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Discover Central Tibet
Explore the cultural heart of Tibet; its’ great monasteries, temples and palaces; remote religious centers as well as the incredible beauty of the landscape.
Beautiful Namtso Lake (see p8) is an important pilgrimage site; and the great historic centers of Gyantse and Shigatse are not to be missed. Historic and cultural highlights and an absolutely stunning landscape!

In the Yarlung Valley, east of Lhasa stands Yambulakhang, fortified palace of the first Tibetan kings. Samye; on the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), this Tibet’s oldest monastery and one of its most beautiful.

The lure of Lhasa, capital on the roof of the world, cannot be under-estimated and it is truly a fascinating city, fully justifying its reputation. Dominated by the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Potala Palace and bustling with pilgrims circling the sacred Jokhang Temple it is a feast for the senses.

Cross the spectacular Khamba-La (pass) with the turquoise waters of the sacred lake, Yamdrok-tso, spread below. Prayer flags, glaciers, snow covered mountain ranges - the scenery is incredible!

Gyantse stands at the junction of trade routes from India and retains the feel of a Tibetan town. The forts and well-protected monasteries of Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya reveal a not always peaceful history - the riches within, testament to past glory.

Samye. Beautifully situated on the river bank Tibet’s first monastery, probably constructed 775-9 by Padmasambhava, formally established Buddhist monasticism in Tibet and is thus considered a symbol of Tibet’s national identity.
Yambulakhang, a resplendent hill top structure is reputedly a reconstruction of Tibet’s oldest building - remarkable mainly for its watchtower, now unique in Tibet, but once one of many. Dalai Lama V’s gold roofs and Songtsen Gampo’s chapels were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and the current structure dates from 1982.

Tradruk, the second of Tibet’s great geomantic temples, was built after the Jokhang, it pins down the left shoulder of the ogress. It suffered badly during the reign of the anti Buddhist king, Langdarma; was renovated and expanded by DLs V and VII. Many of the buildings were reconstructed and re-consecrated in 1988 following the Cultural Revolution.



Itinerary ideas

These are ideas for private trips which are available at any time and all will be customised to suit you -
Let us know accommodation preferences, changes, arrival & departure plans as well as the number of people and we will quote specifically for you.

Day 1: Arrive Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing: visit Drepung, Nechung & Sera
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing: visit Potala, Jokhang -Barkhor.

Day 4: drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake
Day 5: visit Pelkor Choede & Gyantse Kumbum -
drive to Shigatse - visit Tashilumpo Monastery
Day 6: drive back to Lhasa along the
Brahmaputra River
Day 7: transfer to airport for departure

Or— alternative itinerary options for private tours.
Day 6: to Namtso
Day 7: return to Lhasa via Tsurphu
Day 8: transfer to airport for departure
Day 7: to Reting
Day 8: to Tidrum & visit hot springs
Day 9: return to Lhasa via Drigung & Drak Yerpa
Day 10: transfer to airport for departure
or venture east into quite a different landscape of green mountains & lakes.

Day 1: Arrive Lhasa & transfer to hotel
Day 2: Lhasa: visit Drepung, Nechung & Sera
Day 3: Lhasa: visit Potala, Jokhang & Barkhor
Day 4: drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake & karola Glacier
Day 5: visit Pelkor Choede & Gyantse Kumbum - drive to Shigatse - visit Tashilumpo Monastery
Day 6: drive via Dorje Drak to Samye. Visit Samye Gompa
Day 7: Drive & visit the Yarlung Valley (Yambulakhang & Tradruk). Overnight in Tsedang.
Day 8: transfer to airport for afternoon departure flight.

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