Tibet Adventure Tour From Shanghai
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- Entrance Fees
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
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Depart from Shanghai; this scenic but adventurous and physically demanding trip will allow you witness the devotion of Buddhist pilgrims, the monasteries, colorful Tibetan art, ancient architectural wonders and the intoxicating holy Lake Namtso.Highlights of the tour:1. Lake Namtso – "Holy Lake" in the Tibetan language, is the highest salt lake in the world. 2. Short Hike (about 4 hours) from Pabongka Monastery to Sera Monastery (inside Lhasa city), See (and talk with) real pilgrims and the monasteries they visit). 3. Depart from Shanghai. Convenient entry and exit for international flights.
Duration: 5 Days
Place & Transport: Shanghai to Lhasa, China Eastern Airline MU2335 (Shanghai pudong Airport T1 - Lhasa Gonggar Airport) Dep 08:00 - Arr 14:45
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Barkhor Street, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Kechu Hotel
- Barkhor Street (2 hours): Built about 1,300 years ago, The Barkhor (pilgrims' circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa encircling the Jokhang Temple. In the past, it was a designated circumambulation circuit, "a saint's road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. Watch the pilgrims, wearing their local dress from many different parts of Tibet, as they circle clockwise around Jokhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate them near the front gate. Join the locals and visitors to shop for local goods at the colourful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop or tea house to enjoy the passing parade.
- Potala Palace (1 hour): Former winter home of the Dalai Lama, a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for climbing up the long stairways.
- Norbulingka (2.5 hours): Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden". Constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama, it later served the whole government administration. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both administrative and religious purposes.
- Jokhang Temple (2 hours): Smaller and more manageable than the Potala, this 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray here regularly; the Temple is surrounded by Barkhor Street and thronged with pilgrims and visitors. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng in the 7th Century.
- Kechu Hotel : Located near Jokhang Temple,The Kechu hotel and restaurant has a beautiful garden and provides Tibetan and Nepal food.
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Lake Namtso
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
- Lake Namtso: Lake Namtso is the second largest saltwater lake in China. The lake is beautiful with its azure water and surrounding snow capped peaks. There is a gravel road from Damxung to the lake. In the rainy season, the route can be quite difficult.
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Short hiking from Pabongka Monastery to Sera Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Steak House Restaurant
- Short hiking from Pabongka Monastery to Sera Monastery (4 hours): Drive to Pabongka Monastery where the hiking starts. Pabongka Monastery is on a huge rock with about 20 meters high. It has a longer history than Potala palace. It was a splendid castle of 9 stories when it was first built, and it was destroyed during the various wars, but its majesty still remains.
Hiking downhill, you will arrive at Chupsang Nunnery. Chupsang Nunnery belongs to Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsongkap (the creator of Gelug Buddhism) first settled here and taught his Gelug Buddhism beliefs. Go on hiking after picnic lunch until to Sera Monastery.
- Sera Monastery (3 hours): Located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa, The Sera Monastery is a complex of 4 structures; the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. 'Sera' means wild roses and was called this because the monastery was surrounded by wild roses. One of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks "famous daily debates" take place.
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.
- Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery: Ani Sangkhung Nunnery is a convent where the females study Buddhism. Its history can be traced back to 7th century. Ani Sangkhung emphasize the beliefs of Guanyin Bodhisattva -the Goddess of Mercy. Hundreds of flowers surround the house and a tea house is located in the yard. It is a nice place for a cup of tea after a long day of sightseeing.
- Steak House Restaurant: Steak House is near the Potala Palace and serves mainly Western and Tibetan cuisine. Surrounded by the alluring landscape, it is a great dining experience while traveling in Tibet.
- Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge.
- Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
- More people more discounts. Low season, lower price.
- * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy
|Nov.1 - Mar. 31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
|2-5 Persons||$2,069||$2,019||$1,969||$245 / $205 / $147 /|
|6-9 Persons||$1,749||$1,709||$1,649||$245 / $205 / $147 /|
|Apr.1 - Oct.31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
|2-5 Persons||$2,209||$2,199||$2,019||$368 / $360 / $180 /|
|6-9 Persons||$1,939||$1,929||$1,749||$368 / $360 / $180 /|
Tour Length: 5 Days
Attractions: Barkhor Street, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, Lake Namtso, Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery, Short hiking from Pabongka Monastery to Sera Monastery, Sera Monastery
|Lhasa||Brahmaputra Grand Hotel
Note: A Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet in addition to a China Visa. The Tibet Tourism Administration has recently indicated that they will tighten the regulations which control the issuance of Tibet Travel Permits. Besides now having to enter Tibet in a group of five people or more of the same nationality, the permit will be issued just 4-5 days before arriving in Lhasa. This means that we are unable to guarantee that a permit to travel will be approved. Also the permit will need to be sent to the place of departure in China for Lhasa by express courier. The additional cost will be 300–400 CNY. Your travel advisor will provide additional information. We apologize for this extra cost. However, it is out of our control.
- Entrance Fees:
To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
All meals as specified in the itinerary.
If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
- Private Transfers:
Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Shanghai, Lhasa by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
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As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
To Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
To Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
- Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
- Service Charge & Government Taxes:
The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
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- Luggage Transfers:
Between airports and hotels.
The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
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- Excess Baggage Charges.
Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
- Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
- Single Room Supplement.