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Itinerary Name: 6 Days Tibet Culture Tour – Lhasa, Tsedang
Day 1
Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Flight in the Late Afternoon or Night
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Your private guide, car and driver will meet you at Lhasa Railway Station or Lhasa Gongga Airport and take you directly to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. Relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery along the Lhasa River on the way. 

 

Lhasa River Valley


You are advised to take a good rest, eat simply, and drink some water on the arrival day to acclimatize.

Day 2
Sightseeing In Lhasa
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Heavenly Palace Tour

The first day of sightseeing in Lhasa 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. 

Your guide knows the best spots for taking photos of the Potala. 

 

Some 2 km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet – Jokhang Temple - the most sacred temple in Tibet, which attracts pilgrims from all parts of Tibet to prostrate themselves in front of the temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. 

 

- The views of the Potala Palace from the rooftop of Jokhang Temple is breathtaking. Your guide will definitely take you there for great photos. 

  

The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor – Lhasa ’s  most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. 

  

More about Potala palace at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potala_Palace 

More about Jokhang Temple at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jokhang_Temple 

More about Barkhor at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkhor

Day 3
Sightseeing In Lhasa
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Buddhist Wonderland Tour 

Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Tibet Museum.

 

The Drepung Monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa (the founder of Gelugpa Sect, the most important sect of Buddhism in Tibet)s disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric and Exotoric Buddhism and became the first Kampo (head lama) there. With the support of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas. In 1546, the third Dalai was welcomed as the first Living Buddha into the monastery. At the invitation of Mongolias king, he went to Qinghai Province to preach. He was dignified with the title the third Dalai Lama the first and second Dalai were entitled, too. It is the very place that the second, third, and the fourth Dalai Lama held the Sitting-in-Bed Ceremony, as well as the residence of the fifth Dalai before his nomination by the government of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Supported by the Army of the first Emperor of Qing Dynasty in Beijing, 5th Dala Lama became the king for both monks and common people in whole Tibet and moved to Potala Palace from Drepung Monastery.

More about Drepung Monastery at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drepung_Monastery 

  

Sera Monasterylies at the foot of a mountain in the northern outskirts of Lhasa. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, one of the eight disciples of Tsong Khapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect, the most important sect of Buddhism in Tibet, covering an area of 114,964 square metres. The structure is imposing, picturesque, and splendid in green and gold. Sera Monastery, together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, are reputed as the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet. It is very famous for The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in the Buddhist Collage in the Monastery. 

More about Sera Monastery at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sera_Monastery 

  

Located in the west of Lhasa city, the Tibet Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). The museum is equipped with modern facilities to ensure quality service for visitors and safety and efficient administration of the museum itself. Here exhibits are introduced in Japanese, English, Tibetan, and Chinese, in order to accommodate visitors from all over the world.

More about Tibet Museum at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibet_Museum_(Lhasa)

 

Day 4
Lhasa - Tsedang
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Tsedang

Today’s drive is around 280km / 6 hours. 

 

Today in Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan Civilization, you will visit Changzhu (Changdrok, Tradruk) Monastery and Yhongbulakhang Palace.  

 

Built in the 7th century, Changzhu (Changdrok, Tradruk) Monastery is one of the 18 oldest temples in Tibet, as old as the Jokhang temple in Lhasa. It was said that in history the Master, Milariba and Pandhamasangbawa once practiced and meditated here. Changzhu Temple is located at the foothill of Mt. Gongri, 2 km to the south of the outskirts of Tsetang (Zetang) Town, just on the main road to Luotsa County. 

 

The temple is also the first temple in Tibet for worshipping Buddha during the Turfan time. Legend goes that the master, named Lian Huasheng and Milariba and some other renowned Buddhist eminent monks all led a pious life near the temple before, thus making this area of the temple around the temple still a pilgrimage sacred land. The temple was composed by three parts namely the main hall, the turning of prayer wheel encircling the porch and the porch courtyard. 

More about Changzhu (Changdrok, Tradruk) Monastery at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradruk_Temple 

 

Yungbulakang Palace is the palace for the 1st Tibetan King Niechi in the Yalong River Valley. It is also called "the Mosher and Song Holy Hall". Yungbulakang, built in the second century B.C., stands on the top of a hill on the east bank of the Yalong River in the southeast of Naidong county. The castle can be divided into 2 parts, front and back. The front part is a 3-storey building, while the back part is a castle like tall a building. Enshrined in the shrine is the statues of Thiesung Sangjie Buddha. King Niechi, King Srontsan Gampo and the Tibetan Kings after them. The legend goes that the "mysterious object" was on the roof of the castle, so Buddhists regard here as the holy-land.  

More about Yungbulakang Palace at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungbulakang_Palace

 

Day 5
Tour in Tsedang
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Tsedang

Today’s drive is around 200km/ 5 hrs.

 

Today in Tsedang area, tourists will visit Samy Monastery and Chenpu Meditation Caves.

Located in the quiet piedmont area of the Shannan Region, Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete temple with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far. 

  

The temple was built by Trisong Detsen (reigned 742-798) in the Tubo Kingdom and was presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava. The whole construction of the temple is very grandiose and complicated. It replicates the universe described in the sutras exactly. The central world Mount Meru is represented by the majestic Wuzi Hall. The Sun and Moon chapels stand in the north and south as the sun and moon in the universe. Four larger halls and eight smaller halls are distributed around all sides of the central hall, symbolizing the four large continents and eight small ones. In the four corners lie the Red, White, Black and Green Pagodas guarding the Dharma like the Heavenly Kings. A circular wall surrounds the temple as if marking the periphery of the world. The layout of Samye Monastery resembles the Mandala in the Esoteric Buddhism.

More about Samye Monastery at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samye_Monastery

 

Located to the north of Samye Monastery, Chenpu Meditation Caves is a dream place for Tibetan Buddhism practicers.

 

Day 6
Rongbuk Monastery - Shigatse
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:

Pack your baggage and say good by to Tibet. Transfer from Tsedang to the Konggar Airport in Lhasa (110km / 2 hrs drive) for your return flight back to your sweet home.(If you plan to fly to Shanghai, your flight will be via Chengdu or Chongqing or Xi’an.