Lhasa Exploration Tour
With more than 1,300 years history, Lhasa is the political and cultural center of Tibet. It is a holy place to local people with many significant world-famous sites. Situated at 3650m above sea level, it is also called “sunlit” city. During the short stay, you will explore the special old city for the mysterious Tibetan culture, history and people.
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Arrival pickup with a private car to your hotel in Lhasa central area. Free at leisure for the rest time for acclimatization. Overnight 3* or 4* hotel in Lhasa.
Day 2 Sightseeing Lhasa
The first-day exploration of the old city will lead you to the most important sights here – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Norbulingka.
Standing at the Red Hill in Lhasa, the grand Potala Palace has been overlooking this holy city for more than 1300 years. It was built in 637 by the great Tibetan king Songtse Gampo for his wife Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty. The structure was later burned during a war and reconstructed in 1645 by the Fifth Dalai Lama. As a UNESCO world heritage sight, Potala Palace is the pride of Tibetan people. To protect the ancient architectural complex, the government sets limits to daily number of visitors and sightseeing time. It is necessary to book the entrance in advance and the other sightseeing in Lhasa could be adjusted according to the specific entrance tickets of Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple was also built by King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century to house the golden statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at age of 12 which Princess Wencheng brought from the capital of Tang Dynasty. The structure starts from only eight shrines to today’s scale covering about six acres. As the most sacred temple in Tibet, it was later included in the UNESCO’s Wold Heritage list as well.
Around the Jokhang Temple, it is the interesting Barkhor Street. About one kilometer long, it is a devotional circuit for pilgrims. Every day, you’ll see many pilgrims from every corner of Tibet walking or prostrating themselves clockwise in the street. In nowadays, Barkhor is also the shopping center in Lhasa where you can get some great souvenirs for friends and relatives.
Before ending our first-day sighteeing in Lhasa, we’ll pay a visit to Norbulingka. It is the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and was recognized as the part of Potala Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2001. As the largest mad-made garden in Tibet, Nobulingka has now become an entertainment place for common local people to celebrate festivals.
Overnight 3* or 4* hotel in Lhasa [B].
Day 3 Sightseeing Lhasa
Buddhism is part of Tibetan culture and local people’s daily life. Today we’ll visit two great monasteries in Lhasa - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, both of them are Gelukpa university monasteries in Tibet.
Drepung Monastery is situated at foot of the Gambo Utse mountain covering about 250,000 square meters. It is the largest and also the most important Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet.
Sera Monastery was built in the 15th century as Drepung Monastery. It is famous for the Lamas’ debate on Buddhist scriptures and murals. The debate is often held in the afternoon from Monday to Friday.
And at evening, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family. During the time, you can talk with the host with any questions you are interested in.
Overnight 3* or 4* hotel in Lhasa [B].
Day 4 Departure
The wonderful Lhasa exploration tour ends today by transferring you to the airport or train station. [B]
For private tours, we'll arrange a private vehicle, driver and tour guide for you. The itinerary can be customized to meet your requirements and you can decide the travel date. During travelling, it is flexible for you to decide when to start every day, extend or shorten the sightseeing time at most places, and make stops anywhere you like along the way.
The tour price is different for different group size and travel seasons. Please contact us for a quotation for your own planning of your group!
The tour price usually includes:
- All accommodation (twin-sharing basis at hotels)
- One private vehicle and one experienced driver
- A Tibetan English-speaking tour guide
- All necessary Tibet travel permits
- Breakfasts at all places
- Entrance tickets of sightseeing places as noted
- Conservation fee for visiting Mt. Everest Base Camp
- Oxygen in vehicle for emergency use
The tour price does not include:
- Lunch and Dinner
- China visa fee
- Tips to the tour guide and driver
- Other expenses not noted in the above including list