Lhasa Explore Tour – 5 Days

Explore the amazing attractions in Lhasa including its unique architecture, spiritual centers, and intriguing traditions

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  • Group Size: 1-10 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 5 Days
  • Country: China
  • Trip Start: Lhasa
  • Trip End: Lhasa
  • Trip Level: Adventures

Lhasa Explore Tour is a popular tour package in Tibet and probably the shortest tour in Tibet due to which it has been on the bucket list of most international explorers. This easy tour in Tibet is a fascinating experience on the roof of the world and the only challenging factor is the high elevation. Arrival in Lhasa itself is a thrilling experience where travelers can opt to fly either from Kathmandu with magnificent aerial views of the Himalayan giants or board on the highest train route in the world from mainland China.
The Lhasa Explore Tour begins only the following day after arrival in the ancient Buddhist city and getting acclimatized with the high altitudes. The major highlights of this popular tour in Tibet include sightseeing trips in Lhasa and visit to a couple of significant landmarks on the outskirts of the city. The first day of sightseeing in Lhasa takes visitors to the most popular winter palace, Potala and the summer palace, Norbulingka, apparently the palaces of the Dalai Lama. The day’s tour winds up after a brief visit to Mentsekhang, the Tibet Traditional Hospital also otherwise known as the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute. On the second day of sightseeing around Lhasa, travelers will be led to some of the most famous monasteries of Tibet including the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and the Jokhang Temple. The mesmerizing tour wraps off in the evening after a stroll through the bustling Barkhor marketplace, which is filled with open stalls, pilgrim gatherings, exotic objects, and spiritual vibes. Beautifying this famous tour in Tibet is an additional visit to the Ganden Monastery and the Drayerpa Caves.

The marvelous Lhasa Explore Tour can be embarked by tourists who are physically fit and in sound health, and who have paltry walking experience. It is only the altitude factor that contributes to making this tour seem not as easy for novice travelers to Tibet. The best seasons to pack for this tour in Lhasa would be anything besides the mid-winter when the temperature could fall drastically low causing inconvenience in commuting due to snowfall. Come and join Royal Holidays to explore the magnificent settings in the roof of the world and generate memories worth to remember for a lifetime.

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Arrival on: Lhasa | Departure from: Lhasa
  • 1
    Arrival in Lhasa

    A Royal Holidays representative will be there at the airport or the train station to welcome you and escort you to your pre-determined hotel in Lhasa city on the bank of Kyichu River. You have options to fly from Nepal or mainland China or even embark on the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. Flying from Nepal via a trans-Himalayan aircraft provides spectacular sights of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, and several other snow-clad Himalayan peaks and gleaming glaciers. Flying from China can be commenced from any of the numerous major Chinese cities depending on the flight from your native country. Once you are in your hotel room, it is advised to take rest and relax to adjust the elevation gain as you have flown to the roof of the world and you might show signs of altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 2
    Explore Lhasa: Potala & Norbulingka Palaces, and Tibet Traditional Hospital

    After breakfast today, you will go for a sightseeing tour in Lhasa beginning with a visit to the beautiful Potala Palace. This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world. There is no lift up to the palace or inside, so you have to reach the top by climbing steps up 100 meters. The palace comprises of two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. The beautiful murals inside the palace are not only attractive but also tell the story of Tibet. Exploring the grandeur of Potala Palace will leave you stunned with the magnificence in architecture and spiritual aura that it spreads around. You will then proceed to visit the Norbulingka Palace, popularly known as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and the most famous and the largest man-made garden in Lhasa. You may require 2-3 hours to thoroughly visit this Treasure Park and there are various activities to join when you visit Norbulingka, like watching Tibetan show, tea tasting and so on. Next, you will visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital, locally known as Mentsekhang. Numerous Thangkas, hanging on the walls of the hospital contain the Tibetan medicinal knowledge in all the aspects. You will then go back to your hotel room. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 3
    Explore Lhasa: Sera & Drepung Monasteries, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Market

    Today is the day you will be exploring more of Lhasa including significant landmarks such as the Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and the Jokhang Temple. Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery of Tibet and one of the three greatest Gelug monasteries believed to have sheltered 10,000 monks in the past. Sera Monastery is the last of the three yellow sect monasteries built in Lhasa. It is a preserved monastery comprised of white-washed walls and golden roofs. The main highlight of this monastery is watching the monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Jokhang Temple, an important monastery, lies in Old Lhasa and it is the spiritual center of Tibet as well as the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims. It has a golden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and houses the most important religious treasures of Tibet. After visiting these important monasteries, you will proceed to explore and experience the local social life of Barkhor Bazaar with its open-air stalls, shops, and a crowd of pilgrims. The marketplace is filled with religious ambiance and a world of exotic articles. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 4
    Visit Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave

    After breakfast today, you will drive to Ganden Monastery, which is located on the top of Wangbur Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River. It is one of the oldest and one of the great three Gelug university monasteries of Tibet which has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. With an orderly architectural layout of standing Buddha halls, towering roofs, splendid stupas, Ganden Monastery is arranged well with vivid colors of black windows, white walls, and golden roofs. In the afternoon, you will visit the Drayerpa Cave that is located in an alluring valley with an astounding landscape. The Drayerpa Cave is a hermitage built on a hillside of the mountain and composed of more than 30 caves for spiritual Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent milieu. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 5
    Departure from Lhasa

    Your beautiful tour in Lhasa ends today and you will fly back home with ample memories from the roof of the world. If your flight schedule is later during the day, you may stroll around Lhasa streets and shop for souvenirs. One of our representatives will be there at your hotel lobby to transfer you to the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight timing for your onward journey.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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Inclusion & Exclusion

What's Included

  • Airport to hotel / Hotel to airport pick up & drop off service on a private air-conditioned tourist vehicle.
  • Accommodation for two nights in 3-star  hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (standard twin-sharing based room)
  • Accommodation during the trek in teahouse/lodge/guesthouse run by local people, mostly in twin-shared rooms or occasionally in dormitory rooms.
  • All standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek.
  • All ground transportation on a private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
  • A highly professional, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Local staff including a required number of porters from Lukla to carry luggage during the trek.
  • All staff cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • All required documentation including trekking permits, national park permits and TIMS card.
  • All government taxes including VAT, tourist service charges etc

What's not Included

  • Nepal entry visa fee (available upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • Excess luggage charges during domestic flights
  • International airfare
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure or any other reason causing to return from the trek earlier than the scheduled time.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, laundry bills, alcoholic hot and cold drinks, battery recharge, personal trekking equipment, extra porter, bottled or boiled water, hot shower (during trekking) etc
  • Tips for guide/porter/driver etc.

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