Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang
Early in the morning, we board a flight to Gonggar International Airport over the great Himalayas. In clear weather, we have good view of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others. After landing at the airport, we catch a vehicle to Tsedang, and drive through broad, scenic valleys to the destination. You will then check into your hotel and get refreshed. Then we go on a visit to Yumbu Lakhang, a palace-cum-monastery. It is one of the oldest monuments in Tibet. Then you return to Tsedang and spend the rest of the day there.
Day 2: Visit the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery and the Norbulinka Palace in Lhasa (3600m)
Today we explore the touristic center of Tibet, the historic, grand, legendary Potala Palace. Perched on the top of Red Hill, the palace sets the benchmark for the structure, finesse, and grandeur for all the monasteries. Just like palace upon a hill, most of the Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, India and Bhutan are perched upon a hilltop. Historically the royal palace of the emperors and the palace of the Dalai Lamas, it is now a museum. Architecturally, this feat is a mixture of Nepalese, the Indian vihara and the Chinese Tang styles. Another important monument and spiritual center of the Tibet is the Sera Monastery. The Norbulinka Palace, which served as the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Besides its artistry, it boasts of the largest man-made garden in Tibet.
Day 3: Visit the Jokhang Temple, the Ramoche Temple, and the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa
On the second day of Lhasa exploration, we first make a visit to its most venerated shrine of the Buddhists—the Jokhang temple. Throngs of Buddhist pilgrims visit the temple every day, and many are even seen making the kora (circumambulation) in prostrate posture. Located in the ancient part of Lhasa called Barkhor Market, the entire area is steeped in the ancient spiritual glory. Second only to its importance is the Ramoche Temple, which also served as the traditional Tibetan medical school. Then we explore the Drepung Monastery, another important landmark of Lhasa and return to our hotel in the evening.
Day 4: Drive to Gonggar International Airport and Return to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we drive to the International Airport and board the exciting flight back to Kathmandu. In about an hour, we land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If you have enough time in the afternoon, visit some of the UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites in this valley. You find they rival the grandeur of some heritages you have seen in Lhasa.