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5 Days Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festival Tour in Winter

5 Days Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festival Tour in Winter

(TFTW001) Lhasa

Overview

Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festival, also known as Tsong Khapa Butter Lamp Festival, is held on 25, Oct of Tibetan calendar to commemorate the death of Tsongkapa,the greatest founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Tourists will be amazed by the rare scene when countless lamps are burnt on the top of Jokhang temple and Tibetans burn the incense and circle around the Barkhor street to show their worship of Tsongkapa.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to your hotel in Lhasa. Then check in at the hotel, and have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street (B)

In the morning, we are about to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, and you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

In the afternoon, we will tour the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkhor Kora (circling around Jokhang temple and Barkhor street) and bargain with vendors for Tibetan souvenirs on Barkhor street.

At night (around 8:00pm), we will move to Jokhang temple to watch the celebration of Tsong Khapa Butter Lamp Festival. Tourists will witness how the Jokhang temple and Barkhor street were illuminated with numerous lamps and Tibetans would wear formal dress and prostrate themselves on Barkhor street while saying the prayer or burn incense to show their deepest respect and worship to Tsongkapa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Norbulingka and Ramoche (B)

Norbulingkha, referred to “treasure garden” in Tibetan language, lies at western suburbs of Lhasa and 2km from Potala palace. It is also listed as the world cultural heritage by the UNESCO. Built by the seventh Dalai lama in mid 18th century, Norbulingkha is also called summer palace and later the successive dalai lamas studied and stayed there during summer time.

Then in the afternoon, tourists will visit Ramoche Temple which lies about 500m to the north of the Jokhang monastery. The Ramoche monastery was built for sacred sculpture of Sakyamuni that was later moved into the Jokhang monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Explore Drepung monastery and Sera monastery (B)

Situated at the foothill of a mountain, Drepung monastery was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. The monastery is divided into two different colleges, that is, Drepung loselling and Drepung Gomang college. The Ganden podrang is the most famous for its role of governmental centre during fifth Dalai lama. Later the government centre was moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth Dalai lama.

In the afternoon, we will explore the Sera monastery founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. It is famous for its dramatic monk debate held in the debating courtyard mostly around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Departure from Lhasa (B)

Your driver and tour guide will take you to the airport and see you off.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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