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Historic Lhasa-Tsedang Tour: A Journey Through the Heart of Tibetan Civilization


Embark on the “Historic Lhasa-Tsedang Tour,” a transformative journey that takes you deep into the core of Tibetan civilization. This expedition is more than just a travel experience; it’s an exploration of the soul of Tibet, starting from Tsedang, known as the “Cradle of Tibetan Civilization.”

Unveiling the Spiritual Essence of Tibetan Civilization

In Tsedang, you’ll delve into the rich tapestry of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. This town is not just a historical landmark but an embodiment of spiritual heritage, offering a profound insight into the ethos and traditions that have moulded Tibetan life for centuries.

Each step unravels the enigmatic path of Tibetan spirituality as you explore this sacred region, revealing the profound and enduring legacies etched within Tibet’s esteemed palaces and monasteries. This journey promises a deep cultural immersion, providing a unique opportunity to experience the essence of Tibetan civilization firsthand.

Embark on a Spiritual Quest: Discovering Tibet’s Historic Lhasa-Tsedang Tour

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Day 1: Arrival and Acclimatization in Lhasa


Welcoming You to the Roof of the World

Your journey begins as you arrive at Lhasa, either via the airport or train station. Here, our dedicated team awaits to provide a warm welcome and a smooth transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. The journey to your accommodation is an experience in itself, offering stunning views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River and a first glimpse into Tibetan culture, marked by intricate engravings and vibrant prayer flags.

Settling In and Acclimatizing

Upon reaching your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to acclimatize to Lhasa’s high-altitude environment gently. It’s an ideal time to relax and slowly explore the local surroundings, absorbing the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary city. The day is designed to ensure you adjust comfortably and are ready for the exciting experiences ahead.

Day 2: Immersive Exploration of Lhasa’s Spiritual Sites


Morning: Norbulingka Park Visit

Start your second day in Lhasa with a fulfilling breakfast, gearing up for a profound cultural exploration. Your first destination is Norbulingka Park, the Majestic summer residence of the Dalai Lama. Strolling through this beautiful park, you’ll gain insights into the intricate facets of Tibetan Buddhism and delve into its rich history, offering a serene yet enlightening experience.

Midday: Journey Through Drepung Monastery

Continue your journey to Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastic institution in the world, housing around 10,000 monks at its zenith. This visit allows you to immerse in the daily lives and spiritual practices of Tibetan monks, providing a unique perspective on their devotion and discipline.

Evening: Experiencing Sera Monastery‘s Debates

Conclude your day at Sera Monastery, famous for its dynamic and intellectually stimulating “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” sessions. These debates are not just a learning process but a captivating spectacle, showcasing the vigour and depth of Tibetan Buddhist education. Witnessing this unique tradition offers a rare glimpse into the philosophical underpinnings of the Buddhist faith.

Reflecting on a Day of Spiritual Enrichment

As the day ends, reflect on the profound spiritual and cultural insights gained. Your experiences in these revered monasteries and Norbulingka offer a deeper understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, leaving you with lasting impressions of Lhasa’s spiritual heritage.

Day 3: Delving into the Heart of Tibetan Culture in Lhasa


Morning: The Majestic Potala Palace

Begin your third day in Lhasa with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, an emblematic structure that traces its origins back to 641 AD. The palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, stands as a testament to Tibetan architectural brilliance. Explore its vast halls, adorned with colossal golden Buddha statues, and witness the devotion of pilgrims who travel great distances to this sacred site.

Afternoon: Jokhang Temple Visit

In the afternoon, your journey takes you to the Jokhang Temple, regarded as the spiritual heart of Tibet. This revered temple attracts a multitude of pilgrims from all corners of Tibet, each with their own stories of faith and devotion. Walking through its ancient corridors, you’ll feel the spiritual energy that makes this place so special.

Evening: A Walk Along Barkhor Street

Conclude your day with a walk along Barkhor Street, following the traditional pilgrimage route encircling the Jokhang Temple. This circuit is not just a path but a spiritual journey, taken by countless local worshippers over the centuries. As you stroll, observe the colourful tourist market, mingle with the locals, and perhaps pick up some traditional Tibetan souvenirs.

Reflecting on a Day of Cultural Immersion

Your exploration of Lhasa’s key spiritual and cultural landmarks provides a deeper understanding of Tibetan traditions and beliefs. The experiences at Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street collectively offer a comprehensive glimpse into the essence of Tibet, enriching your journey with memories to cherish.

Day 4: Journey from Lhasa to the Historic Tsedang


Morning: Departure for Tsedang

After breakfast, set off on a scenic drive to Tsedang, nestled in the Yarlung Valley, often referred to as the “Cradle of Tibetan Civilization.” This area, known for its mild climate and fertile lands, is significant in the history of Tibetan dynasties. Tsedang holds a mythical status in Tibetan lore, believed to be the birthplace of the first Tibetans, descendants of a monkey and a demoness, blending history with legend.

Visiting Yumbulakang and Trandruk Monasteries

Your exploration in Tsedang includes visits to two remarkable sites:

  • Yumbulakang Palace: As Tibet’s first palace, Yumbulakang is steeped in historical significance. Wander through its ancient halls, adorned with sculptures and paintings that narrate Tibet’s early history and legends, providing a vivid glimpse into the past.
  • Trandruk Monastery: This monastery captivates visitors with its magnificent Tangkha of Pearls, a unique piece of religious art featuring 29,026 pearls. The monastery, with its rich history and spiritual ambience, offers a serene and contemplative experience.

Experiencing the Roots of Tibetan Culture

This day’s journey into Tsedang is more than just a sightseeing tour; it’s an opportunity to connect with the roots of Tibetan culture and civilization. The blend of mythical tales, historical significance, and spiritual sites makes Tsedang a key destination for understanding the breadth of Tibetan heritage.

Day 5: Return to Lhasa with a Visit to Samye Monastery


Morning: Journey to Samye Monastery

Embark on a 40-kilometer drive from Tsedang to the historic Samye Monastery, a significant landmark in Tibetan Buddhism as the first-ever monastery in Tibet. With a history that stretches over a millennium, Samye Monastery is not just a religious site but a testament to the fusion of various architectural styles, blending Tibetan, Han, and Indian influences.

Exploring the Architectural Marvel

At Samye Monastery, immerse yourself in its unique design and spiritual ambience. The monastery’s intricate layout and design reflect Buddhist cosmology, making it a fascinating site for both spiritual and architectural enthusiasts.

Useful Tips for Your Visit

  • Carry a flashlight: The interior of Samye Monastery can be dimly lit in certain areas, so having a flashlight will enhance your exploration.
  • Friendly Monastery Dogs: Don’t be surprised to find friendly dogs around the monastery. They are accustomed to visitors and are part of the monastery’s charm.

Afternoon: Return to Lhasa

After absorbing the rich history and spiritual aura of Samye Monastery, make your way back to Lhasa. This return journey allows you to reflect on the profound experiences and insights gained during your visit to one of Tibet’s most revered monastic sites.

Concluding a Day of Historical and Spiritual Insight

As you settle back into Lhasa, carry with you the memories and learnings from Samye Monastery, a cornerstone in the history of Tibetan Buddhism and a symbol of cultural synthesis. This day adds another layer to your understanding of Tibet’s diverse and profound spiritual heritage.

Day 6: Farewell and Departure from Lhasa


Leisure Morning and Departure Arrangements

On your final day in Lhasa, enjoy some leisure time to reflect on your journey through this sacred land. When it’s time to depart, your tour guide will provide a comfortable transfer to either Lhasa’s airport for your flight or the train station for your onward journey.

Reflecting on Your Tibetan Experience

Throughout this tour, you’ve experienced the spiritual essence of Tibet, exploring the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of Lhasa and Tsedang. This journey has offered insights into Tibet’s most significant religious and cultural sites, each with its unique story and spiritual significance.

Ideal for Various Travelers

This tour is particularly suitable for seniors and students, thanks to its comfortable pacing and the maximum altitude of 3,650 meters, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience. The itinerary has been crafted to accommodate diverse interests and physical capabilities, ensuring that each participant can fully engage with and appreciate the beauty and depth of Tibetan culture.

Choosing the Best Time for Your Visit

While this tour is available throughout the year, consider avoiding the peak tourist months of July and August. Travelling outside these months not only offers a more cost-effective experience but also a chance to explore Tibet in a more serene and intimate setting.

Embarking on a Journey of Enlightenment

As you leave Tibet, take with you the memories and lessons learned from this ancient and spiritual land. This journey has been more than just a visit; it’s been an exploration into the heart of one of the world’s most profound and enduring cultures.

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Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

Compare and Contrast

for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

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with Group Travel

One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

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for the Best Rates

Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.

Tailored made Tours

Tailor-Made Tours: The Essence of Personalization

  1. Customized Itineraries: Tailor-made tours are our speciality. Craft a unique itinerary that matches your interests, pace, and travel dates. Explore Tibet your way, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker.
  2. Local Insights: Our travel consultants, with their deep local knowledge, can provide insights and suggestions to help you create the perfect journey.
  3. Flexibility: Choose when and where to start, where to go, and how long to stay at each destination. Flexibility is your best friend on a tailor-made tour.
  4. Private Guides: Enjoy the luxury of a personal guide who tailors the experience to your preferences. Dive deep into Tibetan culture and history with your dedicated expert.

Benefits of Tailor-Made Tours: Why Choose Personalization

  1. Exclusive Experiences: Tailor-made tours offer exclusive opportunities, from private audiences with monks to family dinners with locals. You’re not confined to a group schedule.
  2. Travel at Your Pace: Experience Tibet on your terms. Spend more time exploring a particular monastery, enjoying the serene beauty of a lake, or simply relaxing in a scenic spot.
  3. Local Cuisine: Tailor-made tours allow you to savour the authentic flavours of Tibet. Indulge in local cuisine at traditional restaurants, tailored to your taste.
  4. Avoid the Crowds: Smaller, tailor-made groups offer the advantage of experiencing Tibet’s treasures with fewer tourists around.

TOURS FAQs

How many ways can I contact you ?

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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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