7 Days Central Tibet Tour of Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Tibet, sitting on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in the southwest of China, is the well-known “World Roof” with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters. Not restrained only on geographical concept, you will acknowledge its status as “World Roof” in world religious fields if you only see the devout pilgrims praying and crawling along the snow mountains. Tibetan is vast with many attractions scattered separately, this 7 days tour will take you to explore the best highlights of Tibet, visit magnificent Potala Palace and different monasteries that you can learn the Tibetan Buddhism culture, as well as appreciate the picturesque landscapes in Yamdroktso lake.
Highlights of this tour: *Explore the mysterious Potala Palace in the marvelous holy city Lhasa. *Make a wish and learn the Tibetan Buddhism culture in Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Kubum monastery. *Immerse yourself in amazing Yamdroktso lake that reputed as the most breathtaking lake in Tibet. *Uncover the mysterious mask of Tibet in Tibet Museum. *Visit local Tibetan family to feel their unique culture and lifestyle.
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take 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.
AM: After breakfast, you will proceed to the Jokhang Temple, which is situated in the center of Lhasa City. Built in the 7th century, the brilliant period of Tubo Kingdom, the Kokhang Temple is the best architectural combination of Tibet, Han ethnic, Nepal and India, as well as also a holy Buddhist temple of worshiping the rare life-size statue of Sakyamuni at age 12th.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Then you will pay a visit to the Barkhor Street, which is considered as “the window of Tibet” as it presents typical Tibetan life. The Barkhor Street is located in the center of Lhasa and embraces the Jokhang Temple.
After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel
AM: After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see the best of Tibetan art. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Later in the day you will visit the beautiful landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. Note: Only a fixed number of visitors are allowed to Potala Palace each day. So the guide will decide the order of sightseeing places.
AM: Traveling by jeep along the Friendship Highway you will cross the Khamba La (4794m). The drive offers you stunning views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). You continue westwards, over another high pass, the Karo La (5045m), where you are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down, within a few hundred meters of the road.
Noon: Simple Lunch.
PM: After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse.
Before departing from Gyantse, you will be taken for a guided tour to Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century fort, from where you get amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It has many small chapels which houses an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We move on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, which is about 90 km away.
After breakfast, you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhumpo Monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After a detailed visit of Shigatse, you will be driven back to Lhasa via a shorter route.
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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.