Tibet Travel / Tibet Tour / Tibet Holiday
One of The Few Unique,Truly Different Locations Left in Our Modern World!
Join us on a priceless journey to the mystic land on the “Roof of the World” on your own spiritual pilgrimage. Have an inside look at exotic lamaseries and temples, the exiled Dalai Lama’s one thousand room Potala Palace, majestic sacred mountains, fascinating culture, friendly people, and much more. You will treasure this spiritual retreat / meditation retreat your entire life.
Experiences Beyond The Ordinary
- Experience the holy city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where you will take in some of the most spectacular sites in Tibet.
- Sense the still present mystical energy of the Samye Monastery, where Tibetans believe their souls go first after death.
- You will be in awe of the Potala Palace, traditional home of the Dalai Lama, the Jokhang Temple and the Norbulingka – “Jewel Park” – summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
- Your tour also includes travel to Shigatse to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, home of the Panchen Lama (the second highest Lama).
- Plus more…
Forbidden CityGreat WallSamye Monastery
[su_heading style=”1″ size=”18″]Itinerary[/su_heading]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 1/June 20″ open=”yes” style=”2″]Arrive into Beijing and transfer to your hotel. [/su_spoiler]
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Visit the Forbidden City, the largest palace enclosure in China that defines the word imperial. It had been home to emperors and exclusive to all but members of the royal court and official delegations for 500 years. Also see the Temple of Heaven, believed to be the exact meeting point of Heaven and Earth. The Son of Heaven would perform sacrifices here after praying for the year’s good harvest. The annual procession to the Temple of Heaven was so sacred that the people of Beijing could not cast their eyes upon it. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 3/June 22″ open=”yes” style=”2″]Full day tour to the Great Wall, China’s most renowned monument whose origins go back to the 5th century A.D. and perhaps even earlier. Later today see the Tibetan temple in Beijing.[/su_spoiler]
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Fly to Tibet and travel to Tsedang in the Yarlung Valley. There is an adequate hotel here, and since it is at an altitude lower than that of Lhasa, there is a greater chance you will be able to acclimate more easily to the altitude of Tibet than by going first to Lhasa (most tours go directly to Lhasa). The Yarlung Valley is the home of the ancient Kings of Tibet, and near to the location of spectacular Samye Monastery.
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Visit the Valley of the Kings, Yumbhulakhang and the Temple of the Ten Thousand Pearled Tangkha.
[su_spoiler title=”Day 6/June 25″ open=”yes” style=”2″]On our way to Lhasa, capital of Tibet, visit Samye Monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibet, since Tibetans believe that the soul of the recently deceased travels first to Samye Monastery.
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Visit two of the most spectacular sites in Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple and the Norbulingka, meaning “Jewel Park,” the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. The Jokhang Temple is in the center of the city and is the spiritual center of all Tibet, so it is fitting we visit this site first. It has been the destination of millions of pilgrims who for centuries have come from throughout Tibet to pray here. You will marvel at the many statues, shrines, and murals. Most important of these is the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha) in the holy of holies of the Temple. The Chinese bride brought this statue, the most precious object in Tibet, here 1300 years ago to the Tibetan King who converted Tibet to Buddhism.[/su_spoiler]
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Tour Drepung monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet which once had over 10,000 monks, and housed the State Oracle nearby as well. Perhaps you will see the monks in their lively debates in the gardens, for debating is an essential part of their training. Visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon, the other of the two great monasteries near Lhasa, which are two of the four great monasteries of central Tibet.[/su_spoiler]
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One visit to the Jokhang Temple for most people is not enough. So today you will have the option to re-visit this spectacular power place. You will be sure to visit the Jokhang Temple in the morning, since it is only open for worship at that time. It is quite a sight to see the thousands of worshipers filling the temple. You will also have time for shopping on the Barkhor, the street that encircles the Jokhang that is both a sacred pilgrim path and a lively market place.
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This morning travel to Gyantse. The road crosses two high passes and the sapphire-blue Lake Yamdrok Yamtso, third largest lake in Tibet. Arrive in Gyantse late in the day. Gyantse is the site of Palkhor Monastery and the Kumbum Chorten.
[su_spoiler title=”Day 11/June 30″ open=”yes” style=”2″]This morning we will see the sites of the ancient trading town and religious center of Gyantse, and then depart for Shigatse. On the way you take a side-trip to Shalu monastery. Although it is small, for centuries Shalu was renowned as a center of scholarly learning and psychic training. It was also famous for its mural paintings, considered to be the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet, though only a few of them remain.[/su_spoiler]
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Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and site of Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Tour great monasteries of central Tibet and the only one of the four not in or near Lhasa. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama, considered the second highest lama (after the Dalai Lama) of Tibet. Tashilhunpo means “Heap of Glory,” and the monastery is one of the most active in Tibet. In the morning you tour the monastery including the Chanting Hall, the library, and the huge 86-foot tall bronze statue of the Maitreya Buddha. This afternoon we will visit a carpet factory, which was a project of the late Panchen Lama, and we might also visit the town market to shop for Tibetan artifacts, jewelry, etc.
[su_spoiler title=”Day 13/July 2″ open=”yes” style=”2″]Take a scenic return drive to Lhasa.[/su_spoiler]
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Visit the Potala Palace. The Potala is one of the architectural wonders of the world. Built in the 17th century, it was home to the Dalai Lama before the current one fled the Chinese occupation in 1959. The 1,000 plus rooms were not only for the living quarters of the Dalai Lama, but also many other high lamas and government officials, and many of the rooms were of course for worship as well. Of all the rooms you see here, the holiest is the Saint’s Chapel, which contains an ancient jewel-encrusted statue of Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion of whom the Dalai Lama is the reincarnation. Later in the day visit Palalh Ubu Monastery, a small but powerfully impressive site near the Potala.
[su_spoiler title=”Day 15/July 4″ open=”yes” style=”2″]Fly to Beijing and overnight.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 16/July 5″ open=”yes” style=”2″]Check out of your hotel by 12:00 pm.[/su_spoiler]
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[su_label style=”important”]Note:[/su_label] Itinerary subject to change.
INCLUDED: Includes round trip airfare from the West Coast to Beijing, China on regularly scheduled flights. Round-trip flights from Beijing to the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. Transfers from airports to hotels and vice versa, hotel accommodations in deluxe, first class, and superior class hotels, double occupancy (in Tibet outside of Lhasa the hotels are simply the “best available”), hotel taxes and service charges, extensive sightseeing with English speaking Tibetan guide as outlined in the itinerary, entrance fees to sites visited, all meals in Tsedang for two days and on four day drive and tour to Shigatse and back to Lhasa, breakfast daily in Lhasa. (We purposely omit other meals because it is more fun and offers you more variety and better food not to have pre-paid group meals. We still eat together as a group for all who want to join in.) Price is per person based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy).
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