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Bird Watching in Tibet

Bird Watching in Tibet is a 10-day package to the “Roof of the World”- Tibet. Sheltering more than 488 species of birds in about 18 natural reserves makes Tibet paradise for Bird Watching. Tibet boasts of having over 2,300 species of insects, 64 species of fish, 45 species of amphibians and 55 species of reptiles.
Qiangtang Nature Reserve has been abode for Wild yaks, Tibetan black-necked cranes, donkeys and gazelles while Markam Nature Reserve is a home for Yunnan flat monkeys. In Shenzha Nature Reserve black dwells black-necked cranes, in Nyingchi-Dongjug Nature Reserve lives antelopes while Riwoge-Chamoling Natural Park is famous for Red Deer. Tibet- “The Roof of the World'' is one of the most remarkable places on Earth which offers fabulous views of the monastery, stunning walks, mesmerizing views of the world's highest mountains and some of the ever smiling and friendliest people in the world. Visitors find the place ideal for Bird Watching in Tibet. Five of them are national nature reserves in which rare and precious animals are protected. Main attractions include birds like Tibetan eared pheasant, Perico Derbyan, Black-necked crane, Tibetan Blackbird and Brown-cheeked Laughing thrush Giant Babax. In Tibet, snow pigeon, pheasant, Tibetan, and black-necked cranes including some rare birds can be seen some of which are native while most of others are migratory ones.

Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Kathmandu to Zhangmu (2300m)
Day 02: Drive to Shigatse (4300m)
Day 03: Travel to Gyantse (3950m)
Day 04: Travel to Tsedang (3320m)
Day 05: Travel to Lhasa via Samye Monastery and back to Lhasa
Day 06: Lhasa Tour
Day 07: Another day of sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 08: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (4720m)
Day 09: Namtso Lake to Lhasa (3650m)
Day 10: Final departure from Lhasa
 

Day 01: Kathmandu to Zhangmu (2300m)
Located in the southern Himalayas, about 776km far from Lhasa, Zhangmu is our first destination on the first day. It is only 10km far from Sino- Nepal Friendship Bridge and 110km away from Kathmandu. Situated at an altitude of about 2300m, the town rejoices the mild and humid nature of subtropical climate. Majestic mountains, flexural rivers, lush pines and flourishing flowers are the major attractions of Zhangmu town.
A beautiful scenic drive along the Kodari Highway will take you to Zhangmu town after necessary border formalities are fulfilled in the Chinese immigration center.

Day 02:Drive to Shigatse (4300m)
On the early morning of the second day, you will begin the journey by crossing the Lalungla pass to reach to Xegar which offers the stunning view of Mount Xisapangma (8212m) and Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m). After a brief rest at Xegar, you will continue the drive to Shigatse- one of the most historically significant towns in Tibet. En route, you will visit the Sakyapa Monastery. Sakyapa Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet and is home to the Sakyapa sect of Buddhism. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 03: Move to Gyantse (3950m)
Early in the morning, you will travel to Tashilunpo monastery which lies to the western side of Shigatse at the foot of Drolmari (also known as Tara) mountain. Tashilunpo was built in 1477 by Gendun Drubpa- the first Dalai Lama. Maitreya Chapel which lies in the inner sector of Tashilunpo monastery is the tallest building which is popular for hosting the World’s largest brass statue of Buddha which is 86 ft high, seated on 12 ft high lotus throne made of gold, brass and gems.
After lunch, we will move forward to 2 hr drive to Gyantse and stay there over night. Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong are places worth the visit while in Gyantse.

Day 04: Travel to Tsedang (3320m)
From Gyantse, you will drive to Yamdrok Lake which is a paradise for bird watchers. You will spend some quality time around here. You will cross the high passes- Kora-La (5010m) and Kamba-La(4794m) before making it to the destination for the day-Tsedang. You will stay overnight in hotel at Tsedang.

Day 05: Journey to Lhasa via Samye Monastery and back to Lhasa
While in Tsedang, you will visit Yumbulagang and Tandruk Monastery. Yumbulagang which was built in 7thcentury also happens to be the first palace ever built in Tibet. Trandruk Monastery is located on the southern side of Gangpo Ri Mountain at the east bank of Yarlung River. It lies about 2km far from Tsedang. It is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet which attracts many pilgrims every year. From Trandruk, you will head towards Lhasa where we will spend the night.

Day 06: Lhasa Tour
On the sixth day, you will take a tour to Lhasa. Lhasa has got many wonders to present you. You can begin your tour by visiting the monastery of Sera. Sera, in Tibetan tongue, means "Wild Rose Garden" since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it. The Sera Monastery was completed in 1419. The monastery stands majestically on a hillside with a colorful architecture.
Next, you can head to Norbulinka Palace. Norbulinka Palace is the summer palace of Dalai Lama and it means “The beautiful gardens "in Tibetan dialect. Afterwards, you can visit the Jokhang Temple- a spiritual center of the Tibetan village. Every day, many Buddhists from all over Tibet come to burn incense to worship here. Later, you will follow the pilgrimage circuit around the ancient streets of the old city near the Barkhor market and return to hotel overnight.

Day 07: Another day of sightseeing in Lhasa
Today we will explore the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace offers a breathtaking view across the city. It possesses many large state rooms and chapels including the private rooms of Dalai Lama. You are guided to one of the chambers where you will have look into Tibetan art and statues. Later, you will visit to Holy Monastery- Drepung which was built in 14thcentury and is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. Previously, Drepung used to shelter around 10,000 monks but there remain few hundred Lamas and nuns only.
After Drepung, you will be taken back to your hotel in the afternoon. You can either rest in hotel or go out for shopping.

Day 08: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (4720m)
Early in the morning, you will drive to Namtso Lake. Namtso in Tibetan dialect means “the Sky Lake” which shines like a crystal in vast Qiangtang plane. It gives the perfect view of the Nyaiqen Tanglha mountain range which stands tall over the lake to the south. Snow from this mountain made this lake. So the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise blue. This is the second largest salt lake in Tibet which is located on the old road between Lhasa and Gyantse. The lake is famous for bird viewing. The lake covers an area of 1940 sq. km. and is inhabited by large flocks of birds- both common and migratory. Black lipped pikas, bar headed geese and black necked cranes are some of the birds to be spotted here.

Day 09: Namtso Lake to Lhasa (3650m)
Early in the morning, we will drive on the Qiangtang plane and cross the Lhachen La pass and continue spinning till we arrive to Lhasa. Since you will be brought back early in the afternoon and also because this day is your last day in Lhasa, you may want to take something back home as a souvenir from Tibet. If it is so, you can go out for shopping. If you don’t feel like moving, get rest and ease your aching body. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Lhasa.

Day 10: Final departure from Lhasa
Early in the morning, the local guide will assist with your last minute preparations and then drive you back to the airport at Lhasa where he will bid farewell. You will then head towards your next destination. But if you intend on going back to Kathmandu, you will have 70 minutes of splendid flight through Trans- Himalayan route before landing on Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu where our representative will be more than happy to receive you.
 

 

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