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Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

LHASA SIGHTSEEING TOUR - According to ancient mythology the Yarlung valley - not Lhasa - is the homeland of the Tibetan people. The first Tibetan king stepped off a heavenly ladder onto earth not in Lhasa, but here. The Yarlung valley was also the kingly seat of the first Tibetan kings as well as their burial site. This being the case, why is Tibet's capital at Lhasa rather than in the Yarlung valley?

As with many aspects of Tibet's culture, the answer lies in her religious life. For Tibet's original Buddhist temple, dating from the seventh century, was Lhasa's, Jorkhang still found today pulsating at the heart of the Old Quarter. This institution, contemporaneous with the first Potala Palace, heralds Buddhism's first insemination and dissemination in a flourishing Tibetan empire stretching from western China to Nepal, Bhutan and northern India. Though its political fortunes would wax and wane, Lhasa - "the place of the Gods" - would forever thus be associated with the birth of Tibetan Buddhism . It is this birthright that would maintain Lhasa's prominence through subsequent centuries of bitter regional and religious conflict.

So it was that in the fifteenth century the ascendant Gelug monastic sect , leading a puritanical Buddhist revival in Tibet, established its three stronghold monasteries, Ganden, Drepung & Sera in the vicinity of Lhasa. The scholarly achievements and political savvy of this sect eventually pushed Lhasa once more to center stage. Two centuries later, under the leadership of the new paramount leader of Tibet, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama , Lhasa was instituted the religious and political capital of Tibet. In 1645 the Potala Palace was re-constructed on Red Hill and the Jokhang Temple greatly expanded. Although some wooden carvings and door lintels of the Jokhang Temple date to the seventh century, the oldest of Lhasa's extant buildings, such as amidst the Potala Palace, the Jokhang and some of the monasteries and properties in the Old Quarter date to this second flowering in Lhasa's history.

The Potala Palace, uniting the political and religious roles of the Dalai Lama, neatly symbolizes the symbiotic relationship of Lhasa's religious and secular roles. This inter-dependent mapping is also seen in the routes of the city's kora or pilgrimage routes. The innermost pilgrimage route or Nangkhor is a circuit along the inside perimeter of the Jokhang Temple. The Barkhor , the best known, follows the circumference of the Jokhang Temple past other monasteries, temples and incense burners of the Old Quarter. And the last, the Lingkhor , circumambulates the city's former outer limits.

Although the Yarlung valley is indeed the mythological and historical root of the Tibetan nation, the primacy of Buddhism within the fabric of Tibetan culture has ensured that Lhasa supersedes it as the spiritual and political capital of Tibet.

KATHMANDU ARRIVAL:
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel. Evening, Meet our staffs for collect the Original Passport for issue Visa.
Day 02: After Breakfast - Full Day City Sightseeing with Guide. Evening, after 5.00 pm. Collect China visa.

KATHMANDU - LHASA FLIGHT
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Gonggor Airport and drive to Lhasa. Overnight Hotel.

LHASA SIGHTSEEING
Day 04-05: Full day Lhasa Sightseeing with Potal Palace, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Bazar, Sera Monastery and Jorkhang Temple. Overnight at hotel.

LHASA - KATHMANDU FLIGHT
Day 06: Early morning drive to airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

EXTENSION TRIP IN NEPAL: (Pokhara, Chitwan & Nagarkot)
Day 07: After Breakfast - Drive to Pokhara by private vehicle. Transfer hotel and rest of the day free
Day 08: Early Morning - Sunrise & Mountain View from Sarangkot. Half Day Pokhara City Sightseeing. Afternoon, Free
Day 09: After Breakfast - Drive to Chitwan National Park. Transfer Chitwan Resort & Safari Activities Program after Lunch.
Day 10: Full Day Jungle Safari Activities with all meals, guide, park fee etc
Day 11: After Breakfast, Drive to Kathmandu and Transfer to Nagarkot.
Day 12: Early Morning Sunrise & Mt View from Nagarkot and Drive to Bhaktapur for Half Day Sightseeing. Transfer final departure.

TOUR COST INCLUDES:
Tibet travel permit / Private land transfers as per itinerary / Accommodation as per itinerary on twin sharing with BREAKFAST Only / Monasteries entrance fees / Sightseeing tours as per itinerary / A local English speaking guide throughout the tour.

TOUR COST EXCLUDES:
Lunch & Dinner / Nepal re-entry visa fee / Expenses of private nature such as Laundry, Telephone calls, Beverages, Tips, etc./ Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as ACCIDENTS, ROAD BLOCKAGE due to landslides, FLIGHT DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS due to weather or technical problems, etc / Nepal Part also BB Plan Hotel / Twin Sharing / Sightseeing / Transportation etc.

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