Lhasa, the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism, also known as the Sunlight City, is located in the middle of the Tibetan Plateau. It is the capital of the Tibet, and the political, economic, cultural and religious center. Lhasa is not only famous for its Tibetan Buddhism culture but the amazing natural landscapes. This 5 Days Lhasa Namtso Lake Tour will take you to explore the breathtaking holy lake Namtso Lake, and you will also have a chance to visit the must-visit tourist attractions such as Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Barkhor Square, Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, and get an insight into Tibetan life.
Highlights of this tour: *Appreciate the picturesque Namtso Lake which is one of the three holy lakes. *Explore the mysterious Potala Palace in the marvelous holy city Lhasa. *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.
Fly to the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet. You are greeted by tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to relax and adjust to the high altitude.
AM: Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace (3700 m ) built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the “Winter Palace” by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple which is situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Visit Barkhore Street in the evening.
AM: Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. “Drepung” in Tibetan means the hill of rice because this white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in Asia.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Then, our guide will take you to visit a local Tibetan family and Tibetan carpet workshop for free.
Day tour to Namtso Lake (4718m)(3 hours driving) via Yangpachen hot-spring. You will have a chance to see Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges, and pass the Nagela (5190m). Namtso Lake is the sky lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a little hiking around. On the way back, you can have hot-spring at Yangbachen if you like (Fee on your own).
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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.