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Shangrila Tour to Tibet

Shangrila Tour to Tibet takes you into the enthralling overland adventures of the mystical valley of Tibet which is extremely remote and separated by the most formidable Himalayan Mountain Range. 70 minutes of spectacular flight from Kathmandu, passing right over Mount Everest and other high peaks should be able to take us to Lhasa- a city rich in culture and history of Buddhism. Shangrila Tour to Tibet is a short tour lasting just eight days.
Shangrila- Tibet, though being remote has always fascinated numerous travelers since time immemorial. Yet only few have set their foot in this land of myths and mysteries as it is not easily accessible. Those who do are blessed with unique tradition and splendid sceneries. Tibet is an autonomous state of China and by virtue of its beauty it is often referred to as Shangri-La—an imaginary place.
8-Day Shangrila Tour to Tibet lets you explore all major cultural sites of Central Tibet. Tsedang (The Ancient Capital City of Tibet), Yambulakhang- the first ever built palace of Tibet lying in Tsedang, Samye Monastery (Tibet’s first Monastery which also is the one of major 6 monasteries in Tibet) which lies in Samye Valley, Gyantse, Shigatse and Lhasa are some of the major attractions of Shangrila Tour.
Shangrila Tour to Tibet is a family package designed especially for time bound people and the cost of the tour can easily fit into your budget.

Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
Day 02: Lhasa Tour
Day 03: Another day of sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04 Move to Xigatse (3,900 m)
Day 05: Travel to Gyantse (3950 m)
Day 06: Drive to Tsedang (3,400 m)
Day 07: Travel to Samye and back to Tsedang
Day 08: Back to Kathmandu
 

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The flight takes about 70 minutes in total to reach Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, from Kathmandu. This Trans-Himalayan Route is considered one of the most beautiful routes in the world as it offers magnificent views of Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. Upon your landing, the local tour guides 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 where you will stay overnight.

Day 02: Lhasa Tour
You will officially begin the Shangrila Tour on the second day. To begin with, 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. Sera in Tibetan tongue refers to Wild Rose Garden which suggests there once used to grow wild roses in the area. 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. Many Buddhists come here for pilgrimage from all over Tibet. Before wrapping off, you will conclude the journey for the day by visiting the Jokhang Temple which acts as the spiritual center of the village.

Day 03: Another day of sightseeing in Lhasa
You will begin the tour for 3rd day by climbing up to Potala Palace which stands tall at 3650m high attitude. The 17th century Potala Palace 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. 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 a great idea.

Day 04: Move to Xigatse (3500m)
On the 4th day of your Tibet travel, after having your breakfast, you will head towards Xigatse which is located 300km far from Lhasa. Xigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and it receives largest numbers of visitors every year. Xigatse lies to the west of Lhasa on the northern Highway. Two holy rivers Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) and Nyangchu meet at Xigatse which happens to be the seat of Panchen Lama- the second most important leader in Tibet as well. You will stay overnight in Xigatse.

Day 05: Travel to Gyantse (3950m)
Your destination for the day will be Gyantse. Gyantse is located near Nyang- chu river and is the fourth largest city in Tibet. Gyantse is inhabited chiefly by 3 different ethnic groups- native Tibetan people, Muslim people and the newly emigrated Han Chinese people. While in Gyantse, you would like to visit Pelkor Choede- a yellow hat Monastery known as the center of Gyantse, Gyantse Dzong- the fort and Gyantse Kumbum (Pelkor Chorten)- a massive 8 storey structure with Buddhist images and statues which lies within Pelkor Choede. You will stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 06: Drive to Tsedang (3,400m)
This day, you will make it all the way to Tsedang located 190 km south east of Lhasa. You will drive through Karola (5010m), Kambala (4794m) and the colorful Yamdrok and then continue along Brahmaputra before finally reaching to Tsedang. At its heart lies the ancient kingdom of Yarlung- the origin place of Tibetan civilization. The capital of Tsedong lies at the foot of Mount Gongbari. Legend holds that Tibetan people were born out of the conjugation of a saintly monkey and an ogress in a cave located to the back of this Gongbari Mountain. You will stay overnight in a hotel at Tsedang.

Day 07: Tsedang to Samye and back to Tsedang
Early in the morning, you will drive by the side of Brahmaputra River and cross it by a local made motor boat in about an hour. You will then continue riding for another half hour to finally reach to Samye Monastery which is the very first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet built in 8th century. You will then drive back to hotel at Tsedang and if time permits, you will visit Yumbulakhang and Thandruk Monastery. You will spend overnight in a hotel at Tsedang.

Day 08: Back to Kathmandu
This day marks the end of Tibet travel. In the early morning, you will be taken back to the Airport at Lhasa. It takes about 70 minutes of flight to bring you back to Kathmandu from where it all started.
 

 

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