Day 1 Arrival and sightseeing in Nyingchi
Highlights: Holy Basumtso Lake
Arrive in Nyingchi by plane from Chengdu, your guide and driver will pick you up there at the airport. Later, they will drive you to the holy lake of Basumtso in the afternoon, Basumtso Lake, 3,500 meters above sea level, originates from NychingTanglha Mountain and is a dozen kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and tress are reflected upon the lake's rippled surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Lamaism temples built upon them.
Day 2 Basumtso Lake / Ganden Monastery / Lhasa
Highlights: Ganden Monastery
In the morning, after viewing the beautiful sceneries around the holy Basumtso Lake, we will drive back to Lhasa with a detour to Ganden Monastery. On the way, we will drive along the beautiful Yaluzangbu River and valley. Ganden Monastery is the ancestral monastery of the Gelugpa sect, now the most influential sect in the Tibetan Buddhism. With a kora around the Monastery, you will see very good view of Lhasa river valley.
Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street
In the morning, visit Lhasa's landmark-Potala Palace, in which myriad chapels, audience halls, Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of Mandela, figures of the Buddha stored. In the afternoon, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of the Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. After the Johkang Temple, we will start a circular pilgrim route along Barkhor Street where you can purchase traditional Tibetan and Nepalese artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, music instrument, Thangkas, and etc.
Day 4 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
In the morning, drive to Drepung monastery which used to serve as the government center in Tibet until the fifth Dalai Lama moved to the famous Potala Palace. It is the biggest Buddhism College in Tibet and once homed to more than 10000 monks. In the afternoon, drive to visit Sera monastery which is famous for its scripture debate session among monks that starting from 3 PM every day except Sunday.
Day 5 Departure transfer
Our guide and drive will transfer you to train station or airport, tour ends.
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