Lhasa City Culture Tour

Duration:
5 Days
Route:
Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

The 5-day Lhasa city culture trip is a classic route. It covers most of the famous scenic spots in Lhasa and its suburbs. In this tour, you can visit Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world, walk along the bustling Barkhor Street to experience the life of local Tibetans, and also visit some famous Monasteries - Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, etc. to explore Tibetan Buddhist culture better.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
Jokhang Temple has a beautiful golden roof.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place maybe not that famous but with its advantage. It consists of a monastery and several ancient meditation caves. Some arrow holes on the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Ling Gesar had visited this valley.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3pm to 5pm. It's exciting, even if you don't understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera monastery is splendid because you can see roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
Sera Monastery is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastey.
Day 4 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

As the summer palace of Dala Lama, Norbulingka means precious garden in Tibetan language.
Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.
Day 5 Departure from Lhasa

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

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

na***

2018-10-26

will take train from chengdu to lhasa on 1 st may 2019 (21.37 pm ) 4-5 days to tibet will go to khatmandu via lhasa.what type of vehicle we should take to kathmandu please suggest and tell me about tibet permit

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nance

Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Permits. We could surely get your Tibet permit including other necessary permits after you book the tour with us, we need your passport and China visa copies to apply for it from Tibet Travel Bureau before tour starts and usually get it for you after 12 working days. If you take a train from Chengdu to Lhasa, I will send you the copy of permit to you by email so that you can board the train to Lhasa. 

In your inquiry, you mentioned you will go to kathmandu from lhasa by car, right? We will arrange a 7 seat car for you to kathmandu from Lhasa. How about having our 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Private Tour in May?

Amit***

2017-09-04

2 night 3 day visit to Tibet. Traveling from Delhi.

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amy

Dear Amita,

According to your preference, you could take our 3 Days Lhasa City Tour, I will email you the detailed itinerary of it soon including some of my questions. 

Suda***

2017-06-12

Party of 2 seniors flying from Amritsar

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amy

Dear Sudarshan gupta, I'm glad to hear you are interested in taking our 5 Days-Lhasa City Cultural Tour, this is a private tour, so I will send you detailed itinerary with cost of it by email soon. 

Mich***

2017-04-03

Please quote me for a 5 day tour without hotel….we have booked our own hotel

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amy

Dear Michael Finn, I'm glad to hear you are interested in our 5 Days-Lhasa City Culture Tour, the price without hotel is $698/person based on 2 pax for a private tour in July, please check your email with detailed price inclusions and exclusions i just sent you. 

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