You will arrive at Lhasa and meet with your tour guide at the airport on time. The driver will be ready to transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is left out for you to explore the city by yourself.
The highland of Tibet is home of the oriental carpet. By visiting Carpet Factory you will have a general idea how carpets are produced. China highlights now longer visits any factory or shop, so if you want to go here you will need to pre-arrange this and request this from your travel advisor.
Norbulingka was constructed as a summer palace. The buildings and decorations are in typical Tibetan style, making you feel like staying in a Tibetan royal garden.
'Sera' means wild roses and was called this because the monastery was surrounded by wild roses.
Tips: Every day (except Mondays) at 15:00, there is a debate about Buddhist doctrines among the monks at Sera Monastery. The debating is held in the grounds and is a necessary way of learning sutras and scriptures. Visitors can watch the debate, but it is advised to keep quiet.
Built by the ancient Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to be used to greet his bride Princess Wencheng, the Potala Palace is the holy place for Buddhism culture and highest palace in the world. The appearance and layout of the Potala Palace is in typical Tibetan style, white walls, red and golden roofs. The inner decorations are resplendent and exquisite. You’ll asked not to photo in the pavilions.
Jokhang Temple in Lhasa is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism, attracting crowds of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and curious foreign tourists every year. It hosts the annual Great Prayer Festival, as well as all ceremonies of initiation for the Dalai Lama and Panchen Llamas. Reaching the temple at 8 am to see the devotion of the pilgrims is a special experience.
Barkhor Street is a great place for religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. You can also see loyal prayers expressing their piety walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street.
Pelkhor Choede is very different from other monasteries. Built as a Tibetan monastery, its structural style is very unique, reputed as the lord of Tibetan stupas. In addition, it is famous for the architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art.
Dotted with a dozen islands and abundant in natural resources, Lake Yamdrok is the largest habitat for water birds in Tibet, attracting countless swans and gulls every summer. It is a holy lake for Tibetan people. The peaceful blue water and mountains around can make you calm down and intoxicated in such as tranquil world.
Looking around, you can see Karuola Glacier. Together will the blue lake, green mountains, and the snow-capped mountain, the picture of the nature in Tibet looks more colorful and fabulous.
Tashilhunpo Monastery is a historically and culturally important monastery. Painted in red and white, the buildings in the kloster stand closely together in terraced rows, offering a grand and majestic view.
Then you will be transferred to Shigatse.
Today, the driver will escort you from Shigatse to Dingri.
Rongbuk Monastery is the highest temple at an altitude of over 5,000 meters (16728 feet).
Mt. Everest, called Mount Qumulangma in Tibetan Language, is the highest peak of the Earth and probably the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers’ eyes. Journey to Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical as well as psychological challenge to you --5200mt (17000ft), but it will definitely reward you with the most unparalleled views – a panorama of Himalayan peaks - and never-forgotten beautiful memories.
Today, you will reach Zhangmu from Dingri. After arrival, have a rest in the hotel and get ready to continue your tour.
The Durbar Square lies in the heart of Kathmandu. Locally also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square-an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty. The Duibar Square Complex consists of a huge Royal Square is imposing with tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. Most of the buildings seen here date from 15th to 18th century. Some of the important monuments to be seen here are: Taleju temple-, Jagannath temple, Kal Bhairav, Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap - built from the timber of a single tree.
Located about 3k.m. west of down town Kathmandu, Swoyambhu Nath Stupa is one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This great Stoup is said to have been built around 250 B.C. The Stupa of Swoyambhunath stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base-a long time ago believed to have originated from a legendary lake of Kathmandu Valley.This holy site in fact is the massive stupa complex ever built in Nepal. When you reach the famous site of venerated Swayambhu Stupa, you will get magnificent view of Kathmandu Valley and the breathtaking panorama of the north eastern Himalayan range.
Located on the trade routes between Tibet and Nepal and one of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal, Boudhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters tall. The Stupa stands on the massive three level mandala style Platforms surrounded by colorful private family houses. The basic feature of this great Stupa is very much like that of Swoyambhunath stupa except for the final display. It is much bigger than Swoyambhu stupa and lies on the valley floor whereas the former stands on the hill top. The Stupa is said to have been built in 5th century A. D.
Pasupatinath with an area of 281 hectares is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, this two-tiered magnificent golden temple with four triple silver doorways is unique example of the Nepalese temple architecture. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu god and goddess insides. Non Hindus are not allowed to enter this temple.
As your 11-day holiday ends today, you will get to the airport on time. The guide will help you check in and see you of at security gate.