Kathmandu Lhasa Culture Holidays
Kathmandu Lhasa Culture Holidays is the combinations of 3 nights to Kathmandu , Nepal & 4 nights to Lhasa, Tibet , by taking both way flights to/fro Lhasa from Kathmandu. This trip gives stunning views of the High Himalayas on flight ,visiting Kathmandu valley & Lhasa valley compares nowhere.Kathmandu Lhasa Culture Holidays gives the highlights of Nepal & Tibet.
In Kathmandu , you are starred by the ever watching eyes of Buddha on the Hermica of Stupas in the four cardinal directions , gazing the equal view of Buddha to all being for eternal peace & prosperity. You can find them in Boudhanath stupa , Swayambhuanth Stupa & many other stupas that are found in Kathmandu valley . They are great pilgrimage sites for Buddhists all over the World . Old palace complexes from where the Malla & Shah kings ruled the principalities of Kathmandu valley has left the legacy of their culture, art , architecture by depicting in the form of art in wood carving of Kathmandu Durbar Square , Patan Durbar Square , & Bhaktapur Durbar Squares. Besides that you are fascinated by the flow of pilgrims in Pashupatinath Temple , situated at the bank of Bagmati river where you can see the cremation going on.
A breathtaking trip at the Roof of the world , Lhasa,the capital city of Tibetan autonomous region of China & Yamdrok Tso, the Turquoise Lake that creates peace in your mind.Lhasa has the treasures of Dalai Lama in the places of interests in The Potala Palace , Nobulinkha Palace , Sera Monastery , Drepung Monastery & Jokhang Temple in Barkhor street
Beyond Lhasa drive leads to high pass and highest spot of this trip at 4,800 meters with awesome scenery of Tibetan plateau landscapes with snow capped peaks and then driving by Yamdrok Tso Lake translated Turquoise Lake pristine picturesque lake after a time here back to Lhasa for the flight back to Kathmandu with fabulous time spent for Tour of Lhasa & Yamdrok .
|Day 01:||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 02:||Kathmandu Tours|
|Day 03:||Fly to Lhasa|
|Day 04:||Lhasa Sightseeing|
|Day 05:||Lhasa Sightseeing|
|Day 06:||Excursion to Yamdok Tso Lake|
|Day 07:||Fly back to Kathmandu|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu You are received at the airport by our representative , then transfer to your Hotel in Kathmandu city.Its is the drive of about half an hour .During drive our representative briefs you about the street , history & your program After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area, overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Tours We will process your Tibet visa today. You will explore the Kathmandu valley Including pashupatinath temple the holistic Hindu temple, Boudhanath Stupa The Gaint Stupa in the world and Bhaktapur city – a city of wood carving, today you will visit the painting school of Kathmandu valley. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa Fly to Lhasa. Enjoy the flight viewing the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Upon arrival in Lhasa airport, we are met by Tibetan Guide and transferred to our hotel in the city. Today, we just takeiteasy to cope with the effects of the altitude. This is free afternoon for complete rest to acclimatize to altitude. Overnight in Lhasa Lhasa Located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is a city that has captivated the fascination of the west for centuries. Lhasa is basically famous for being the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama and is a place that is revered by every Tibetan. In the 7th century, a powerful and visionary king called Songtsen Gampo conquered many tribes, united Tibet and moved the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. Apart from the amazing monasteries that surrounds the city as well as the bustling tourist friendly Barkhor Street. ThePotala palace captivates the mind, the eye and the soul. The Potala palace is perched on the top of the Red Hill and dominates the skyline. It was built by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. Later on, the palace became the residence of the Dalai Lamas. It still holds items like murals, Holy Scriptures and sutras that are invaluable to Buddhism. The city has about 2, 55,000 inhabitants and stands at an altitude of approximately 3,650 m. Some of the aesthetically as well as historically important sites in Lhasa are the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka Palaces.
Day 04: Lhasa Sightseeing Visit the World Heritage site of Potala Palace in the morning. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery. Towards the late afternoon, visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, Tibetain holiest site. In the evening, take a walk in a clock-wise circuit or Kora around the temple grounds, along with the stream of humanity. Stroll through Barkhor market square. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with Tibetan dance and music in local tourist restaurant.Overnight in Lhasa.
Potala Palace: The Potala palace is perched on the top of the Red Hill and dominates the skyline of Lhasa. The palace can be divided into two sections, the White Palace and the Red Palace. It was built by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and used it as his centre of meditation. It was however in 1645 under the fifth Dalai Lama, Lozang Gyatso, that the palace took a massive shape as the white palace became complete. The construction of the Red Palace began in 1690 and was completed within a span of 4 years. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas, until the 14th Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959. Today the palace serves as a state museum of China. The palace has vast inward-sloping walls and has many windows and its roofs are flat at various levels. The central part of this group of buildings is quadrangular. This towering central portion of Potala is called the Red palace. It contains the principal halls and chapels and shrines of past Dalai Lamas. It still holds items like murals, Holy Scriptures and sutras that are invaluable to Buddhism. Today the Potala Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most visited structures in the world.
Sera Monastery: In 1419 Jamchen Chojey also popularly known as Sakya Yeshe, one of the two principal disciple of Tsongkhapa, founded of a Gelukpa University, which later came to known as the Sera Monastery, and became one of the Great Three Gelukpa Monasteries of Tibet. The Sera university monastery had three basic schools. The first is the Sera Mey Dratsang which was built in 1419 for the purpose of providing basic information on the doctrines of Buddhism and for the orientation of the monks. The second was the Sera Jey Dratsang, built in 1435, which was the largest, and was reserved for itinerant monks. The third one known as Ngagpa Dratsang which was built in 1559 was a school for the teaching of the Gelukpa order. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries.
Jokhang Temple: The Jokhang Temple is the most revered Buddhist temple in Lhasa and of Tibet, built by King Songtsen Gampo in about 642 AD. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was originally called, Rasa Tulnang Tsuklakang (House of Mysteries). In the 11th century a learned Buddhist monk named Atisha, taught here and it was after that, that the Jokhang temple got recognition. Today the temple covers an area of about 25,000 sq. ft. The Jokhang temple is a fourstoried structure. The style is basically Indian in its approach but has been well blended with Nepalese and well as Tibetan influences. The roofs of the temple are gilded with bronze. The rooftop has statues of two golden deer surrounding a Dharma wheel.
Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing In the morning, visit Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery of Tibet. Later visit Mentsekhang (traditional Hospital). In the afternoon visit Norbulingkga Palace. The rest of the afternoon is free for rest or stroll around. Overnight in Lhasa.
Drepung Monastery: The Drepung Monastery is the largest in Tibet. Its foundations were laid in 1416 by Jamyang Chojey, a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelukpa Schools. This beautiful monastery is atop the Gambo Utse Mountain, 5 kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa. Before the Cultural Revolution of 1959, the monastery housed about 15,000 monks. The ground floor of the monastery is organized on the caves and temples of Jamyang Chojey. There are also two white pagodas on which the buildings of this monastery rests. In the southwest corner, there is the Ganden Potrang which is a building which was constructed by the second Dalai Lama in 1530. At the centre, there is the Coqen Hall with a large square before it. A wide series of stone stairs will lead to the Entrance Hall. Once you enter through, you can see the Sutra Hall which is supported by 183 pillars. Inside the monastery there are statues of Sage Manjushri Tsong Khapa and Kwan-yin Bodhisattva
Mentsekhang (Tibetan Medicine Institute): The history of Tibetan medicine can be dated back to 2,300 years ago but for giving this a worldwide recognition Mentsekhang played an important role. Mentsekhang, the Tibetan medicine institute was built in 1916 as the center of research for Tibetan medicine. This serves as the traditional Tibetan hospital and is incidentally the largest in Tibet. It is located at Yuthok Lu just west of the Jokhang Temple. This was also the place for calendar calculations and was under the Tibetan local government before the Cultural Revolution in 1959. In 1980, Mentsekhang was expanded and it became the immediate centre for research and production of Tibetan medicine. This is also the place where training and treatments are provided. The institute is spread over an area of 40,000 sq meters. It consists of various departments like, orthopedics, pediatrics, internal medicine and surgery, etc.
Norbulingkha Palaces: In 1755, the seventh Dalai Lama built a park and a modest palace as his summer residence.Later on other structures were added but the most important contribution was made by the present 14th Dalai Lama,who added chapels, gardens, fountains and pools to the east of what the Seventh Dalai Lama has built. This collection of palaces known as the Norbulingka was the winter palace for Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka when translated literally means the Jeweled Park. Among others, the most visited one is the palace of the 14th Dalai Lama which was built in a fusion style of both Tibetan and Western from 1954-1956. The living quarters have a modern touch and included a lot of furniture and a European style bathroom. There is also a zoo at Norbulingka, which was built to keep the animals, offered to the Dalai Lama. The Austrian Mountaineer Heinrich Harrer helped the 14th Dalai Lama build a small movie theatre here in the 1950s. In 2001, UNESCO inscribed Norbulingka on its World Heritage List as part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace”.
Day 06: Excursion to Yamdrok Tso Lake Today,we drive along the Lhasa-Kathmandu Highway to see Yamdrok Tso Lake. After about half hour from the Lhasa city you will cross Yarlung Tsangpo River also called Brahma Putra river and then climb up to Kamba la pass (4797m/15,820m). From the pass, you will get the first view of this brilliant turquoise-blue lake. Yamdrok Tso Lake is one of the four holiest lakes in Tibet. Along with the lake, you will also see in distant, the massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). Visit the lake and possibly see some nomads, nearby. Return to Lhasa by late afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Fly back to Kathmandu Transfer to Gonggar Airport to take flight to Kathmandu . Afternoon visit to historical monuments listed to UNESCO in Kathmandu Valley; Patan Durbar square , Kathmandu Durbar square & Swoyambhunath Stupa .
Day 08: Departure You will be transferred to the airport in time to board your onward flight .
- Accommodations in bed & breakfast basis except full board in Chitwanin 3-4 star hotels
- All transportations by a private vehicle
- All sightseeing as on itinerary
- English speaking local Guide
- All entrance fees of the monuments
- Tibet Visa(if Us citizen pp extra)
- Flight Lhasa-Kathmandu
- Tibet Permit
- Kathmandu: HotelShanker or Similar
- Lhasa: Hotel Yak or Similar