Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
our tour guide will be awaiting for you at the airport or the train station and transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Upon arrival, take rest for altitude acclimatization.
Day 2: visit Sera monastery , Drepung Monastery
In the morning, you will start your explorations by visiting Sera monastery: Sera Monastery, built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) , is one of the 'great three' university monasteries of Lhasa. The Sera Monastery is a special branch of Tibetan Buddhism Monastery of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery is made up of a Great Hall, three colleges (Sear Je college, Sera Negger college and Sera Me) and thirty residential compounds with chapels reserved for monks. There are hundred monks in residence here. Sera Monastery Monastery is famous for its tantric teachings.
After lunch, you will visit Drepung Monastery. 'Drepung Monastery' means Monastery of Collecting-Rice in the Tibetan language. Drepung Monastery is the most important and the biggest monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is located at the foot of Mount Gephel, in the western suburb of Lhasa. It is another one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. Drepung Monastery has great historical importance and significant political influence as well. Drepung is well known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic giant thangka painting on the hillside.
Day 3: Visit Jokhang Temple , Barkor Market Street and Potola Palace
After breakfast, our Lhasa day tour starts with the visit of the world's highest of the ancient palace architecture - the Potala Palace, the "pearl of the plateau," which was founded in the seventh century AD. The Potala Palace was named after Mount Potala. The Potala Palace was the castle of the Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India in 1959. The Potala Palace is listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage site.
The Potala Palace is the symbol of Tibet. It is one of Chinese national key protected cultural relics, is the most important castle in Tibet. It is a museum for materials and articles of Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts. The Potala Palace is well-known for its precious sculptures, murals, scripture, Buddha figures, murals, antiques, and buddhist jewelry collections, they are all the most valuable carrier of Tibetan culturel and art .
You will visit the Jokhang Temple in the afternoon. It is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Jokhang Temple is also called Dazhaosi. It was first builded by King Songsten Gampo in about 642, Tubo Dynasty. Jokhang Temple is the holiest site in Tibet and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists .
After that you will stroll on the Barkhor street. It is the oldest street in Lhasa. The Barkhor Street is located in the center of Lhasa. It circles the Jokhang Temple. It is one of the must-see places in Tibet. There are a lot of shops along the street were filled with all sorts of unique items. The Barkhor Street, usually regarded as the "Window of Tibet" is famous for its shopping .
After the day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa.
Day 4 Lhasa to Nyingchi, vist Basomtso lake
After breakfast at your hotel, you will start your journey to Nyichi, where is a little more than 400 km away from Lhasa. Nyichi is also a very popular tour destination of Tibet tours. Basomtso lake is a very beautiful lake, covering 26 square kilometers (10 square miles), the clear water of the green lake reflects the picturesque snow mountain surrounding the lake. Basomtso lies in the Cuogao Village Gongbujiangda County, Nyingchi. Basomtso lake is the holy lake of the Red Sect of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma) and a place of a lot legendary stories. It is in the valley of the upper reaches of the Ba River, 50 km from the Town of Gongbujiangda, 39.6 km from the National Highway No. 318 and 370 km from the Tibetan Capital Lhasa.
You will stay in Nyingchi hotel.
Day 5 Nyingchi to Lhasa vist Lulang Forest Area, The Gigantic Cypress Wood
Lulang Forest Area (2.5 hours): The most impressive is the forest of Tibetan cypresses of about 10 hectares at the Bagyai Village in Nyingchi County at 3,040 meters above sea level.
The Gigantic Cypress Wood in Nyingchi (2 hours): The giant cypress wood is in the valley of the lower reaches of the Yaluzhangbu River and the Niyang River at the latitude of 3,000 to 3,400 meters. In the Giant Cypress Nature Reserve of the Bajie Township, there scatter hundreds of such huge cypresses only seen in Tibet, which are noted for their huge tree crowns and upright trunks.
Day 6 Send you to Lhasa airport or train station. Your wonderful Tibet tour ends.