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4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour

4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour
Visits: Classic sites in & around Lhasa
Days: 4 days Group size: 2-12 pax Price: $416
Highlights: Potala Palace; Jokhang Temple; Barkhor; Drepung Monastery; Sera Monastery;
You could wind your way up through the Potala, join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang, and let yourself be swept around the Barkhor. Besides, you'll have a chance to witness famous monk debating session at Sera.

Itinerary Details Date & Price Includes & Excludes

Note: B=Breakfast, D= Dinner 

Day 1 First smell of Tibet 

Welcome to the holy land! “Tashi Delek” (Tibetan saying of good lucky and full of happiness) finally meet your lovely Tibetan tour guide either at the train station or airport and start your wonders in Lhasa.  

Overnight at Lhasa

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Tips: The airport in Tibet you are landing is the Gonggar Airport, which is around 68km away from Lhasa city, taking around 1 & 1/2 hours; the train station is 15km away and taking 20min driving. 

Minor headache, loss of appetite, sleepy could be the common symptom on the first arriving day. Take it easy, drink more water or fruit juice, have very good rest, take some anti-AMS medicine if needed. Better acclimatization for the high altitude is to ensure you have a wonderful trip for the following days. 

Day 2 Lhasa landmark wonders [B+D]

Once you step on the holy city, you cannot move your eyes from the massive white red structure - the Palace of Potala. It is not only the cardinal landmark of Tibet; it is the traditional residence of the Dalai Lama. 

Jokhang Temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town of Lhasa. The circuit around it called Barkhor Street. The bustling street is the lively place where you can see how the Tibetans daily life is.

 

Overnight in Lhasa

Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

Tips: Barkor Street is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Tibetan knives, carpet, little stuff…ask if the shop can ship it if needed. It is also the place for local people to getting together, tea houses are scattered all around, find one and seated in the corner, strong yak butter tea combine with the Tibetan incense smell, you will find yourself lost in the roof of the world. 

Day 3 Lhasa Buddhism exploration [B]

Today we are going to explore two of the most important monasteries in Tibet. Around 8km west Lhasa, the Drepung monastery, was once the largest monastery in the world. It will be good experience to follow the pilgrims’ pace here. Later in the afternoon, we will drop a visit to Sera Monastery. 5km north Lhasa, Sera is another important Gelugpa monastery in Lhasa (other than Drepung). 

Overnight at Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Tips: Drepung is also famous for the dramatic unveiling of a giant thangka during the Shoton Festival (first week of 7th lunar month, usually happened either in July or August.) 

The highlight at Sera is the lama debating, which is the daily practice between the monks with questions and answers of what they have learned every day. Usually it starts from 3pm and ends at 5pm Monday till Saturday (unavailable on Sundays). The schedule could also be changed during the festivals or big events in the monastery.  

Day 4 Departure [B]

Today is your last stay in Tibet. If your flight or train leaves late in the afternoon, you will have a whole free morning on your own. Joining in the murmuring pilgrims at Barkor or Lingkor, or just seated by the window and enjoy a cup of yak butter tea to collect the last smell for your memorable tour in Tibet. 

Your tour guide and driver will come to pick up for your flight or train out of Lhasa. It is the time to say your goodbye to the holy land. The trip ends.

Note: B=Breakfast, D= Dinner 

Price Quotation:

Comfortable Class Jan. to Mar. Apr. to Jun. Jul. to Aug. Sept. to Oct. Nov. to Dec.
price/person (USD) 429 459 549 539 429
price/person (CNY) 2789 2984 3569 3504 2789

Single Supplement:

Comfortable Class Jan. to Mar. Apr. to Jun. Jul. to Aug. Sept. to Oct. Nov. to Dec.
price/person (USD) 68 68 77 77 68
price/person (CNY) 420 420 480 480 420

Group Tour Departure Dates for 2017
Apr   7    10   13  17  20   23  27  30 
May 2  4  7   11  15  20  23  27 
Jun 3  5 10 13 15 20 23 27
Jul 2  6 8 11 14 18  20   29 
Aug 1  5 8 12 15  18  22  30 
Sep 2  4 9 12 16  23   28   30 
Oct 2  5 8  12  17  21  24  28 
Nov 4  9 14  18  23  28     
Dec 12 16 21  26   30       

What's included in this price?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Lhasa airport / train station pick-up and drop-off
3 star hotel or similar class in Lhasa & Shigatse
Buffet breakfast from the hotel
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All personal entrance tickets
All necessary Tibet permits
One welcome dinner in Lhasa
What's excluded in this price?
Lunch and dinner
Tips for the guide and driver
All airfare, air tax or train ticket fare
Service fee charged from the bank for the payment
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc.
Extra expenses of additional days caused due to unexpected events

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