- Trip Starts From : Kathmandu
- Trip Ends In : Kathmandu / Onward destination
- Trip Grade : Sightseeing Tour
- Max Altutude : 3660
- Accomodation : Hotel
- Fly in Fly out Tibet ‘Sunlight City’’ Tour
This tour is ideal if you are cramped for time but overly eager to hit this ancient once forbidden city that clings to its culture despite the Chinese takeover. However short your trip may be, it gives you deep far-reaching insights into the rich culture and flourishing history of Lhasa.
Lhasa, famous for its acronym ‘Sunlight City’, is regarded as the depth and soul of Tibet. surely the most sought after tourist destination in Tibet, our two blazing days touring are well designed & packaged in order to give you the most of a short trip that explores the alluring wonders that Lhasa has on offer. Visits to the white and ochre fortress of Potala Palace and Jokhang temple can be a spiritually energising experience of a vibrating history in captivity. Potala Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site, features an overpowering array of intricate murals, temples, stupas, tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas, exquisite Tibetan mandalas and other relics of Tibetan history. Jokhang temple, which lies 2 km to the east, is another Tibetan religious site of immense significance. In the Buddhist monasteries of Sera and Drepung, visitors will get to see chanting Bon-Po monks and their deep religious lifestyles that symbolize Tibet for what it has been for centuries gone by.
As we explore the lively Barkhor markets we get an insightful glimpse into true Tibetan culture, as it was for centuries; nothing has changed. As we stroll around the markets, we witness Tibetan art, culture, customs and traditions. With so much to see, explore & do in Lhasa, this short tour will give us unforgettable experiences for a lifetime.
- Day 01 :
- Day 01: Kathmandu – Lhasa (3,600m)
It’s possible to arrange your arrival in Lhasa from anywhere. You can either join the trip from Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa by taking a breathtaking Trans-Himalayan flight over Mt. Everest or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or any nearby hub. You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After going through immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around an hour 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. Your first overnight in sublime Lhasa.
Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today. It’s your free day
Day 02-03: Sight seeing tour in Lhasa:
Two full days sightseeing of Lhasa; this includes JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR BAZAAR, POTALA PALACE, DREYPUNG AND SERA MONASTERIES. Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397-1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa School until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries. 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. We next stroll down Barkhor Street, which has a history of over 1,000 years, & surrounds the Jokhang Temple. It was originally an important route for Tibetan Buddhists to walk clockwise around to show their devotion. This religious deed is called ‘Barkhor’ in Tibetan Language. As one of the most bustling sections in Lhasa nowadays, Barkhor Street features the sale of various kinds of handicrafts and living necessities from local areas, & also includes wares from neighboring India and Nepal. Overnight in hotel.
Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
Day 04: Lhasa – Kathmandu:
After an early morning b/fast, we drive to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu or you can proceed to your onward destination of choice in mainland China.