Trip Grade Easy
Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Max. Altitude: 4500M
Destination: Tibet
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Activity: Overland Tours
Theme: Extension Trips Family Holidays

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Lhasa Tour

Tibet is one the important place for Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. And the capital of Tibet; Lhasa is the hub for Buddhism. Trekking Experts offers this Lhasa sightseeing tour is a short hiking and natural tour around Lhasa. Lhasa sightseeing tour will visit Lhasa, the historical capital of Tibet, straddles the banks of the Kyichu River, where the valley opens out to its fullest extent. Lhasa is also the cultural, religious and political center of Tibet Autonomous Region as well as the administrative head quarters of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa sightseeing tour will take you to visit the Potala Palace, the seat of the Dalai Lamas and the most significant traditional nine storeys’s high building. The Potala Palace was originally, built in the 7th century by the 33rd Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo and it was expended to the present size by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. The Potala Palace has more than 1300 years history and it is recorded in the world heritage site of the UNESCO.

 

During the tour you’ll also visit Jokang temple which has more than 1300 year’s history and also recorded in the world heritage site of the UNESCO. The ancient Bharkor Bazar where you can buy lots of Tibetan traditional souvenirs and enjoy a pilgrimage Kora aroun the Jokang temple with local pilgrims from different regions of Tibet. You’ll also two biggest Tibetan monastic colleges of Drepung and Sera. Both of them have several hundred monks, studying Buddhist philosophy. You will see lots of pilgrims are gathering around Lhasa city during your Lhasa sightseeing tour. This tour will also bring you to Yamdrok Lake with a Tibetan family visit and a very beautiful day trip to Ganden monastery which is to the east of Lhasa city at the distance of 60km and a Tibetan Thangka factory. Ganden monastery which was built in the 15th century and it is the most important monastery of the Gelukpa sect in Tibetan Buddhism. After the sightseeing, you will take a beautiful Monastery Kora or a trek around the monastery which takes you two hours and gives you panoramic view of the whole Kyichu valley.

Trip Highlights

Scenic flight to Lhasa over Mount Everest
Visit beautiful Lhasa city
Visit world heritage site Potala Palace-the Dalai Lama’s palace
Explore 1300 years historic Jokhang temple
Visit world’s biggest Drepung Monastery
Visit Ganden Thangka monastery
Visit Buddhism university-Sera Monastery
Explore Yamdrok Lake

Itinerary

You will be warmly welcomed by our Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa along with the view of Bharmaputra, known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan and a giant stone carved Buddha with more than a thousand years history.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast, start your tour; take a short walk to Potala Palace which will take you from your hotel. Potala Palace is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo, and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9 th century it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17 th century after he became ruler of Tibet. The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694). It has more than one thousand rooms and is thirteen stories high. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions and still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. Afternoon, you’ll visit Jokhang temple and Bharkor. Jokhang temple is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays. Ancient Barkhor Street is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokang, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and SharKyaring Dharchen in the southeast. The Bharkor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat and vegetable.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast, you’ll drive to Drepung monastery which will take you 15 minutes drive from your hotel. Drepung monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet, built in the 15th century by Jamyang Choeje who is one of Tsongkapa’s foremost disciples. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 Km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has four main colleges with numerous small chapels and house chapels, known as Khangtsen in Tibetan. There are around six hundred monks nowadays. Afternoon, you’ll visit Sera and Norbu Lingka. Sera Monastery was founded in around 15th century by Jamchen Choeje who is another famous disciple of Tsongka pa and it is the second largest monastery of Tibet. There are three big colleges with numerous chapels and house chapels. The most attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5Pm everyday apart from Sunday. Norbu Lingka is the first summer Palace which was founded by the seventh Dalai Lama in 18 th century and the first Palace Kelsang Podrang was also constructed as the same name as the 7 th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso. The eight Dalai Lama Jampel Gyatso (1758-1804) did more initiated work on the Norbulingka, expending the gardens and digging a lake which can be found south of the new summer Palace. The thirteenth Dalai Lama (1876-1933) was responsible for the three Palaces in the North West corner of the park and the fourteen the Dalai Lama built the new summer Palace in 1956. Nowadays there are some monks who are taking care of the Palace.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast, you will start your excursion to Ganden monastery through Lhasa to Nyingtri highway and you will have a fantastic overlooking view of Tibetan traditional villages, surrounded by green fertile agricultural land of Tibet and beautiful meadow hill side near Ganden monastery with many Yak. It will take you an hour to reach Ganden monastery by van. You will visit Ganden monastery which is the mother monastery of the Gelukpa sect and it is the most important Buddhist school in Tibet. The monastery is also one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet. After the sightseeing in Ganden monastery, you will do a short walking around monastery, known as monastery Kora in Tibetan. It takes you around two hours and enjoys a panoramic view of the Kyichu valley. On the way back, you will visit a small Tibetan Thangka factory and see how the Tibetans build their Thangka, the most significant Tibetan traditional art which has hundreds of hundreds years history.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast, start your Yamdrok lake day trip and drive through the Kyichu valley and Gampala pass with many zigzags. After driving two hours and half, you will reach the top of the Gampala pass and enjoy the spectacular view of Yamdrok holy lake and Mount Noejing Kangsang (7191m). Yamdrok Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet; it is one of the four largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. it has more than eleven arms. On the way back to Lhasa, you will visit a Tibetan family to see the real Tibetan lives and get more authentic Tibet travel experience.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast at hotel, you’ll transfer to Gongar airport depending on your flight and take flight to Kathmandu or your final destination.

  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
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What’s Included

5 nights at three star-hotel or tourist-class hotel s on twin sharing basis with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer by private van/bus in Tibet as per program

All entry fees to the sites and monasteries Yamdrok lake conservation fee

1 English speaking experienced Tibetan trekking guide

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Oxygen in the vehicle and during the trek incase needed

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Tibet visa fee All accommodation, meals and flights before and after Tibet (i.e. Nepal) Emergency helicopter rescue charges Tips for trekking crew

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