Holy Lhasa and Gandan Monastery stories 5-Day Trip
Lhasa, with a history of over 1,300 years, is the capital city of Tibet. It situated in the southeastern part of Tibet, on north shore of the Lhasa River, a branch of Brahmaputra. Lhasa city covers an area of nearly 30,000 square kilometers with a population of 515,300. "Lhasa" means "the holy place" or "Buddha" in Tibetan, and it has long been the political, economical, cultural, and religious center of Tibet. Lhasa is, true to its name, a “sacred place”. The splendid and magnificent Potala Palace is the symbol of the theocracy supreme power. As one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa is the most attractive city as well as hub for tourists to Tibet. Tourists can have the opportunity to see many Tibetan monks and common people in local unique clothes. This should be one of the purposes of coming to Tibet. Gandan Monastery, also spelled as Ganden or Gandain Namgyal Ling, is one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.
*A perfect match inclusive of all the three greatest Gelukpa (Yellow Branch) Monasteries of Tibet
*Deep view of Holy City - Lhasa with its essence
*Enjoy the exquisite chambers in Potala Palace as well as its architectural beauty
- Tour code: CPT-TT-09
- Price: from $833 p/p
- Tour type: private tour
- Departure date: flexible
- Travel route: Lhasa
- Trip length: 5 Days 4 nights
You are warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport by our professional employee and send you to reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the rest of the day.
Morning visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels. Today's Potala Palace is a museum. The building measures 400 meters east-west and 350 meters north-south, with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience.
In the afternoon you will visit the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jorkhang Temple, and the Barkhor Kora, which is the most famous Kora in Tibet. Jokhang Temple, also called the Qokang Monastery or Zuglagkang, is smaller than the Potala Palace. This 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. The temple's architectural style is a mixture of Indian vihara design, Chinese Tang Dynasty design, and Nepalese design. Built about 1,300 years ago, now it's not only famous for the "a saint’s road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call Barkhor Street “the window of Tibet” as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. The pilgrims, wearing their local dress from different parts of Tibet or Yunnan, Sichuan and Qinghai areas, circle clockwise around Jorkhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate themselves near the front gate. It is popular that tourists join the locals to shop for specialties as well as souvenirs at the colorful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop to enjoy the passing parade.
In the evening, enjoy a Tibetan style welcome dinner with dancing and singing.
Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery lies 10 kilometers west of Lhasa, it is clustered round by the black mountain. Drepung Monastery's white grand buildings shining by the sunlight under Mt.Gambo Utse. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest and highest status monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect. Drepung Monastery used to be the imperial palace of Dalai Lamas for short stays away from the capital before the reconstruction of Potala Palace.
In the afternoon, transfer to visit Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is a combination of 4 structures: the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Due to the wild rose surrounding the monastery, and that at the same time "Sera" stands for wild roses, this monastery was named after Sera. As one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the famous "monks daily debates" takes place. If you are very lucky, you may come across Sera Monastery’s monks debating which is held in the courtyard at around 15:00-17:30 in the afternoon.
Transfer back to Lhasa in the late afternoon, return to hotel for rest.
Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today you will go for an one-day excursion to Tagtse County, where the Gandan Monastery situates. Located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, which is 36 kilometers away from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Gandan Monastery is at an altitude of 4,300m. Its full name is Gandan Namgyal Ling. Gandan means "joyful" and is the Tibetan name for Tusita, the heaven where the Bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. Namgyal Ling means "victorious temple". It was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, ad traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power. The Gandan Tripa or "throne-holder of Gandan" is the head of the Gelukpa school. Tsongkhapa's preserved body was entombed there is a silver and gold encrusted tomb by his disciplines in 1419. Being the farthest from Lhasa of the three university monasteries, Gandan had a smaller population with 170 monks.
In the afternoon, transfer back to Lhasa. Send to hotel for rest.
Your tour guide and driver will help to drop you at Lhasa airport/train station according to your flight/train time.
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