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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Tibet Shoton FestivalTour Name:         Tibet Shoton Festival
Tour Code:          M82D290
Duration:            6 Days & 5 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse
Features:            Shoton is the most important festival in Tibet. Originally, it was purely a religious celebration but gradually it has developed into a public holiday for the whole Tibetan society. This tour brings you to observe the festival at Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka in Lhasa. A trip to Gyantse and Shigatse will give you a better understanding of the Tibetan culture and watching its breathtaking natural sceneries of waters and mountains.
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Day01

 Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day02

 Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day03

Lhasa

Attend Shoton Festival at Drepung Monastery and watch the Tibetan Opera Performance at Norbulingka Park. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day04

 Lhasa - Shigatse

Drive to Shigatse and have a hike along holy lake Yamdrok before reaching Gyantse, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten in Gyantse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

Day05

Shigatse - Lhasa

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and a local Tibetan family, later of the day drive back Lhasa and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L, D Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
    Day06

 Lhasa

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends. B  N/A




Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.


Day02 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired.


Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Tibet Shoton Festival Celebration at Norbulingka,Lhasa
This morning you will walk up early as you will join the local Tibetan population to attend Shoton Festival, the annual important celebration and holiday for Tibetan. You will be transferred to Drepung Monastery to see the grand ceremony of Buddha Thangka unveiling from the huge wall. The unveiling will be accompanied by glorious chanting; clanging and various offerings. Then you will enjoy the Tibetan Opera Performance at Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama.


Day04 Lhasa - Shigatse (B, L)Pelkor Monastery,Gyantse,Shigatse
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. Pass by the 5.010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.950 m).  Upon arrival Gyantse you will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum Chorten (Stupa) (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda). Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse.

 
Day05 Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Yamdrok Lake,Central Tibet
In the morning you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447AD and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. Then transfer back Lhasa and on the way you will visit a Tibetan Village. Later of the day you will visit the Sera Monastery in northern Lhasa. At night you will enjoy a Tibetan Culture Show during your dinner time at a good Tibetan restaurant. Good appetite!

 
Day06 Depart Lhasa (B)Thangka Paiting,Lhasa,Tibet
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.


Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.



Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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