Songtsan Travel Offers Lhasa-Kailash Tour

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Songtsan Travel, a locally-owned Lhasa agency, now offers a 21-day trip that encompasses the highlights of Tibet: the city of Lhasa, with its rich cultural heritage and ancient temples; the natural beauty of the western landscape as seen from a drive down the Friendship Highway; a stop at beautiful, high-altitude Lake Manasarovar; and a three-day trek around Mt. Kailash, the holiest mountain in Asia.

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The Tibet Lhasa Kailash Tour is for travelers who are looking to start in Lhasa, the cultural heart of Tibet, then journey to Mt. Kailash, a famous holy destination for pilgrims,

Update: For 2012 summer Tibet travel, foreign tourists must acquire permits and enter Tibet through Kathmandu, Nepal. Entering Tibet through China is not possible at this time due to government restrictions. Songtsan Travel is licensed to make travel and permit arrangements for foreign tourists entering from Nepal.

Songtsan Travel, a locally-owned Lhasa agency, now offers a 21-day trip that encompasses the highlights of Tibet: the city of Lhasa, with its rich cultural heritage and ancient temples; the natural beauty of the western landscape as seen from a drive down the Friendship Highway; a stop at beautiful, high-altitude Lake Manasarovar; and a three-day trek around Mt. Kailash, the holiest mountain in Asia.

“The Tibet Lhasa Kailash Tour is for travelers who are looking to start in Lhasa, the cultural heart of Tibet, then journey to Mt. Kailash, a famous holy destination for pilgrims,” said Songtsan Travel.

Highlights of the tour include:

  •     A visit to Potala Palace, which was the primary residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. Today it is a museum and a UNESCO world heritage site.
  •     Jokhang Temple, called “house of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,” is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism, and pilgrims from all over the plateau see it as a life-long goal to make a pilgrimage there. Crowds are drawn to the temple and the surrounding Barkhor circuit, where they prostrate and pray. The temple hosts the annual Great Prayer Festival.
  •     Famous sights of Lhasa, including Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Summer Palace, and the Barkhor Market. Lhasa is rich in Tibet’s religious and cultural heritage, and travelers can spend days exploring the many museums, temples, and holy sites in and around the city.
  •     Lake Manasarovar, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world, is located at the foot of Mt. Kailash. It is believed by Hindus to be a manifestation of Brahma’s mind. Buddhists believe that it is the place where Queen Maya conceived the Buddha.
  •     A trek around Mt. Kailash, a remote mountain with a distinct four-sided summit that stands stark against the Trans-himalya mountain range. This area is the source of four of the longest rivers in Asia, the Indus, the Sutlej (a tributary of the Indus), the Karnali (a tributary of the Ganges), and the Brahmaputra (called the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan). The remote, pristine location, along with these singular geographic features makes it easy to understand why Tibetan Buddhists believe Kailash to be the center of the world. Zealous pilgrims walk kora around the mountain in one day, but most tours take three days to accommodate sight-seeing and a challenging but not grueling pace.

Songtsan Travel is a Lhasa-based tour operator with more than 20 years of experience leading Tibet tours. The agency uses part of its proceeds to provide education to disadvantaged children. Songtsan Travel seeks to promote Tibetan culture and help Tibetans improve their livelihood.

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