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Shoton Festival Essential 7-Days Tour 2011(join-in)
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To:Potala Palace, Jorkang Temple,Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Norbulinka Palace, Tsurphu Monastery
Tour Code:1546
Deposit:30% of the full price
Gropu size:under 20 person
Reservation: 5 -Day in advance,at least
Update time:09/01/2011 17:46

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    Aug 26th  Chengdu/Beijing/Shangai/Xi'an - Lhasa              
      Our experienced guide and driver will pick you up at the airport or train station with Tibetan Traditional presenting Hada ceremony.transfer to hotel.The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to relax and acclimatize.                                          
    Meal: enjoy the welcome dinner with Tibetan style prefermance                  

    Aug 27th Lhasa city sightseeing (B)                
    Hightlights Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street                  
      In the morning section, you are going to visit the famous Patala palace, which is the land mark of lhasa and is recently considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Afternoon section, visiting Jokhang temple, built mainly for the “Jowoe” bring along with princess Wencheng from Xi’an during Tang dyansty and is grouped into world cultural heritage list by the UNESCO. Then exploring the famous old Barkhor street, enjoing shoping traditional Tibetan things around the stree.                  

    Aug 28th The day before Main Day of Shotun Fastival(B)                
    Hightlights Exploring chapels of Drepung monastery and Sera monastery                  
    Today, you will visit the whole chapels of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery as it would be closed for the main day.                  
    Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. the monastery is divided into two different colleges that is Drepung loselling and Drepung Gomang college. The Ganden podrang is famous among them as it is the government centre during fifth Dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth Dalai lama.                  
    In the afternoon exploring the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The whole monastery is divided into two colleges and there are Sera ‘jhe’ and Sera ‘may’ respectively. Among them “Tsokhang chenmo” where the monks from all the colleges assemble and pray together there.You can also see monks debaiting there in the courtyard at around 4-5:30 in the afternoon section                  

    Aug 29th:The Main day of Shotun Fastival (B)                  
      A day is served for you along with your guide to celebrate Shotun festival.The chapels of Monastery will be totally closed at the main day, the buddha show and other activities of Shotun Fastival will be held outside of these monasteries. We should go Drepung and Sera again to take part in these wonderful acitivites should                  
    The day is the busiest for you during your Tibet tour. Early in the morning, you can see Lamas hanging Tangka at Derpung monastry where thousands of crowded Tibetans waitng for Jampa Tangka. Then you can go towards the Sera to see the Tangka where crowded Tibetans throwing Khada on the Sacred Tangka. At Norbulingka you can see the active Tibetan opera dancing performed by the local Tibetans.                  

    Aug 30th: Lhasa/Namtso Lake/Yangpachen Hot Spring/Lhasa (B)                
    Hightlights Namtso Lake                  
    Namtso is Tibetan word, means “heavenly lake”is situated in Damxung county with about 240km from Lhasa. The lake is 70km long, 30km in wide,35m and is second largest lake in china. The melted snow and ice of the Nyenchen Thangla mountains forms the water supply of Namtso. Through this journey you can see the most famous ice-capped Nyenchen Thangla mountain ranges and Yangpachen geothermal power station and hot spring pool. Also pesture land where the nomads gaze their animals and you feels like the whole pesture is dotted with yaks                  

    Aug 31st Tsurphu monastery (B)                
    Visiting Tsurphu monastery(65km) west of lhasa with rough bumpy roads upto the monastery from few kilometres from Duilong county.                  
    Tsulpu monastery is situated about 65 km west of Lhasa and is the set of Karmapa, branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan buddhism. The Karma Kagyu are also known for its unique black hat. The Kamapa have the longest history of reincarnation system in the whole Tibet as the present Karmapa(Orgen Thinley Dorjee) is the 17th reincarnation. The main monastery of Karma Kagyupa sect is situated in sikkim in India. The Tsulpu monastery was founded in 1187 by Dusum Khyenpa, some 40 years after he established the Karmapa order in Kham where he was born. .                  
    Overnight in Lhasa                  

    Sep 1st: Departure (B)                
    Lhasa airport/railway station see-off                  

    (Notice, Minor program changes sometimes are necessary, depending on road conditions, weather and availability of room and tickets reservation)                  
    Price and online booking
    (Unit:CNY/pax)(Real time price,24 hour booking, auto confirmed, click "Booking" to start!)
    Type Adult (age 12+) Price duration Schedule Online booking
    26 Aug 5600 Aug.26- Aug.26
    Press the booking bottom for embark and free pick up information, contract will be delivered after payment!
    About children
    3 to 12 year-old child(not including 12 years old) only including transportation, meals, child flight ticket or train ticket(tour by flight or train), excluding entrance fees, accommodation and other travel fare, if the child need a bed, please pay yourself. The child under 2 years old is only including infant flight ticket, meals, excluding all the other fares. The child above 12 year old (including 12 year old) is charged as the adult.
    Contact us
    ChengDu Office
    MSN                                  Email                          TEL /FAX        TEL:+86-28-85155496 85155313(24hours service)

    BeiJing Office       Tel: (010) 57198315 15321528315
    1. Transportation:                  
       1)Airport/train station pick up and drop off, private car or taxi according to group size                  
       2)August 27–29, Lhasa city transportation, private mini van or taxi according to group size                  
       3)August 30 & 31, transport outside of Lhasa, comfortable tourist vehicle                  
    2. Tour guide:  English speakng Tibet guide.                  
    3. Accommodation:  6 nights New Mandala Hotel or similar with twin-sharing room,                  
    4, Sightseeing ticket: All the entrance fee on the itinerary including the reservation service of entrance tickets of Potala Palace                  
    5. Meal: Hotel breakfast only                  
    6. Travel accident insurance                  
    7. Oxygen supply on car vehicle                  
    8. welcome dinner with Tibet style performance
    1. Train/flight fare                  
    2. Your own expense like drinking, shopping, Yangpachen hotspring etc.                  
    3. Tips for the guide and driver                  
    4. Lunches and dinners                  
    5. Bank charge of payment                  
    1. You may feel a little bit tired and uncomfortable when you arrive in Lhasa. If you lack of oxygen, you can take the oxygen in the hotel, clinic or hospital, but please try to avoid take any oxygen and adapt to high altitude by yourself if you do not feel too bad, becuase there is still a long way to go. If you quite depend on oxygen, it might be hard for you to adapt to higher altitude at Shigatse, Rongpu Monastery and Everest, which are above 3400m.                  
    2. Health consultation from your doctor before you come to highland (Over than 3000M).                  
    3. As we travel in Tibet area where the economy is much more backward than other places, the food alternative is limited, so we suggest you take some solid food.                  
    4. The quotation is based on double-occupancy, if there is no one to share the room with you, you should pay the single supplement.                  
    5. Please book at least one week ahead of your departure so that we have enough time to get your permit. We also provide flight/train booking service. Participants may set out where you stay, such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kathmandu,etc.                  
    Sales Notes
    1. Diplomats, press agents, Tibetan immigrants and people who are related to Tibet-Free organization or activities are not allowed to apply for the permit here.
    2. Tibet has an average altitude of 4000m. Before your trip to Tibet, you must have a careful examination or inquire your doctor to make sure that your health is good enough to travel in Tibet. People who have heart disease, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are strongly prohibited from travelling in Tibet.
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