Day 01: Arrival at Lhasa
Arrival in Lhasa (sea-level: 3658m) with one and half hours ‘driving from Lhasa Gonggar Airport or 20minutes from the Lhasa Railway Station to downtown Lhasa. Met by your Tibetan guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa to be acclimatized to the high altitude.
Day 02: Lhasa City Tour (B)
After breakfast at hotel, visit to The Potala Palace, Potala Palace is perched on the 130m-high Marpo Ri ( Red Hill ) with 13 storeys and more than 1000 rooms in the middle of Beijing Road, the heart of Lhasa City. It was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. The first recorded use of the site dates back to the 7th century AD when King Songtsen Gampo built a palace here. The present construction began during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama 1645. It takes at least 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Afternoon, visit to The Jokhang Temple, the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple is now the spiritual center of Tibet. From earliest dawn to last light, daily worshippers and once-in-a-lifetime pilgrims make the inner circumambulation (kora) of the Jokhang to earn religious merit. Some of them prostrate outside circuiting the temple. The Jokhang Temple is best visited in the early morning. It now houses the life-sized statue of the twelve year-old Sakyamuni brought by Songtsan Gampo’s Chinese wife – Princess Wencheng.
Day 03: Lhasa City Tour. (B)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Norbulingka served as a traditional summer palace and residence starting with the 7th Dalai Lama, and now it is the largest garden in Tibet. The Sera Monastery is the last of the three principal Yellow Sect monasteries built in Lhasa. Afternoon, visit to Sera Monastery: Located 5km north of Lhasa, this monastery was the first Gelugpa monastery in Lhasa and has remained the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. About 600 monks are now in residence here. Debating takes place from 3:30pm to 5pm in a garden next to the assembly hall in the center of the monastery. There is a fine kora path around the monastery.
Day 04: Lhasa- Gaden-Lhasa(B)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Gaden and visit Gaden Monastery which is located on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River in Tagtse County, 47 kilometers (29 miles) from Lhasa City. It stands at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level! It is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa – a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Its significance as a religious, artistic, political and cultural relic led to it being preserved by the National Key Cultural Relic Preservation scheme in 1961, and is now known as being one of the ‘Three Great Temples’, together with the Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery. Every year, one of the grandest of Buddhist activities – Buddha Painting Unfolding Festival – is conducted here, attracting thousands of visitors and disciples.
Day 05: Lhasa-Depart (B)
After breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you and transfer to the airport/train station for you next destination.