For those interested in Buddhist traditions and meditation, this tour takes you to the beating spiritual heart of the religion in Tibet. See the magnificent scenery and devoted people that produced the Dalai Lama, inspiring amazing architectural and artistic wonders still carrying rich allure for travelers today. Be embraced by the spirit of famous holy monasteries as you move amongst them, breathing in the high altitude natural wonders of mountains and lakes.
|Vehicle||Air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver|
|Guide Service & Language||Professional English-speaking guide|
Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be met by the local tour guide with the pure white hadda, who will welcome you and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to allow you to acclimatize to the altitude.
Tips: It is suggested you take an orientation walk around, keep warm, do not drink alcohol, avoid excessive physical activity and have a sound sleep to adapt to the high altitude.
Meals included: None
Set out early for the highlight of Lhasa, the imposing Potala Palace, the sacred, mysterious palace dating back to 7th century and the spiritual center of Tibetan people thereafter. Take your time to learn more about the former residence of Dalai Lama. Then move to the Jokhang Temple, the most divine and respected Buddhist temple among locals and pilgrims, with a history of over 1,300 years. Encircling the temple is the Barkhor Circuit, a bustling commercial area and popular bazaar into which hundreds of pilgrims are drawn daily to perform rituals and explore shops and stalls offering traditional handcrafts and cuisine. Following is the final stop, the Ani Tsankhung Nunnery built for meditation by the 7th century Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. See the resident nuns’ skill and artistry as they attend to producing goods for sale, to support themselves.
Note: Taking photos and video, wearing skirts, short pants, sunglasses and hat are all prohibited inside the Potala Palace.
Meals included: Breakfast
Start today by taking in the beauty of the buildings, treasures and location of Norbulingka, the summer resort of Dalai Lama for several generations. Visitors also have an opportunity to learn how to produce Thangka, a unique Tibetan scroll painting with silk embroidery.
Drepung Monastery enjoys the highest position among Gelugpa monasteries. The large complex houses many collectibles including porcelains, Thangka, scriptures, bronze articles and Buddha statues, armor and weapons. It is a major center of learning about the civilization of Tibet and is a source of information and inspiration for locals.
On a visit to the notable Sera Monastery in the afternoon, debating amongst the monks is on the schedule. Debates provide an opportunity for monks to demonstrate their scholarship and rise through the ranks. Visitors usually are struck by the physicality of the debates, with clapping their hands and pushing their partners for an answer.
Meals included: Breakfast
Be met by your guide at the hotel and transferred to the airport or train station for your next destination. The tour concludes today.
Meals included: Breakfast
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots & activities specified.
- Activities specified in the itinerary.
- Excellent professional English-speaking guide.
- Ground transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver as specified.
- 4-Star or 5-Star hotel accommodation with breakfast, based on double/twin occupancy as specified.
- Tibet Travel Permit.
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour.
- Government taxes & fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to/from Lhasa.
- China visa.
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of personal nature.
- Meals: Lunches and dinners are excluded allowing you to flexibility around meal choices. Your guide will make recommendations and order for you, if required.
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule.
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).
Please note the Tibet Travel Permit is required for all foreigners travelling to Tibet. The Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit, is required for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and is obtained for travelers as part of tour arrangements for travel to Tibet.
We will arrange the Tibet Travel Permit for you free of charge when you book a tour with us. It is usually issued one week prior to your entry to Tibet. You will be required to submit your personal information to us beforehand by providing your full name, sex, date of birth, nationality, passport number, occupation, copies of your China visa and passport.