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”. This 4 Days Classic Lhasa City Tour will take you to learn Tibetan Buddhism culture in Sera Monastery, get a glimpse of local lifestyle in Barkhor Square, and most importantly, visit the majestic Potala Palace.
*Discover the graceful scenery, abundant plant species and treasures in Norbulingka famed as “Idyllic World”.
*Watch local people worship in the Barkhor Street to feel the pilgrimage culture.
*Make a wish and learn the Tibetan Buddhism culture in Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
- Day 1: Lhasa Arrival
Our tour guide will meet you at Gonggar Airport. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around an hour to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take a rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today.
- Day 2: LhasaSera Monastery, Norbulingka, Barkhor Square (Lunch)
AM: Today you will go to explore a more interesting places in Lhasa. After the same pick-up as yesterday, you will come to Sera Monastery which is the second largest monastery in Tibet. Sera Monastery was built in the Ming Dynasty by the famous Sagya Yeshes who was one of the eight disciples of Zongkapa and given the title of the Great Mercy Dharma by Emperor Xuanzong of Ming Dynasty after he had an audience with the Emperor in 1409 and 1414. The debate about Buddhism of Sera Monastery earns its fame in the Tibetan region, which is always taken a necessary activity to see for travelers from the whole world.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: The second site today you will visit is the famous Barkhor Street, also called Bajiao Street, which is a famous turning scripture path and business center in Lhasa, conserving well the traditional appearance and living custom of the ancient Lhasa. Enrolled on the list of “Ten National Historical and Cultural Street”, Barkhor Street is considered as one of the most charming and special street nationwide, miniaturizing the historical development of Tibet.
Finally, you will go to Norbulingka which was firstly built in the 1740s, the time of the 7th Dalai Lama and experienced about 200 years’ construction until the time of the 14th Dalai Lama. On the list of National Relic Protection Units, the Norbulingka situated at the western suburbs of Lhasa for over 200 years. It is a typical Tibetan style garden occupied 360,000 square meters, used as the place for the Dalai Lamas to live and deal with the daily political affairs. After visiting the sites, you will go back to your hotel.
- Day 3: LhasaPotala Palace, Drepung Monastery (Lunch)
AM: Meet your Lhasa tour guide at the hotel lobby around 9am and then start your exploration of this land from the world-famous Potala Palace. It is the shrine for all pilgrims as a great representation of Tibet. People who come here would be feasted from both sense organ and inner soul by its magnificent physical construction and collections as well as its significant religious, political and cultural sense to this vast highland.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: Later in the day you will visit the beautiful landscape Drepung Monastery with a tour guide. It is one of the Six Great Monasteries of Gulug (Yellow Hat) in Tibet, and shares the fame of the Three Great Monasteries in Lhasa with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery. It is located at south side of Gebeiwoze Mountain, 10km east of the west suburban of Lhasa city. The ordered architecture in white was built against the Gebeiwoze Mountain and fully occupied the hillside, seeming a huge rice dump, hence the name of “Drepung” which means collected rice in Tibetan language and represents the prosperity of Tibetan.
- Day 4: Lhasa Departure
Today our guide will see you off at the airport for your homeward flight. Hope our dedicated service leaves you a pleasant memory for this comprehensive Tibet tour.
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
- Hotel with breakfast
- All meals or local cuisine as noted in itinerary
- All transfers as mentioned in itinerary
- Air-conditioned car, driver and English speaking tour guide
- The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group
- Personal expense
- Gratuities (recommended)