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Lhasa Tour

Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, is well known as “the city of sunlight”. With a long history and strong religious atmosphere, it has attracted many travelers to take a tour. In the Tibetan language, “Lhasa” means the place where God lives. Located at 3700 meters above sea level, it’s not only the holy city for Tibetan people, but also for Buddhist devotees all over the world.

It might not be proper to call it a “city” a few years ago, but now it’s getting closer to a metropolis we are familiar with. Hotels, banks, shopping malls... you can see them all around, and nearly make you forget it’s actually on Tibetan plateau. Walking in the city, you may have an illusion that you are not in Lhasa, which is supposed to be poor in your mind. But, this is exactly the charm of it, a new modern city with an ancient flavor that will totally get you intoxicated and can’t help falling in love with it. No matter Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, or Barkhor Street, etc., there is always a place that can impress you, and become a destination of your soul!

People enjoy Lhasa city essencial group tour
This is an essential Lhasa city tour for those who visit Tibet for the first time. You will go to Potala Palace, Jokhang Template as well as other must-see places in Lhasa city and enjoy the unique charm of the holy city of the plateau. It's a good choice if you have a busy schedule.
Namtso Lake
This tour will not only show you the majestic Lhasa city, but also the holy Namtso Lake. You will experience Tibet's religion, culture, and amazing scenery.
Our Tibetan tour guide and guest posed for a picture beside the beautiful Yamdrok Lake.
This trip shows you the holy Buddhist city of Lhasa, home of famous monasteries and devout Tibetans. After visiting Lhasa, you will have a short hiking trip along the holy Yamdrok Lake of blues.
Tourists really like the Lhasa City tour to experience different culture.
With a culture tour in Lhasa, you will visit the best of Lhasa city including the World Heritage Site of the Potala, Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor pilgrimage circuit, and meditation tour in Dark Yerpa Hermitage.
Lhasa urban and suburb Tour: it is the best option for a taste of Lhasa's culture in a short amount of time. You will not only visit the Dalai Lama’s summer palace but also enjoy the Lama debating activity about the Buddhist doctrines in Sera monastery.
Besides the must-see attractions in Lhasa, the biggest highlight of this 5-day private tour is to visit Samye Monastery, which is located near the Brahmaputra river and the first monastery in Tibet requires monks to shave head.  
This impressive journey will not let you down definitely. The itinerary involves all the important tourist sites in Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the top three Gelugpa monasteries, etc. The significant activity is to witness the mysterious sky-burial site at Drigung Til Monastery.
Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour
In this Tibet tour package, you will visit the best sceneries of Lhasa city. Beyond that, you will have an extra day to visit the fascinating Namtso Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet.  
Ganden Monastery
The 5-day group tour will show tourists the top three Yellow Hat Sect Monasteries in Lhasa, Drepung, Sera, and Ganden. Travelers can learn more about Gelug Buddhism, especially when visiting Ganden Monastery, which was built by the founder of the Gelugpa.

5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour

Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to Lhasa?

There are two good ways to get to Lhasa: by flight or by train.

The only international flight to Lhasa is from Kathmandu, and there's only one turn each day. Besides, you need to stay at least 3 working days to get your China Group Visa, which is a necessary document to enter Tibet from Nepal. The rest of the flights are domestic flights from mainland China to Tibet. You can choose your entry cities like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, etc. In this way, you need to apply for your China Visa at the Chinese embassy in your home country in advance. No matter how you need to contact a Tibet Travel Agency for your Tibet Travel Permit. Only with that, you can enter Tibet.

If you want to experience a wonderful train journey to Lhasa, you can take a train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi'an, and Xining. Qinghai-Tibet railway starts from Xining and ends in Lhasa. On the way, you will view beautiful Qinghai Salt Lake, vast grassland, snow-capped mountains as well as the wild animals.

All-year-round is the best time to visit Lhasa. Lhasa is called "The City of Sunlight", so even if you travel to Lhasa in Winter, you will feel warm during the daytime under the shining sun. Please kindly note: From Feb to March, Tibet will be closed for foreign tourists because of Tibetan New Year Losar.

Lhasa's old city is built around Jokhang Temple as the core, and Barkhor Street is the circle line. Lhasa is famous for its Buddhist culture and its long history. Unlike the busy lives in the metropolis, the pace of life in Lhasa is very slow, and you will enjoy inner peace and leisure. You can enjoy the sunshine with a cup of sweet tea, witness how pilgrims pray in front of Jokhang Temple, follow people to turn prayer wheel for praying, try Tibetan food, or buy some local souvenirs, etc. Here're recommended highlights for your Lhasa trip,

Potala Palace -- the highest palace in the world and the winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
Jokhang Temple -- the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism.
Barkhor Street -- an old block filled with Tibetan atmosphere and the most popular street among travelers.
Norbulingka -- the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and the only royal park.
Drepung Monastery -- one of the top 3 monasteries of Gelug and the largest monastery in Tibet.
Sera Monastery -- the most beautiful Tibetan monastery and you can see "Monks Debate" in the afternoon.

Tibetan food includes Tibetan noodles, Tsampa(Zanba), momo, dumplings, sweet tea, yak meat, barley flour, sweet peanuts, etc. Besides Tibetan food, you still have multiple choices among Sichuan cuisine, Nepalese food, Indian food, and western food in Lhasa. Here are the recommended restaurants and cafes in Lhasa.

Lhasa Kitchen -- located near Jokhang Temple and the dish is mainly about Tibetan food and Nepali cuisine. The staffs are hospitable and most of them can speak fluent English. Nepalese and Indian cuisine are recommended here.

Tibetan Family Kitchen -- the restaurant was warm, cozy and the staff spoke English. The food here is tasty and vegetarian-friendly. The most popular dish is the Yak Momo. You can find it at Barkhor South Street.

Makye Ame restaurant -- located in Barkhor Street and has a great reputation in Lhasa. It’s also a date place with taste and style. You can see Potala Palace in the distance when you sit at the terrace on the third floor there.  

Snowland Restaurant----it servers traditional Tibetan meal, Nepal and Indian food. It has a typical Tibetan- style decoration. Many foreign tourists would choose to have a meal here because of the various kinds of food. You can easily find it in Barkhor street.

Guangming Kamqung Sweet Tea House -- sweet tea plays an important role in Tibetan daily life and they would like to start a new day with a cup of sweet tea. You could not miss these sweet tea houses if you like to try the local flavor, as well as delicious Tibetan noodles. 

Lhasa is worth of visit for a couple of days. If you have a tight schedule, you can tour around Lhasa city in 2 or 3 days.

D1: Drepung - Sera Monastery
D2: Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street
D3: Dark Yerpa - Ganden Monastery - Norbulingka

If you have more time, you can extend your Lhasa trip to Namtso Lake, Samye Monastery, Yamdrotso Lake, Nyingchi, or Everest Base Camp, therefore you should plan at least 10 days. 


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