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Lhasa Tour & Ganden Monastery

Eastern Sojourns / Lhasa Tour & Ganden Monastery

Lhasa Tour & Ganden Monastery

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Lhasa, the capital of Tibet is also the most popular trip & destination in the region. The most visited and loved sites of Lhasa are packed together in this 5-day tour package— Potala Palace- the winter home of the Dalai Lamas; Jokhang Temple- the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism; And the Great Three Geluk Monasteries of Tibet- Drepung, Sera & Ganden Monastery. The famous ancient palaces and temples with rich culture and history behind them will make the whole trip worth the time and money!! Even if History has never been your favorite subject, the journey to these beautifully designed buildings through the tranquil valleys of Tibet will surely leave you breathless & speechless! If you don’t have many vacation days left, yet want to explore Tibet, the best of Tibet can be discovered and marveled at in this trip!

Key Tags: Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour | Lhasa Tour with Ganden Monastery

Duration

4 Nights / 5 Days

Cities

Kathmandu, Lhasa & Ganden

1

DAY 01

Kathmandu to Lhasa (Flight)

Fly from Kathmandu to Gonggar airport and drive to Lhasa (65 km, 1h.15m) 3600 m. The Trans-Himalayan flight will enchant you with the spectacular, breathtaking view if Himalayan ranges. You will see the most of the highest mountains on the earth including Mt. Everest.
On arrrival check-in to your hotel.
*Note: we advise you to take good rest in order to give you time to acclimatize and minimize the effect of altitude sickness.
Overnight at the hotel.
2

DAY 02

In Lhasa

Morning, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market & Old Lhasa City 3600 m. Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lamas and most famous landmark in the world. Although the palace cannot be freely explored, you will experience some if its chapels including audience hall, the golden burial Chorten (Tomb) of Past Dalai Lamas, tremendous number of painting done on wall, Statue, Thangka and Mandala etc.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism and important sacred site in Tibet. The Temple was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo for his two brides Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princes Bhrikuti of Nepal, both are said to have brought important Buddhist image and statues from Nepal & China to Tibet as part of their dowries. After visiting Temple explore Barkhor surrounding, watch the pilgrims prostrating themselves near the front gate of Jokhang Temple. Take part in clockwise circuit walking round the temple, walk around narrow alley to explore old Lhasa city.
Overnight at the hotel.
3

DAY 03

In Lhasa

Morning, visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery 3600 m. Drive 8 km northwest of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Geluk Monasteries of Tibet, founded by Jamyang Choje in 1416. The Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and once a home of as many as 10000 monks. This winter Palace was the resident of hundreds of monks from all the major Geluk monasteries for staffing individual Chapels.
In the afternoon drive 5km away from Lhasa to Sera Monastery founded in 1419, which is another one of the “ great three” Geluk monasteries of Tibet. Monastery is well known for the monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon.
Overnight at the hotel.
4

DAY 04

In Lhasa (Day trip to ganden (upper kora 2 – 3 hrs & lower kora 45 min – 1hr) 4300 m and back to lhasa 3600 m)

Morning drive approximately 50 km northeast of Lhasa to Ganden, the monastery is one of the three great Gelukpa sect religious centers in the Lhasa area, is cradled in a natural amphitheater high above the Kyi Chu River. It was built in 1409 by the founder of Yellow Hat sect. Master Tsongkapa and is the first Gelugpa monastery and has been the main seat of the major Buddhist order ever since. After visiting the monastery, we get ready to hike a bit around it (Upper Kora), on the hiking path you can see lot of carved Buddhist scriptures on the rock and pilgrims circling the monastery and stupendous views of the surrounding Kyi Chu Valley below you and the miles of a mountain range in the clear weather day. After finishing the Kora, we can have lunch at the local restaurant and return back to Lhasa city.
Overnight at the hotel.
5

DAY 05

Lhasa to Kathmandu (Flight)

In time transfer to board flight for Kathmandu.

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