Glimpse of Lhasa tour - 4 days

Glimpse of Lhasa tourGlimpse of Lhasa tour begins and ends in Lhasa. Either flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa or the train journey from Beijing, this tour commences at Lhasa. Roof of the world, Capital city of Tibet, Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Potala Palace, Norbulingkha, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market would be an unforgettable experience. Potala Palace has been the focus of the travelers for centuries. They are cardinal landmarks and structures of massive proportion. Norbulingkha is the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Sera and Drepung are two of the world's largest and most intact monasteries. Jokhang temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet.

Glimpse of Lhasa tour – itinerary

Day 01: Transfer to airport, fly to Lhasa,
upon arrival at Gonggar airport, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive). On the way you will see the Giant Stone Buddha carved into the side of a mountain. After checking into hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and let your body adjust to Lhasa's high altitudes.

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Today you will visit the Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple. All entry fees are paid by our guide.  

Potala Palace: the symbol of Lhasa, perched upon Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa Valley, it is the greatest monumental structure in Tibet and one of the most famous architectural works of the world. The construction was started in 641 AD and it was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in three years, while the Thirteenth Dalai Lama extended and repaired it into what it is now.

Barkhor Street: a circular street around the Jokhang Temple in the center of the old section of Lhasa, it is the oldest street in a very traditional style in Tibet, where you can enjoy bargaining with the local Tibetan vendors for the handicrafts which are rarely seen elsewhere in the world. Barkhor Street is one of the most important religious paths along which pilgrims walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels in their hands.

Jokhang Temple: located in the center of the old section of Lhasa, built in 647 AD by Songtsen Gampo and his two foreign wives, and later extended by successive rulers. It has now become a gigantic architectural complex and it is the spiritual center of Tibet.

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Visit Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery. You will take a whole day tour to visit the Norbulingka Park, the Drepung Monastery and the Sera Monastery. In the evening you will visit a Tibetan Family.

Norbulingka Park: Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden", built in 1751 AD as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama where they handled political affairs and practiced religious activities. It is now a large-scale palace complex and garden in Tibetan style covering an area of 40 hectares. The whole complex 370 rooms of different sizes and lawns shaded by green trees and enclosed by various flowers. Before 1959, commoners had no access to this park. Nowadays, on festivals and holidays, the local people in their colorful costumes come here with food and tents to sing and dance overnight.

Drepung Monastery: the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet, standing on the slope of the majestic Mount Gambo Utse; it was built in 1416 AD and is the place where each reincarnation of the Dalai Lama received his training. In its heyday, it had more than 10,000 monks. Now it is home to about 700 monks.

Sera Monastery: Sera mean "Wild Rose Garden" in Tibetan because lush wild rose woods once grew around it. The monastery is one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet. Located at the northern outskirts of Lhasa, it was built in 1419 AD by Jamchen Choje (or Sakyayeshe), one of the eight disciples of Tsong Khapa who was the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. The Sera Monastery houses three colleges built in the 15th and 16th centuries, and it is famous for the "Buddhism Scriptures Debating".

Day 4: Lhasa departure:
Morning breakfast, transfer to Gonggar airport, fly back to Kathmandu or train to Beijing or Chengdu.

 

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Tour Cost: In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.

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Trip Facts:

Tour Duration: 4 day(s)

Group Size: 1 -20 people

Destination(s): Lhasa, Tibet 

Specialty Categories: Sightseeing/cultural tour

Season: April - December

Trip type: Cultural tour 4WD adventure

Meals: Daily breakfast

Max. Altitude: 3650meters 

Trip grade: Leisurely plus 

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