Winter In The Neglected Paradise Of Tibet (8D7N)

 

Depart Singapore:

07 February 2015 (Saturday)

 

Depart Lhasa:

14 February 2015 (Saturday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

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Contrary to popular belief, Tibet, in the winter, is not a frozen wasteland. In fact, Tibet has a very mild winter climate with an average of 8ºC in the day of Lhasa and with the sun basking, winter in Lhasa seldom falls below freezing during the day. Exactly due to the ungrounded presumption that winter in Tibet is freezingly cold, it still remains a neglected paradise waiting to be discovered by an exploring and seeking spirit.

It is actually the best time of the year to visit Tibet with lesser tourists and more pilgrims. With more authentic touch to your Tibet tour, how does that sound?

Throw in amazing landscapes blessed with unbelievable blue skies, withering leaves, frozen lakes as clear as glass and stunning light for photography, there is no reason why you should not be here.

Kickstart 2015 with a chillingly beautiful holiday at the Roof of the World, you will be ensured of sweet memories throughout the year.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (07 Feb): Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m)Bakhor street in Lhasa

  • Depart Singapore for your international flight to Lhasa.
  • Transit at Chengdu to pick up Tibet Travel Permit before making your way to Lhasa.
  • Upon arrival, meet up with your Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Lhasa.
  • Free and easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel or similar

 

Day 2 (08 Feb): Jokhang Temple – Bakhor Street – Potala Palace

  • Potala PalaceToday is for acclimatization.
  • In the morning, visit the centre of Tibetan Buddhism - Jokhang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrims coming from every corner of Tibet. For most Tibetans, it is considered the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.
  • After Jokhang Temple, walk around the Bakhor street which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. During the old days, it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre.
  • In the afternoon, visit the cardinal landmark of Lhasa, the Potala Palace - the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
  • You will also get to visit the forbidden site of the Potala Palace, the tomb stupa of the great 13th Dalai Lama. A rare visit that seldom tourists get to go.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals provided: – Breakfast
Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel or similar

 

Day 3 (09 Feb): Drepung Monastery – Sera Monastery

  • Sera MonasteryAfter breakfast, visit Drepung Monastery, which was once the world’s largest monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks and was also once the residence of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace.
  • The amazing day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery – another influential Gelukpa Monastery. Built in the 15th century, Sera Monastery is home to several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. Watch the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks which happen every day in the afternoon (except Sunday). You may join in the fun with the help of your guide.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals provided: - Breakfast
Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel or similar

 

Day 4 (10 Feb): Norbulingka Palace – Tibet Museum

  • Norbulingka PalaceAfter breakfast, visit Norbulingka Palace, built about 100 years after the Potala Palace was built. While Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace.
  • Visit Tibet Museum which is a very interesting museum where you get to see the Tibetan artefacts and ancient items.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals provided: – Breakfast
Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel or similar

 

Day 5 (11 Feb): Lhasa – Drak Yerpa – Ganden Monastery – Tidrum Hot Spring

  • Drak YerpaAfter breakfast, we will drive out of Lhasa to Tidrum.
    • Duration of drive: 6 hrs, 250km
  • Along the way, visit Drak Yerpa which contains more than 80 meditation caves and temples on an altitude of 4,300m. All the meditation caves are lined up along the hill and are accessible by stairs.
  • After which, visit Ganden Monastery, one of the great three Gelukpa monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain.
  • Finally, end the day at Tidrum where you can take a bath in the popular hot spring which has been blessed by the Padmasam Bhava in the 8th century. The Tidrum Hot Spring is said to be therapuetic and is good for your knees and backbone.
  • Overnight in Tidrum.

Meals provided: – Breakfast
Accommodation: Local Guesthouse in Tidrum Monastery

 

Day 6 (12 Feb): Drigung Monastery – Traditional Local Tibetan Home Visit – Lhasa

  • Drigung MonasteryAfter a refreshing soak in the hot spring and good rest in Tidrum, you will drive back to Lhasa today.
    • Duration of drive: 5hrs, 200km
  • Along the way, visit Drigung Monastery, a notable monastery in Lhasa, founded in 1179. Situated high in the Himalayan mountains, this monastery stands at 4,150m and currently houses 250 to 300 monks.
  • You will also get to visit a traditional local Tibetan house to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel or similar

 

Day 7 (13 Feb): Yamdrok Yumtso Lake – Gampa La Pass – Rock Carving of the Buddha

  • Yamdrok Yumtso LakeAfter breakfast, drive to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of the largest holy lakes in Tibet. Yumtso means turquoise in Tibetan language and the lake is named after the colour.
    • Duration of drive: 5hrs, 160km
  • View the entire lake from the top of the Gampa La Pass at an altitude of 4,770m.
  • After which, visit a Rock Carving of the Buddha which is great for photo-stop.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals provided: – Breakfast
Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel or similar

 

Day 8 (14 Feb): Depart Lhasa

  • After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your international flight home, bringing back sweet memories of the Roof of the World.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD1999.00

Single Pax

SGD2199.00

(Price is for minimum 6 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Soak in the atmosphere at Lhasa as you visit centuries old monasteries
  • In awe with the magnificence of Potala Palace where the last Dalai Lama stayed before he fled to India
  • Happy shopping for souvenirs for your loved ones at bustling Bakhor Street
  • Refresh your mind, body and soul in the healing Tidrum Hot Spring
  • Add a personal touch by visiting a local Tibetan’s house and learn about their culture and lifestyle
  • Embrace the amazing snow-capped mountains and lakes surrounding the beautiful Yamdrok Lake

Package Inclusions

  • 1 English-speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Airport or train station pick-up and drop-off in Lhasa
  • Private transportation in private air-conditioned car/van/coach with experienced local Tibetan driver (fuel included)
  • 6 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at a 3-star hotel (china standard) in Lhasa
  • 1 night’s accommodation with sleeping bags in Tidrum Monastery Guest House
  • Lodging and meals for the guide and driver
  • All necessary Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB
  • Oxygen supply on vehicle
  • First aid kit on vehicle
  • Mineral water daily
  • Entrance fees to indicated sights

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Chengdu – Lhasa – Chengdu – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Train ticket to and fro Lhasa
  • China Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary (estimated SGD6 per meal)
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

07 February 2015

Singapore to Chengdu:

Air China (CA 404) 0200hrs – 0630hrs

 

07 February 2015

Chengdu to Lhasa:

Shenzhen Airlines (ZH 4112) 1255hrs – 1515hrs

 

14 February 2015

Lhasa to Chengdu:

Shenzhen Airlines (ZH 4402) 1045hrs – 1240hrs

 

14 February 2015

Chengdu to Singapore:

Air China (CA 403) 2000hrs – 0100hrs (+1)

*Reach Singapore on 15 Feb 2015

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 23kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD965.55

 

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