Lhasa, Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple Tour - 4 Days

Trip Facts

 Tour Name     :        Lhasa- Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple Trip - 4 Days
 Entry / Exit  :        Fly in / Fly out
 Grade         :        Easy
 Max Elevation :        3600m/11811ft
 Accommodation :        Hotel
 Meal          :        Bed & breakfast
 Transport     :        Flight & Private vehicle
 Tour Days     :        04

Highlights:

  • One hour Trans-Himalaya flight and breath taking aerial view of Everest and other highest peaks.
  • Visit of Potala Palace, (Red Palace, Winter Palace)
  • Visit of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
  • Jokhang temple and Barkhor market

Trip summary:

Tibet -a land so rich in Culture, tradition and steeped in religion along the far flung unique landscape, also called the roof of the world. Let the age old Tibetan Myths & mysteries cast and enchanted spell that holds an every visitor in thrill and excitement. This tour offer you most of the popular sightseeing tour in Tibet including Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market.

The tour begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational Trans Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world. This is the only Everest flight that flies over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. If you start your tour in Lhasa arriving from mainland China; Tour briefing will take place in Lhasa.

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Itinerary

Days Itinerary Overnight (BB) basis
01 Fly to Gongkar Airport and drive to Lhasa Hotel (BB)
02 Sightseeing of Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market. Hotel (BB)
03 Sightseeing of Potala Palace &Drepung Monastery Hotel (BB)
04 Drive to Airport for flight to Kathmandu Tour Concludes
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Fly to Gongkar Airport & drive to Lhasa (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

 

You will be met at Gongkar Airport (only airport that connects directly with Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu) by your Tibetan Guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3660 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. You can go around the hotel area for light walks and sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

Day 02: Lhasa - Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market (3600m/11811ft):

 

After breakfast you will be briefed about the day’s program. Sightseeing begins as follows:

A seventh-century geomantic temple at the heart of Lhasa is the most sacred temple in Tibet. It is considered to be a Power Place in the Tibetan region. Queen Bhrikuti, a Nepalese princess married to King Songtsen Gampo founded Jokhang Temple, and in recognition of Queen Bhrikuti the main gate of the temple faces west towards Nepal. Princes Bhrikuti was the reason behind the special friendship between Tibet and Nepal till date. The most impressive structure of the Jokhang Temple are the many chapels surrounding the temple.

 

Sera Monastery: This monastery is approx. 5km drive away from Lhasa. Sera Monastery was founded in 1419. It sits in the prettiest and most charming atmosphere at the base of Mount Purbuchok. Sera Monastery used to be an important center for learning where in the past approx. 5,000 to 6,000 monks resided. Currently about 550 monks are supposed to be living there. The important structures inside the monastery include Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories).The most intriguing feature here is the nine-meter image of Maitraya which was erected in 1419; here one can also witness the practicing of debate among the monks, who pitch their knowledge against each other.

 

Barkhor Market (Bazaar): The most popular Barkhor Market (Bazaar) is a square where Tibetan handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, paintings etc. are all in sale for your delight.

 

At the end of the day your guide will escort you back to your hotel. Lhasa offers variety of Restaurant for both Lunch and

Dinners. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

Day 03: Lhasa – Potala Palace &Drepung Monastery (3600m/11811ft):

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace and the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery.

 

Potala Palace (Red Palace) winter Palace of Dalai Lama: Also known as the “winter palace”. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. It is a 13th storied monument rising to a height of above 117m which houses 10,000 shrines, over 200,000 images and about 1000 rooms.As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace; you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the Tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas, King and spiritual leaders of ancient Tibet.

 

Drepung Monastery: is a beautifully landscaped monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses.

 

Note: Offer “Lungta” and prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with your Tibetan Guide. Offering Lungta in high passes and temple is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Tibetan culture.

 

After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

 

Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.

Day 04: Drive to Gongkar Airport (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

After breakfast, your guide will give you a final departure transfer for your next destination.  Tour Concludes.

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SERVICES INCLUDED:

 

  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on bed & breakfast (BB) basis.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
  • Monastery entrance fee.
  • Tibet Travel permits.
  • Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
  • Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
  • Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question.
  • Trip Information pack.
  • Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungta).

 

Note: Offer Prayer flag or Lungta (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.

 

SERVICES EXCLUDED:

 

  • Tibet Visa Fee (Acceptable in US$ cash only)
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Lhasa– Kathmandu (Fare as per availability).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Expenses during any rescue operation.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills.
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Gratuity to staff.
  • Services of Porterage and other vehicles in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services.
  • Additional portable oxygen cylinder (US$ 20 per bottle).
  • Services not mentioned herein.

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