Lhasa & Tsedang Explore 6D

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Duration: 6 days 
Type: Comfort
Itinerary:
Lhasa, Tsedang   

Price: 
01April to 30June USD1629 pp
01July to 30Oct. USD1999 pp

Single room: 
TBC

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Tour Details

Group Size:
2 pax--16 pax

Travel Season:
April - Nov.

Accommodation:
3 & 4 star hotel

Transport:
Chartered car or bus

Flights:
N/A

Meals:
Listed in the itinerary

Guide:
English-speaking guides

Entrance Fees:
Entrance for the sites stated

Payment

Lhasa and Tsedang Explore 6 Days

Lhasa and Tsedang are old and new capital for Tibet, this 6-day tour will let you explore the colorful tempples, market and enjoy the plateau landscape.

Itinerary
Day01. Fly to Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa airport, upon arrival your guide will meet you and transfer you to the city. Driving along the highest river in the world –Yar Long Tsangpo River for one and a half hours to Lhasa. After check in hotel, take a complete rest for acclimatization.
Meals: None
Accommodation Lhasa hotel

Day02. Sightseeing in Lhasa
You will spend the morning exploring the highlights of the Tibetan capitol starting with the Potala Palace. The exotic structure is a complex of 13 stories and contains more than 1,000 rooms. The palace is divided into two sections, The White and The Red Palace. Of which, White Palace is built as living quarters in the mid-17th century for the fifth to the fourteenth Dalai Lamas. From the White Palace, pilgrims climb to the central Red Palace, completed in the late 17th century and packed with chapels, ornate statues, and the gem-embellished tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The fifth Dalai Lama's tomb, made from two tons of gold with three stories. Afterwards you will visit the Tibet’s holiest shrine, the Jokhang Temple, which has a history over 1300 years, housing one of Tibet's most venerated images, a solid gold statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Then you can walk around the Barkhor area filled with thousands of pilgrims, shops and tea houses to relax and soak up the atmosphere, you can purchase Tibetan jewelry in the Tibetan shops here as well.
Note: Visit might be adjusted as per the arrangement of the Potala Palace.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation Lhasa hotel

Day03. Sightseeing in Lhasa
Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park.“Drepung” in Tibetan means “the hill of rice”, for the white Monastery and the Norbulingka Park. “Drepung” in Tibetan means “the hill of rice”. The white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice which is situated halfway up Mt Ganpoi Uze in the western suburbs of Lhasa. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a Disciple of Trongkhaba, founder of the Yellow Hat sect. The monastery, occupying an area of 250,000 square meters with 7700 lamas in the pasdt, is the largest monastery in Asia.
Sera in Tibetan means “Haistone”, legend tells that it hailed during the foundation of this famous monastery. It is situated at the foot of Mt. Peibuqie in the northern suburb of Lhasa. Sera monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, another disciple of Tsongkaba. It once housed 5500 lamas in its golden age, and is proud of its glorious history during The Ming Dynasty.
Norbulingka park, known as Jewel Park was the site of the Dalai Lamas’ summer palace. It is situated one kilometer west of the Potala Palace and covers a total area of 360,000 square meters. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace in this park, since then, Norbulingka has become the summer palace for successive Dalai lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation Lhasa hotel

Day04 . Lhasa –Tsedang (200km)
Today we will drive to Samye Monastery. Situated in the north bank of the Yarlong Tsangpo(Brhamaputra)river, this monastery was built in 779 A.D, and presided over and constructed by Padmasambava and Trisong Detsen. It is the first monastery allowing tonsured monks to become real Buddhists. In the afternoon, back to Tsedang& visit Yumbu Lhakhang, which was first built by Nyatri Tsenpo, the first Tibetan king at the beginning of the 2nd century B.C..
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation Tsedang hotel

Day 05. Tsedang
Today you will take a ride to Trandruk Temple which is situated beside the road on the east bank of the Yarlung River in Nedong County. Trandruk Temple was built in the 7th century by King Song Gampo. The tombs of the Tibetan kings are located here. It is believed that all the early Tibetan kings are buried here. Today only 9 of them are still visible.
Its remaining glory is the Pearl Thangka, an image of King Songtsen Gampo's wife, Princess Wencheng, as the White Tara, created from thousands of tiny pearls meticulously sewn onto a pink background. This is in the central chapel upstairs, which also houses an original statue of Padmasambhava at the age of eight.
Accommodation Tsedang hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 06. Tsedang Departure
Transfer to Lhasa airport Take a flight to your next destination.
Trip concludes
Meals: B

Lhasa拉萨
The city has a history more than 1400 years which can traced back to the 7th century when the King Srongtsen Gampo moved the capital to here. Lhasa, literally the place of the Gods, is the hub of Tibet for transportation, education, religion etc. with a population of 550,000 (2013) and 83% are  Tibetans. The altitude of Lhsa is about 3600 meters, it is highly suggested to acclimatise for your first day to do nothing. You can choose flight or trains from various cities in China to Lhasa, such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Lanzhou, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It is a once-in-the-life experience to take the train from Xining to Lhasa, on the way you can endless snow-covered mountains, green lakes, Tanggula Range(5200 meters), yaks, etc. The climate in Lhasa is quite warm during the daytime as the sun shine is very strong, but quite chilly in the night even in Summer. In winter, it is still very nice to visit Lhasa, you can wander in the daytime around Potala Palace and Jakhang Monastery,  Barkhor Street.

Major Attactions:
Potala Palace布达拉宫
It was used by Dalai Lama in the past, and now it is the major attraction of Lhasa.  You can view the palace standing on the hill like a fortress to guard Lhasa. The earliest history can be traced back to the 7th century AD, when King Songtsen Gampo built a palace here. The layout of the Potala Palace includes the rooftop White Palace and the central Red Palace. As the entrance tickets are limited and are very difficult to acquire in Summer, you can contact us to assist you on this.

Jokhang Monastery大昭寺
In 7th century, King Songtsen Gampo go married with 2 girls, one was from Nepal. the other one was from China. The Chinese Wencheng princess brought the statue of Budda which was made as per Buddha´s 12-year-old image, which was stored in the temple  late on.  Jokhang means chapel of the Jowo. It is the most revered temple in Tibet by all Tibetan Buddhists as it housed the holy statue here.

Bakhor Street 八角街
Around the Jokhang Monastery, the street is called Bakhor that is the commercial center of Lhasa from the ancient to now, filled with various shops selling different goods.  But the most impressive kora, pilgrim circuit, is clockwise around the Jokhang Monastery. You can immerse into the crowd of pilgrims in the later afternoon.


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Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
 
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Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
 
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
 
Trains
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
 
Air
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Food
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
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Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
 
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
 
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour

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