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Roof of the World

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,571

Journey to the top of the Himalayas to discover Tibet and the Roof of the World. Staying in first-class accommodations, you’ll travel through this ancient land and explore the key sites of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, the summer palace of Norbulingka, and marvellous Potala Palace in Lhasa.


This 8-day Tibetan vacation takes you throughout this ancient land. It features first-class accommodations and is perfect for travellers who’ve already been to China but want to explore the nation’s far west.

Your trip to China and Tibet begins in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and a stunning city set against a backdrop of mountain ranges. The city has long been the centre of Tibetan Buddhism and used to be the home of the Dalai Lama prior to Chinese annexation. You’ll have the first day to explore Lhasa at leisure before spending the next day exploring significant sites of Tibetan Buddhism. Start at Potala Palace, the massive winter home of the Dalai Lama that sits atop the town and stuns anyone who sees it with its red-and-white brick façade that blends into the rock. After venturing inside the palace and seeing its exhibits, head to Jokhang Palace to see the life-sized statue of the Buddha that’s considered one of the most sacred in all of Buddhism.

From Lhasa, head to Gyantse, stopping by Yamdrok Lake to see its serene blue surrounded by barren mountains and experience its holy atmosphere. When you reach Gyantse, you’ll see its most popular sight, the marvellous Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the Kumbun pagoda that looks like a layer cake rising above the rugged landscape. After touring the monastery, you’ll head into the Old Town and also Gyantse Dzong, a massive fortress sitting overtop the town. Like Potala Palace, Gyantse Dzong is built into the rock and remains a marvellous example of Tibetan architecture. Drive to Shigatse and tour the angular Tashilunpo Monastery, which was the seat of the Panchen Lamas in generations past.

Return to Lhasa for the rest of your Tibetan vacation. You’ll explore Drepung Monastery, which housed the Dalai Lama prior to the construction of Potala Palace, and visit Sera Monastery, with its massive hall filled with the sounds of monks chanting the sutras. On your final day, head to the summer palace of Norbulingka and visit with a local Tibetan family to get in touch with local traditions before closing out at the Tsang Khung Nunnery, a striking yellow building constructed by Songsten Gampo, the founder of the ancient Tibetan Empire. At the end of your stay, head to the airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,571

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Day 1

Arrive Lhasa

Upon arrival at Lhasa, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Remainder of the day is free at leisure and adapt to the high altitude.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

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    Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa



    Situated in eastern Lhasa city, Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is on the Lhasa River and faces Jiangsu Avenue. The great location is a ten minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street and only an eight minute drive from the Potala Palace. The ...

    Situated in eastern Lhasa city, Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is on the Lhasa River and faces Jiangsu Avenue. The great location is a ten minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street and only an eight minute drive from the Potala Palace. The 102 guest rooms, including three suites, are warm and inviting with a contemporary design.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Lhasa

Morning explore the world wonder and pilgrimage site, The Potala Palace, it has stood for centuries as a testament to the Tibetan people and their beliefs. Thousands of pilgrims from around the world come every year to pay homage to this grand estate and the symbol it stands for. This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level, towering 100 meters (300 feet) above the city of Lhasa. It was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645.

Explore the Jokhang Temple, stores a golden statue of life-sized Sakyamuni, which was brought by Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. This statue is considered as Sakyamuni himself, so the Jokhang Temple is the most holy temple for Buddhists. Watch religious pilgrims prostrating themselves at the front gate. Join local people's kora (circle for religion) and stroll around Barkhor Street where you may shop for Tibetan items.

Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Lhasa to Gyantse

Today excursion to Gyantse, about 7 hours including the sightseeing time en route. En route visit Yamdruktso Lake. It's one of the top four Buddhist holy lakes in Tibet. You'll also view the fabulous scenery of Karuola Glacier, one of the top three continental glaciers in Tibet.

Arrive at Gyantse in the late afternoon and check-in at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Gyantse Hotel

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    Gyantse Hotel



    The Gyangtse Hotel Gyantse (Gantse) in Gyantse features comfortable accommodation, warm hospitality and wonderful services that assure a memorable stay in the religious town of Gyantse. The Gyangtse Hotel Gyantse was built in 1988 and is located in the ancient town of Gyantse of Gyangtse ...

    The Gyangtse Hotel Gyantse (Gantse) in Gyantse features comfortable accommodation, warm hospitality and wonderful services that assure a memorable stay in the religious town of Gyantse. The Gyangtse Hotel Gyantse was built in 1988 and is located in the ancient town of Gyantse of Gyangtse region in China.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Sauna

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Day 4

Gyantse to Shigatse

Start the morning to visit Pelkor Chode & Kumbum, it's one of the top four Buddhist holy lakes in Tibet. The most interesting thing in this monastery is the "One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda". It has nine floors, 77 chambers, and 108 doors. Each of the chambers has a very low doorframe and people have to bow to enter.

Then head to Old Town and visit Gyantse Castle with the Dzong Fortress which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, perched high above the town of Gyantse on a huge spur of grey brown rock.

After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Shigatse (approx. 2 hours driving). Arrive Shigatse, visit the Tashilunpo Monastery which was traditionally the seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Its building style is different from the monasteries in Lhasa. This monastery has a deep breath of life. There are several small villages in this monastery -- you will see local women sitting by the roadside and chatting, children running around, and sleepy dogs and cats lying on the ground and enjoying the sun.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Qomo Langzong Hotel

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    Qomo Langzong Hotel



    Decorated with unique Tibetan elements, Qomo Langzong Hotel is located in Xigaze, a mere 8-minute walk to the brilliant Tashilhunpo Monastery. This hotel offers a presidential suite with highest altitude in the world and featured guestrooms with glass ceilings for romantic star-watching. Free oxygen supply ...

    Decorated with unique Tibetan elements, Qomo Langzong Hotel is located in Xigaze, a mere 8-minute walk to the brilliant Tashilhunpo Monastery. This hotel offers a presidential suite with highest altitude in the world and featured guestrooms with glass ceilings for romantic star-watching. Free oxygen supply system and free WiFi are provided as well.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Garden
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

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Day 5

Shigatse to Lhasa

Explore this old city and feel the local's life, then drive back to Lhasa (approx. 6-7 hours driving).

Arrive Lhasa, check in at hotel. Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

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    Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa



    Situated in eastern Lhasa city, Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is on the Lhasa River and faces Jiangsu Avenue. The great location is a ten minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street and only an eight minute drive from the Potala Palace. The ...

    Situated in eastern Lhasa city, Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is on the Lhasa River and faces Jiangsu Avenue. The great location is a ten minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street and only an eight minute drive from the Potala Palace. The 102 guest rooms, including three suites, are warm and inviting with a contemporary design.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 6

Lhasa

Morning explore Drepung Monastery. This used to be the living quarters of the Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala. The huge Shoton Festival is held here at the beginning of August every year. Return to hotel for rest and lunch on own.

Afternoon visit Sera Monastery, comprising a great sutra-chanting hall, a college and 32 sections. Watch the monks' debate and enjoy their special "dance" (it's from 3:00pm to 4:30pm & not available for Sunday). Debate is a way for the monks to learn sutras and scriptures. Sera Monastery opens its debates to the public so you'll have a chance to witness how monks debate.

Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

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Day 7

Lhasa

Morning visit to Norbulingka Palace, which has plenty of plants and is full of oxygen. Here you can appreciate the beautiful gardens and see some local people going about their daily lives. This was the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, and now it has become a public park. Local people love to come here to chat and stroll.

Have a chat with the locals and visit Tibetan Family to find out more about their lives. Then continue to visit Tsang Khung Nunnery was built in the 7th century by Songsten Gampo who used its meditation chamber.The monastery is a yellow building which lies on the street parallel and north of Chingdol Dong Lu in Lhasa. Since the 12th century the monastery has been used chiefly by Buddhist nuns.

Enjoy a local Tibetan Dinner with evening Sing & Dance Show.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Depart Lhasa

Transfer to airport for your flight to next destination.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily*

*Note: Tibet  permits are not issued for travel between March 15 to April 10.  These dates are approximates as can change without notice at any time.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation in either first class or deluxe hotels
  • Private guided touring and transportation as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide in each city.
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Breakfast and lunch daily plus some dinners
  • Tibet Travel Permit

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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