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Tibet, the mystic Shangri-la at the roof of the world, has captured man's imagination for centuries. Great explorers and adventurers have ventured into this holy land rendered inaccessible by the hostile natural conditions and bandits who waylaid them throughout the Himalayas. Tibet's past grandeur, majesty, magic and mystery still remain undiminished. One can still see today nomads herding their yaks, pilgrims worshipping at sacred shrines, as well as the expansive, striking and enduring Himalayan topography.

On this tour one can visit Tibet's three most popular cities Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse with numerous popular Monasteries.


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Day 1:  Kathmandu-Lhasa-After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly over the mighty Himalayas to Lhasa, the heart of Tibet. Check into your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Tsedang -Explore the Yarlung Tsangpo valley- the cradle of Tibetan civilization, visit Samye monastery which was founded by second religious king while prominent Buddhist came from India and Yongbulakhang – the castle built by first first king of Tibet named Yarlong. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3:Gyantse-Drive to Gyanste via Yamdrok Tso lake and explore. Gyantse is located at the head of the trade route to Sikkim and Darjeeling . Then continue to Kumbum stupa- one of the Tibet's most revered and unusual architectural master piece. Also vist Palkhor Chode Monastery which is next to the Kumbum. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4:Shigatse-Drive to Shigatse via Shalu Monastery. Shigatse is the second largest town of Tibet and visit Tashilunpo Monastery- the seat of Panchen Lama is situated. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5: Lhasa-Today you will be driven to Lhasa- the heart of Tibet which remained isolated from the outside world for centuries situated at an elevation of 3650m at the Kyichu river bank. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Lhasa-Excurssion tour to Drepung- is the largest monastery in Tibet which was founded in 1416. Then continue to Sera Monastery- one of the great institution of Gelugpa Sect. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the Gongar airport for flight back to Kathmandu or to your onward destination.

Day 7: Lhasa-Visit Potala Palace- gold roofed palace built in the time of fifth Dalai Lama. And explore Jokhang temple- spiritual center of Tibet founded in 7th century by the King Songtsen Gompo and then continue to Barkhor – a colorful market. Finally visit Norbu Lingkha the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8: Lhasa – Kathmandu

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