Norbulingka

Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 5 days
Maximum number of people: 60
Location: Lhasa, Jokhang temple, Bakhor street, Potala Palace
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Tour’s Program

 

This Lhasa highlight tour will brief you through all the popular historical and sacred religious sites of Lhasa including the world famous Potala palace, Jokhang temple, the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung. Because of its high altitude at 11,975 feet, the city had limited accessibility from the outside world for centuries. With its 1,000 years of cultural and spiritual history, it leaves an impressive heritage that has helped to create the mysterious Tibetan religion. Your first view of the grandeur Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will leave you stunned. While you are gently recovering from the jet lag and getting use to the high altitude of Tibet, the wonders and beauty of the city will never cease to overwhelm you. Potala palace and Jokhang temple are main focal points of Tibetan pilgrims. Pilgrims from far and wide have taken arduous journeys across mountains and rivers to visit the them since centuries back. The street around the Jokhang temple, colloquially known as the Barkhor, is famous for its traditional market, which also serves as a meeting point for pilgrims from different places. It is a real pleasure to walk, rubbing shoulders with other pilgrims and tourists on this bustling street. The street is also regarded highly in spirituality, as a walk circumambulating the Barkhor on this street is considered as one of the most devotional circuits. Then we get to visit great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, which are two of the most advanced traditional learning centers in ancient Tibet. Numerous scholars and practitioners of the Tibetan Buddhist faith have passed through these monasteries. Lastly a day trip to the holy Namtso lake in the northern Tibetan grassland will complete this tour with beautiful memories and mystical experiences on the high plateau.

Day 01 Arrive Lhasa either by Air or Train


Coming to Tibet in flight will give you the beautiful panoramic view of the snowy Himalayan ranges. If you coming by train to Lhasa, you will get to see beautiful sceneries of high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangula ranges. Upon arriving at Lhasa, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel for check-in. It is about 60 km from the airport to Lhasa which will take about an hour to reach and from train station it is about 25 km to Lhasa. Free at leisure for the rest of the day to get used to the high altitude and to alleviate jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 02 Visit Jokhang temple, bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery


In morning we will visit Jokhang temple which is in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Pilgrims from far and wide have taken arduous journeys across mountains and rivers to visit the temple since centuries back. The street around the Jokhang temple, colloquially known as the Barkhor, is famous for its traditional market, which also serves as a meeting point for pilgrims from different places. It is a real pleasure to walk, rubbing shoulders with other pilgrims and tourists on this bustling street. The street is also regarded highly in spirituality, as a walk circumambulating the Barkhor on this street is considered as one of the most devotional circuits. The day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery. It was built in the fifteenth century and now it is home to several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks will be happening in the monastery every day except Sunday. Continue to acclimatize and alleviate jet lag as today was your first day. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 03 Visit Potala palace and Drepung monastery


Day will begin with the visit to the famous Potala palace, one of seven wonders of world according to USA today in 2006. It was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. The Ganden Podang in Drepung was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. Continue to acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 04 Visit Namtso Lake


Today we drive to north-west of Lhasa via Qinghai-Tibet highway. As we cross the Lagen la pass by driving further west to Namtso lake, we will find vast pastures for the plateau nomads. It is called Changthang (Northern plain). It has a sparse population of nomads in the vast pastures, hundreds of beautiful lakes with abounding wild lives living in that area. Namtso lake is one of the Lakes and it is considered as one of the most holiest as well as most gorgeous lake in Tibet. It is also the world highest salt water lake. As we reach Namtso lake we will spend a night on the Tashi Dor peninsula as we can enjoy the cold breeze of the mystical lake and stunning view of snow capped ranges all around. On way to back to Lhasa, we will visit a fully fledged nomad family to give you the experiences of the traditional nomad lifestyle. The giant black tent which they live in is made up of yak wool. It has a great tendency to accommodate the plateau changeable climate as it preserve heat and resist rain. Each tent is a whole complex of kitchen, bedroom, seating room and store room for the family. Overnight in Lhasa


Day 05 Departure Lhasa


Today will be your last day on the Tibet plateau. We would really appreciate if you can evaluate our services for future improvement. You can either leave the feedback form to your guide or just write us an email. Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and drop you to the airport/train station per your schedule. The trip officially ends.


Tour Cost Includes:

All necessary travel permits to Tibet.
All entrance fees for all tourist sites in the itinerary.
Knowledge English -speaking Tibetan local tour guides shared in your group
All lodging listed in the itinerary ,if you travel individually ,you need to share one room with another tourist ,while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself ,you will have to pay the single supplement.
Pick up and send off service st beginning /end of your
Lodging and meals for guides and drivers

Tour Cost Excluded:

International flights to and out of China.
Travel insurance covers trips cancellation and emergency recommended.
Meals not specified in the itinerary ,(usually it’s cost like 5 USD per person).
Expenses of personal nature (alcoholic beverages,laundry ,phone call etc)
Gratuities for guide and driver
  • I Willi nver forget my times in Tibet ,lhasa .its so unique and local Tibetan are friendly and always givis smile to us ,Potala place is outstanding and diginified .Jokhang temple is divine and and amazing,MOST thing i like is old town .Yak hotel is perfect location for tourist ,its clean and room service are friendly too,my guide Yangzom is best guide i ever had ,she speaks good english thank you for well arrangment
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    Well organised !Perfect local guide!Incredibale palces!
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