4-Night Lhasa and Ganden Monastery

Cultural & Theme Tours, Lhasa Gonggar Airport(LXA) to Lhasa Gonggar Airport(LXA)

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The Ganden Monastery was built in early 15th century under the supervision of Zonggaba, the founder of the Gelug Sect. Ganden means happiness and contentedness in Tibetan. It is one of the three great monasteries in Lhasa and one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug Sect. This package is designed for people who are Buddhists, Believers or have interest for Tibetan architecture and Buddhism. Note: Your local tour operator will apply for a TTP for you (minimum 15 days lead time) and send it to one of the local offices for you to collect. Office locations include Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Changsha, Nanning and Macau. Please advise which city office is convenient for you upon booking.   TTP can also be delivered by Express Mail Service to your hotel in mainland China.
Day 1: LhasaMeet your tour guide at the Lhasa airport.  The airport shuttle bus leaves Lhasa Airport at 12:30pm and 4pm daily.   Day 2: Lhasa (B) Pickup from hotel at 8:00am.  You'll visit the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism and home to the Dalai Lama for many centuries, You'll also explore the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple with its sacred golden Buddha, the spiritual epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism.  Free time on  Barkhor Street. Day 3: Lhasa (B)Today's tour includes two of the “great three” Gelug sect monasteries: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, founded in the fifteenth century on a mountainside. Sera is famous for its debates.  Day 4: Lhasa to Ganden Monastery (B) Coach tour to see the famous Buddhist Monastery in Tibetan history - Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery is at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Dagzê County at an altitude of 4,300m. Its full name is Ganden Namgyal Ling (dga' ldan rmam rgyal gling). Ganden means "joyful". Ganden Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, China. It was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa, founder of the Gelug order. The name "Gelug" is an abbreviation of "Ganden Lug", meaning "Ganden Tradition". The Ganden Tripa or "throne-holder of Ganden" is the head of the Gelug school.  The largest chapel was capable of seating 3,500 monks. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935), took his final degree examination in Ganden in 1958 and he claims to feel a particularly close connection with Tsongkhapa. Day 5: Depart (B) The airport shuttle bus leaves at 7:30am and 11am from downtown Lhasa. You'll be picked up from your hotel lobby and transferred to the airport.  Actual pickup time will be informed by your tour guide. Fixed Departure Dates in 2018  Apr: 1, 4, 9, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29  May:  2, 5, 8, 13, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30  Jun: 3, 6, 11, 13, 17, 20, 24, 26  Jul: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29  Aug: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29  Sep: 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 19, 22, 26, 28, 30  Oct: 17, 21, 24, 28, 30  Nov: 6, 13, 20, 23, 27  Dec: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25  If your preferred tour date is not in the list, please check with local tour operator if any person has signed up the same day.  A new group will be created if 5 adults sign up for the new tour date eventually (Plan A), or full refund guarantee (plan B).

What’s included

  • Tibet Travel Permit (TTB) 
  • Chinese visa invitation letter if required
  • 4-night accommodation and daily breakfast at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4 *
  • Escorted sightseeing tour with service of English-speaking tour guide
  • Climate-controlled coach for sightseeing and transfers
  • Entrance fees to all attractions listed on the itinerary
  • Shuttle bus to and from Lhasa airport

What’s not included

  • Lunch and dinner 
  • Airfare and train ticket
  • Taxi fare from/to airport if you choose not to take airport shuttle
  • Additional single supplement for requiring single room for yourself
  • Extra bed for child
  • Over sized and excess baggage storage surcharge 
  • Gratuities to tour guide and driver
  • Other personal expense

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Includes free admission to top local attractions
  • Breakfast included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included

Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa Meet your tour guide at the Lhasa airport.  The airport shuttle bus leaves Lhasa Airport at 12:30pm and 4pm daily.  
Day 2: Lhasa (B) Pickup from hotel at 8:00am.  You'll visit the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism and home to the Dalai Lama for many centuries, You'll also explore the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple with its sacred golden Buddha, the spiritual epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism.  Free time on  Barkhor Street.
Day 3: Lhasa (B) Today's tour includes two of the “great three” Gelug sect monasteries: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, founded in the fifteenth century on a mountainside. Sera is famous for its debates. 
Day 4: Lhasa to Ganden Monastery (B) Coach tour to see the famous Buddhist Monastery in Tibetan history - Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery is at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Dagzê County at an altitude of 4,300m. Its full name is Ganden Namgyal Ling (dga' ldan rmam rgyal gling). Ganden means "joyful". Ganden Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, China. It was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa, founder of the Gelug order. The name "Gelug" is an abbreviation of "Ganden Lug", meaning "Ganden Tradition". The Ganden Tripa or "throne-holder of Ganden" is the head of the Gelug school.  The largest chapel was capable of seating 3,500 monks. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935), took his final degree examination in Ganden in 1958 and he claims to feel a particularly close connection with Tsongkhapa.
Day 5: Depart (B) The airport shuttle bus leaves at 7:30am and 11am from downtown Lhasa. You'll be picked up from your hotel lobby and transferred to the airport.  Actual pickup time will be informed by your tour guide. Fixed Departure Dates in 2018  Apr: 1, 4, 9, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29  May:  2, 5, 8, 13, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30  Jun: 3, 6, 11, 13, 17, 20, 24, 26  Jul: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29  Aug: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29  Sep: 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 19, 22, 26, 28, 30  Oct: 17, 21, 24, 28, 30  Nov: 6, 13, 20, 23, 27  Dec: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25  If your preferred tour date is not in the list, please check with local tour operator if any person has signed up the same day.  A new group will be created if 5 adults sign up for the new tour date eventually (Plan A), or full refund guarantee (plan B).
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