07 Days Tibet 'Switzerland
Tibet 'Switzerland Views' refer
to the area of Nyingchi where the climate is
subtropical, rice and bananas are grown, four
seasons are seen in the mountains. It is called
'Pearl of Tibet Plateau' and it was said to
be the views of Switzerland by a tourist coming
to this area. The itineraries to this area could
be shorter or longer. And you could travel through
all this area to see views from all over Tibet
if you like.
Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region,
covers an area of 544 square kilometers and
is "The Land of Gods" in Tibetan,
sits on the north bank of River Lhasa, a tributary
of the Yarlung Tsangbo River, at an altitude
of 3,700 meters. It has a history of over 13
centuries. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine
annually, Lhasa is famed as "the City of
Sunshine". It is the capital of Tibet Autonomous
Region and the center of Tibet's political,
economic, cultural and religious activities.
There are many historic sites and famous relics
in the city proper and its suburbs, among which
the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery,
Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery are world
Nyingchi, situated in the southeast of Tibet,
meaning 'sun throne' in Tibetan, is named as
'Switzerland of Tibet'. The beautiful Nyingchi
is famous with its big Yurlung Tsangpo canyon,
the deepest canyon in the world. And the traditional
customs make it even more mysterious. The area
is wet and warm, yearly average temperature
is on the top of 5¡æ, and abundant
in forest resource with the coverage of 34.3%,
including plants of economics and pharmaceutical.
Itinerary day by day
Day 01 : Fly to Lhasa
Taking the flight into Tibet upon your arrival.
Local guide will meet you and transfer you to
Lhasa. On the way, you can enjoy the heart-beating
highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river(
the longest river in Tibet). The rest time is
free for relax and more oxygen.
Day 02 : Potala Palace,
Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's
cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure
of massive portions. Its towering image already
appearing on various occasions, but your first
sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring
moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit
those rooms, halls and chapels
In the afternoon, we will drop
a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual
center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every
corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the
temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan
and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then
we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in
a very traditional city in Tibet
Day 03 : Drepung Monastery,
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung,
once world's largest monastery with about 10,000
monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these
white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside.
Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing,
an easy break from the solemn ambience inside
the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside,
you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa
city and the distant mountains.
Drepung is one of Lhasa's two
great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera.
Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may
not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more
serene surrounded by many small temples. The
'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very
Day 04 : Lhasa-Gandan
Drive about one and half hours to get to Gandan
Monastery for a visit. It is the first Gelugpa
monastery. After visit, onward to Basomtso Lake
for 370km on a well paved road, taking 5 hours.
Basomtso Lake, 3,500 meters above sea level,
originates from Nyching Tanglha Mountain and
is a dozen kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains,
glaciers and tress are reflected upon the lake's
rippled surface. There are small islands in
the middle of the lake with Lamaist temples
built upon them.
Day 05 : Basomtso Lake-Bayi
Visit Basomtso Lake and enjoy the beautiful
views there in the whole morning. And then leave
for Bayi Town, the capital of Nyingchi area.
And then continue driving about 2 hours to get
to Bayi. Upon arrival there, visit a huge pine
tree of over thousand years old. Rest time you
can stroll in the city for the modern city in
Day 06 : Bayi-Lhasa
Today drive back to Lhasa for about 5-6 hours.
Day 07 : Lhasa-Chengdu
Take flight to Chengdu, tour ends.