Lhasa & Around
May – June & September – October
We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time for acclimatization and easy access to the city’s main attractions – the Potala Palace and the Johkhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land cruiser 4-wheel drive, we’ll travel through this amazing country. In the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we explore further monasteries, remote villages, and people and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture. We travel back to Lhasa and end the tour.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
- See the divine Potola Palace, Norbulingkha, Sera Monastery and Jokhang Temple.
- Visit to the serene Yamdrok Tso lake.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 4000m/13,124 ft.
- Tour Duration : 05 Nights
- Best Season : May – Jun. & Sep. – Oct.
- Ex-Destination : Lhasa
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 04; Guesthouse – 01.
- Food Plan : Bed & Breakfast basis
- Travel & Transport : Transfers & Sightseeing in small vehicles/coach.
- Internal Transfers and sightseeing by coach in Nepal / Tibet.
- Tibet travel permit.
- English speaking guide for sightseeing in Lhasa.
- Local guide in Tibet.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Lhasa.
- Chinese Visa fees will be US$ 118/- (except US Nationals)
- Chinese Visa Fees: Only for US Nationals, US$ 210/-
- Photography charges wherever applicable.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance; such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary, because of natural calamities, flight delays,
road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.”
and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes‟.
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Arrival in Lhasa (3650m/11,976 ft.)
Upon arrival at the Gonggar airport (Tibet), meet, assist and start the one-and-a-half-hour drive through Tibetan villages along the banks of the Brahmaputra River to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Lhasa, check in at the Lhasa Hotel. The afternoon is free for rest and acclimatization. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa - Full day sightseeing
Visit to The Norbulingkha: The ‘Jewel Park’ as it is known in Tibetan, was built in the 18th century and served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. This colorful garden landscape was the site of picnic and public gatherings. The place is richly decorated, creating an atmosphere of peaceful repose.
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, SongtsenGompo.
Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Stroll around the bustling bazaar. This is the spiritual centre of Tibet, and is also the heart of Lhasa.
Lhasa - Full day sightseeing
Post breakfast we depart for sightseeing in the city of Lhasa.
AM: Potala Palace: This legendary palace built by the first King SongtenGompo is situated atop a single hill and is synonymous with Tibet. The 5th Dalai Lama expanded it to its present structure during the 17th century. This 13 storey, 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former ”church-state” of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lama who, from the latter half of the 18th century, used it as their Winter Palace.
PM: Visit the Sera Monastery
5 km to the north of Lhasa, Sera’s setting is one of the prettiest. Once a community of more than 5000 monks, it was virtually extinguished by the Chinese invasion. The restored monastery sits below the brow of the hill on which Tsongkhapa built a hermitage and spent several years in meditation. One of the monk’s disciples started building the Sera in 1419 AD. 2nd floor was Chinese and the 3rd floor Indian. Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa - Shigatse (via Yamdrok Tso & Gyantse) (3900m/12,796 ft.; 352 km; 9-10 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Gyantse. Take a look at Yamdrok Lake on the way. Upon arrival in Gyantse, we drop a visit to Palkhor Tschode Monastery. The monastery is built in the 15th century and is situated in the west of Gyantse. The town is enclosed with mountains from three sides east, west and north. Its uniqueness is that its three Sects of Buddhism-shaja, Ningma and Guolu stayed harmoniously under one roof. It is also famous for its superb Kumbum Stupa. Kumbum consists of 8 levels and contains a total of 75 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. After visit, we drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight stay at guesthouse in Shigatse.
Shigatse - Lhasa (268 km; 6-7 hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive along the Tsangpo River with its combination of steep gorges, rushing waters, picturesque villages and the beautiful scenery. Rest of the day is free for personal activities. Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa - Kathmandu; Final Departure.
Early morning transfer to Gonggar Airport for final departure.
End of arrangements…
Accommodation & Food:
- Lhasa & Shigatse: In a hotel as per package on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.