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14-Day A Spiritual Journey to Nepal and Tibet

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Day 1 : MAY 27: Arrival in Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu

Upon arrival, we will be met at the airport and taken to our hotel. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel as booked. If time permits we will explore the old Kathmandu city on foot.

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  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet

Day 2 : MAY 28: In Kathmandu -- Kopan Monastery, Boudha & Swoyambhu Stupa

Visiting: Kathmandu

Today after early breakfast we drive to Kopan monastery situated in a hillock northeast of the city. Kopan Monastery is a center for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat, and practice. It is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal. It was established in the late 1960's by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche as a home for monks and nuns from the Himalayan area and foreigners wishing to receive teachings.

We drive down to Boudhnath Stupa. The wish fulfilling stupa. This stupa is dated back to 5th century and is one of the world's most glorious Buddhist monuments. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist stupa was built by King Man Dev at the advice of Goddess Mani Jjogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

In the afternoon after lunch we drive to Swoyambhu Stupa located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles, Buddhist stupa this is said to be 2000 years old, the stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagodas temples.

Driving Distance: 20.6 KM/ 26.6 Miles

Driving Duration: Approx. 1 hrs

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet

Day 3 : MAY 29: In Kathmandu -- Day visit to Namo Buddha

Visiting: Kathmandu

After early morning breakfast we visit Namo Buddha. This is the site where, according to legend, the Buddha in a previous life fed his body to a hungry tigress, an act that set the stage for the dramatic success of his teachings several lifetimes later. The site is famous as a metaphor for compassion, karma, sacrifice and enlightenment. It is one of the four or five most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal.

Later we drive back to the hotel.

Driving Distance: 41.3 KM/ 12.8 Miles

Driving Duration: Approx. 1.5 hrs

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet

Day 4 : MAY 30: Fly to Lhasa

Visiting: Lhasa

Flight Details: Kathamndu – Lhasa; ETD 11:30am ETA 3:10pm

Altitude: 4,050 / 13,287ft.

Today you are transferred to Kathmandu airport for you flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival at the Gonggar airport you will met our representative and will drive to Lhasa city that will take about an hour.

Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Drepung & Sera Monastery, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Barkhor Market and Ganden Monastery would be an awesome experience.

Remaining day is rest to acclimatize to the altitude

Please note that this is an hour flight, because all of Tibet, China is on Beijing time, we lose two hours and fifteen minutes in the time zone change.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Kyichu

Day 5 : MAY 31: In Lhasa -- Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Visiting: Lhasa

After breakfast we will visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

Drepung Monastery: About 8km to the west of central Lhasa, Drepung, one of the world’s largest monastery was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tshong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “heaps of rice” and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community that before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645.Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts.

Sera Monastery: 5km North of Lhasa, its setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Kyichu

Day 6 : JUN 1: In Lhasa -- Potala Palace, Jokhang, Norbulinka and Barkhor Market

Visiting: Lhasa

Today, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang, Norbulinka and Barkhor Market.

Potala Palace: Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century has been the focus of travelers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its role in the traditional administration of Tibet.

Norbulingka means ‘Treasure Park’ in Tibetan and is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, on the bank of the Kyichu River, about one kilometer southwest of the Potala Palace. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.

Jokhang Temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held here.

Visit Barkhor Street, the oldest street in Lhasa and runs through the center of the old city. It is a circular street where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Kyichu

Day 7 : JUN 2: Drive to Tsedang

Visiting: Tsedang

Driving Distance: 160 KM / 99.4 Miles

Drive Time: Approx. 3.5 hrs. drive

Altitude: 3,580m/ 11,745 ft.

After breakfast we head towards Tsedang.

Tsedang is known as the cradle of Tibetan Civilization. The ancient town offers a number of side trips that illustrate Tibet's early history the Valley of the Kings (ancient capital of the Yarlung Kings who established the Tibetan Nation).

Upon arrival at Tsedang visit Yambhu Lakhang, the temple built on the foundations of Tibet’s first castle/palace.

Also, visit to the Dradruk Temple, one of Tibet’s first Buddhist temples.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Tsedang Hotel

Day 8 : JUN 3: In Tsedang -- Day visit to Samye

Visiting: Samye

Driving distance: 70 kms/ 44 miles

Drive Duration: Approx. 2 hrs. one way

Early breakfast at the hotel you are transferred to Samye (3556 m / 11667 ft) for a day visit to Chimpuk Mountain and its many caves is a tough walk. 25 of Padma Sambhava’s disciples attained enlightenment here. Participants not up to the walk up the mountain can meditate in the Buddhist Nunnery at the foot of the mountain. The nuns there are delightful, and the temple beautiful

Afterwards, drive back to Tsedang.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Tsedang Hotel

Day 9 : JUN 4: Drive to Terdrom via Olga Cholung

Visiting: Terdrom

Driving Distance: 230 kms / 143 miles

Drive Duration: Approx. 6-7 hrs.

After breakfast, we drive to Terdrom, En- route visit Olkha Cholung

Olkha Cholung is the place where Je Tsongkhapa spent five years in retreat based on advice from the dakinis, and where he gained some of his deepest realizations into the nature of reality. The Maitriya Temple is a short drive away. The round trip drive is about 5-6 hours from Tsetang.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Source of Shambala

Day 10 : JUN 5: Tredrom Hike

Visiting: Tredrom

Walk up the mountain behind Terdrom to the meditation caves of Padma Sambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal. This is perhaps our most difficult walk of the tour, and not everyone will be able to complete it. Those wishing an easier day can sit in the nunnery at the foot of the hill and enjoy the day of chanting and meditation.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Source of Shambala

Day 11 : JUN 6: Morning visit to Drikung Monastery, Drive back to Lhasa

Visiting: Lhasa

Morning visit Drikung Monastery.

Drigung Til Monastery is the head monastery of the Drigungpa school of the Kagyupa order. This monastery provides stupendous views of the entire valley especially through the gold crowned roofs that offer better vistas.

We take the monastery kora up the hill and follow the kora (pilgrimage path) along the ride and down the monastery.

We then drive back to Lhasa.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Kyichu

Day 12 : JUN 7: In Lhasa -- Pha Bong Kha hike

Visiting: Lhasa

Today we hike to Pha Bong Kha.

Pabonka is about 15 minutes’ drive away from Lhasa and offers wonderful view of the Lhasa city. It is an ancient Buddhist site where Songsten Gampo meditated for three years. The Tibetan King Trisong Detsen, Guru Rinpoche and Tibet's first seven Monks all meditated here at different times. The monastery built in the 7th century is built on top of a rock that houses the cave. It is said that monk Thonmi Sambhota created the Tibetan Alphabet here.

In 841, the anti-Buddhist King Langdharma destroyed it but fortunately, it got rebuilt in 11th century and the fifth Dalai Lama added an extra floor to the two-story building. In Culture Revolution, Phabonka suffered a lot. Until recent years, it has been under repair.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Kyichu

Day 13 : JUN 8: Fly back to Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu

Flight Details: Lhasa – Kathmandu; CA 407 – ETD 1100 / ETA 1010

Today we are transferred to Gonggar airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu you are transferred to your hotel with rest of the day free, lunch on your own. We will meet in the evening for our farewell dinner.

  • Meals: BD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet

Day 14 : JUN 9: Final Departure

Visiting: Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel

Today you are transferred to airport for your onward journey.

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