You will be picked up by our Tibetan guide with your name sign once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport or train station. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa; from the train station it is only 15km and takes 20 minutes by drive. Afternoon, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera Monastery. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today, you’ll enjoy a cycling tour (about 18 miles or 30km to the northeast of Lhasa) to Drak Yerpa Hermitage. It is one of the holiest cave retreats in Tibet, and this peaceful site offers lovely views and could be included for a short hiking tour. Tibetan ballad sings: "the auspicious place of Tibet is Lhasa, and the propitious place of Lhasa is Yerpa; reaching Lhasa but did not visit Yerpa is equal to making a new cloth without collar.” Here you can find some remarkable caves of Guru Rinpoche and Songtsan Gampo contemplation site. Come back to Lhasa in the evening. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today, Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.
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I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.
Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit der individuellen Tour welche wir mit "Go to Tibet Tours" zusammenstellen konnten (8-Tagestou; Peking und Lhasa). Der Trip hat uns sehr gefallen, alles lief wie geplannt. Die Tourguides (Forrest und Kielsang) waren sehr hilfesbereit und kompetent...