If you do Good Karma you will get it back. No altitude sickness no vomiting nothingness, when I have no deep sleep I spend the night with looking the changing sky and the landscape minutes to minutes .. At dawn there were few melodious Tibetans cat starting Miao, Miao and finally awaking me. And from other side of the mountain some kind of spiritual chanting came to startled my ear. Holy..Holy..I cannot wait to have a quick breakfast and start the day tour. Oh God! I am in Tibet the door to nirvana and door to heaven. OM MANE PADME HUM... I started chanting them.
Guide Rinji arrived hotel and we simply followed him. ..Day 2&3 we spend in Lhasa which was April 13th &14th 2014 doing the two full day sightseeing tour of Lhasa including POTATLA PALACE, which served as the main residence of the Dalai Lama before he took refuge in India. The palace is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the thirteen story building is home to a cultural museum home to numerous traditional artifacts of religious importance. Built at an altitude of 3,700 m containing over 1,000 rooms, it is the palace of high important and number one attractions in Tibet till the point. Potala was equally rich inside with hundreds of Buddha images and statues, library, furnished with rich gold as it looks from outer appearance.
JOKHANG TEMPLE: built for the two brides of an old Tibetan king and symbolizes the merger of Chinese and Nepalese cultures in Tibet. The monastery is home to traditional statues and images representing Buddhism in the bride's respective countries and makes this one of the most sacred temples in Tibet. it reminded me the love of king to two brides and specially Bhrikuti when seeking a statue where king is in the middle and the two princess on the side . a princess of the Nepalese kingdom Licchavi and , daughter of King Aṃshuvarmā who married KingSongtsen Gampo . She is immortal in Jhorkang Temple walls for her good and great deeds. Brikhuti the daughter of Nepal was the one who inspired the Tibetan king for Buddhism.
DEPRUNG : Next, we continue to the largest of all Tibetan monasteries known as Dreypung which is situated in the scenic Gambo Utse mountains just 5 kilometers southwest of Lhasa . Things here you must not forget to see is Drepung monastery kitchen. it is a huge kitchen providing food to hundreds of monks at same time.
& SERA MONASTERIES. Finally we visited an active monastery which is currently home to nearly 10,000 monks practicing the same traditions and debating courtyard which was one of the highlight of the day .we encounter hundreds of monks debating as part of their academic home work. The library located in this monastery is one of the biggest Buddhist libraries in the region.
Overnight we always stayed in Hotel Kyichu on BB basis. And take the lunch and dinner in some famous and local restaurant nearby jhokhang Temple . Making Cora in jhokang temple in the evening with thousands of locals was one of the best experience from Lhasa in my life . i cannot forget that cora like other simple journey from europe or any other part of asia .
Beside this there were many things to do in Lhasa . simply walk , do shopping( Tibetans salt or gold, Chinese branded shoes, bag or other cloths) , drink the Lhasa Beer , go to some Chinese pub. talk with local Tibetans near Jhokang temple, make some excursions and also see other non touristic sights etc.
Among this tour to very famous Buddhist sights during two full days, our Guide Rinji brief the tourist by his best knowledge and experience about Buddhism . It can be hard to be a Guide in place like Lhasa which is in average the very busy place always crowded with tourist, we always waited in queue to get our chance.. Guide Rinji as many other Guides spoke about Buddha and claimed Buddha was born in India and I have to now give him the detail account of Buddha who was born in BC2006 in a small shakya Kingdom of Lumbini Nepal and only went later in Bodhagaya of India to penance / meditate and later got enlightened . Many media of India claims and want to advert about Buddha birth place as India which is truly false ideology , Buddha never get born in India as he only born in Himalayan foothills of Nepal.
Time flew very fast as I can remember the time I landed Tibet and now already 3 nights are gone and tomorrow we have to start the longer drives in to the lap of Himalaya to get Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp. Saying bye bye to thousand of pilgrimage making Cora to this sacred Potala early morning we total 8 person in a jeep ( one Australian Couple Valerie & Ross, Two Canadian sisters Ema & Lourie,German girl Susanne, Myself with Guide Rinji and his excellent driver) started our further journey from Lhasa onwards .Life is a journey…
Tibetean King Songtsen Gampo & a princess of the Nepalese kingdom Bhrikuti and the next Chinese princess immortalized in JOKHANG TEMPLE with golden statue Sera Monastery Gambo Utse mountains and Deprung Monastery Om Mane Padme Hum two wheeler of Tibetan style seat . Secrets of Monk in DEPRUNG Monastery Lhasa city and Riksha Monk's debating in their courtyard in Sera Monastery Bunch of western tourist in Jokhang Temple Lhasa Valley in the background . Lhasa City brightening with lights in Night courtyard of JOKHANG TEMPLE SERA MONASTERIES and debating courtyard local Tibeteans in evening prayer in Jokhang Temple premises JOKHANG TEMPLE: built for the two brides of an old Tibetan king Bhrikuti and the other chinese entering Potala Palace excited... Luxurious Hotel Kichu UNESCO World Heritage Site POTATLA PALACE
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