Highlights of Tibet

Discover the Highlights of Tibet – the rooftop of the world, locked away in its Himalayan fortress! Discover enchanting Lhasa – home to the famous Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery, the spectacular Yam Drok Lake, Gyantse’s Kumbum, Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse and Yumbulakhang, the oldest palace in Tibet.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Lhasa

Arrive at Lhasa Gongkar Airport where you will receive a warm Tibetan welcome by our representative at the airport. Transfer to Lhasa (approx 70kms), soaking up the wonderful mountain scenery en route. Check into your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure, to acclimatise.

Day 2: Drepung & Sera Monastery

Today enjoy a guided tour of the autonomous region’s capital. Visit the 15th century Drepung Monastery, which was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, once housing 10,000 monks and bustling Barkhor Street. Continue on to explore the Sera Monastery which is still a working retreat, 600 years after its foundation as a main teaching monastery, and it’s one of the three great Gelukpa ‘universities’ once housing more than 5500 monks.

Day 3: Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple

On another full day of sightseeing in the fabled city of Lhasa, visit to the beautiful Potala Palace – the dominant landmark of Lhasa, towering 117 meters above the city below. Construction started on the red hill in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama. This immense building is a masterpiece in design, 13 storeys high with walls 3 meters thick, containing over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, it was both the residence of the current Dalai Lama and tomb of the former Heads of state. The entire building is made of stone and wood and covers an area of 130,000 square meters. The Potala is full of elaborate art work and frescos that tell many stories.

The highlight of the day is a visit to Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and important temple in Tibet and also the most captivating. There is an electric atmosphere at the temple as crowds of pilgrims travel around the chapels, praying and prostrating themselves. Then continue on to Norbulinka monastery – the Dalai Lama’s summer palace which was completed in 1783 under the Eighth Dalai Lama. Set in beautiful grounds with fountains, chapels and pools, Norbulinka is located on the outskirts of Lhasa and it is from here that the present Dalai Lama fled in the 1950’s

Day 4: Lhasa (via Yamdrok Tso Lake) – Gyantse

After breakfast depart Lhasa and journey to Gyantse. En route visit the Drolma Lhakang Temple, which is associated with the Buddhist teachings of Atisha (a revered Bengali scholar). You’ll also stop at the elevated view point of Kampa La to soak up the incredible views of the spectacular scorpion shaped Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok is one of Tibet’s three sacred lakes and according to local mythology, it is the transformation of a goddess. At over 72kms in length, with electric blue water and surrounded by snow capped mountains, it’s an incredible sight to behold. Continuing your journey, drive alongside Yamdrok lake for about an hour to reach Gyantse. Upon arrival spend the remains of the day at leisure.

Day 5: Gyantse – Shigatse

Today after breakfast, visit Kumbum and Pelku Chode, two of the prime sightseeing spots in Gyantse. The giant, gold domed Kumbum stupa was founded in 1427 by a Gyantse prince, it has 9 floors and contains 77 chapels. Pelku Chode is the Monastery inside the same compound of Kumbum. Bidding farewell to Gyantse you’ll drive on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second most important city.

Day 6: Shigatse – Tsedang

After breakfast enjoy a tour of Tashilunpo Monastery, which is the largest Yellow Hat sect monastery in Tibet and the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Tashilunpo contains chortens, temples and the Panchen Lamas palace, and at its peak it was home to 4,000 monks. The monastery is a striking red, white and black Tibetan structure with a golden roof. Within the monastery there is a 5 story temple, which contains a 26 meter high sitting statue of the Maitreya Buddha, cast from 6,700 ounces of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper, making it the biggest copper Buddhist statue in the world. After the sightseeing and strolling around the free market, journey to Tsedang.

Day 7: Tsedang – Lhasa

This morning visit Samye Monastery which was founded in the 8th century during the reign of King Trisong Detsen, with the help of the Indian Buddhist masters Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, whom the king had invited to Tibet to help spread Buddhism. The first Tibetan monks were ordained here after examination, and are referred to as the Seven Examined Men. Over the centuries Samye has been associated with various schools of Tibetan Buddhism and today Tibetans of all traditions come to worship here.

Continue on to explore Yumbulakhang, the oldest palace in Tibet. It was believed that King Nyatri Tsenpo descended from heaven to build this palace in 2nd century BC and myths says it is the founding of Tibetan civilization. Yumbulakhang is constructed at the perfect crest of the hill divided into three different components; the tower, the chapel and monk’s quarters.

Not far from Yumbulakhang is Tandruk Monastery, situated at the road side. It’s said that renowned figures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism, such as Padmasambhava and Milariba, had practiced Buddhism nearby after it was built and the remaining relics are sacred land for the devotees. After a tour of the monastery travel back to Lhasa.

Day 8: Depart Lhasa

After breakfast transfer to Gongkar Airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Lhasa Daily between
28 April - 30 June:
From $3,795.00From $4,435.00
Departs Lhasa Daily between
1 July - 31 October:
From $4,095.00From $4,735.00
Meals:14 7 breakfasts
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:7 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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First Time Tibet

Tibet is located on the immense Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with the altitude averaging 4,000 metres. Locked in its mountain fortress of the Himalayas, Tibet has long exercised a unique hold on the imagination of people the world over. It’s only recently that outsiders have had open access to visit the holy city of Lhasa.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Tsedang

You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Tibet, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day.

Tsedang is said to be the cradle of the Tibetan civilisation. The city has been a regional capital since ancient times having been the seat of the ancient Tibetan emperors. As such, it is a place of great significance within Tibet.

Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day exploring the town and acclimatising to the Tibetan Plateau altitude.

Your guide will provide restaurant suggests for this evening. Consider trying some of Tibet’s staple cuisines, like tsamba (roasted barley husks) with butter, enjoyed with Sichuan tea. Other common foods include sausages, yoghurt and stews. Tea and barley beer, called chang, are the most popular drinks.

Day 2: Tsedang

Your first full day in Tibet starts with a visit to the Trandruk Temple, one of the first Buddhist Temples built in Tibet. Afterwards visit the Yumbulakhang Palace, the first palace of Tibet. This castle-like building rises on the spur of a hill, commanding an impressive view of the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley.

Day 3: Tsedang to Lhasa

After breakfast travel along the mountain roads to Lhasa, stopping on the way to visit Samye Monastery. Located to the west of Tsedang across the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Samye is the oldest monastery in Tibet. A stunning ferry across the Yarlung Tsangpo River brings you to this ancient monastery.

Arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. Your guide will introduce you to this mysterious city, and help you check in to you hotel.

Mountain locked and remote, Lhasa has a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history. The Tibetan capital is surrounded with a romance and mystique that captures the imagination like few other cities in the world.

Day 4: Lhasa

Start your day with a visit to the golden-roofed Jokhang Monastery where you witness prostrating pilgrims shrouded with incense smoke in the half light of this ancient monastery. Later we visit Barkor Street, the fascinating Tibetan style stock exchange, a hive of market activity.

In the afternoon visit the Potala Palace. Imposing yet precarious on the top of Red Mountain, the palace was once the centre of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

Day 5: Lhasa

This morning embark on a guided tour of Norbulingka, the former summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. The highlight today is a visit to the largest monastery in the world, the Drepung Monastery, that today houses up to 700 monks. In the afternoon we tour the Sera Monastery, built in the 15th century and one of the great Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.

You will learn the history of these monasteries and their part in the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, when the monasteries were heavily shelled by the Chinese military. Many Tibetan rebels were killed with the surviving monks fleeing with the Dalai Lama into India and exile.

Day 6: Lhasa to Shigatse

Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery with its bejewelled golden roof. The official seat of Panchen Lama, second in importance to the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon we continue our scenic road tour to Shigatse.

Shigatse is Tibet’s second city and an important spiritual centre. Your guide will introduce you to Shigatse, and accompany you to a restaurant and introduce you to more of the local Tibetan delicacies.

Day 7: Shigatse to Gyantse

Visit the Phalkor Monastery, notable for its superb Kumbum stupa reaching high into the sky. The Phalkor Monastery was one of the few ancient buildings in Gyangtse that was preserved from Chinese dismantlement following the 1959 Tibetan uprising. In the afternoon, you will continue onwards to the plateau town of Gyangtse.

Gyangtse is located in the fertile Nuang river valley at just under 4,000 (13,150 ft) metres in altitude. The town is easy to walk around and notable for its prominent fort, or Gyangtse Dzong, and the Phalkor Monastery which we visit tomorrow. Gyangtse is the last major town in China on the trade route to Kathmandu in Nepal, on the Friendship Highway.

Your guide will organise dinner for you again this evening.

Day 8: Gyantse to Lhasa

Today you travel along mountain roads passing Tibetan nomad camps with herds of yaks and sheep. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Tibetan Plateau, surrounded by snow capped mountains and the pristine Yamdrok Lake with its many small islands. Residing at an altitude of 4,400 metres (14,400 ft) the lake is sacred to Tibetan people.

We drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon.

Day 9: Depart Lhasa

On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Tsedang Daily:
Superior OptionFrom $2,922.00Price on Application
Deluxe OptionFrom $3,395.00Price on Application

Meals:14 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Flight Ticket: Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu
Accommodation:8 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Sri Lanka with Uga Escapes

Stay with one of Sri Lanka’s finest hotel groups in their uniquely styled hotels as you savour Sri Lanka’s beauty, culture and cuisine with Uga Escapes. Experience Sri Lanka in style while staying with Uga Escapes, offering tailored, one-of-a-kind experiences in the cultural triangle and beyond. Visit Yala National Park to search for leopards, elephants and other wildlife, explore the crumbling fort and old Hindu temple at Trincomalee, and delight your tastebuds with a cooking class with one of Kandy’s great chefs

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in Colombo

On arrival you will be met and transferred to The Residence, your elegant 19th century accommodations.

Day 2: Colombo – Anuradhapura

After breakfast depart by road for the Cultural Triangle. En route stop in at Wilpattu National Park and take a safari looking for leopard, sloth bear and other park wildlife. Continue to your accommodation at Ulagalla, its modern chalets feature plunge pools set across 58 acres of lush rice paddies and forest, built around a fine 19th century mansion.

Day 3: Anuradhapura

This morning explore this beautiful ancient city with its park-like surrounds. Sites include the 2000-year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree and the enormous Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, where pilgrims from all around the island worship. Spend the afternoon relaxing at your beautiful hotel.

Day 4: Anuradhapura – Trincomalee

This morning visit the ancient rock citadel of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s most famous site. If you are feeling up for it, climb to the summit for spectacular views and explore the remains of the ancient palace on top. Afterwards, drive a couple of hours to Trincomalee for your first seaside accommodation, at Jungle Beach where the rooms have been built into the existing lush tropical growth on a beautiful stretch of beach.

Day 5: Trincomalee

This morning take a half day tour of Trincomalee, including its crumbling fort and an old Hindu temple. There is plenty of time to relax beachside in the afternoon.

Day 6: Trincomalee – Passikudah

After a leisurely breakfast check out and travel along the coast to your next Uga home – the beautiful Uga Bay at Passikudah. Situated on one of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches, you will have the afternoon at leisure to explore and relax.

Day 7: Passikudah

Today is at your leisure to relax on the beach.

Day 8: Passikudah – Kandy

Today, drive from the coast into the island’s lush hills to the city of Kandy. Your accommodation at the Stone House is set amongst tropical hill gardens and features fine mid-century architecture making it the perfect Kandy base.

Day 9: Kandy

This morning enjoy a market visit and cooking class with one of Kandy’s great cooks. Learn some of the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine and enjoy your creations for lunch. In the afternoon take a city tour of Kandy with its famed Temple of the Tooth and leafy central lake.

Day 10: Kandy – Yala National Park

This morning drive to your unique accommodation on the fringes of Yala National Park. Chena Huts are nestled on the fringes of the jungle near a beautiful beach. Surrounded by this wild environment, make yourself at home in one of the common areas or relax in your room overlooking the jungle or lagoons.

Day 11: Yala National Park

Today take a safari into Yala National Park. Home to one of the world’s highest densities of leopards, they are sighted daily, along with elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, mongoose and many other varieties of wildlife

Day 12: Yala National Park – Colombo

After breakfast, drive back to Colombo and your accommodation at The Residence. In the afternoon take a city tour, seeing some of Colombo’s most vibrant trading districts

Day 13: Depart Colombo

Today you will depart for Colombo airport for your onward flight

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Colombo Daily:From $4,606.00Price on Application

Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:12 nights accommodation
Guide:English-speaking driver-guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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