Central Tibet Culture Tour
Duration : 8 day(s)
This tour covers all ancient cultural sites of central Tibet including Tsedang (Yarlung Tsangpo valley), Samye valley, Gyantse, Shigatse and Lhasa. In ancient time, Tsedang was the hub of Tibetan civilization. Almost 40 (there is no precise figure) Budhist Kings ruled in Tibet and during their reign, Tsedang was the capital city. Yambulakhang, the first ever built Palace of Tibet is still there. Also, we you can see some colossal tombs of Tibetan Kings situated on the southernmost corner of Valley. The tour also covers the Samye valley where Tibet’s first Monastery (Samye) is situated. After Samye, the other two cities to visit are Gyantse (ancient trading hub) and Shigatse (the second largest city of Tibet). Eventually, the tour brings you to Lhasa (the present capital of Tibet). After finishing two days sightseeing tour in Lhasa, you will fly back to Kathmandu OR you can travel to mainland China (by plane OR train).
Day 01: Fly from Bejing/ Chendu/ kathmandu to Lhasa (Gonggar airport) then drive to Tsedang:
You will fly from Kathmandu to Gonggar airport, Lhasa. The flight takes about 1 hour & 10 minutes to reach Lhasa. This is probably the most beautiful flight in the World. While flying to Lhasa you can see five tallest mountains and all are 8000m+. Those mountains are Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8188m), Mt. Makalu (8485m) and Mt. Kangchenjunga (8586m). While taking boarding pass, please ask checking counter politely to allocate your seat on left hand side row. Upon arrival in Glongar airport you will be meet by our Manakamana Treks and Expedition representative and transferred to your hotel in Tsedang. Afternoon, you will visit Thandruk Monastery. Thandruk Monastery, perhaps is the oldest monastery in Tibet. It is situated on the crowded road side of the main city.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Tsedang:
Visit Yambulakhang (the first Palace of Tibet) and some massive Tombs of Tibetan King. These tombs are almost 1300 years old. Nine tombs are visible now including the Tomb of King Songtsen Gampo.
After lunch, drive to Samye valley. On the way visit Mindoling Monastery. Mindoling Monastery is located east of the Dranang River of the Dranang River county. The Monastery was built at the end of 10th century and renovated and changed its name in 1677. This is one of the three biggest Monastery of Nyingmapa sect.
After visiting Mindoling Monastery, you will visit Samye Monastery. Samye was, the first Monastery in Tibet, built by King Trisong Detsen. The Monastery put the foundation of Buddhist religion in Tibet. The Monastery is uniquely designed architectural showpiece of Tibet.
Day 03: Drive, Samye to Gyantse (3950 m.):
It is a magical moment that you will have today. After driving for an hour from Samye, the highway starts making zigzag way up to Kamba – La with its magnificent views of lake Yamdruk (the turquoise lake). You, then continue your journey along the lake shore for while then pass through a small town called Nakartse. After driving in a wide meadow, you will get to the Karo la glacier then eventually reach Gyantse with its magnificent sites of Kumbum stupa, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse dzong (the fort).
Day 04: Drive, Gyantse to Shigatse (3900 m.):
An hour drive from Gyantse will take you to Shigatse, the city of Tashilumpo Monastery. En route, you will visit Shalu Monastery which is 8 KM off the main High Way. Shalu Monastery was built on 1000 AD. The Monastery has special architectural style combining Han with Tibetan and Nepali style.
After noon visit Tashilungmpu Monastery. The Tashilungpu Monastery was built in 1447 AD which is known as one of the six major Monasteries of Gelukpa Sect. This is the largest Monastery in Tsang area with a total area of 3,00,000 Square meters. The highlight of the monastery is the gilt statue of Meitreya Buddha made of copper with 22.4 meter high. It is considered to be the highest statue in the World. Tashilungpu Monastery is the seat of Panchen Lama.
Day 05: Drive, Shigatse to Lhasa (3650 m.):
Early morning after breakfast, you will set off for Lhasa via the northern High Way. The drive takes about 4 hours to reach Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing tour:
You will visit Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace and Barkhor Bazaar Square.
Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing:
You will visit Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery today.
Day 08: Departure from Lhasa:
Early morning drive to Gongar Airport and your guide from Manakamana Treks will accompany you to bid farewell for your onward flight.during the journey. Also possible flight to mainland China (Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Xian etc). Also, you travel to these cities by train from Lhasa
- During the Tibet tour, Accommodation on twin sharing basis and breakfast daily, Tibet travel permit / Private land transfer by model Land Cruiser/Van/Mini coach as per itinerary. Local English speaking tour guide and monasteries entrance fees as per itinerary.
- All kind of personal nature expenses such as liquor, tips, emergency expenses, Airfare from Bejing/Chendu/kathmandu to Lasha etc and Chinese visa charges $ 114. meals, Nepal re-entry visa fee / Travel insurance / Expenses of private nature such as Laundry, Telephone calls, Beverages, Tips, etc. / Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as ROAD BLOCKAGE due to landslides or snowfalls, ACCIDENTS, etc.