Where is the must-see place in your life? Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet, the political, economic, cultural and religious center of Tibet, and the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located in the middle of the Tibetan Plateau and on the north side of the Himalayas, with an altitude of 3650 meters. The sunshine time is more than 3000 hours throughout the year, which is known as the “Sunlight City”.
On this 4-day Lhasa tour, visit the iconic Potala Palace, exploring its White and Red Palaces. Immerse yourself in Norbulingka Park’s serene beauty and delve into the rich traditions of Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Wander the bustling Barkhor Street, engaging with local life. Culminate your journey with leisure time to reflect before departing. This immersive tour encapsulates Tibetan heritage, spiritual wonders, and the vibrant rhythm of Lhasa’s streets.
2. Immerse in the tranquility of Norbulingka Park, witness monk debates at Sera Monastery, and explore Drepung Monastery’s sacred expanse.
3. Traverse Barkhor Street’s vibrant market, engage with locals, and relish authentic Tibetan cuisine, creating cherished memories in Lhasa’s heart.
4. Find peace in Norbulingka’s summer haven, surrounded by lush gardens and historical charm, a tranquil escape embodying Tibetan cultural significance.
- Day 1: Lhasa Arrival
Welcome to Tibet! Upon your arrival at Lhasa, your knowledgeable guide and experienced driver will warmly greet you at the airport. As you make your way to the hotel, marvel at the breathtaking views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, setting the stage for an enchanting journey. The high altitude can be demanding, so take this time to relax and acclimate to your surroundings. Your hotel provides a comfortable haven for rest and rejuvenation.
Accommodation: in Lhasa
- Day 2: Exploring Lhasa's Cultural GemsPotala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
After a hearty breakfast, take a captivating exploration of Lhasa's cultural treasures. Your first stop is the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the rich history as you tour both the White Palace and the Red Palace, each revealing unique aspects of Tibetan heritage and spirituality.
Continue your cultural odyssey with a visit to the sacred Jokhang Temple, an architectural marvel and a revered pilgrimage site. The temple showcases a blend of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian architectural styles. Take in the spiritual ambiance as you witness devoted pilgrims engaged in prayer and rituals.
As the day unfolds, meander along the lively Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace surrounding the Jokhang Temple. The vibrant atmosphere, traditional shops, and charming stalls make for a delightful stroll. Immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly locals, and perhaps indulge in some authentic Tibetan cuisine at one of the quaint eateries. Conclude your day by returning to your hotel, where you can reflect on the day's experiences and savor the unique charm of Lhasa. Rest well, as more adventures await in this enchanting destination.
Accommodation: in Lhasa
- Day 3: Monastic WondersNorbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today, take a guided tour of Norbulingka Park, which is a serene oasis that served as the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. Wander through the meticulously landscaped gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers and traditional Tibetan architecture. The cultural significance of Norbulingka adds depth to your Tibetan experience. After that, have a scenic drive to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet. Explore the intricate architecture, chapels, and courtyards of this sacred site, absorbing the spiritual energy that permeates the surroundings. Gain insight into Tibetan Buddhism and its historical roots as you delve into the monastery's rich tapestry of traditions.
Continue your journey to Sera Monastery, known for its unique tradition of monk debates. Marvel at the spectacle of red-robed monks engaged in lively and intellectually stimulating debates in the courtyard. This centuries-old practice offers a glimpse into the intellectual rigor and philosophical depth of Tibetan Buddhism. After the tour, transfer you back to your hotel.
Accommodation: in Lhasa
- Day 4: Lhasa Departure
Savor the last moments of your Tibetan sojourn with a leisurely morning (please check out from your hotel before 12:00 noon). Explore the local surroundings, indulge in some souvenir shopping, or simply relish the tranquility of Lhasa.
As the morning unfolds, your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight. Depart Lhasa with cherished memories of its cultural richness, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality.