Chim-puk is north–east of Samye monastery. It is a warren of caves that was once a retreat for Guru Rinpoche. It is a popular day hike for the travelers. The walk takes around four or five hours up and three hours down. Take some water with you. If you are lucky you might find a pilgrim truck headed up and some different animals and birds and suck fox. There is also 108 meditation cave, 108 spring river and 108 sky burial
Day 7 Tsedang-Chengdu
Transfer to Gongka airport and take flight to Chengdu, tour ends.
1.Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
2.All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
3.Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
4.Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 5.4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
6.All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
7.All meals listed in the above itinerary;
1.International flight to and out of China;
2.Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
3.Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
4.Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
5.Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.