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Sera Monastery (4 /5days) Tour

Sera Monastery Tour takes you to one of the major cultural heritages of Tibet. Sera Monastery, built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) by Sakya Yeshe- a disciple of the Tsongkhapa, is located 8km to the north of Lhasa city at the foot of Tatipu Hill. Sera Monastery happens to be one of Lhasa’s great Gelugpa Sect monasteries which once used to render shelter to as many as 5000 monks till 1959. The other important monasteries in Lhasa are Ganden and Drepung monasteries. The term Sera in Tibetan dialect refers to” wild rose” which must have been named after the blooming wild roses that existed to the back of the hill where monastery was built.
The majestic Sera Monastery Tour expands as far as 114946 square meters of area. Sera Monastery holds scriptures written in gold powder, statues, cloths and murals. Debates on Buddhist doctrines takes place every afternoon except for Sundays.
The Sera Monastery Tour takes you to the monastery from Lhasa via the paved road in approximately 10 minutes of driving. If you desire, you can hike up to Pabongka from Sera monastery. The major attraction of this monastery is Buddha unfolding festival which is performed each year during which both locals and foreigners worship Buddha side by side. All in all, Sera Monastery 4nights/5days tour can be taken as the great introductory tour into the heart of Tibet.

Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m)
Day 02: Visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Day 03: Visit Norbulinga Palace and Jokhang Temple
Day 04: Visit Sera Monastery
Day 05: Day of Departure from Lhasa
 

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
The first day of the itinerary you will take a flight from Kathmandu to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa which takes around 70 minutes in total. This Trans-Himalayan Route is considered one of the most beautiful routes in the world and it offers magnificent views of Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. Upon your landing, the Local tour guide will welcome you with Hada- a Tibetan style greeting. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to your hotel in Lhasa (3650m). You will see Yarlong Tsangpo River, Big Buddha engraving on the hill and colorful prayer flags along the way. After about 45 minutes of drive you will arrive to a hotel. Give some time for refreshment. Later you can take a short walk to the local area and try to sychronise with Lhasa’s tune. You will stay overnight in a hotel at Lhasa.

Day 02: Visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Today you will explore the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace which stands tall at 3650m altitude offers a breathtaking view of Lhasa’s city area including Tibetan architecture thus making it the preferred place for photo shooting. The palace contains private rooms, many large state rooms and chapels used previously by Dalai Lamas. You might experience slight shortness of breath while climbing up to Potala Palace due to exertion. If so, take a brief rest.
Next, you will take a Tibetan tour to Dreprung which is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. Legend says Dreprung which was built in the 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as of now, only a few hundred monks and nuns are living here. You will be free in afternoon for which shopping would be the great.

Day 03: Visit Norbulinga Palace and Jokhang Temple
You will begin today’s journey by visiting Norbulinka Palace- the summer palace of Dalai Lama which possesses the finest garden in Tibet. Next, you will head for Jokhang Temple which acts as the spiritual center of the village. In the end, you will return to your hotel following the pilgrimage circuit around the ancient streets of the old city near the Barkhor market. You will then rest in a hotel for the overnight.

Day 04: Visit Sera Monastery
On the early morning of 4th day, you will pay a visit to the Sera Monastery which stands majestically ever since it was erected in 1419 on a hillside with a colorful architecture. While at Sera Monastery, we can see the monks engaged in lively discussion and also the collection of Buddhist scriptures, ancient murals, Thankas, statues and scriptures written in gold dust, scroll of wonderful paintings and tapestries. Manjushri, Tsong Khapa, and Chenrezi were enshrined in a large hall including a large Maitreya in the room during the reign of the seventh Dalai Lama. Many Buddhists come here for pilgrimage from all over Tibet. You will then return to hotel at Lhasa.

Day 05: Day of Departure from Lhasa
This day marks the end of Tibet travel. In the early morning, you will be taken back to Airport at Lhasa. It takes about 70 minutes flight to bring you back to Kathmandu where it all started.
 

 

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