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Lhasa City Culture Tour

5 Days
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The 5-day Lhasa City culture trip is a classic route. It covers most of the famous scenic spots in Lhasa and its suburbs. On 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, appreciate Dalai Lama's royal garden Norbulingka, experience the meditation retreat Drak Yerpa, and also visit some famous Monasteries - Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, etc. to explore Tibetan Buddhist culture.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery
4 Lhasa Suburb Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery
5 Departure from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5hrs to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the 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, and do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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 the most sacred temple in 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 circuits 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

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, the most famous meditation retreat near Lhasa. It's a monastery embedded in the cliff wall. Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had strong spiritual power, having been visited by almost all great Tibetan masters. You can feel the power of the meditation caves here.

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 3 pm to 5 pm. If the debate is not your type, you can also enjoy the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock paintings of Buddha. The sight here is splendid because you can see wild roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning, we will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama. There are a lot of towering trees, exotic flowers and plants in the Garden, as well as many collections of cultural relics, Buddha statues, pagodas, thangkas, murals, etc. They are all very precious treasures.

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 cover the hillsides. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in 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.

Tour Price and Service

From US$735 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.


  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Breakfasts provided by hotels;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.


  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Pris***

Hi, Looking to do a short 5 day tour around Tibet (Lhasa). Besides cultural must-sees like Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, we are also keen to explore and view scenery like Lake Namtso, Lake Yamdrok, Lulang Ninghai forest. Looking forward to hear from you. Thank you!

Answered by Beatrice 2023-10-15

Dear Pris****,

We can arrange your 5-day trip in and around Lhasa city.

For Lulang Ninghai forest, since it's in Nyingchi and it takes 2 days to come and get back. Considering the 5 days, excluding one arrival and one departing day, there are only 3 days for sightseeing. And for Lake Namtso and Lake Yamdrok, both belong to the top three holy lakes of Tibet but they are in opposite directions so you may just choose one. Please note, that in December, both lakes might freeze and the road might get blocked by snow. I suggest we set Namtso as the first choice. If it's not applicable, we may go to Yamdrok instead.

Asked by na***

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

Answered by Nance 2018-10-26

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?

Asked by Amit***

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

Answered by Amy 2017-09-04

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. 

Asked by Suda***

Party of 2 seniors flying from Amritsar

Answered by Amy 2017-06-12

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. 

Asked by Mich***

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

Answered by Amy 2017-04-03

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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