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9 Days Tibet Travel To Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyangtse And Tsetang

Destinations: Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyangtse, Tsetang
Tour Code: Tibet_08
Departure: Daily

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your Hotel. Our guide will greet you at the airport outside the luggage claim area, holding a sign with your name on it. Visit the Nietang Buddha on the way.
Day 02 Lhasa (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka and visit a Tibetan family.

Potala Palace: At an elevation of more than 3,700m, the Potala occupies an area of more than 360,000m. Its 13-story main portion rises 117m. The whole complex, consisting of halls, stupa-tomb halls (where the relics of the supreme lamas are preserved), shrines, prayer rooms, monks' dormitories and courtyards, is recognized as the world's highest and largest castle palace.

Sera Monastery: Located at the southern slope of the Serawoze Mountain in the northern suburb of Lhasa, the monastery covers an area that was once strewn with wild roses called Sewa. It was built by Sagya Yeshes (1354-1435, who was given the title of the Great Mercy Prince of Dharma during the Ming Dynasty), one of the eight disciples of Zongkapa, founder of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1419. In 1982, the monastery was put under national protection.
Norbulingka: Norbulingka, meaning "treasure park" in the Tibetan language, is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, Tibet, which served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s until the late 1950s.
Day 03 Lhasa (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Jokhang Temple, the Drepung Monastery, the Tibet Museum and visit the Barkhor Street.

Jokhang Temple: Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. Some of them even progress prostrate by body length to the threshold of the temple. Pilgrims fuel myriad of flickering butter lamps with yak butter, or honor their deities with white scarves (Kha-btags or Hada) while murmuring sacred mantras to show their pieties to the Buddha.
Drepung Monastery: Drepung Monastery is actually a collection of Buddhist chapels and colleges located about 8km west of Lhasa. The word Drepung can be literally translated as "rice pile", a name whose meaning becomes clear when you see the white-walled buildings scattered along the hill. Originally founded in 1416, the monastery in its heyday was home to 10,000 monks (around 1600). In 1530, the second Dalai Lama built his palace here, known as the Ganden Palace, which was used until the fifth Dalai Lama built the Potala.
Tibet Museum: The Tibet Museum was officially inaugurated in October of 1999, with a permanent collection that celebrates the History of Tibetan Culture. The design of the exhibit uses traditional Tibetan architecture such as Tibetan doors, beam-decoration, patterns and so on, in order to create the atmosphere of authentic Tibetan art

Barkhor Street: Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the Tibetan people are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place for the tourists.
Day 04 Lhasa - Shigatse (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Drive to Shigatse - the second largest city in Tibet. Visit the New Palace of Panchen and the Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Tashilhunpo Monastery: Tashilhunpo Monastery, also called the Heap of Glory, is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Yellow Hat Sect in Tibet. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Day 05 Shigatse - Gyangtse (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Drive to Gyangtse. Visit the Palkhor Monastery on the way.

Palkhor Monastery: Palkhor Monastery is a kind of typical Tibetan Buddhism monastery architecture combined stupa and temple, with temples in the stupa, stupas in the temple. The stupas and temples stay harmoniously and bring out the best in each other. Its architecture fully represents a typical style of monasteries from thirteenth century to fifteenth century in Later Tibetan area, which is also the unique monasteries with both the temple and stupa being kept well today.
Day 06 Gyangtse - Tsetang (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
This morning we will visit the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Karola snow mountain. Drive to Tsetang in the afternoon.

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: Yamdrok Yumtso is an outflowing lake which is connected with the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Yamdrok Yumtso has an elegant view and it is said that a fairy maiden left the Heaven and turned into the lake on earth. There are more than 10 islands in the lake, the large ones can hold 5 to 6 households while the small ones are only 100 square meters or so.
Day 07 Tsetang (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Visit the Tumuli of Tibet Kings, The Yumbu Lakang and The Trankdruk Monastery.

Tumuli of Tibet Kings: Tombs of Tibetan Kings, located at chong Gye, the tumuli of the Tibetan kings, is 30 km from Tsedang. Buried here are the kings, the ministers and the royal concubines from the 29th Tuboking, to the last. It is also the only tumuli group in Tibet. From all of the tombs, the most remarkable one is King Songtsan Gampo's.
Yumbu Lakang: Yumbu Lakang, reputed as the first palace in Tibet history, is also the oldest extant building in Tibet. Lying 12 kilometers southwest of Tsedang Town of Lhoka Prefecture in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, it sits atop a small hill east of the Yarlong River and faces west. "Yumbu" means female deer, describing the resemblance of the mountain shape around, and "Lakang" means holy palace, so Yumbu Lakang means "the palace on the back legs of the doe" in Tibetan.
Trankdruk Monastery: The monastery is famous throughout Tibet since it was the first Buddhist chapel ever built in Tibet. It lies five kilometers (three miles) south of Tsedang on the road leading to Yumbu Lakhang. Built approximately under the reign of Songtsen Gampo, Trandruk later experienced large-scale reconstruction after it converted to Gelugpa.
Day 08 Tsetang (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Ferry the Yarlong Tsangpo River to visit the Samye Monastery.

Yarlong Tsangpo River: Originating from a glacier on the north Himalayas, Yarlong Tsangpo River is the highest river on the earth with an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters (13,120 feet). The river is the largest river in Tibet and the sixth longest in China.
Samye Monastery: Built in the eighth century, Samye Monastery is Tibet's oldest monastery. It's also the site of the "Great Debate" (AD 792-794) between the Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Zen Buddhists.

Day 09 Departure from Lhasa (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport ready for your departure. We wish you have a pleasant journey home.

2. Hotel Accommodation

Destination Luxury Standard Comfortable
Lhasa Xin Ding Hotel
Yuanfeng Hotel
Xiangbala Hotel
Gyangtse Gyangtse Hotel
Gyangtse Hotel
Gyangtse Hotel
Shigatse Shigatse Hotel
Shigatse Hotel
Shigatse Hotel
Tsetang Tsetang Hotel
Tsetang Hotel
Tsetang Hotel

3. Tour Price

Please send us an email and provide the information below, we will quote LATEST FAVORABLE PRICE for the above tour.
1. Your name and nationality;
2. The number of persons in your party, if there are childre, please let us know their age;
3. Your travel date;
4. The code of the tour that you are interested in (each tour has a code like: CNT_18, you can find the code of a tour at the top of the page where the tour is);
5. Please let us know would you like 5-star luxury hotels or standard 4-star hotels or comfortable 3-star hotels for your tour;
6. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you that is different from above tour, please let us know your requests.


4. Quotation Inclusions For The Above Tour:

1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
2. Meals
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner in local Chinese restaurant as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway station and hotel and all the sights by air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Transportation between Cities
The economic class air tickets of the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between cities as specified in the itinerary.
5. Entrance tickets
The main entrance tickets for the sights mentioned.
6. Guiding service
All normal sightseeing tours in each city with English-speaking guide and admission fees where applicable. Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another. Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you off after you finish the itinerary of each city. The cruise shore excursion is in-group assigned by the cruise company.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

8. Tibet Travel Permit application fee
The Tibet Travel Permit application fee if your tour covers Tibet.


5. Quotation Exclusions For The Above Tour:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
2. Charge of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What is single supplement?
The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3,5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or meals not indicated, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides and drivers

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