This tour gives you an insight into the rich culture and history of Lhasa.
Lhasa, most popularly known as ‘Sunlight City’, is regarded as the heart and soul of Tibet. It is the most sought after tourist destination in Tibet. Two blissful days are packaged in your trip for exploring the charismatic wonders of Lhasa. Visits to the white and ochre fortress of Potala Palace and Jokhang temple can be a spiritually rejuvenating experience. Potala Palace, a UNESCO world heritage, features an overwhelming array of intricate murals, temples, stupas, tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas, exquisite Tibetan mandalas and other relics of Tibetan history. Jokhang temple lying 2 km to the east is another Tibetan religious site. In the Buddhist monastries of Sera and Drepung will get to see the monks and get an insight into their lifestyle.
Exploring Barkhor markets gives you an insightful glimpse into Tibetan culture. As you wander around the markets, you witness Tibetan art, culture, custom and tradition. With so much to see and explore in Lhasa, this will truly be an unforgettable experience.
- Trip length: 4 Days
- Grade: Sightseeing tour
- Starts in: Lhasa
- Ends in: Lhasa
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Maximum altitude: 3660m
* 3 nights / 4 days in Lhasa with guided sightseeing tours of cultural and historical hearts of Lhasa
* English speaking Local Tibetan Guide
* Comfortable transportation / hotels with Tibetan character wherever possible
* complete hassle free Chinese (Tibetan) travel documentation
Day 01 - Arrive in Lhasa (3660m) – I hr drive from Gonggar airport to Lhasa – 93 km
Day 02 - Sightseeing in Lhasa - (Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Square)
Day 03 - Sightseeing in Lhasa- ( Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace)
Day 04 - Depart Lhasa
Visits to Kumbum, Tashilhunpo, Norbulingka, Sera and Drepung monasteries evoke a sense of perspective and awe. Moreover, you also attain profound spirituality. Tashilhunpo Monastery being the home of the Panchen Lama holds an irresistible charm for those who seek to explore Buddhism. As you transverse historical and cultural heritages like Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, fort of Gyantse, Tsetang and Yarlung Valley etc, you get an in-depth understanding of Tibetan ancient cultures and civilizations.
Under the mystical spell of a bewildering variety of climates and landscapes, you are guided along a host of indigenous cultures as you tour to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and many other exotic locales. Colorful mosaic of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, custom, tradition, lifestyle and cuisine sprawls before you as you explore every nooks and corners of Barkhor markets. While wandering around the cities and towns of Tibet, you will encounter stalls hawkers with Tibetan prayer flags, jewel-encrusted yak skulls, traditional Tibetan dress, Tibetan thangkas, Tibetan mastiff, Tibetan Mandalas and many other accessories and goods. You will walk past several magnificent buildings. Embracing a truly enriching experience from your Tibet adventures, you finally reach to the climax of the tour with stunning snapshots, souvenirs and pleasant memories.
Day 1: Arrive Lhasa (3660m)
We can arrange your arrival in Lhasa from anywhere. You can either join the trip from Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or any nearby hub. You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around an hour to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.
Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650m)
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day's program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings.
Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day's tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.
Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day's tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.
Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
Day 4: Depart Lhasa
You will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight home.