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The Best of Istanbul – Photo Essay

After 4 days exploring Istanbul we felt lucky to have even spent that long in such a beautiful city. Our Istanbul Photo Essay showcases our favourite shots

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Istanbul Street Food Cart at Night

There have been a few places around the world that we have travelled to that we hadn’t really given too much thought to before visiting. We are ashamed to admit that Istanbul in Turkey is one of those places.

As one of the largest cities in the world, and bordering Asia and Europe, we should have expected more. A lot more. But we basically didn’t do our research. We were really only in Turkey for the ANZAC Day celebrations along the Gallipoli Peninsula and our Sail Turkey adventure.

By the end of our 4 days exploring the city from our Istanbul vacation rental, including the incredible UNESCO World Heritage historic city centre, we felt incredibly lucky to have even had that long in Istanbul. Since then we have also vowed to do the proper research to make sure we don’t miss out on any other potentially amazing cities in the future!

Istanbul Photo Essay

These are our favourite photos from Istanbul. We hope you can see why the city grew on us so quickly.

Istanbul Panorama from Tower Galata

Istanbul UNESCO World Heritage Historic City Centre Panorama from Galata Tower

Istanbul New Mosque Yeni Camii HDR

Istanbul New Mosque

Blue Mosque Sunset Istanbul

Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque at Sunset

Blue Mosque Istanbul Sultan Ahmed HDR

Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque Istanbul HDR

Minarets and Entrance to Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque Foot Wash Tap

Foot Washing Area, Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque

Istanbul Street Food Kebab

Kebab Street Food in Istanbul

Istanbul Street Food Cart at Night

Fresh Corn on the Cob, Night Street Food in Istanbul

Istanbul Mosque Framed

Mosque Framed by the windows in Galata Tower

Istanbul Galata Tower HDR

Galata Tower, Istanbul

While we quite easily could have spent longer in Istanbul on our cheap holiday to Turkey we felt that 4 days was just enough time to see all the travel highlights. It was the perfect taster before the rest of our adventure travels through Turkey along the western coastline.

We just hope that we find the time in 2013 to explore deeper into the true heart of Turkey and hopefully experience more of this rich and diverse country that we initially knew so little about.

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84 Comments

  1. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    January 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Beautiful photos, guys. I really must make it to Istanbul one day soon. It’s been at the top of my list for years and somehow I never make it there.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      We were so surprised by how much we enjoyed it. Really need to explore the rest of Turkey at some stage now.

  2. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    January 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    The already dreamy city-scapes look even more surreal in your photos.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      That’s what HDR will do for photos 😉 But still the cityscape is truly that magnificent!

  3. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    January 14, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Wow! Thanks for the chance to reminisce about how beautiful Istanbul is. I went 2 years ago and your pictures helped me to relive my travels. Thanks!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      We were there nearly 1 year ago and our own photos made me remember so many good times! Going to start going back through the last 3 years of travel and editing all my favourite ones I haven’t shared yet 🙂

  4. Escaping Abroad

    January 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Mosques and churches always seem to make great subjects in photos. These are no exception! Istanbul remains high on my bucket list 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Hope you manage to get to Istanbul sometime soon! It is a fantastic place to visit and continues to become more and more popular every year.

  5. Larissa

    January 15, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    We, too, had done very little research about Istanbul, thinking it would simply be a stopover between the Middle East and Europe. But we really loved it! Spent 6 days there, and definitely want to go back. Thanks for the photo reminders!

    PS. We had our favorite sandwich of our RTW in Istanbul. YUMMY 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      The sandwich sounds amazing! Wonder if it rivals Gozleme which we fell in love with in Turkey 🙂

  6. wanderingeducators

    January 15, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    I just want to say: yum, yum, yum, yum. yum!!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      I did drool a little on my keyboard when I was going back through all the food photos haha.

  7. Jenna

    January 15, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Istanbul is a city I hear more and more about and is starting to creep to the top of my list. I also hear it is a great place to live. Nice mix of photos! I especially like the kebab street food photo–the man’s expression is great.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I need to start taking more people shots I think. He probably couldn’t figure out why I would want to take a photo of him doing his job! I guess I would find it weird if someone took a photo of me at my desk haha.

  8. Theodora

    January 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Aw, you’re making me miss Istanbul now…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Well your Himalayan adventures are making me jealous! Lets call it even 🙂

  9. Jennifer

    January 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Beautiful photos! We’ve only been to Istanbul on a long layover. We had 8 hours coming home from Jordan, so took the opportunity to grab a visa and explore the old city a bit. We really only had time for the Blue Mosque, the spice market, and the Grand Bazaar. We did eat corn on the cob from one of those stands though! We definitely need to go back.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Sounds like you did quite a lot in just 8 hours anyway. Well done! Most people would probably just sit in the airport watching movies. We actually didn’t really enjoy the corn, probably because it had been there all day haha.

  10. Vera

    January 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Very cool pictures! I’ve been to Turkey, but not to Istanbul – yet! Keep hearing a lot of good stuff about it, though, also in terms of hipness and stylewise. Pretty sure it’s another big city that could win me over rather quickly:)

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      I think that Loz would break his camera by taking too many photos 😉

      • Laurence

        January 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        It’s starting to become an issue 😉 Love the shot titled “Minarets and Entrance to Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque” – that’s just gorgeous 🙂

        • Cole Burmester

          January 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

          Have learnt so much about editing in the last few months. Starting to go back through old photos and edit them. Very pleased with myself haha.

  11. Pete

    January 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    A beautiful city indeed. If you’ll be back in Turkey this spring, make sure to drop us a line and come and visit 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      We would love to return this spring! Fingers crossed we can explore Cappadocia at sometime this year.

  12. Petite Adventures

    January 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Stunning photos! I’ve heard such amazing things about Istanbul – can’t wait to explore it some day!

    Kate xo

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Hope you get to visit one day soon Kate! It is a wonderful city but make sure you also take the time to explore the rest of Turkey too 🙂

  13. Ali

    January 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Istanbul became one of my favorite cities within minutes of arriving. Such a great place!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Felt exactly the same way Ali 🙂 We arrived late at night and the first thing we did once we checked in was go for a walk.

  14. Delane

    January 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I had a friend who told me to visit Turkey but I didn’t believe that I would like it until now!

    What great photos!!

    Thank you!

  15. Amanda

    January 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Istanbul is one of those cities that I think it would be impossible to hate. It’s SO different from anywhere else in the world, and so alive! I can’t wait to go back sometime soon.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Lets organise a press trip because we want to go back too 😉

  16. Kristy

    January 17, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    The picture of the mosque is so stunning! My friend told me that kebab taste better in Turkey. I wonder if that’s true.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Hahaha which one? We took a few ;D

      • Kristy

        January 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        All of them but what I like most is the picture of Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque.

        • Cole Burmester

          January 18, 2013 at 8:15 AM

          Glad we made it so tough to choose your favourite! But I think you might have picked a winner too 😉

  17. Salika Jay

    January 17, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Beautiful photos and architecture! Istanbul is a place I’m yet to visit and I see why I should plan one. Kebab looks good 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Kebabs were delicious! Not sure what makes them taste better there… maybe it is because I wasn’t eating it after drinking all night haha

  18. Micki

    January 17, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Cole, thanks for this. We’re planning to be in Istanbul later this year, and you’ve given us the perfect start on what do do and see. Beautiful photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Did you see our Spice Markets post? Most people head to the Grand Bazaar but I much prefer the smaller, more local, Spice Markets. They are located below the New Mosque in our “Best of Istanbul” post 🙂

  19. Jade - OurOyster.com

    January 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Turkey is one of those place where I really want to visit in depth… I would love to spend at least 3 months there.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      We only spent 2 weeks there, and half of that was on a boat sailing the coastline so not really authentic. Need to get deeper into Turkey itself!

  20. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    January 18, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Stunning photos guys! I really need to visit Turkey again,it’s probably been over 15 years since I was there! And haven’t visited Istanbul yet!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      You REALLY need to go back to Turkey if you haven’t been to Istanbul yet Jarmo!

  21. Cheryl

    January 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Gorgeous photos. I hope to travel there for NYE celebrations! Can’t wait. =)

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Are their NYE celebrations big there? Will have to look into it!

      • Cheryl

        January 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Not quite sure! It’s just been a dream of mine to celebrate one there for an couple of years now!! 🙂

  22. Craig - ADayTrip.com

    January 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Wow, great pictures. I’ve never been to Turkey, but really want to go.

    The kebabs make my mouth water, I remember having one almost every day when I was in France. How is the food in Istanbul?

    • Cole Burmester

      January 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      All of the local markets and street food was really good. The one meal we had in a restaurant turned out to be over priced, touristy, and the food wasn’t great!

  23. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    January 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I spent about 24 hours in Istanbul, and I was blown away. It was the first time I visited a city with a very different culture, different architecture, different food…. I loved it and I definitely want to return.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      24 hours would have been barely enough time to scratch the surface. We felt we need to go back after 4 days there 🙂 Definitely try and make the time for it this year, or soon!

  24. Laurel

    January 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I haven’t been to Istanbul yet either, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Istanbul. Great photos and glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      It is a fantastic place Laurel! Chuck it on your to-do list for this year 🙂

  25. Dave

    January 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Was in Istanbul for only a few hours (layover) but did manage to see a few of the biggies – can’t wait to go back after seeing these photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Make sure you have at least 3/4 days there Dave! You guys will love it when you make it over this side of the world.

  26. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    January 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I went to Turkey this past year and was blown away at how my camera’s view finder was imprinted on my face after days out shooting! Gorgeous and pulsating – I came back with nearly 1000 pictures after less than 4 days in Istanbul!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Sometimes I forget to end up looking past my viewfinder! Need to learn to put it down every now and then 🙂

  27. gabi klaf

    January 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    oh these photos are unreal. did you take these yourselves? they are stunning. the facet, the towers, the night vendor, wow. wow. truly makes this now on my bucket list too. oh god, so much world to see, so little time!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Yup they are all our photos Gabi 🙂 I wish everyone could see more of the world!

  28. Sam

    January 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Nice photos as always, keep up the good work! Was wondering, what software do you use for your HDR processing?

    • Cole Burmester

      January 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      We have just started using Lightroom 4 and LOVE it! We have software called Photomatix Pro which is a plugin for Lightroom and works a treat for HDR processing. Definitely try it out.

  29. Laura @Travelocafe

    January 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Truly amazing photos. You have done it again! Wow!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Thanks Laura 🙂 All we do is capture the world with our camera then share it! Nothing special 😉

  30. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Great photos! That street vendor pic is making me hungry

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Makes me hungry every time I think about Istanbul… so many delicious local ingredients to try.

  31. Heidi Wagoner

    January 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Beautiful. I really would like to go there. thanks for sharing and can’t wait to see more.

  32. Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home

    January 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Beautiful photos, Cole! Istanbul is really an amazing city! Tip: a trip on Bosphorus is a must do in Istanbul!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Hopefully we get the chance to go back Izy because we never explored the Asian side and would love to go on the Bosphorus too!

  33. Arti

    January 31, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Stunning captures as always Cole! I love the way the sky patterns in one of the pictures! And the architecture is superb. Have a lovely day 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Thanks Arti! Will have a great day now thanks to your nice comments 😉

  34. Yvonne

    February 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    wow. amazing pictures! Have been to Istanbul before but it was just a business trip so I had no time to explore the city. But it’s on my bucket list!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      You would love it there Yvonne 😉 Hopefully this year you can make it a priority!

  35. Kevin James

    February 18, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Stunning pictures, Nice shot.. Kebab is one of my favorite street food in Istanbul.

  36. Kym Ciftci

    February 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Your photos are simply stunning – çok guzel 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you Kym! It is a beautiful city to photography 😉

  37. Sand in My Suitcase

    March 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Istanbul is really one of the world’s most exciting cities – with a fascinating blend of East meets West. Our recent story on “Turkish Delight” in Compass magazine covers some of Istanbul’s attractions – from soaking in a steamy hammam to feasting like a sultan. Glad you got to enjoy some of Istanbul! And your photos are gorgeous…

    • Cole Burmester

      March 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Thanks guys 😉 Agree totally that Istanbul it is one of the world’s most exciting cities!

  38. ardun

    April 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Great HDR photos! I loved Istanbul and Turkey as a whole and was there for the ANZAC service this year too. Beautiful people and a beautiful country.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Cheers Ardun 🙂 ANZAC Day is a really moving experience for everyone. Glad you had a great time!

  39. Quinn

    November 3, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    I like to travel to Istanbul and I think that it is one of the best cities to visit in the world.

  40. Michael

    March 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Istanbul is a wonderful place for photography subjects. I like your post-processing also. Well done

  41. Soheil | Travel to Iran

    April 9, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    WOW perfect post and photo thank you
    please Travel to Iran if you can here is perfect country too
    thank you

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Making the Most of your Holiday Adventure in India

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A vast country with stunning landscapes and incredible contrasts of culture, India is perfect for a holiday adventure. Whether you are looking to soak in the natural landscapes or explore the historic landmarks, it will be a humbling experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Well, here are some tips to make the most out of your adventure trip in India.

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Cover the maximum amount of ground

The Indian subcontinent is huge and offers a variety of experiences. From the deserts in Rajasthan to the Himalayas in the north and the extended coastline along the south, you have lots to see. While everything would be impossible to cover, it is advisable to cover as much ground as possible. Going for a packaged holiday is an option but you can also choose to design your own itinerary and reservations. Getting across India is easy and the country is well connected by a huge network of railway lines and road network. The places you would want to go however depend on the kind of adventure trip you are seeking and the amount of time you have.

Immerse in the culture

The history and culture of India goes back to several centuries. It has been the country for the first human civilization to take form. If your idea of adventure isn’t always about adrenaline thrill but soaking into a vibrant and unique culture, there are a lot of things to discover and get awed by, in India. Be a part of the festivals that are celebrated round the year. Taste the unique food of every region that you visit and travel the history by the folklore.

Invent a new way to travel

The joy of a trip in India lies not in the destination but the journey. There are plenty number of ways you can reinvent you journey across the swathing country – from camel rides to caravans. Forget airplanes and rails for a moment and choose the way of the locals. Boat rides, local buses and minivans can be great ways to hitchhike across the beautiful country. In the meantime, you can go for adventure activities like river rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, and more. An incredible mix of old and new means of travel will always keep you at your feet.

Be alert and be safe

Lastly, and regardless of which part of the world you are visiting, it is always advisable to be aware of your surrounding and the people and culture you step into. It will be necessary to always stay in touch, be it emergency or just about giving updates about your trip to folks back home. Apps like Viber Out offer cheap calls to Vietnam and can be an incredible and pocket friendly way to be connected. Just pick up a local SIM card and go for a data plan that covers your internet requirements. In this world of technology, you are never too far from help!

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Fukuoka: The Relaxing Side of Japan You Don’t Want to Miss

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The Japanese people are famous for their hard-working nature and immense attention to time management. If you visit cities like Tokyo, you will quickly notice how everything runs like clockwork. You will also pick up how everything feels rushed and that time is always of the essence. Even the train system considers a 1 minute delay worthy of a formal apology. Despite the culture for hard work, Japan is a very exciting place to visit. Tokyo is home to some amazing spots that will keep you dazzled throughout your stay. It is also worth noting that Japan has a more relaxed side; a side that you will get to see the next time you visit Fukuoka.

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A Scenic City

You will be amazed by how beautiful Fukuoka is from the moment you set foot in the city. The city itself is situated on the northern shore of Kyushu Island. You can reach Fukuoka by train from Tokyo. It is a 5-hour ride on the Nozomi trains.

Fukuoka is also reachable from other parts of the world. Airlines like Finnair now fly direct to Fukuoka, making it one of the best destinations to visit in Japan. You won’t even have to worry about the cost of the flight thanks to the awesome deals and special offers you can find by booking early on their website.

The gorgeous beaches contribute a lot to the scenic nature of the city. You can still find shopping malls and great restaurants to try near the city centre, along with beautiful gardens and spots where you can sit down, enjoy a cup of tea, and watch the sun go down. If you are visiting the bay, make sure you make time for the famous Fukuoka Sunset Sailing; trust me, just give it a try and you’ll be absolutely amazed by the experience.

Lots of Things to Do

Just because the city is very relaxing, doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of an adventure while in Fukuoka. You can start by visiting the Maizuru Park, home of the famous Fukuoka Castle. The structure was built in the 17th century and is one of the best places to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the bay.

A trip to the central Hakata district is also a must. Here, you will find the Tocho-ji Temple and its world renowned wooden Buddha. From here, you can take a short walk to the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, a museum that will take you back to the Meiji era.

A Relaxing Day

The best way to end your visit to Fukuoka is by having a lazy, superbly relaxing day. You can take a stroll down to the Fukuoka City Zoological Garden or visit the gorgeous Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. The latter is not only the home of a splash park, but also beautiful flower gardens that will complete your trip to this part of Japan.

Despite being very relaxed and laid back, Fukuoka still offers something for everyone. The next time you take a trip to Japan, make sure this city and its marvellous attractions are in your itinerary.

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Tibet Cycling: The Complete Guide to Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Cycling Tour

Tibet Cycling: The Complete Guide to Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Cycling Tour

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Tibet appeals to travellers in many ways. The first and most important thing is the beautiful natural scenery. However, Tibet is a bit different from the other scenic spots. There is a charm to this place, which is not found anywhere. Travellers have a mind which wanders and loves to explore new things. They can get this experience for their Tibet travel as the various associated activities can completely thrill them. From photography to trekking and cycling, the options never seem to end.

Almost everyone is well acquainted with the various joys of cycling in Tibet, the atmosphere is absolutely perfect. Tourists can pass through several spots and they can enjoy every bit of this beautiful natural land. Cycling happens on various routes and these routes have to be understood thoroughly. In this article, we will discuss about the cycling tour to Ganden Monastery from Lhasa and provide you every detail that you need.

Why travel to Ganden Monastery?

Tibetan Buddhism has a unique appeal which calms the soul of all wanderers. They are struck by wanderlust and the monasteries in Tibet, offer them something to cherish about forever. For those who love religious places, Tibet has plenty of offerings. The monasteries, the temples and the rituals, Tibet’s heritage have always echoed through the ages.  This brings us to Ganden Monastery, which is truly a magical place. It is an absolute wonder in front of the eyes and the viewers are left completely captivated. This was the very first monastery, which laid the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism. The vast expanse of land on Tibet’s western site is absolutely heavenly. Emperor Yongzheng who was from Qing Dynasty gave a very special name to this monastery and called it “Yong Tai”. Situated at a height of 3,800m from the sea’s level, the elevation is majestic. Lagyi Hall, Angyiukang, Yangbagyain Hall are the major construction in this monastery.

Located 47Km away from the capital city of Lhasa, this monastery witnesses a huge influx of people every year. This is an important structure as far as Tibet’s cultural heritage is conserved and it is preserved for this reason. The cultural and artistic significance is terrific and Ganden will always be the centre of Tibet’s attraction. It joins the famous Sera Monastery in a unique list, which also features Drepung Monastery. These three temples are considered “great” and the visitors value them greatly. Tibetan Buddhism features many activities and some of them are grand and marvellous. Once in a year, a giant picture of Buddha is unfolded and it easily attracts disciples from all parts of the country. Cycling to this monastery can provide a great experience, but you must follow the basic guidelines. Once these points are followed, your trip will not only be great, it will be perfect.

Highlights of the amazing cycling tour from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery

Cyclists are of different types and they begin their journey, by having different trips in their minds. We have introduced trips of various lengths and they are tailor-made for each type of traveller. Some people can opt for the short and customized tour, while, others can choose the longer version. The distance from Tibet’s Lhasa to this amazing monastery can vary slightly, depending on the route taken. Cyclists have to travel 60Km to reach their destination and not much difficulty is faced in the process.  Don’t forget to be in a relaxed mood, as you take this trip. Lhasa is a great spot to be in the right frame of mind and two days can be easily spent here.  The famous trip begins from Lhasa River and cyclists go upstream.  Picturesque villages and some amazing farmlands fall between that and they are just perfect. Reaching Ganden is easy and once you reach here, your soul will be touched by a positive vibe. The environment is filled with peacefulness and everything seems perfect here. One night can be spent here to soak in the feeling. The return journey can start next day and Chubuxi village falls in the route. Tibet is all about the unique lifestyle of the locals and this is something you can’t afford to miss.  From Chubuxi, the trekking trip to Samye commences.

The most classic 6 days Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Bike tour, you will enjoy the cycling joy and Tibet wonderful natural landscape and Tibetan monasteries architecture. Most tourists can complete this short ride after relaxing yourself in Lhasa for two days. The ride route begains upstream along the Lhasa River, and you will pass some farmlands and small villages. Then arrive in Gandan monastery, one of six Gelug sect monasteries, and worship this famous monastery. Then you are expected to spend a night at Gandan monastery to experience the peaceful environment. Next day, you will head back to Lhasa, and visit Chubuxi village at the foot of Gandan monastery. On the way you can experience the daily life of local people. Moreover, Chubuxi village is the starting point of Ganden to Samye trek. Finally we move back to Lhasa and the ride ends.

Tackling the changing altitude on the way to Ganden Monastery

The altitude in Lhasa is about 3600m, and that of Ganden Monastery is 3800m. There is no strict change of altitude, so it’s relatively easy for travellers who want to try short cycling in Tibet.  Cycling is a strenuous activity and it can take a toll on your health. That being said, cycling in the rough terrains of Tibet is even more challenging. Ganden is situated high above the normal sea level and this steep rise can often weaken cyclists. The high altitude woes will continue, if proper precaution is not taken. Carrying additional oxygen cylinders is a must and this should be done in advance. The temperature changes greatly and travellers should also be aware of this. However, if you choose us for this trip, everything becomes easier. The freezing months can pose a far bigger threat and that should be avoided at all costs.

The perfect time to take Lhasa – Ganden Monastery cycle tour

Tibet embraces every season fabulously, though the conditions are not favourable every time. Travellers and especially cyclists must understand the timing absolutely well. If the activity is done in a pleasant month instead of the harsh winter, the fun can increase manifold. The best time for cycling is from May to October because good weather and temparature. The other months can be targeted as well, but the safety issues become important in the hilly roads.

Getting the Tibet Travel Permit – How can we help?

Exploring Tibet is a fun activity, but Tibet travel permits matter greatly. Foreign travellers must fulfil the necessary travel guidelines to get in this region and we can help you from all sides. We make the process easier, by getting you the right documents at the right time.

What to pack for this cycle tour? – Bicycle Rent and Other Tips

Taking the most essential things can do the job here. The all-important ID card and travel permit is absolutely essential and it gets the first priority. Take a medium-sized backpack to put in your things and pack it with the right kind of warm clothes. Waist packs also come in handy, as they store many important things. This is a place where you will see high elevation, so oxygen should be there in abundance. Avoid getting sunburn by taking a good sun-screen cream or lotion and lastly don’t miss out on the medicines. Helmets and other cycling wear can be taken, as it is very essential. The bicycle can be rented easily and it is supplied by the tour operator itself. An important trip in this aspect would be to prepare for the changing weather. It can stay sunny or it can rain, so plan accordingly.

The challenges in Tibet are quite tough, but it will gift you an experience, which you will not forget in a long time. Cycling here is precious and it is an important aspect that strengthens Tibet’s tourism.

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