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    Temples and monasteries of Tibet
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    Head out across the Tibetan Plateau
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    Tour the incredible Potala Palace

TIBET OVERLAND TOUR TO LHASA

On this trip, we will follow the Friendship Highway through some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes on Earth. We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time for acclimatisation and easy access to the cities main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land Cruiser 4 wheel drive, well travel through this amazing country. In the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we explore monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.

Fast Facts

Best: May to October

Tour: 11 Days

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We will pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey

Tibet Overland tinerary

Day-1:

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

 

Day-2:

Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

 

Day-3: Fly to Lhasa and get transferred to Tsetang.

A China Southwest Airline flight which departs Kathmandu in the mid - morning will take you over the Himalayas in what must be one of the most spectacular flights to Gongar airport, 90km from Lhasa. You will be met here by your guide and then proceed to Tsetang where you will have rooms reserved for you at the Tsetang Hotel. Rest of today will be at leisure.

 

Day-4: Tsedang Sightseeing.

Your tour of Tibet will begin with the palace of Yambulakhang which was built by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo in the second century BC. Local folklore has it that the king was descended from heaven. Later, we will see the Tradruk Temple.

 

Day-5: Drive to Gyantse

Today, we will begin our overland journey across the Tibetan plains to Gyangtse via Yamdrok, or 'Turquoise' Lake's. Overnight at Gyangtse Hotel

 

Day-6: Drive to Shigatse

We then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the local market we will make a detailed tour to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls.

 

Day-7: Sightseeing and return to Lhasa

After breakfast, you will go to Tashilunpo monastery. This is the official seat of the Panchen Lama, second in importance to only the Dalai Lama. The monastery itself was built in1447 by Gendun Drup and once housed upward of 3400 monks. Of particular interest in the monastery is the nine-foot statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future. In the afternoon you will drive back to Lhasa.

 

Day-8: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

After breakfast, you will go to the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, which was built, in the eighteenth century.

 

Day-9: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Today you will see the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha, which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess "Wen Chen". You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs.

 

Day-10:

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu, remainder of today at leisure

 

Day-11:

Depart Kathmandu

 

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