Samye Monastery to Chimpu Cave Trek

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10 days: Samye Monastery to Chimpu Cave Trek

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Arrival at train station  in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight night in Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple-Barkhore square

Morning visit the Jokhang temple.  It was founded during the reign of king Songtsen Gampo in 642.  According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple.  After finished visit the Jokhang temple walk around the Jokhang temple khora and take picuture with Barkhore area .  You can see many pligirmage all around Tibetan area and most of the them they doing prostrations thousand time every day infornt of Jokhang temple.  Afternoon explore Tibet old city area and you can see some of the small temple.  Usually for the small temple no need to pay entrance fee  and  also you can explore the Tibetan Old Market from there you can see lots of different things like yak cheese, yak butter and Yak meat and also many Khampa(Eastern people) bussinessman are exchange presious stone .( Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace

Morning visit the Potala palace.  The Potala palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo after he moved the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka the mythical abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesva .  It’s is built on the Red hill. after the 17th century 5th Dalai lama moved his government from Drepung to Potala palcee. and expanded the palace.it to the present size. Usually there have 75 monks in Potala palace.  Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace.  Norbulingka or the Jewel park is the summer palace for the successive Dalai lama.  In the 18th century the 7th Dalai lama Kelsang Gyasto took treatment bath in a spring here and soon a palace was built for him, which is called Kelsang Palace.  There is also smaller palace called Uyap palace and this was used by the Dalai Dalas when they watched Tibetan Opera dance during the Shorten or (Yoghurt festival) and other events.  The second major palace is called Chensel palace which was built during the 13th Dalai lama, Thupten Gyatso’s time.  Lastly the New palace or the Takten Mingyure palace was built in the early 1950s for the 14th Dalai lama and side it there is an impressive wall painting that shows a complete history of the Tibet starting from the human evolution, the first King and the main historical period and figures.  Besides, we can also see many types of trees and plants and flowers, such as bamboos, pine trees and Junifer ( Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery -Sera monastery

This morning you are visiting the Biggest Gelugpa sect monastery in Tibet.  Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s  main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries.  It’s also the first central Tibet government and later the 5th Dalai lama move to Potala palace.  Now a day they have 5 colleges  Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling) and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa).  Afternoon 15:00 visit the Sera monastery.  Sera monastery is the second biggest Gelugpa learning center which was founded in 1419 by Chamchen Choeji(Shakya Yeshi) he was another important student of Master Tsongkhapa.  Originally Tsongkhapa stayed in retreat in a hermitage above Sera called Sera Choeding and he gave instructions to Chamchen Choeji to built Sera monastery.  There have three colleges in Sera with many Khangsten(Houses)  The three colleges are Sera Je college, Sera Mey college and Ngakpa college.  Most interesting thing you can watch here is the debate courtyard where monks debate on profound Buddhist Philosophy or logic.  This is an important learning method in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

Day 05: Lhasa-Tsedang (Visit Yumbhulhakhang palace -Mindroling -Tsedang

Day 06: Tsedang -Samye monastery

Day 07: Trek from Samye to Chimpu meditation hill

Day 08: Trek Explore around the Chimpu meditation cave for whole day.

Day 09: Chimpu to Lhasa

Day 10 : Depart Lhasa

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