Day 01: Kathmandu - Lhasa (by air)
In the morning transfer to airport to connect flight from
Kathmandu to Lhasa. From Kathmandu to Lhasa it would be a
scenic flight across the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Gongor
airport at Lhasa, transfer to the hotel in Lhasa. The rest of
the day is at leisure to acclaim yourselves to this high
altitude of Lhasa.
Day 02: Lhasa
In the morning after having breakfast proceed for a full day
sight seeing tour of Lhasa city. Today you will visit Potala
Palace, Barkhor Market and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace is
the dominant landmark of Lhasa situated at a heights of 117
meters above the sea level. The construction of this palace
was started on the red hill in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama.
The Potala is full of elaborate art work and frescos that tell
many stories. In the afternoon you will drive to visit the
Jokhang temple. Jokhang temple was built in the 7th century AD
and houses the most prized Buddhist relic, a 1300 year old
Sakyamuni Buddha statue. The main section of the temple is
topped with golden roofs which is found only in Tibet. After
visiting the temple you will have a walk in the Barkhor
Bazaar. It is a lively and colourful market where you can
bargain over such treasures like a ornate long bladed knives,
prayer wheels and exquisite jewellery. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Lhasa
In the morning after having breakfast you will visit the
Drepung monasteryy. This monastery is situated in the west
suburbs of Lhasa city. It was formerly the largest and richest
monastery in the world with about 10000 monks. Of particular
interest is the medieval monk's kitchen with its great
cauldrons of steaming barley 'stamp' sitting on top of huge
earthen stoves and tented by saffron robed monks wielding
massive ladles. From the roof of the monastery one can enjoy
the natural beauty of the Lhasa valley. Then you will visit
the Sera monastery. Sera is more like a small town on the
outskirts of Lhasa at the base of Tatipu hill. It is the main
teaching monastery and one of the three great Gelukpa
Universities - once housing more than 5500 monks. Here one can
see the young novices learning scriptures in the Debating
Garden. In the evening you will visit the Norbulingka Summer
palace. On the banks of the Kyichi River, there is a tree and
flower filled pard known as the Norbulingka or the Jewel Park.
Covering a total area of 360,000 square meters, the park was
originally laid out in the year 1750. Norbulingka is also the
site of the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas (8th to 14th).
The small palace of the 13th Dalai Lama is an odd mix of
traditional Tibetan architecture and modern paraphernalia.
Overnight in Lhasa Hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa - Kathmandu (by air)
In the morning after having breakfast transfer to airport to
connect flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Transfer to the
airport for onwards journey.
Note: Above tour will be an extension for those who are
already in Nepal or want to have a short tour of Tibet. The
stay in Kathmandu is not included in this particular
itinerary. There are frequent group departures for this short
tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
To enable us to send you the rates of the
Tibet Short Tour, we need to have the number of participants and
the dates from you.