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Classic Tibet Lhasa tour is a short holiday program in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet. The program offers a great opportunity to visit Lhasa and the surrounding cities to learn about the history and culture of Tibet and about Tibetan Buddhism.
One of the chief attractions of this Classic Tibet Lhasa tour is Potala Palace adjacent to buzzing Barkhor Street and Jarkhor Temple. The 1000-room Potala Palace is a jewel of Tibet and is an enduring testimony to Tibetan history and Tibetan Buddhism. You will then visit Drepung and Sera Monastery of Gelugpa sect and Samye monastery of Nyingmapa sect. Samye is the oldest and the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
The highway drive from Lhasa to Gyantse will afford you a wonderful panorama of Tibetan landscape including the view of the mighty Yarlung River and Yamdrok-tso lake. Particularly hold your breath when crossing Tibet’s three highest passes, Kora La (5010m), Kamba La (4794m) and Simi la (5258m). While in Shigatse, visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery which is a residence of Panchen Lama.
We organize Tibet tours in coordination with our Tibetan counterparts and in the leadership of Tibetan tour guides. Our program itineraries are designed to offer enough time to acclimatize with the high altitude of Tibet. We facilitate to obtain special visas from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal and take care of all the logistical needs including accommodation and transportation in Nepal and Tibet.
● Sightseeing tour in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse
● Explore Potala Palace and Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monastery etc.
● Enjoy long drive over beautiful Tibetan landscape
● Visit Yamdrok-tso lake and cross three high passes in Tibet
● Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse
● Learn about Tibetan Buddhism and culture
● Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
● An experienced local Tibetan English speaking guide
● Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van.
● Breakfast for entire tour
● All necessary Tibet permits and sightseeing entry fee where applicable.
● Oxygen inside the car just in case if needed
● Both international and domestic flight
● Tibet Train tickets
● Lunch and dinner
● Service of mainland China or Nepal side
● China visa fee
● Personal insurance, medical and evacuation insurance
● Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses.
Our Tibetan guide will receive you on your arrival at Lhasa airport/train station and transfer you to a booked hotel. En route you can view Tibet’s mighty Yarlung Tsangpo river. Overnight rest in the hotel.
After warm breakfast you will get ready for a full day sightseeing tour of Lhasa conducted by our Tibetan guide. Begin by visiting the iconic Potala Palace. Also called the winter palace of the Dalai lama, this 7th Century Palace has the largest and most valuable collections of documents related to Tibetan Buddhism and history. There are almost 1000 rooms in Potala and it will take a minimum of 2-3 hrs to take a full tour. From here you will head to Barkhor street, a buzzing bazaar offering a variety of products from incense and butter to Thangka and Tibetan tea. The constant movement of pilgrims as they prostrate to pay respects will amaze you. Just off the Barkhor street you will step into the sacred Jarkhor Temple which features a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. In the evening you can stroll back to your hotel. Overnight in a hotel.
Like yesterday, you will enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Lhasa. Founded in 1416, the Drepung monastery is one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery houses hundreds of budding monks clad in red robes and reading the sacred books or making Thangkas.
The second half of the day you will visit Sera Monastery which is equally popular. The monastery houses many religious scriptures, mandalas and rock paintings of Buddha. The age-old tradition of debate among monks can be discovered in this monastery.
After breakfast, get ready for a long drive to Tsetang. For the first part you will follow the Lhasa River and then Yarlung Tsangpo before moving towards Samye monastery. Samye is the oldest and first monastery of Tibet which still holds hundreds of monks. The monastery belongs to Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Leaving Samye, you will head for
Tsetang which will take 2 hrs. Overnight in a hotel.
Early morning visit to Yumbu Lhakang and Traduk temple just on the outskirts of Tsetang. Come back to the hotel, have breakfast and then drive towards Gyangtse. Enjoy the pleasant and expansive landscape of Tibet. This journey entails crossing of three biggest mountain passes namely, Kora LA (5010m), Kamba La (4794m) and Simi la (5258m). Karola and Kamba La passes in particular present the most amazing view of Yamdrok-tso lake along with Karola glacier. Gyantse is the third biggest city in Tibet with good hotel and restaurant facilities. Overnight in hotel
Early morning tour in Gyantse involves visiting Kumbum Pagoda Stupa and Pelkor Monastery. Afterwards you will begin your short drive to Shigatse which takes only 2 hrs maximum and covers a distance of 90 km. Once in Shigatse, take some refreshments and then visit Barley Mill and Field and especially Tashi Lhunpo monastery, whose guardian is Panchan Lama. The statue of Jampa is one of the most attractive items in the monastery. Overnight in a hotel in
Take a warm breakfast and then rest for your Tibetan tour guide to pick you up from the hotel. Today you will get back to Lhasa by driving along the Yarlung River. You are free in the afternoon to take a stroll and do shopping if you like.
Today is your last day in Lhasa. Depending on your flight timing, our representative will transfer you to the airport or train station for your departure to the next destination.