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Lhasa-Ganden Tour (5 nights 6 days)

Ganden at 4,500m in central Tibet is the major highlight of Lhasa-Ganden Tour. The Lhasa-Ganden Tour also takes you to Lhasa to visit the Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lama, Jorkhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monasteries and Norbu Lingka.

In Ganden, 60 km east of Lhasa, you will visit the Ganden Monastery, built in 1409, the 7 years during the reign of Emperor Yong Le of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Drepung Monastery is another great monastery of the Gelukpa (yellow hat) sect,

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  • Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Day 02-04: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa and Ganden (4,500m.).

Day 05: Drive back to Lhasa and fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Early morning you are transferred to the airport to board the plane for the flight over the Himalaya to Lhasa. If the weather is clear there are wonderful views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks en route. On arrival at Gonggar airport (which is 90 km. from Lhasa), you meet your vehicle and drive east along the broad Yarlung Tsangpo valley to Tsedang (3400m.). After checking in to your hotel, you drive south to see the reputed oldest building in Tibet, the Yumbu Lakhang, a beautiful castle-like dwelling and monastery, dramatically perched on a spur looking out over the fertile valley below. If time permits you may be able to visit a small monastery close to Tsedang, or an interesting carpet factory where you can see the whole process of carpet making. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02-04: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa and Ganden (4,500m.).

You visit the Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Norbu Lingka and the Ganden Monastery.

One of the highlights is the visit to the symbol of Tibet; the Potala Palace set high on Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Lokhang, where people come from all over Tibet to visit and pray in this spiritual heart of the country.

Next you visit Jorkhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet.

Surrounding the Jorkhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Street which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts: brightly coloured boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewellery, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manner of ordinary household ware.

Drepung Monastery is one of the great monasteries of the Gelukpa (yellow hat) sect, just outside Lhasa. Another attraction is visit to Sera Monastery, which was created in 1419. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Norbulingka is the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

In Ganden you visit Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery, 60km east of Lhasa, was first built in 1409, the 7 years during the reign of Emperor Yong Le of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). At least 10 buildings have been restored. Barley fields sprawl across the valley floor, which looks splendid, doted with small villages. It takes 4 days to walk from the Ganden to Samye. This is one of the finest treks in central Tibet. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Drive back to Lhasa and fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

The flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes one hour and during your flight, you can see Yarlung Tsangpo River, Yamdrok Tso (Lake), Mount Kanchanjungha (8,586m.), Mount Makalu (8,463m.) and Mount Everest (8,848m.). But the visibility depends on the weather condition. Your Tibet Tour ends on your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.

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