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.
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 )
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
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.
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.
There are 3 College, Sear Je College, Sera Negger College and Sera Me. After the Lunch you should join with Monks debating and practice.
We will good bye to holy city and fly to Kathmandu or other destination.
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