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This 4 day tours takes you to fascinating Lhasa, with so much to explore that it makes a wonderful short holiday in Tibet.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 4 Days
Best season: April to October

Tibet is described as the roof of the world and its capital, Lhasa is the soul of this fascinating place. Lhasa still remains the city of wonders, with Potala Palace, which dominates the skyline, and the bustle of the local markets.

There are the temples and monasteries such as the Jokhang and the Drepung Monastery where one can soak up the atmosphere of the rich Buddhist culture. With never ending fascinating sites and culture that resides in Tibet, and with so much to see and explore, it becomes a perfect place for short holidays an unforgettable experience. We stay in the best traditional Tibetan hotel in the centre of the Lhasa, close to the major attractions.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu (1300m) to Lhasa (3650m)
Day 02: Sight seeing in Lhasa
Day 03: Sight seeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu (1300m) to Lhasa (3650m)
Surely we have the world’s most spectacular flight ahead of us this morning as we board the flight in Kathmandu. We fly over the highest mountain range in the world and land deep inside Tibet, the mysterious land for so long closed to outsiders.

We will be met at Gonggar Airport by our Tibetan guide and take the 2 hour drive to Lhasa, through a mountain! Due to the jump in altitude today we advise that you rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day.

Day 02: Sight seeing in Lhasa
Today we can immerse ourselves in this amazing city – the heart and soul of Tibet! Our sightseeing will be accompanied by a guide and interpreter and we will visit the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study.

After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, followed by the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets, which is the central market of Lhasa. This is truly fascinating stuff and you will be mesmerised by the energy and feel of this

Day 03: Sight seeing in Lhasa
No visit to Tibet could be complete without visiting the Potala Palace. A spectacular building, it literally dominates the skyline of Lhasa. It contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century.

After lunch we will visit the Drepung Monastery which was founded in the 14th century. This monastery was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks! These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.

Day 04: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu
We bid farewell to Lhasa this morning and take an early 2 hour drive to the Gonggar Airport for our flight back to Kathmandu.

This is a truly awesome flight, as any crossing of the Himalayan Range should be! It takes two hours and is without doubt one of the most spectacular commercial flights in the world. Our flight path takes us just east of Mt Everest before circling to the south where the entire Himalayan Range from Makalu to the Annapurnas can be appreciated.

This flight is a stunning completion of our Tibetan experience and we have a final evening to celebrate our adventure in Kathmandu.

 

 

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