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Tour Overview

Amidst breathtaking landscapes, this 5-day Tibetan Life Experience Tour offers a perfect blend of cultural exploration, spiritual experiences, and moments of leisure in the enchanting city of Lhasa. You will immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Tibetan culture, from the historic wonders of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple to the serene Norbulingka Park. Engage with locals during a warm family visit, savoring authentic tea and cuisine. Witness the vibrant debates at Sera Monastery, and stroll through bustling Barkhor Street.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Immerse in Tibetan culture with a warm family visit, savoring traditional tea, engaging in lively conversations, and relishing an authentic home-cooked meal.
2. Explore Lhasa’s historic gems, from the awe-inspiring Potala Palace and spiritual Jokhang Temple to the vibrant Barkhor Street and serene Norbulingka Park.
3. Witness the lively debates at Sera Monastery, a captivating glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions, surrounded by the monastery’s striking architecture and vibrant ambiance.
4. Drive along the scenic Yarlung Tsangpo River, absorbing breathtaking views, and acclimate to the high altitude during a leisurely stroll around your hotel in Lhasa.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon landing at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, breathe in the crisp mountain air as you step onto Tibetan soil. Your experienced guide and welcoming driver will be ready to accompany you on an exciting journey.

    Begin the scenic drive to your hotel, soaking in the mesmerizing views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The river's meandering path through the rugged terrain provides a stunning backdrop, offering a taste of the natural beauty that Tibet has to offer.

    Lhasa Yarlung Tsangpo River
    Natural views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River

    Check in to your comfortable hotel and take some time to rest, allowing your body to adjust to the high altitude. Don't forget to stay hydrated. If you're feeling up to it, consider a short stroll around the hotel area to start getting acclimated to the unique atmosphere of Lhasa.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  2. Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for a day filled with exploration.

    Head to the majestic Potala Palace, an architectural wonder that stands as a testament to Tibetan history and culture. Your guide will share fascinating stories about the palace's past as you explore both the White Palace and Red Palace.

    Potala Palace
    Potala Palace

    Continue your cultural journey at the sacred Jokhang Temple, a spiritual hub for Tibetan Buddhists. Marvel at the intricate details of the temple's architecture and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere. In the late afternoon, you will take a leisurely stroll through the vibrant Barkhor Street, where the air is filled with the scent of incense and the energy of pilgrims and locals alike. Engage with the local community, perhaps trying your hand at bargaining for souvenirs or engaging in friendly conversations with shop owners.

    Tibet Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

    Reflect on the day's enriching experiences, and prepare for the adventures that await in the coming days. Consider an early night to ensure you are well-rested for further exploration.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  3. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, savoring a mix of Tibetan and international delights to fuel your day of exploration. Then, embark on a visit to Norbulingka Park, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Wander through lush gardens, admire the traditional Tibetan architecture, and absorb the tranquil ambiance of this UNESCO-listed site.

    Lhasa Norbulingka Park
    Norbulingka Park

    Following your time at Norbulingka, venture towards Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic complexes in Tibet. Explore its impressive halls, chapels, and courtyards while learning about its historical and religious significance. After that, continue to Sera Monastery, known for its distinctive monastic debates. Witness the lively and intellectually stimulating debates among monks, a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of Sera Monastery, taking time to explore its various courtyards. Don't forget to capture the striking architecture and vibrant colors that characterize Tibetan monastic structures.

    Sera Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet
    Sera Monastery

    After a day filled with cultural and spiritual exploration, return to Lhasa for a relaxing evening.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  4. Today, you will have a unique cultural experience - visiting a local Tibetan family. Witness the hospitality of the Tibetan people as you are warmly welcomed into their home. Savor a cup of traditional Tibetan tea as you engage in conversations with the family members, gaining insights into their daily lives and customs.

    Local Tibetan Family
    Visit a local Tibetan family

    Perhaps participate in traditional activities or observe daily routines. You can choose to share a delightful lunch prepared by your hosts, featuring authentic Tibetan dishes that showcase the rich flavors of the region. Take a leisurely stroll around the local area, exploring the surroundings and gaining a deeper understanding of daily life in a Tibetan community. Capture the moments with your camera, immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere that characterizes Tibetan villages.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  5. Enjoy a leisurely morning, taking the time to savor your last moments in Lhasa. If you have any remaining sights or experiences you'd like to explore, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

    Your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight. Bid farewell to the enchanting land of Tibet, carrying with you the memories of its rich culture and warm hospitality.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $559 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to/off Lhasa;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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