Tibet - Lhasa & Palaces 3 Days

Trip Facts

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 offers you most of the popular sightseeing tour in Tibet including Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, and 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 (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). This is the only flight fly over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. In case you wish to start the tour in Lhasa arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide.

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Itinerary

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

You will be met at Gongkar Airport 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 walk and sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

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

After breakfast you will be briefed about the day’s program. Then your Guide will take you on a tour to majestic Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market respectively.

Potala Palace: Also known as the “winter palace”. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. is a 13th storied complex monument rising to a height of above 117m which houses 10,000 shrines and 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.

 

Jokhang Temple: A seventh-century geomantic temple at the heart of Lhasa is the most sacred temple of all Tibet. It is considered to be a Power Place in all Tibet. 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.  The most impressive structure of the Jokhang Temple is 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 (Bazar): 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)

 

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 03: Drive to Gongkar Airport (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:
Day 03: 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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Cost Inclusion / Exclusion

This Trip Cost Ranges From $1000 - $1500.

 

Trip Inclusion

• 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
• Service of Porterage while crossing Friendship Bridge into Nepal (Nepal-China border)
• 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.

Trip Exclusion

  • 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.

General Info

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 overland tour is designed for those who prefer to soak in the sights by driving around. This tour gives you an opportunity to discover the real Tibet. From the bustling old cities to the ancient villages and settlements. This overland tour connects two old capital cities, Lhasa in Tibet and Kathmandu in Nepal. Tibet, which boasts of spectacular mountain scenery and a rich cultural heritage, is a place worth visiting. As you drive across the Tibetan plateau, you will be expertly guided around all the Tibetan monasteries, temples, monuments and important tourist sites by the local Tibetan guide.

This tour offer you most of the popular sightseeing tour in Tibet including Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market, Namtso Lake, Tashido and Drakyerpa. Leaving Lhasa, you will be driven past picturesque Tibetan settlements where nomadic herdsmen can be seen wandering across the wide arid plateau. This overland journey takes you over several high mountain passes with spectacular mountain views, including those of the majestic Mount Everest, Cho Oyo, Makalu and Shishapangma. Your adventure tour continues to the historic cities of Gyantse and Shigatse.

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 (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). This is the only flight fly over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. In case you wish to start the tour in Lhasa arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide.

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