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Tibet Culture Tour

Tibet Cultural Tour

Great Tibet Tour offers you cultural, historical and archaeological tours in central Tibet covering Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tsetang. Gyantse, located in the Nyang-chu Valley, is framed for Gyantse Kumbum at Pelkor Chöde Monastery, the largest Chorten in Tibet. About 90km northwest of Gyantse, lies Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest town and the traditional capital of Tsetang province. Tsetang is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shanna(Lhoka) prefecture. For travelers, Tsetang is of interest mainly as a jumping board for an exploration of the Yarlung Valley, which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization.

During your exploration of the Tibet tourist destinations, Tibetan Buddhism Monasteries are the highlights of your cultural tour, as Tibetan culture is actually the Tibetan Buddhism culture. You will see a great influence on all aspects of Tibetan people's life. Apart from touring in the monasteries, we will also arrange a local Tibetan family visit. You can walk into the house, observe the furnishings, have a cup of buttered tea, try home-made snacks, and chat with the friendly people with the help of the tour guide.

Below are our hand-picked packages about the cultural tours. You will go to the most important monasteries, feel the local life in your way, get close contact to the highest mountain in the world, and meet pilgrims en-route to the holy places.

Yumbulagang Palace towers on the top of the hill.
Are you a fan of Tibetan history? If yes, come and join this private tour which will show you the first temple, the first palace in Tibet and the largest mausoleums of Tibetan kings from the 29th. to 40th. generation, including the great Songtsen Gampo.
This is a tour of exploring the Tibetan culture. You can visit all the influential monasteries, palaces, temples in Yarlung Valley, which is considered as “the cradle of Tibetan civilization”. You can also see Tibetan incense and engraving workshops in Nyemo County – the birthplace of Tibetan language.  

8 Days Lhasa Yarlung Valley Shigatse Tour

Lhasa - Tsetang - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Involves many significant tourist spots such as Potala Palace, top three Gelugpa monasteries, etc., and mysterious sky-burial site at Drigung Til Monastery.
This is a relatively easy route for travelers. After 2 days of essential sightseeing tour in Lhasa, tourists will go to Shigatse passing through Gyantse, then stay overnight at the lakeside of Namtso - the holiest lake in Tibet. At last, enjoy a hot spring bath in Yampachen on the way back to Lhasa.  

7 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Namtso Tour

Lhasa-Namtso-Tsetang Tour
This journey starts from exploring Lhasa city, then drive to Namtso for a ‘Heavenly Lake’ experience. On the way, you will enjoy the vast grassland and charming natural scenery. The last station is to head to Tsedang for discovering the "cradle of Tibetan civilization" and Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet.

9 Days Lhasa Namtso Tsetang Tour

Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Tsetang - Lhasa
The most legendary lake Lhamo Latso in Tibet.
This tour package has much to offer, spectacular monasteries, beautiful alpine landscapes, and charming villages. The most attractive scenery is Lhamo Latso Lake, one of the most famous pilgrimage destinations. Many pilgrims believe that if they keep fasts for three days with sincerity, they will obtain a revelation of their future in the skull-shaped mirror of the lake.

7 Days Lhasa Tsetang Lhamo Latso Tour

Lhasa-Tsetang-Chökorgye-Lhamo Latso-Lhasa
The tour will take you to some great cities in Tibet and show you the dreamy natural views and the origin of Tibetan Buddhism. After a 4-day visiting in Lhasa, you will head to the east and discover the symbols of the Tibet culture then enjoy the two of top three holy lakes.

10 Days Lhasa Tsetang Shigatse Namtso Tour

Lhasa – Tsetang – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lake Namtso – Lhasa
There're very grand events at the foot of Mt. Kailash during the Saga Dawa Festival.
It could be a glory to go on a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash during Saga Dawa Festival. On the journey, you can visit most of the top monasteries and holy lakes in Tibet. Follow your heart and start a journey of blessing and purification!

14 Days Mt Kailash Kora during Saga Dawa Festival

Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC – Saga – Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora – Lake Manasarovar - Saga – Shigatse – Lhasa
Tourists really like the Lhasa City tour to experience different culture.
Visit the best of Lhasa including the World Heritage Site of the Potala, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka and Dark Yerpa.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best time to plan a Tibet cultural tour?

If you are interested in Tibetan culture, you’d better travel to Tibet during the celebration of Tibetan FestivalsTibetan New Year, Shoton Festival, Saga Dawa Festival, etc. Due to the sensitive background, Tibet would be closed to foreigners during the celebration of Tibetan New Year - the most important festival in Tibet. Summer is the best time to visit Tibet, because lots of festivals will be held in summer, such as the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, Shoton Festival, Saga Dawa Festival, etc.  

There are lots of etiquette and taboos when visiting Tibetan Buddhism temples and monasteries. For example, you should take off your hat and keep your legs and arms covered before entering the temples and monasteries. It is considered impolite to bare shoulders, wear shorts or skirts. Do not touch the items in the temples. Do not speak loudly. If you want to take photos, you must ask for permission. 

There's a unique food culture in Tibet, which is light and fewer seasonings, except salt. Traditional Tibetan food and drinks include yak beef/mutton jerky, yogurt, Tsampa, butter tea, sweet tea, roast beef, roasted mushrooms, etc. If you're not interested in Tibetan food, you can also enjoy western, Chinese, American, Nepalese or Indian food flavors. 

The sky burial in Tibet is mysterious for most travelers but all travelers are not allowed to watch a sky burial. If you happen to witness a sky burial, please also respect the custom of the locals. Do not get closer to the sky burial site, keep silence, no talking or photographing. Remember, you are attending a funeral.

The yellow landmark of Lhasa is Makye Ame Restaurant, which mainly focuses on Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan flavors. It's located in the southeast corner of Barkhor Street. Yellow is a holy color in Tibet as it's only for Monks. Makye Ame is where Cangyangjiacuo, the sixth Dalai Lama once met his lover. Cangyangjiacuo is not only a religious leader, but also a romantic Poet. He missed the lady daily and nightly, so he wrote a poem called Makye Ame. Someone said it's the name of the charming lady. Another saying is that Makye Ame means all good things. The platform on the top is superb to overlook Barkhor Street. 

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