Taste of Tibet
With Jan Cornall
June 7 - 18, 2017
In Tibet we head straight out of Lhasa to visit the old kings` tomb, Yumbulakhang Palace and Tandruk Monastery near the town of Tsedang. We will cross the Yarlung River by ferry to spend time at Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. Our drive to Gyantse, a small bustling town steeped in history, will take us along the Yarlung Tsangpo River and over the high Khamba-La pass (4,794m) before descending to the Turquoise Lake, Yamdrok Tso.
Further on we ascend along a winding road to cross the Karo-La pass (5,045m) and descend to the Gyantse valley. In Gyantse we will visit Kumbum Chorten and the Pelkhor monasteries, then drive to Shigatse visiting Shalu monastery en route. In the afternoon, we will tour the Tashi Lhumpo monastery – the largest & most magnificent among all monasteries in Tibet and make a stop at the temple of the future Buddha which is 26 m high and gilded with gold.
Back in Lhasa we have a chance to explore the magnificent palace residences, monasteries and bazaars. We will see the famous Potala Palace, Norbulinka – HH Dalai Lama`s summer Palace, Sera & Drepung monasteries as well as the Jokhang Temple, and walk through the narrow lanes of Barkhor, the old market place of Lhasa which has remained unchanged for centuries. On Day 12 we fly back to Nepal for our final workshop and farewell dinner.
Find detailed itinerary below. A preliminary info sheet will be sent to you on registering and you will be provided with a comprehensive info pack before travelling.
Note: Daily creativity workshops take place at our hotels and on the trail with exercises given for each day’s journey.
Arrive in Kathmandu airport on June 6. Transfer to Hotel Shambala (own cost) and settle in.
Wednesday 7 June:
Meet after breakfast in the foyer of Hotel Shambala for briefing and introductions.
At noon we drive to Bhaktapur town. Entering the Durbar Square, the sparseness of the temple is immediately apparent, compared to the profusion in the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan. Visit the Durbar Square which contains innumerable temples and other architectural show pieces.
After the visit, continue to the small resort town of Dhulikhel.
Overnight: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort
Thursday 8 June:
Tour of Dhulikhel. Walk to Panauti (B)
This morning, commence sightseeing tour of Dhulikhel. Old temples and Newari style houses are the main attraction of Dhulikhel.
After the visit, walk through paddy fields to Panauti village which is located at the confluence of the Puny Amati & Roshi Khola rivers. Panauti was once an important staging post on the Tibet trade route with pre-Lichhavi origins. The banks of the river are crowded with temples, shrines and cremation ghats. Across the river lie the Brahmayani temple and the biggest Shiva lingam in Nepal. The Indreshwar Mahadev temple is a 15th century Newari structure with exquisite woodcarvings especially on the roof.
Overnight: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.
Friday 9 June:
Drive Dhulikhel/Kathmandu, Tour of Kathmandu & Swoyambhunath. (B)
This morning visit the old Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes, colourful bazaars and the Temple of the Living Goddess – Kumari who is considered to be the incarnation of the “Virgin Goddess”. The old Durbar Square consists of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or Shambala, Kathmandu (4 star)
Note: the itinerary may be subject to change according to local events and conditions.
Inclusions and Exclusions.
Nepal Land Package Inclusions: -2 nights’ accommodation at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, Dhulikhel on bed and breakfast basis. 3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Himalaya/Hotel Shambala, Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis. Necessary airport transfers in Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary guided by an English-speaking guide in Kathmandu. Entrance fees as currently applicable (subject to changes) (museum fees will be extra if visited).
Tibet Land Package Inclusions: – 8 days/7 nights, fly in/fly out Tibet tour on a private basis Hotel Yulong or similar in Tsedang, bed & breakfast basis. Hotel Gyantse or similar in Gyantse, bed & breakfast basis. Hotel Shigatse or similar in Shigatse, bed & breakfast basis. Hotel Yak or Gangjian Hotel in Lhasa, bed & breakfast basis Guided by an English speaking local Tibetan guide. Necessary airport transfers in Lhasa and surface transfers as per the above itinerary. Monument, Tibet Permit and Entrance fees as currently applicable (subject to changes).
Travel Exclusions: Air fares from your destination to Kathmandu and June 6 accom at Hotel Shambala not included (we can book it for you). Travel insurance, expenses of personal nature such as, meals other than breakfast, telephone bills, laundry bills, beverages bills, camera fees, tips etc.
Please note Writer’s Journey Terms and Conditions.
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About the Leader
Since 2004, writer/teacher/performer Jan Cornall has been leading international writing and creativity retreats in Australia, Bali, Fiji, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam , Bhutan, Japan and Morocco. Jan uses meditative and visualisation tehniques to take writers and artists deep into their creative source. Dedicated to nurturing the unique attributes of each writer/artist, her workshops produce startling results. […]Learn more about Jan Cornall