Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Arrive in Lhasa ()/
Our guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Ghongkhar Airport or Lhasa train station 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.
Visit Jokhang Temple, Barkor Market Street> and Potola Palace (B)
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.
Visit Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery (B)
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.
After the day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa in the afternoon or early evening.
Visiting Ganden monastery and enjoying the beautiful scenery around it(50km)with smooth plan tar road(B)
After breakfast, you will start your explorations by visiting Ganden monastery. It is about fifty kilometers east of lhasa and is first and primary monastery of Gelug sect in Tibet. Ganden monastery is situated on the Wangpori muontain with an elevation of 3800m above sea level. The monastery is initiated by Tsongkapa himself(founder of yellow hat sect in Tibet) and is also the first Ganden Tripa(Abbot) of the Ganden monastery. It is very interesting to go for Lingkor(circuit) around the monastery and you can also see the crack of rock which was magically done by Tsongkapa himself. Ask your tour guide for more information about this.
: Depart Tibet (B)
Send you to Lhasa airport or train station. Your wonderful Tibet tour ends.