Lhasa Highlight tour is a short and simple trip that takes you through the best part of the holy city Lhasa by appreciating its prominent historical architects of Potala Palace, mystical Jokhang temple, sprawling Sera and Drepung monastery.
Your arrival to Lhasa will be greeted by the lovely blue sky and impressive glimpse of gigantic Potala palace perched on small mount called red hill, while during a couple of days acclimation and jet-lag alleviation, you will deeply be overwhelmed by visiting numbers of world heritages and mystical temples, both Potala Palace and Jokhang temple are main focal points of Tibetan pilgrims since centuries ago.
Nevertheless the bustling street around the Jokhang temple is one of the most devotional circuits known as Bakhor and you will have a great chance to walk shoulder to shoulder with devoted pilgrims came from all over Tibet, moreover, visit Drepung and Sera monastery elaborate your understanding about the Tibetan Buddhism and its practices; it is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings in the sprawling monasteries of Drepung and Sera monastery.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Lhasa Train Station
3 Hours Before Flight Time
A short flight into Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over the high plateau by crossing mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route. Your arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city.
From the airport to Lhasa City it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half an hour, check in the hotel and maybe meet with other fellow travelers.
Then take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa. If you have any health problems after arriving in Lhasa City, you must inform your tour guide about your well being.
(Note: If you shares the pick-up transportation with other travelers in the group then sometimes you may have to wait at the airport in case their flights delayed).
Here are some of the important gears you should take during Tibet Tour.
Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a little headache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city.
Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that, you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center.
In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking through the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling.
The amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say goodbye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. If you have extension trips then it will be arranged accordingly. The trip is officially ended.