Sacred path to "The Best Beautiful Home"
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.
- Monasteries visit with monks debate
- Unique Tibetan architectural visits
- Fascinating Tibetan arts and culture experience
Customizable Tour Itinerary
Welcome to the roof of the world! Your guide will pick you up at Lhasa
airport upon your arrival. The rest of the day is free for you to adjust
to this highland.
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Colourful prayer flags with Mount Qomolangma in the backdrop
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.
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.
Ceremony in a Tibetan monastery
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.
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.
Your guide and driver will meet you at an appointed time to transfer you to the airport for your next destination.
- In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
- Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
- Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
- Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
- Your own English-speaking guide service.
- Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.
- International transportation.
- Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Personal expenses.
- Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
- Gratuities to guide and driver.