Lhasa-Drak Yerpa meditation cave

Short itinerary;

9 Days Lhasa-Drak Yerpa meditation cave- Gaden monastery-Tsedang -Samye monastery-Lhasa

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

ELEV:3650M

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Day trip to Gaden monastery -Lhasa

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 06: Day trip to Drak Yerpa meditation cave -Lhasa 50km drive up and down

Day 07: Lhasa-Mindroling monastery- Yumbhulhakhang palace- Tradruk temple -Tsedang 180km

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 07: Tsedang -Samye monastery

Overnight in Hotel(Samye)

Day 08; Samye monastery-Lhasa

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Detail itinerary;

9 Days Lhasa-Drak Yerpa meditation cave- Gaden monastery-Tsedang -Samye monastery-Lhasa

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Arrive at the train station (20km) or airport(60km) in Lhasa.  Our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out in this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Ramoche temple

Ramoche temple

Morning visits the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet. In the Tibetan language, it refers to Buddha’s house. The most important statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. It was built in the 7th-century 32nd king Songtsen Gampo. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called Bakhore. One of the most important religious paths.

Afternoon visits to the Ramoche temple, It’s the sister temple to the Jokhang, which is completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Evening explores city by yourself.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

 

Morning visits the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and can be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visits the Norbulingka summer palace, the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas built-in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lamas. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Drepung monastery

Drepung monastery

Morning visit Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa called Jamyang Choji. Within just a year of the completion, the monastery had attracted a population of some 2000 monks. In 1530 the second Dalai lama established the Gaden Palace, the palace was home for the Dalai lamas until the fifth built the Potala Palace.  Drepung monastery is one of the biggest Gelugpa sect Buddhist monasteries in the Lhasa area.

Afternoon visits the Sera monastery. All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste Hill is located 2 kilometers north of Lhasa. It is one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Day trip to Gaden monastery -Lhasa

Gaden monastery

Gaden monastery

 

Morning drive to Gaden monastery on the way you can explore some of Tibetan farmer area and also a small town called Takste town. Once you arrive at Gaden we recommended you to do Gaden monastery Khora. Gaden monastery was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power. The Ganden Tripa or ‘throne-holder of Ganden’ is the head of the Gelukpa school. Tsongkhapa’s preserved body was entombed there is a silver and gold-encrusted tomb by his disciples in 1419. Being the farthest from Lhasa of the three university monasteries, Ganden Monastery consisted of two principal original colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively. The three main sights in the Ganden Monastery are the Serdung, which contains the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the Tsokchen Assembly Hall, and the Ngam Cho Khang the chapel where Tsongkhapa traditionally taught. The monastery houses artifacts that belonged to Tsongkhapa. After the finished visit, the Gaden monastery then drives back to Lhasa with the same route.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 06: Day trip to Drak Yerpa meditation cave -Lhasa 50km drive up and down

Drak Yerpa meditation cave

Drak Yerpa meditation cave

There are several small temples shrines and hermitages and the cliffs contain some of the earliest known meditation sites in Tibet, some dating back to pre-Buddhist times. Among the more famous are those traditionally connected with Songtsen Gampo (604–650 CE), (traditionally the 33rd king of the Yarlung Dynasty and first emperor of a united Tibet). His Tibetan queen, Monza Triucham, founded the Dra Yerpa temple here. You can explore many meditation caves and also it’s good places for a hike. It takes a 2 to 3 hrs hike around the meditation cave area. After finishing visiting Drak Yerpa drive back to Lhasa

Day 07: Lhasa-Mindroling monastery- Yumbhulhakhang palace- Tradruk temple -Tsedang 180km

Yumbhulhakhang Palace

Yumbhulhakhang Palace

 

Today drive to Tsedang. The ancient capital Tsedang is beautifully situated in the fertile Yarlung valley, this valley is the so said cradle of Tibetan civilization, in Tsedang, you will visit the 1st ever Palace Yambulakhang and Tradruk Temple and Mindroling monastery
First, visit the Mindroling Monastery
Mindroling monastery is one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma school in Tibet. It was founded by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676. Tendrak Lingpa’s lineage is known as the Nyo lineage. Mindrolling, in Tibetan, means “Place of Perfect Emancipation”.
Mindrolling was heavily damaged in 1718 by the Dzungar Mongols from East Turkistan. It was rebuilt during the reign of the Seventh Dalai Lama (1708-1757). Dungsay Rinchen-Namgyal and Jetsunma Mingyur Paldron, the son and daughter of Terdak Lingpa, supervised its reconstruction.
For nearly 300 years it is monastic university-trained Nyingma scholars and yogis from all over Tibet.
At Mindrolling, special emphasis was placed on the learning of Buddhist scriptures, astronomy, Tibetan lunar calendar, calligraphy, rhetoric, and Traditional Tibetan medicine. Monks traditionally studied thirteen major sutra and tantra texts of the Nyingma and learned the practices stemming from various terma, especially from the lineage of Terdak Lingpa. The monastery had at one time, over one hundred satellites, and its throne holder was one of the most revered in Tibet.
After Finished Visit Mondroling drive to Yumbhulhakhang Palace
Yungbulakhang Palace was the earliest palace built in Tibet between 400 BC and 200 BC, during the reign of the first King Nyatri Tsanpo, in ancient Yarlung Valley, in Nêdong County. It is 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) to the south of Zetang Town, the capital of the prefecture. It is stated to be “several ten meters high and its magnificent contour looks like a part of the cliff. It is built like a fortress, on the apex of Mt. Tashitseri on the east bank of the Yarlung River. The palace looks down over the entire beautiful Yarlung Valley. According to folk legend, the king Nyatri descended from heaven, as also the first Tibetan scriptures and few religious objects were set down here from the heaven, during the rule of the 28th King Lhatotorinyetsan. The palace walls are built in stone while the roof structure is made of earth and timber. It overlooks farmland which is stated to be the “first farmland in Tibet.” The palace is approached through a series of steps built as a measure to defend the palace from enemy attack
After that visit the Tradurk temple
Tradruk Temple, built-in 641 AD in Tsedang, is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibetan history. King Songtsan Gampo built this temple as a protection to his kingdom from the demoness or Ogresses. In later years, it was the winter palace of the King and Princess Wencheng. The temple has precious relics. The monastery also houses the Pear Tangka, which is 2 meters (6.6 ft) in length and 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) in width and made of 29,026 pears studded with precious stones. The Thangka was painted by Naidong during the reign of Pamodrupa Kingdom.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 07: Tsedang -Samye monastery

Samye monastery

Samye monastery

 

Morning drive to Samye only 60km drive and visit the Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 CE under the patronage of KingTrisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang, Lhoka Prefecture. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India. The 18th-century Puning Temple of Chengde, Hebei, China was modeled after the Samye Gompa. Samye Monastery is laid out in the shape of a giant mandala, with the main temple representing the legendary Mount Meru in the center. Other buildings stand at the corners and cardinal points of the main temple, representing continents and other features of tantric Buddhist cosmology. The main temple is full of Tibetan religious art in mural and statue forms, as well as some important relics. Many Tibetan Buddhists come on pilgrimage to Samye, some taking weeks to make the journey. After Noon explore the local town and short walk to Hipu ri hill From Hipu ri hill you can have a very good view of the Samye monastery. I recommended you hike this hill during sunset time.

Overnight in Hotel(Samye)

Day 08; Samye monastery-Lhasa

Drive back to Lhasa

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and end the Tibet part tour

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast but for the guesthouse breakfast is not included
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner plus guesthouse breakfast
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.