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LHASA CITY TOUR
FLY- IN AND FLY- OUT

Package Code: T001

Duration: 07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS

BEST TIME: MARCH TO JUNE AND SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

ACCOMMODATION: 07 NIGHTS IN HOTEL
Minimum People Required: TWO
Level of Endurance: MILD moderate



Itinerary:

Day 01: Your Port of Embarkation to Kathmandu

A Nomadier representative will be waiting for your flight to land at Tribhuvan International Airport and welcome you to the beautiful country of Nepal. You will then be transferred to your hotel and assisted in the check-in process as well. You can choose to spend the evening roaming the streets of Kathmandu or just relaxing in your room. Our representative will collect your passport, necessary documents and photographs from you to apply for your Extreme Urgent Tibet Visa (one-day processing) the next day. Overnight at hotel.

 

Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and situated in a valley, approximately at a height of 4,600 ft., surrounded by four major mountains namely Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. The city is the gateway to Nepal Tourism and the centre of the country’s economy. Its history dates back to over 2000 years ago and it was on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet which caused a fusion of artistic and architectural traditions of other cultures that can be witnessed even today.

 

Day 02: Visa Collection and Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a wonderful place for sightseeing and you’ll spend most of your day visiting the major and most renowned sights in the city like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bodhnath and Swayambhunath. In the evening, you can choose to go shopping for mementos and local craft as a remembrance or just relax in your room. Our representative will deliver your passport and Tibetan Visa / Permit to your hotel room. Overnight at hotel.

 

Durbar Square

darbar square

In history, Durbar square was the king’s seat of ruling and it is here that kings were crowned and their undisputed authority legitimized. Today, it is the traditional heart of the old town and still boasts of some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. The entire square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is made up of three loosely linked squares and many terraced platforms which make for a great spot to view Kathmandu in motion.

 

Pashupatinath

pashupatinath

Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most important Hindu temple and stands on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The temple is located 100 mt. away from the end of the runway at Kathmandu’s International Airport and is a powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power to where, devotees of Shiva and Sadhus flock from across the entire sub-continent. Non-Hindus cannot enter the main temples but the surrounding complex of Shaivite shrines, Lingams and Ghats (stone steps) is fascinating and definitely worth the visit.

 

Bodhnath

bodhnath

Famed for its Stupa, Bodhnath pulsates with life as thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfettered. The lanes around the Stupa are crammed with Monasteries and workshops that make butter lamps, ceremonial horns, Tibetan drums, singing bowls, plumed hats for Lamas and other essential Buddhist paraphernalia.

 

Swayambhunath

swayambhunath

Swayambhunath is a place that offers one of the definitive experiences in Kathmandu. This sacred locale, a monkey temple, is always mobbed by monkeys and is a chaotic jumble of Hindu and Buddhist iconography. A gleaming white Stupa makes for its centre and is topped by a gilded spire painted with the eyes of the Buddha. What makes it an absorbing experience are the ancient carvings made into every spare inch of space and the smell of incense and butter lamps hanging heavy in the air.

 

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,600 mt.)

A Nomadier representative will be waiting for your flight, of an hour or so in duration and over the majestic Himalayan Mountains, to land and welcome you to Lhasa. Lhasa is situated on the north bank of Kyi-chu River and in the Tibetan language means "Place of the Gods". You will then be transferred to your hotel and assisted in the check-in process as well. Rest is important today as you acclimatize to the rarefied atmosphere of this high altitude city. Overnight at hotel.

 

Lhasa

lhasa

Lhasa is the erstwhile abode of the Dalai Lamas and in a sense, a forbidden city for long as visitors were once strictly prohibited. It is a quite a spread out city with a clear division between the western (Chinese) section and an eastern (Tibetan) section. While the western section has more modern suburbs, the eastern part is the more interesting for a tourist with its winding alleys and beautiful traditional Tibetan homes. Lhasa, though usually used as a gateway to the Tibetan countryside, has many attractions and your days in the city will easily fly by in experiencing its mystic and wonders.

 

Day 04: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery and Norbulingka. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa. 

 

Potala Palace

potala palace

The Potala Palace, the erstwhile home of the Dalai Lama, is located at a high point in one of the world’s highest cities and is a sight that has fascinated all those who have set their eyes on it over the last 400 years. The high point is Moburi (Red) Mountain, to the west of Old Lhasa and a view from there of Tibet in all its natural beauty is a view whose delightful memory will stay with you for a lifetime. The palace houses a treasure of artifacts from Tibetan history, religion, culture and art and stuns visitors with its precious sculptures, scriptures, Buddha statues and antiques. In 1994, Potala was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, furthering its journey which began in the 7th century AD when it was first built under the reign of King Songtsan Gampo of Tibet.

 

Ramoche Monastery

ramoche monastery

The Ramoche Monastery is well over a thousand years old but retains its charm and simplistic beauty even today. It is built on the northern side of the Barkhor Street and neighbors the also famous, Jokhang Monastery. The three-storeyed Monastery has a golden hall located on the third floor which is a must-not-miss as are the incredible statues of Sakyamuni and Jampa flanking that of Tsempe. The fabulously ornate Mikyöba (Akshobhya) image can also be seen in the inner Tsangkhang here.

 

Norbulingka

norbulinka

Norbulingka, the erstwhile summer palace of Dalai Lama meaning ‘Jewel Park', is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers an area of around 3,60,000 sq. mt. making it the largest man-made garden in Tibet. It is built in the west side of Lhasa at the bank of the Kyi-chu River and is about a kilometer away from the Potala Palace. Norbulingka has been used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas, where they solved political problems and also held festive celebrations.

 

Day 05: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa

Visit Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Market.  Overnight at hotel.

 

Sera Monastery

sera monastery

The Sera Monastery, 5 km north of Lhasa, is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries and once upon a time sheltered a community of more than 5,000 monks.  It is built at the foot Tatipu Hill and is one of the most famous monasteries in Lhasa. The monastery name ‘Sera’, means, ‘Wild Rose’ in the Tibetan language, a reference to the hill behind it which was completely covered with wild roses in bloom at the time of the construction. It has three main buildings and its attractions include scriptures written in gold powder! The Sera Bengqin Festival is a grand festival held in the Sera Monastery every year.

 

Jokhang Monastery

jokhang monastery

Jokhang Monastery, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wencheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The Monastery is part of folklore with regards to its origins. Legend has it that the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo threw his ring into the air and promised to build a temple wherever it landed, which it did in a lake! It struck a rock from which a white stupa miraculously sprouted and the Jokhang was then built by filling the lake with stones.

 

Barkhor Market

barkor market

A stroll around the Barkhor Market is the ideal way to get a firsthand look into Tibetan life and culture. The region has religious significance and paths for circumambulations but is at the same time a hustling and bustling market! It is one part of Lhasa that has quite admirably resisted modern world invasions and monks chanting their mantras can be found aplenty in even a short walk in Barkhor.

 

Day 06: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa

Leave after breakfast to visit the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute. The rest of the day is for you to spend at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

 

Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute

Named ‘Mentsekhang’ in the local language, the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute began as a regional government teaching organization in which Tibetan doctors and astronomers were trained. At Mentsekhang, calculations and editions are made for the Tibetan calendars and research in astronomy takes place. The ambiance of the hospital is truly unique with many Thangkas decorating walls.

 

Day 07: Lhasa to Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to a hotel. Overnight stay in hotel including a Nepalese cultural programme in the evening and farewell dinner.

 

Day 08: Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination

Today is the last day of an exhilarating part of your life as you leave Kathmandu. A Nomadier representative will transfer you to the international airport and wish you goodbye.