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One Expression around which all religions base their preaching. Peace of mind, body and soul. Since time immemorial both man and God have just one prayer - Shanti - for the living and the Departed. The Char Dham, also called the Deo Bhumi - The Adobe of the Gods - presents just the ambience where the Divine & the Sublime coexist. Closest to the celestial beings, devotees from all corners of the country have flocked to these Himalayan shrines of Char Dham - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath every year to seek salvation. The arduous trails remain in the ancient sanctuaries of faith for a fulfilling experience. The four Dhams receive holy water in the form of four streams - Yamuna (Yamunotri), Bhagirathi (in Gangotri), Mandakini (in Kedarnath) and Alaknanda (in Badrinath).
 
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Itinerary Details
DAY 01 – Arrival in Beijing
Beijing Our guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area at Beijing Airport and transfer you to hotel. The rest of your day is free.

DAY 02 – Beijing
Visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The Beijing Duck Dinner is served at a famous restaurant followed by a lively Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre.(B+L+D)

Tips: Peking Opera is indispensable when you tour Beijing, for it is the quintessence of Chinese culture. The repertoire is mainly related to the significant historical events, fairy tales in the preceding dynasties, emperors, great beauties etc. The complete plot is performed through stylized actions, singing, dancing, acrobatic fighting, mime and dialogues by actors. The English sub-titles are shown on an electronic board alongside the stage and can help you comprehend the plot of the opera. There are basically four types of roles, sheng (male), dan (young female), Jing (painted face male) and chou (clown male or female). Each character is vividly presented. The facial make-up is rich and interesting; you can see how the actors wear make-up in the dressing room when you enter the theater.

DAY 03: Beijing
Visit the Badaling Great Wall. To avoid having lunch at shopping site restaurants, you will be driven to have Sichuan food at a local popular restaurant. Visit the Sacred Way, the Ming Tomb in the afternoon. On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) - you will see it at a distance from your vehicle. (B+L, D is included for luxury series)
Differences:Luxury Series: an a la carte dinner is served at a famous Cantonese cuisine restaurant in the Wangfujing area. Standard Series: We prefer to leave this dinner on your own since it is easy for you to find some good Chinese restaurants or western-style ones in this metropolis. Also you may ask for some useful suggestions from your local guide or the hotel reception.
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Descriptions:
Great Wall - The Great Wall of China, with a length of about 6,300 kilometers (3,915 miles), is one of the greatest miracles in the world. Like a huge dragon, Great Wall winds up and down across mountains, grasslands, deserts and plains, stretching from the Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu in the west of China to the Shanhaiguan Pass near the eastern seaside of the country. The Great Wall which we arrange for you - Badaling - is the most excellent section on the “neck of the huge dragon”.

DAY 04: Beijing - Xian
Visit the Summer Palace and the lovely pandas in Beijing Zoo. Take a flight to Xian and transfer to the hotel. (B+L, D is included for luxury series)

DAY 05: Xian Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. To avoid having the poor food at the site, you will take highway back to downtown to have an a la carte lunch at a well known Cantonese cuisine restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. This evening you will be entertained with the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show.(B+L+D)

DAY 06: Xian - Lhasa
Lhasa Visit the Hanyangling Museum, the Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi on the way to the airport. Take a flight to Lhasa where the altitude is 3,650 meters above sea level. Transfer to the hotel and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+D)

DAY 07: Lhasa
Visit the Tibet Museum and the Carpet Factory. After having a western-style lunch, go head to visit the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park. The a la carte dinner will be arranged for you at a local best Sichuan cuisine restaurant.(B+L+D)

DAY 08: Lhasa
Visit the magnificent Potala Palace. After a western-style lunch, visit the Jokhang Temple, the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street and the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+L+D)

DAY 09: Lhasa - Gyangtse Transfer to Gyangtse. Stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Karola snow mountain. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Visit the Palkhor Monastery and the Gyangtse Old Street. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+L+D)

DAY 10: Gyangtse - Shigatse
Transfer to Shigatse and check in at the hotel. Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen.(B+L+D)

DAY 11: Shigatse - Dingri
Transfer to Dingri and check in at the Everest Hotel. Visit the Sakya Monastery and Lhatse city on the way. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+L+D)

DAY 12: Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri Transfer to the Everest Base Camp and visit Rongbuk Monastery. Return to Dingri. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+L+D)
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DAY 13: Dingri - Shigatse
Drive back to Shigatse and transfer to the hotel. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+L+D)

DAY 14: Shigatse - Lhasa
Return to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. You will be very tired after two days travel so spend the rest of the day recovering from the fatigue of the drive. Dinner is served at your hotel.(B+L+D)

DAY 15: Lhasa - Shanghai
Proceed to the next stop after having a Tibetan family visit. Take a flight to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel.(B+L)

DAY 16: Shanghai
Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. For the afternoon activities, we have different arrangement for our luxury and standard series, please see the following differences. Tonight a memorable a la carte dinner is served at Central Hotel, whose restaurant Wang Bao He has a history of around 260 years and is the best place to serve Shanghai Cuisine. The dinner will be followed by the Portman Acrobatic Show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre.(B+L+D)

DAY 17: Departure from Shanghai
Today we will transfer you to the airport for the return flight. Have a pleasant trip home!(B)