This trip highlights the two ancient heritage valleys; Kathmandu and Lhasa. After exploring the old temples and city squares of Kathmandu, the panoramic Himalayan flights will take you to Lhasa (Tibet) by crossing the world's highest peaks (view W/P). You will be met by our representative/local guide at Lhasa airport and transfer to city (2 hours, 95km.from the airport). Check-in to your hotel and take full rest for acclimatization. Lhasa, a city of Sunshine (more than 3000 hrs Sunshine a year), is the capital of Tibet and center of the Tibetan culture. The historical Potala Palace, the Palace of Dalai Lama is glorious and impressive. The guided sightseeing tour of Lhasa includes; the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Norbulingkha and Nunnery, etc. On completion of the Lhasa trip, you will take another scenic flight back to Kathmandu and spend two more nights in the valley before you fly back home or next destination.
DAY 01 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Meet at airport and greet transfer to hotel. Upon check in the hotel, we will brief you about your trip and give you related information.
DAY 02 – KATHMANDU
Guided sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath stupa, one of the glorious Buddhist shrines in Nepal also known as Monkey Temple, and Patan Durbar Squares…
DAY 03 – KATHMANDU
Morning, guided tour of Bouddhanath stupa, the largest Buddhist shrine, also called a little Tibet in Nepal. Afternoon - free time.
DAY 04 – FLY KATHMANDU – LHASA
The panoramic Himalayan flight goes by the side of the Mt. Everest (view on clear weather). Our guide and staffs will meet you at Lhasa airport and transfer to Lhasa city (3600m). Evening rest for acclimatization and overnight at a medium hotel.
DAY 05 – LHASA TOUR
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market - morning visit Potala- one of the most famous architectural works of Tibet is erected on top of Red Hill in Lhasa. In the 7th Century after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's marriage with Princess Wencheng of the Tang court, the Palace was build for meditation. In the mid 17th century it was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size and ever since it became the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. The construction took fifty years from its beginning to completion.
The tour continues to Jokhang Temple-situated in the center of the old section of Lhasa. It was built in the mid 7th century A. D. and later extended by successive rulers; it has now become a gigantic architectural complex. Located in the east, facing to west, it is a four-storied temple with splendid golden temple. Late afternoon explore around the famous Barkhor market (shopping street).
DAY 06 – LHASA TOUR
Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monasteryand Norbulingka -morning visit Drepung - Situated 5 km distance to the western suburb of Lhasa at foot of Mt Ganpoi Ute. Drepung monastery was founded in 146 by Jamyang Choje a disciple of Tsongkapa the founder of Gelukpa Sect. The monastery occupying an area of 250000 square meters with a fixed number of 7700 monks is the largest monastery in Tibet. The monastery keeps plentiful historical relics, Buddhist scriptures arts and crafts.
The tour continues to sera monastery-situated 3 km distance to the northern suburb of Lhasa. Sera monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje a disciple of Tsongkapa, the Gelugpa sect. The monastery is erected grandly at a mountain slope with a colorful architecture. Sera monastery together with Ganden and Dprerung monastery in Lhasa are known as the three great monasteries in Tibet. Also visit Norbulingka, the summer Palace of Dalai Lama.
DAY 07 – LHASA-GANDEN
Full day excursion trip to GANDEN MONASTERY and KYICHU VALLEY – Ganden Monastery is about 60-km east of Lhasa. It is one of the three great monasteries in Lhasa and one of the six great monasteries of Gelug Sect. Ganden means happiness and contentedness in Tibetan. The Ganden Monastery was built in early 15th century under the supervision of Zonggaba, the founder of the Gelug Sect. The main buildings include the Cohen Hall, the Chamber of Zonggaba and the College of Yangbajian. The day trip driving through Kyichu River Valley will be scenic one.
DAY 08 – Fly LHASA – KATHMANDU
After an early breakfast, transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer from airport to your hotel. Afternoon free time…
DAY 09 – KATHMANDU
Guided tour of Bhaktapur (Bhadgoan) Durbar Squares, the old city of temples and old Palaces. Afternoon – free time for your shopping / self-activities.
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU
After breakfast and as per your flight time, we will transfer you to airport for your flight back home or next destination. Namaste! End of the trip.
***This trip itinerary can be changed or modified as per your time and interest.
Cost of This Trip: depend on your group size and your requirements. Please e-mail us for a special price quote.
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