The Potala Palace:
The Potala is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and
a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of
eastern architecture. The Potala is a structure of massive
proportions, an awe-inspiring place to explore as Potala lies
dormant like a huge museum, and this nine storey structure
was completed on 3 years. You can see Throne Room, Meditation
Room, Bedroom of the Dalai Lama, Chapels of different Buddhist
Gods & Goddesses.
Drepung Monastery is situated about 8 KM to
the west of central Lhasa, and was one of the world's largest
monastery, with a population of around 10000 monks. Drepung
was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk. Inside the Drepung
Monastery you can observe: Ganden Palace, Main Assembly Hall,
Ngagpa College, Loseling College & other Colleges.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Jokhang is the most revered religious structure
in Tibet. Although little remains Of its 7th century origins
and most of the sulptures that adorn its interior post date
the Cultural Revolution, the Jokhang bustling with worshippers
and redolent with mystery, is an unrivalled Tibetan Experience.
Inside the Jokhang temple are the Four Guardian Kings, two
on either side. Beyond this point is the main assembly hall
or Dukhang, a paved courtyard that is open to the sky. At
the end of the courtyard and just before the entrance to the
interior of the Jokhang itself is a long altar marked by a
row of flickering butter lamps. You can also find the chapels
of different gods & goddess inside the Jokhang.
The Norbulingkha, the Summer Palace of the Dalai
Lamas, situated in the western part of the town. The first
summer palace was founded by 7th Dalai Lama in 1755. You can
see the Palace of 8th Dalai Lama, Summer Palace of 13th Dalai
Lama inside the Norbulingkha. Norbulingkha means Jewel Park.
Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse.
Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's
holiest lakee & important centre for pilgrimage. Gyantse
(3950 m), in the Nyang Chu valley 254km south-west of Lhasa,
is one of the least Chinese influenced towns in Tibet and
is worth a visit for this reason alone
Visit the main attractions:
The town's principal attractions
are the Gyantse Kumbum, a magnificent tiered structure that
has only one ruined and remote contemporary in the Buddhist
world, Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Dzong. It is
easy to spend a couple of days in Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse-Shigatse.
Drive to Shigatse & en-route visit Shalu Monastery. Shigatse
(3900m) is the second largest town in Tibet and the traditional
capital of Tsang. Visit Tashiluhnnpo Monastery, spectacular
chapels and tombs of the Panchen Lamas & the Shigatse
Day 06: Drive from Shigatse to
at Hotel Shegar/Similar Hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Rongbuk. Overnight
at Lodge in Rongbuk.
Day 08: Excursion to Everest Base
Camp. During the Excursion one can have the closer viesw of
Mt. Everest & trek back to Rongbuk & overnight at
Day 09: Drive back to Tingri. Overnight
Hotel Everest View.
Day 10: Drive to Nyalamu. Overnight
Day 11: Drive Downhill to Zhangmu
& to Kathmandu.