Tibet budget tour is nearly (1000km) on a four wheel drive or bus overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu. If you feel more adventurously inclined but do not have a lot of time to spare then this budget Tibet trip is for you.
Tibet Budget tour starts either China or Kathmandu, Nepal; you will fly over the eastern Himalaya to the mystical Tibetan capital, Lhasa. Your first three days are spent sightseeing in and around Lhasa. Then you will begin your overland journey back to Kathmandu via Gyantse, Xigatse, Tingri, Nyalam and Zhangmu.
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Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
A mid - morning flight either from Chengdu or Kathmandu will take you over the Himalaya to Lhasa, the exciting capital of Tibet. You will be met at Lhasa airport by our Tibetan guide and transferred to hotel, where rooms have been booked for you. Spend evening free on your own.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour
Today will be spent exploring palaces. First on your list will be the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbu lingkha the winter palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in the eighteenth century.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour
Today you will visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea! Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess “Wen Chen”. You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse
An early morning start from Lhasa and a 259 km drive will get you to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso or the “Turquoise Lake”. Sightseeing tour of Gyangtse and a short drive of 95 km will see you at Xigatse at an elevation of 3810 m. Xigatse are the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of the province of Tsang. The rulers of this province had dominion over all of Tibet prior to 1642 AD. At Xigatse you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery which is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second in spiritual importance only to the Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in 1447 by Gendun Drup and once housed upward of 3400 monks. Of particular interest at Tashilunpo is a nine story gilded statue of Maitreya - the “Future Buddha”.
Day 5: Shigatse to old Tingri
From Xigatse you will drive to Old Tingri via Sakya Monastery. The Monastery is 143 km south of Xigatse and was built in the thirteenth century by Konchok Gyalpo and houses some 30,000 volumes of ancient Buddhist scriptures or Sutras. The total distance between Xigatse and Xegar is 245 km. From Xegar (New Tingri, take a short drive to Old Tingri. Enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. Everest on a clear day. Go to bed early and have a good sleep. You will have to wake up and drive early the next day as it’s going to be a long drive.
Day 6: Old Tingri to Bhaktapur
Leave Old Tingri and drive through Lalung La Pass (5200m.) to Nylam, enjoying the views of the Shisapangma Peak. Nyalam is an old trading village between Tibet and Nepal. Continue to Zhangmu which is a bustling trading town near the Nepalese border, go through Chinese immigration, and drive further down to Kodari, border between Tibet and Nepal.
We will meet you at Kodari, on the Nepalese side of the border across the Friendship Bridge. Go to immigration and get your Nepal visa which is available on arrival. You will board the waiting vehicle and drive the 96 km to Bhaktapur, the city of devotee. Overnight at Bhaktapur.
Day 7: Bhaktpur to Kathmandu
Morning tour of Bhaktpur is also known as Bhadgaon. The tour visits: Durbar Square, the main palace square of the city containing many temples and other architectural showpieces, including the Golden Gate, described as the finest piece of art in the Kingdom. Nyatapola Temple, The five-storied pagoda style temple built in 1708 AD, the largest and the most famous example of Nepalese pagoda architecture. Dattatraya Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built in 1427 AD. Nearby is the monastery with exquisitely carved windows, which now serves as the National Works Museum.
Continue to Pashupatinath temple - situated near the banks of sacred Bagmati River the temple of lord Siva-Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb Newari architecture. Baudhanath : This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of Nepal’s most unique monument and said to be the world biggest, attracts Nepalese pilgrimage of Tibetan stock from as far as Dolpo and Mugu as well as Tibet, Ladhak in India and Bhutan. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 8: Kathmandu Airport
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for onward flight. You need to be at Kathmandu airport at least 3 hours before your schedule flight.