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Lhasa, Tibet – Visit Dalai Lama’s original home

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9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour Details

Lhasa literally means “place of the gods”. Originally, Lhasa was called Rasa was a town built by the Otang lake. The city is also renowned as “The Forbidden City”,the city was romantically imaged to possess inconceivable treasures, to preserve ancient wisdom and to be home to great mystics and saints. Being one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid 17th century. Situated in the centre of the Tibetan Plateau with the surrounding picturesque mountains and scenic lakes. In this era of modernisation, Lhasa remains a fantastic cultural hybrid whose streets bustle with a diverse mix of people. It is home to multiple Tibetan-Buddhist temple which are of immense historical significance such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Palace, and Norbulingka Palaces. 

 

 

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • All transportations in the destination location.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Meals as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • Airfares.
  • Any expenses of personal nature/ room service fee/ tips.
  • Visa.
  • GST if applicable
  • . Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions.

Things to Carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination.
  • Hats/ caps/ comfortable shoes.
  • Sunscreen/ sunglasses/ umbrella.
  • Identity documents and other travel documents ( visa, if applicable).
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription.
What to Expect

Covering the most ancient as well as those listed under UNESCO World Heritage sites, this 8 Nights/ 9 Days itinerary presents you the best of Lhasa in an altogether a unique way to explore not only the cultural and spiritual aspects but yourself amidst the world’s highest natural lake and wildlife.

  • SHELKAR MONASTERY
  • SHIAGTSE AND GYANTSE
  • JOKHANG TEMPLE
  • POTALA PALACE
  • NORBULINKA
Itinerary

DAY 1Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Kathmandu where you can relax and are refreshed up.
The rest of the day can be spent at leisure.
Later, in the evening, we can get acquainted to each other over dinner.

(Overnight at Kathmandu)
(Inclusions: Dinner)

DAY 2Kathmandu to Kerung Border

After an early breakfast, we will head from Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft) to Kerung Border (2800m/9186ft)185km.
Check in at the hotel.

Drive Duration: (08-09 Hrs Drive. 185kms)

(Overnight at Kerung)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 3Kerung Town Via Tengri to Shelkar

Our morning drive will be taking us from Kerung town (2800m/9186ft) to Shelkar (4,300m/14107ft), which is infamously known for the Shelkar Monastery which was built in 1264 in Tibet. Shelkar Choedhey Monastery was situated at a place, which was by Tibetans, considered spiritually sacred site which we will be visiting after cheking in our hotel upon arriving in Shelkar.

Drive Duration: ( 07/08 Hours Drive. 350 Kms)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Shelkar)

DAY 4Shelkar to Shigatse

Today, we will head towards Shigatse (3,900m/12795ft), which is the second largest city in Tibet and is the former capital of the traditional Tibetan region of Tsang.
Check in at hotel. Post this we will be visiting, Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the home monastery of the line of Panchen Lamas, the most influential line of lama’s in Tibet after the Dalai Lama. And nearby to Tashilhunpo Monastery is the newly rebuilt Shigatse Dzong. Next up are the Sakya Monastery and Narthang Monastery.

Drive Duration: (04/05 Hrs Drive. 237.0 km)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Shigatse)

DAY 5Shigatse to Gyantse

This an exploration day as we will start our day by visiting the Palcho Monastery and Gyantse Dzong which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, perched high above the town of Gyantse on a huge spur of grey brown rock.
After this, we will embark to Noijin Kangsang where you are free to spend your time to sightsee, pray and meditate.
Return to Hotel.

Drive Duration: (1 h 48 min. 94.1 km)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Gyantse)

DAY 6Gyantse to Lhasa

After a wholesome breakfast, we will embark towards Lhasa (3,650m/11975ft).
Check in at the hotel.
Today, you can let your body to acclimatize to high altitude.
Rest of your time can be spent on exploring the town because allowing self to explore helps one to understand better and attain a different kind of peace.

Drive Duration: (4 h 56 min. 260.2 km)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Lhasa)

DAY 7 Sightseeing in Lhasa

After Breakfast, we will journey towards, the Jokhang, Tibet’s most holy and most famous temple. It is the most sacred temple in all of Tibet and is one of those “can’t miss” attractions. In the afternoon, you will be visiting Sera Monastery and see the famous Buddhist philosophy debates that the monks take place in each day.
We will also tour through the Tibet Museum and Lukhang, a secret temple of Lozang Gyatso, 5th Dalai Lama. Three walls of the temple are covered with murals of yogis engaged in their exercises.
Finally, for our last destination we will visit the Monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet and take a small evening walk there.

(Overnight at Lhasa)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 8 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Inthe morning, we will be to the Potala Palace to view the sunrise and then explore the inside of the Potala Palace. Afterwards, you will be free to walk the pilgrimage route around Potala.
Post this, we will be visiting Norbulinka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace), Drepung Monastery, Sangkhung Nunnery and Ramoche Temple.
Evening can be spent at leisure by exploring the town.

(Inclusions: Dinner)
(Overnight at Lhasa)

DAY 9Departure/End of the trip

Post breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your scheduled flight back home after exchanging heartfelt wishes with your fellow travellers.

(Inclusions: Breakfast)

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