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Tibet Buddhism Highlight tour

Trip outline for this Tibetan culture tour

Day1fly or take train Lhasa, to be picked up,rest & acclimatization
Day2 Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala, Jokhang, Barkhor
Day3 Sightseeing in Lhasa: Drepung, Sera
Day4 Lhasa-Ferry Point-Samye Monastery-Ferry Point-Tsetang (or no ferry but all by driving)
Day5 Yarlung Valley tour of Yumbulagang Palace, Tramdruk Monastery, Tombs of Tibetan kings
Day6 fly out of Tibet

Detailed day to day arrangements for Tibet buddhism Culture highlight tour

Day 1 get to Lhasa, rest for acclimatization
Your Tibet native English speaking guide and the driver will meet you at Ghongkhar Airport or train station, and transfer you to downtown Lhasa, check into hotel, rest for acclimatization. 

Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Morning visit: The first day sightseeing begins with Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appears on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes around 2-hours to visit those rooms, halls and chapels.
Afternoon visit Jokhang Temple: about 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet- Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the tour in Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor -Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. 

Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Today we are going to visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.
Please be aware of that above sightseeing programs in Lhasa are flexible except for Potala visit the entry time for which can be known only around half day beforehand. 

Day 4 Lhasa-Ferry Point-Samye Monastery-Ferry Point-Tsetang
Today we will go through the Gangpo Ri Mountain on the way to Tsetang cross the widest part of River Brahmaputra 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 get to Samye Monastery. Please be aware of that, we can also drive rather than taking ferry cross the river to Samye Monastery, sometimes especially when it is weekend, we need to apply Alien's Travel Permit in Tsetang, then we can hold it for the Samye Monastery tour). The day will end in the third largest city of Tibet, Tsetang. Check in hotel best available 

Day5 Yarlung Valley tour
Visit the Valley of the old civilization, Yarlung Valley, This majestic area is widely believed to be the cradle of Tibet civilization, the birth place of Tibetan culture. A birds' eye view from the Yumbulagang Palace, an amazing architectural site perched on a cliff give you most wonders of how ancient Tibetan People live in such a peaceful wide open valley. A visit to Tombs of Tibetan kings, the massive burial grounds and unique antique looking Tramdruk Monastery leave you a dream of its passed glory. It is one of the oldest buildings in all of Tibet! You will spend your last night sleeping well back in Tsetang. 

Day 6 fly out of Tibet
Pack your luggage and get ready for leaving. Your guide and your driver will transfer you to the Lhasa Ghongkhar airport for departure.

Service included:
* Tibet native English-speaking tour guide
* Accommodations (Bed & Breakfast basis)
* Private tour vehicle,private Tibetan driver 
* Tibet entry permit and Alien's Travel Permit
* All sights entrance tickets
* Roundtrip airfare and/or train tickets

Service not included:
* China visa or Tibet Group visa (if via Nepal to Tibet, no china visa needed)
* Lunch and dinners you can explore easily on your own
* Personal natural expense like IDD calls, Laundry, etc
* Bank telex wire transfer processing fee
* Tips for your guide and driver



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