7 days Tibetan New Year tour
At your arrival you are will greet by Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in Lhasa, it is only 68km and two hours from the airport, from the train station it is only 15km which take 20 minutes. Take rest to acclimatize and alleviate jetlag. Crowds of people and busy local market on the street last almost for the whole of February, people from villages all around come there to shopping for Losar preparation. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most sacred shrine in Tibet which was built in the 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Monasteries and temples are well decorated with new carpets and plentiful offerings.
Late in the afternoon, you might be shocked by seeing small boxes thrown around the crossroads in the city, that is the traditional way of welcoming the new year, each family prepare one box and fill it with a piece of old cloths and different grains, we believe that will take all the bad luck of the past year and hoping to have a successful in the new coming year. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung and Sera monasteries. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Today it is the last day of the year and all the people are busy with tomorrow's preparation. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today is the first day of the Tibetan New Year and you will be arranged to visit a local family and spend your Tibetan Losar with the family, you will see all the people in their new traditional clothes and in a very long line around the Bakhor street to see the Shakya Muni Buddha in Jokhang temple. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today drive to Tsedang via Gongkar county and you will visit a local family at Chedeshol village, and experience how the village people celebrate the new year, visit Samye monastery at the arrival, Samye monastery is the 1st ever Buddhist monastery in Tibet, it has a history of more than 1400 years. Overnight near Samye monastery.
Chim-Puk Hermitage is to the north-east of Samye monastery, about 40 minutes drive. It's an ideal route for a day hike. It is said that there are 108 meditation caves, 108 spring mouths and 108 sky burial grounds. Embraced by lush hills on three sides and facing the broad Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley, the Chimpuk Caves is renowned not only for being the most famous meditation place of Tibetan Buddhism but also for its unique humane climate and beautiful scenery presented at an altitude of 4,300m. Just depend on your health condition, you will spend about 4-6 hours hiking at this holy place. Late afternoon drive back to Tsedang. Overnight at Tsedang.
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport, end the trip.