Want an in-depth Lhasa tour? As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa is also the political, economic, cultural, and religious center of Tibet, as well as the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism. Because of the sunny weather, it is known as the “Sunlight City”. Take this 6 Days Lhasa-Namtso-Damxung In-depth Tour to explore Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Namtso Lake and many other famous tourist attractions. Join us and throw yourself in these picturesque landscapes.
Highlights of this tour: *Make a wish and learn the Tibetan Buddhism culture in Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Jokhang Temple. *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”. *Appreciate the picturesque Namtso Lake which is one of the three holy lakes. *Watch local people worship in the Barkhor Street to feel the pilgrimage culture. *Visit local Tibetan family to feel their unique culture and lifestyle.
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Tickets entrance fee + Lunch + Hotel with breakfast
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport / train station, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to downtown hotel for checking-in. Free and easy on your own for rest of the day to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa.
AM: Meet your Lhasa tour guide at hotel lobby around 9am and then start your exploration on this land from the world famous Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world. The whole architectural complex includes two parts, the White Palace and the Red Palace. The White Palace is the place where the Dalai Lamas lived and handled political affairs, while the Red Palace mainly houses the stupas of the Dalai Lamas. Your tour guide will share a wealth of information with you to help you understand its history and Tibetan Buddhism.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: Next your tour guide will lead you to explore the holy Jokhang Temple which has a history of over 1300 years. The temple is a mixture of Tibetan, Tang, Nepalese, and Indian architectural styles and has become an example of Tibetan religious architecture. The interior is so impressive with plenty of statues, colorful murals, and rows of butter lamps. It’s not allowed to take photos at most parts, but you will have opportunity to take some at the rooftop.
At last, you will finish the day off with the lively Barkhor Street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. You can join the pilgrims to stroll around the temple and totally immerse yourself in it. There are also many interesting shops selling various stuff including clothing, handicrafts, and jewels. You can shop for some souvenirs here.
Finish the sightseeing, transfer back to your hotel.
AM: Today you will go to explore more interesting place of Lhasa. After the same pick-up as yesterday, you will come toDrepung Monastery with 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 at south side of Gebeiwoze Mountain, 10km east of west suburban of Lhasa city. The ordered architectures 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.
After visiting the sites, you will go back to your hotel.
AM: Today you’ll head to another highlight of Tibet - the Namtso Lake.
Namtso Lake resembles a rectangle and situates between the Dangxiong County and Bange County, at the middle of Tibet and occupies over 1920 km2, about 70 km long and 30 km wide, over the sea level 4718m, renowned as the highest salty lake in the world. So travelers who plan to explore here are suggested to stay in Lhasa few days ahead to fit in the plateau and avoid altitude stress.
Reaching the rolling hills at the north and the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains at the southeast, surrounding by the vast grasslands, the Namtso Lake is supplied the endless water by the melted snow and ice from Nyenchen Tangula Mountains. The water is transparent and blue, almost integrating with the same blue sky naturally, posing a breath-taking feeling to the travelers here with its soul-stirring beauty.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: After that, continue your visit to Tashi Dor Peninsula.
There are 5 peninsulas embedded into Namtso Lake and Tashi Dor Peninsula is largest one and best known for trippers as “Suspicious Love Islet”. Tashi Dor Peninsula collects the most of religious activities around Namtso. Tashi Monastery on Tashi Peninsula receives great worship from pilgrims, especially when Tibetan Year of the Goat, thousands of followers come for pilgrimage here. According to the legends among the followers, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as Protective Gods would collect here and host Da Xing Dharma Assembly in every Year of Goat, and reciting when circling the lake would bring much more goodness than that in the common days.
Finish the sightseeing, drive to Damxung country for overnight.
AM: Enjoy the relaxing morning time in Namtso Lake. Then, drive back to Lhasa city. You’ll pass Yangpachen town on the way, which famous for the unique Yangpachen Hot Spring. If you would like to enjoy the hot spring here, ask your tour guide for assistance ( optional ).
Yangpachen gains its fame with the rich hot spring resources. The most enjoyable sight views here are: appreciating the distant snowy mountains when taking bath in the hot springs and the hovering smoke in the morning as the hot water meets the cold air in the low temperature. When the warm steam is embraced and surrounded by the mountains, a cozy hot spring bath after the exhausted journey on the highland would be the most wonderful thing in the world for travelers.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: Arrive in Lhasa city, follow you guide to explore the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas - Norbulingka. It is the largest garden in Tibet with gorgeous scenery and plenty of historic sites. This lovely garden will offer more insight into the life of the Dalai Lamas. You will have a pleasant walk through the garden and appreciate beautiful murals and other treasures.
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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.