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Wonders of Western Tibet - 20 Days Tour


Duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days

Destination Covered : Kathmandu

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  • Wonders of Western Tibet - 20 Days Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visi The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, we start our tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the ancient kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world. We also visit popular Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath, is located in the heart of the city and is also called Monkey Temple by the tourists owing to the large number of monkeys in the temple area. Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan gompas or monasteries. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Take an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa, Tibet early in the morning. The flight takes you over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, a representative from will pick us up from the airport for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. You are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Lhasa

After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery which was built in the 14th century. It is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Next, visit the Potala Palace which was built in the 17th century. It provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Lhasa sightseeing:

On the Western suburb of Lhasa City, close to the bank of the Kyichu River is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region. Norbulingka, or 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated, about a kilometer to the southwest of Potala Palace and was used as the summer palace for successive “lamas” (monks).The four main monasteries in the Drigung valley are Drikung Thil, Yangrigar, drikung Dzong and the Drikung Tse. There are further ancient ruins on the hilltops above the Bon monastery of Gurugem/Gurugyam which are only 6 km from the hot springs of Tirthapuri. All these monasteries have walls adorned with ancient frescoes; some dating back to the 11th centuries, the painting are a form of Tibetan ‘Guge’ art. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6: Drive to Gyantse to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake,

The drive from Lhasa to Gyantse is filled with excitement. The long stretches of barren highways will let you escape into serenity. Halfway there make the excursion of the Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet. The turquoise waters of the Lake and the rolling hills surrounding it make for a poster-like scene. The Pelkor Chode Monastery is considered a high level religious establishment in Tibetan Buddhism as it comprises of three sects the Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa altogether. The exotic frescoes in the temple are quite popular, which relate to esoteric Buddhism and stories about the Buddha, these paintings date back to the middle ages. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Morning sightseeing of Tashilunpho, transfer to Saga

Wake up to discover more mystical Tibet. The sightseeing of Tashilunpho Monastery is awe-inspiring. The monastery is one of the six biggest monasteries of the Tibetan Gelugpa Sect; it is built at the foot of the Drolmari Mountain, and was established by the 1st Dalai Lama in the 14th century. The nine storied wall covered with intricate Tibetan Thanka painting, displays the images of Buddha on the 14th, 15th and 16th of May every year following the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. The painting is humongous and utterly beautiful. The drive to Saga is around 400 km so the drive takes about 8 hours; enjoy the stunning vistas of the Himalayas along the way and cross the Brahmaputra River by late evening and take rest in the town of Saga. Overnight in Saga.

Day 8: Drive from Saga to Moincer Village

After breakfast enjoy a long drive to Moincer village also known as Mensi. It is a small town on the highway from where Tirthapuri is located 9km to towards the south. Overnight in Moincer Village.

Day 9: Visit Garuda Valley and Tirthapuri

The Garuda Valley also referred to as Kyunglung in the Tibetan language houses mysterious caves; interestingly some of the caves have never been explored. The valley is an example of early civilizations in the Tibetan Region, most notably the ancient kingdom of Shangshung is one the ruined cities in the valley. Garuda valley offers a remarkable opportunity for exploration of ancient historical sites to those with archeological interest. The next leg of the visit takes you to Tirthapuri which is also an important pilgrim site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is located on the north bank of the Sutlej River. The natural hot springs fill the barren landscape with steam. There are also prayer flags stretching across the river gorge and chortens (stupas) add color to the landscape. Overnight in Moincer Village.

Day 10: Moincer Village to Tholing via Dungkar and Phyiang caves cities

The drive to Tholing from Moincer village will take your through the mystical Dungkar and Phiyang cave cities, which were only discovered around the 1990’s. The most intriguing aspects of these cave cities are the murals, estimated to be painted around 1100 years ago. There are three main caves, of which Mandala is the best preserved. Dungkar village also has a ruined monastery above the main town. A couple of kilometers north, further up the valley, the village of Phiyang is worth the detour, it lies on the foot of a large ridge with honeycomb like cave entrances all over the ridge wall, there are also the ruins of an ancient monastery walls. Continue on further to Tholing. Overnight in Tholing.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Sightseeing

Payments Terms

  • * Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • * Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount. * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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