Trip Facts

Grade: Easy
Altitude: Max. 3800m
Group Size: 2 to 20 pax
Season: February - November

Description

This is a journey for non-trekkers which begins in the Kathmandu valley with sightseeing in Hindu and Buddhist monuments, temples, arts which show 6th century history of Malla era culture and traditions. We fly to Lhasa which is in Tibet Autonomous region within China. It has a lot of history from Emperor Songtsen Gompo, uniting warring tribes and conquering many neighboring lands.  It is also a wonderful experience to be in the place where Guru Padmasambhava,  Milarepa, Tsong Khapa, Atisha, Brikuti and many other reincarnated Rinboches as Gurus and hermits who have different roles to bring up philosophy of Buddhism. 
Visit Potala Palace, symbols Buddhist complex was built in 6th century by Emperor Songtsen Gompo which is the greatest monumental structure seen above Lhasa valley in red hill. After it was repaired and turns to  palace for 5th Dalai Lama adding more complex. This complex have many compartments with huge collection of Buddhist icon and symbols.  There is also another summer palace is Norbulinka, which is master piece of Tibetan art. Visit Jokhang monastery surrounded by Barkhor which is the main local market. A lot of people circle around (kora) with extreme devotion by prostrating whole body or by walking are the special spiritual experience.  
Another visit to Sera and Drepung monasteries  which was established by the disciple of Tsong Khapa (founder of Gelukpa sect) in 14th century about. It used to have 6000-8000 monks from all over Tibet. These  monasteries with university were badly damaged around 1950. If you are lucky to see debate in the monastery is interesting. There are many different sights representing different sect in Buddhism like Ningmapa, Kagyupa, Sakypa, Gelugpa etc….
Day 01: Morning flight to Lhasa with breathtaking views of Himalayas. Transfer from Gongkar airport to hotel about 90 kilo meter drive and relax at hotel for acclimatization.
Day 02: Visit to Potala Palace is a great opportunity to experience the Tibetan traditional architecture and culture. Visit to Jokhang temple can realise the devotion and faith on Buddhism by locals and Barkhor is the busy local market.
Day 03: A day trip to Drepung and Sera monastery, just few kilometer away. These monasteries are from 14th century and survived the cultural revolution. During “Cham” ritual ceremony, huge local crowd gathers to pay tribute as the special spiritual blessing.
Day 04-05: Free day to be on your own to explore around Barkhor or relax. Take a “Kora” around chapel is more interesting to observe local people. Thangka paintings, silver items, colorful decorative objects are most popular for gifts before departure...

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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