12 Wonders Of The Snowland
Day1: Welcome to Tibet, arriving at Gonkar airport or train station, where your tour guide will most likely meet you in your rented vehicle, check in hotel and have a good rest in the evening for acclimatization .
Day2: Drepung and Sera monastery,
The great monasery of Drepung was founded by Jamyang Chojey Tashi-pelden, a direct disciple of Jey Tsongkhha, the founder of theGelug Tradition. This great master had presented his disciple with a white conch, an auspicious token that he had unearthed as a hidden treasure from a hill behind Ganden Monasery .At that time, Tsongkhhapa had prophesied, "You shall establish a magnificent monasery and this offspring monastery shall become more extensive than its mother one. Sera Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of the name 'Sera' is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses (sera in Tibetan language) in bloom. The original Sera monastery is located in Lhasa, Tibet, about 5 kilometres north of the Jokang. The Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. In the evening get dinner together in a local restaurant with cultural show
Day3: Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulinga
The Potala Palace It is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. The Potala Palace was the chief residence of Dalai Lamas. the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, started the construction of the Potala Palace in 1645 .It may overlay the remains of an earlier fortress, called the White or Red Palace, on the site built by Songtsen Gampo in 637. The Jokhang, (also Tsuklakang), is located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa. For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It is in some regards pan-sectarian, but is presently controlled by the Gelug School.
According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple. During the Bon period of Tibet the temple was (and sometimes still is), called the Zuglagkang (House of Religious Science or House of Wisdom). The term zuglag refers to the 'sciences' such as geomancy, astrology, and divination which formed part of the pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion now referred to as Bon. It is more commonly known today as the Jokhang, which means the 'House of the Buddha'. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace," and a spiritual center of Lhasa. Norbulinga Garden of Jewels,or jewel park, summer residence of from 7th to 14th Dalai lamas. The seventh Dalai lama founded the first summer palace. The eighth Dalai Lama (1758-1804) initiated more work on the Norbulingka, expanding the gardens and digging the lake, which can be found south of the new summer palace. The 13thDalai lama (1876-1933) was responsible for the three palaces in the northwest corner of the park, and the 14th (present) Dalai lama build the new summer palace .
Day4: Samye monastery,
Samye monastery is at a distance of probably 170km from Lhasa. The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet, was most probably first constructed between 775 and 779 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by KingSongtsen Gampo in the 7th century. According to tradition, the Indian monk Shantarakshita made the first attempt to construct the monastery while promoting his sutra-centric version of Buddhism. Finding the Samye site auspicious he set about to build a structure there. However, the building would always collapse after reaching a certain stage. Terrified, the construction workers believed that there was a demon or obstructive thought form in a nearby river making trouble. However, when Shantarakshita's contemporary Padmasambhava arrived from northern India, he was able to subdue the energetic problems obstructing the building of Samye. According to The Fifth Dalai Lama (Pearlman, 2002: , Padmasambhava performed the Vajrakilaya Dance and enacted the rite of 'thread cross' or Namkha to assist King Trisong Deutsen and Shantarakshita clear away obscurations and hindrances in the building of Samye: stay there over night in monastic gust house .
Day5: Tsedang Explore , is at a distance of 50 km from Samye , is one of the largest cities in Tibet and is located in the Yarlung Valley, It was the capital of the shanan precfure (Lhoka) Tsethan has been the capital of Yarlung since ancient times and was the seat of the ancient kings of Tibet and, as such, a place of great importance. In the 19th century it is said to have contained some 1,000 houses, a bazaar, a gompa and a fort. As the capital of the Shannan Prefecture, it is the second-largest town in the historical Ü-Tsang region.
It is situated near the flank of Mount Gongbori (3,400m) and is home to many ancient ruins. It is known as the cradle of Tibetan's civilization. In Tsethan you can see and explore, Yumbulhakhang , Tadrok temple to see the tomps of ancient Tibetan kings. Stay around tsethan town over anight. Yumbulhakhang palace is an ancient palace in the Yarlung valley.
According to legend it was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo. Yungbulakang stands on a hill on the eastern bank of the Yarlung River in the Yarlung Valley of southeast Naidong County, about 192 km southeast of Lhasa, and 9 km south ofTsetang.
Tadrok templeThe Valley of the Kings or Chongye Valley branches off the Yarlung Valley to the southwest and contain a series of graveyard tumuli, approximately 27 kilometers (17 mi) south of Tsethang, Tibet, near the town of Chongye on Mure Mountain in Chongye, County of the Shannan Prefecture.The site possesses eight large mounds of earth resembling natural hills that are believed to contain eight to ten buried Tibetan kings. According to Tibetan tradition all the kings from Dri-gum onwards are buried at ‘Phyong-rgyas, but as the site now presents itself, there are just ten tumuli identifiable as the tombs of all the kings from Songtsan Gampo to Khri-lde-srong-brtsan, including two princes.
Other sources, however, have indicated that there are actually nine mounds rather than eight or ten. The kings believed to be buried at the site include Songtsän Gampo (the founder of the Tibetan Empire), Nansong Mangsten, Tridu Songtsen, Gyangtsa Laban, Tride Tsugtsen, Trisong Detsen, Muni Tsangpo and Tritsu Detsen.
Day6: Tsedang -Gyantse, is at a distance of 330km from Tsethan . On the way to sightseeing, you can see the Yadrok lake through Karola pass glacier. Stay at Gyantse town that night, Gyantse is a town located Gyantse Count. It was historically considered the third largest and most prominent town in the Tibet region (after Lhasa, and Shigatse), but there are now at least ten larger Tibetan cities. Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, perched high above the town of Gyantseon a huge spur of grey brown rock. According to Vitali, the fortress was constructed in 1390 and guarded the southern approaches to the Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa. The town was surrounded by a wall 3 kilometers. The entrance is on the eastern side. [Gyantse is one of the most beautiful ancient town but later destroyed during the British invasion 1903-1904
A Kumbum (Tibetan: "One hundred thousand holy images", The Kumbum or great gomang (many-doored) chorten at Gyantse is a three dimensional mandala, meant to portray the Buddhist cosmos. The Kumbum, like other mandalas, which are portrayed by a circle within a square, enables the devotee to take part in the Buddhist perception of the universe and can depict one's potential as they move through it. Mandalas are meant to aid an individual on the path to enlightenment. The Kumbum Thus each lhakang and each level creates a mandala, and the entire Kumbum represents a three-dimensional path to the Buddha's .enlightenment in terms of increasingly subtle tantric mandalas.
Day7: Gyantse - Shigatse, Is at a distance of 90km from Gyantse.visit Tashilunpo monastery, sightseeing local free market. Shigatse second largest city in Tibet and in particular residence of the Panchen Lama.TashiLunpo monastery is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions,alone with Drepung, Sera and Ganden monastery in Lhasa , and Kubum and labrang in Amdo ( modern Gansu and Qinghai provinces) It was founded in 1447 by Gedun Drup , who was the first Da Lai lama . Tashi Lunpo monastery initially isolated from mainstream Gelugpa affairs, which where center in Lhasa region. the monastery’s standing rocketed ,however when the fifth Dalai lama declared his teacher –then the Abbot of Tashilunpo –to be manifestation of Amitabha the Buddha of infinite light. thus Tashilunpo became the seat of important lineage : the Panchen (‘great scholar ‘) lamas. The monastery has a very high profile as the largest functioning of monastic institution Tibet.monks here can be somewhat cool Stay in ***Hotel manasarovar over night
Day8: Shigatse - Sakya monastery, is at a distance of 150 km from Shigatse.Sightseeing around Sakya old town the monastery and then back to Shigatse . Sakya Monastery, also known as Pel Sakya ("White Earth" or "Pale Earth") The seat of the Sakya or Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, it was founded in 1073, by Konchok Gyelpo (1034-1102), originally a Nyingmapa monk of the powerful noble family of the Tsang and became the first Sakya Trizin. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet during the whole of the 13th century after the downfall of the kings until they were eclipsed by the rise of the new Gelukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism
Day 09 Shigatse-Nam-tso Lake is at a distance of 337km from Shigatse. On the way you will pass Shugu La over 5600 altitude from sea level and you can see the awesome snow peaks. Nam- tso is the second- largest saltwater in Tibet and one of the most beautiful natural sight in Tibet. It is over 70km long, reaches 30m at its deepest point. When the ice melts in April, the lake is miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains.
Namtso is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the Nyainqêntanglha mountain range. Its cave hermitages have for centuries been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. A surfaced road across Laken Pass at 5186 m was completed to the lake in 2005, enabling easy access from Lhasa and the development of tourism at the lake.It is often incorrectly written that Namtso is the highest lake in Tibet (or even the world). Namtso is the highest lake in the world with a surface geographically area of more than 500 km stay overnight in a guest house near by the lake and enjoy the evening view of the miracle sun set.
Day9: Namtso -Lhasa
Get up early in the morning and wait for a miracle of the first sunrise and enjoy beside beautiful turquoise lake and take some photos of it. In the Afternoon, drive back to Lhasa directly, is at a distance of 250 km from Nam-tso, check in same hotel in Lhasa.
Day10: Free day and explore Lhasa –city
Day11: Drive from Lhasa to Gaden Monastery and Gyama village, is at a distance of 50 km from northeast Lhasa . Gaden was the first Gelugpa monastery and has been the main seat of this Buddhist order since. It was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelukpa. Ganden Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, Ganden ‘Ganden means "joyful" and is the Tibetan name for Tu?ita, the heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. Namgyal Ling means "victorious temple". Then drive from Gaden to Gyama village, is at a distance of probably 160 km Gyama, visit local Tibetan family. It is birthplace of songtsan Gampo the greatest king of Tibet lived here until he became king. Today Gyama is interesting tourist side. In the evening drive back to Lhasa.
Day12: Departure from Lhasa, We will escort you to Gongkhar airport. Tibet tour services end. Thank you very much for your precious time spent with us. We warmheartedly welcome you back forever. We would love send you our best wishes for your continue very happy life journey.