Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
Our guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Ghongkhar Airport or Lhasa train station with a sign of your name (or name of the group leader, or group name). And our guide will accompany and transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Free the rest of the day for you to rest and relax and adjust to the high altitude. Or you can explore surroundings or shopping streets nearby your hotel in Lhasa by yourselves.
Day 2 Visit Jokhang Temple, Barkor Market Street and Potola Palace
After breakfast, your Tibet private tour starts with the visit of the world's highest of the ancient palace architecture - the Potala Palace. The Potala Palace is a top famous tour attraction and it is regarded as the "pearl of the plateau,". It got its name from Mount Potala and is a magnificent castle architecture of Tibetan Buddhism. It was first built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo and became home of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. The Potala Palace was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.
After lunch, you will visit the Jokhang Temple in the afternoon. It is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Jokhang Temple is also called Dazhaosi in Chinese Pinyin. The Jokhang Temple is a very important Tibetan Buddhist temple with great religious, political, and cultural influence of life in Tibet. Living Buddha reincarnation of the "Gold Urn" ceremony has always been conducted in the Jokhang Temple. The reincarnation of Panchen Gold Urn ceremony was also held here in 1995.
After that you will stroll on the Barkhor street, which is usually regarded as the "Window of Tibet". The Barkhor Street is an ancient and holy pilgrimage path to Jokhang Temple and is also famous for shopping.
Day 3 Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka
Today's full day sightseeing tour in Lhasa will take you to Drepung Monastery which is the largest of the monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet, a new sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Drepung Monastery is in the western suburb of Lhasa, 5 km away from downtown Lhasa. 'Drepung Monastery' means Monastery of Collecting-Rice in the Tibetan language. The Monastery was built in 1416, and it was the largest temple of Tibetan Buddhism before liberation. The construction area of this monastery is about two hundred thousand square meters, like a beautiful mountain city.
After that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. Norbulingka Park means "Baby Park" in Tibetan language. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment. The park is very large with an occupation area of 36 hectares. It consists of three parts in total: the palace district, the district in front of the palace, and the forest district. The Norbulingka Park was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2001.
Day 4 Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse , visit Yamdrok-tso Lake , Pelkor Chode Monastery (7 hours driving)
Drive to Gyantse after breakfast. On the way, dazzling Yamdrok-tso Lake(4441 m ) (3 hours driving)can be seen from the summit of the Kamba-la pass(4794m). Yamdrok is one of Three Holy Lake in Tibet. When you arrive at Gyantse, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. The Monastery is founded in 1418, notable for its superb Kumbum Chode(10,000 Images Stupa). Later transferred to Shigatse.
Day 5 Shigaste/Lhasa,visit Tashilunpo Monastery
Morning visit the Bachen Lama Set - Tashilunpo Monastery, which was Built in1447 by the first Dalai Lama. Then the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. Afternoon drive back to Lhasa along Yarlong Tsangpo river by the Nepal friendship road. Then, our guide will take you to visit a local Tibetan family and Tibetan carpet workshop for free. Overnight at Lhasa .
Day 6 Send you to Lhasa airport or train station.Your wonderful Tibet tour ends.