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Fly in Drive out Whirland Tibet Tour is ideally convenient for those wishing to see the primary tourist spots of Tibet and Lhasa. In Tibet we fly or drive across the Himalaya to Lhasa, where we have ample time to visit the main sights in and around the town including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace) and the Jorkhang Temple which contains Jowo Shakyamuni, the most holy statue to all Tibetan Buddhists. We also visit the major monasteries in the Lhasa Valley including Samye, Drepung and Sera. We then drive along the Friendship Highway to Nepal, one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world. We visit the towns and monasteries in both Gyantse and Shigatse and then cruise with a spectacular drive across the Tibetan Plateau with great views of Everest from the north side and Shishapangma, the only 8,000m mountain situated totally in Tibet. Finally, we drive through the Himalaya and down into a spectacular gorge back to Nepal via the Nepalese border in Tatopani where our tour culminates in Kathmandu. We also have the option of flying back from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Kathmandu (1300m) – Lhasa (3650m)
You will be received at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to have some rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Overnight at your hotel in the capital city of mystical Tibet
Note: There is no program arranged for today. Later in the evening you can go for a stroll down the streets of Lhasa & look around.
Day 2-3: In Lhasa
We enjoy a full two days sight seeing tour to Lhasa including JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR BAZAAR, POTALA PALACE, DREYPUNG AND SERA MONASTERIES.
On these days you will visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jorkhang, & the surrounding areas of Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monasteries. You stay overnight at a hotel in Lhasa.
One of the highlights is a visit to the symbol of Tibet, which is the Potala Palace set high on a Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Jokhang.
Another great treasure is the Norbulingka – the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Next you visit Jorkhang temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Surrounding the Jorkhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Street which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts: brightly colored boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewelry, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manners of ordinary household ware.
We next visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419, has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild roses”. Today, some 200 Lamas live in this monastery. On the other hand, Drepung monastery is the world’s largest monastery with about some 10,000 residing monks. Over night in hotel
Day 4: Lhasa -Gyantse
Full day picturesque drive along the turquoise lake of Yamdrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794M) and the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo).
Today is a full day a picturesque drive crossing over the colorful Yamdrok Lake and Kambala Pass at 4,794m and Karola Pass at 5,010m. In Gyantse you spend time visiting the Pelke Chode Monastery and the 35m high famous Khumbum Stupa in Gyantse packed with exquisite Tibetan sculpture and paintings, a stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Over night in hotel
Daya 5: Gyantse (3950m) – Shigatse at 3900m, 98Km, approx 2 hours drive
We drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m.). You stay overnight at a hotel in Shigatse. When Gyantse just fades away from your sight, Shigatse becomes clearer because it’s just about 02 hours driving (98 kilometers).
Shigatse is situated near the junction of the Ngang and Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) rivers, with many traditional low ceiling, flat roofed, mud brick Tibetan houses, but quite a lot of ugly modern Chinese buildings as well. It is home of the Tashilunpo Monastery, traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, and one of the great centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Shigatse has an interesting bazaar, where various traditional items can often be found at more or less reasonable prices. Shigatse has always been an important trade and administration center and also has political and religious significance, once being the seat of the Panchen Lama. The town is essentially divided into two parts: the old Tibetan style area in the city and the concrete, modern Chinese part of the town. The older streets and alleys here are very pleasant to wander around and there are a few sights of interest to guarantee a stay of a day or two.
Hereabouts, you go to Tashilunpo Monastery and you stroll around the Tibetan market. Tashilunpo (Heap of Glory) Monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Built in 1447, it is the head monastery of the Yellow Hat sect (Gelukgompa). It is today one of Tibet’s most active monasteries. Over night in hotel Shigatse.
Day 6: Shigatse – Nyalamizhangnu, approx drive 6-8 hours
Today is a day cruise to the highest plateau of the world with typical landscapes offering the sheer feeling of being on the roof of the world crossing over the 5250meter Gyatsola Pass, and 5,050 meters LALUNGA pass, from where you can view the breathtaking mountain ranges of Mt. Cho Oyu at (8,201m) & Mt. Shishapangma at (8,012m) dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau (this is if weather permits) and we spend an overnight in a hotel/guest house.
Day 7: Nyalamizhangn – Kathmandu
Drive downhill to the Nepal-Tibet border that’s Khasa & Tatopani and after completing our immigration formalities; we drive 04/05 hours through beautiful Nepali countryside on the Arniko highway, making our way to Kathmandu. And this is where our Tibet holidays formally conclude. Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods