Lhasa Urban & Suburb Tour

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See the best Lhasa gotta to offer in this short 4 days tour. The towering, mysterious Potala Palace which is the former homes of Dalai Lamas; queues of wide-eyed pilgrims shuffle up and down the stairways of Jokhang Temple; the great religious institution of Sera Monastery which is more like self-contained town; the little-visited Drak Yerpa hermitage, one of the holiest cave retreats…

1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa Suburb
4 Departure from Lhasa by Flight
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the airport or 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 to go 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. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

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.


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 Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
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 has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.
Day 4 Departure from Lhasa by Flight

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.

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3 of us from UK are going to travel to Lhasa. Could you please quote for 4 days private tour (1st day arrival, last day departure). Please let me know the hotel and itinerary. Is it possible to visit lake namtso or Yamdrotso lake as well as the temples and monastery? Thanks



In your inquiry, you mentioned your group would like to have a 4-day private tour with lake namtso or Yamdrotso lake, as well as the monasteries. Right now, the road from Lhasa to Namtso lake is under maintenance. So it takes much longer than usual to go to Namtso, at least two days to go there and back. Therefore I just design an itinerary with Yamdrotso Lake below.

By the way, if you can arrive early on the first day and leave late on the departing day, I also can arrange more tourist attractions for you. As the 4-day tour is just a glimpse of Lhasa city, I will try to show you the best things in Lhasa city.



Hi, We are travelling to Nepal and wondering if after our Nepal we can have a quick glance in Tibet, Maybe 5 days will do for us. Do you have a good tour for 5 days and how much? Thank you



Dear Vanesa,

Yes, you could travel in Tibet for 5 days after your Nepal tour, here I’d like to suggest you take our 5 Days Lhasa & & Yamdrotso Lake Tour, about the price of it, please kindly let me know when approximately could you start this tour? Different month different price.



We are a couple interested in the 4 days city GROUP tour around 20th May. Could you please send us a quote with more details? Thanks



Dear Mahdy faiz,according to your preference, you are strongly suggested to join our already-booked 4 Days-Lhasa City Essential Group Tour on 21st May, there are 2 travelers in this group so far, it's perfect if you could join them for this date. The price is USD480/person for 3 star hotel double room, please check your email with detailed info. 

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