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Lhasa City Tour on world’s highest capital a marvelous trip with View Nepal Treks Team, we have designed this trip as a combination of historical / culture with fascinating countryside where you can witness rural farm Tibetan villages of great interest, besides its many old monasteries, temples and interesting Barkhor market located in the hub of old Lhasa city.
After a smooth scenic flight to Lhasa visiting famous Drepung – Sera monasteries and Jhorkang Temple located on the main center of old Lhasa area at interesting Barkhor Square and its colorful markets.
Our Lhasa city tour includes magnificent Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet and then extends with a short drive to Ganden monastery area just 2 hrs away from Lhasa with marvelous scenery backdrop.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour and preparation for Lhasa tour.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel near Barkhor market square.
Day 04: 05: In Lhasa with a tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.
Day 06: In Lhasa with the tour and drive to Ganden Monastery 3,830 m.
Day 07: Drive to Gongar airport and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 08: International departure for homeward bound.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport received by View Nepal staff for short drive to you hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, with briefing of Kathmandu and Lhasa tour includes welcome dinner in a authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural / folk programs.
Morning our city guide will pick you for half day tour around Kathmandu places of interest, as Kathmandu valley steeped with historical monuments with world heritage sites with afternoon free preparation for tour of Lhasa.
Morning as per the flight to Lhasa transfer to Kathmandu international airport, during an hour airborne mind-blowing views of world’s highest mountains with Mount Everest at its closest, this super flight touches down at Gongar Airport which is just an hour drive to Lhasa city. At Gongor airport well received by our Tibetan guide and drivers for pleasant drive into heart of Lhasa city. Afternoon relax at this high altitude of 3,650 m and take a short walk around Barkhor market square where hotels are located.
Two days in Lhasa engrossed with interesting tour of Drefung Monastery one of the largest in Tibet, as well important old monastery of Tibet actually a collage and a university for Tibetan Buddhism in earlier days.
After Drefung, tour of Jorkhang Temple which is another important and interesting site to visit as it boasts historic importance and tales of old days. The tour concludes for the day visiting Bharkor Bazaar.
Next morning guide will take you on tour to famous and magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley.
The 13 storied palaces with 1,000 room stands at 117.19m high include 1000 rooms. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit.
Today one of the best way to see Tibetan country landscapes and rural life of villagers with chance to watch Yak grazing on wide open pastureland.
Morning a nice drive to Ganden Monastery area, a distance of 45 k.m. towards east of Lhasa, on leaving the main road heading uphill as Ganden monastery located 18 k.m from main highway, on reaching the top sacred ridge of Wangku Ri at Ganden area.
Ganden a foremost monastery of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism (Yellow Hat),
all Great Six monasteries (Ganden, Sera, Drepung,Tashilumpo, Labrang, Kumbum) are of Yellow Sects, none suffered as disastrously as Ganden during Cultural Revolution when artillery and vast quantities of dynamite where deployed, at present built into its original form after much destruction.
In early time over 2,000 monks lived here; now there are hardly 300 monks, after a nice and interesting tour of Ganden drive back to Lhasa a.
Having early breakfast for the drive to Gongar Airport and then fly back to Kathmandu if heading back to Nepal, (for others not returning back to Kathmandu can take a flight or train to other parts and cities of mainland China)
Farwell to our Tibetan guides and river on reaching at Gongor airport before flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu airport received by View Nepal staff for transfer back to your hotels after a fabulous time Tour of Lhasa.
Last day in Nepal as per your flight time transfer to Kathmandu international departure for flight back to countries after a great experience on Tour of Lhasa city.
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others. Beyond all that, your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one.