The fascination of Tibet and its ever smiling people have lured travelers
for centuries, yet few have been able to make it. Remote and isolated by the
most formidable mountain ranges in the World, Lhasa - the ultimate Travel
destination - is now within your search.
Major Place of Interests :
Potala Palace :
The dominant landmark of Lhasa 117 meters above the city below.
Construction started on the red hill in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama. An
immense building, 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
Narbulingka - Summerpalace :
On the banks of the Kyichi River, there is a tree and flower filled pard
known as the Norbulingka or the Jewel Park covering a total area of 360,000
square meters, the park was originally laid out in the 1750s. There are
fountains, pavilions, terraces and stone tablets where visitors may rest
amidst the numerous kinds of flowers and various colours.
The whole park consists of two main parts - Norbulingka at the Eastern area
and Jianselingka at the Western area.
Norbulingka is also the site of the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas (8th
to 14th). The small palace of the 13th Dalai Lama is an odd mix of
traditional Tibetan architecture and modern paraphernalia, such as a Philips
radiogram and Victorian bathroom fittings! At Naobulingka you will also find
the one and only zoo in Tibet.
Jokhang Temple + Barkhor Bazaar :
The foremost monastery in Tibet, built in the 7th century AD and now
housing the most prized Buddhist relic, a 1300 year old Sakyamuni Buddha
statue. The main section of the temple is topped with golden roofs found
nowhere else except in Tibet. Watch the many worshippers pay their respects
and prostrating themselves at the main gate. The monastery is encircled with
the Barkhor Bazaar a sacred pilgrim path, but also a lively & colourful
market where you can bargain over such treasures a ornate long-bladed
knives, prayer wheels and exquisite jewelry.
Sera Monastery :
Sera is more like a small town on the outskirts of Lhasa at the base of
Tatipu hill. It is the main teaching monastery and one of the three great
Gelukpa 'Universities'- once housing more than 5500 monks. Here one can see
the young novices learning scriptures in the Debating Garden and being
rewarded for a correct answer with a resounding hand-clap from their Master,
Sera is also the birthplace of Tibetan medicine.
Drepung Monastery :
Drepung monastery is situated in the west suburbs of Lhasa city. Formerly
the largest and richest monastery in the world with 10,000 manks (now 400).
It is the size of a small town and lies sprawled over the size of a small
town and lies sprawled over the side of a mountain 8 km from Lhasa. Of
particular interest is the medieval monk's kitchen with its great cauldrons
of steaming barley 'stamp' sitting on top of huge earthen stoves and tented
by saffron-robed monks wielding massive ladles.... From the roof of the
monastery one can enjoy the natural beauty of the Lhasa valley to one's
Tsurpu monastery I built on the north side of the river in the Dowo Lung
Valley. This is the home of Karmapa, Karmapa is the true 'living little
Buddha' - the new reincarnated leader of the black hat sect. He is the only
spiritual leader actually living in Tibet. The recent recognised 17th
Karmapa can be visited by all visitors. Tsurpu monastery was built in 12th
century. Tsurpu is the riches monastery in Tibet.
Once Tibet's third most important city, lying in the Nyangchu valley along
the main routes from India and Nepal to Lhasa. In former times it was a
fort, the centre of Tiber's wool trade and a gateway to the outside world.
Other spots of interest: Palcho monastery and the Kumbum Pagoda.
Shigaste is Tibet's second largest city. It is the administrative centre
for 18countries in southern and western Tibet. Besides its fiche cultural
heritage, Shigatse has and abundance of native fruits and products. At the
bazaar, there are more than 300 stalls selling local produce as well as
colourful and elaborate handicraft, accessories, antiques and porcelains. In
Shigatse one can also find Tashilumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen
Lama. The Monastery, built in 1447 by a nephew of Tsong Khapa once housed
over 4000 Monks, but now there are only 600.
Special Note :
Drive In/Fly Out Or Vice Versa Packages :
These packages will operate subject to prevailing road
conditions only. Please keep this in mind while selling these ovarland
Tipping, Visa fee for Nepal & Tibet, expenses of personal nature,
porterage and airport tax ex-Kathmandu and ex-Tibet are not included in this
package cost same will be extra.
Airport Tax will be extra as follows :
For Ktm / Lhasa Sector : US$ 17.00 Net Per Pax
For Lxa/Ktm Sector : US$ 12.00 Net Per Pax Insurance Surcharge: US$5 Net
Per Pax for one way
Flight Timings (Subject to change) :
SZ 408 KTM/LXA : ETD:KTM 0950, ETA:LXA 1300 hrs (Local Time)
SZ 407 LXA/KTM : ETD:LXA 0950, ETA:KTM 0845 hrs (Local Time)
The above airfares, timings and airport tax are subject to change without
prior notice, if revised.
Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu Flight Operates As Follows :
1. July To October Every Tuesdays & Saturdays And Thursday
2. April To June And November Every Tuesdays And Saturdays
3. December To March No Flight
General Information On Tibet Condition For Tibet Tour :
All the packages in Tibet will be handled by the Tibetan Counterpart and
they will take over the arrangements immediately on landing at Gonggar
Airport (Lhasa)/ After reaching Nepal/Tibet Border (Kodari), which includes
transportation, Accommodation and services of their local guide.
Tour Escort in Tibet :
One Tour escort will be complimentary for a group of minimum 15 paying pax
and above (i.e. 15 + 1 free). No Discount applicable for a Tour escort if
the Group is less than 15 paying Members neither on airfare nor on Tour
cost. Full amount will be charged to the Tour Leader.
If the tour is cancelled in less than 20 days before the departure date,
then Full Payment of the package value including Airtickets KTM/LXA/KTM will
be forfeited by the Tibet Authorities- hence no refund will be granted.
Accommodation In Tibet :
Except for Lhasa Hotel in Lhasa, the Accommodation available at all other
places are quite modest, but is with attached toilets and hot and cold
running water except at Zhangmu and Qmlma Hotel. These two hotels have
attached toilets, but provide hot water in the small bucket. Single Rooms
available on request and availability basis only.
Road Conditions :
Mostly un-metalled roads within Tibet - due weather conditions road can be
blocked sometimes by sudden floods, landslides or snow fall which we
couldnot able to know.
Weather In Lhasa :
We would like to inform you that the journey to Tibet could be fairly rough
and tough one. Due high altitude, the travellers with a pre existing
problems of the heart, lungs or anaemia should definitely consult their
doctor before this trip. The travellers should have a clothing consisting of
layers which can be added or removed as the temperature varies during the
day. One should carry a warm windbreak, slacks and sweater with stout
comfortable shoes, sun screen lotion, sun glasses, a salve for the lips, a
hat, tissue papers, flashlights, can opener, personal medicines including
Aspirin/Diamox, some eatables/Cookies etc. On this trip, over exertion is to
be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter,
heavy warm clothing is a must.
While every care and attention is given to your tours by Connecting
Horizons, NEW DELHI OR IT,S COUNTERPARTS throughout the journey, but as all
Tibet Tour Packages will be taken over by Tibetan Counterparts immediately
upon landing at Gonggar Airport, Lhasa or on arrival at Zhangmu for overland
Trip, therefore all travel arrangements from Lhasa Airport or Zhangmu for
Tibet will be under Tibetan Agent, Lhasa's control and thus Connecting
Horizons, N. DELHI accepts no responsibility for any deviations of itinerary
or cutting short of the trip due blockade of Roads/Floods/Landslides/Snow
falls, mode of transportation, baggage handling/personal belongings,
boarding or lodging, i.e., availability of requisite accommodation and meals
applicable etc. Further, we wish to advise you that our Tibet Packages are
ased on CSWA's non schedule flights Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu and are
strictly subject to operations of these flights,
Valid for Tibet Tour Program using KTM/Kodari by Surface Or
Please be advised that in case the road is blocked due landslides/flash
floods or Snow between Lhasa and Tibet/Nepal border as also between
Tibet/Nepal border to Kathmandu or vice versa, then any additional
porterage/local transportation hire charges incurred will be borne by the
passenger directly. Please note it is advisable to keep US$ 40.00 nett per
pax as porterage and contingencies charge which sometimes is required at
Kodari due delay caused by weather or landslides.
Kindly note in Tibet the amount of insurance coverage is extremely low as
such, clients should have their own insurance. Tibetan agents do not pay any
claim however logical the claim may be. It is also possible that certain
places on the Itinerary may not be allowed to visit due to sudden government
Although we request our Tibet Agent to provide best guides even the so
called best guides need lot of improvements.
Reasonably comfortable. Due long and rough road condition, sometimes the
microphone may not function properly. Since infrastructure for Tourism is
not properly developed in Tibet one should not expect services like in other
countries. Kindly note this regulation is as of now, subject to change
without prior notice. Clients will travel to Tibet at their own risk at all
Tibet Visa :
As per recent Chinese Govt. Decision, Chinese Embassy, Kathmandu
require a group consisting minimum of five participants. For obtaining the
Tibet Visa in Kathmandu we need a minimum of 3 clear working days. As such
clients will have to reach Kathmandu accordingly.For your information, the
Chinese Embassy is open on every Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for one
hour only. Normal Visa Fee is US$ 26.00 nett per pax
However, if visa has to be issued within one to three days,
emergency charges will be US$ 17.00 nett per pax will applicable which is
over & above normal visa fee.
Also we would like to inform you that we require the passport
details with photocopy of passport before the arrival of the GIT/FIT, (i.e.
Full Name, Sex, Nationality, Date of Birth, Passport number, Occupation) in
order to process the Tibet Visa Formalities at our end.
It is advisable to bring two passport size photographs alongwith
each of them, which may need, while obtaining the Tibet Visa.
** The above regulations and all visa fees are subject to change without
If possible, It is advisable to clients to take Chinese Visa in their home
country so that it is easier to get Tibet permit in Kathmandu, Nepal.
"Please note that Any unutilised services is non-refundable in
Tibet On Tour Cost as well as On Airfare."