Lhasa Introductory Tour

At the center of importance in “the roof of the world,” the Tibetan plateau lies the ancient city Lhasa. Lhasa overwhelms you with awesomely contrastive experiences, transporting you over a millennium into the mists of its first phase of glorious history with its cultural and historical monuments, at the same time keeping you afloat in the postmodern present with its cosmopolitan city life and modern day developments. This baffling juxtaposition of the past and the present, of the history and the simultaneity has made it such a tourist hotspot in the Tibet region.

Historically a secular and then a quasi religious kingdom ruled by the kings and the Dalai Lamas, Tibet was fully subsumed into the People’s Republic of China from 1959 as an autonomous region, when the uprising by the monks and nuns failed, sending their supreme religious authority, the 14th Dalai Lama, into exile in India. In the immediate aftermath, the religious and cultural icons of the city fell into disregard and in some cases, destruction as well. But in the period following 1980s, they have fully been renovated and restored to their glory, and the city has been a major destination for the foreign visitors.

Among the centers of attraction in Lhasa are the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple (both included in the UNESCO World Heritage List), the Norbulinka Palace, the Sera and Drepung Monasteries, Ramoche Temple, the Tibet Museum, the Lhasa Zhol Pillar. Our tour helps you gain deep insights into the this immense cultural wealth of the city, while ensuring you comfortable stay in top-class hotels and hassle free, equally comfortable movement around the city. In fact, this is a minimized version of Lhasa and Namsto Lake Cultural Discovery Tour, allowing you enough time to delve into the inexhaustible glories of the city.


Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang

Day 2: Visit the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery and the Norbulinka Palace in Lhasa (3600m)

Day 3: Visit the Jokhang Temple, the Ramoche Temple, and the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa

Day 4: Drive to Gonggar International Airport and Return to Kathmandu


Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang
Early in the morning, we board a flight to Gonggar International Airport over the great Himalayas. In clear weather, we have good view of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others. After landing at the airport, we catch a vehicle to Tsedang, and drive through broad, scenic valleys to the destination. You will then check into your hotel and get refreshed. Then we go on a visit to Yumbu Lakhang, a palace-cum-monastery. It is one of the oldest monuments in Tibet. Then you return to Tsedang and spend the rest of the day there.

Day 2: Visit the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery and the Norbulinka Palace in Lhasa (3600m)
Today we explore the touristic center of Tibet, the historic, grand, legendary Potala Palace. Perched on the top of Red Hill, the palace sets the benchmark for the structure, finesse, and grandeur for all the monasteries. Just like palace upon a hill, most of the Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, India and Bhutan are perched upon a hilltop. Historically the royal palace of the emperors and the palace of the Dalai Lamas, it is now a museum. Architecturally, this feat is a mixture of Nepalese, the Indian vihara and the Chinese Tang styles. Another important monument and spiritual center of the Tibet is the Sera Monastery. The Norbulinka Palace, which served as the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Besides its artistry, it boasts of the largest man-made garden in Tibet.

Day 3: Visit the Jokhang Temple, the Ramoche Temple, and the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa
On the second day of Lhasa exploration, we first make a visit to its most venerated shrine of the Buddhists—the Jokhang temple. Throngs of Buddhist pilgrims visit the temple every day, and many are even seen making the kora (circumambulation) in prostrate posture. Located in the ancient part of Lhasa called Barkhor Market, the entire area is steeped in the ancient spiritual glory. Second only to its importance is the Ramoche Temple, which also served as the traditional Tibetan medical school. Then we explore the Drepung Monastery, another important landmark of Lhasa and return to our hotel in the evening.

Day 4: Drive to Gonggar International Airport and Return to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we drive to the International Airport and board the exciting flight back to Kathmandu. In about an hour, we land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If you have enough time in the afternoon, visit some of the UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites in this valley. You find they rival the grandeur of some heritages you have seen in Lhasa.


Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive to Tsedang
Early in the morning, we board a flight to Gonggar International Airport over the great Himalayas. In clear weather, we have good view of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others. After landing at the airport, we catch a vehicle to Tsedang, and drive through broad, scenic valleys to the destination. You will then check into your hotel and get refreshed. Then we go on a visit to Yumbu Lakhang, a palace-cum-monastery. It is one of the oldest monuments in Tibet. Then you return to Tsedang and spend the rest of the day there.

Day 2: Visit the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery and the Norbulinka Palace in Lhasa (3600m)
Today we explore the touristic center of Tibet, the historic, grand, legendary Potala Palace. Perched on the top of Red Hill, the palace sets the benchmark for the structure, finesse, and grandeur for all the monasteries. Just like palace upon a hill, most of the Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, India and Bhutan are perched upon a hilltop. Historically the royal palace of the emperors and the palace of the Dalai Lamas, it is now a museum. Architecturally, this feat is a mixture of Nepalese, the Indian vihara and the Chinese Tang styles. Another important monument and spiritual center of the Tibet is the Sera Monastery. The Norbulinka Palace, which served as the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Besides its artistry, it boasts of the largest man-made garden in Tibet.

Day 3: Visit the Jokhang Temple, the Ramoche Temple, and the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa
On the second day of Lhasa exploration, we first make a visit to its most venerated shrine of the Buddhists—the Jokhang temple. Throngs of Buddhist pilgrims visit the temple every day, and many are even seen making the kora (circumambulation) in prostrate posture. Located in the ancient part of Lhasa called Barkhor Market, the entire area is steeped in the ancient spiritual glory. Second only to its importance is the Ramoche Temple, which also served as the traditional Tibetan medical school. Then we explore the Drepung Monastery, another important landmark of Lhasa and return to our hotel in the evening.

Day 4: Drive to Gonggar International Airport and Return to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we drive to the International Airport and board the exciting flight back to Kathmandu. In about an hour, we land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If you have enough time in the afternoon, visit some of the UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites in this valley. You find they rival the grandeur of some heritages you have seen in Lhasa.




Country: Tibet
Duration: 4 days
Grade: Easy
Highest Alt: 3600m
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