Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa. (L, D)
The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport or train station, and transfer you to Lhasa city. On the way, you'll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda, a Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive in Lhasa, rest and acclimatize overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: sightseeing Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery (B L, D)
This morning, we will take a easy visit to Jokhang Temple, and then wander through the Barkor street, the crowed central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery.
- The Jokhang Temple: It is 1300 years old and is one of Tibet's holiest shrines. It was built to commemorate the marriage of the the Tang princess Wencheng to King Songtsen Gampo, and houses a pure gold statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni brought to Tibet by the princess.
- Barkhor Street: It is essentially a pilgrim circuit that proceeds clockwise around the periphery of the Jokhang Temple. It is also a hive of market activity, an astounding pilgrim jamboree, and a wonderful introduction to Tibet.
-Sera Monastery: It is known as one of the three greatest monasteries of Tibet. As one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks"famous daily debates"take place.
Day 3: sightseeing the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery.(B L, D)
today our task is mianly to experience the charming of the Potala palace, the cardinal landmark in Lhasa. Drepung monastery is our next destination.
-The Potala Palace: The most imposing attraction in Lhasa. One of architectural wonders of the world contains 13 storeys tall and thousands of rooms.We kindly suggest you take taxi to the top of the palace which costs about 10 and then walk down after your visiting.
-Drepung Monastery: Drepung Monastery lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse, clustered round by the black mountain, its white grand buildings shining under the sunlight. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect in China. Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala palace(after the 5th Dalai Lamas was bestowed by Qing emperor Qianlong).
Day 4: Lhasa / Tsethang (B L, D)
this morning we will go through the Gangpo Ri Mountain on the way to Tsethang cross the widest part of Yarlung Zangpo River and visit the first Monastery in Tibet Samye Monastery, 2 hours on a local boat just to cross the River and another half an hour by local tractor or truck to finally reach Samye. today's journey will end in Tsethang and overnight there.
-Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yaluzangbu River in Jialang county.It is important to tibetan people. They say if you see the complete temple, you would have traveled the entire universe. And to be honest, virtually you do. This monastery is built in a manner which copies the formation of universe exactly the way it is mentioned in the sutras.The uniquely designed monastery is also famous for the various murals on the walls of the monastery and ancient artifacts that are well preserved and can be found only in this monastery.
Day 5: Tsethang sightseeing - Yarlung Valley (B L, D)
Visit the Valley of the old civilization, Yarlung Valley, This majestic area is widely believed to be the cradle of all of Tibetan civilization, the birth place of Tibetan People.
then we will have a chance to visit Tibetan kings tombs. overnight at Taethang.
Day 6: Drive back to Lhasa (B)
this morning we will transfer you to Lhasa and transfer to Ghongkhar airport. say goodbye to Lhasa and begin your next journey.