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Discover Lhasa



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Private Tour Highlights

  • Tour the religious center of Tibetan Buddhism and former residence of the Dalai Lama
  • Visit Norbulinka, the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama
  • Walk the oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet, Jokhang Temple
  • Join pilgrims in their worshipping around the temple
  • Witness the Sera Monastery, one of the three great monasteries of Tibet
  • The perfect combination of Tibet’s most significant cities and the spectacular countryside in between
  • Customizable to fit individual travel dates and any specific requests
  • Knowledgeable private guides
  • Private transfers between destinations, airports, and hotels
  • And so much more!
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Tour Overview

Extend your Asia travel experience with Yampu’s Discover Lhasa add-on trip! Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the center of Tibet’s politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.

Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness, its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means limited accessibility, but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion.

As the beautiful capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lhasa is situated in the South Central part of the region, on the North bank of the Kyichu River (Lhasa River) in a mountain-fringed valley. This ancient sprawling city, settled 1,300 years ago, covers 30,000 square kilometers (11,583 square miles), with a population of 400,000, of which 87 percent are Tibetans. The urban population is 180,000.






Our Discover Lhasa itinerary is an extension package to add-on to your current Asia experience and is not sold as a stand-alone trip. Please contact one of our Tour Consultants for more information.

Price Includes:
Accommodation in twin share/double rooms with daily breakfasts, Tours, transfers and entry fees on private basis in air-conditioned vehicle, Service of English speaking local guides, Tibet Travel Permit, Bottled water provided on transfers and sightseeing, Airfare is not included in the price

* Significant discounts may be available during the winter and spring months. Please check with your Yampu Travel Consultant for additional details.

* Tibet remains cool in the summer and extremely cold in the winter. The best time to visit is from April to November, avoiding the cold weather from December to March.

* Nearly every visitor to Tibet feels the effects of the high altitude, as it lies over 3000 meters (9842 feet) and rises above 5000 meters (16404 feet) in many areas. It is suggested to acclimatize to the high altitude by taking it easy for at least the first 24 hours upon arrival, avoiding any strenuous activity, and paying attention to your health.

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Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

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All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


Arrive in Lhasa

Upon arrival in Lhasa, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. On the way to Lhasa, enjoy spectacular scenery and typical Tibetan villages. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure acclimatizing to the high altitude.

Upon arrival in Lhasa, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. On the way to Lhasa, enjoy spectacular scenery and typical Tibetan villages. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure acclimatizing to the high altitude.


Tibetan Buddhism and Barkhor Market

Begin the day with a morning tour to the splendid Potala Palace (1 hour visit). The Potala Palace is the religious center of Tibetan Buddhism and the former residence of the Dalai Lama. The giant structure looks like an ancient fortress. It was originally built in 637AD by Emperor Songtsen Gampo to greet his new bride, who was coming from China. Construction of the current structure began during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. In 1645, the White Palace was completed and the Red Palace, was completed in 1694. The palace remained virtually unchanged until 1922 when the 13th Dalai Lama renovated many chapels and assembly halls and added two stories to the Red Palace.

Next, visit Norbulinka, the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama. The 8th Dalai Lama designated it as a summer retreat but the majority of the buildings were not erected until the reigns of 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas. Every year as the chill air warmed, the Dalai Lama would leave Potala in a grand procession for six months residence in the Norbulingkha. It is worth a visit and the park is a great place to be at festival times and public Holidays. During the seventh Lunar month of every year the Norbulingkha is crowded with picnickers for the Shotun festival.

In the afternoon, visit the oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet, Jokhang Temple. It dates back to 639 to 647, construction initiated by King Songsten Gampo to house a Buddha image Akshobhya brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift from his Chinese wife Won Cheng in 641 A.D to King Songsten Gampo. The statue of Akshobhya has been switched to Romoche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come to worship here and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivaled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.

Finish the first day in Lhasa at Barkhor Market. The word Barkhor refers to the middle of the three concentric holy circuits around the Jokhang. The Barkhor Circuit runs through the heart of the old city where life has changed little down the centuries and it gives a curious sensation of having slipped through time into a medieval carnival. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of deep religiosity and pushes – and – shoves market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial districts being the center of Tibetan capital's trade for centuries. less


Sera and Drepung Monasteries

Morning

Morning visit to the Sera Monastery. 5km (3 miles) north of Lhasa, its setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe (a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect), it is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in Sera Me (fundamental precepts of Buddhism), Sera Je (instruction of itinerant monks) and Sera Ngagpa (Tantric studies).

About 8km (5 miles) to the west of central Lhasa lies Drepung Monastery, one of the world’s largest. It was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a pupil of Tshong Khapa (the founder of the Gelugpa sect). Drepung literally means “heaps of rice” and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community that, before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution, Drepung is full of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and art. less


Flight Home

Transfer to the airport for the onward travel arrangements or continue with the add-on of choice.

Transfer to the airport for the onward travel arrangements or continue with the add-on of choice.


Lhasa, Tibet, China

Places You'll See

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    “The Place of the Gods” has been the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium. Witness the massive Potala Palace soaring above the clouds of this holy city while Tibetans engage on a kora around the Jokhang Temple.

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Lhasa : Four Points Sheraton

Luxury Properties

Agra : Oberoi Amarvilhas


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