Lhasa, Tsedang & Yarlung Valley | Central Tibet

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Lhasa, Tsedang & Yarlung Valley

The Yarlung Valley which is 72km long is said to be the cradle of Tibetan civilization. This valley is considered the origin of the Tibetans. Most of their history is in it and you will see many ruins from 7th century. The Brahmaputra river is the most amazing landscape in this area and you can see it in one day or travel around through the east side of Tibet. And people living in the valley have created their own unique folk culture and this Yarlung culture has been an important component of Tibetan culture.

Tsedang is seen as the jumping board of the Yarlung Valley. It was originally well-forested and suitable for agriculture and it is famous for its apples and pears.

6 Nights

Lhasa, Tsedang & Yarlung Valley

  • 03 nights in Lhasa staying near the city's main attractions
  • Potala Palace and the Jokhang temple
  • Inspiring landscapes, superb mountain views, rich Buddhist history and culture

Meet/greet at Gonggar Airport by our Tibetan English-speaking guide and drive to Lhasa taking about 90 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, we are advised to rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let our bodies get used to Lhasa's high altitude.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: No meals today.

Note There is no programme arranged for today.

Once you relinquish your delicious breakfast, you straightaway make arrangements for your sightseeing tour. Your experienced guide accompanies you to the famous monasteries of Tibet. On your awe-inspiring visit to Sera Monastery, you are introduced to the important aspects of Buddhism. After lunch, you once again continue exploring Tibetan ancient cultures and civilizations as you pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang temple provides yet another exciting and educative tour. Wandering around Barkor Markets is another major highlight of the day. Finally, you head back to your hotel for relaxation and refreshments.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast.

On this day you get more acquainted with the mystiques of Lhasa. In the morning after breakfast, you will set off to view majestic Potala Palace towering above city of Lhasa. You get to witness unique, pristine and overwhelming array of intricate Tibetan murals, temples, stupas, and tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas from a perfect vantage point. Ancient Tibetan cultures come alive with your every exploration. Later in the noon after lunch, you will visit beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery. You can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After this religious journey, you eventually return to your hotel for dinner and well-earned rest.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast.

You take a 2-hour drive along Yarlung Tsangpo river through barley and wheat fields to Tsedang ((3,550m)) the third largest city in Tibet.

En route Tsedang you stop at Nyethang (Nyethang Dromala Lakhang), a temple built in 10th century by Atisa, an Indian Buddhist. The temple contains interesting artefacts and holds significant importance in Tibetan Buddhism. Another stop before you reach Tsedang is Mindroling, a 10th-century monastery, rebuilt in 1676 and highly reputed for its contribution towards astronomy, astrology, medicine and calligraphy. The murals on the wall have very special significance and show the typical Tantric arts.

Overnight in Tsedang.

Meals: Breakfast.

Today will be spent exploring the Yarlung valley which is also known as the Valley of Tombs. Ancient Tibetan history boasts that Tibetan civilization was originated from Yarlung valley. You can spot massive burial mounds of Tibetan Kings.

Today's sights include Tandruk (Trandruk) Monastery, a 7th-century monastery, which holds fantastic wood-carved altar, interesting relics and murals. Yambulakang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is awesome.

The tour continues to the west of Tsedang, crossing the Tsangpo River on a boat to Samye Monastery, founded in 779 AD, is in a green valley among barren mountains surrounded by a village. Samya Monastery is one of the most imposing sights of Tibet. Built between 763 and 75 AD modelled on the University of Otantapuri in India and planned as a representation of the universe it has a collection of pagodas and temples.

Overnight in Tsedang.

Meals: Breakfast.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport/train station.

Price per person in SGD

  • SGD TBA ~ Twin Room
  • SGD TBA ~ Single Room

Note

  • We need at least 30 days advance notice in order to facilitate the Tibet Travel Permit (stamping on arrival).
  • We may be able to arrange urgent visas for Singaporeans with at least 24 days notice; kindly check with us.

Inclusions

  • Return airport/train station transfers in Lhasa
  • 05 nights accommodation in twin/triple-sharing rooms with daily breakfast
  • 03 nights in Gang-Gyen (拉萨刚坚饭店或同级) or similar 4-star hotel in Lhasa
  • 02 nights in Yalong River Hotel (雅砻河酒店或同级) or similar hotel in Tsedang
  • Transportation by car/van with experienced driver
  • Guided sightseeing with English-speaking Tibetan guide
  • Entrance fees to sights and monuments
  • Tibet Travel Permit

Exclusions

  • Air passage or train tickets to/from Lhasa
  • All other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Travel insurance ~ highly recommended when travelling in Tibet (please check with us for attractive travel insurance rates)
  • Personal expenditure, e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Internet access, soft/hard beverages at meal times, other optional tours, etc.
  • Tibet Travel Permit - SGD $65 per person for all other nationalities