Considered to be the spiritual navel of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa, the land of gods is clustered with temples and monasteries throughout its belt. Journey to the economic, religious and cultural hub of Tibet-Lhasa is a classical tour package that fits into your budget allowing rare opportunity to get familiarized with the unparallel vicinities and the rich culture and traditions of the native inhabitants.
Initiating with one of the best aerial routes of the world, the Trans- Himalayan Route, Kathmandu to Lhasa flight passes right through the gleaming Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga Mountains to the heart of Tibet, Lhasa existing at 3650m altitude.
Experts from ‘Nexus Travels’ have formulated special 5-day brief adventure package aptly fit for the outdoor sort of people with love for exploration thwarted at heart but bound by time constraints.
Unveil the mystic land in the Shangri-la Valley and set footsteps in the archaic temple and monasteries including Potala Palace that stands tall dominating the sky line, the summer palace of Dalai Lamas-Norbulinga Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, the Jokhang taken to be the holiest shrine in Tibet and make way through the bustling street of Barkhor Bazaar stringed with traditional shops.
Know Lhasa and you will get to know whole Tibet. Though not everything can be included in a brief package, Explore Lhasa is an adrenaline rush into all the major hangout places of Lhasa that will remain encrusted in your memory throughout the life. So you would better hurry.
Day01: Arrival in Lhasa
Day02: Sera Monastery, Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Day 03: Visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Day04: Visit Gandan Monastery and Drayerpa Cave
Day01: Arrival in Lhasa:
Leaving the airstrip of Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, the flight pursues the trans-Himalayan Route considered one of the most beautiful routes in the world sailing right above Mount Everest (8,848 m) and Kanchenjunga (8,536 m). Disembarking at Gonggar Airport, you will meet the local tour guide. As soon as the immigration formalities are complete, you will be driven to your hotel in Lhasa through the route with scenic views of Yarlong Tsangpo River, Big Buddha engraving on the hill and colorful prayer flags along the way.
Be informed that chance of High Altitude Sickness exists while in Lhasa. So try acclimatizing yourself into the high altitude of Tibet. Experts advise drinking water, having fruits and getting rest for tackling high altitude sickness.
Day02: Sera Monastery, Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar:
The Tour initiates with visit to the venerated Sera Monastery established in 1419 on a hillside with a colorful architecture. Sera meaning Wild Rose Garden suggests the growth of wild roses in the area. The collection of Buddhist scriptures, ancient murals, thankas, statues and scriptures written in gold dust, scroll of wonderful paintings and tapestries are the highlights of Sera Monastery.
Stopping by the Norbulinka Palace- the summer palace of Dalai Lama with the finest garden in Tibet, you will later set foot in the Jokhang Temple that is the spiritual center of the village and the holiest shrine in Tibet. Pursuing the pilgrimage circuit around the ancient streets of the old city near the Barkhor market, you will wind up in the hotel.
Day 03: Visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery:
The 17th century Potala Palace with its astounding views of Lhasa city and rich Tibetan architecture is the acclaimed site for photo shooting. The 13stories colossal Potala Palace comprises private rooms, many large state rooms and chapels used previously by Dalai Lamas.
Drepung is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. Drepung built in the 14th century once used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as of now, only a few hundred monks and nuns are living here.
Going shopping for curio goods as a souvenir will really be a fine idea.
Day04: Visit Gandan Monastery and Drayerpa Cave:
Existing at 60km distance, Gandan Monastery with its subtle murals is popular for sheltering gems embedded armor worn by Emperor Qianlong.
Having brief visit in Drayerpa Cave existing 35km far from Lhasa city, you will return back to the hotel.
The local guide will convey you back to Gonggar Airport that will take you to your next destination.