Lhasa Tsedang Beijing Ulaanbaatar Tour

Duration:
14 Days
Destination:
Lhasa - Tsedang - Lhasa - Beijing - Ulaanbaatar
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Located in the southwest of Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Tibet is known as the "roof of the world". Mongolia is a landlocked country between the People's Republic of China and Russia. From your Tibet Mongolia trip, you will find that Mongolian and Tibetan people have a lot in common, such as their clothing, nomad lifestyle, Buddhism culture, etc. If you visit the two places together, you will have a clear understanding of each of them. What’s more, the journey experience to Mongolia and Tibet is incomparable, and you’ll love every side of the experience. Every phase of the trip is designed for your exclusive enjoyment.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa Suburb
4 Lhasa - Tsedang
5 Tsedang - Lhasa
6 Lhasa - Beijing
7 Beijing Sightseeing
8 Beijing Sightseeing
9 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar
10 Ulaanbaatar(A)
11 Ulaanbaatar(B)
12 Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park
13 Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar
14 Departure from Ulaanbaatar
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway and transfer you to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1.5 hours. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. Afterward, it's best to relax and take it easy on the first day to get acclimatized to high altitude and alleviate the jet lag. You might go to the local market and wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. great king of Tibet in the 7th. century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded at the same time and by the same king as Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.

Optional:

You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

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.
khang Temple has a beautiful golden roof, which will attract you when you get close to it. The golden roof of Jokhang Template. Ancient wooden beams and rafters can be found under the roof.
Day 3 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 the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 4 Lhasa - Tsedang

After breakfast, you will start your trip from Lhasa to Tsedang. It will take you about 2 hours to drive to Tsedang, which is the political center of Shannan prefecture. Usually, Shannan is regarded as the area where civilization started in Tibet, and it dramatically played significant roles in the growth and development of Tibetan Buddhism.

In the afternoon, we can drive you down to Yumbulakang Monastery and Trundruk Monastery. The first palace of Tibet started from Yumbulakang about 2,000 years ago. Most of the ancient sculptures and paintings in Tsedang were done in Yumbulakang. Also, Trundruk is an excellent place you'll love to be, and during the visit, you will see an eye-catching and stunning Tangkha of Pearls beautifully decorated and designed with 29,026 pearls.

Note:For now, Yumbulakang is temporarily closed for maintenance, and no tourist will be allowed to visit the site now. Nonetheless, tourists can still enjoy it's unbelievable and magnificent appearance when sighted from the foot of the hill.

Stay overnight at Tsedang

Yumbu means doe, lagang means holy palace.
Trandruk Monastery
Day 5 Tsedang - Lhasa

This morning, you will visit the Samye Monastery, which is the well-known monastery in Tibet. Samye Monastery was believed to be the first known official Buddhist Monastery that was established in Tibet based on Buddhist terms – Buddha, Monks, and Scriptures.  According to history, there was a very popular debating about Buddhism between the people of Chinese Buddhism and ancient Indian Buddhism. Following the description of the universe according to Buddhism scriptures, as well as the features of Tibetan, Chinese and Indian, Samye Monastery was built which symbolizes the center of the world.

After your trip to Samye Monastery, you will be transported back to Lhasa in the afternoon.

Lot of precious murals have been kept well in Samye Monastery. The murals are telling the ancient famous stories of Tibetan Buddhism and historical events of monasteries.
Samye Monastery is a good place for monks to study. If you travel there, you may have a chance to observe the monks’ study and feel all the ritual and their sincerity.
Day 6 Lhasa - Beijing

In the morning, you will take a flight to Beijing Capital International Airport. It takes about 3h50m. Arriving in Beijing, your guide will greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is leisure. You can take a stroll around the hotel and experience the local customs of Beijing.

Day 7 Beijing Sightseeing
In the morning, we will set out to see the mysterious Forbidden City which is the world's largest imperial palace. Built in Ming Dynasty, The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors (from 1420 to 1911 AD) which is said to have 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers. After that, you are moving to Tian'anmen Square with a great cultural significance which has been the site of several key events in Chinese history. Later, you can take a rickshaw going through a maze of hutongs to explore old Beijing neighborhoods, discover the courtyard house of traditional Chinese characters.
The Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square
Day 8 Beijing Sightseeing

You will have many interesting things to do in today. In the morning you are suggested to do Morning Exercises at the Temple of Heaven which was founded in the first half of the 15th century. Known as the Imperial Sacrificial Altar, Temple of Heaven always attracted numerous tourist. Therefore in order to avoid crowds and enjoy local people's morning exercises, we are going to this place in the morning. After the morning exercise in Temple of Heaven, we are driving about 2.5 hours to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall where you will go through the watchtowers, enjoy breath-taking views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.

Stay Overnight in Beijing.

The Temple of Heaven, where the emperor would make sacrifices for the empire.
You will be shocked by the wisdom and power of the ancient people when you get to Mutianyu Great Wall.
Day 9 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

You will be picked up from your hotel, and then escorted to the railway's station. On the train, you will have a soft sleeper to Ulaanbaatar. The train to Ulaanbaatar leaves the station around 11:22am. So, you are going to spend the rest of your day and pass the night on the train as this journey takes 28 solid hours to arrive in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 10 Ulaanbaatar(A)

After a long train journey, you will arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. Your tour guide will meet you at Ulaanbaatar railway station, and then drive you down to the hotel to have a rest.

Stay overnight at Ulaanbaatar

Day 11 Ulaanbaatar(B)

Your trip in the morning would be to visit the ancient 19th-century Gandan Monastery, which is known as the most significant monastery in the entire country – the “Great Place of Complete Joy” as it’s usually called. And from here, we drive down to Sukhbaatar Square – Chinggis Khaan Square as it’s officially been called. The Sukhbaatar is located in the center of the city, and then our next stop would be the National Museum of Mongolian History. Here, we can get to know more about the Mongolians history and culture. The last trip for the day, we then visit some of the most popular local markets in the area before driving back to the hotel.

Stay overnight at Ulaanbaatar

Day 12 Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park

In the morning, we will drive about 1 hour to the Terelj National Park. En route, we would also take you to majestic Genghis Khan’s Statue and its bottom museum to see the displaying Mongolian pottery, weapons, and jewelry. After getting to Terelj National Park,  we will have lunch at Ger camp first.

After taking lunch at the Ger camp, we can take a stroll to see the lifelike Turtle Rock, and then visit the popular Ariyabal -- meditation temple. However, getting to this temple takes a minimum of 1 hour walk. This temple is only accessible by walking. The Park itself has a way of impressing tourists and travelers with its rocky granite hills, beautiful forest, beautiful rocks with fantastic shapes, rivers, and its green meadows. However, to have complete fun here, you can join any of the activities right here if time permits like hiking, trekking, and horse riding.

And before going for the dinner, we can then have a herder family visit to understand how local people have been surviving and living for centuries there. If you want to try the tasted Airag, this is a great place to it as it is made of fermented milk gotten from a horse.

Stay overnight at a tourist center at the Ger camp in the park.

Day 13 Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar

At around 10:30 am in the morning, we return to Ulaanbaatar, and then have lunch in the city before heading to the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, which is now a museum, but historically, it used to be the winter dwelling of Bogd Khan.

The last visit for this trip would be to visit Zaisan Memorial, whose location is on the hill south of the city to have a panoramic view of the entire Ulaanbaatar city. 

And in the early evening, a lively folk show called the “Wonders of Mongolia” will be arranged specially for you. This exciting and unique folk show will be performed by a renowned and famous Tumen-Ekh folk art group. 

Day 14 Departure from Ulaanbaatar

We will drive you down to the airport or train station to proceed with your journey to the destination.

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