Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Throughout the history, Lhasa has remained the spiritual, political and economic centre of Tibet. Lhasa houses most of the important monasteries and cultural treasures of Tibet. A visit to Lhasa is not just the visit of Tibet’s capital but it will allow an opportunity to experience Tibetan culture, visit the numerous heritage sites and watch the daily life of the Tibetans. This is what known as Lhasa sightseeing tour.
Our trip starts with a spectacular flight across the Himalaya from Kathmandu to Lhasa. You will see Mt Everest and a long range of the Himalayas from the flight. In Lhasa we visit the holiest of Tibetan Temple Jokhang and the nearby traditional market place of Bharkhor bazzar. Watching the Tibetan pilgrims who come to this temple from all over Tibet is a great experience and gives an insight on the religious Tibetan life. Our tour also covers the famous Potala and Norbulingka Palace of the Dalai Lamas and important Gelugpa monasteries of Drepung and Sera where there used to be up to 10,000 monks in the days gone. The sights and atmosphere in Lhasa is very different, unusual and unique. With exotic impressions and memories of Lhasa and its friendly religious people we return to Kathmandu by flight or to mainland China as per you further plan. This tour is suitable for people having very short holiday to visit Tibet or for elderly people who can not cope with high altitude in other parts of Tibet or for people who want to travel to Tibet with their kids. If you fly to Kathmandu after the tour, you require to go for five days itinerary to catch the next flight to Kathmandu. However, those flying to China after the tour can go for four days itinerary. Here are both: see the itineraries.
- Samye & Tandruk Monastery, Tsedang-Yumbulakhang Palace
- Lhasa-Potala & Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung & Sera Monastery, Barkhor Bazaar
- Yam Drok Lake & snow capped mountains
- Gyantse - Khumbum Stupa & Pelku Chode Monastery
- Shigatse-Tashilunpo Manstery & Drolma Lhakhang Temple
- Beautiful 5 days tour in total.
- Highest elevation 3,490 meters (11,450 ft)
- One of the highest cities in the world.
- Picturesque landscapes, massif monasteries, magnificent temples, palaces of Lhasa, old markets.
- The home of Dalai Lama.
- A spiritual city for many centuries.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Tour in Lhasa is a medium thing with some of small uphill and downhill. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain. Make sure you have an average walking experience to enjoy the tour. Altitude will not be the major problem still drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness. Your safety is of our major concern.
Your Tour guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in some remote regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. “Lhasa”. Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 Mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means “Place of the Gods”, the residence of the Dalai Lama., on arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60 km/1hr). Full rest in the afternoon-to-acclimatize-.Overnight-at-hotel-in-Lhasa.
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace, and & Norbulinka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Norbulingka meaning ‘Treasure Park’ covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. After sightseeing you will be transferred-to-hotel-for-your-Overnight-at-hotel-in-Lhasa.
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel-for-your-Overnight-at-hotel-in-Lhasa.
Drive to Ganden Monastery, Ganden Monastery or Ganden Namgyeling is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, China. It is in Dagzê County, Lhasa. The other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Afternoon free for shopping Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Transfer to airport to connect return flight.
- Travel permit & visa
- English speaking Tibetan guide.
- Accommodation on twin sharing room basis.
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
- Daily breakfast.
- Hotel-airport-hotel transfer in Lhasa and Kathmandu.
What's not included
- Client and travel insurance.
- Lunch and dinner while not in the tour.
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, bar bills, laundry, phone calls, wi-fi etc.
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Tips for the guide, porters.
- Flights To/From Nepal.
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Accommodation & Food details
We will provide accommodations in Kathmandu and Lhasa on your choice. All the accommodation in the city and tour will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Lhasa sightseeing tour, we can enjoy Tibetan food, vegetables and beverages as well the more common international cuisine (Continental, Tibetan, Italian, Indian etc.). Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be served during tour, only breakfast include at Kathmandu Hotel.
Best Time To Visit
The visit season depends the place that located at different latitude, each place has its own distinct weather and climate. Thus, the best time to visit those places of interest also varies. With an average temperature, visitors can enjoy most warm days and cool nights during the year. In summer everything looks perfect. Trees turn green and flowers begin blooming. Meanwhile, oxygen level in summer is twice higher than in winter.
Moreover in the different festival time, every places has offer an excellent chance to participate in the folk activities with locals.But for the natural scenery winter is not so vibrant as summer.
You are advised to consider the required equipment as essentials while packing. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to your requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.