6 Days Lhasa-Yamdroktso -Tzedang Sightseeing Tour Including Local Tibetan Family Visit
Why do some people always say that you must have the experience of going to Tibet in your life? Located in the southwest of China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibet occupies more than half of the area of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is known as the “Roof of the World” and “The Third Pole of the Earth” and is the highest place in the world. There are many historical sites in Tibet. This 6 Days Lhasa-Yamdroktso -Tzedang Sightseeing Tour Including Local Tibetan Family Visit will take you to visit holy Potala Palace, and some other best highlight attractions to experience the Tibetan culture and enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery.
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. *Visit local Tibetan family to feel their unique culture and lifestyle.
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Tickets entrance fee + 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 the 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 the hotel lobby around 9 am 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 in most parts, but you will have the opportunity to take some on 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 the more interesting places of Lhasa. After the same pick-up as yesterday, you will come toDrepung Monastery with the tour guide firstly. It is one of the Six Great Monasteries of Gelug (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 architectures in white were 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 the Ming Dynasty after he had an audience with the Emperor in 1409 and 1414. The debate about the 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 visit one of the most famous lakes in Tibet - 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. Three other lakes are 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 that, drive to the Karola Glacier with an elevation of 5400 meters above sea level. Getting off the car, the magnificent glacier jumps into your eyes with its shinning body soaked in the gentle sunshine. You are worry-free from people or cars intruding into your shot and disturbing your selfies with the stunning sights as it’s usually off the beaten track.
On the way to Zedang, you would have a chance to visit a local Tibetan family to experience the real local people’s life.
AM: You’ll start today with Changzhu Monastery, which is built during the reign of Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. You will have a chance to witness the treasure of this monastery, a 2-meter-long and 1.2-meter-wide Thangka made of 29026 pearls, 1 diamond, 2 rubies, 1 sapphire, 185 turquoise stones, and other precious gems. Looking at the vivid Thangka, you may feel like the Guanyin Buddha is communicating with you.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: Then, move on to Yongbulakang Monastery. It’s the first palace in the Tibetan history and was changed to a monastery later. You can wander around appreciating the murals which will tell you the stories of the first king of Tibet, the first building, and the first farmland.
The last stop is Sangye Monastery. Sangye means “unimaginable” in Tibetan language. This over 1000-year-old monastery has a special architectural style with the bottom of Tibetan style, the middle of the Han style, and the top of Indian style. There are many well-preserved cultural relics from different periods of Tibet.
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.