Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour

Duration:
5 Days
Destination:
Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Two hours driving from Lhasa takes you to the stunning location of Ganden Monastery, set in a natural bowl high above the braided Kyi-chu Valley. Brought back to life after nearly total destruction in the Cultural Revolution, the collection of restored chapels centers in Tsongkhapa’s tomb, and offers a delightful Kora path that will soon have you breathing hard from the altitude.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it takes about one hour. It’s about 20 minutes driving From Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel. In order to adapt to the high altitude soon, you'd better have a rest and don’t do strenuous exercise. If you feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate foods help you adapt the high altitude better. 

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Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

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Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 3 Lhasa City

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

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

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As the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace is an important religious landmark of Tibet.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
Day 4 Lhasa - Dark Yerpa – Ganden(3800m)- Lhasa, 160km, approx 3hrs

A day's excursion outside of Lhasa city takes you to Ganden Monastery; it is located on Wangbur Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River which is about 50km northeast of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is the most special one of six major monasteries in Tibet, it is made of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism founder of tsongkhapa personally set up in 1409, and it’s a global sect of the ancestral monastery and quite worth to see if this is your first time to travel in Tibet.

On the way, we will also visit the less-known-by-tourists Dark Yerpa hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. From there, it is another 10 kilometers to the famous ancient meditation caves in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. There is an ancient sky burial site opposite the main caves.

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Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
97 generations of Khripas ruled the monastery since Zongkapa’s ruling, and Garden Monastery housed 5,000 monks at its peak.
Day 5 Depart from Lhasa
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home, tour ends.

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Stev***

2018-04-18

Hi , just to get a feel for prices what would be the cost of your lhasa and ganden monastery tour. Two adults only, private tour, between the dates of 19th Oct and 8th Nov this year.Also can you arrange visas and flights from and back to Kathmandu? I look forward to hearing from you soon Regards Steve cox

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are two of you would like to visit Tibet from October 19 – November 8. And you are interested in our 5-day Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour which is a private tour. Yes, we can arrange all the necessary permits and we also provide air ticket booking service.

Elai***

2018-04-16

estimate Sep 26-30 2018 travel

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nance

May I know are you Taiwanese or have China ID? According to policy from Tibet Tourism Bureau,for Taiwanese, Tibet travel agencies can't arrange Tibet tour for them. If you have a China ID, you don't need to apply for Tibet permits to enter Tibet. Hope to have your best understanding!

Geor***

2018-03-06

5 days 4 nights Tibet, we plan on staying at the St Regis looking for a private tour what are you minimum days for a tour. Dates July 16-19

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nance

Here is the brief itinerary for your interested for 5 days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour

Caro***

2017-10-22

Hello, we are planning to go to Lhasa from Bejing at 18th April 2018. We are interested in the 4 days small group tour or this 5 day tour. In both cases we like to stay in 4 star hotels. - How much does the the small group tour cost at the specified date? - How much does this 5 day tour cost at the specified date? Best Regards, Carolin

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Caroline

Dear Carolin,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! For this small group tour, according to our booking police, although we don’t have this date listed on our tour plan, we can open a small group tour for you as you have two persons and intend to book it 45 days before tour starts.
 

Farr***

2017-10-01

We will arrive in Lhasa on November 10 and depart on November 16. Hope to do this 5 day tour. Thanks.

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amy

Dear Farrah,   

Great to hear that you are interested in taking our 5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour in Nov, if you arrive in Lhasa on 10th Nov for this tour, the tour will be ending on 14th Nov instead of 16th Nov. I will send you the itinerary and cost of it by email ASAP. Amy 

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