Classic Circuits of Tibet
Classic circuits are short and medium length tour of Lhasa, Ü and Tsang region which constitute the Central Tibet and is the most visited by tourists as Tibet destination.
Lhasa, situated at an altitude of 3, 650m (11, 975m) is the capital of Tibet autonomous region. The Yarlung King Songsten Gampo of the 7th century moved his capital to Lhasa and built his palace at the site where stands Potala Palace today and since then Lhasa prominently rose as the administrative center and heart and soul of Tibet. Lhasa, for centuries abode of Dalai Lamas and a destination of devout pilgrimage, is still a city of wonders and a must visit place in Tibet, despite its development as a modern city. Lhasa, still proudly preserves the Dalai Lamas Potala Palace, Norbulingkha Palaces, ancient Jorkhang Temple, and major Gelug monasteries like Drepung and Sera. A stroll along the pilgrimage circuit of Barkhor still reminds ancient Tibet with all its glory and history.
Ü is the centerpiece of Tibet that includes Lhasa and the Yarlung Valley and the arear bordering with Nyingchi prefecture in the east, Nagchu prefecture in the north and Shigatse or Tsang region in the west. Ü, the historic heartland of Tibet has the ancient retreats such as Drak Yerpa and the monkey cave at Tsedang, the oldest and most important monasteries like Ganden, Tsurpu and Samye and Yambulakhang-the oldest building of Tibet. Namsto Lake, an immense saltwater lake with gorgeous hue, is the regions most popular natural attraction. The traditional Tibetan province of Tsang lies to the west of Ü and has two major urban centers of Gyantse and Shigatse, both containing historical sights and are popular tourist destinations.
Tsang is traveled along Tibet-Nepal Friendship Highway that passes by the gorgeous turquoise green water lake of Yamdrok. Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum, Tashilunbo and Shalu Monasteries of Shigatse, Sakya Monastery etc are the cultural highlights of Tsang. The journey along the Friendship Highway offers you spectacular views of the Bhutanese, Nepalese and Tibetan Himalayas, including Mount Everest.
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