The Sublime Tibet 7 nights 8 days tour package lets you visit the most famous tourist attractions in Tibet. If the world is a large house, then this region is its roof, and aptly so, as it enjoys an elevation of 5,000m. Lhasa is its capital, as well as that of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. This brilliantly planned itinerary takes you to its famous tourist attractions like monasteries, Buddhist structures and temples, while letting you enjoy some incredible sightseeing. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and boasts a landscape which looks untouched by people and time. An example of this is the Yamdrok Tso Lake, whose perfectly blue waters cutting through the brown mountains look extraordinary. A variety of colours burst forth in its landscape, the lushest of meadows are spread out gracefully in close proximity to desolate deserts. Overlooking the region are gigantic mountains whose peaks are mostly embraced by mist. What makes this Tibet holiday package so attractive is the destinations it covers during the trip. Some of the places which are covered by this tour are Tashilhunpo Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera & Drepung monastery and the Potala Palace. While some of these destinations are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, others possess immense cultural and religious significance for the locals. Every time you book a Tibet tour from India & Nepal, you can be assured of having a memorable vacation at unbeatable costs. During the course of this tour, you will receive excellent transport and accommodation facilities, thereby letting you have a smooth journey.
Your morning starts with an enjoyable ride through scenic views to Kerung Border, the international checkpoint between Nepal and Tibet. Enjoy the beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Complete all the required border formalities at the Nepali immigration office. After that, cross the bridge and complete all the necessary formalities at the Chinese immigration office. Then continue your drive to Kerung Town.
Your days starts with an enjoyable breakfast. After this begin your drive towards Tibet, which is also the highest plateau of the world. It is referred to as the roof of the world since it stands 3 meters above sea level and is surrounded by gigantic mountain ranges which are home to world’s two highest summits, Mt. Everest and K2.
If the weather is clear, you will be treated to breathtaking views of two Himalayan ranges, Mt. Cho Oyu (standing at a height of 8,201m) and Mt. Xishapangma (standing at a height of 8,102m). You may have come across many beautiful views in your lifetime, but all of them will seem to pale in comparison. From Tingri county (located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China), you can enjoy unparalleled views of Mt. Everest (8,848m).
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Kerung is also called Gyirong Town and Kyirong. It is situated in the southern part of Gyirong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The town enjoys an elevation of about 2,700m and has a subtropical monsoon climate. The views are extremely pleasant, making sightseeing a very enjoyable activity.
Tingri is also known by different names like Old Tingri, Dingri and Gangkar Town. It is a small town in Tingri county in Tibet Autonomous Region. Tingri once served as an important trading post historically for the locals who would trade various items from Nepali Sherpas. To the north lies the Tingri Plain, a lush grassland once inhabited by gazelles, blue sheep and antelopes. There is an interesting mythology associated with this place. It is believed that Lord Buddha threw a dark stone from a mountain in India while instructing his disciple Padampa to build a temple where it landed. The stone made a loud ding sound where it landed. When his disciple arrived at the spot, Buddha told him that the place would be called Ding-ri, which later changed to Tingri.
You will begin your day with a wonderful breakfast, after which, you will continue your scenic drive. Today, you will cover a destination called Gyatchu La Pass situated at a height of 5,220m en route Lhasa. A road makes a diversion from here towards Mt. Kailash in the west.
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Gyatchu La, also known as Gyatso La Pass, is situated at an elevation of 5,220m in the Lhaze County in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is also the highest pass on the road known as Friendship Highway (which connects Nepal to China). The entrance to Everest National Park is marked by this pass. At a certain distance from the pass, you are treated to fabulous views of Mt. Everest.
A delicious breakfast awaits you in the morning. After that, set off for an exciting sightseeing tour to visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhunpo Monastery. After exploring the monastery and enjoying the solitude and ambience, drive your way towards Gyantse. After arriving, you will visit the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery.
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Tashilhunpo Monastery, also known as the Heap of Glory, is one of the six big monasteries of Gelupa (called the Yellow Hat in Tibet). It was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447 and is one of the top attractions in Tibet. The main attractions inside the monastery are the Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. If you stand on its terrace for some time, you are treated to gorgeous views of splendid buildings characterized by golden roofs and white walls.
On the walls are displayed images of Gautam Buddha. Besides the enormous statues and grand palaces, this monastery also attracts tourists with its wall paintings. The murals which adorn its walls are masterpieces of modern Buddhist art. They are found in a variety of shapes, colors and themes. Other items which attract considerable attention are thangkas, china & glass objects used in the Ming and Qing dynasties. These prove invaluable while researching the history and society of Tibet.
Kumbum means one lakh images in the Tibetan language, and surely enough, you come across an unending series of chapels. Each chapel is adorned with a variety of wall paintings while some of them contain several statues of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities. A majority of the paintings were built at the same time as the stupa.
The interior is equally impressive. Kumbum means 100,000 images in Tibetan. Indeed, there is what seems to be an endless series of tiny chapels. Each chapel is decorated with wall paintings, while some have various statues of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities. Most paintings date back to the time of the construction of the stupa. The stupa is divided into 9 levels, 108 cells and 75 chapels. You can climb the higher levels of the stupa and enjoy the panoramic views of town, monastery and surrounding fort.
After enjoying a wonderful breakfast, set off on a full day drive past the most beautiful views you may have ever come across. The places which you will see include Karola (5,010m), Kambala (4,749m) and Yamdrok Tso Lake, also known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet.
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Karola Glacier lies in close proximity to the highway which connects Gyantse to Lhasa. Tourists passing by often make a stop at this point to enjoy the views greeting them. Ice caps consisting of a slow slope along with two glacier tongues (called because they resemble a tongue) make up this glacier. The views are enhanced on a sunny day with clear skies, playful clouds and fluttering colorful flags. Such is its beauty that it has been the shooting location for many movies including Red River Valley, Yun Shui Yao and Battle of Gyantse, among others.
Kambala Pass is another tourist attraction for tourists visiting Tibet. The pass, which overlooks the Yamdrok Lake, is the scene of strong winds which make their presence felt as soon as you arrive. A major reason for this has to be the altitude of the pass, which is 5,157m.
Yamdrok Tso is popular not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for its religious significance as well. When seen from a distance, the area looks like a brilliantly painted portrait. Its waters would have you believe that they were dyed in pure blue. It is the largest inland freshwater lake in the northern Himalayan Range. One amongst the four largest sacred lakes of Tibet, it’s existence is believed to be intertwined with that of the region. The locals say that the day its waters dry up, Tibet would become an uninhabitable place. Goddess Dorje Gegkyi Tso is said to guard the lake at all times.
Devotees also embark on a pilgrimage to the lake and circumambulate it in seven days to cleanse them of all sins. Apart from the religious beliefs, the lake is also home to a rich natural habitat. The waters of the lake, as pure as any you will ever come across, harbour different kinds of fish. Migratory birds and flocks of sheep also visit the lake. During summers, Tibetans graze herds of sheep, goats and yak on the rich pastures surrounding the pastures.
Enjoy your breakfast and then get ready for a two days sightseeing tour to Lhasa. The attractions which you will visit include Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera monasteries.
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Jokhang Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose architecture reflects a variety of architectural influences, including Nepalese and Indian. It is especially popular for the Great Prayer Festival which is held in the first Tibetan month in Tibetan Buddhism. During the course of its history, the temple has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The exteriors of the temple are decorated with deer and wheel motifs while its interiors consist of a series of chapels dedicated to various gods and goddesses. The center of attraction is the life size statue of Jowo Shakyamuni who is decorated in jewels and other riches.
Barkhor Bazaar is the place to go to if you are looking to buy authentic souvenirs. It is one of the oldest streets in Lhasa and surrounds the Jokhang Temple. The street in the market, known as Barkhor Street, possesses religious and cultural significance. It’s quite unlike any market you must have come across. While the market buzzes with activity, you can catch the sight of pilgrims walking clockwise around the street and prostrating as they take these rounds. Some of the items which you can expect to lay your hands on are Dor Je (a bell), saffron, delicate Tibetan jewellery box, exotic snuff bottle, Tibetan wooden bowl, handmade diamond knot, prayer wheel, Tibetan furniture, Buddhist prayer beads and Millettia Bracelet.
Potala Palace is one of the most famous places to visit in Tibet because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a grand symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. This is a red and white structure which stands in stark contrast to the mountain ranges in the background. It houses a rich collection of murals, painted scrolls, sculptures, canopies, carpets, porcelain, gold and silver objects and an enormous collection of sutras and other historical documents.
Founded in the 7th century with the objective of promoting Tibetan Buddhism, they are also noted for containing over 3000 images of Lord Buddha. It is the rooftop though, which draws attention of visitors from quite a distance. Perched atop the Red Palace (the Potala Palace is divided into two parts, the Red and White Palace), there are seven roofs made of gilded bronze. Each roof has been decorated with five flower and bell shaped spires, which also play the role of lightning conductors.
Sera and Drepung monasteries are the two most popular monasteries in Lhasa. Sera means wild rose in the Tibetan language, and has been named so because wild roses were in full bloom when it was built. Sera monastery is dedicated to the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism, which is also known as the Gelugpa sect. The interiors of the monastery contain a rich collection of various items. Some of them are scent cloth, statues, scriptures engraved in gold powder and various kinds of murals.
Drepung Monastery, on the other hand, rises like an enormous heap of rice on a plate. It has been aptly named, since Drepung means rice in the local language. The monastery attracts tourists with its Coquen Hall, Kamcums, Ganden Potrang and four Zhacangs. Ganden Potrang, inside the monastery, has served as the residence of the second, third, fourth and fifth Dalai Lamas.
A wonderful breakfast awaits you in the morning. Enjoy your breakfast and then drive towards Gonggar Airport or the railway station to catch your departure flight towards Kathmandu and resume with your onward journey.