Day 01: Kathmandu - Lhasa (Flight)
You start off your tour with a flight over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet "Lhasa" - at an altitude of 3,650m which is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. During the flight, you will be able to see the terrain and nature’s creation in a grand scale. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods", the residence of the Dalai Lama. Life there is unhurried, its people jovial and yet remaining staunchly independent.
On arrival you will be met our local representative who will welcome and help you in transferring to your hotel. The rest of the day is free so that you can relax and acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel.
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing.
Today you will visit Jokhang Temple. It is situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. It is the most respected shrine in all of Tibet and is always bustling with spiritual worshippers. The temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple adopts architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, as well as those of Tibet and Nepal.
Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. You will also have the opportunity to do some shopping in Barkhor market- a Tibetan crowded city centre. Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa for visitors. It is paved by hand-polished stone boards. A variety of shops covers along both of the sides and the streets are dotted with floating stands which sells prayer wheels and Tibetan knives.
Later in the day, you will be visiting the Potala Palace; this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet. It was expanded to its present structure during the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. This 13 story, 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former "church-state" of the Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas, who from the latter half of the 18th century used it as their winter palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. The Palace is composed of two parts, the red Palace as the center and the white Palace at the sides. The red represent stateliness and power whereas the white is used to convey peace and quiet. Your first visit of this massive structure will be a magical moment and will leave behind a deep impression on you. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel.
Day 03: Visit Norbulinka Park & Tibet Museum.
Today you will visit Norbulinka Park, Tibet Museum. After your breakfast at hotel, your private Tibetan tour guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby around 8:30am and we will drive to Norbulinka. This visit takes about 1 and half hours. After the sightseeing you will walk directly to visit the Tibet Museum where you will spend about one and a half hours. Around 12:30 you are going to have lunch in a restaurant in Deji Road and you will have couple of hour's leisure time. In the afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm, you will enjoy the sightseeing and walking tour in Barkhor streets. Norbulingka Park is the largest and grandest garden in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with the highest gardening level artistic level. It borrowed the architectural style from the inland areas of China while maintaining and reflecting the local ethnic religious and natural features. It has been preserved intact until now and was never damaged or changed in history. The Barkhor street market provides tourist a pivotal insight in multiple aspects of Tibetan culture by the vast assortments of authentic Tibetan products easily available to purchase at the visitors discretion. The Barkhor market is constantly alive and thriving with activity as the countless vendors and shops present a utopia of local Tibetan arts, crafts and cultural specialties.
Day 04: Visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery.
After having our Breakfast in the hotel, you will drive to Drepung Monastery, 8 Km west of Lhasa - said to be the largest monastery in the world, housing over 10,000 monks. It was founded in 1416 by the disciple of Je Tsonkhapa, founder of the Yellow Hat Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Drepung in Tibetan means "Richmond". Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the grasp of the city. Surprisingly much of the building has withstood the testament of time.
You will be also visiting the Sera Monastery which was founded in the fifteenth century is sprawl with golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of Lhasa at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City and is home to several hundred monks. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. The restored monastery sits below the brow of hill on which tsongkhapa built a hermitage and spent several years mediating. One of the monks' disciples began building Sera in 1419, completing it a few years later. It is famous for debating activities which happens between 3 to 4 pm and is a daily routine. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa - Kathmandu (Flight)
You will be picked up from your hotel to catch your flight back to Kathmandu.