Xining Lhasa Train Tour

Duration:
6 Days
Destination:
Xining-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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As the beginning of the world's highest railway, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Xining is the closest city for travelers to travel to Tibet by train, it is also the best part of the scenery that offers spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and bloomy glaciers from the Thangula ridge (5072m), endangered wild lives like Tibetan antelopes by traversing the Kekexili Wildlife Reserve, lone nomad families dwelling black tents and scattered villages in the isolated Changthang. And on your arrival at the holy city, Lhasa, you will greet by its fair blue sky and a glimpse of Potala palace perching on the red hill. In the following days, you will be overwhelmed by mystical buildings and temples which reflect rich culture and tradition of the ancient city. Moreover, it is a great pleasure to mingle into the bustling Bakhor Street with devoted pilgrims.

Day 1 Train Xining-Lhasa

Go to Xining West Railway Station on your own, then exchange e-Ticket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the e-Ticket & your original passport. To arrive at the railway station about 2hrs in advance is suggested.

You will spend a whole day on the train and enjoy the fabulous scenery along the world famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest railway in the world. See the stunning view of Kokonor Lake and beautiful nomadic surrounding with blossomed flowers.

Day 2 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Welcome to Lhasa! Our local Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Railway Station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city while you enjoy the stunning views of the Yarlong Tsangpo River. After checking into your hotel, the rest of day is free for you to have a good rest and acclimatize to the high altitude at the top of the world. If you physically 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 food which will be helpful to you to adapt the high altitude better and quicker.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3 Lhasa City

Today we will start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa City to first visit famous Potala Palace for around 1.5 hours, Potala Palace is 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.

After lunch, 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.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

As the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace is an important religious landmark of Tibet.
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 4 Lhasa Suburb

After one night rest in the hotel, we will start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. We will take an easy visit to less known tourist site- 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. The most interesting thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 5 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be taken 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 that we will go to visit Norbulingka, Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

Afternoon, we will show you the local Tibetan family life which is one of the most interesting attractions during your trip in Tibet, the local Tibetan people will welcome you to their houses, greet you in their traditional way and entertain you with their typical tea. Through this way, you will experience the real Tibetan culture, explore the Tibet civilization and discover the beautiful landscape of Tibet with your families or friends.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart the Buddhism.
Tibetan opera in Norbulingka
Other service: Local Tibetan Family Visit
Day 6 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.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Tee ***

2018-07-29

I plan to travel in from 10 December. Is it a good time?

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that two of you would like to visit Lhasa in December. Yes, it’s a good time. Although it’s winter time, it’s not cold in Lhasa, especially the daytime. Besides, it’s the off-season of Tibet tourism, the tour cost is relatively lower with less crowded.

Roge***

2018-05-07

We hope to travel to China in October/November and take the train to Tibet for a few days. Do you arrange the Tibet permit?Roughly what would the cost be? We would be happy to travel with a group or just my wife and I.Regards, Roger.

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you and your wife would like to visit Tibet in October/November. Yes, we will handle all the necessary Tibet Permits for you as long as you book a tour with us. And we offer this service for free. For travelers less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. Before I could recommend a suitable itinerary for you, please let me know more about your tour plan.

Jill***

2018-03-07

I would like to join a tour that visits a monastery when a Thanka is unveiled eg the Yogurt festival in August. It is only me travelling I think so to make it economical is there a group tour you recommend? thanks Jill

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nance

Shoton Festival starts from August 11th in 2018. On the first day, you will watch Qamba Buddha Thangka unfolding at the Drepung Monastery by about 100 lamas. At that moment, horns resound and scripture chanting starts. Disciples offer Khada to the Thangka and touch it by forehead to show their devotion. Within two hours, the Thangka will be rolled up again and carried back. We’ll not see it until the next year.

According to your request, I recommend you join our 4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

shar***

2018-03-06

Hi. Do you operate any of your Lhasa tours in December or January ?

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Caroline

For travelers less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down.

Susa***

2018-02-15

Railway trip from Xining to Lhasa is main interest.Please advise best time to do so : eg to include the Yoghurt festival in LhasaAlso advise if you could - additionally - organise an itinerary for China including the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Tianmen Shan and Panjin Shi marsh lands

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beatrice

Yogurt Festival, we also call it Sorton Festival, will begin on August 11th, 2018. It was originated from Drepung Monastery in the 11th. Currently there are big celebrations around three places---the Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, and the Potala Palace. Compared with the other two, Norbulingka, which is used to be the summer palace for Dalai Lama is the center venue. According to this festival schedule, you may get on the train from Xi'ning to Lhasa on August 7th. Or one day earlier. August is the peak season, so the price is the highest in the year.

For your China Tours for visiting the Great Wall and Terracotta Army we can arrange it for you.  But for Tianmen Shan and Panjin Shi marsh lands, I'm afraid I can't quote now cos it's the Spring Festival in China now, which is the biggest holiday in China lasting for 7~15 days.

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