Sera Monastery Tour
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Sera Monastery together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa are known as the Three Great. Sera, in Tibetan, means "Wild Rose Garden" since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it. The Sera monastery was completed in 1419. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. The purpose of the sera monastery 4nights/5days tour is also to raise funds for Sera Jey Monastery.
Sera temple is designed around a Main Assembly Hall, which is the grandest hall of Sera, occupying a floor space of 1,000 square meters. The four-storied hall has four chapels in which Arhats, Manjushri, Tsong Khapa, and Chenrezi are enshrined. During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. The valuable Buddhist sutras that Jamchen Chojey brought back from Beijing are kept in a sutra pigeonhole adjacent to the hall. The monastery’s unique tradition and its philosophical curriculum has attracts hundreds of pupils each year and is presently recognized as one the largest and premier leading Buddhist monastic institutes in the world.
Sera Monastery tour is a fine introductory tour to the heart of Tibet. Start the tour with Fly over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa and tour this ancient Buddhist Capital. You first visit Potala, a splendid summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Visit the famous Potala Palace, the Jokhang, great monasteries and walk through the bustling Barkhor Market. Visitors who go to the Sera monastery are very interested in the debating of Buddhist Doctrines. The Sera Bengqin Festival is a grand festival held in the Sera Monastery on December 27 of the Tibetan calendar (about February in the Gregorian calendar). The Norbulingka Palace (summer palace of the Dalai Lamas) along with a round of the Sera monastery is the other highlight of this Sera and Drepung monastery tour in Tibet package.
Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
We will arrive to Lhasa via Nepal or mainland China. If you choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa you will have 1 hour 10 minutes Trans-Himalayan flight which is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. the flights provides you the magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks., You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you will reach Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 02: Visit Potala Palace
You first visit Potala, a splendid summer palace of the Dalai Lama. It is a place as one of the wonders of eastern architecture. Afternoon after the lunch, visit Jokong. Jokong is the most revered religions structure in Tibet.
Day 03: Morning Drepung monastery and Norbu Linkha,
Today we will visit both Drepung monastery and after lunch Norbu Linkha monastery. Visit traditional Tibetan Medicine Centre and market shopping. If you like to see Tibetan home, than you can see them here.
Day 04: Morning you Visit Sera Monastery
There are 3 College, Sear Je College, Sera Negger College and Sera Me. After the Lunch you should join with Monks debating and practice.
Day 05: Drive to Airport
We will good bye to holy city and fly to Kathmandu or other destination.
- Hotel, arrival/departure transfer
- All necessary Tibet travel permits
- Getting Chinese visa and Tibet Travel permit
- Tibet Overland Transfer by Private Land Cruiser (4WD Toyota)
- Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis
- Daily Breakfast
- English speaking Tibetan guide
- All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Accommodation and any services in Kathmandu
- Chinese visa fee, Air Fare, Travel insurance
- Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
- Extra expenses if incase political and natural problem
- Tips for guides and driver
- Nepal visa fee
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Trip Facts and Figures
Tour Duration: 05 days
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Trip Grade: Moderate
Maximum Altitude:(3650 m/11972ft)
Best time: Autumn (August, Sept, Oct), spring (March April) summer (May, June July)
Guide: Government certified tour & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing guest house/hotel accommodation private room. during the trekking sleeping on the tent, single supplement will be available by single supplement fee.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Tibetan cuisine )
Extend your Holiday
Sera Monastery Tour do not included any services in Kathmandu like hotels, tour and trekking in Nepal, but on your request we can help you to get any level of accommodation, Airport pick up, arrangements of Trekking, Day Hiking, Sightseeing and Cultural Tour , Rafting, Jungle Safari, Flight, Paragliding, Car Rental and more.
Accommodations in Tibet
All accommodation lodgings have been chosen for their standard of hygiene, standard of service, location and food quality. All accommodation is based on twin sharing basis, during your tour we will use Hotel Flora or Snowland in Lhasa, Single supplement will be provided on request it cost US$ 120 Single Supplement Fee.
if clients want to use deluxe and best accommodations available we can upgrade the accommodation on the tour as per your request, in Lhasa can use budget to 5 star hotel available to upgrade the tour please contact us
Meals in the Tour
Every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget USD 12 to USD 18 per day
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