5 days Lhasa and Samye cultural exploration
Tsedang is the cradle of Tibetan Civilization. It's the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness, so Tsedang literally means 'monkey's playground'. The mild weather and fertile land in Shannan gestated the great Tibet dynasty. Nowadays we can still visit Tibet's first monastery - Samye Monastery, Tibet's first palace- Yumbulakang Palace in Tsedang.
Upon arrival at Lhasa Gonggar airport, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, then drive along the Brahmaputra river to Tsedang, check into your hotel, rest to acclimatize the high attitude. Overnight at Tsedang. B=Breakfast
Morning you will be arranged to visit the Yumbulakang Palace - the first palace in Tibet. Then drive along the bank of Brahmaputra river to visit Samye Monastery, which is believed to be the first Monastery in Tibet with a history of over 1,200 years. Late afternoon drive to Lhasa and check into your hotel. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will be arranged to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is Tibet's most scared shrine built in 7th century, Located at the heart of old town of Lhasa and the circuit around it called Barkhor street. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. After the sightseeing continues acclimatize for rest of the day or your can walk around the Barkhor street. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today we will visit Drepung monastery, Sera monastery. 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. Overnight at Lhasa.
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end of the trip.