Lhasa & Samye Monastery Tour

Duration:
5 Days
Tour Code:
L06
Season:
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Tour Type:
Private escorted tour with guide & vehicle at your service exclusively and the itinerary can be tailor-made to your exact liking.

After sightseeing in & around Lhasa for 2~3 days, we’ll go to visit the Samye Monastery. It is a heavily symbolic collection of chapels, chortens, and shrines arranged around a medieval Tibetan-, Chinese- and an Indian-style temple called the Utse. The 1200-year-old Samye Monastery is a place where Guru Rinpoche battled demons to introduce Buddhism to Tibet and where the future course of Tibetan Buddhism was sealed in a great debate.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to the hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

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Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center.

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Potala Palace
The golden roof of Jokhang Template. From here,  you will also have a good view of Potala Palace.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

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Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa - Samye - Lhasa, 260km, approx 5hrs

Today, we'll do a day's excursion to Samye Monastery from Lhasa along the famous Yarlung Tsang River. Have a glimpse of Yarlung Valley, of which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. The best shooting location for Samye Monastery is on the Haiburi Holy Mountain that is ahead of Samye Township. Or you also can choose to take pictures at a pagoda of the hillside if your energy is limited.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Samye Monastery
Samye Monastery
Day 5 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Vict***

2017-05-24

I plan to arrive in Tibet towards the end of August but can be flexible on dates. I am a female single traveler, is there a single person supplement for a room on my own or can you arrange for me to share with another female if so? How much is the tour? Many thanks

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penny

2017-05-24

Dear Victoria, according to your situation, I suggest you may consider to join our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour which will start on 21 Aug. The price is US$1020 with the 3-star hotels. Since you'll travel alone, yes, you need to pay the single supplement US$140. If we can find another female single traveler to share the room with you, you no need to pay that.

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