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Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Group Tour

Duration:
5 Days
Price:
From USD610
Route:
Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

This 5 days group tour is designed for travelers who are particularly interested in Tibetan Buddhism culture. During this tour, you will not only explore the top attractions in Lhasa such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka but also visit two major monasteries of the Gelug (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism - Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. The hiking tour of Ganden Monastery is definitely the highlight, from which you can enjoy the view of this monastery and get close to the local village to see the local Tibetan life. Finally, you will discover Drak Yerpa, one of the top meditation retreats in Tibet and famous for its temples on cliffs.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa - Drak Yerpa – Ganden- Lhasa, 160km, Approx 3hrs Drak Yerpa, Ganden Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
5 Lhasa Departure Send off to the airport/train station B

Daily Itinerary

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Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes about one hour; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20 minutes. After being transferred to the hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. Your good rest on the first day is crucial to acclimatize to the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and avoid strenuous activities. As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history of over 1300 years.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast in the hotel, the tour guide will take you to Drepung Monastery, the biggest Tibetan monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Drepung means Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and cover the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

In the afternoon you will first visit the Tibet Museum. Here you can see life scenes, exquisite clothing, house architecture, and festival customs, etc. to explore the special and mysterious Tibetan customs. Then you will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace, which is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Potala Palace was the winter palace of successive Dalai lamas. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th Century. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. 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

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In today's excursion outside of Lhasa city, we'll take you to Ganden Monastery(3800m). It's located on Wangbozhi Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River, which is about 50km northeast of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is the most special one of the top six Gelug monasteries in Tibet, as it was built by the founder of the Gelug sect - Tsongkhapa in 1409. It's quite worth seeing if this is your first time to travel to Tibet.

On the way, we will also visit the less-known-by-tourists Drak Yerpa hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa. It's an ancient temple and meditation caves that have a history of more than a thousand years. After passing through a rugged path to the temple, you can see the beautiful scenery in the distance. Compared to the Jokhang Temple and Sera Temple, which are full of incense, there are not so many tourists. Only devout Tibetans burn mulberry to worship here, and you can feel the tranquility brought by Tibetan Buddhism.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today. Your tour guide and driver will drop you at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station for your next destination.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-10 2024-10-11 ~ 2024-10-31 2024-11-01 ~ 2024-12-31
USD760 USD710 USD650 USD610

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-10 2024-10-11 ~ 2024-10-31 2024-11-01 ~ 2024-12-31
USD820 USD760 USD700 USD660

Schedule

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2024-12-30 USD610 open for booking Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More from You Join Together$30 Off / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

*Lodgings: 4 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;
*Meal: 4 Breakfasts;
*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day;
*Free pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to the hotel at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on the first day;
*Free drop-off from the hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on the last day;
*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary;
*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit;
*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;

EXCLUSIONS

* International flight to and out of China;
* 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.);
* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time;
* Lunch & Dinner 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;
* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions;

Note

*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;
*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;
*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;
*We need to pick up and drop off all  members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;
*Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for the refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT;
*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded;

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Fran***

Hello, I’m an Air France flight attendant. I’m taking the opportunity of the exemption of the Chinese visa for French citizens to visit Tibet, Guilin Region and Zhangjiajie in September.
I would be interested in the 5 day tour you offer on September 23. I found a very good fare to arrive by plane in Lhasa on September 23rd from Bangkok via Kunming n China Eastern. If you can confirm the dates, I could book and pay for the tour in the upcoming days.

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Fran***,

We can arrange a 5-day Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Group Tour for you in September. Our group is open based on 3 pax. We can open a group departure for you on 24 September and need further confirmation. The earlier you book, the easier to recruit other tourists to join you.

You can fly from Bangkok to Kunming on 23 September and stay overnight in Kunming. We will express the Tibet Travel Permit to your hotel in Kunming in advance. Then you can board the plane to Lhasa on 24 September.

Asked by Lika***

Hi!
I would like to ask you, if you have a 4-day group tour in Lhasa around 15th of April?
Also, I wonder how can we get our Tibet permits? We will be first week of April in Beijing, but then on move in different towns. Also we plan to make a stop in Xining before taking train from there to Lhasa.

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Lika****,

We can arrange a 4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour for you on 15 April. We can help you book the soft-sleeper train tickets from Xining to Lhasa. You need copies of the Tibet Travel Permit to board the train. We will apply for the Tibet Travel Permit and send the scan to you in advance, then you print it.

Asked by Tan ***

I m interested in this 5 day Tibet private tour. Need to do planning as intend to fly to Chengdu on 15 April 2024 . If by train from Chengdu to Lhasa can you arrange to purchase the train tickets too and how much? Planning to fly out from Lhasa after tge tour

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Tan****,

We can arrange the Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Group Tour and help you book the soft-sleeper train tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa.

Currently, we have a group departing on 17 April that can share the 4 days in Lhasa city with you. For the day of Ganden, we will try to recruit other tourists to join you. 

Please kindly note, the train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs every other day. We will know the specific timetable next year. We can help you buy the train tickets on 14/15 April.

Asked by John***

I am interested in the 5 or 6 day Lhasa and Ganden Monastery tour (perhaps making 6 days with adding on Namyok Lake as well, with the 5 star option of St Regis or Shangri-La.

Catherine
Answered by Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have Lhasa&Ganden Tour. Currently, we accept booking of Lhasa tour for a solo traveler 50 days prior to departure, so the departure date shall be on June 28th, the earliest. Will it be possible for your schedule? If the date works, we shall add one day Garden tour and a day trip to Namtso in private, according to your requirement. What do you think?

Asked by Anna***

Hello. I need some information about the availability of booking the International flights to and out of China with your travel agency. I am planning a trip from Milano (ITALY) to Shangai. Wondering about the availability and the cost of the trip to Lhasa from Shangai and return, for 2 people. Hoping to travel there around 6th Aug, day of arrival in Lhasa and 10Aug, day of return from Lhasa to Shangai. We would like to partecipate to “5 days Lhasa and Ganden monastery tour”. Please let us know.
Kind regards,
Anna

Cherry
Answered by Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour. It is okay for you to hire a Yark to carry your pack. 

The travelers who have the Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage in June are from all over the world. There are not only many Indian travelers but also travelers from other countries. 

Here is the hotel list. 

Hotel star

Lhasa

Shigatse

3-star hotel

Gang-Gyan Hotel

Hotel Manasarovar Shigatse

4-star hotel

Shambala Hotel

Shigatse Gesar Hotel

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