5 Days Lhasa Essence Tour with Yamdrok Lake & Local Tibetan Family Visit
As the Chinese historical and cultural city, Lhasa should not only leave you with the impression of the unique Tibetan Buddhism culture, but also the breathtaking natural landscapes. With the reputation of “Sunlight city”, Lhasa is suitable for travelling all year round. On this 5 Days Lhasa Essence tour, you will explore the highlights of the sacred city Lhasa with the company of a knowledgeable and accommodating guide, and visit local family to feel their local lifestyle. Just join us to have an once-in-a-lifetime traveling experience.
Highlights of this tour: *Explore the mysterious Potala Palace in the marvelous holy city Lhasa. *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. *Immerse yourself in amazing Yamdroktso lake that reputed as the most breathtaking lake in Tibet. *Discover the graceful scenery, abundant plant species and treasures in Norbulingka famed as “Idyllic World”. *Visit local Tibetan family to feel their unique culture and lifestyle.
Tour Guide + Vehicle + Driver + Admission fee + Hotel + Hotels with breakfast
Welcome to Lhasa! Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport, your local guide will wait for you at the exit of the arrival hall by holding a name sign and transfer you to your downtown hotel. Before getting off the plane, please double check your belongings to ensure you have collet all your stuff. Please have a good rest at your hotel and get yourself relaxed to better get used to the high altitude.
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: Then come to visit Jokhang Temple, located in the center of the old Lhasa City and considered as a holy place not only from geographical location but also from the belief of the Tibet Buddhists. Both Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple were built by Songtsen Gampo; however Potala Palace has born more political meaning while Jokhang Temple more religious meaning.
Next you will pay a visit to the 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 be transferred back to your hotel for rest.
AM: Today you will go to explore a more interesting place in Lhasa. After the same pick-up as yesterday, you will come to Drepung Monastery with a tour guide firstly. 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 on the 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.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: The second site today you will visit is the famous 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.
Finally, you will go to Norbulingka 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 in 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.
AM: Meet your guide and driver in the morning and then drive to the famous Yamdroktso Lake. It is famed as “the Most Beautiful Lake in the World” with the literal meaning as “the above coral twig” and the holy moral in Tibetan’s heart as “the Scattered Kallaite Earrings of Fairy” as it couldn’t be gotten its full perspective by visitors on the ground. There are three other lakes creeping on the earth with Yamdorktso Lake, connecting each other together and consisting of an endless holy lake beyond our horizon—the beautiful body of the lake on this land is more than 130km long. When looking at it from a map or sky, you will be surprised to see the lake embedded in this land, glittering like an earring under the sunshine at different times.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: After having fun at the lake, you will pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the local culture and customs closely. The day will conclude with dropping you off at your hotel.
Please prepare your belongings in advance. Your guide and driver will meet you at appointed time and transfer you to airport for your departure flight (usually 4 hours in advance for international flight and 3 hours for domestic flight). Our service will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey!
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.