Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness, its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means limited accessibility, but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion.
Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the center of Tibet's politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.
As the beautiful capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lhasa is situated in the South Central part of the region, on the North bank of the Kyichu River (Lhasa River) in a mountain-fringed valley. This ancient sprawling city, settled 1,300 years ago, covers 30,000 square kilometers (11,583 square miles), with a population of 400,000, of which 87 percent are Tibetans. The urban population is 180,000.
Generally the period from March to October is the best time to visit Tibet. Since Lhasa is located at such a high altitude it is wise to be prepared before starting your journey. Generally speaking, due to the large temperature differences during any given day in Tibet, warm clothes should be taken to keep away the cold. However, because it also receives a great deal of sunshine, sunglasses, suntan oil, and a sun hat are indispensable items if you're traveling anywhere in Tibet.
Currently there are three options for travel to Tibet, by plane, by road and by train.
1. Taking the plane is a comfortable and timesaving option, but offers little time for you to acclimatise to the altitude; this may cause sickness.
2. Taking the bus along one of five highways that have been opened-up for tourists' use. This will take longer but will enable you to see the amazing scenery en route. Furthermore, taking extra time allows for a more gradual acclimatization to the altitude.
3. Taking the train, is a fabulous new option, giving the opportunity to see hitherto unseen mountain scenery. With the operation of Tibet Railway from July 1st, 2006, more and more tourist have swarmed into Tibet via the great Tibet train.'
One word of warning: although there is a gradually increasing tourism industry in Lhasa, it is a city with many difficulties yet to be overcome due to its unique location and geography. Please bear in mind that traveling in Lhasa, as well as in Tibet on the whole, is more challenging than in any other part of China.
tinerary: - Tibet Overland Tour - 08 Days 07 Nights
DAY 01: KATHMANDU/ZHANGMU/NYALAM (2,300M.) 127 KM.
Our bus departs at 6am, for the border at Tatopani. The reporting time for the journey is 5:45 a.m. at Samrat Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. Office or in front of immigration office, Thamel. Our 4/5 hour journey goes up to Tibet Nepal border through agricultural fields and passes through traditional villages, following the Bhotekoshi River . From the border ( Friendship Bridge ), after completing immigrations formalities we will drive up hill to Zhangmu imagination the border city of china. And drive to Nyalamu overnight at Guest House.
DAY 02: ZHANGMU/NYALAM-LHATSE (4,350m.) 244KM.
Rising through the dry, plateau highlands. Offers stunning views of the world's highest mountain range, including: Langtang-7245, Xixapangma-8,013m., Dorje Lakpa-6,980m., and Gauri Shankar-7,134 m. Cho Oyu-8,021m., Everest 8,848m., Lhotse (8,516m.), Makalu-8,464m. We will cross Nyalam Pass (3,800m.) and Lalung-La (5,050m.) pass along the way, stopping to enjoy the views. Overnight at Guest House.
DAY 03: LHATSE-SIGATSE (3,900m.) 244 KM
Today is our longest driving day via Gyatsola Pass 5,220m. By crossing Lhatse from where the road to Mt. Kailash bifurcates. Overnight at Guest House.
DAY 04: XIGATSE-GYANTSE (3,950m.) 90 KM.
The morning is yours to relax and explore Tibet 's second largest city, Xigatse, including the world famous Tashilumpo Monastery. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Gyantse, a small, historical town along the banks of the Nyang Chu River and home to monastery of Buddha's 1,000 Images. Overnight at Guest House.
DAY 05: GYANTES-LHASA (3,650m.) 280 KM.
Many busy villages, yaks, mountains sheep, and lakes dot our route today, as we cross the famous Brahma-Putra River (Son of Brahma, the creator. Brahma is a Hindu God). Passing over Karo and Kamba passes, 5,010m. & 4,794m. Respectively, our final destination awaits-Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 06 & 07: IN LHASA
Sightseeing and excursions of Potala Palace, Norbulinka, The Jokhang and surrounding Bakhor market, Drepung & Sera Monasteries Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 08: LHASA-KATHMANDU
Early morning, we will be heading to the Airport (Gongar-96Km.) Southwest of Lhasa. With boundless beauty speed below, this is perhaps the most beautiful flight in the world.
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Special Notification: Must submit your passport 10 days in advance