Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake package is carefully designed for you to learn not only regular sightseeing spots of Lhasa, rather you will learn real Tibetan Family culture tour in Lhasa, one of the three largest sacred lakes “Yamdrok Lake” in Tibet which is almost 72KM long freshwater lake in Tibet. Yamdrok Lake is an absolutely breath-taking sight to be seen to be believed. A turquoise ribbon wafts its way through lush foliage against a backdrop of cerulean dome. This sacred scene is so pristine as if it could purify your soul.
During the trip to Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake, you will be exploring all the must-see places of historical capital of Tibet like; Potala palace the seat of the Dalai Lamas and the most significant traditional nine stories high building recorded in the world heritage site of the UNESCO. The Jokhang temple, an ancient Bharkor Bazar, the two biggest Tibetan Monastic Colleges of Drepung and Sera which has several hundred monks, studying Buddhist philosophy. After concluding the Tibetan Family Culture Tour in Lhasa we will drive you to Lhasa airport and depart to your next destination.
Arriving in Lhasa, an ancient holy city of Tibet. To travel to Lhasa you need to obtain a special permit from the Chinese Government and that is possible to travel via Mailand or from Kathmandu only.
Meet and greet by our Tibetan travel guide and the team at Lhasa airport or at the train station. Then transfer to the hotel in Lhasa and remaining day for acclimatization in Lhasa
Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. After, our team will pick you up ad take you to explorer day long sightseeing tour of Potala palace; considered as one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas and is one of Tibet’s most holy pilgrimage sites in Lhasa. A palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9th century, it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century after he became ruler of Tibet. The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694). It has more than one thousand rooms and has thirteen stories. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration purposes, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions. It still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver, and semi-precious stones.
Afternoon, we will visit Jokhang temple and Bharkor. The Jokhang temple Jokhang Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau which is situated at the heart of an ancient town of Lhasa. It was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Shakyamuni Budhha, enshrined. As of now, the Jokhang Temple hosts around 70 monks. Ancient Bharkor street is another most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and has full of pilgrims from dawn till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokhang, known as respectively Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and Sharkyaring Dharchen in the southeast. Barkhor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat, and vegetable.
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After breakfast, our team will drive to explorer one of the largest monasteries in Tibet called Drepung Monastery which was built in the 15th century by Jamyang Choeje who was one of the Tsongkapa’s foremost disciple. The monastery is situated beautifully at uphill at a distance of 7 KM from the old part of the city. This monastery is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has four main colleges with numerous small chapels ad house chapels which are known as Khanstsen in Tibetan. Today, there are around six hundred monks residing inside the monastery.
In the afternoon, we will visit Sera and Norbu Ligka. Thee Sera monastery was founded in the 15th century by Jamchen Choeje who another famous disciple of Thogka Pa and it is the 2nd largest monastery in Tibet. There are three big colleges with numerous chapels and house chapels. The most attractive part of our visit is to experience Monks Debating in front of an audience is a part of their education, and the monks use several defined gestures to make their point. The courtyard is unique in that it is covered with crushed stone, and Sera Monastery has a long tradition of debating in this courtyard. The Monks Debating is from 3 Pm to 5 Pm except Sunday every day.
Norbu Lingka is the first summer palace that was founded by the seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century and 1st palace was constructed by Kelsang Podrag which has the name as 7th Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyatso. The 8th Dalai Lama Jampel Gyatso (1758 to 1804) did more initiated work on the Norbulingka, expending gardens ad digging a lake which can be found o south of the new summer palace. Then, 13th Dalai Lama from 1876 to 1933 was responsible for the three palaces in the northwest corner of the park and 14th Dalai Lama built a new summer palace I 1956. Today, there are few monks who are looking after the summer palace.
After the sightseeing, we will return back to the hotel and overnight in Lhasa.
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Have your breakfast at the hotel. Then, we will drive about 100 Km away from Lhasa through the Kyichu valley ad Gampala Pass with many zigzags’ road. After a drive of 2 hours 30 minutes, we will reach the top of Gampala Pass where we can enjoy a spectacular view of Yamdrok holy Lake and Mount Noejig Kagsag which stands at an altitude of 7,191m.
The Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in which is almost 72 km long fresh water lake in Tibet. Yamdrok Lake is an absolutely breath-taking sight to be seen to be believed. This sacred scene is so pristine as if it could purify your soul. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. it has more than eleven arms. On the way back to Lhasa, we will visit a Tibetan family to see the real Tibetan living style and get more authentic Tibet travel experience.
After then, we will drive back to Lhasa and overnight at the hotel.
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Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. Then we will drive to Lhasa Gonggar Airport to take your flight back to the next destination.
Due to the limited flight connection from Lhasa, you either can take flight to mainland, Kathmandu or only to Kunming – China.