Taste of Tibet
- Writer's Journey Office
- Jun 7, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 (12 days)
- AUD $6,295.00 - Twin Share, Early Bird, pay deposit by Jan 30, full payment by Feb 28. AUD $7,345.00 - Single Early Bird, pay deposit by Jan 30, full payment by Feb 28.
Kathmandu;Dhulikhel; Lhasa; Tsedang; Gyantse; Shigatse; Lhasa; Kathmandu.
Our tour begins in Nepal combining the essential sights of Kathmandu & the mountain town of Dhulikhel (renowned for its Himalayan views) with an extended tour of Tibet, flying in and out of Lhasa and arriving back into Nepal. Taking our inspiration from the monasteries, stupas, palaces and markets of ancient towns and villages, we immerse ourselves in the spiritual culture of these lands. Observing the old, the new, and the changes modern life has brought to the people of Tibet, we gather snippets, jottings, sketches, and photos of our travels for our creative journal. Steeping ourselves in its history, meeting its people and travelling through the Tibetan landscape, we find ways to bring this stimulus into our creative work. Daily workshops and exercises set up a framework for collecting creative material and provide the opportunity to share and receive feedback on your work. The creative conversation continues from the beginning of our tour to the end and beyond.
What we will see…
In Nepal we will be based in the mountain village of Dhulikhel with its spectacular views of the Himalayas. We will visit old Hindu temples and Newari style houses walking through paddy fields to Panauti village located at the confluence of the Puny Amati & Roshi Khola rivers. 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. Before leaving for Tibet we have a chance to explore 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”. We continue to Swayambhunath stupa, the famous 2500 year old Buddhist stupa recently restored after earthquake damage in 2015.
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 HERE.