This itinerary is popular with visitors on their first visit to Tibet, in that it combines the main historic places, palaces, monasteries and temples of Dechen county of Yunnan and Tibet's heartland, with relatively comfortable travel and accommodation facilities. Starting from the city of Kunming, overlanding to Zhongdian, known as Gyelthang in Tibetan, taking in the Stone Forest in Lunang, Erhai lake, Black Dragon pool and Songtsen Ling monastery in Dechen on the way. From Zhongdian fly to Gongar (Lhasa) and on to the former capital of Tsetang, including the first fortress Yumbu Lhakang and Traduk temple. Shigatse with its sacred Tashi Lhunpo monastery and Lhasa, the cultural heart of Tibet dominated by the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Drepung and Sera monasteries etc. Travel by coach.