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Legendary Ancient Cities Tour

Legendary Ancient Cities Tour
6 Days
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Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigaste-Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Pelkor Monastery, Kumba Stupa, Tashilumpo Monaster

Trip Day By Day

Day 1 Arrival and acclimatization
Day 2-3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 4 Lhasa-Gyantse'shigatse
Day 5 Shigatse-Lhasa
Day 6 Departure transfer

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and acclimatization

Highlights: No visiting today, better take rest in hotel.

Schedule:

Arrive at Lhasa train station or airport, your guide and driver will pick you up there in person with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Khata and afterwards transfer you to the hotel, suggest you stay at hotel to have good rest for better acclimatization.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street

Schedule:

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 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Schedule:

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 every afternoon except Sunday.

Day 4 Lhasa-Gyantse'shigatse

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse Dzong, Kumbum Stupa

Schedule:

In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). After arriving in Gyantse you'll have the choice to either stroll around town; explore Gyantse Dzong, the legendary battle site of the British invasion of Tibet; or visit the Pelkor Tsode Monastery. Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Day 5 Shigatse-Lhasa

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery

Schedule:

In the morning, we will visit the Panchen Lamas- seat-Tashilhumpo Monastery which was built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama in Tibet. In the monastery placed a very giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and is 26.2 metres (86 feet) in height. The relationship and stories between Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama are always interesting and tantalizing, a visit to it, you will grasp it all. Later in the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa.

Day 6 Departure transfer

Schedule:

Our guide and drive will transfer you to train station or airport, tour ends.

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user portrait Mr. Danial SHarif from: Legendary Ancient Cities Tour
How much is the price of the tour ?
Does it include the transportation from Kathmandu to Lhasa?

Thanks,
-Danial
Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Danial SHarif,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. The tour price is different in each month. I will send you the tour price according to your departure date. Please kindly note that the transportation from Kathmandu to Lhasa is not included in our tour price, but we can help you book it. Please check your email for more details. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Jeff DeLisio from: Legendary Ancient Cities Tour
Interest in your Legendary Ancient Cities Tour, with flight in from Kathmandu and back.  This would be sometime around May 17 or 18.  There would be two of us. We would probably want an extra day in Lhasa but will not need a guide while there (one of us has been there many times before)   Would you let me know an approximate cost, flights included.  Also I understand the time to get a Chinese visa would be three working days at a minimum. Is that something you can help us with as well?

Many thanks,
Jeff
Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Jeff DeLisio,

Thanks very much for your inquiry, and welcome you to join our tour. We currently have departure dates on 16th and 19th May, you can join any one suits you better. Well, it's no problem for you to stay an extra day in Lhasa without guide, you can walk freely in Lhasa, but you can't visit scenic spots without guide. The cost for extra day is only one night accommodation fee. For the Chinese group visa, it usually takes 3 or 4 working days to get it. And we will apply foe the visa invitation letter to you firstly, then sending it to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, our partner will assist you to apply for it. Have a good day.

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