Discovery of the Cradle of Tibetan Culture
Zedang is known as the cradle of Tibetan culture. Long ago, local Tibetans travelled there to multiply and build homes. It is home to the first Tibetan palace, also known as the Yongbulakang Palace and has a history of over 2000 years. The ancient tomb of a Tibetan King and Yongchang Monastery are located there as well as where Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng used to live. Sanye Monastery was first built in 779 AD and designed by Monk Jihu under the leadership of Thrisong Deutsen, the descendent of Songtsen Gampo. The site of the monastery was chosen by an Indian Monk called Master Lianhua. Today, the monastery maintains influence on Tibetan Buddhism and its architectural style. In Tibetan, Samye means “unimaginable.” Yongbulakang Palace, though previously destroyed, is still at the corner of majestic mountain. Today, visitors can still have a glimpse of its bygone magnificence.
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Day 1: Lhasa - Welcome to the roof of the world! Your guide will pick you up at the Lhasa airport upon your arrival. The rest of the day is free for you to adjust to the highland.
Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Shangri-La Hotel, St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Four Points By Sheraton Lhasa Hotel or similar; Boutique hotels – Lingtsang Boutique Hotel, Shambhala Palace or similar
Day 2: Lhasa - Today is your first day of discovering this highland. We’ve packed three attractions requiring minimal physical demands. Sera Monastery is one of Lhasa’s three largest monasteries and is the place where Buddhist maters preach. There are thousands of sculptures of Buddha, some of which are from India. The various murals will tell you a story on Tibetan Buddhism. Monks debate is a unique style of learning Buddhist knowledge. It is held every day and makes visiting Sera Monastery more interesting. Lunch is arranged after at a local fine restaurant. After, you will visit Norbulinka, which is a place for appreciating Tibetan-style gardens. It has a history of more than 200 years. It is currently a botanical garden where you can see many precious flowers and plants only found in this highland along with several historical architectures. Southeast of Norbulinka is the Tibet Museum. There, you can learn about Tibetan history from more than one thousand historical relics, including sculptures of Buddha, Thangka, Tibetan musical instruments, and unique Tibetan handicrafts. Make sure you are well rested in preparation for tomorrows physical activities.
Day 3: Lhasa - Today starts with the most popular site in Lhasa, also known as Potala Palace. It is a castle-like complex built with typical Tibetan style. There are many precious treasures in this palace, including Buddhist items and invaluable historical materials written in Tibetan. The palace is a representative of Tibetan architecture and symbol of Tibet. After lunch in a local restaurant you will visit Barkhor Street. It is a circumambulation road surrounding Jokhang Temple and an area of traditional Tibetan dwellings. Try not be astonished when you come across the locals. There are numerous stalls selling Tibetan handcrafts. Take a look and bargain for your favorites.
Jokhang Temple has a history of more than 1,300 years. The existing temple was built in more than 1,200 years ago. Thus, the architecture there is a historical highlight. Keep an eye out for exquisite carvings and Buddha sculptures.
Day 4: Lhasa/Zedang - The next two days will allow time to explore the Lhoka Prefecture area of Tibet. You’ll ride three hours outside of Lhasa to reach Lake Yamdrok to admire the beauty of its tranquility. It is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. Feel free to take a walk by the lake and sense nature. A picnic lunch is arranged by the Lake after. Following lunch, you’ll head to the Mingdruling Monastery. It is a typical monastery of Mongolian Lamaism. Mingfruling Monastery is different from others as it is with a significant nature as a Buddhist College. The subjects with emphasis are Buddhist classics, grammar, astronomical almanacs and Tibetan medicine, the writing and calligraphy skills are well known in Tibet.
Day 5: Zedang - You’ll have private transportation to Samye dock within an hour. After, you’ll take the ferry to Samye Monastery. It is a monastery with exquisite towers and pavilions with a magnificent architecture combining Tibetan, Chinese and India style. The collections of murals, wooden and rock carvings and Tangkar are contribute to the worldwide popularity of the monastery. Lunch will be given then followed by a visit to Yumbulagang Monastery. It was the first palace built in 2 century BC in Tibet. Emperor Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng used to stay there in the summers. The Fifth Dalai Lama ordered the rebuilding of it as a Shamanism monastery later.
Day 6: Zedang/Airport - Your guide and driver will meet you at an appointed time to transfer you to the airport for your next destination.
Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request
- Note: the Discovery of the Cradle of Tibetan Culture tour itinerary mentioned above is only a sample; we can customize this tour to meet your requests.